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JML update, September 7, 2018 (Sept. 6)

Posted on: September 7th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Howdy, Rowdy! Rowdy Tellez has gotten off to an historic start for the Toronto Blue Jays with doubles in his first three at-bats. The first came as a pinch-hitter on Wednesday. He got the start yesterday, batting sixth behind Kevin Pillar. He doubled in the second inning then doubled again in the fourth driving in a run. He flied out in the sixth then doubled again in the eighth. So far, Tellez is 4-for-5, all two-baggers. His dad missed his debut because of flight delays, but he was in Toronto last night to kvell.


Pillar was hitless in four at-bats as the Blue Jays (63-77) lost to the visiting Cleveland Indians, 9-4.

Robert Stock gave up a hit in one scoreless inning of releief as the San Diego Padres beat the host Cincinnati Reds, 6-2.

The Atlanta Braves (77-63) recalled pitcher Max Fried but he did not appear in last night’s 7-6, 10-inning win over the host Arizona Diamondbacks.

JML update, September 6, 2018 (Games of Sept. 5)

Posted on: September 6th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Rowdy Tellez cracked a pinch-hit double on the first Major League pitch he saw, driving in a run as the Toronto Blue Jays (63-76) crushed the visiting Tampa Bay Rays, 10-3.

Tellez got some nice write-ups because of the recent tragic loss of his mother, Lori.

Alex Bregman just keeps chugging along: he hit his 47th double and 29th home run and walked twice, driving in five runs as the Houston Astros (87-53) beat up on the visiting Minnesota Twins, 9-1. The home run came with a runner on and two out in the first and the double cleared the bases for the capper in the eight. As Scott Barancik notes, “Bregman has reached base safely in 33 straight games, the longest streak for an Astro since 2004.”  It was the fifth straight win for the Astros.

Ian Kinsler lined a game-tying pinch-hit single , part of a six-run eighth inning, as the Boston Red Sox (97-44) roared back to beat the host Atlanta Braves, 9-8. He remained in the game and struck out in a subsequent at-bat in the ninth.

Ryan Braun had a single and a walk in four plate appearances as the Milwaukee Brewers (79-62) lost to the Chicago Cubs, 6-4.

Joc Pederson was 0-for-3 with a walk as the LA Dodgers (76-64) — who managed just three hits — lost, 7-3, to the visiting NY Mets. There was some controversy when Mets’ third baseman Todd Frazier did or didn’t make a catch on this play. It was a topic of discussion on today’s Pardon the Interruption, with the argument that it wasn’t fair to the Dodgers if Frazier cheated on the play since they are still in the hunt for a post-season berth. What if they miss it by one game?

Ryan Lavarnway did not appear for the Pittsburgh Pirates (69-71) in their 3-2 win over the visiting Cincinnati Reds.

Robert Stock and the San Diego Padres were off.

Gabe Kapler‘s Philadelphia Phillies lost to the host Miami Marlins, 2-1.


JML update, August 29, 2018 (Games of Aug. 28)

Posted on: August 29th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Ian Kinsler gave the Boston Red Sox (91-42) a 1-0 lead with a single in the bottom of the second inning. He added another hit and scored a run as the Sox beat the visiting Miami Marlins, 8-7. The Marlins scored five times in the eighth to take the lead, but Boston came back with three of their own to regain, including Kinsler’s scamper across the plate on a wild pitch which gave them the (brief) lead. Miami scored in the ninth to tie before the Sox won the darn thing on a walk-off error on a made-to-order double play ball.

Alex Bregman hit his 42nd double to go along with a single in four at-bats and drove in two-thirds of the Houston Astros’ (80-53) runs in a 4-3 loss to the visiting Oakland A’s. There’s been a fair amount of talk about Mike Trout of the LA Angels being the new “face of baseball,” but could it be Bregman?

Kevin Pillar was 2-for-5 with an RBI as the Toronto Blue Jays (60-72) lost to the Baltimore Orioles, 11-3.

Joc Pederson was 2-for-6 with a run scored as the LA Dodgers (71-61) beat the host Texas Rangers, 8-4.

Ryan Braun was 1-for-3 as the Milwaukee Brewers (73-60) lost to the host Cincinnati Reds, 9-7. He came out of the game on a double switch in the bottom of the sixth. Look for his name to pop up fairly regularly while stories about the new book, Baseball Cop: The Dark Side Of America’s National Pastime, continues to be newsworthy because of Braun’s use of PEDs. Funny — and sad — how people seem to gravitate to the “dirt side” of things.

