MLB Recap
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Welcome to a new segment at Vendetta Sports Media, where we recap all of the previous day’s MLB games and highlight the top performers from all the action.

Recap: Pirates 6 – Twins 5

The first game of the day featured a matchup of the AL Central-leading Minnesota Twins and the NL Central cellar-dwellers, the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pittsburgh came into the game riding a seven-game losing streak, three of which came at the hands of the Twins. Kenta Maeda pitched rather well for Minnesota, allowing only three runs on three hits in six innings of work, while JT Brubaker did not last as long in his first start of the season for the Pirates. 

For the Twins, all five of their runs came courtesy of the long ball, with Miguel Sano starting things off with a three-run home run in the first inning, while Byron Buxton and Eddie Rosario chipped in solo shots in the fourth and fifth innings, respectively. 

The Pirates found themselves down 5-4 heading into the bottom of the ninth inning, with Twins closer Taylor Rogers coming in for the save. Colin Moran started the inning off by singling to left field, which Brian Reynolds followed up with a first-pitch double to almost the same spot in left field. Rogers struck out Gregory Polanco in the next at-bat.

With runners on second and third and one out, Pirates manager, Derek Shelton, brought in Kevin Newman to pinch-hit. Five pitches later, Newman smacked a single up middle, bringing in both runners to win the game for the Pirates, and give them their first walk-off win on the season.

“Kind of a huge bit of relief for myself and the team to be able to come through when we really need one… It’s a great feeling to come back. Hopefully, this is the start of something a little different than what we’ve had lately.”

Newman said after his fifth career walk-off hit

Following the loss, the Twins (10-3) now hold a 2.5 game lead over the second-place Chicago White Sox, while the Pirates (3-10) find themselves five games back behind Atlanta Braves for the second Wild Card spot.

Recap: Athletics 6 – Rangers 4

With a chance at the team’s first series sweep on the season, the Oakland Athletics sent Mike Fiers to face the Rangers Mike Minor. 

A’s first baseman, Matt Olson, once again hit a home run, his fourth on the season, while Khris Davis knocked in a pair of runs with a single in the fourth inning.

“We’re getting better every day, guys are starting to click and get the little kinks out. We’re still not 100% but we’re still winning. It’s great news for us.”

Mike Fiers

After giving up a two-run home run of his own to Anderson Tejeda in the seventh inning, A’s manager Bob Melvin pulled Friers from the game. The home run was Tejeda’s first in the big leagues, coming in his debut. 

After getting into a bases-loaded jam in the eighth inning, A’s reliever Yusmeiro Petit got Tejada to pop out to short and then struck out Robinson Chirinos. Liam Hendricks came on in ninth inning for his fourth save of the season.

Texas finished off their quick, six-game trip to the Bay Area, winning only one game. Yet, manager Chris Woodward feels the team should not worry too much. 

“That’s one thing I stress to them, win or lose, we can’t stop fighting…Would have been easy to pack that game in after it was 5-0 but we put some pressure on them. We had a lot of opportunities late and we outhit them by quite a bit. We just couldn’t get that big hit at the end.”

Rangers manager, Chris Woodward

Oakland (9-4) will finish up their six-game homestead with a three-game set against the Houston Astros starting Tomorrow night, while the Rangers (3-8) head home to the face the Angels and Mariners. 

Recap: Rockies 6 – Giants 4

The winner of the first four games on the day had one thing in common: they all scored six runs. This time, it was the Colorado Rockies.

Daniel Murphy led the way for the Rockies, hitting. Pinch-hit two-run homer during a five-run seventh inning. Trevor Story hit a solo shot in the sixth to give Colorado their first run of the game, and Charlie Blackmon hit a two-run home run of his own after Murphy. 

Tyler Anderson got the start for the Giants and pitched a solid five innings, giving up only two hits while walking two batters. Rico Garcia took the loss for San Fran as he gave up three runs on three hits while not recording a single out in the seventh inning.

Colorado (9-3), which took three of the four games in the series, head out to Seattle for a three-game series, while the Giants (6-8) head to Dodgers Stadium for a set with the Dodgers.

Recap: Angels 6 – Mariners 1

Shohei Ohtani doesn’t need to pitch to help his team win. He can pick up a bat and knock in some runs.

In his first plate appearance since being shut down as a pitcher, Ohtani took Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker deep for his third home run.

Dylan Bundy pitched a near-perfect game for the Halos, throwing a complete-game four-hitter, striking out ten while allowing only one run. 

“You don’t always know what to do as a starting pitcher it seems like after you get that last out… I was really wanting to get that last out and it happened to happen to work out that way today.”

Bundy said postgame

In the fourth inning, Seattle picked up their lone run of the game via a Dan Vogelbach home run.

Aside from Ohtani’s home run, catcher, Max Stassi hit a two-run shot in the eighth inning to put the Angels up 6-1. 

The Halos (5-8) creep a little closer to .500 while the Mariners (5-9) fall behind them in the AL West standings. 

