It’s the first Friday in July, and that means baseball is about to head to the All-Star Break. Before then, however, Friday night features a slew of games, including some intriguing storylines.
The highlights of Friday include the Yankees defeating the Rays again — a common theme this season; the Mets seeing Edwin Diaz melt down again — another common theme this season; and Shohei Ohtani going yicketty on his birthday — not a common theme, but it might become one over the coming years.
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Baseball schedule/scores for Friday, July 5
Yankees take another from Rays behind Judge’s home runs
The Yankees and Rays continued their four-game series on Friday. The Yankees, who won on Thursday with some timely late-inning power, followed that formula to another victory.
New York’s lineup homered four times, with Aaron Judge providing two of those bops:
Aroldis Chapman had another shaking outing, permitting the tying run to come to the plate despite entering the ninth with a four-run lead and the bottom-of-the-order due up.
The Yankees are now 8 ½ games up in the AL East over the Rays. On the season, New York has won nine of its 11 games against the Rays this season.
Diaz hears boos as Mets lose
You have to feel for the Mets.
The Mets entered the ninth inning against the Phillies on Friday locked in a 2-2 tie. Mickey Callaway made what is often thought as the smart move — inserting closer Edwin Diaz with idea he would shut down the Phillies and give his offense a chance to walk it off.
That didn’t happen.
Instead, Diaz yielded a double on his fourth pitch of the game, then gave up the go-ahead run two pitches later. By the time Jeurys Familia had contributed his own fuel to the fire, the Mets were down 7-2.
The Mets acquired Diaz hopeful he would repeat last season’s dominance, when he posted a 1.96 ERA and saved 57 games. After Friday, he has a 5.67 ERA. That’s not going to work.
Highlight of the day: Cain robs the Pirates
Brewers center fielder Lorenzo Cain isn’t having a good season at the dish. He is, however, still capable of running the ball down. Need evidence? Here he is keeping Milwaukee’s game against the Pirates scoreless by making an over-the-shoulder catch with the bases loaded:
Cain entered the night hitting .245/.310/.353 on the year.
Stat of the day: Ohtani homers on his birthday
Shohei Ohtani turned 25 years old on Friday. He celebrated in grand fashion — by homering for the 13th time this season. Take a look:
The season this is the stat of the day is because Ohtani joined a select group of Japanese-born players to touch ’em all on their birthday:
Ohtani entered the day hitting .310/.363/.560. Remember, he can pitch, too.