MLB Recap
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Fifteen games were played by 28 different teams on Saturday, with 117 runs scored across the league, a few multi-homer games, a couple of shutouts, and an almost no-hitter. Without further ado, the August 8th MLB Recap.

MLB Recap: Yankees 8 – Rays 4 (Game 1, F/7)

Gerrit Cole started the game the same way he started all three of his previous Yankees games by striking out hitters left and right and allowing few hits. But this game would turn out a little different than New York’s ace expected.

Having already struck out two batters while allowing a walk, Cole needed one more strike to get out of the fifth inning, putting him in line for his 20th straight regular-season victory. But Ji-Man Choi climbed back from a 1-2 count to rip an RBI double. In the next at-bat, Jose Martinez hit a two-run home run, and Yankees manager Aaron Boone decided Cole’s day was over.

Chad Green came on in relief of Cole, and eventually got the win after going 1.1 innings, allowing one run, with zero hits and walking a pair of batters.

For the second game in a row, Tampa Bay’s starter did not last long into the game, this time it was Tyler Glasnow who threw 71 pitches in only 2.2 innings, while allowing four runs on five hits, walking there and striking out five.

“It obviously didn’t go as planned. I left too many good pitches over the plate and didn’t get ahead of anybody…When I can’t throw a curveball for a strike, I have one option, or one-and-a-half options basically, just a little bit of a changeup. When I start 2-0, everyone in the building knows what’s coming.”

Glasnow said

Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, and Mike Ford each chipped in home runs for the Yankees, with Judge and Ford hitting two-run shots.

The teams had little time to unwind from the 8-4 Yankees win in seven innings, as they prepped for a second game of the doubleheader. 

MLB Recap: Rays 5 – Yankees 3 (Game 2, F/7)

A four-run seventh inning deficit was too much for the Yankees, as they fell to the Rays, 5-3 in game two of the doubleheader. 

Yankees starter Michael King walked Yoshimoto Tsutsugo with the bases loaded in the first inning, bringing in the Rays first run of the game. It would not be the last time the Rays had the bases loaded during the game, as they scored two more times via bases-loaded singles by Austin Meadows and Kevan Smith, both times driving in two runs.

Both teams relied solely on their bullpens in the second game of the doubleheader. 

New York attempted a comeback in the top of the seventh, cutting the lead to two following a DJ LeMahieu single that drove in Erik Kratz and Gio Urshela. Nick Anderson came on to pitch after the LeMahieu single and proceeded to get Aaron Judge to fly out to center to end the game.

The 40-year-old Kratz got the start at catcher for New York in the second game, as they brought him in earlier in the day following backup catcher Kyle Higashioka’s placement on the 10-day injured list with a strained right oblique muscle.

Per Bryan Hoch, Yankees manager Aaron Boone announced Giancarlo Stanton is likely headed for the Injured list after exiting the game with a tight left hamstring.

Tampa Bay (7-8) is on the verge of handing the Yankees (10-5) their first series loss of the season, as they go for one more game on Sunday at 1:10 PM EST.

MLB Recap: Indians 7 – White Sox 1

Cleveland bounced back from a shutout loss on Friday night by almost shutting out the White Sox on Saturday, winning by a score of 7-1.

Zach Plesac pitched six solid innings for the Indians, allowing five hits while striking out seven. Plesac enjoyed help from his offense, which hit three home runs on the day.

“It pumps me up to go out there and put another zero up…We all know the offense is going to come around.”

Plesac said

Domingo Santana and Jordan Luplow both hit their first home runs of the season, while Franmil Reyes hit his second. 

After coming on in relief to start to the third inning, Drew Anderson was roughed up to the tune of six runs on four hits, two walks, two strikeouts, and two homers in only one 1.1 innings.

Chicago managed to avoid being shut out following a Yoan Moncada home run in the bottom of the eighth inning. 

The Indians (9-7) and White Sox (8-7) face off in the rubber match of the series on Sunday with first pitch set for 7 PM EST.

