Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

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The longest current winning streak in the National League belongs to the 61-59 Arizona Diamondbacks.

With center fielder Chris Young going 4-for-5, right fielder Justin Upton finishing 2-for-6 and second baseman Aaron Hill driving home three, the Snakes cruised to their third straight victory on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park, stomping the Astros 12-4.

Young has four extra-base hits and five RBI over his past four games and has lifted his OPS a whole 40 points (from .728 to .768) in just four days. Hill, meanwhile, boasts 15 total homers and 52 total RBI.

The Diamondbacks are 19-16 since the All-Star break — keeping afloat in the National League West.

Your Saturday box scores and recaps:

Rangers 2, Blue Jays 1

Cubs 3, Reds 5 (Game 1)

Red Sox 4, Yankees 1

Pirates 4, Cardinals 5

Orioles 3, Tigers 2

Diamondbacks 12, Astros 4

White Sox 4, Royals 9

Mets 2, Nationals 0

Rays 10, Angels 8

Phillies 4, Brewers 3

Dodgers 6, Braves 2

Cubs 9, Reds 7 (Game 2)

Indians 5, Athletics 8

Marlins 6, Rockies 5

Twins 2, Mariners 3

Giants 8, Padres 7

Marty Brennaman announces that 2019 will be his last season

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Cincinnati Reds announcer Marty Brennaman announced a few moments ago that 2019 will be his last season in the broadcast booth.

Brennaman, 76, has broadcast Reds games since 1974 and stands as every bit an institution among Reds fans as any announcer ever has among his local fan base. In 2000 he won the Ford C. Frick Award award, presented annually by the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He called Hank Aaron’s 714th home run, Tom Seaver’s no-hitter, Tom Browning’s perfect game and every other major moment that occurred in a game involving the Reds for the past 44 years. He also, of course, has called three World Series clinchers for the Reds.

Brennaman, also, has been no stranger to controversy, primarily due to his penchant for criticizing Reds players for whom he seems to not to care, with Ken Griffey Jr., Adam Dunn and Joey Votto being among the more notable examples. There are, of course, many Reds fans who share Marty’s views in such instances. It’s an open question as to whether Brennaman has merely shared or reflected that mindset on the one hand or if, on the other hand, he has encouraged it. However you want to view that, there is no denying the fact that Brennaman has never hesitated to speak his mind and that a great deal of the considerable love for him among Reds fans is due in no small part to that.

Brennaman will get and will deserve a farewell tour in 2019. And, in 2020, he will leave some very large shoes to fill.