Monday, June 21, 2021

Ohtani, Molina Explode to Kickoff Interleague Play

 Shohei Ohtani surpassed even his MVP-level play this season, starting the series 4 for 4 with 3 homers, and pitching 7 dominant innings to stake the Angels to a 6-1 league and chance at a "sweep" (5+ run lead after 8 innings).

Also see Rays vs DBacks summaries below

However, the bullpen imploded with Molina hitting his first of two series homers, and the Cardinals cutting it to 6-5 before SS Iglesias made a diving stop to prevent extra innings with a man on third. That play was the 4th great defensive play of the game, with Ohtani turning a double play on Molina's hit and run, Upton making a clutch defnsive catch earlier in the 9th that few would have caught, and Trout throwing out Bader trying to score from 1st on O'Neill's double in the 5th.

In the nightcap, Molina and DeJong homered to give the Cards a 4-0 lead in the 1st and the Cards won 9-5. Official series record: 3-3 split.

Meadows Deep Drive Barely Gets Out, Saves Rays

The Rays line-up looks strong, but has struggled in the AL Statis-pro season and continued to struggle against the weakest NL staff in our game.

The DBacks only above average putcher, Gallen (pb 2-7) threw 7 innings of 2-hit ball for a 3-0 win. The Rays finally broke through in the 3rd inning of the second game when Meadows hit a deep drive - which only get over the offense on 11-26, while a 27-88 would have ended the inning. An "18" gave Meadows the 3-run homer for a 4-2 lead and evetually a 6-4 win and series sweep.

This was the series in which the Rays threw their 3rd and 4th starters, so they still get to throw Glasnow and Hill in theor other series against the NL.


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