MLB Recap: Tigers 11 – Pirates 5

Detroit hit four home runs within the first five batters of the game, as the Tigers easily defeated the host Pirates, 11-5.

After last night’s offensive explosion, which saw Detroit score 17 runs, it would be reasonable for a team to fall a little flat the next day, but that was not the case. 

Miguel Cabrera was one of the four Tigers to hit a home run in the first inning, with the two-run shot being coming as his 481st career homer. With three RBI’s on the day, Cabrera passes Hall of Famer Jim Thome and moves into 24th on the all-time list with 1,701. He’s now one RBI shy of tying Reggie Jackson.

Neither starting pitcher experience much success during the game, as Ivan Nova almost blew a 6-0 Tigers lead by allowing five runs to the Pirates during the third and fourth innings. Meanwhile, Pirates starter Derek Holland was lit up for nine runs on 13 hits, five of which came via the long ball, in five innings of work.

The Pirates scored runs in less conventional ways than the Tigers, with Philip Evans crossing the plate on a Nova wild pitch in the fourth, while Bryan Reynolds and Jarrod Dyson each scored on ground outs.

Evans exited on a stretcher in the top of the sixth after colliding with RF Gregory Polanco while they tried to chase down a flyball in foul territory. Polanco’s right elbow hit Evans in the head as the two reached for the ball. Evans was alert at the time of his removal by medical personnel. Polanco remained in the game. 

Pittsburgh (3-12) has now lost nine of their last ten games and will send out Joe Musgrove on Sunday as they attempt to avoid being swept. Spencer Turnbull will get the starting nod for Detroit (7-5). 

MLB Recap: Athletics 3 – Astros 1

After leading the Athletics to victory last night with a walk-off single in the 13th inning, Marcus Semien started Saturday’s game with a home run in the first inning, helping defeat the Astros, 3-1.

“A lot of our games have been close, but we’re playing good defense, timely hitting. The pitching’s been very consistent, it’s almost surprising when we give up runs… That’s a good sign. I think we’re playing good ball, regardless of the batting averages up there, whatever, we’re doing what we have to do to win games.”

Semien

Oakland starter Frankie Montas pitched seven shutout innings, allowing two hits while striking out five. Framber Valdez also went seven innings, but he gave up two runs, one earned, one seven hits while walking one and striking out nine.

In addition to Semien’s home run, Matt Chapman chipped in a solo home run of his own in the eighth inning to put the team up 3-1.

An Alex Bregman RBI single in the ninth inning helped the Astros avoid a shutout.

Houston (6-8) has now lost their last four games, while Oakland (11-4) sittings atop the AL West, riding an eight-game winning streak. Sunday’s game is set for 4:10 PM EST.

MLB Recap: Phillies 5 – Braves 0

Philadelphia blanked the Braves en-route to only their third win of the season on Saturday.

Jake Arrieta pitched six strong innings for the Phillies during the 5-0 victory over Atlanta, giving up only three hits while striking out six. J.T. Realmuto opened the scoring with a solo shot in the fourth inning, with Jay Bruce hitting a three-run homer of his own a batters after Realmuto.

Saturday’s win provided Arrietta with his first win since June 29th, 2019, after he was shut down last season due to surgery to remove bone spurs in his pitching arm. 

“I have more weapons at my disposal that I didn’t necessarily have the last year or two… I’m not worried about the elbow flaring up in the third or fourth inning.”

Arrieta said

With the teams set for a doubleheader on Saturday, Phillies (4-4) top prospect Spencer Howard is expected to start the first game. Howard, a second-round draft pick in 2017, is considered the team’s best pitching prospect since Aaron Nola. Max Fried will take the mound for the Braves (9-6) in game one. 

MLB Recap: Orioles 5 – Nationals 3

Baltimore scored five runs in the top of the eighth to come from behind and defeat the Washington Nationals, 5-3.

The Nationals jumped out to an early 2-0 nothing in the second inning thanks in part to a Juan Soto solo shot and a Kurt Suzuki sacrifice fly. An Eric Thames double in the sixth put the Nats up 3-0. 

