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Sandoval shoves, Angels beat Yankees, 5-1
Patrick Sandoval allowed just two hits and one run, striking out seven before leaving the game with a 5-1 lead.
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1. Sandoval shoves, Angels beat Yankees, 5-1
Patrick Sandoval allowed just two hits and one run, striking out seven before leaving the game with a 5-1 lead, writes The Sporting Tribune’s Joey Linn.
One of the toughest developments for the Los Angeles Angels this season has been the drop-off Patrick Sandoval has experienced. After being incredible in 2022, Sandoval has not been able to replicate that same production that had him looking like a top of the rotation arm. While it’s been a rough season for the left hander, his last two starts – particularly Tuesday night vs. the New York Yankees, have him looking like he did last year.
Giving the Angels 7.1 IP on Tuesday night, Sandoval allowed just two hits and one run, striking out seven before leaving the game with a 5-1 lead. Leaving the bullpen with just five outs to get, Sandoval gave the Angels exactly what they needed in what was their second-straight win over the Yankees.
Allowing Sandoval to head back out for the 8th inning, manager Phil Nevin said his starter asked for the opportunity to go back out there, telling him, “I’m the best you got right now. Those guys (in the bullpen) still need a rest.” On a one baserunner limit in the 8th, Sandoval retired the first batter he faced before exiting to a roaring ovation after allowing a one-out single.
2. Will Smith and Freddie Freeman lead Dodgers to a blowout win, 10-3
From the opening pitch, it was all Dodgers Tuesday night in Baltimore, writes The Sporting Tribune’s Grant Mona.
Finally, a true blowout win from the jump for this team. Jason Heyward came through early for the Dodgers, blasting his ninth home run to dead center to break the game open in the 2nd inning. After him, the offense passed the baton, as Freddie Freeman and Will Smith both singled to make it 5-0 early. It was a huge inning to give Dodger pitching some cushion and Michael Grove cruised after that.
The Orioles got a run in the bottom half on an Aaron Hicks double to make it 5-1 but that is all they would get until the 8th inning. In the 6th inning there were a couple of failed rallies, one for each team, as the Dodgers loaded the bases and were unable to get a single run across and the Orioles had two on with nobody out and also failed to get a single run in. The game could’ve completely turned one way or the other with each team getting a few runs, but both bullpens did their job and prevented any further damage.
The Dodgers then scored a combined 5 runs in the 7th and 8th innings to break the game wide open, led by J.D. Martinez, Chris Taylor, and Will Smith and go ahead for good. That 6th inning was the last major threat of the game for Baltimore however as Yency Almonte, Phil Bickford, and Nick Robertson closed out the game to seal a blowout victory Tuesday night.
3. Padres dominate Blue Jays in 9-1 win
The Padres bats propel them to a blowout victory over the Toronto Blue Jays, writes The Sporting Tribune’s Isaiah Zuravel.
After a rough weekend of play in Philadelphia the Padres traveled north to face the Toronto Blue Jays. With Joe Musgrove on the mound, the Padres were expecting a solid outing from him and they got one. He went 6 innings with 7 strikeouts and only gave up 1 run. For the Blue Jays, it was the former all-star Alek Manoah who is having a career-low year around the board. The Padres capitalized and got him out of the game after just 3 short innings with 5 walks and 4 runs. 3 of the 4 runs came off the bat of Juan Soto who had a homer and a double.
In the 5th inning, Manny Machado and Gary Sánchez went deep to expand the lead to 6-1. In the 8th inning, the theme of the long ball would continue with Trent Grisham getting in on the action. Today the bullpen was able to keep the lead safe which lead to a 9-1 Padres victory to start the series.
4. Maxime Crépeau’s journey to recovery
Maxime Crépeau describes his journey of mental recovery since sacrificing his leg to help LAFC lift their 2022 MLS Cup, writes The Sporting Tribune’s Chandrima Chatterjee.
Less than three weeks before the 2022 World Cup, LAFC’s starting goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau made a decision that would change the course of his life and precipitate the thrilling final moments of the 2022 MLS Cup Final.
Deep in extra time, while Philadelphia Union and LAFC were in a deadlock, Crépeau, in an effort to prevent the Union's Corey Burke from capitalizing on a weak back pass from Jesus Murillo, collided with the Philly forward. He not only received his first professional career red card, but the resulting leg fracture led to a journey in the art of recovery, a delicate balancing act between physical, emotional, and mental realms. Max’s progression through stages of grief mirrors those LAFC as a whole is currently experiencing across the 2023 season, a year that began with elated energy surrounding possibilities of multiple trophies but is now in retreat, as tired players seek a respite from the rigor of simultaneous tournaments.
“We put all the effort in to win the first trophy of the year. We lost it,” LAFC captain Carlos Vela reflected. “So, we have to forget about that. This break will be really good for us to really reset our minds, our bodies, and re-start to fight for a new title. I think this year we have different options. But we have to be mentally prepared.”
5. Touring The Sphere with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in Las Vegas
The Sporting Tribune got a private tour of The Sphere in Las Vegas with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
The iconic big man spent the past hour enjoying a private tour of The Sphere, an 18,000-seat venue in the Venetian Resort that will host concerts, films and ring sports events beginning in two months.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar marveled at both the 16K LED screen and an elaborate sound system that the venue will first unveil to the general public for a U2 concert on Sept.29.
“I’m sitting here wondering, ‘How will this sound with a jazz band?’” Abdul-Jabbar told The Sporting Tribune as he strolled through the concourse. “It would sound like you’re in the room.”
Abdul-Jabbar spent this past weekend here marveling at something else that also appears extraordinary.
6. Three Chargers who must step up at training camp
The Chargers will need certain players to step up this training camp, writes The Sporting Tribune’s Fernando Ramirez.
The team didn't pick up Kenneth Murray's fifth-year option for two reasons; the money and his play. It isn't a knock when speaking about his play because Murray has improved every year since he was drafted.
He still hasn't reached the expected level, especially because he was drafted in the first round.
The Chargers need him to take the next step in his development, especially if he can make an impact in the run game.
He has done all the right things on paper. Teammates have been raving about his work ethic and how he has grown.
Murray will be lining up with former all-pro linebacker Eric Kendricks, who said the former Oklahoma linebacker helped him learn the playbook and adapt to his new team.
Yes, Murray hasn't lived up to the position he was drafted, but this will be a make-it-or-break-it training camp for him.
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4:07 p.m. – Yankees at Angels – Bally Sports West – $15
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10:05 a.m. – Dodgers at Orioles – SportsNet LA
4:07 p.m. – Yankees at Angels – Bally Sports West
4:07 p.m. – Padres at Blue Jays – Bally Sports San Diego
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