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Welcome to The Walk Off, the nightly MLB recap from Big League Stew. Here we'll look 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.
Opposing pitchers should already know this, but don't take the Chicago Cubs offense lightly this year. In case they needed the reminder, the Cubs were up to their usual antics again Tuesday, this time against Michael Wacha and the St. Louis Cardinals.
Chicago wasted no time getting to work. Dexter Fowler led off the contest with a double. He moved over to third on a ground out by Jason Heyward.
Kris Bryant then struck, driving in Fowler on a single. Anthony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist would each reach, loading the bases. That was followed up with a Jorge Soler walk, forcing in another run.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto hates fun. Either that, or he loves playing the heel in front of opposing fans.
Either way, Votto's antics were on display Tuesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. During a pitching change in the seventh inning, some of the Dodgers faithful decided to throw a paper airplane onto the playing field. It landed near first base, and Votto wasn't too happy about it.
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Wow! That is an emphatic stomp. Joey Votto has no time for your fun and entertainment, baseball fans. He's all about being serious.
As expected, Votto was roundly booed for the move.
Joey Votto just stomped a paper airplane and got booed for it
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale doesn't have much to be upset about this season. His team is in first, and he's currently the leader in the clubhouse for the AL Cy Young award. Coming into Tuesday's start against the Cleveland Indians, Sale was 9-0, with a 1.58 ERA.
Tuesday's start, however, didn't go so well. Sale was knocked around against Cleveland, giving up six earned runs over 3 1/3 innings. He allowed seven hits and was uncharacteristically wild, walking four. When the dust settled, Cleveland defeated the White Sox 6-2, and saddled Sale with his first loss of the season.
Following the contest, Sale went off on a pretty vicious tirade ... on himself.
Sale: " I stunk. I was bad. I was terrible. Embarrassing, quite honestly."
That wasn't all. Sale made it clear that he wasn't upset with any of his teammates. He took sole blame for the team's loss.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
The New York Mets and pitcher Matt Harvey may be at odds again soon. After another poor outing Tuesday against the Washington Nationals, there's a chance Harvey won't make his next start.
Terry Collins said he will convene with Sandy Alderson about the next step with Matt Harvey and whether he... https://t.co/EszQ0LKDYi
On top of Collins saying he would have to meet with general manager Sandy Alderson to discuss the next steps, he made it seem as though it was doubtful Harvey would start the next time his spot came up in the rotation.
Collins certainly sounded tone-wise like Harvey won't be making next start.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
Jackie Bradley Jr. didn't give us much time for drama Tuesday night. The Boston Red Sox outfielder extended his hit streak in the second inning, with a double off the Green Monster.
That means Bradley has now hit safely in 28 consecutive games, which is an impressive feat. But it's merely halfway to Joe DiMaggio's famous record of 56 straight games, which interestingly enough was also going right now 75 years ago. (You can relive it day-by-day on Big League Stew's Tumblr.)
Hitting 28 is significant not just because it's halfway to DiMaggio, but because it ties the 28-game streak from Nolan Arenado in 2014. Bradley will next be aiming to tie Denard Span, who went for 29 straight games in 2013. So he's chasing down all the recent-year bests.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew10 hrs ago
There's been a change in tone from the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus, which on Tuesday said publicly that it wants the San Diego Padres to rehire the DJ fired for his role in the national anthem controversy that's had people talking since Saturday night.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew12 hrs ago
When a regular Internet person has a birthday, he or she get hundreds of Facebook wall posts with some version of "Happy Birthday." But when baseball folk hero Bartolo Colon has a birthday, the Internet births the fantastic musical tribute you see above. (Because the Internet is a magical place. Never forget that).
Colon turned 43 on Tuesday, giving us all a reason to swing so hard our helmets fall off our head. Or, just sing-along with this catchy little ditty from YouTuber Jason Juran. The song and video tells Colon's whole story — coming from the Dominican Republic, playing 19 seasons (and counting!) in MLB and eventually becoming a full-blown Internet sensation when he joined the New York Mets.
If Mets fans at Citi Field aren't doing sing-alongs to "Bartolo" by his next home start, we're going to be sorely disappointed.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew14 hrs ago
The Miami Marlins have found yet another new way to make themselves look like the laughingstock of Major League Baseball. According to a report from the Miami New Times, the club is suing a number of ex-season ticket holders and stadium vendors who say they either grew tired of the club's unkept promises or were driven out of business when the Marlins didn't meet their projected attendance figures.
It's not something you see often in sports, particularly not in the case of a pro sports team suing its fans, but this is the Marlins we're talking about, so nothing should be too surprising. Remember, the Marlins are the team that promised Miami taxpayers a winner so they would pay for the team's fancy new stadium, only to dismantle the team mid-way through the first season in that new stadium to cut costs.
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
The Baltimore Orioles are sitting on top of the American League East division right now, functionally tied with the Boston Red Sox. Things are definitely going better for them now than a year ago, when they were in fourth place in the division. And during their off day Monday, the team made a few trades and showed that they’re continuing to think about the future.
The Orioles aren’t content to rest on their laurels, and you can watch them defend their first-place status against the Houston Astros today for free, because it’s Yahoo Sports’ Free Game of the Day. First pitch is at 8:10 p.m., and you can stream it on Yahoo's Sports Home, MLB index and video home. Local blackouts apply, according to MLB rules.
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew19 hrs ago
The last time New York Mets starter Matt Harvey took the mound against the Washington Nationals, just five days ago, he had the worst start of his career. He gave up nine runs in 2.2 innings, and after doing that some people might want to get a little distance. But Matt Harvey isn't some people. He's Matt Harvey, and he's going to figure out what's going on in his own way.
The Mets gave Harvey the option of skipping his start Tuesday against the Nationals, and he declined. ESPN's Adam Rubin spoke with Harvey, and Harvey summed up his thoughts succinctly.
"For me, taking time off isn't going to do anything. It's finding it on the mound.
"I'm not a quitter. I'm not going to just quit and put the ball down. It's a fight. It was good for me to do that."