1. The White Sox had a nightmare collapse in the ninth
If you thought the Phillies blowing a 7–1 lead in the ninth last week was bad, well, this one might just be worse.
Here’s how it went:
The White Sox start the inning ahead 8–2, and Andres Gimenez leads off the inning with a solo home run. And then, two errors on back-to-back pitches.
Then a strikeout, a forceout, and the game seems just about over. Two outs, the White Sox have a five-run lead, Liam Hendriks is on the mound.
Then there’s a walk. A single. And Josh Naylor comes up to the plate.
Grand slam, tie game.
In the bottom of the inning, the Sox get the bases loaded, two outs — and Jose Ramirez makes the most clutch defensive play of the year so far. The game goes to extras.
And then in the 11th, it was Josh Naylor again. The game of his life.
White Sox lose, 12–9.
2. Shohei Ohtani hit two home runs, including a grand slam
Both to the opposite field, both beautiful pieces of hitting — and so maybe, at last, is this first-month slump of his coming to an end?
3. Ohtani’s first home run went back-to-back with Mike Trout, who set the HR record for Angel Stadium
Passing another fish in the record books, of course.
4. The Mets and Yankees are the first teams to 20 wins
Another “Subway Series” this October would be electric.
5. Ketel Marte hit a HR over the swimming pool in Arizona
Every ballpark could use a hit it here home run novelty area.
And winning that game, the Diamondbacks are at 16–14 now, as each of the five teams in the NL West continues to have a record above .500.
5. Nestor Cortes took a no-hitter into the 8th inning
“Naasty Nesstor!” chants all over Yankee Stadium all afternoon.
How he felt after an effort like that:
6. Kyle Hendricks returned to his old dominant self last night
8.2 innings, 0 ER, 3 hits, one walk, 116 pitches.
7. The Cubs will (likely) be playing the Cardinals in London, 2023
Not completely confirmed yet, but a great event for basebeall.
8. The players of the week: Manuel Margot and Rowdy Tellez
9. Beloved former Red Sox broadcaster Don Orsillo is back to call a game tonight
He’s off his normal Padres duties, calling a game on TBS:
10. And lastly, highlights from the Angel Stadium scoreboard
A little eccentric with the away team, last night: