It takes one guy to step up. 24 comments


Sometimes all it takes is one at-bat to exhale.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, down 3-1 in the game and facing the daunting possibility of being down two games to none, the Washington Nationals were playing tight, scared, with the legacy of losing weighing down heavily upon them and their crowd.

They needed a hero.

Then Bryce Harper got ahold of a Carl Edwards pitch and hit it out of the park for a game-tying two-run homer that changed the tone of the game, and the series. The Nationals piled on three more runs, won the game 6-3 and evened the series. It’s the only one of the four series that isn’t 2-0.

The Dodgers head to Arizona up two games. The Astros head to Boston up two games. The Indians head to New York up two games. But the Nationals head to Chicago even.

Drama will ensue. Exhaling has commenced.

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TODAY’S GAMES:

 

Brad Peacock (13-2, 3.00) vs. Doug Fister (5-9, 4.88)
Game time: 1:38 on FS1

How the Astros hit against Fister.
How the Red Sox hit against Peacock.

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Carlos Carrasco (18-6, 3.29) vs Masahiro Tanaka (13-12, 4.74)
Game time: 7:38 on FS1

How the Indians hit against Tanaka.
How the Yankees hit against Carrasco.

 

 

 

 

  • calntom

    Yu going tomorrow for the Doyers.
    Edited

  • elkaba

    Here’s the DMN report on how former Rangers fared this season… https://sportsday.dallasnews.com/texas-rangers/rangers/2017/10/07/former-rangers-fared-2017-including-sam-dyson-turning-things-around-giants

    What stands out to me is, with the exception of Nelly Cruz, there’s not a lot to see here that makes me wish these guys were still with us. Maybe what that says more than anything else is we need much better player evaluation and scouting!

  • TD30
  • TD30

    Astros off and running

  • TD30

    Go Correa!

  • elkaba

    Houston wasting no time today. Get the brooms ready.

    • calntom

      Lot of time left for the Stro offense

      • elkaba

        Looking dicey now.

        • elkaba

          Question mark for Houston has always been pitching. This game is highlighting that question so far…

  • FlappingGums

    I don’t have FS1. Are the Astros winning?

    • TD30

      Nope, down 10-3….not looking so good today. They started so well, then not so much

      • FlappingGums

        Thank you.

  • TD30
  • dearmidol

    Good pitchers dual in New York.

    • Rowdy Yates

      Tanaka is always kinda ‘under the radar’ but when he’s on he’s one of the toughest pitchers in MLB.

      • WhoKnowscs

        So he’s Martin Perez in reverse, instead of showing up when he rarely matters and melting down when it does. He shows up in the games that really matters and not when he doesn’t need to step up.

        • Rowdy Yates

          Nope. Tanaka’s been bombed numerous times in important games. I said “when he’s on he’s one of the toughest pitchers in MLB”.

  • FlappingGums

    What’s the score of the Indians at Yankees game?

    • GoRangers23

      1-0 Yankees. The Indians better hurry up and score a couple of runs! They are in the eighth inning.

      • FlappingGums

        Thank you!

        • GoRangers23

          You’re welcome. 😄 I’m not actually watching it because we are trying to catch up on some recorded shows, but I am checking in on it between shows.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Usually Francona is such a good mgr. But how does he let LH Bruce (always a high strikeout risk) bat against Chapman in that situation????

  • GoRangers23

    The Yankees beat the Indians 1-0, Flap.

    • FlappingGums

      Thank you, Go! 🙂