It’s the last Sunday of August baseball, and we had playoff implications all over the schedule. Let’s jump in.
As well, the Yankees’ first home run of the night — LeMahieu’s — occasioned some history:
Baseball schedule/scores for Sunday, August 25
- FINAL – Orioles 8, Rays 3 (box score)
- FINAL – Marlins 3, Phillies 2 (box score)
- FINAL – Braves 2, Mets 1 (box score)
- FINAL/10 – Royals 9 Indians 8 (box score)
- FINAL – Pirates 9, Reds 8 (box score)
- FINAL – Astros 11, Angels 1 (box score)
- FINAL – White Sox 2, Rangers 0 (box score)
- FINAL – Twins 7, Tigers 4 (box score)
- FINAL – Diamondbacks 5, Brewers 2 (box score)
- FINAL – Cardinals 11, Rockies 4 (box score)
- FINAL/11 – Nationals 7, Cubs 5 (box score)
- FINAL – Giants 5, Athletics 4 (box score)
- FINAL – Padres 3, Red Sox 1 (box score)
- FINAL – Mariners 3, Blue Jays 1 (box score)
- FINAL – Yankees 5, Dodgers 1 (box score)
Yanks take series from Dodgers
Donaldson, Ronald Acuna Jr. and Freddie Freeman have each reached the 30-home run club this season. It’s the seventh time, and first since 2003 that the Braves have had three players hit at least 30 home runs.
Braves third baseman Josh Donaldson was responsible for the Braves runs in the game, hitting two solo homers. With the two blasts, Donaldson’s total goes up to 32.
The most by any team in a calendar month in MLB history.
Atlanta’s bullpen picked up the game’s final six outs, and extended a team-record streak of 25 scoreless relief innings before the Mets scored in the ninth inning. The winning streak is the Braves’ longest of the season, while the Mets dropped to 5-11 against first-place Atlanta.
Braves sweep Mets for eighth straight win
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Braves left-hander Dallas Keuchel pitched the best game of his abbreviated season in Sunday’s 2-1 win over the Mets at Citi Field. Keuchel pitched seven shutout innings, and the 2015 Cy Young winner has allowed just one run over his past 19 innings. Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw struck out 12 and walked none over six innings, but that wasn’t enough, as Yankee pitching showed up in a big way. Domingo German allowed one run on five hits in six innings, and four relievers combined for three no-hit innings. Across all three games of this potential World Series preview, the Yankees permitted the best offense in the NL to score a total of just five runs.
The A’s entered the weekend a half-game behind the Rays for the second AL wild-card spot, and they’ll enter the week in the same position. That’s despite the fact that the Rays lost to the terrible Orioles on both Saturday and Sunday. On each of those days, the A’s had a chance to inch in front in the race for the last AL playoff berth, and each time they squandered the opportunity. With the loss, the Phillies slipped further back in the NL wild-card standings, and they also dropped to 7-9 against the Marlins this season. Stated another way, 19.1 percent of the Marlins’ wins this season have come against the Phillies. Against the rest of the NL East — i.e., the Braves, Nationals, and Mets — are the Marlins are just 11-36. If the Phillies wind up missing out on the postseason but a mere game or two, then they can point to their failure to handle business against Miami as one of the primary reasons.
Nats polish off Cubs
Well, as you see above the Phillies fell in the rubber match of the series on Sunday. Ace Aaron Nola gave the Phils seven strong innings, but but the Bryce Harper-less offense (Harper is expected to return from the paternity list on Monday) was able to scratch out just two runs on four hits against Elieser Hernandez and three Miami relievers. Hernandez, it should be noted, entered his Sunday start with a 5.18 ERA and a 6.27 for the season.
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That’s 59 HR for the Yankees in August.
Despite the fact that the Marlins have predictably been one of the worst teams in baseball this season, the contending Phillies have been unable to take advantage. The Marlins came into their three-game home set against Philly with a mark of 4-16 in August, and the Phillies came in having won six of eight, including two- and three-game sweeps of the Red Sox and Cubs, respectively.
Phils continue to struggle against Fish
With the win, the Yankees pull within one game of the Dodgers in the race for best record in baseball and the rights to home-field advantage throughout the postseason.
Here’s Keuchel’s final line:
Cody Bellinger and Christian Yelich remain the favorites for that NL MVP hardware, but Rendon continues to keep himself within range as we head toward September.
A’s miss chance in AL wild-card race
This is Donaldson’s 20th career multi-homer game and his fourth of this season. He has 23 HR in 227 at-bats (9.87 AB/HR) dating back to June 14. Acuna (21) and Bellinger (20) were the only other NL players who entered today with at least 20 HR within this span.
The Yankee bats again brought the power, as DJ LeMahieu, Aaron Judge and Mike Ford all homered. In Judge’s case, his opposite-field shot off Kershaw …
… fulfilled a pregame guarantee of a home run:
- On Sunday, the Indians announced that third baseman Jose Ramirez was diagnosed with a fractured hamate bone in his right hand.
- Rockies right-hander Chad Bettis will undergo season-ending surgery to repair his hip impingement injury.
- The Rays activated second baseman Joey Wendle from the 10-day injured list.
- The Yankees sent left-hander Jordan Montogmery on a rehab assignment to Class A-Advanced Tampa.
- The Indians sent right-hander Carlos Carrasco on a rehab assignment to Triple-A Columbus.
- The Cubs placed left-hander Derek Holland on the 10-day injured list (retroactive to Aug. 24) with a left wrist contusion. Third baseman David Note was recalled from Triple-A Iowa to take his roster spot.
- The Diamondbacks activated left-hander Robbie Ray from the 10-day injured list.
- The Twins sent center fielder Byron Buxton on a rehab assignment to Class-A Cedar Rapids.