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Weak hitting Aledmys Diaz and Tony Kemp offensive
heroesin completing the sweep against Oakland."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Houston Astros NewsGame ThreadsHouston Astros Minor LeaguesAstros Game DayPodcastsGame Recap: Astros Walk-Off on Altuve Base-on-Balls. Beat A’s 9-8 in Slugfest.New Phil Niekro Jersey ,47commentsWeak hitting Aledmys Diaz and Tony Kemp offensive heroesin completing the sweep against Oakland.CDTShareTweetShareShareGame Recap: Astros Walk-Off on Altuve Base-on-Balls. Beat A’s 9-8 in Slugfest.Altuve gets his shirt torn off after his walk-off walk in the ninthJohn Glaser-USA TODAY Sports“It takes a whole village to raise a child.” African proverbIt takes a whole team to win a championship.Today’s win was a team effort for sure, but the heroism that won the game today came from the most unexpected quarters.Aledmys Diaz was traded to the Astros to replace the recently departed and dearly beloved Marwin Gonzalez, World Series favorite and all-around nice guy.Diaz earned the ire of Astros fans everywhere by choking in his first appearances with his new team, making crucial errors and going 0-9 at the plate, for a -100 OPS+. Wannabe Jeff Luhnows across Astrosland were ready to option this loser to AAA forthwith. So far in 2019 Tony Kemp gave new meaning to the phrase, “Kempin ain’t easy.” Baseball is a game of failure, sure, but it’s especially ain’t easy when you fail THAT often. A .133 BA won’t cut it for long Tony.Pick up your game.Tonight Aledmys Diaz had four RBI by the second inning, three on a home run in the first, his first hit as an Astro, and another on a bases loaded walk in the second. I’ll save his crucial contribution to the ninth inning walk off for later.Diaz’ first hit as an Astro.Down 8-6 in the bottom of the eighth, and facing the supposedly invincible set-up reliever Lou Trivino, the 5’6” contact hitting Tony Kemp launched a grenade just over the fence in right field to get the Astros to within one run. How the Astros tied the score and eventually won in the ninth I will save for later, but Tony made Kempin look easy once again in the ninth as well.Kempin.Let me get this out of the way.The Astros pitching was pretty terrible today, but they’re due a bad day after keeping the offense in so many games so far this year. Starter Brad Peacock allowed five runs in five innings pitched, with five hits, two walks, only three K’s, and a home run to lead-off hitter Robbie Grossman in the second inning. He left the game leading 6-5.Peacock was followed by Josh James, who allowed two runs in two innings and a home run to Josh Phegley, surrendering a lead. James was followed by Hector Rondon, who let the A’s extend their lead to 8-6 with a home run in the eighth. Thankfully, Astros closer Roberto Osuna held the A’s in the ninth, setting the stage for the walk-off. Overall, the A’s had 11 hits, three doubles and three home runs on Astros pitching.Now for the fun part. After finding themselves already down 2-0 in the bottom of the first, in part due to a lucky double off the rafters, the Astros scored five runs off A’s starter Mike Fiers. Jose Altuve started the action with a walk , followed by an Alex Bregman single, a Michael Brantley single that scored Altuve, and then a lucky Carlos Correa infield hit that scored Bregman. And then BOOM. Aledmys Diaz’ hit his three run homer to right center just off the glove of right fielder Stephen Piscotty. Astros up 5-2, bottom of first.But in the second Grossman hit his two run homer, making it 5-4 Stros.But in the bottom of the second, Altuve hit his first of three infield singles to shortstop Marcus Semien, followed by a Michael Brantley single with one out, and then a Josh Reddick walk with two outs. Mike Fiers then walked Diaz to force in the Astros’ sixth run on two questionable calls by the umpire. In the fourth inning the A’s got to Peacock again, with Grossman again getting the RBI on a double, scoring Astros product Ramon Laureano, who had two hits today, and six in the series.With the A’s going ahead in the sixth on the Phegley homer against James, and extending the lead in the eighth on the Pinder homer against Rondon, things looked bleak indeed for the Astros this afternoon. They now had to contend with the supposedly bullet-proof A’s set-up closer tandem of Lou Trivino and Blake Treinen, who, in over 13 innings together, had allowed no runs and only 3 hits.But light hitting Tony Kemp went yard on Trivino with one out, narrowing the lead to one. George Springer, who struck out three times today, hit a seeing eye Texas League bloop double just between the second baseman and center fielder. Jose Altuve then hit his third infield single, advancing Springer to third, as Matt Chapman left third base undefended. Alex Bregman then hit a medium distance fly ball to all-world defensive outfielder and cannon-armed Ramon Laureano, who already has three assists this young season. Springer took off, Laureano threw a bullet right on target and Springer just beat the throw at home. Score tied. On to Osuna.Here’s Springer speeding home.Springer lost fifteen pounds this off-season, and his improved quickness is evident. He might not have scored that run last year.OK, at last, bottom of the ninth, score tied 8-8. This may not be the most heroic way to walk-off a game Chipper Jones Jersey , but we’ll take