Robert Stock did not pitch for the San Diego Padres (51-83) in their 2-1 win over the visiting Seattle Mariners.

Gabe Kapler‘s Philadelphia Phillies (70-62) lost to the visiting Washington Nationals, 5-4, when their runner left second base too soon, trying to advance on a fly ball in the ninth inning. Double play, game over.

Image result for danny valencia personalityFriday marks the last day a player can join another team and be eligible for the post-season. With that in mind, Danny Valencia — who was released earlier this month by the Orioles — is still out there. But it seems his reputation is preceding him. In an article from Inquisitor.com about rumored moves, the writer notes that the limbo-ed player “is available and can hit, but not a single GM has inquired about him as he is seen as a bad clubhouse presence. He would be extremely cheap to acquire, but the rumor on him is that his juice isn’t worth the squeeze.”

Get it? Because Valencia is a type of orange?

:: Crickets ::

Anyway, I thought that was funny. Here’s a piece from 2017 that goes into Valencia’s difficulties a bit more.

JML update, weekend edition (August 24-26, 2018)

Posted on: August 27th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

MOT of the Weekend honors goes to Alex Bregman. The Houston Astros’ All-Star was 4-for-11 with two doubles (putting him at 40, good for a first-place tie in the American League). He walked three times, scored four runs, and drove in one as the ‘Stros (80-50, first in AL West) swept the visiting LA Angels. Weird fact: yesterday “A-Berg” (remember the players were wearing the nicknames on their uniforms for this weekend), extended his road hitting streak to 45 games. The things they keep track of…

Ryan Braun was 2-for-7 with on Friday as the Milwaukee Brewers (73-59, third in NL Central) beat the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates 7-6 in 15 innings. Pittsburgh took a 6-4 win in the top of the 15th but the homeys scored three in the bottom of the frame for the “W.” Braun didn’t play on Saturday but was 1-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI in Sunday’s 7-4 win. There’s a new expose about the dark underbelly of baseball. In this excerpt from Baseball Cop: The Dark Side of America’s National Pastime by Eddie Dominguez which appeared in Sports Illustrated, we learn “why Braun got caught using PEDs.”

Joc Pederson did not appear in Friday’s game for the LA Dodgers (70-61, third in NL West) against the visiting San Diego Padres (50-83, fifth in NL West). He grounded out as a pinch-hitter on Saturday. Yesterday, Pederson walked and scored a run, again as a pinch-hitter as the Dodgers completed the three-game sweep. His playing time was evidently reduced further due to a knee contusion he suffered from a foul ball.

Robert Stock appeared in all three games. One Friday, he threw one shutout inning on Friday (one walk, two strikeouts). Saturday’s contest was truly bizarre. Stock took the mound in the bottom of the 12th inning of a 4-4 tie. He walked the first batter. That was followed by a sacrifice to move the runner to second. With the score tied at 4-4 in the 12th inning an, the lights went out for 21 minutes. When play resumed, Stock returned to the hill (kind of surprising to me, but what do I know?) and induced Justin Turner to hit a pop up on the first pitch that fell into the Bermuda Triangle between first, second and right field for the unlikely game-winning hit. So Stock’s line was 1/3 of an inning, one hit, one run, and his first Major league loss. Oh, and he pitched another shutout inning the next day, allowing one hit. It is the first time he has pitched on three consecutive days.

Ian Kinsler was 2-for-10 as the Boston Red Sox (90-42, first place AL East) were swept in their three-game series by the host Tampa Bay Rays.

Kevin Pillar was 1-for-12 with a run scored as the Toronto Blue Jays (60-70, fourth in AL East) took two of three from Gabe Kapler‘s Philadelphia Phillies (70-60, second in NL East). Pillar moved up in the lineup each day: sixth on Friday, fifth on Saturday (when he got his sole hit), and clean-up yesterday.

The St. Louis Cardinals (73-58, second in NL Central) have released pitcher Ryan Sherriff, currently on the disabled list. Didn’t even know you could do that. Seems especially cold-hearted, but, hey, it’s a business. From CBSSports.com

Sherriff underwent Tommy John surgery in early June, but the Cardinals needed to create space on the 40-man roster for the return of Dominic Leone (biceps) from the 60-day disabled list, prompting the move. Sherriff will be unable to pitch at least through the first half of the 2019 season as he enters free agency at an unfortunate juncture.

