Game 116 // Ninth Inning, Cleveland // The Streak

BOTTOM OF THE NINTH: INDIANS 2 (1) – 2 ROYALS

 

The streak. It lives. 22 games. In a row. It lives!

It was down to its last strike, this winding snake of a streak—Francisco Lindor up in the ninth with two outs and a 1-2 count.

And then.

The best Cleveland moment since Rajai Davis, Game 7.

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Game 115 // Eighth Inning, Arizona // The LeMahieu Shift

TOP OF THE EIGHTH: ROCKIES 5 (2) – 2 D-BACKS

 

This wasn’t so much an inning as it was a play. A moment. An at-bat.

Specifically…. a shift.

The very weirdest you’ll ever see. Weird. Weird weird. Incredibly weird.

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Game 114 // Seventh Inning, Minnesota // Lorenzo Cain, Check-Swing of the Year

TOP OF THE SEVENTH: ROYALS 5 (3) – 4 TWINS

 

The Wild Card chase is on, folks. The Wild Card chase is on.

The Yankees, the Twins, the Orioles, the Angels, the Mariners, the Royals, the Rangers, the Rays—more than it’s ever been, the chase is on.

And it’s all hanging in the balance, this sunny afternoon in Minnesota… with a check-swing from Lorenzo Cain batting, that just might’ve saved the season.

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Game 113 // Tenth Inning, Chicago // Robert Osuna Gone Wild

BOTTOM OF THE TENTH: CUBS 6 (3) – 5 BLUE JAYS

 

Your dad is on the couch. Sat there all afternoon. Took a nap through the middle innings. Day-dreaming of a sweep. Watched the Cubs score three runs, slept, then woke up to see them give up the lead. Tied up.

And then, in the top of the tenth. It’s Justin Wilson. “No!” your dad shouts. “Justin Wilson!?” 

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Dodger Stadium Puig Walkoff

Game 112 // Ninth Inning, Los Angeles // The Yasiel Puig Moment

BOTTOM OF THE NINTH: DODGERS 5 (2) – 4 WHITE SOX

 

You turn on the broadcast and there’s a line.

“The home run that Puig hit in Miami on the first day of the second half—a seminal moment of his career.”

Sixty seconds before seminal moment 2.0. So you get to thinking, as Yasiel Puig steps into the box, what’s might be that most seminal of seminal Yasiel Puig moments? Continue reading “Game 112 // Ninth Inning, Los Angeles // The Yasiel Puig Moment”

Grand Slam Oakland Royals 6-2

Game 111 // Sixth Inning, Oakland // Cam Gallagher, You Have Now Arrived

TOP OF THE SIXTH: ROYALS 6 (2) – 1 ATHLETICS

 

Mr. Cam Gallagher, I’m assigning you a mission. You have a job to do.

Start from tonight. Build from here. Create a groundswell, a renown, a name.

Take this game, this inning, and go full throttle toward the headlines. Fame. Household dinner-table fame. Sponsorship deals. All-Star games. Fame. Big fame!

This job will be a tough one. This job is unlikely. This job, after tonight, just became a little bit easier.

Your job is this: Continue reading “Game 111 // Sixth Inning, Oakland // Cam Gallagher, You Have Now Arrived”

Game 110 // Eighth Inning, New York // The Aaron Hicks Game

BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH: YANKEES 5 (0) – 3 RED SOX

 

It’s August. It’s Yankee Stadium. Boston vs. New York. It’s a soldout ballpark and a hell of a lot on the line.

The Red Sox have won eight straight. The Yankees slipping farther behind by the day, toward that crossroads that says: Accept your Wild Card fate!

Red Sox up 3-0. Four and a half games up in the A.L. East.

And, then, the beginnings of a rally. From the tip of Brett Gardner’s toe, center of Yankee Baseball Universe, for just a moment. Continue reading “Game 110 // Eighth Inning, New York // The Aaron Hicks Game”