it. And it took some fight just to get to this point.Josh Reddick led off with a walk. My game MVP, Diaz, hit a solid single to advance Reddick to second. After Robinson Chirinos’ bunt ended with a force out of Reddick at third, Tony Kemp loaded the bases with a walk. With two out Jose Altuve walked off the game on a four pitch walk by the mere mortal man after all, Blake Treinen, who earned a blown save and a tough loss. Or should I say, a glorious win for our hometown favorites.The Astros are definitely hitting again, surpassing last night’s season leading hit and run totals, getting 14 hits, four for extra bases, and 8 BB’s. They were 4-15 with RISP. They lit up Mike Fiers, who only pitched 1.2 innings, allowing seven hits and four walks.In other words, the Astros had 11 base runners in 16 batters faced by Fiers.Alex Bregman is on fire. He is 7 for his last 11 at bats.Bring on the Yankees tomorrow.I’m sure they can’t wait to face Justin Verlander.Box score and videos HERE Harper? Or no Harper? The Nats say they’ve moved on, but..."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Chicago Cubs recapsChicago Cubs minor leaguesChicago Cubs essaysChicago Cubs game threadsWrigley Field renovationsFull archiveLibrary Bleed Cubbie Blue Community GuidelinesCurrent time in ChicagoBCB Specials & Site InfoWinter 2019 music threadsCubs StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Cubs newsYahoo Cubs team pageYahoo Cubs reportYahoo Cubs depth chartYahoo Cubs transactionsYahoo Cubs photosOdds Shop About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub 鉁昁now your enemyKnow your enemy: Washington NationalsNew,12commentsHarper? Or no Harper? The Nats say they’ve moved on, but...CSTShareTweetShareShareKnow your enemy: Washington NationalsSteve Mitchell-USA TODAY SportsThis profile of the Nationals could be woefully out of date in a few days if Bryce Harper signs with them. Obviously, that would make a huge difference in the Nats’ offense and how they arrange their lineup, but with Harper still sitting on the sidelines as games begin, the answer to that remains to be seen.Wait. Didn’t you just read those words yesterday?Yes, yes you did, only it said “Phillies” instead of “Nationals” and “Nats.” The fact is, Harper could still sign with either of those teams, and obviously that would change where the team that gets him would rank in the N.L. East. The Nats say they have “moved on” from Harper, but that could just be posturing.The Nats, who slumped to 82-80 in 2018 in their first year under manager Dave Martinez after two straight division titles in 2016 and 2017, are still a very, very good team John Smoltz Jersey , and like the Braves, they have two outstanding young players from their own organization: Juan Soto and Victor Robles. In fact, it can be argued that the Nats might be better off just playing those two and forgetting about Harper, who they reportedly offered a 10-year, $300 million contract last fall.Soto hit .292/.406/.517 with 22 home runs in only 116 games — at age 19. That matched the N.L. record for home runs by a teenager. It had been set by... Harper, six years previous. (The major-league record is 24, set by Tony Conigliaro in 1964.)The Nats have some other very good offensive players returning, including Anthony Rendon and Ryan Zimmerman, and solidified second base by signing Brian Dozier. Dozier slumped last year, split between the Twins and Dodgers, but is just one year removed from a .271/.359/.498 season with 34 home runs (4.5 bWAR). If he’s anything close to that, the Nats offense will be formidable.They’ll also have a new catcher in Yan Gomes, acquired in a trade from the Indians. Gomes is a good defender who can hit well enough to fit into that lineup (in other words, he doesn’t have to be “the guy”).As has been the case for the last four seasons, the Nats rotation will be led by one of the best pitchers on the planet, Max Scherzer, who is now 34 but shows no signs of slowing down. He’s been well worth the huge contract the Nats gave him, which now has three years (including 2019) remaining. Last year Scherzer became only the second N.L. pitcher to strike out 300 batters since 2002 (Clayton Kershaw in 2015 is the other) and he’s only a couple of years away from 3,000 career strikeouts. The Cubs have always had trouble with him, too, and last year was no exception, as Scherzer allowed just three runs and one walk to the Cubs over 16 innings, with 22 strikeouts.The Nats improved their rotation by signing former Diamondbacks lefty Patrick Corbin to a six-year deal. There’s some risk involved, as Corbin’s 2018 season was by far his best. Will he be able to sustain that?Washington’s bullpen was not very good last year. They have addressed that by acquiring Kyle Barraclough from the Marlins and resurrecting former Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal off Tommy John surgery (I had hoped the Cubs would take a chance on Rosenthal). Sean Doolittle returns as closer and not only is he a fine pitcher, but an even better human being. He and his wife Eireann Dolan live in Chicago in the offseason and are actively involved in many charitable programs there. Here’s just one of the things they did this winter in Chicago:Props to them. They’re good people.The Cubs will visit Nationals Park May 17-18-19 and host the Nats at Wrigley August 23-24-25.

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