The first day of August brings with it a lot of old faces in new places. Some of the storylines worth watching from a truncated schedule include Danny Salazar making his season debut in Cleveland, the Rays looking to sweep the Red Sox, and the Cubs and Cardinals wrapping up their series, with the winner taking first place.
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Baseball schedule/scores for Thursday, August 1
Mets win seventh in a row
A day after the Mets elected to stand pat rather than trade off Noah Syndergaard, Edwin Diaz, or Zack Wheeler, the last of those three rewarded them with a strong effort en route to the team’s seventh consecutive victory.
Wheeler threw seven shutout innings, fanning seven and permitting just four hits and no walks against the White Sox. He generated 18 swinging strikes on 88 pitches, including five on each his slider and his changeup. He also coerced seven whiffs on his fastballs.
Offensively, the Mets were led by Robinson Cano, who broke out of a slump with a two-hit day: a home run and a double that drove in two of New York’s four runs.
The Mets are now 53-55 and four games back in the hunt for a wild card spot.
Dyson costs Twins in debut
You have to feel a little bad for Sam Dyson.
On Wednesday, Dyson was traded to the Twins as part of their deadline rush to upgrade the bullpen. On Thursday, in his first appearance with his new team, he issued two walks and allowed two hits and three runs to score without recording an out.
The Twins had a 4-1 lead over the Marlins when Dyson entered. They were up one when Dyson left, with Taylor Rogers then permitting the tying run to score. The Twins would later lose by a 5-4 score in 12 innings on a Harold Ramirez walk-off homer.
“Didn’t execute, didn’t get the job done,” Dyson told reporters, including Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, following the game. “These guys went after it and played their asses off. We had the lead. I didn’t do my job as part of the team. That’s a bad first impression. Hopefully there’s no more of those.”
On the bright side, things can’t get much worse for Dyson. Rather, they’re likely to get better — he had a 2.47 ERA with the Giants for a reason.