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Astros Walk Off In Extras: A Late Recap Of Sunday Night’s Thrilling Game 5




The Houston Astros are up 3-2 in this year’s World Series to the Los Angeles Dodgers entering Game 6 tonight in LA.

If you didn’t watch Sunday night’s thrilling Game 5, you missed maybe the wildest game in the history of the Fall Classic. Seven total dingers and three comebacks by the Astros. And maybe most shocking of all, the ineffectiveness of both starting pitchers- Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw and Astros’ Dallas Keuchel. After a solid Game 1 duel, more of that was expected in Game 5- but it was a slug-fest instead.

Houston walked off in 10 innings, 13-12.

We apologize that this recap is posted a day later than usual (power/electricity issues in New England), but we wouldn’t be doing this website justice if we didn’t go over the insanity that occurred Sunday night in Houston. Let’s begin:

With three quick runs off Keuchel in the first inning before Kershaw had to throw a pitch, the Dodgers were off to an ideal start in the tie-breaking game, 3-0.

The Dodgers’ ace was all as advertised through the first three frames:

With another run in the top of the fourth inning to chase Keuchel from the game, the Dodgers were up 4-0. And when Kershaw’s on the mound? That’s usually good news for them:

Kershaw allowed two of the first three runners to reach in the bottom of the fourth, before a Carlos Correa double put Houston on the board. 4-1 Dodgers at that point. Up next stepped Yuli Gurriel:

Just like that.

Gurriel’s blast was the eighth home run Kershaw has allowed this postseason, which marks a new Major League record.

That was all for the Astros in the fourth inning. Luckily for Kershaw, his team was ready to pick him up following that rough frame. Cody Bellinger especially:

With 67 pitches through four innings and staked to a new lead, Kershaw went out to begin the fifth. It started off well, as he got Marwin Gonzalez to fly out and Brian McCann on a strikeout looking. He then walked George Springer and Alex Bregman, and that was it for Kershaw after 94 pitches.

Kenta Maeda relieved Kershaw with two outs to face Jose Altuve as the tying run, and it didn’t go as planned:

We’re just getting started!

Following no scoring in the sixth inning, the game remained 7-7 heading into the top of the seventh. Brad Peacock was on for his second inning in relief for the Astros. With one on and one out, he allowed a go-ahead triple to Bellinger that rolled all the way to the wall as it got by Springer on the diving bid. 8-7 LA.

Springer redeemed himself in the bottom half of the inning to lead off against Dodgers’ reliever Brandon Morrow, working in his fifth straight World Series game:

Morrow threw five more pitches. Spanning those pitches was a single to Bregman, RBI double to Altuve, and two-run big fly for Correa:

That was it after six pitches for the overworked Morrow. 11-8 Astros.

LA got a run in the top of the eighth to cut it to 11-9, but reliever Chris Devenski came on with the tying runs in scoring position and two outs to retire pinch-hitter Andre Ethier.

Houston got that run back the bottom half, as Brian McCann picked up his first dinger of the playoffs for a solo shot off Tony Cingrani, who retired the last three outs for LA in the seventh.

Looking for the save, Devenski allowed a two-run shot to Yasiel Puig over the wall in left. This made it 12-11 Astros. It was also the 101st home run in the MLB postseason this year, and 22nd of this World Series- both records.

After an Austin Barnes double and Joc Pederson groundout, Devenski was still in line for the save with one out to go. But he had to face the NLCS co-MVP:

The Astros failed to score in the bottom half, and Joe Musgrove came on in relief to begin the 10th. Working around a one-out single, he was able to do his job.

Kenley Jansen came on for his second inning after a 12-pitch ninth. Like Kershaw did in the fourth inning, he retired the first two in order; but trouble followed. After hitting McCann (Derek Fisher pinch-ran) and walking Springer, it was all on the line for Bregman:

After 5 hours and 17 minutes of pure entertainment, the Astros and their fans went home happy.

It was the second longest game in World Series history.

With their dramatic victory, Houston became just the fifth team to overcome three deficits (4-0, 7-4, 8-7) in a World Series game to win:

What. A. Game. Game 6 can’t possibly top that; can it?

We’ll find out tonight! Game 6 shifts back to LA for a 8 PM ET start time on FOX, and we’ve got you covered as well on Twitter at @HomeRunDaily! Stay tuned for an official Game 6 preview, coming before the first pitch!

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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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