Playoff Baseball Leads to Plenty of News and Notes
Take a look at the latest Major League Baseball news:
Brewers Advance to NLCS
The Milwaukee Brewers are headed to the National League Championship Series after sweeping the Colorado Rockies. The Brewers defeated the Rockies, 6-0, on Sunday night to earn their first trip to the NLCS since the 2011 season. Milwaukee outscored the Rockies in this series, 13-2, including a pair of shutouts. Sunday’s win was the eleventh straight victory for the Brewers dating back to the regular season. Milwaukee will take on the winner of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves. The Dodgers currently hold a 2-1 series lead.
Braves Starting Foltynewicz in Game Four
Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker announced that Mike Foltynewicz will start game four of the National League Division Series. Foltynewicz will be coming back on short rest, but he threw just 50 pitches in the series opener. The hard-throwing right-hander made it through just two innings in that start giving up four runs, three walks, and a pair of home runs to the Dodgers.
Foltynewicz was coming off the best season of his career and was named to the National League All-Star team in July. He went 13-10 with a 2.85 earned run average during the regular season and also recorded over 200 strikeouts for the first time in his career. The Braves beat the Dodgers 6-5 in game three, forcing another must win game 4.
Acuna Sets Record In Braves Win
Atlanta Braves rookie outfielder, Ronald Acuna Jr. made history in the team’s 6-5 game three win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Acuna became the youngest player to hit a postseason grand slam in Major League Baseball history. The 20- year old accomplished the feat in the second inning of game three, blasting a 3-1 pitch from Walker Buehler into the stands. The previous record was held by Mickey Mantle who hit a postseason grand slam at the age of 21. The Hall of Famer hit his grand slam while playing for the New York Yankees in the 1953 World Series.
Eovaldi Named Red Sox Game Three Starter
Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora announced that Nathan Eovaldi will start game three of the American League Division Series. Rick Porcello was penciled in as the game three starter before the series began, but Porcello was needed in relief during the Red Sox game one victory. Porcello is expected to start game four, but Cora could choose to go with Chris Sale on short rest if the Red Sox are facing elimination.
Eovaldi was traded to the Red Sox from the Tampa Bay Rays in late July and struggled during his time with the team. He went 6-7 with 3.81 earned run average during the regular season but did have better success against the Yankees. Eovaldi made four starts against the Yankees this season, posting a 1-1 record with a sparkling 1.93 earned run average. The ALDS series is tied 1-1 with games three and four set to take place at Yankee Stadium.
Miguel Sano Arrested in Dominican Republic
Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano was arrested in the Dominican Republic early Sunday morning following an incident with police. According to the police report Sano ran over a police officer’s foot and left the officer with a broken leg. The 25-year-old was released from custody but was to meet with authorities again on Monday morning.
The Minnesota Twins issued a statement about the incident, but they are still in the process of trying to gather information. Sano was accused of sexual assault by a female photographer last December, but Major League Baseball did not fine or suspend Sano after completing their investigation. Sano was an American League All-Star in 2017 but struggled last season with the Twins. He played in just 71 games and hit .199 during his time in the Major Leagues.
Indians Trying to Keep Season Alive
The Cleveland Indians are hoping to keep their season alive as they take on the Houston Astros in game 3 of the ALDS. The Astros have taken the first two games of this series, winning by scores of 7-2 and 3-1. The Indians will start Mike Clevinger in game three, and he will be opposed by Dallas Keuchel of the Houston Astros. All-Star Trevor Bauer is expected to be available out of the bullpen for the Indians.