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World Series Game 4 Recap: Dodgers Break Tie With Five Runs In Ninth To Even Up Series



What started out as a best-of-seven, is now a best-of-three.

The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Houston Astros 6-2 last night in Game 4 of this year’s World Series to even it up at two games apiece.

Without further ado, let’s recap the game that was:

Alex Wood began the night for the Dodgers and pitched maybe the best game of his life. He had a no-hitter through 5 2/3 innings, before George Springer came up with the bases empty in a scoreless game:

This ended Wood’s night after 84 pitches.

Wood’s outing was historic for the Dodgers, as he became the first pitcher in franchise history to carry a no-hit bid for at least five innings in a World Series game.

He also just became the third pitcher in World Series history to do this:

For the Astros, Charlie Morton started and didn’t disappoint. Entering his last four home starts (including Game 7 of ALCS), Morton was 4-0 with a 1.57 ERA. He pitched well again last night going the first 6 1/3 innings for Houston with seven strikeouts and no walks, but he didn’t receive a decision.

Morton was in line for the victory after getting pulled in the seventh with one out. Will Harris came on to relieve him, but Dodgers’ second baseman Logan Forsythe didn’t want to let his two-out at-bat go to waste trailing by one:

This closed the book on Morton, as he allowed just one earned run on three hits.

The effectiveness of both starting pitchers was historic:

Game 4 remained tied 1-1 heading into the top of the ninth. Astros closer Ken Giles came on to try and keep it that way, as well as turn his luck around- he entered last night with a postseason ERA of 8.22 in six outings.

His struggles continued last night.

Corey Seager hit the first pitch off Giles for a clean single to right, and then Justin Turner walked on five pitches. This brought up Cody Bellinger, who earlier in the game finally recorded his first World Series hit. Well, his hit in the ninth was even bigger:

That hit chased Giles from the game. He was charged with three earned runs, and his postseason ERA jumped to 11.74. YIKES.

Joe Musgrove came on to relieve Giles. LA got their third run on a sacrifice fly by Austin Barnes, and then Joc Pederson stepped up with two outs and two on, looking to break it WIDE open:

This was Pederson’s second homer of the World Series. It’s worth mentioning- he had a total of ZERO home runs in August and September combined. Because baseball!

Kenley Jansen came on to shut it down for the Dodgers, and allowed a two-out solo homer to Alex Bregman. Didn’t matter, as LA won 6-2 thanks to a five-run ninth inning.

The solo shots by Springer and Bregman were Houston’s only two hits.

Tony Watson was the winning pitcher for the Dodgers, tossing a scoreless eighth; Giles the loser for Houston as he fell to 0-2 in the postseason.

Bellinger’s heroic double in the ninth inning put him in pretty elite Dodger company:

Just a night after striking out four times. It’s all about how you bounce back, man.

Game 5 is tonight! The pitching matchup will be a rematch of Game 1- Clayton Kershaw for LA vs Dallas Keuchel for Houston!

Needless to say, Kershaw couldn’t WAIT to take the mound after last night’s victory:

Huge one coming up! Game 5 starts at 8 PM ET, and we’ll have full coverage for you at @HomeRunDaily! See you then!

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2019 Trade Deadline Highlights



In a shocking, last-minute deal, Zack Greinke has a new home (CBS Sports).

This year’s Trade Deadline in the MLB wasn’t as boisterous as previous seasons and might rank as one of the less-exciting ones in history. There was still a good number of high-profile moves, however, and a few big names went on to new homes. Here’s a look at the more notable acquisitions of July 31, 2019 and how they will impact the teams that got the big returns.

Blue Jays trade RHP Marcus Stroman to Mets in exchange for RHP Anthony Kay, RHP Simeon Woods-Richardson

The move that unofficially kicked off trading season was a bit of a head scratcher. It had long been rumored that Toronto was shopping ace Marcus Stroman, but the team he ended up with isn’t exactly a contender. The Mets are currently four games under .500 and may not be vying for the postseason in 2019. The move is likely another part of the Mets rebuilding process, and since Noah Syndergaard stayed put, New York may have a formidable rotation next season.

