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Welcome to The Walk Off, the nightly MLB recap from Big League Stew. Here we’ll look at the top performers of the night, show you a must-see highlight and rundown the scoreboard. First, we start with a game you need to know about.
Cross another milestone off the list for the World Series-favorite Chicago Cubs. They became the first team in baseball to reach 80 wins by beating the Padres 5-3 on Tuesday night.
This wasn’t a surprise since nobody else in the league is particularly close. The Nats and Rangers each have 73 wins, so it would be at least another week for them to reach 80. Meanwhile, the Cubs’ win gives them a 13-game lead in the NL Central. It might time soon to start counting down magic numbers on the North Side.Wed, Aug 243:40 PM EDTChi Cubs at San DiegoPreview Game
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Somebody give Billy Hamilton a gold medal. Sure, the Olympics are over, but holy moly, the catch the Cincinnati Reds centerfielder made Tuesday night against the Texas Rangers is worth a medal and a trip to the top of a podium.
Carlos Beltran hit a ball to left-center that seemed like a sure-thing gapper off the bat. Hamilton wasn’t shifted toward left, so to catch this one, he was going to cover a lot of ground … and boy, did he.
Hamilton sprinted 123 feet, according to MLB.com’s Statcast, then dove head-first into the wall to make the catch. That’s the baseball equivalent to running a 40-yard dash while tracking a fly ball, then diving to catch it. Wow.Wed, Aug 247:10 PM EDTTexas at CincinnatiPreview Game
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Over his career, Tampa Bay Rays ace Chris Archer hasn’t been effective against the Boston Red Sox. Through 14 starts, Archer carries a 1-9 record and a 5.82 ERA against Boston. No team has hit Archer harder.
So, when Archer took the mound against Boston on Tuesday, it was fair to assume he was going to be in for a tough battle. Archer did find himself in some trouble Tuesday, but it wasn’t due to his on-field performance.
Archer turned in a solid start against the Red Sox. Over five innings, the right-hander gave up two runs, one earned, on five hits. He struck out six and walked two during the outing. It wasn’t an exceptional start, but it was good enough to keep his team in the game. With a little run support, he could have even picked up the win. Instead, the Rays scored just one run during the 2-1 loss.
After surviving the rough Red Sox lineup, you would think things would have gotten easier for Archer. That wasn’t the case. As Archer was being told he was being taken out of the game, he experienced his biggest fail of the night.Wed, Aug 247:10 PM EDTBoston at Tampa BayPreview Game
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Any sports fan who went to the library as a kid is familiar with the works of author Matt Christopher. Over his career, Christopher published over 100 novels, a large amount of which were about sports. If you’re familiar with his works, you can picture some of the artwork and titles of his books right now.
One of Christopher’s most famous baseball-related books is “The Kid Who Only Hit Homers.” We’re guessing that novel wasn’t based on a true story, but Baltimore Orioles slugger Mark Trumbo has us reconsidering that notion.
Over his last 11 games, Trumbo has turned into the real-life “Kid Who Only Hit Homers.” During that span, Trumbo has notched seven hits … all of which have left the yard!Wed, Aug 247:05 PM EDTBaltimore at WashingtonPreview Game
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Officially, Josh Hamilton’s second tour with the Texas Rangers came to an end Tuesday, as the club activated him from the 60-day disabled list then promptly put him on unconditional release waivers. Unofficially, though, Hamilton could be back with the Rangers next season.
The 35-year-old outfielder and former AL MVP hasn’t played at all this year after season-ending knee surgery in June, his third procedure on his knee since last September.
The Rangers are leading the AL West right now, but they’re also thinking ahead to next season. As Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News writes, releasing Hamilton has everything to do with making sure he can be an active player next season if he’s indeed healthy.
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What makes the Little League World Series great isn’t necessarily the baseball — though, as we’re reminded every summer, there’s something about watching kids play the game that is surprisingly entertaining.
No, what makes the Little League World Series great is the humanity. On that field, it’s still a game of kids enjoying the biggest moments of their life and of fathers and sons chasing their dreams together.
We got a heartwarming reminder of that Monday when Joel Jensen, manager of the Oregon team representing the Northwest, went out to the pitching mound for a visit. His son Isaiah was pitching. Jensen wasn’t there for a strict strategy session. Instead, he wanted to tell his son that he loved him. Watch:
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We here at The Stew have heard of the phrase “breaking ankles” in basketball, but it’s pretty rare to use the term when it comes to baseball. With that said, we just can’t think of another way to describe this beautiful slider from Cleveland Indians reliever Andrew Miller.
Allow us to set the scene: With the Indians up by one run in the ninth inning against the Oakland Athletics, the club turned to Miller to close things out. It was pretty evident Miller had his good stuff during the outing, striking out the first two hitters he faced on just seven pitches.
But it was Miller’s final pitch of the game that really stands out. With two outs, A’s outfielder Khris Davis stepped to the plate looking to tie things up with his 33rd home run of the season. He fared better than his teammates at first, working a 2-2 count against Miller. That’s when Miller threw one the nastiest pitches we’ve seen this season.
[J]Wed, Aug 243:35 PM EDTCleveland at OaklandPreview Game
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Want to know the exact dates the Chicago Cubs will win the 2016 World Series? Don’t worry, Major League Baseball has you covered. The league released its 2016 postseason schedule Monday, giving fans ample amount of time to make plans for October.
So, set the date for your wild card party, consider RSVPing “no” to that wedding in late October and start ordering the blue and red confetti now. Here are the official dates of each MLB postseason series:
Now that you have the particulars, here are five things to take away from that schedule:
1. THE POSTSEASON OFFICIALLY BEGINS OCT. 4 OK, here’s an obvious, but essential, one to kick things off. The American League wild card game takes place Tuesday Oct. 4. That’s just two days after the end of the regular season. Baseball will have one off day between the regular season and the postseason, so use that day to rest up before the action begins.
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew19 hrs ago
Toronto Blue Jays first basemen Edwin Encarnacion is embroiled in a stunning lawsuit that alleges, among other things, that he knowingly gave a woman two STDs. Encarnacion himself won’t be commenting on the suit, but he issued a strong denial of the all the accusations through his agent on Tuesday. TMZ broke the news of the lawsuit on Monday, which has been filed by a 24-year-old woman who, according to the suit, is a family friend of Encarnacion’s. She’s suing him for battery and misrepresentation of the facts, among other things (though TMZ didn’t elaborate).Wed, Aug 247:07 PM EDTLA Angels at TorontoPreview Game
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew19 hrs ago
We were teased with tales of Tim Tebow’s transition to the baseball diamond earlier in August, but now we actually have a date to circle on our calendars.
Tim Tebow's workout for interested #MLB teams is scheduled for Aug. 30 in Los Angeles.
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) August 23, 2016
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter at least 20 MLB teams will attend the August 30 showcase, but there are no details on just which ones will be there.Wed, Aug 2410:10 PM EDTSan Francisco at LA DodgersPreview Game