Hanley Ramirez was back in Miami last night for the first time since being traded to the Dodgers on July 25. He heard plenty of boos from the 28,130 in attendance at Marlins Park, but he got the last laugh.
Ramirez went 3-for-5 with two RBI as the Dodgers topped the Marlins 5-2. He had a go-ahead RBI single in the top of the sixth inning and later added a bases-loaded infield single in the seventh to knock in another run. It was his first three-hit game since May 30. You know, if he had more of those, the Marlins probably never would have traded him in the first place.
Clayton Kershaw allowed two runs over 6 1/3 innings to improve to 10-6 on the year while Kenley Jansen worked around a couple baserunners in the ninth to notch his 23rd save. The Dodgers have won back-to-back games while the Giants have dropped two in a row, so the two teams are now in a flat-footed tie at 61-52 in the National League West. This promises to be a fun race.
Your Friday box scores:
Reds 10, Cubs 8
Red Sox 3, Indians 2
Cardinals 1, Phillies 3
Royals 1, Orioles 7
Padres 9, Pirates 8
Yankees 10, Blue Jays 4
Tigers 6, Rangers 2
Braves 4, Mets 0
Athletics 3, White Sox 4
Brewers 3, Astros 4
Rays 12, Twins 6
Nationals 9, Diamondbacks 1
Mariners 5, Angels 6
Rockies 3, Giants 0
For the second year in a row, the All-Star Game will feature a starting pitching matchup of Chris Sale vs. Max Scherzer. The two were just announced at a press conference at Nationals Park.
This, in fact, will be Sale’s third straight start of the Midsummer Classic, as he faced off against Johnny Cueto of the National League in 2016. It’s Scherzer’s third start in an All-Star Game overall, as he got the starting nod for the American League back in 2013 against Matt Harvey.
Sale is 10-4 with a 2.23 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 188/31 in 129 inning pitched. He leads the American League in ERA, strikeouts and strikeouts per nine innings pitched, with 13.1.
Scherzer is 12-5 with a 2.41 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 182/34 in 134.2 innings pitched. He leads the National League in wins, complete games, shutouts, strikeouts, innings, batters faced, WHIP, hits per nine innings allowed and strikeouts per nine innings pitched.
Because it’s the All-Star Game neither will notch a win, even if one could get a loss. Still, it’s a matchup of the two best pitchers going in 2018 and, with a tip of the cap to Clayton Kershaw, the two best starting pitchers of this era.