The Phillies and Nationals entered the 10th inning of Sunday’s series finale tied at 1-1 and for some reason, the Phillies chose not to pitch around reigning NL MVP Bryce Harper. Harper made them pay for it, smoking a Jeanmar Gomez sinker into the visiting bullpen at Citizens Bank Park. As luck would have it, the ball went directly into the bullpen restroom.
The MLB.com video doesn’t have a camera angle that shows the ball’s final destination, but someone uploaded a quick video that does show it — here.
Closer Jonathan Papelbon took the mound in the bottom of the 10th to try and nail down the save against his former team, but he couldn’t get the job done. Peter Bourjos hit a one-out double, then came around to score when Andres Blanco hit a line drive RBI single to left field, tying the game at 2-2. Freddy Galvis followed up with a double over the head of left fielder Jayson Werth to bring Blanco home for the walk-off 3-2 win.
Astros starter Gerrit Cole dominated the Athletics on Monday night, limiting them to one run on two hits and a walk while striking out 11. It marked his 12th start out of 22 this season with double-digit strikeouts, giving him 205 total on the season.
It is no surprise, then, to hear that Cole is the second-fastest in baseball history to reach 200 strikeouts in a season, per MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart. Cole got there in 133 1/3 innings. The only pitcher faster than Cole was Randy Johnson, who reached 200 K’s in 130 2/3 innings back in 2001 with the Diamondbacks.
Along with the 205 strikeouts, Cole holds an 11-5 record with a 3.03 ERA across 136 2/3 innings. Among qualified starters in the American League, only Charlie Morton (2.61), Mike Minor (2.86), José Berríos (2.96), and teammate Justin Verlander (2.99) have a better ERA than Cole, who has twice finished in the top-five in Cy Young Award voting.