Game 137 // Third Inning, Milwaukee // The Tyler Chatwood Situation

BREWERS 4 (2) – 0 CUBS

 

“We might not win this one,” your dad says, ignoring his own hopelessness as he turns on the game feed and the first inning begins.

“It’s Tyler Chatwood Day.”

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Game 136 // Ninth Inning, Chicago // Praise You, Jason Heyward

BOTTOM OF THE NINTH: CUBS 7 (3) – 5 PHILLIES

 

We’ve come a long, long way together. Through the hard times and the good.

 I have to celebrate you, Jason.

 I have to praise you like I should.

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Game 135 // First Inning, Houston // My Oh Mariners

FIRST INNING: MARINERS 4 (0) – 0 ASTROS

 

Stuck on a desert island, a bearded man receives a message in a bottle. A newspaper, from North America, washed up onto the beach, rolled up and wedged in with a cork, the sports section visible through the glass.

He finds it, sees it, reads it. An hour later starts a bonfire and writes three letters into the sand. M.O.M.—digging them giant, tall, enough to catch the eye of any pilot overhead.

“My oh my,” he says to himself, prostrate, worshipping the paper, the score, the standings. The very bottle itself.

“My, oh my.”

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Game 134 // Ninth Inning, St. Louis // The No-Namers

BOTTOM OF THE NINTH: CARDINALS 10 (5) – 8 PIRATES

 

The Cardinals are scraping by. Week by week. Plumbing the depths of decent, of well-roundedness—and, in a way we don’t know how, scraping their way into contention.

They’re down 8-5 in the ninth.

And a string of no-namers comes up: Bader, Voit, Munoz.

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Game 133 // Sixth Inning, Texas // Gleyber v. Elder

TOP OF THE SIXTH: YANKEES 6 (5) – 4 RANGERS

 

Emily Jones is on Fox Sports Southwest saying:

“I walk into the clubhouse and try to talk a little Spanish to the guys, it’s always, you know, ‘Como estas?’ ‘Bien, y tu?’ And, for Bartolo, every day it’s just one thing: ‘Tranquilo’.”

“Tranquilo, indeed,” the guys say up in the booth. “No better way to describe Bartolo than tranquilo.”

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Game 132 // Ninth Inning, Atlanta // Winning in the Unincorporated Community of Cumberland

BOTTOM OF THE NINTH: BRAVES 10 (4) – 9 MARLINS

 

The Braves have a World Series win in each of their three cities.

Boston. Milwaukee. Atlanta.

Now, after those lost years of late, they’re back in first.

And you’d wonder, after watching this game today, if they’re ready to break the One Trophy Per City Curse. Or if, after missing in the last thirteen playoff tries, the Atlanta thing will have them stuck. Until they move. Again.

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Game 131 // First Inning, Chicago // Behold, La Sape Est Arrivée

BOTTOM OF THE FIRST: CUBS 5 (0) – 0 WHITE SOX

 

You know, we could talk about the ballgame. The Cubs, the Sox, the rivalry, the history.

We could.

But.

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Game 130 // First Inning, Cincinnati // The Mets Are Out of Order

FIRST INNING: METS 0 – 0 REDS

 

It wasn’t so long ago that the Mets were 13-4. 

Then, you go watch them in New York. They lose 7-0. The next day, 11-0. Swept by the Braves. Swept by the Rockies. 

And now, today.

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Game 129 // First Inning, Baltimore // The Orioles Are Dead

FIRST INNING: ROYALS 10 (0) – 0 ORIOLES

 

You’re at home. You’re 8-26 on the year. You have no hope.

But you’re facing the Royals. They’re just a hair better than you. It’s the first inning and something about every game is a new day.

And then, Jorge Soler comes up, takes a hack at a fastball over the plate, and Gary Thorne announces the beginning of the end of the Baltimore Orioles 2018 season.

“High in the air, that is deep center field, and goodbye home run.”

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