Settling the Scores: Tuesday’s results


The Rangers took a 4-0 lead in the first inning off of Collin McHugh, but coughed most of it back up in the second and all of it back up by the fourth when they took a 5-4 lead. But then Adrian Beltre doubled in Prince Fielder in the bottom half of the fourth and it was a whole new ballgame.

On to the ninth with Oliver Perez, pitching for the Astros to face the lefty Fielder, allowed the big man to reach on a single. Will Harris came in to pitch and promptly allowed pinch runner Drew Stubbs to make it to third on an Adrian Beltre single. Stubbs then came home on a Mitch Moreland sac fly. Watch the whole sequence and tell me that it doesn’t feel like playoff baseball has finally arrived, even if a bit early:

The Astros took over first place in the AL West on April 19 and held it until July 11. Then they returned to first place on July 29 and held it until last night. That’s pretty good for a club that lost 416 games over the previous four years. But ballplayers have short memories and, after the success they’ve had this year, not winning the division would have to feel like failure to them. So they had best hope they have a third surge to the top deep inside themselves someplace.

Here are the rest of last night’s results. Box scores here.

Rangers 6, Astros 5
Pirates 5, Cubs 4; Cubs 2, Pirates 1
Orioles 6, Red Sox 5
Nationals 4, Phillies 0
Royals 2, Indians 0
Braves 3, Blue Jays 2
Marlins 9, Mets 3
Rays 6, Yankees 3
Athletics 17, White Sox 6
Cardinals 3, Brewers 1
Tigers 5, Twins 4
Diamondbacks 6, Padres 4
Angels 4, Mariners 3
Rockies 5, Dodgers 4
Reds 9, Giants 8

Mike Trout and Christian Yelich win the 2019 Hank Aaron Awards

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Major League Baseball announced today that Mike Trout and Christian Yelich have been selected as the American League and National League winners of the 2019 Hank Aaron Awards. The Hank Aaron Award, which was established in 1999, recognizes “the most outstanding offensive performers in each league.” A fan vote is part of it. A special panel of Hall of Fame players led by Hank Aaron weighs in as well.

Yellich, who is a back-to-back winner of the Award in the NL, led the Majors with a .671 slugging percentage and a 1.100 OPS, while leading the National League in batting average (.329), WAR (7.3) and OBP (.429). It was his third straight year with at least 100 runs scored and he set career-highs with 44 home runs and 30 stolen bases. He was the NL Player of the Week twice and stands a good chance of winning the NL MVP Award, though a late season injury will make it a pretty close vote.

Trout, who previously won the award in 2014, led the Majors with a .483 on-base percentage while leading the American League with a .645 slugging percentage and a 1.083 OPS. He was second in the AL with a career-best 45 home runs, was second i WAR (8.3) and, like Yelich, was a two-time Player of the Week winner. He too stands a good chance of wining the MVP though, he too, had a late season injury which could knock him down to second place.