Indians acquire LHP Scott Moss, OF Yasiel Puig from Reds and OF Franmil Reyes, LHP Logan Allen and IF Victor Nova from Padres, Padres acquire OF Taylor Trammell from Reds, Indians acquire Reds acquire RHP Trevor Bauer from Indians

The literal biggest trade of the day was a this three-team blockbuster. Trevor Bauer firing the ball over the center field wall on Sunday after he was pulled in the fifth inning ended up being the last pitch he threw in an Indians uniform. A day later the Tribe rid itself of his petulance and pulled off a massive trade with intrastate rival Cincinnati as well as San Diego that saw Bauer go to the Reds and Reds top prospect Taylor Tramell go to the Friars. Cleveland received a host of players from both teams, most namely Yasiel Puig, who is ironically also known as a prima donna.

Though Bauer is undeniably talented when he keeps his act together and bolsters the Reds attempts to trend upward, San Diego may have won the trade with Tramell, MLB’s no. 30 overall prospect.

Rays acquire 1B Jesus Aguilar from Brewers in exchange for RHP Jacob Faria

Milwaukee was certainly brewing before the Deadline and made a commendable effort to improve its pitching. GM David Stearns’ most notable move was a straight swap with the Rays that brought back righty Jacob Faria in exchange for power hitting 1B Jesus Aguilar. Aguilar is having a down year but has proven many times that he can be deadly. He gives the Rays the big bat they’ve been seeking in their hunt for a Wild Card berth.

It’s a good move for both sides because it clears Milwaukee’s infield logjam and gives the team another quality starter. Faria never quite broke out in Tampa Bay but a change of scenery always has potential to pay dividends. After having already gotten Jordan Lyles from Pittsburgh on Monday, the Brewers made another move and got Drew Pomeranz from San Fransisco later on Wednesday. Though none of the returns are big name guys, Milwaukee is serious about making another run after coming so close last year.

Cubs acquire OF Nicholas Castellanos from Tigers in exchange for RHP Alex Lange and RHP Paul Richan.

The Cubs made their chances of taking the NL Central back even better with this move. Nicholas Castellanos has been one of the MLB’s more underrated players in recent years, largely because he was on the Tigers after the team’s glory days of the early 2010s ended. Adding him to a lineup that already includes Kris Bryant, Willson Contreras and Javier Baez gives the Cubbies even more firepower, especially given Castellanos success vs. lefty pitchers. It’s also a great move for him personally as he gets to join a contending team at last. The Cubs are vying to appear in the playoffs for a fifth consecutive season, and their chances look pretty good.

Astros acquire RHP Zack Greinke from Diamondbacks in exchange for RHP Corbin Martin, RHP JB Bukauskas, IF Josh Rojas and IF Seth Beer

If Houston was scary good before this trade, they’re terrifyingly good now. The Astros just added Zack Greinke to a rotation that already includes Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole in a last-minute deal that wasn’t announced until after the deadline officially passed. Arizona received a package of four minor leaguers in return as the team is now officially in the rebuilding process.

Like Verlander, Greinke is in the second half of his thirties but has not declined at all and owned a 10-4 record with a 2.90 on a sub-par Diamondbacks team at the time of his departure. The six-time All-Star’s presence gives Houston the best rotation in baseball by far and should get the knees of any upcoming opponent knocking. The MLB said it best on Instagram today, “Facing Houston? You have a problem.”

Notable non-moves:

  • After being heavily rumored as top targets, Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard and Giants LHP Madison Bumgarner are still members of their longtime teams.
  • The Boston Red Sox, whose bullpen has blown 18 saves, made no moves to improve its relief core, to the amazement of the team’s fanbase.
  • The New York Yankees were thought to be Syndergaard’s top suitor, but the team did not acquire any starting pitching to aid Aaron Boone’s struggling rotation.

What was the biggest move of the deadline this year? Be sure to let us know on Twitter @HomeRunDaily.

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Athletics Acquire Tanner Roark



Tanner Roark

The Oakland Athletics have acquired right hander Tanner Roark from the Cincinnati Reds, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

As part of the deal, outfielder Jamerson Hannah will be heading to Cincinnati, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser, the Reds will pick up $2.1 million of Roark’s remaining salary.

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Astros Acquire Martin Maldonado



Martin Maldonado

The Houston Astros have acquired veteran catcher Martin Maldonado from the Chicago Cubs, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

As part of the deal, outfielder/second baseman Tony Kemp will be heading to the Cubs, according to the Houston Chronicle’s Chandler Rome.

Maldonado has posted a .217/.285/.349 slash line this season.

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