The Home Run Derby pool of contestants is now complete. ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that the other three players confirmed for participation are Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon, Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas, and Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger.
Earlier, we learned that Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez announced their participation, and Justin Bour‘s was confirmed as well. The aforementioned six will join Giancarlo Stanton and Miguel Sano on Monday, July 10 at Marlins Park in Miami.
The stats for Blackmon, Moustakas, and Bellinger prior to Monday’s action:
- Blackmon: .313/.366/.572, 17 HR, 58 RBI, 65 R in 375 PA
- Moustakas: .270/.306/.547, 22 HR, 49 RBI, 40 R in 307 PA
- Bellinger: .260/.332/.624, 24 HR, 56 RBI, 47 R in 271 PA
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.