• Steve Potter

8/7/2020 : Around the Horn - The Day in MLB


Game recaps, fun facts from around MLB ( games played on 8/7 ) …

Postponements : STL/CHC ( Covid ) & PHL/ATL ( weather )


13 games played ...


Rays 1 ( 6-7 ) Yankees 0 ( 9-4 )

New York’s Adam Ottavino walked two batters, tossed a wild pitch and then gave up a sac fly in the bottom of the eighth inning that allowed the only run of the game to score 😳.

Five Rays pitchers combined on the two hit shutout with Chaz Roe going the last two frames for the win ... Blake Snell started and went three innings ( 0 H, 2 BB, 5 K’s ) with Andrew Kittredge going two, Pete Fairbanks one and Diego Castillo and Nick Anderson combining on an inning.

The Rays had only two hits in the game as well as Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka went five shutout frames of one hit baseball and Luis Cessa two scoreless innings.

Orioles 11 ( 6-7 ) Nationals 0 ( 4-6 )

Baltimore opened an old fashioned can of whoop ass as they pounded the Nationals with nineteen hits and shut them out to boot 😁.

Shortstop Jose Iglesias had a night going four for four with a double and three RBIs ... the Orioles hit seven doubles in the game and DH Renato Nunez homered. Nunez had two hits and a walk while teammates Austin Hays and Pedro Severino had three hits apiece. Hanser Alberto had two doubles.

Lefty Tommy Milone picked up the win with six innings of work allowing just three hits ... he’s a throwback pitch to contact guy ... three K’s tonight. Travis Lakins Sr ( 1 IP ) and David Hess ( 2 IP ) finished the four hit shutout.

Starlin Castro had two of the National’s four hits.

Tigers 17 ( 6-5 ) Pirates 13 ( 3-11 )- 11 innings

Detroit scored four times in the top of the eleventh inning to finally prevail in the back and forth thirty two hit slugfest ... the key blow being a two run double by Niko Goodrum ...

The Tigers hadn’t played for four days but their bats were far from stagnant - Goodrum had two doubles and five RBIs from the leadoff spot and Jeimer Candelario had three hits, three RBIs and scored twice. Christin Stewart, Austin Romine and Victor Reyes each had two hits.

The Pirates Adam Frazier hit a two run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to knot the score at twelve and send it to extra innings ... shortstop Erik Gonzalez had a career night going four for six with a home run, double and six RBIs tying a Pittsburgh record for most RBIs in a game by a shortstop ... Philip Evans had three hits ( including a home run ) and four RBIs and Bryan Reynolds had three knocks and scored three times ... Frazier and Josh Bell each had two knocks.

Sixteen pitchers appeared in the game ( eight for each side )

Bet ya didn’t know : First time since 1922 Pirates went into extra innings tied at 12 or more 🥴

Marlins 4 ( 7-1 ) Mets 3 ( 5-9 )

Francisco Cervelli hit a three run home run in a four run second inning for Miami and they held on from there for their sixth straight win ... Ex Phillie Nick Vincent went 1 2/3 innings of scoreless one hit baseball to post the save. Matt Joyce and Jesus Aguilar each had two hits.

Three Mets hurlers pitched shutout ball behind starter Michael Wacha who went five innings .. JD Davis extended his hitting streak to eleven games with a eighth inning RBI single. Pete Alonso had two hits and Dominic Smith homered.

Dodgers 7 ( 10-4 ) Giants 2 ( 6-9 )

LA blasted four home runs ( Mookie Betts, Max Muncy, Will Smith and Edwin Rios ) to energize their nine hit attack ... Betts also doubled and Smith had two knocks.

Wilmer Flores had two hits including a home run and Chadwick Tromp had two hits for the Giants. Starter Jeff Samardzija struggled giving up six runs ( five earned ) on seven hits and two walks in just four innings of work.

Rockies 8 ( 10-3 ) Mariners 4 ( 5-10 )

Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon went three for four to extend his hitting streak to eleven games - he homered and scored twice. Daniel Murphy and Garrett Hampson also homered. Murphy had four RBIs.

Antonio Senzatela went six innings ( 3 R- 2 earned, 5 H, 1 BB, 5 K’s )to improve his record to 3-0 for the Rockies.

Austin Nola doubled and homered for Seattle and had three RBIs while Kyle Seager had two hits.

Padres 3 ( 8-6 ) Diamondbacks 0 ( 5-9 )

The Padres Zach Davies went 5 2/3 innings allowing just three hits, no walks and struck out six to post the win ... four relievers ( Craig Stammen, Drew Pomeranz, Emilio Pagan and Kirby Yates allowed just one hit the rest of the way.

