MLB Recap
(Jose F. Moreno/Philadelphia Inquirer)

It was another day full of numerous home runs and highlight-reel performances in the MLB on Monday, with Phillies and Braves combining for 21 runs, and the Nationals scoring 16 against the Mets. Keep reading for the full MLB Recap.

On Monday afternoon, Joel Sherman reported the St. Louis Cardinals had yet to receive a time-frame from the MLB as to when their season could resume. The Cardinals series versus the Cubs over the weekend was canceled, as was their series against the Pirates that was supposed to start on Monday.

MLB Recap: Phillies 13 – Braves 8

Even though the MLB canceled the Home Run Derby and the rest of All-Star weekend festivities, months ago, fans who tuned into the Phillies – Braves game Monday night were treated to a mini derby, as the two teams combined to hit eight long balls. The Phillies would go onto win 13-8.

Philadelphia starter Aaron Nola pitched one the best games of his career, allowing one run on two hits while striking out ten batters in eight innings of work. 

“My job is to protect players from themselves…I feel bad for pulling him.”

Phillies manager Joe Girardi said

While Nola was dominating on the mound, the Phillies hit each of the four regular home runs: A Jean Segura solo shot, J.T. Realmuto two-run home run, Bryce Harper three-run bomb, and Didi Gregorius blasting a grand slam.

After giving up eight runs on six hits, Sean Newcomb could not escape the second inning, taking his second loss for the Braves, walking two and striking out one in only 1.1 innings. 

The Phillies scored seven runs in the second inning, including the Gregorius and Segura home runs, which the Braves would match with a seven-run inning of their own in the ninth. 

John Camargo led off the ninth with a solo shot to jump-start the Braves rally. Five of the next six batters would reach base safely via a hit, three of which were run-scoring doubles. Atlanta’s final runs of the night came from an Austin Riley two-run home run. Camargo would strikeout to end the game.

The Phillies (5-6) remain home as the Orioles come to town on Tuesday, while the Braves (11-7) head to the Bronx for a matchup with the Yankees. 

MLB Recap: Tigers 5 – White Sox 1

Six Detroit pitchers limited the White Sox to one run on nine hits on Monday night, as the Tigers took game one of the series, 5-1.

Niko Goodrum went 4 for 4, including a solo shot in the sixth inning while Jeimer Candelario hit an RBI double in the fourth and a triple in the seventh, to lead Chicago’s offense.

“Everyone’s getting better, at least on one thing each day…I used those four days to just reflect on what I was doing well and what I can improve on.”

Goodrum said

Chicago would not score until the sixth inning when Danny Mendick scored on an Adam Engel groundout. 

Daniel Norris came on to pitch the fourth and fifth innings for the Tigers and, in the process, picked up his first win in 2020.

Detroit (9-5) has now won four straight games and sits a half-game back for the AL Central lead, a stark change for the franchise after finishing with the worst record in baseball last year. The White Sox (8-9) have now lost their third straight game. Tuesday’s matchup is set to pit Gio Gonzalez of the White Sox versus Tyler Alexander of the Tigers.

MLB Recap: Nationals 16 – Mets 4

Asdrúbal Cabrera, Trea Turner, and Juan Soto each hit a home run on Monday night during the Nationals 16-4 beat down of the Mets.

The trio would each have at least three hits on the night. Two of Cabrera’s four hits came via the long ball, with one against Mets starter Steven Matz in the second and the other off Chasen Shrive in the seventh.

“It’s not easy to come here and play with no fans, but it’s part of the business right now.”

Cabrera said

Mets manager Luis Rojas removed Matz amidst a seven-run fourth inning for Washington. Matz would finish the night giving up eight runs on eight hits, striking out five and giving up three home runs in 4.1 innings. 

J.D. Davis scored the first Mets run of the night in the bottom of the sixth, making the score 14-1 Washington. Brandon Nimmo hit a solo shot in the bottom of the ninth to bring the game to its final score. 

The Nationals are now 5-7 with the Mets falling to 7-10. Max Scherzer gets the start for Washington as he seeks his first victory, while Rick Porcello takes the mound for the Mets.

MLB Recap: Twins 4 – Brewers 2

The Minnesota Twins snapped a four-game losing streak Monday night, following their 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.

An Eddie Rosario grand slam was all the offensive output the Twins needed to outlast the Brewers. 

Keston Hiura hit a solo shot in the bottom of the eighth to pull the Brewers within two. 

Randy Dobnak picked up his third victory of the season, while Taylor Rogers earned his fourth save. 

With the win, the Twins (11-6) regain control of the AL Central. Milwaukee sits in the middle of the pack in the NL Central at 6-8. 

MLB Recap: Rays 8 – Red Sox 7

Boston and Tampa Bay started a three-game set Monday night. Twenty-seven hits and 15 runs later. Game one narrowly went to the Rays, 8-7.

Xander Bogaerts got the game started with an RBI double in the first inning, scoring Alex Verdugo. J.D. Martinez would score on a Michael Chavis ground out, followed by Bogaerts scoring on a Kevin Plawecki single. By the end of the first inning, Boston held a 3-0 lead.

The Rays scored their first run of the game in the top of the second on a Kevin Kiermaier single, but the Red Sox would respond in the next inning with Martinez’s solo shot. From there, the Rays would eventually take a 5-4 lead in the top of the sixth only for the Red Sox to tie it up in the bottom of the inning.

