The Los Angeles Angels desperately needed a series win over a quality rival to boost their confidence following their recent struggles. And with just a week to go before the All-Star break, they got just that at home thanks to a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday night. The win helped them take two of three from the Freeway Series, as Shohei Ohtani stepped up with a pinch-hit, go-ahead blast. Ohtani's long ball went 443 feet in the seventh inning, It was the first pinch-hit home run of Ohtani's career, as well as the first of the season for the Angels, who got a great outing from Andrew Heaney. The right-hander tied a career-high with 10 strikeouts and earned the win after allowing just three hits over seven innings. The one main blemish was Yasiel Puig's three-run home run in the second inning. Puig would later leave with an oblique injury, and is expected to land on the disabled list. Albert Pujols added a solo shot to tie the game in the sixth, which was his 627th career blast. Alex Wood surrendered that homer and had won four consecutive starts, but received a no-decision in this one. These two teams will do battle again next weekend at Dodger Stadium. Before then, the Angels will host the Seattle Mariners, while the Dodgers will visit the San Diego Padres.
Myers Sends Padres to 16-Inning Victory
Wil Myers hit three home runs on Saturday night, and that somehow was not enough for the San Diego Padres to pull off a victory. All it took was one on Sunday afternoon, and a very timely one, as Myers hit the go-ahead homer in the 16th inning for a 4-3 Padres' win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. His home run came off of D-backs catcher Jeff Mathis, who had started the game behind the plate and caught 15 innings before moving to the mound. It was his first pitching appearance since 2012 and third of his career. Myers went the opposite way to right field for his fourth home run in two days, while Manuel Margot had a career-high five hits and a stolen base. Brad Hand earned his second win after pitching two innings during free baseball. The Diamondbacks were forced to use starter Zack Godley in extras, before turning to the position player late. Zack Greinke got the start and had his shortest outing of the season. The right-hander lasted just 4.1 innings in his 400th career start. Only three other active pitchers have reached that career milestone. The game lasted five hours, 31 minutes, as the Padres got the marathon win despite striking out 20 times and leaving 15 runners on base. San Diego returns home to host the Los Angeles Dodgers this week, while the Diamondbacks head to Colorado to battle the Rockies in a crucial NL West series.
Red Sox, Braves Lead MLB All-Star Rosters
The Major League Baseball All-Star Game rosters were announced on Sunday night, with the headlines featuring the Atlanta Braves' rebuilt roster getting recognition, the Boston Red Sox leading the way with their best record, and the American League's jaw-dropping starting outfield. Of course, Bryce Harper will get the start at his home ballpark for the National League, but the American League dominates on paper so far. The Houston Astros, Cleveland Indians, and Boston Red Sox all lead the majors with five All-Stars apiece. Within that features AL MVP Jose Altuve starting at second base, Jose Ramirez starting at third base, and Mookie Betts getting the start in right field. J.D. Martinez will also be the designated hitter to represent the Red Sox. Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees and Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels join Betts to make out the rest of the A.L. outfield. The surprising Atlanta Braves also stood out with four All-Stars, which was tied with the Yankees. Ozzie Albies and Nick Markakis joined Mike Foltynewicz and Freddie Freeman to represent the NL-East leading Braves. Harper will get the start for a fourth consecutive year, despite batting just .216 for the struggling Nationals. He may not be the only National starting, as Max Scherzer made the team, and could very well get the start at Nationals Park. A couple of stars that were selected but will sit out include Astros ace Justin Verlander, who will pitch the Sunday before, and San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey, who would rather rest an injured hip. There have been no replacements announced.