Already leading 12-7, Washington sandwiched solo homers from Goodwin and Reynolds around Soto’s second of the night, a three-run shot off Hector Neris in the ninth.
Adam Eaton led off with a single and Turner quickly made it 2-0 by sending a 94-mph fastball into the seats in left.
Everybody had fun, Soto said. I hope we can do the same thing tomorrow. Same plans.
The biggest Phillies highlight came in the fifth when Hoskins culminated a 14-pitch at-bat with a line-drive homer to left-center. The Philadelphia slugger fouled off eight pitches, including seven in a row with a 3-2 count. It gave him eight homers and 22 RBI since returning from the DL (broken jaw) on June 9. Hoskins has gone deep in three straight games.
Greinke helped get his teammates going. In the second he singled, easily stole second and scored on Goldschmidt’s two-out single. He added a two-out opposite-field RBI single in the sixth to make it 4-0.
It’s definitely one of the hottest games I’ve thrown in a long time, Skaggs said. I was just tired. I told (manager Mike Scioscia) I rarely come out and say this, but I’m exhausted.
Another international prospect for Brooklyn. Kurucs is a 6-10 forward who has struggled to find consistent playing time at the highest levels in Europe for Barcelona.
The 20-year-old is a shotmaker who can create his own looks off the bounce. We’ll see if he can hold up defensively against NBA athletes or contribute in enough other ways that it won’t matter.
TRADE: Orlando is sending this pick to the Nuggets because that franchise didn’t have enough power forwards on its roster.
Vanderbilt is an intriguing prospect. He’s a former 5-star recruit with a young career ravaged by injuries. At 6-9, he was one of the best rebounders in college basketball last season and he flashes nice playmaking instincts with the ball in his hands. His ability to contribute offensively is rather limited outside of that, though. Given the injury concerns, this is a risky selection.
He had a short stint on the disabled list during the month due to a right hip strain. He struck out nine for the second consecutive start.
It was a good outing, Maeda said through an interpreter. My desire is to be able to pitch deeper into the game and being able to pitch seven innings and is a good thing. But unfortunately, we didn’t get the win and that was something we wanted.
Barria was pulled after giving up a one-out walk to J.D. Martinez with one out in the sixth and the score still tied 1-1. Jose Alvarez gave up a double to Mitch Moreland, with Martinez moving to third. Xander Bogaerts was then walked intentionally to load the bases, and Brock Holt drew a walk to drive in Martinez for Boston’s first lead. Alvarez then got Devers to ground into a double play to end the inning.
The Warriors have the 28th pick this year, and many front-office types will be nervously paying attention to the player Golden State takes, hoping it’s not someone they had high on the board but narrowly passed on. One candidate for that pick who fits the Warriors’ mold: versatile, athletic wing Melvin Frazier of Tulane, who worked out for the team this week.
No matter whom they pick at No. 28, the Warriors will again look to purchase a second-round pick in this year’s draft, a source told Sporting News. Golden State bought a pick from Chicago last year, and used it to select Bell.
If anyone sells them a pick, one GM joked, they ought to have their head checked. Once that first round is over, everyone needs to just not pick up the phone if [Warriors GM Bob] Myers is calling.
Having won five of their last six, the Chargers need to beat the Raiders, have the Titans lose and then watch either the Bills lose or the Ravens win to earn a playoff spot.
It would be much easier for everyone in the AFC if the Chargers just lost, but they are playing a hapless Raiders team entering the week just 2-5 on the road this season.
The Chargers have nine games with multiple takeaways this season, tied for the most in the NFL and the most for the team since tying the franchise record with 14 such games in 2007. They have a great chance to win this week and potentially sneak into the playoffs
After losing to the Patriots last week, Tyrod Taylor and the Bills are in a world of trouble to save their season. The Bills’ quarterback experiments during the middle of the season could come back to haunt them because they need some help from other teams this week.
But for every Kirby Smart, there’s a Jeremy Pruitt, the Alabama defensive coordinator who held that same job at Georgia in 2014 and 2015. Asked after the game Monday night how many Bulldogs players he had a hand in recruiting, Pruitt said, All of ’em.
To recap, the Georgia head coach recruited the Alabama players to Alabama, and the Alabama defensive coordinator recruited the Georgia players to Georgia. Take the case of Alabama sophomore linebacker Terrell Lewis, who came off the bench to make two tackles against Clemson.
Coach Smart recruited me at first when I was coming to Bama, Lewis said. And then when he left, he was trying to get me to come to Georgia. … I knew of Pruitt and he was recruiting me to Georgia, so once he finally got to Bama, he was recruiting me, too. They went from telling to come here for this reason to [telling me to] come there for this reason.
Because this is the College Football Playoff National Championship, it is difficult to imagine that Smart will fare as badly as the five former assistants who have coached against Saban. Only one, former Florida head coach Jim McElwain, came within 14 points of beating his former boss. The average margin among McElwain, former Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley, South Carolina’s Will Muschamp (0-2 while at Florida) and Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio is nearly 29 points.
Saquon Barkley is a no-doubt first-round pick for Penn State this year, but as good as he may be, the argument can be made that quarterback Trace McSorley was the most important part of the Nittany Lions’ offense.
But McSorley will not be found high on many NFL prospects lists this year despite the fact he has back-to-back 3,000-yard seasons, has thrown for 55 touchdowns and accounted for 73 in the last two years, and he has gone 22-5 as Penn State’s starter over their last 27 games.
For one, he is small. While he is listed at 6-foot, 195-pounds, many would say he is smaller. In fact, anyone who knows McSorley would probably be surprised that is what he is listed at.
He also plays in an offense with talent all over the place as well as one that is pretty QB-friendly. In addition, he makes some bad mistakes and doesn’t have a great arm.
McSorley, though, may have an argument as a good NFL prospect. For one, he is an accurate passer completing 63.7 percent of his throws this year, he has a quick release, he has good timing on deep throws that makes him a dangerous guy throwing down the field, and he had possibly one of the most impressive lines of the year in the Fiesta Bowl Saturday.
Biyombo (available in 83.5 percent of leagues) turned in his fourth straight game with double-figure rebounds and his third straight double-double on Monday. All told, he is averaging 9.5 points, 13 rebounds and 3.3 blocks in those four games and has the game to maintain those numbers for as long as Nikola Vucevic is sidelined.
Caris LeVert (available in 65 percent of leagues) scored 15 points with 8 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals and a 3-pointer on Monday. This is right in line with his recent play, as over his last five games, he is averaging 16.6 points (49.2 FG%, 72.2 FT%), 7.6 assists, 4.4 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.6 3-pointers in 28 minutes off the bench.
Thon Maker popped for 16 points (4-8 FG, 5-5 FT), 4 rebounds, 3 3-pointers, an assist, a block and a steal in 18 minutes off the bench. The scoring came from nowhere, as he had combined for only 12 points in his four previous games combined, but the peripheral numbers are becoming more of a norm, as the Bucks continue to give him a consistent 15-20 minutes a night of action.
Andrew Wiggins turned in one of his best all-around performances of the season on Monday, posting a season-high nine rebounds to go with his 21 points, 4 assists, 2 steals, 1 block and 1 3-pointer against the Lakers. Butler still had a bigger line, but if Wiggins can find some consistency on the glass, he could start to move back up in my rest-of-season rankings.