Race for the Pennant: Diamondbacks-Astros, Yankees – Angels

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Here Come the Diamondbacks

In the bottom of the ninth, with two outs and one on and the D’backs trailing the Astros 5-3, rookie, Paul Goldschmidt, stepped in to pinch hit and   hit a game tying homerunoff of Rockies closer, Mark Melancon.  The homerun was only Goldschmidt’s second of the season but the most important in his short career because it kept the D’backs alive.  Outfielder Chris Young  hit the walk off homerunan inning later, giving the Diamondbacks the win over the Houston Astros and a one game lead over last year’s defending champions, San Francisco Giants. It marks the second time in a week that the D’backs have rallied for a come from behind win, coming back from a 7-1 deficit for a win over the Astros earlier this week.

Arizona starter,  Joe Saunders struggled early, allowing five runs on 11 hits and walking two in just six innings of work but the bullpen combination of Brad Ziegler, Bryan Shaw and closer JJ Putz held the Astros scoreless the rest of the way with Putz sitting the Astros down in order in the 10th.  Houston starter,  Brett Myers threw 7.2 strong innings, allowing only three runs on six hits while striking out four.

The Diamondbacks are 16-10 since the All Star Break.  Their offense ranks third in the NL in runs and homeruns. The win over the Astros last night matches last year’s total wins for the season at 65.

The Diamondbacks open a three game series with the NY Mets this weekend before starting a 10 game roadtrip to Philadelphia, Atlanta and Washington.

Yankees Top Angels

A two out error by the Angels’  second baseman Maicer Izturis  that should have ended the inning was costly when Robinson Cano followed it with a grand slam off the wall in the second level of Yankee stadium.   Through the first four innings, the Angels had stranded five base runners before finally scoring on a two run blast by Erick Aybar in the fifth.  Erick Aybar snapped an 0-for-30 streak with an infield single in the fifth. 

Yankees’ outfielder Curtis Granderson hit his fourth homer of the series and 32ndof the season with a two run shot that hit the upper deck, right field wall in the sixth.  Starter Bartolo Colon pitched six innings, allowing two runs on five hits including a homerun. Angels starter, Tyler Chatwood left after 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on eight hits, striking out only one and issuing two walks.

Russel Branyon, pinch hitting in the ninth for the Angels, hit a two out,two on blast off of Yankees closer Mariano Rivera who quickly regrouped and recorded his 30th save of the season.  Yankees win 6-5.

The Yankees moved to 1 game behind the Boston Red Sox in the East and the Angels remained 2 games behind the Rangers in the West.

In Other Games that Matter

Detroit topped Cleveland 4-3, preventing the three game sweep.  Detroit leads Cleveland by 3 games in the AL Central.

Chicago White Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-3.  The White Sox are 4 games behind Detroit in the AL Central.

St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-2 pulling the Cardinals to within 4 games of Milwaukee in the NL Central.

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