Brandon Inge is in The Best Shape of His Life

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You’d figure that with the games beginning and there being actual baseball stuff to talk about that BSOHL stories would have stopped by now, but they still keep trickling in. To wit: Peter Gammons on Tigers second baseman (I suppose) Brandon Inge:

Inge worked out all winter in Ann Arbor, Mich., doing mixed martial arts and strength and agility training. He claims to be in the best shape of his life. “I was embarrassed by last season [when he hit .197 and was sent to Toledo], so I decided to kill myself, come back and try to hit 25 home runs.”

A health claim and a performance claim all in one. That’s a solid BSOHL right there.

Video: Albert Almora, Jr. saved by the ivy

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The ALCS had a weird play in Game 4 on Tuesday night, but Game 4 of the NLCS did as well. This one involved Cubs outfielder Albert Almora, Jr. and his attempt to spark a rally in the bottom of the ninth inning against Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling.

After Alex Avila singled, Almora ripped a double to left field, past a diving Enrique Hernandez. The ball rolled to the ivy in front of the wall. Most outfielders there would’ve put their hands up, which would have alerted the umpires to call an immediate ground-rule double. Hernandez didn’t, instead fishing the ball out and firing it back into the infield. Avila had stopped at third base, but Almora kept running. Much to his surprise, he pulled up into third base to see his teammate standing there, resigned to his fate as a dead duck. Third baseman Justin Turner applied the tag on Almora for what he thought was the first out of the inning.

Almora, however, was then sent back to second base after the umpires correctly called a ground-rule double.

Unfortunately for the Cubs, the lucky break didn’t help as closer Kenley Jansen came in and took care of business, retiring all three batters he faced without letting an inherited runner score. The Dodgers won 6-1 and now lead the NLCS three games to none. They’ll try to punch their ticket to the World Series on Wednesday.