Remember when they used to have holiday doubleheaders? Two of the first games I ever went to were comprised of a July 4 twinbill at Yankee Stadium against the Cleveland Indians. This was a reward for perfect attendance at Hebrew school at the Woodruff Avenue Temple in Brooklyn, so I must have been 11 or 12. The seats were in the bleachers, next to the visiting bullpen. I recall one of their pitchers, maybe it was Mike Paul, making faces at us. Anyway…
And again. Joc Pederson led off the game for the LA Dodgers (46-39) by hitting the first pitch he saw for his 13th home run of the year and second of this young month. The Dodgers beat the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates, 8-3. According to those new-fangled stats, it was the hardest home run hit by a Dodger since 2015 and traveled an estimated 437-feet.
Alex Bregman was 2-for-5 with a run scored as the Houston Astros (56-31) beat the host Texas Rangers, 5-3. Is an All-Star Game in his immediate future? After all, he was named AL Player of the Month for June.
Kevin Pillar was 0-for-4 for the Toronto Blue Jays (40-45), who overcame a 6-1 deficit to beat the visiting NY Mets, 8-6.
Ian Kinsler was 0-for-3, batting in the seventh slot, as the LA Angels (43-43) lost to the host Seattle Mariners, 4-1.
Ryan Braun struck out twice in three at bats before coming out of the game with the visiting Minnesota Twins in the sixth with lower back tightness…again. The Milwaukee Brewers (50-35) won the game, 2-0.
Gabe Kapler‘s Philadelphia Phillies (46-37) beat the Baltimore Orioles (24-60), 3-2. Danny Valencia struck out as a pinch-hitter in the eighth.
Max Fried did not appear for the Atlanta Braves (49-35) in their 8-5 loss to the host NY Yankees. He takes the hill tomorrow against the Brewers in Milwaukee.
Robert Stock did not appear for the San Diego Padres in their 6-2 loss to the host Oakland A’s.
Getting closer: Craig Breslow was promoted from the Jays’ AA affiliate in New Hampshire to AAA Buffalo.