Fernando Tatis Jr, Jake Cronenworth and Edward Olivares each homered with Cronenworth getting two knocks to lead the SD offense.

A’s 3 ( 10-4 ) Astros 2 ( 6-7 ) - 13 innings

Oakland was down to it’s last out and strike when Austin Allen stroked a game tying single in the bottom of the thirteenth. Marcus Semien followed with the game winning walk off hit ( single ) to post the win ! Semien had two hits in the game as did Matt Chapman. Robbie Grossman hit a solo home run in the seventh inning.

Chris Bassett was excellent as the starter for the A’s ( 7 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 3 BB, 3 K’s ) and was followed by four relievers who pitched four hit baseball over six innings.

Zack Greinke tossed six shutout frames for Houston ( 5 H, 1 BB, 5 K’s ) and was followed by six relievers ... Josh Reddick had two hits for the Astros.

Rangers 4 ( 4-8 ) Angels 3 ( 5-9 )

Jordan Lyles went 5 1/3 ( 3 R, 6 H, 2 BB, 5 K’s ) for Texas to post the win and four relievers ( Brett Martin, Ian Gibaut, Jonathan Hernandez and Rafael Montero ) pitched one hit baseball the rest of the way to close out the win.

Willie Calhoun and Isiah Kiner-Falefa each had two hits while Robinson Chirinos had two RBIs.

Only one of the Rangers runs was earned ... after Angels starter Griffin Canning ( 3 2/3 IP, 4 R - 1 earned, 3 H, 6 BB, 4 K’s ) departed four relievers allowed just two hits and no walks the rest of the way for LA. Mike Trout had two hits and hit his fifth home run of the season - a two run shot in the first inning. Tommy La Stella also had two hits.

Reds 8 ( 6-8 ) Brewers 3 ( 5-6 )

Trevor Bauer dominated once again for Cincinnati as he pitched six innings allowing just one run on three hits and a walk while striking out twelve batters ... he now has a 0.93 ERA in 19 1/3 IP with a 0.57 WHIP and 32 strikeouts 😳. He’s also 2-0.

Matt Davidson had two hits for the Reds and hit a three run home run. Nick Castellanos had two hits and hit a two run home run ... he had three RBIs in the game. Kyle Farmer and Jesse Winker each had two knocks.

Logan Morrison and Christian Yelich each homered for the Brewers.

White Sox 2 ( 8-6 ) Indians 0 ( 8-7 )

Dylan Cease went five innings ( 2 H, 5 BB, 4 K’s ) to pick up the win for Chicago. Three relievers ( Aaron Bummer - I think he may be the best lefty middle reliever in baseball, Evan Marshall and Alex Colome ) allowed just two more hits the rest of the way.

Danny Mendick had two hits for the Sox and Adam Engel homered.

Aaron Civale ( 7 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 5 K’s ) pitched excellent for Cleveland but ya can’t win if ya don’t score 👌 ... Carlos Santana walked twice and had a hit and Franmil Reyes had two hits for the Indians.

Royals 3 ( 5-10 ) Twins 2 ( 10-4 )

Ryan McBroom hit a solo home run in the sixth inning that proved to be the game winner as four KC relievers ( Greg Holland, Josh Staumont, Scott Barlow and Trevor Rosenthal ) tossed scoreless and hitless baseball behind starter Jakob Junis ( 4 2/3 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 BB, 2 K’s ) to post the win.

Byron Buxton and Marwin Gonzalez each homered for the Twins with Gonzalez and Jorge Polanco getting two hits apiece ... that accounted for the five Minnesota knocks in the ball game.

Red Sox 5 (5-8 ) Jays 3 ( 4-7 )

Alex Verdugo hit two solo home runs for Boston and Mitch Moreland hit a two run tater ... Jose Peraza had two knocks and a walk and Xaender Bogaerts had a hit and three walks.

Seven Red Sox hurlers combined for the win with Brandon Workman picking up his third save by tossing a scoreless ninth inning.

Cavan Biggio had two hits including a home run for Toronto/Buffalo. Starter Tanner Roark went only three innings for the Jays but one of my favorites - Ex Phillie Jacob Waguespack pitched 1 1/3 shutout innings ( 1 H, 2 BB, 2 K’s ) in relief.

Notes :

Did ya know 🧐 ... with the four shutouts tonight there have been 25 shutouts in the 190 games played .... that’s 13 percent of the total ... on pace to match the 2018 season and above last season’s pace ( 11 percent ) ... just saying

Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️

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