Recap: Indians 13 – Reds 0

The Cleveland Indians offense could do no wrong on Wednesday night, as it smashed and bashed the team to a 13-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

Jose Ramirez led the charge, hitting a home run from both sides of the plate during the game, while also hitting a triple. Ramirez, who totaled four runs, three hits, and four runs batted in (RBI), was hitting so well that the Reds intentionally walked him.

“We’ve heard people say the Indians aren’t going to hit, but we know we’re going to be good for the rest of the season… We have a very good group of hitters. As long as we do our job, we know the pitchers are going to do theirs and we’ll be fine.”

Ramirez said postgame

While Ramirez hit nearly everything in sight, it was a whole team effort in the victory. Starting pitcher, Carlos Carrasco, went six innings, allowing only one hit while walking four batters and striking out eight. After Carrasco’s departure, three pitchers combined for three innings, giving up only two hits. A three-hit shutout, a stat line any team would like to hang their hat on.

Jesse Winkler collected two of the Reds three hits, including one going for a double. Pitching wise, the Reds struggled from the onset. Starter Luis Castillo gave up three runs in five innings, and while he took the loss, it was Jose De Leon who allowed the Indians to open the flood gates. De Leon pitched 1.2 innings, giving up eight runs, all earned, one four hits, and four walks (three of which came with the bases loaded). His ERA ballooned to 43.20 as a result.

Cleveland improves to 8-6 on the season while the Reds fall to 5-8. Up next for Cincinnati is a three-game trip to Milwaukee to face the Brewers, while the Indians head to Guaranteed Rate Field for a matchup with the Chicago White Sox.

Recap: Braves 4 – Blue Jays 3

Nick Markakis, who only a few weeks ago was sitting on his couch at home, provided the second walk-off of the day, knocking out a solo shot to win the game, and the series, for the Braves.

Markakis was only added to the active roster, the morning of the game, what a way for him to say, “I’m back.”

“To me, we really shouldn’t have been in that situation… I had a couple chances to push a run across there and we didn’t. That’s the beauty of this game. You always get another opportunity.”

The 36-years-old Markakis said postgame

Aside from Markakis’s late-game heroics, Braves starter, Touki Toussaint pitched a career-high 6.2 innings, while also setting a career-high with nine strikeouts.

On the other side of the diamond, Bo Bichette hit his first home run of the season, off of Toussaint in the fourth inning, pulling the Blue Jays within a run at the time. 

Wilmer Font took the loss for Toronto after giving up the home run to Markakis, his first loss.

Before the game, the Blue Jays right-handed pitcher Jacob Waguespack to the team’s alternate training site, to reach the new 28-man roster limit. Not long after that, Trent Thorton was placed on the 10-day injured list, prompting the team to recall Waguespack.

Unfortunately for Toronto, the move back up to roster was never made official. Still, manager Charlie Montoyo was unaware of that, as he sent Waguespack in to pitch the sixth inning. After a little bit of confusion and talking amongst the umpires, Waguespack exited the field without ever throwing a pitch.

Toronto (4-6) now find themselves sitting in fourth place in the AL East, while the Braves (9-5) sit a half-game behind the Miami Marlins in the NL East. Atlanta now heads to Philly for a series with the Phillies, while the Blue Jays head to Fenway Park for a set with the Red Sox.

Recap: Diamondbacks 5 – Astros 4

Kole Calhoun hit a bases-loaded, walk-off two-run double in the ninth to give the Diamondbacks a 5-4 victory over the Houston Astros.

After starting the season off in a rough patch, Jose Altuve scored three runs on three hits, bringing his batting average up to .192, just .08 below the Mendoza line.

Brandon Bielak, a relief pitcher, got the starting nod for the Astros, and he rewarded them with five innings of two-hit ball. The only hiccup for Bielak was the three walks he allowed. 

Arizona starter Zac Gallen tied an NL record set by Montreal’s Steve Rogers (1973-74) by allowing three earned runs or less in his first 18 career starts. Gallen allowed two runs and six hits and struck out six in six innings.

Ryan Pressly was awarded the loss after giving up two runs on three hits and one walk.

Houston sits at 6-6 on the season and head to Oakland, looking to snap their two-game losing streak. Arizona, now 5-8, dead last in the NL West, look to improve upon their two-game win streak when they head to the always sunny San Diego for a series with the Padres.

Recap: Royals 13 – Cubs 2

The Kansas City Royals halted a six-game losing streak fantastically: beatdown on the opposing team and score runs in the double digits.

Kansas City, which had a season-high 18 hits during the ball game, scored only 14 runs in their previous six losses.

Whit Merrifield, Maikel Franco, and Jorge Soler all hit home runs for the Royals, while six different royals, including the three mentioned above, had at least two RBI’s on the night.

Cubs starter, Tyler Chatwood, was lit up for eight runs on 11 hits while walking four batters in only 2.1 innings. Brad Keller pitched five scoreless innings for Kansas City, giving up only three hits while striking out seven Chicago batters.

