MLB

Red Sox stay unbeaten against Yankees, Diamondbacks snap road skid

By Sports Desk June 27, 2021

The Boston Red Sox survived a late scare to remain unbeaten this season against the rival New York Yankees, prevailing 4-2 at Fenway Park. 

Boston held a 4-0 lead heading to the eighth inning after a dominant start by Nathan Eovaldi, who had not allowed a run to that point. After he retired the first two batters of the frame, DJ LeMahieu homered to end his night, with Hirokazu Sawamura coming out of the bullpen. 

The reliever then walked Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and Giancarlo Stanton to load the bases before former Yankee Adam Ottavino came on to get Luke Voit to ground out and end the threat. 

Ottavino allowed another New York run in the ninth before striking out Judge with two men on to end the game. 

Boston have now won all five games against New York this season and six in a row dating to their final meeting last September. Prior to this run, the Yankees had won 12 in a row in the series. 

 

Arizona finally win on the road

Eduardo Escobar went four-for-five with a double and his 17th home run as the Arizona Diamondbacks stunned the San Diego Padres 10-1 for their first win away from home since April 25 after a record 24 straight road losses. Arizona scored more than nine runs in a game for the first time since May 15 as they ended San Diego's eight-game winning streak.  

Cody Bellinger's home run with two outs in the ninth inning gave the Los Angeles Dodgers a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs. Bellinger did not start the game, coming on as part of a double switch in the seventh inning. 

The New York Mets had a somewhat less dramatic 4-3 walk-off win over the Philadelphia Phillies, tying the game in the ninth on a bases-loaded walk by Luis Guillorme before Michael Conforto's sacrifice fly brought home Billy McKinney with the winning run. 

The San Francisco Giants scored two runs in the bottom of the10th inning to beat the Oakland Athletics 6-5. 

 

Rays get to Cobb again

Los Angeles Angels starter Alex Cobb has two losses in the last two months - both to his original MLB team. The Tampa Bay Rays put up six runs against Cobb on the way to a 13-3 rout of the Angels at Tropicana Field. 

The Colorado Rockies' bullpen blew a chance for a rare road win as Carlos Estevez and Ben Bowden allowed six Milwaukee Brewers runs in the eighth inning of a 10-4 loss. The Rockies are now 6-30 away from Coors Field. 

 

Goldie goes deep

Paul Goldschmidt highlighted the St Louis Cardinals' 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates with a towering home run in the fifth inning that traveled an estimated 470 feet, tied for the fifth-longest MLB homer this year. 

 

Saturday's results

Detroit Tigers 3-1 Houston Astros
Houston Astros 3-2 Detroit Tigers 
Milwaukee Brewers 10-4 Colorado Rockies
New York Mets 4-3 Philadelphia Phillies
Toronto Blue Jays 12-4 Baltimore Orioles
Tampa Bay Rays 13-3 Los Angeles Angels
Cincinnati Reds 4-1 Atlanta Braves
Boston Red Sox 4-2 New York Yankees
Miami Marlins 3-2 Washington Nationals
Texas Rangers 8-0 Kansas City Royals
St Louis Cardinals 3-1 Pittsburgh Pirates
San Francisco Giants 6-5 Oakland Athletics
Arizona Diamondbacks 10-1 San Diego Padres
Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 Chicago Cubs
Seattle Mariners 0-0 Chicago White Sox (suspended)
Minnesota Twins-Cleveland Indians (postponed)

 

Athletics at Giants

Bay Area rivals the Athletics (46-33) and Giants (49-26) close out the first of their two series this season as Cole Irvin pitches for Oakland and Sammy Long gets the start for hosts San Francisco. 

Related items

  • Relentless England race to series whitewash in entertaining start to new era Relentless England race to series whitewash in entertaining start to new era

    England concluded a series whitewash of New Zealand in fashion befitting the rest of the primitive Ben Stokes-Brendon McCullum era.

    The new captain-coach combo have inspired England to three relentlessly entertaining Test displays – and now three wins, after Joe Root (86 not out) and Jonny Bairstow (71 no) clinched a seven-wicket victory on day five at Headingley.

    England chased down 277 in the first Test and 299 in the second, and the target of 296 in Leeds never looked beyond them as they resumed on 183-2.

    Rain delayed the start of play until after lunch on Monday, and Stokes' side quickly lost Ollie Pope (82) to a beauty from Tim Southee, but Bairstow picked up where he left off in his previous two innings (136 at Trent Bridge, 162 at Headingley).

    His partnership with Root passed 50 inside 39 balls – the two Yorkshiremen thrilling a home crowd – but Bairstow was scoring at a far faster rate than his former captain.

    Soon enough, he reached the half-century himself from just 30 deliveries – the second-quickest 50 by an England Test batsman.

    Having squandered two reviews on Sunday attempting to remove Root, Kane Williamson's third went when Bairstow was caught off his forearm, rather than his glove. The batter was never concerned and swiftly resumed his assault on the New Zealand attack.

    Fittingly, Bairstow finished with a four and then a six, with victory over the world Test champions wrapped up a little over an hour after the belated start.

