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Who Owned Baseball August 19, 2018 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2018 #WOB

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Martin Maldonado missed the cycle by a single, going 3 for 4 with 3 runs, leading the Astros to a critical 9-4 victory over the A’s.

Starlin Castro hit 3 singles and 2 doubles, scoring 3 runs in Miami’s 12-1 thrashing of the Nationals.

Mike Clevinger struck out 7 Orioles over 6 shutout innings as the Indians blanked the Birds, 8-0.

Jose Urena threw a complete game, allowing 2 hits and 1 run, earning the 12-1 decision for the Marlins over Washington.

They all owned baseball on August 19, 2018

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Who Owned Baseball August 18, 2018 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2018 #WOB

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Jacob deGrom built his Cy Young argument with a complete game and no earned runs while striking out 9 Phillies to give the Mets a 3-1 victory.

Alex Cobb threw a complete game victory, allowing 5 hits and 2 runs, giving the Orioles a 4-2 win over the Indians.

JT Riddle reached base 4 times, including a homer, driving in 4 runs, leading Miami past Washington, 7-5.

Miguel Andujar went 3 for 5, homered and drove in 3 runs as the Yankees took a 11-6 slugfest from Toronto.

They all owned baseball on August 18, 2018

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Who Owned Baseball August 17, 2018 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2018 #WOB

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Manny Machado homered twice, driving in 3, as the Dodgers clobbered the Mariners, 11-1.

Xander Bogaerts tripled, hit a pair of doubles, drove in a pair and scored once to help the Red Sox erase an early deficit and defeat the Rays, 7-3.

Aaron Nola struck out 11 Mets in 7 innings, giving up 3 hits and 1 run to earn the 4-2 decision for the Phillies.

Carlos Carrasco allowed 3 hits and no earned runs over 7 innings, winning the 2-1 game for Cleveland over the Orioles.

They all owned baseball on August 16, 2018

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Sully Baseball Podcast – Wild Wild Card Chase and Who the Yankees Should Pitch – August 17, 2018

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The A’s and Astros are about to play a wild and important series that could have huge ramifications on the American League Wild Card.

When the Yankees play the runner up of the AL West for the Wild Card Game, they need to reverse engineer their pitching staff to win. Two recent additions could be the key.

Giving advice to the enemy in this episode of Sully Baseball.

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Who Owned Baseball August 16, 2018 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2018 #WOB

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Clay Buchholz went the distance, throwing 9 innings, allowing 5 hits and 1 run while striking out 6 Padres en route to a 5-1 decision for Arizona.

Blake Snell kept the Yankees from scoring over 5 innings, striking out 6 in the Rays 3-1 victory.

Michael Conforto had a productive double header, collecting 6 hits over all in the two games. He singled, doubled and homered in the Mets 24-4 thrashing of the Phillies in Game 1. In the nightcap he singled twice and doubled, driving in 4 as the Mets came up short, 9-6.

Logan Forsythe collected 5 hits, including 2 doubles, as the Twins broke open a close game late and topped Detroit, 15-8.

They all owned baseball on August 16, 2018

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Who Owned Baseball August 15, 2018 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2018 #WOB

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Evan Gattis went 3 for 4 with a pair of homers, driving in 3, as the Astros got a much needed blow out 12-1 win over Colorado.

Brandon Nimmo singled twice, doubled twice and tripled, driving in 3 to help the Mets take a 16-5 laugher over Baltimore.

Mike Leake threw 8 brilliant scoreless innings, striking out 6 Oakland batters. He did not get the decision but set up Seattle’s 2-0 extra inning victory.

Hyun Jin Ryu shut out the Giants over 6 innings, allowing 3 hits and no walks. The bullpen blew his lead but the Dodgers prevailed in 12 innings, 4-3.

They all owned baseball on August 15, 2018

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Who Owned Baseball August 14, 2018 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2018 #WOB

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Ronald Acuña Jr. once again homered to lead off the game. He added another homer and a third hit to push the first place Braves past Miami, 10-6.

Jhoulys Chacin struck out 10 Cubs in 7 shutout innings to earn the 7-0 decision for the Brewers.

Jose Ramirez went 3 for 5 with a homer and 2 RBI as the Indians clobbered the Reds, 8-1.

Rick Porcello held the Phillies to 2 hits and 1 run while striking out 10 as the Red Sox won again, 2-1.

 

They all owned baseball on August 14, 2018

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Sully Baseball Podcast – Using the Average Start as a Cy Young Metric – August 14, 2018

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We know the win loss record is problematic as a metric for pitchers. But so are all the confusing new stats. Why not just use the Average Start as a barometer for the Cy Young vote and base the award on how the pitcher actually performed?