From Rotoballer.com:

Atlanta Braves (73-57, first in NL East) starting pitcher Max Fried (groin) was activated from the 10-day disabled list on Monday and was then optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett. Fried has been good for the Braves this year, going 1-4 with a 3.14 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 36 strikeouts in 28 2/3 innings over 10 appearances (five starts). He’ll be an option for spot starts next month and can be utilized in deeper leagues as a streamer if the matchup is right.

Danny Valencia, designated for assignment by the Baltimore Orioles, is still available.

JML update, Weekend Edition (Games of August 17-29, 2018)

Posted on: August 20th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Ian Kinsler returned to the lineup for the Boston Red Sox (88-37, first in the AL East with the best record in baseball), going 0-for-6 with a walk and an RBI as his team took two of three from the visiting Tampa Bay Rays.

Alex Bregman was 4-for-13 including his 23rd and 24th home runs, three runs scored, three RBIs, and three walks but the Houston Astros dropped two of three to the hard-charging Oakland A’s. Prior #23, Bregman hadn’t hit a long ball in 19 days, leading arched eyebrows over the Home Run Derby “curse.” The Astros are 75-49, in first place in the AL West by one game over the A’s, having lost seven of their last nine games.

Ryan Braun struck out as a pinch hitter on Friday and was 0-for-3 yesterday after sitting out Saturday’s contest as the Milwaukee Brewers (69-57, second in the NL Central by 3.5 games) dropped two of three to the host St. Louis Cardinals.

Kevin Pillar was 4-for-12 with his 32nd double, a run scored, and two RBI as the Toronto Blue Jays (55=69, fourth in the AL East) were swept by the host NY Yankees. He took some heat from his manager John Gibbons following an ill-timed and unsuccessful stolen base attempt in Saturday’s loss.

Joc Pederson was 0-for-9 with two walks and a run scored as the LA Dodgers (67-58, third in the NL West) took two of three from the visiting Seattle Mariners.

In his only appearance on the weekend, Robert Stock struck out three, walked one, and allowed a hit in 1.1 innings on Friday for the San Diego Padres (49-78, fifth in the NL West) in their 9-4 loss to the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks. Scott Barancik of JewishBaseballNews.com sent this link to an emotional radio interview.

Max Fried looked a little rusty in his rehab start for the Gwinnett Stripers on Friday. He gave up three runs on four hits with four walks and five strikeouts in 4.1 innings in what was ultimately an 8-0 loss to the Buffalo Bisons. He’s scheduled to make one more rehab start before a possible return to the Atlanta Braves.

The visiting NY Mets took two of three contests against Gabe Kapler‘s Philadelphia Phillies (68-56, second in the NL East by a half game) following a doubleheader split on Aug. 16.

JML update, August 15, 2018 (Games of Aug. 14)

Posted on: August 15th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Unfortunately, these things are getting easier between the MOTs designated for assignment (Ty Kelly, Danny Valencia) and the disabled list (Ian Kinsler, Max Fried, Richard Bleier, Ryan Sherriff).

Braun bops! Ryan Braun hit two home runs in his first two at-bats to help the Milwaukee Brewers (68-54) beat the host Chicago Cubs, 7-0. The first blast came in the first with a runner on. The next — giving Braun 14 on the year and 35th at Wrigley over his career — came in the third, also with one on.

Kevin Pillar hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning that gave the Toronto Blue Jays (54-65) the come-from-behind 6-5 win over the host Kansas City Royals. He also had a two- RBI single in the third.

Alex Bregman was 0-for-3 with a walk as the Houston Astros (73-47) continue to sputter, losing to the visiting Colorado Rockies, 5-1.

Robert Stock gave up an unearned run on one hit, a walk, and a strikeout in two innings as the San Diego Padres (48-74) lost to the visiting LA Angels, 7-3.

Joc Pederson came on as a defensive replacement as was 0-for-1 one as the LA Dodgers (64-57) were edged, 2-1, by the visiting San Francisco Giants.

Gabe Kapler‘s Philadelphia Phillies (65-53) lost to the visiting Boston Red Sox, 2-1.

