Giancarlo Stanton homered in the first inning (so it was just a typical August day), but it would not be enough as the Nationals downed the Marlins 8-3 Tuesday. Stanton’s homer was his 51st of the season, and 18th this month, tying Rudy York for most ever in August. MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince makes the case that Giancarlo is the NL MVP frontrunner.
The Marlins are still in the Wild Card race at 5.5 games behind the Rockies, but if you happen to be looking ahead to the offseason, the Fish just announced which of their prospects will participate in the Arizona Fall League this year.
Miami will look to get back on track today, facing Stephen Strasburg, who typically dominates them. Yet they’ve won Adam Conley’s last three starts, and he’ll be Strasburg’s mound opponent.
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Chris Sale set a pretty impressive record Tuesday night, becoming the fastest pitcher ever to 1,500 strikeouts. He needed just 1,290 innings to do it and is now tops on a list that includes Kerry Wood, Pedro Martinez, Nolan Ryan and Max Scherzer.
However, it was Dylan Bundy of the Orioles that had the most impressive pitching performance of the night, pitching a one-hit shutout to extend Baltimore’s win streak to six and put them just 1.5 games back of the second AL Wild Card.
Due to Hurricane Harvey’s flooding of Houston, the Astros and Rangers played a rare neutral-site game at Tropicana Field in Tampa. Technically a home game for the Astros, the contest featured the Astros’ walk-up songs, and “Deep in the Heart of Texas” played during the seventh-inning stretch.
As Houston still needs as much help as it can get (from you!), here is a list of places you can donate.