That plus avoiding stupid losses in this episode of Sully Baseball.

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Who Owned Baseball August 13, 2018 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2018 #WOB

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Ronald Acuña led off both games of the double header with a homer. Over the two games, he reached base 7 times, driving in 5 runs, scoring 4 and stole a base as the Braves swept the twin bill from Miami, 9-1 and 6-1.

Nicholas Castellanos went 5 for 5 with a homer and 5 RBI as the Tigers topped the White Sox, 9-5.

Mike Foltynewicz threw 8 innings, allowing 1 run and struck out 7 Marlins en route to a 6-1 victory for the Braves.

Sean Manaea pitched into the 8th, finishing with 7 2/3 innings, allowing 5 hits and 2 runs, striking out 3 Mariners. The A’s bullpen struggled but held on to win, 8-5.

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Who Owned Baseball August 12, 2018 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2018 #WOB

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Carlos Carrasco struck out 9 White Sox over 7 innings, allowing 3 hits and 1 earned run as the Indians held on to win, 9-7.

Jed Lowrie reached base 3 times, including a homer, driving in 2, leading the surging A’s to an 8-7 victory over the Angels.

Cole Hamels allowed 1 hit and 1 run over 7 masterful innings, striking out 9 Washington batters. He did not get the decision but helped set up the dramatic 4-3 walk off win for the Cubs.

Paul Goldschmidt homered twice and added a third hit in the Diamondbacks 9-2 final over Cincinnati.

They all owned baseball on August 12, 2018

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Who Owned Baseball August 11, 2018 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2018 #WOB

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Edwin Jackson threw shutout ball into the 8th, finishing with 7 1/3 innings, no runs and 6 strikeouts as the A’s blanked the Angels, 7-0.

Marcus Semien homered twice, added a third hit and drove in 4 to give the A’s a 7-0 beating of the Angels.

Trevor Williams held the Giants scoreless over 7 strong innings, allowing 5 hits and 1 walk to earn the 4-0 decision for the Pirates.

Ryan Zimmerman homered twice, driving in 6, in the Nationals 9-4 win over the Cubs.

They all owned baseball on August 11, 2018

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Who Owned Baseball August 10, 2018 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2018 #WOB

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Ronald Guzman homered three times to lead the Rangers past the Yankees, 12-7.

Johan Camargo singled twice and doubled twice, drove in 2 and scored 2 as the Braves thrashed the Brewers, 10-1.

Carlos Rodon held the Indians scoreless for 8 innings, allowing 4 hits. He did not get the decision but did set up the White Sox 1-0 walk off win.

Anthony DeSclafani threw 7 shutout innings, striking out 9, as the Reds blanked Arizona, 3-0.

They all owned baseball on August 10, 2018

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Who Owned Baseball August 9, 2018 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2018 #WOB

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Denard Span reached base 4 times, homered, scored twice and drove in 3 to help the Mariners win a critical 8-6 game in Houston.

Hunter Renfroe hit a dramatic, come from behind 9th inning grand slam to spark the Padres 8-4 shocking of the Brewers.

J. A. Happ struck out 9 Rangers in 6 innings to win the 7-3 game for the Yankees.

Gio Gonzalez threw 7 strong innings, allowing 1 run to earn the 6-3 decision for Washington over Atlanta.

They all owned baseball on August 9, 2018

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Who Owned Baseball August 8, 2018 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2018 #WOB

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Patrick Corbin pitched shutout ball into the 8th, finishing with 7 1/3 scoreless innings, 4 hits and 9 strikeouts as the Diamondbacks blanked the Phillies, 6-0.

Brandon Nimmo hit 3 doubles, driving in 3 and scoring 3 in the Mets 8-0 shutout of Cincinnati.

Heath Fillmyer got his first big league win, holding the first place Cubs scoreless over 7 innings allowing 3 hits in the Royals 9-0 win.

Joey Gallo homered twice and added a single to help the Rangers take an 11-7 slugfest from Seattle.

They all owned baseball on August 8, 2018

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Who Owned Baseball August 7, 2018 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2018 #WOB

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Jameson Taillon went the distance at Coors Field, no easy task. He allowed only 2 runs in 9 innings to earn the 10-2 Pirates decision over Colorado.

Dallas Keuchel allowed 3 hits, 2 walks and 1 run over 6 strong innings. He did not get the win, but Houston did over San Francisco, 2-1.

