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D.J. LeMahieu inches ahead of Daniel Murphy for NL batting crown

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Neither Rockies second baseman D.J. LeMahieu nor Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy started in their respective team’s regular season finale which boded well for LeMahieu winning the National League batting title. LeMahieu entered with a .348 batting average to Murphy’s .347. Murphy pinch-hit for Jose Lobaton in the fifth inning, but flied out. That sealed the deal for LeMahieu.

A Rockie winning the batting title is nothing new. Justin Morneau was the last to win it back in 2014 and Michael Cuddyer won it the year prior. In fact, since 1998, a Rockie has won the batting title in nine of the last 19 seasons. Thank you, Coors Field.

Jose Altuve won the American League batting title with a .338 batting average. It’s Altuve’s second batting title, with the other coming in 2014.

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  • AL: Trout – 9.4
  • NL: Bryant – 8.4

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Video: Cubs score run on Pirates’ appeal throw

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2019 has been one long nightmare for the Pirates. They’re in last place in the NL Central, have had multiple clubhouse fights, and can’t stop getting into bench-clearing incidents. The embarrassment continued on Sunday as the club lost 16-6 to the Cubs, suffering a three-game series sweep in Chicago.

One of those 16 runs the Pirates allowed was particularly noteworthy. In the bottom of the third inning, with the game tied at 5-5, the Cubs had runners on first and second with two outs. Tony Kemp hit a triple to right field, allowing both Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward to score to make it 7-5. The Pirates thought one of the Cubs’ base runners didn’t touch third base on their way home. Reliever Michael Feliz attempted to make an appeal throw to third base, but it was way too high for Erik González to catch, so Kemp scored easily on the error.

The Pirates lost Friday’s game to the Cubs 17-8 and Saturday’s game 14-1. They were outscored 47-15 in the three-game series. According to Baseball Reference, since 1908, the Pirates never allowed 14+ runs in three consecutive games and only did it two games in a row twice before this series, in 1949 and in 1950. The Cubs scored 14+ in three consecutive games just one other time, in 1930.