JML update, August 8, 2018 (Games of Aug. 7)

Posted on: August 8th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Are you kidding me?? Two innings into the first game of their doubleheader against the host Washington Nationals, Max Fried gets hit by a line drive off the bat of  Spencer Keiboom (Kaboom?) and winds up on the disabled list!

(Damn, he’s thin.) Fried allowed a hit, gave up a walk, and struck out two in his brief appearance. You may remember he just came off the DL but you could be forgiven if you didn’t because so many MOTs have been there this season. The Braves (61-49) lost that game, 8-3, but won the nightcap 3-1.

Too bad it couldn’t have been a five-run homer. Kevin Pillar (who came off the DL last week) launched a two-run job in the bottom of the 10th against the visiting Boston Red Sox (sans Ian Kinsler, who’s on the –shocker — DL). The Toronto Blue Jays (51-61) ended up losing 10-7 after Boston (80-34) put five across in the top of the frame. It was the only hit for Pillar in five at-bats.

By the way, Kinsler received the top nod for best defensive play of the year (so far, of course).

Ryan Braun (also on the DL in 2018) doubled in two official at-bats and walked as the Milwaukee Brewers (65-51) lost to the visiting San Diego Padres, 11-5. He came out of the game after the seventh in some pitching/defensive changes.

Robert Stock pitched a scoreless inning for the Padres (45-70), allowing a walk, a hit, and striking out one.

Alex Bregman was 1-for-5 batting out of the leadoff spot as the Houston Astros (73-42) beat the host San Francisco Giants, 2-1.

Joc Pederson doubled as a pinch-hitter, stayed in the game, and struck out in a subsequent at-bat as the LA Dodgers (63-51) beat the host Oakland As, 4-2.

Danny Valencia did not appear for the Baltimore Orioles (34-79) in their 4-3 loss to the host Tampa Bay Rays.

Gabe Kapler‘s Philadelphia Phillies (64-49) beat the host Arizona Diamondbacks, 4-2.

Dean Kremer — the first Israeli-born ballplayer to be signed by a Major League team — gets a nice write-up here. He was in the recent trade that sent him and four other prospects to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for Manny Machado.

Could 37-year-old Craig Breslow — now in the Blue Jays’ minor league system — be on his way back to the bigs? Hope so. If not with Toronto, then somewhere else.

JML update, weekend edition: Games of Aug. 3-5, 2018

Posted on: August 6th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Well, that was quick: Ian Kinsler walked and scored a run on Friday as the host Boston Red Sox (79-34, first in AL East) started a four-game sweep of the NY Yankees with a 4-1 win, thanks to a one-hitter by Rick Porcello. Kinsler ended up on the 10-day disabled list, ironic since he was acquired to replace Dustin Pedroia, who spent most of the year ion the DL. By the way, is it kosher for a Jewish player to have a hamstring problem?

Bryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers (65-50, second in NL Central): Flied out as a pinch-hitter in Friday’s 5-3 win over the visiting Colorado Rockies; 2-for-3 with his 12th home run (solo shot in the third) and an additional RBI and run scored in an 8-4 win on Saturday; and 2-for-4 with a run scored and two stolen bases in a 5-4, 11-inning loss on Sunday.

Alex Bregman, Houston Astros (71-42, first in AL West): Was 0-for-3 in a 2-1 win over the host LA Dodgers on Friday — a rematch of last fall’s World Series participants; 0-for-4 with a run scored and a walk in an 14-0 win on Saturday; and 1-for-2 (double) with a walk in a 3-2 loss on Sunday.

Joc Pederson, LA Dodgers (62-51, tied for first in NL West with Arizona Diamondbacks): Provided the only run for his team on Friday with his 17th home run — which led off the game — for his only hit in four at-bats; did not play on Saturday; and was 0-for-3 with a run scored on Sunday.

Kevin Pillar, Toronto Blue Jays (51-60, fourth in AL East): Returned from the DL on Friday, batting in the ninth spot and going 0-for-3 with a sac fly in a 7-2 win over the host Seattle Mariners; 2-for-4 with his 28th double and 12th stolen base in a 5-1 win on Saturday; and 1-for-3 in a 6-1 loss on Sunday.