Pat Valaika hit a pinch-hit home run to start the top of the eighth followed by a Pedro Severino pinch-hit homer to pull the Birds within one. Four batters later, Anthony Santander hit a go-ahead three-run home run off of Washington reliever, Daniel Hudson.

“That was a good start to the eighth inning, back-to-back homers,”

Santander said

Washington (4-7) looks to avoid the sweep on Sunday as ace Stephen Strasburg makes his first start of the season. Asher Wojciechowski will get the start for the Orioles (7-7) as he looks for his first win. 

MLB Recap: Reds 4 – Brewers 1

Eddie Suarez hit the second pitch he saw over the left-field fence to give the Reds a 3-0 lead only four batters into the game on Saturday. Cincinnati would go on to beat the Brewers, 4-1.

Anthony DeSclafani pitched six scoreless innings for the Reds, giving up two hits while striking out six batters. At the same time, his Milwaukee counterpart, Brett Anderson, lasted only 3.2 innings, giving up three runs, two earned, four hits, two walks, and two strikeouts. Corbin Burnes pitched the remains 5.2 innings in relief of Anderson. 

“I feel like throwing my slider was working really well…It felt a little bit different, it felt like I had a little bit more depth today on it. And I think it bailed me out of a couple 3-2 counts. Guy at first, got the double play. Behind in counts, I was able to throw it for a strike and just get it off the barrel. I would say today was a lot of my slider.”

DeSclafani said

Brock Holt hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth, helping the Brewers avoid a shutout. 

Game three of the series is for 2:10 PM EST with Sonny Gray taking the mound for the Reds (6-8), and Brandon Woodruff getting the start for the Brewers (5-6). Gray is seeking his fourth win. 

MLB Recap: Royals 9 – Twins 6

Salvador Perez, Nicky Lopez, and Jorge Soler each a hit home run during the bottom of the fourth inning, as the Royals beat the Twins 9-6 on Saturday night.

Soler, who hit a three-run shot in the fourth, hit a solo shot in the previous inning. In all, between Kansas City and Minnesota, the game featured seven home runs. 

Twins manager Rocco Baldelli brought in Lewis Thorpe to start the fourth inning. Thorpe gave up three straight hits, including the Lopez homer, and was credited with three earned runs without getting a single out. 

Minnesota pulled within two in the top of the seventh before Adalberto Mondesi scored on a wild pitch in the bottom half of the inning. Neither team starting pitcher had any success during the game.

Trevor Rosenthal came on for a four-out save, striking out three batters. It was his third save of the season. 

“The bullpen once again came in and did a fantastic job for us…but that inning where we give up four, and we come right back and take six, that’s special, and that sort of thing can carry a club for a while, knowing you have that kind of talent and that kind of ability. The three home runs are huge right there.”

Royals manager Mike Matheny said

Kansas City (6-10) has now won three straight games and is looking for a sweep of the reeling Twins (10-5), losses of their last three. Jorge Berrios will take the mound for the visiting Twins, while Brady Singer will start for the Royals. 

MLB Recap: Mets 8 – Marlins 4

J.D. Davis homered and hit a career-high four RBI’s as the Mets smashed three long balls in an 8-4 victory over the Marlins. 

Mets rookie David Peterson got his first start at home, taking the win after only two runs in five innings. 

“With every start, I feel like I get more comfortable here…I learn more.” 

Peterson said

Pete Alonso and Michael Conforto each hit two-run homers during the game.

The COVID ravaged Marlins rode a five-game win streak coming into the game Saturday, despite picking up starters from the free agent pool and trades with other teams.

Logan Forsythe, signed by Miami last Sunday, hit his first home run of the season.

Despite the loss, the Marlins (7-2) remain in first place In the NL East. The rubber match of the series is set to pit Pablo Lopez versus the Mets (6-9) ace, Jacob DeGrom, with first pitch at 1:10 PM EST.

MLB Recap: Blue Jays 2 – Red Sox 1

It was the Anthony Kay show on Saturday night, as the Blue Jays reliever pitched 3.1 innings of two-hit ball, striking out three. Toronto would go on to beat the Red Sox, 2-1.