    Blistering Bairstow only behind Botham

    No England player has profited as much as Bairstow from the freedom afforded him by Stokes and McCullum, with each knock seemingly better than the last.

    There was little pressure on this occasion, with plenty of time and wickets in hand, and Bairstow fell agonisingly short of a long-standing Ian Botham record – his 28-ball half-century against India in 1981 briefly within reaching distance when Bairstow sent his 27th ball over the rope to reach 46.

    A dot ball and a single followed before Bairstow passed 50 with his sixth four, to go with two maximums, after just 42 minutes.

    India up next after unprecedented success

    England have only until Friday before their next Test against India, but there will be few complaints, with the team quickly finding their rhythm under new leadership and relishing every new challenge.

    India might be tempted to put England in to bat, for no target looks beyond Stokes' men when behind; they are the first Test team to chase down 250 three times in a single series.

  • Morgan created white-ball dynasty with England but right time to retire – Atherton Morgan created white-ball dynasty with England but right time to retire – Atherton

    England limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan has created a "white-ball dynasty" but has chosen the right time to retire from international cricket.

    That is the message from former England captain Michael Atherton, who was speaking after news circulated that Morgan is expected to announce his retirement on Tuesday.

    Morgan has endured a tough spell with the bat in recent times, managing to pass 50 just once in his past eight ODI innings and failing to score in his last two outings against the Netherlands.

    England have still won eight consecutive ODIs, their longest such winning streak since a sequence of the same length in 2017, but Morgan promised to step down when he was no longer contributing as a batter.

    Vice-captain Jos Buttler appears poised to take the captaincy from Morgan, who has rejuvenated the white-ball fortunes of England since being appointed as skipper in 2014.

    England won the Cricket World Cup in the 50-over format with a dramatic victory over New Zealand at Lord's in 2019, three years after reaching the World Twenty20 final.

    Morgan's side also reached the T20 World Cup semi-finals in 2021, and Atherton believes the 35-year-old is making the right choice to step down with his legacy still intact.

    "He created a one-day dynasty. Having taken over at a low point – the 2015 World Cup, which went badly – he decided it was time to change England's approach," Atherton told Sky Sports.

    "For seven years, England have been as good at white-ball cricket as anybody. And that's the first time really you can say that about our one-day side.

    "He will go down as one of England's most significant captains, but I think he has picked exactly the right time to go.

    "He said the other day, 'I'm feeling old', and he told Middlesex he couldn't play two T20 games in succession. If you can't do that, how are you then going to captain in a World Cup when they come thick and fast?"

    Morgan is set to retire as the all-time leading run-scorer for England in ODI and T20I cricket, with 6,957 and 2,458 runs respectively.

    Having also played 23 ODIs for Ireland, his 225 ODIs and 115 T20s are England records for appearances, and Nasser Hussain says Matthew Mott's side will lose their greatest ever leader and a brilliant batter.

    "I had an interview with Rob Key when Rob Key got the job, and I asked him about Eoin Morgan and the white-ball side," former England captain Hussain added.

    "He said that one thing about Eoin Morgan is that he will always do what is best for the team. If he's not contributing to the team and if he feels him being out of the team is better for that team, then he will go. That will be the decision that Morgan is making.

    "He has been short of form, short of fitness and there are other people now – there are so many white-ball batters who could be playing. 

    "It's not the 10 players he is taking on the field with him, it's in the one he's leaving behind because he's in that spot, and Morgan will always think of that one.

    "One thing for certain is that he has been our greatest ever white-ball captain. He's a World Cup-winning captain, and he is a superb player.

    "He was the one that was reverse-sweeping, reverse-scooping and playing all of these funky shots. He was way ahead of his time both as a player and as a captain."

  • Scudetto must be a starting point for Milan, says Pioli Scudetto must be a starting point for Milan, says Pioli

    Stefano Pioli insists the Scudetto triumph must be a "starting point" for Milan after the Rossoneri lifted their first Serie A title in 11 years.

    Pioli's side dethroned city rivals Inter by beating Sassuolo on the final day of the 2021-22 campaign, securing their first trophy since lifting the Italian Super Cup in 2016.

    The Rossoneri won their final five matches and went 15 without defeat, with their final tally of 88 points their second best in the three-points-per-win era.

    Inter will be hungry to reclaim the Serie A title in the 2022-23 campaign, with Simone Inzaghi looking set to bring in Romelu Lukaku on loan and Paulo Dybala on a free transfer.

    Pioli, speaking after receiving honorary citizenship at Noceto on Monday, expressed his delight over Milan's success but acknowledged the champions will face stern competition in defending their title.

    "I am very happy and proud to be here this morning. I am very attached to this city, I know the place well," Pioli said, as quoted by TuttoMercatoWeb. 

    "The compliments make me happy, they are deserved for a club, a team, which has always believed and has always given our best.

    "We have been able to hold on in difficult moments and that has produced great satisfaction.

    "We know we have done something special, but it must be a starting point. We know the difficulties given the competitiveness that will be in Italy and in Europe.

    "The guys have great enthusiasm and a lot of passion, every day they try to improve to be a team that knows how to accept defeats but which also knows how to enhance the strengths of their team-mates."

© 2022 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.