Tampa Bay took the lead for good on a Kiermaier two-run RBI double in the top of the seventh, scoring one more time in the eighth. Boston shrunk the deficit to two in the bottom half of the inning, but could not complete the comeback.

Boston sits at 6-10, good for last place in the AL East, while the Rays (9-8) have won their previous three games and sit 1.5 games behind the Yankees for first place. 

MLB Recap: Diamondbacks 12 – Rockies 8

Ketel Marte and Nick Ahmed combined to score six runs in Arizona’s 12-8 victory over the Rockies.

Arizona got on the board first via a Kole Calhoun solo shot in the first, and a Christian Walker double that scored Marte. Trevor Story responded with a solo shot of his own in the bottom of the first to pull the Rockies within one.

Over the next few innings, the teams would trade one run for another, with the Diamondbacks leading 8-7 heading in the seventh. An Ahmed single, Calhoun double and Marte single later, Arizona found itself up 12-7 heading into the bottom of the ninth.

But the Rockies would not go quietly, attempting a comeback in the final inning. Matt Kemp grounded into a double play with the bases loaded, scoring Charlie Blackmon. On the next play, David Dahl struck out swinging to end the game. It was a rough night for Dahl, who was hitless in five at-bats, with three strikeouts. 

Rockies starter Jon Gray took a beating, giving up eight runs on 11 hits in 3.1 innings. His Arizona counterpart, Robbie Ray, did not fare much better, lasting 3.2 innings, giving up six runs on seven hits while walking three and striking out six.

Game two of the series on Tuesday will feature Zac Gallen for the Diamondbacks (7-10) up against Kyle Freeland of the Rockies (11-5).

MLB Recap: Astros 6 – Giants 4

The Houston Astros nearly blew a six-run lead in the final two innings but held on to defeat the Giants, 6-4.

Houston, which had lost their last five games heading into Monday night, got a significant boost from starter Lance McCullers Jr. after he took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning. In the end, McCullers allowed one hit in seven innings, striking out five. 

Michael Brantley hit a ground-rule double in the third inning, driving in Jose Altuve and Josh Reddick, to push the Astros lead to three. A Martin Maldonado solo home run in the sixth would be the last run Houston scored. From there, it would be all Giants.

Josh James came on in relief to pitch the eighth inning and help protect the shutout. Two batters in, Austin Slater, went yard, hitting his third home run of the season. James once again went out to pitch the ninth, only to give up three more runs before Astros manager Dusty Baker pulled him. In the end, Ryan Pressly came on to get his first save of the season.

San Francisco (7-11) sits in last place in the NL West, while the Astros (7-9) now sit in second place in the AL West, five games back of the Athletics. 

MLB Recap: Mariners 10 – Rangers 2

Justin Dunn pitched six solid innings, as the Mariners beat down on the Rangers, 10-2.

Kyle Seager, Kyle Lewis, and Dylan Moore each hit a home run for Seattle in the win. 

Willie Calhoun gave the Rangers an early 1-0 advantage after hitting an RBI triple in the top of the first, scoring Shin-Soo Cho.

The Mariners tied it up in the top of the third only to see Calhoun drive in another run. But Seattle took the lead for good on Lewis’ three-run home run in the fifth. Seager’s grand slam in the fifth as part of a Mariners five-run sixth inning. 

Seattle (7-11) has now won its last two games, but sit a half-game behind the Rangers (6-9) in the AL West standings. Texas is 5.5 games out of first place.

MLB Recap: Padres 2 – Dodgers 1

Six pitchers combined to throw a four-hit, one-run game for the Padres in their victory of the Dodgers.

The low scoring affair kicked off in the first inning with a Cody Bellinger single that drove in Joc Pederson. San Diego would respond five innings later via an Austin Hedges solo shot, his first of the year.

Eric Hosmer drove in the game-deciding run in the top of the sixth on an RBI single. Former starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz saved his third game of the season in the Padres 2-1 win.

The Padres (10-7) now sit a game behind the Dodgers (11-6) and 1.5 games behind the NL West-leading Rockies.

MLB Recap: Athletics – Angels

Despite the high score, 10-9, Monday night’s game between the Angels and Athletics was more like a one on one matchup between Mike Trout and Matt Chapman, with help from time to time.

Chapman hit two home runs and a bases-loaded double by the top of the fourth inning. By the end of the third, Trout had already hit a two-run home run and scored three times. 

But Chapman showed in the bottom of the third inning, that was not just another big-time bat. He could play defense as well, flashing the leather when he made a diving catch on an Albert Pujols line drive to third base, which assuredly would have scored at least one run for the Angels.

Trout hit his second home run of the night in the bottom of the eighth to put the Angels up for good.

Ty Buttery came on in the ninth to lock down his second save of the season. 

Monday nights loss was the first for Oakland (12-5) in their last ten games, but the A’s still hold a 4.5 game lead for the division. Even with the win, the Angels (6-11) sit dead last in the AL West.

Top Performers:

Aaron Nola: 8 innings pitched, 2 hits allowed, 1 earned run, 10 strikeouts

Matt Chapman: 3-5, 2 home runs, 1 double, 6 RBI’s, 3 runs scored

Mike Trout: 4-5, 2 home runs, 3 RBI’s, 4 runs scored

Washington Nationals Offense: 16 runs, 17 hits, 4 home runs, 4 doubles

Asdrúbal Cabrera: 4-4, 2 home runs, 2 doubles, 5 RBI’s, 3 runs scored