Manuel Margot singled, tripled and homered, driving in 4 as the Padres beat the Brewers, 11-5.

J. D. Martinez went 3 for 5 including a 3 run go ahead homer in the 8th inning that helped the Red Sox top Toronto, 10-7.

They all owned baseball on August 7, 2018

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Who Owned Baseball August 6, 2018 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2018 #WOB

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David Peralta got 4 hits including a homer in the game tying 9th inning rally and a walk off shot in the 14th to give the Diamondbacks a dramatic 3-2 win over Philadelphia.

Marwin Gonzalez hit a 2 out, 3 run homer in the 9th to turn a 1-0 Giants lead to a 3-1 Astros victory.

Kyle Freeland threw 7 shutout innings, allowing 2 hits as the Rockies blanked the Pirates, 2-0.

Lance Lynn gave the Yankees a much needed boost with 7 1/3 shutout innings, 2 hits and 9 strikeouts, topping the White Sox, 7-0.

They all owned baseball on August 6, 2018

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Sully Baseball Podcast – Yankees Woes and Emptying Out The Fridge – August 6, 2018

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Sitting outside of Sunken Diamond on the Stanford Campus, I gloat about the Red Sox sweep of the Yankees and point out that some of the problems in the Bronx won’t go away soon.

Meanwhile, I clear out a few unpleasant topics that I have been avoiding addressing.

Fixing all the left overs in this episode of Sully Baseball.

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Who Owned Baseball August 5, 2018 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2018 #WOB

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Jon Gray threw 8 strong innings, striking out 8 Brewers and allowing just 4 hits and 1 run. He did not get the decision but Colorado won 5-4 in extra innings.

Trevor Cahill struck out 10 in 6 innings of shutout ball as the A’s blanked Detroit, 6-0.

Nick Markakis went 4 for 5 with the go ahead 10th inning homer to power the Braves past the Mets, 5-4.

Mark Trumbo homered twice and singled, driving in 5 runs to give the Orioles a rare victory, 9-6 in Texas.

They all owned baseball on August 5, 2018

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Who Owned Baseball August 4, 2018 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2018 #WOB

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Corey Kluber tossed a complete game 3 hit shutout of the Angels, striking out 7 and earning the 3-0 victory for Cleveland.

Zack Wheeler struck out 9 in 7 shutout innings as the Mets blanked Atlanta, 3-0.

Josh Reddick went 3 for 5 with a homer and 3 RBI to help the Astros blow out the Dodgers. 14-0.

Nick Ahmed reached base 4 times, including 2 homers, driving in 4, as the first place Diamondbacks clubbed the Giants, 9-3.

They all owned baseball on August 4, 2018

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Who Owned Baseball August 3, 2018 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2018 #WOB

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Rick Porcello pitched a masterpiece, needing only 86 pitches to throw a complete game 1 hitter, facing one above the minimum, walking none and striking out 9 Yankees to give the Red Sox a 4-1 win.

Shohei Ohtani compiled 4 hits, including 2 homers and stole a base, leading the Angels past the Indians, 7-4.

Vince Velasquez pitched into the 7th, throwing 6 1/3 shutout frames, giving up 2 hits and striking out 7 Marlins, earning the 5-1 decision for the Phillies.

Javier Baez reached 3 times, including a homer and a triple, helping the Cubs beat San Diego, 5-4.

They all owned baseball on August 3, 2018

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Sully Baseball Podcast – Red Sox and Yankees Rivalry Renewed with Jason Keidel – August 3, 2018

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WFAN writer and friend of the podcast, Jason Keidel, joined the podcast to talk about the renewed rivalry just as the Red Sox and Yankees began playing.

I didn’t realize it was going to be such a bizarre blow out game for the Red Sox.

Fueling the friendly rivalry in this episode of Sully Baseball.

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Who Owned Baseball August 2, 2018 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2018 #WOB

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Steve Pearce hit 3 homers, including a go ahead 3 run shot, to lead the Red Sox stunning offensive outpouring against the Yankees, 15-7.

Yasiel Puig homered twice and singled, driving in 4 runs as the Dodgers smoked the Brewers, 21-5.

Reynaldo Lopez allowed 2 runs over 7 innings, striking out 4 Royals as the White Sox won, 6-4.

Max Scherzer struck out 10 Reds in 6 innings to earn the 10-4 decision for Washington.

They all owned baseball on August 2, 2018

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Who Owned Baseball August 1, 2018 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2018 #WOB

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Yasmani Grandal hit 2 homers. The first one broke up a no hitter and the second one was a walk off shot in extra innings to end the Dodgers 6-4 victory over Milwaukee.