Danny Valencia, Baltimore Orioles (34-78, fifth in AL East): Did not appear in Friday’s 11-3 loss to the host Texas Rangers; was 0-for-4 in a 3-1 loss on Saturday; and was 0-for-4 again in 9-6 win on Sunday.

080618_Phillies-Kapler_usatRobert Stock, San Diego Padres (44-70, fifth in NL West): Gave up one hit — a home run — and struck out one in two innings of work in Friday’s 5-4 loss to the host Chicago Cubs, his only appearance for the weekend.

Max Fried did not appear for the Atlanta Braves (60-49, second in NL East) in their weekend series against the host NY Mets. He is expected to start one of the games in Tuesday’s doubleheader against the

Gabe Kapler‘s Philadelphia Phillies swept the visiting Miami Marlins to improve their first place NL East record to 63-48.

Yesterday, the Oakland A’s designated pitcher Jeremy Bleich for assignment. Bleich, 31, appeared in two games, giving up two runs in just 1/3 of an inning. He made his debut on July 13 (Friday the 13th, of course) and gave up two runs without retiring a batter. He was better his next time out, retiring one of the two batters he faced. At least that gave him an ERA. By the way, I had been mispronouncing the name: I thought it was Bleyech (as in chai), but it’s really Bleyesh.

JML Update: All-Star Break

Posted on: July 19th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Hi-ho, boys and girls. Back from vacation in New Mexico. As you might know, I have a small hat collection, but the caveat is that a) I have to be in the city that hosts the teams or b) if it’s a gift, same thing for the giftor (not that I’m hinting or anything). In other words, I can’t just stop into a Lids at the mall or buy it online. So thanks to multiple plane changes and locations, we made found ourselves in four major and minor league towns: El Paso, Albuquerque, Houston, and Denver, but the only one I got was for the El Paso Chihuahuas, the AAA affiliate of the San Diego Padres, purchased at the airport. “Technically,” since we were in the other locales, I could buy those caps anywhere, but at my age, this is starting to seem a bit silly to me.

Had a chance to catch the All-Star Game but wouldn’t you know, I was in another room when Alex Bregman hit the game-winning home run. Drat my timing. He had entered the game in the sixth, hitting into a fielder’s choice and beating the throw to first to avoid a double play. He also struck out in the eighth. But in the 10th…

Bregman became only the second JML to hit an All-Star home run, joining Al Rosen who hit both of his in a single game to help the AL beat the NL 11-9 in 1954.

Here are some more pertinent clips from Tuesday’s 8-6 AL victory, the sixth straight for the junior circuit.

And leave us not forget his performance in the previous evening’s Home Run Derby:

Having seen what’s happened to past HRD participants, let’s hope Bregman doesn’t break down in the second half.

All in all , it was a great time for the first-time All-Star:

During the first “half” — never really a half since the teams have all played more than 81 games — here’s Bregman’s line (all stats courtesy Baseball-Reference.com). By the way, the Houston Astros have the second-best record in the American League at 64-35, leading the Western Division by five games over the Seattle Mariners.

96 434 371 67 107 31 1 20 64 8 4 56 53 .288 .389 .539 .928 159 200

Time doesn’t permit me to go into great detail on the rest of the JMLs, but here are their records with just a comment or two…

Gabe Kapler started out slowly as the new skipper for the Philadelphia Phillies. His unorthodox (no halacha intended) manner had some calling for his ouster after just a couple of weeks. But now he’s got the Phils in first place in the NL East at 53-42, a half game ahead of the Braves.

Jeremy BleichJeremy Bleich, Oakland A’s (55-42, third in AL West). The latest JML, the 31-year-old lefty pitcher made his debut on July 13 and it did not go well.  He entered the game against the San Francisco Giants in the seventh inning with the bases loaded and gave up a two-run double then hit the next batter. Bleich was then relieved and his two responsibilities came around, leaving him with no innings, one hit, one HBP, and an ERA of infinity. (By the way, during my vacation I was reading Keith Law’s fascinating book, Smart Baseball: The Story Behind the Old Stats That Are Ruining the Game, the New Ones That Are Running It, and the Right Way to Think About Baseball. It’s given me a whole new perspective on evaluating players. Highly recommended.)

Richard Bleier, Baltimore Orioles (28-39, fifth in AL East). Bleier was probably the best pitcher on the woeful O’s. He hit a bit of a snag shortly before an injury put him on the disabled list for the rest of the year.

