D.J. Short

PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 6: Zack Greinke #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers rounds third base after hitting a home run in the third inning during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on August 6, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

Video: Zack Greinke hits homer, shows off impressive bat-flipping skills


Zack Greinke got the win this afternoon against the Phillies, but he wasn’t at his best on the mound, allowing six runs (five of them in the first inning) over six innings of work. However, he had a heck of a day with the bat, finishing 3-for-3 with his fifth career home run. Watch his solo shot and bat-flip against David Buchanan:

You might think that Greinke learned his bat-flipping skills by watching Yasiel Puig or Juan Uribe. On the contrary, he says.

Just in case there’s any doubt remaining, Zack Greinke is the best.

Adrian Beltre needs just five innings for the third cycle of his career

San Francisco at Texas

Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre hit for the cycle tonight against the Astros. And he needed just five innings to do it.

Beltre had a two-run triple in the first inning before reaching on a double in the second and a single in the third. That put him just a home run away. The veteran slugger remedied that in his very next at-bat, taking Mike Fiers deep for a solo shot. Check it out below:

This was the third cycle of Beltre’s career, which puts him in some crazy company.

According to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com, Beltre is the first player to complete a cycle by the fifth inning since B.J. Upton in 2009.

Mets blow out Marlins, move past Nationals for first place in NL East

Yoenis Cespedes, J.T. Realmuto

It’s August 3 and the Mets are all alone in first place in the National League East.

After sweeping the Nationals over the weekend, the Mets beat the Marlins in a 12-1 laugher tonight at Marlins Park in Miami. Meanwhile, the Nationals fell 6-4 to the Diamondbacks and now sit a full game back in the division.

The Mets pounded out 15 hits against Miami and the recently-acquired Yoenis Cespedes led the charge by going 3-for-5 with three doubles and four RBI. His three doubles tied a franchise record. Michael Conforto hit a long three-run shot off Tom Koehler for his first major league home run while Curtis Granderson had three hits and drove in a pair.

Bartolo Colon, who has been the Mets’ weakest starter, gave the bullpen a rest by tossing eight innings of one-run ball. He also collected his sixth hit of the season.

Everything is coming up Mets right now. In fact, this is the latest the team has been alone in first place since September of 2008. With their pitching staff and the improvements made by Sandy Alderson before the trade deadline, there’s reason to believe they can keep the pressure on the Nationals. It should be a fun final two months.