Kay earned his first career win in only his fifth career game. 

A Christian Vazquez single in the second drove in Xander Bogaerts, to give Boston an early one-run lead. Bo Bichette tied up the game in the top of the seventh with an RBI double.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. scored on a Rowdy Tellex groundout in the eighth, to put Toronto up for good. 

Matt Shoemaker gets the starting now for Toronto (5-7) on Sunday, while Nathan Eovaldi will start for the Red Sox (5-9). 

MLB Recap: Rangers 2 – Angels 0

Seven Rangers pitchers combined to pitch a four-hit shutout on Saturday night, as they defeated the Angels, 2-0.

Starter Kolby Allard went five innings, giving up two hits while striking out six. Joey Gallo hit his fourth home run of the season, a two-run shot scoring Todd Frazier in the sixth inning.

One night after hitting a home run on his birthday, Angels star Mike Trout was only able to muster one hit while striking out three times in the team’s loss. 

Texas (5-8) will send out Lance Lynn on Sunday as they look to the Sweep the Angels (5-10). Andrew Heaney is scheduled to take the mound. The game is called for 2:35 PM EST. 

MLB Recap: Giants 5 – Dodgers 4

ohnny Cueto took a no-hitter into the sixth inning on Saturday night but lost it when Kiki Hernandez led off the inning with a triple. From there, the night got a little bumpy for Cueto. 

Two walks, a run-scoring groundout, and a Justin Turner three-run home run later, Cueto was done for the night, pitching 5.2 innings, giving up four runs on two hits, walking three and striking three out. 

Austin Slater had his first career multi-home run game, both solo shots, while the Giants built up a 5-0 by the time Cueto went out to pitch the sixth inning. 

Dodgers (10-5) future ace Walker Buehler will start on Sunday against San Francisco’s (7-9) Kevin Gausman.

MLB Recap: Diamondbacks 3 – Padres 2

or the second straight night, Fernando Tatis Jr. led off the bottom of the first inning with a homer. The Padres would have to wait until seven innings before they’d score another run, once again coming off the bat of Tatis, also a solo shot. 

San Diego would fail to take advantage of the Tatis Jr. multi-homer night, falling to the Diamondbacks, 3-2.

Starling Marte had a double, solo home run and scored two runs, leading the charge offensively for Arizona. Merrill Kelly earned his second win, pitching six innings, allowing one run on six hits, striking out four.

Madison Bumgarner seeks his first win as he takes the mound for the Diamondbacks (6-9) on Sunday, against the Padres (8-7) Dinelson Lamet. 

MLB Recap: Rockies 5 – Mariners 0

Four Rockies pitchers combined to throw a one-hit shutout on Saturday against the Mariners. 

Colorado continued its hot streak, winning it seventh game in the last eight, this time by a score of 5-0, thanks in part to Charlie Blackmon and his three hits, two of which were doubles, and three RBI’s. 

Rookie Ryan Castellani threw four perfect innings, before hitting a batter and issuing a walk in the fifth. Reliever Jeff Hoffman stepped in and induced a ground ball double play and another ground out. Aside from the single he allowed in the following inning, it was smooth sailing for Hoffman and Colorado’s bullpen.

Seattle’s J.P. Crawford broke up the no-hit bid with a single to center field in the sixth inning. 

The Rockies (11-3) currently sit 1.5 games ahead of the Dodgers for first place in the NL West, while the Mariners (5-11) remain in last place in the AL West. 

Top Performers:

Frankie Montas: 7 innings pitched, 2 hits, 0 runs, 5 strikeouts

Fernando Tatis Jr.: 3-4, 2 home runs, 2 RBI’s, 2 runs scored

Jorge Soler: 2-5, 2 home runs, 4 RBI’s, 2 runs scored

Anthony DeSclafani: 6 innings pitched, 2 hits, 0 runs, 6 strikeouts

Rockies Pitching Staff: 9 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts