“Loria has invested a relative pittance in his product over the last five
seasons, and every year, the Marlins have competed, mainly because of
the good work of Larry Beinfest and the Florida managers and the other
folks in baseball operations. If Loria’s standard for success is only to
make the playoffs and that expectation has not been met and he wants to
play the blame game, well, he could look in the mirror.”
— Buster Olney, joining the almost unanimous chorus in criticizing Jeffrey Loria for his dismissal of Fredi Gonzalez.
If there is any justice in the world Gonzalez will take over the Braves job next year and wind up facing former Marlins’ manager Joe Girardi and his Yankees in the World Series.
The Astros rallied late to keep their winning streak alive, extending it to 11 games with a 7-4 victory over the Royals on Sunday afternoon. The club is now 48-25, leading the Mariners by a full game in the AL West.
The Royals took a 4-2 lead after three innings, but Brian McCann knocked in a run with a single in the top of the fourth to cut the deficit to one run. Carlos Correa hit a game-tying solo home run in the eighth. The Astros kept their foot on the gas, scoring two more runs on RBI singles from Evan Gattis and Marwin Gonzalez in the top of the eighth and another in the top of the ninth on Correa’s sacrifice fly.
Starter Lance McCullers allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks with nine strikeouts over six innings. Tony Sipp worked a scoreless seventh. Ken Giles did the same in the eighth. Hector Rondon finished off the win in the ninth, working around a one-out walk with a game-ending double play.
After winning all 10 games on their road trip against the Rangers, Athletics, and Royals, the Astros will head home for a nine-game homestand against the Rays, Royals, and Blue Jays. Each club is below .500.