3 0 1.000 1.93 31 0 32.2 36 7 7 0 4 1 15 1 133 215 2.68 1.224

Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers (55-43, second in NL Central). We can all agree this has been a disappointing half-season for the Hebrew Hammer, who has appeared in just 71 of the team’s 98 games, suffering through a bunch of nagging injuries and currently on the DL (20 days missed).

71 255 234 31 55 13 1 10 35 7 3 17 55 .235 .283 .427 .711 87 100

Max Fried, Atlanta Braves (52-42, second in NL East). The second year hurler has been up and down with the Braves. He  had one brilliant game then went on the DL with blister issues on July 6 and is yet to return (14 days lost).

1 3 .250 3.92 7 3 3 0 20.2 17 10 9 3 13 25 87 101 4.64 1.452

Ty Kelly, NY Mets (39-55, tied for last in NL East). Kelly — who played for Team Israel in the 2017 World Baseball Classic and has been deemed “kosher” by the powers that be — rejoined the Mets as a free agent in January. They brought him up on July 9.

7 10 10 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .100 .100 .100 .200 -44 1

Ian Kinsler, LA Angels (49-48, fourth in AL West) also spent some time (13 days) on the DL with an ab muscle problem. Some teams offer “mid-season report cards.” Here’s his (and it’s pretty harsh).

82 354 324 37 71 15 0 11 26 8 4 24 34 .219 .280 .367 .647 79 119

Speaking of Kinsler, on this date in 2009:

Joc Pederson, LA Dodgers (53-43, first in NL West). A slow start — when he did actually start as opposed to coming in as a pinch-hitter or defensive replacement — didn’t prevent Pederson from having a great June in which he hit 10 of his 13 home runs.

88 265 231 35 57 17 3 13 36 1 4 28 40 .247 .333 .515 .848 128 119

Kevin Pillar, Toronto Blue Jays (43-52, fourth in AL East) is the latest JML to go on the DL after jamming his shoulder just before the break. Of course it came making one of his fine defensive plays. Looks like he’s going to be out a considerable amount of time. A shande.

93 366 344 42 85 27 2 8 37 11 1 14 66 .247 .279 .407 .686 86 140

Ryan Sherriff, St. Louis Cardinals (48-46, third in NL Central) is also out for the year, having appeared in just five games.

0 0 6.35 5 0 0 0 0 0 5.2 8 4 4 1 2 0 3 66 5.97 1.765

Richard Stock, San Diego Padres (40-59, fifth in NL West) made his debut on June 24, striking out two and allowing one hit against the host San Frsancisco Giants. he was sent down after three more appearances.

0 0 3.00 4 0 0 0 0 0 3.0 5 1 1 0 0 5 150 1.81 1.667

Danny Valencia, Orioles, has had a pretty good season considering.

68 240 215 25 54 7 1 9 27 1 1 20 45 .251 .308 .419 .727 101 90

Zach Weiss, Cincinnati Reds (43-53, fifth in NL Central). Like Bleich, Weiss had an inauspicious debut in 2018. He gave up back-to-back home runs to the first two batters he faced against the St. Louis Cardinals on April 12 then walked two more before departing. ERA: Infinity. That was his only outing in the bigs.

0 0 inf 1 0 0 0.0 2 4 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 4

JML update, July 11, 2018 (Games of July 10)

Posted on: July 11th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Alex Bregman hit two solo homers to raise his season total to 19, but the main story is how he was involved in the bizarre way the Houston Astros (62-32) beat the visiting Oakland A’s, 6-5, in 11 innings. Bregman was 2-for-5 with a walk.

Kevin Pillar was 1-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI as the Toronto Blue Jays (42-48) beat the host Atlanta Braves (50-40), 6-2. Max Fried did not appear for the Braves.

Ian Kinsler was 1-for-5 with an RBI as the LA Angels (47-45) beat the visiting Seattle Mariners, 9-3.

Ty Kelly was 0-for-4 as the starting left fielder for the NY Mets (36-53) in their 7-3 loss to Gabe Kapler’s visiting Philadelphia Phillies (51-39).

Danny Valencia did not appear for the Baltimore Orioles in their 6-5 walk-off win over the visiting NY Yankees.

Joc Pederson did not appear for the LA Dodgers (49-42) in their 4-1 loss to the host San Diego Padres.


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