Tommy Milone struck out 9 Mets in 5 innings to give the Nationals a needed 5-3 win.

Franklin Barreto went 3 for 4 with a homer and 3 RBI to help the A’s beat the Blue Jays, 8-3.

Carlos Carrasco pitched into the 8th, throwing 7 1/3 innings with 10 strikeouts as the Indians blanked the Twins, 2-0.

They all owned baseball on August 1, 2018

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Sully Baseball Podcast – First Impressions of the Trade Deadline While in San Francisco – July 31, 2018

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While standing outside in San Francisco, I share my initial thoughts of the trade deadline.

The Pirates may have helped themselves the most, bleeding into 2019. The Nationals probably should have seen what Harper could have fetched.

But the Mets botched the entire day and continue to doom their franchise.

Wheeling and dealing by the Bay in this episode of Sully Baseball.

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Who Owned Baseball July 31, 2018 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2018 #WOB

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Daniel Murphy drove in 6 runs with a pair of homers and a single to lead the Nationals in a 25-4 humiliation of the Mets.

Zack Godley struck out 10 Rangers in 7 innings of 2 hit scoreless ball as Arizona took the 6-0 final.

Khris Davis singled twice and homered, driving in a pair, as the A’s won again, 6-2 over Toronto.

Matthew Boyd threw 8 shutout innings, striking out 7 Reds to earn the 2-1 decision for Detroit.

They all owned baseball on July 31, 2018

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Who Owned Baseball July 30, 2018 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2018 #WOB

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James Paxton threw 7 shutout innings, allowing 3 hits and struck out 8 as Seattle blanked Houston, 2-0.

Shin-Soo Choo homered twice, driving in 4, in the Rangers 9-5 win over the Diamondbacks.

Will Smith struck out all 4 batters he faced to first keep the game tied and then to clinch the 12 inning 5-3 victory for the Giants in San Diego.

Matt Carpenter reached base 4 times, driving in 2 to help the Cardinals top the Rockies, 5-4.

They all owned baseball on July 30, 2018

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Who Owned Baseball July 29, 2018 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2018 #WOB

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Sean Newcomb came within one strike of throwing the first Braves no hitter since 1994. He allowed a 2 out , 2 strike single and had to settle for 8 2/3 innings of 1 hit ball and a 4-1 victory over Los Angeles.

Buster Posey collected 4 hits including a 3 run come from behind double that set up the Giants 8-5 win over the Brewers.

Nathan Eovaldi made a memorable Red Sox debut, throwing 7 shutout innings, allowing 4 hits and striking out 5 Twins en route to a 3-0 decision.

Chris Davis hit a pair of 2 run homers and also walked as the Orioles clobbered the Rays, 11-5.

They all owned baseball on July 29, 2018

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Who Owned Baseball July 28, 2018 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2018 #WOB

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Jhoulys Chacin took a no hitter into the 6th and dominated the Giants over 7 innings, allowing 3 hits and 1 run to earn the 7-1 decision for Milwaukee.

Ariel Jurado gave up just 2 hits and 1 run over 6 innings to help the Rangers win 7-3 over the Astros.

Marcell Ozuna went 3 for 4 with a homer and 4 RBI to help the Cardinals beat the Cubs, 6-2.

Rougned Odor got 5 hits, including a double and 2 homers, to lead the Rangers past the Astros, 7-3.

They all owned baseball on July 28, 2018

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Sully Baseball Podcast – Honoring Poppi Kramer and Examining the Illusion of Baseball’s Timelessness – July 28, 2018

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Poppi Kramer, comedian and friend and guest of the podcast, died this week. Her death affected me as I have strong memories of our mutual love for the game.

And losing her made me examine the illusion of timelessness in baseball and how we recoil when we see that change and finality are possible in our game.

A little sad in this episode of Sully Baseball.

Here are some of Poppi’s previous appearances on the podcast.

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Who Owned Baseball July 27, 2018 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2018 #WOB

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David Freese reached base 5 times, homered, and drove in all 5 Pirate runs including the walk off run to top the Mets, 5-4.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. homered twice and added another hit to help the Blue Jays double up the White Sox, 10-5.

Max Scherzer threw 8 shutout innings, striking out 11 Marlins as the Nationals cruised to a 9-1 final.

Chris Sale struck out 10 Twins in his 6 shutout innings. The Red Sox bullpen lost his lead but walked off 4-3 winners in 10.

They all owned baseball on July 27, 2018

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