The Cubbies managed to avoid a shutout, after Victor Caratini singled up the middle off of Kevin McCarthy in the ninth, driving in Josh Phegley. Chicago would pick up another run the following at-bat when Nico Hoerner singled to center bringing in Kyle Schwarber.

Despite the loss, the Cubs (10-3) hold a four-game lead in the NL Central over the second-place Brewers and will head to St. Louis to take on the Cardinals, COVID permitting. The Royals (4-10), who still find themselves in last place in the AL Central, will stay at home and play host to the Twins over the weekend.

Recap: Marlins 8 – Orioles 7

Jonathan Villar led the way for the red-hot Miami Marlins, as they beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-7, and completed a sweep of the four-game series.

Miami, which played its first series since July 27th due to a COVID-19 outbreak amongst the team, relied on great pitching for the first three games of the series, but in this one, it was an all-out slugfest.

Villar opened up the game for the Marlins, hitting a solo shot during the bottom of the first inning, which Orioles designated hitter. Renato Nunez answered back in the top of the second inning, hitting one of his own. Nunez, who would go on to hit another solo home run in the sixth inning, was one of three Baltimore players to go yard during the game, the others being Chance Sisco, who hit his first of the season and Dwight Smith Jr.

Neither starting pitcher lasted past the fourth inning, as Wade LeBlanc saw his day end after 3.1 innings for the O’s and Jordan Yamamoto pitched a full four innings. Even though LeBlanc was tagged for six runs, all earned, Evan Phillips would take the loss for Baltimore, after giving up two runs in the sixth.

The Orioles found themselves down two runs heading into the top of the ninth. They managed to close the gap to one after Pedro Severino hit a pinch-hit double, bringing in Chris Davis. Still, Marlins closer, Brandon Kintzler shut it down by inducing a double-play in the next at-bat, allowing another single and then getting the final out via a fielder’s choice.

Sitting atop the NL East, the Marlins (6-1) head to Queens for a three-game series with the Mets while Baltimore (5-7), losers of their last four, head to the nation’s capital for a matchup with the Nationals.

Recap: Phillies 5 – Yankees 4

The Philadelphia Phillies get to claim something no other team in baseball can say: they beat the Yankees twice.

Catcher, J.T. Realmuto powered the Phillies offense, driving in three of the Phillies five runs, with one swing of the bat, a three-run home run in the first inning off of Jordan Montgomery.

Gary Sanchez, who headed into Thursday nights game recording only 2 hits in his first 27 at-bats, pulled New York within a run of the Phillies, with a two-run home run in the seventh inning. The homer came a day after Sanchez took a pitch off his non-throwing arm.

Phillies closer Hector Neris came in early, to face a pinch-hitting Aaron Judge with two outs in the eighth inning, and Giancarlo Stanton only 90-feet away from tying the ball game at five. Norris proceeded to strike Judge out swinging on five pitches. Norris got the first two batters in the top of ninth out quickly but allowed singles to DJ LeMahieu and Mike Tauchman before Luke Voit flew out to center to end the game. It was Norris’ second save on the season.

“No matter if it’s Judge or another hitter, you have a chance…[manager] Joe [Giradi] showed confidence in me and I wanted to attack him.”

Neris said postgame

Deolis Garcia picked up the win for the 3-4 Phillies, who continue their homestead with a three-game series against the Braves, while New York dropped only their third game this season (9-3). The AL East-leading Yankees fly head to Tampa for a set with the Rays, tied for second in the division with the Orioles.

Recap: Brewers 8 – White Sox 3

Former NL MVP, Christian Yelich hit his first inside-the-park home run in the fifth inning Thursday night, while walking four times throughout the game.

Yelich’s home run came after going 3 for 34 in his first eight games. Later that same inning, Jedd Gyorko hit a two-run homer off of Gio Gonzalez to put the Brewers up 4-2. Milwaukee would add one more run in the fifth inning before Gonzalez exited the game.

Gonzalez, who has not won in his last 14 starts, struck out three while walking three batters, in addition to giving up five runs, four earned, on eight hits.

The Brewers would tack on three additional insurance runs during the eighth inning, while Avisail Garcia double in a run for the White Sox in the ninth inning, to pull the team within five.

After winning six straight games, the White Sox have now lost their last two, dropping to 7-6 on the season and three games back in the AL Central. Milwaukee (5-5), pull within 3.5 games behind the Cubs. The Brewers host the Reds over the weekend, while the White Sox welcome the Indians.

Top Performers:

Dylan Bundy: 9 innings pitched, 4 hits, 1 earned run, 10 strikeouts

Jose Ramirez: 3-5, 2 home runs, 4 RBI

Renato Nunez: 2-4, 2 home runs, 2 RBI

Jonathan Villar: 3-5, 1 home run, 2 RBI, 1 stolen base

Carlos Carrasco: 6 innings pitched, 1 hit, 0 earned runs, 8 strikeouts