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Marlins 6, Phillies 5
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Other Notable Showings
Gold: Corbin Burnes (8 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 14 K)
While the Phillies were blowing it at home, the Brewers started to creep up on them in the Wild Card standings by taking both games of a doubleheader from the spiraling Giants. Burnes pitched the first one and gave Milwaukee exactly the kind of start they need from a staff that has been a strength, albeit one not as threatening as last year.
Silver: Yoán Moncada (5-6, 3 R, 5 RBI, 2 HR)
Moncada had hit two home runs before the third inning of Chicago’s game against the A’s. And White Sox history changed forever.
Bronze: The Phillies Day Care
For what it’s worth, Bryson Stott fired three base hits back at Miami, knocking in a run. With Alec Bohm’s extra base knocks off Sandy Alcantara and Nick Maton’s clutch homer, this one looked like it had a chance to be a success story written by the Phillies Day Care (and Rhys Hoskins’ three-hit game).
Friday, September 9
CIN (LHP Nick Lodolo) @ MIL (RHP Jason Alexander)
MLB’s September stretch is a lot like a murder mystery. There’s killers, victims, twists, frame jobs, liars, and in the Reds’ case, another dead body. It almost feels like the Brewers have stepped into the party, to try and survive the night in a room full of the aforementioned. Sorry, I just watched the teaser for Glass Onion.
ATL (RHP Charlie Morton) @ SEA (LHP Robbie Ray)
Two protagonists circling each other, knowing their lives are on the line, unsure of where to place their trust? World… Series… preview…?
LAD (RHP Dustin May) @ SDP (RHP Mike Clevinger)
Don’t forget the Padres are wrapped up in the mess too, even if they aren’t playing like it. They’re the quiet help, dishes rattling in their hands, their role diminishing with every scene. The Dodgers are the gun.
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