The Cinderella team is Washington, making its first trip to the CWS. In a thrilling Super Regional win over Cal State Fullerton, the Huskies blew a 3-1 lead in the top of the ninth, tied it in the bottom of the ninth, saw Fullerton hit a rare home run in the top of the 10th (Fullerton had hit just 13 home runs all season), then scored twice in the bottom of the 10th to walk it off.Resurgent Jason Heyward delivers key blow against Josh Hader, Brewers
A year ago check that, even just a few weeks ago it was a matchup that would have had Chicago Cubs fans turning off their television sets: dynamic Milwaukee Brewers lefty reliever Josh Hader facing left-handed-hitting Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward.
The team had just lost a million dollars, the board of directors had fired the whole front office, and I’d been out of baseball for 10 years, says Smorol. They were dumb enough to offer me the general manager’s job, and I was dumb enough to take it.
The Cardinals’ unsung hero: Paul Goldschmidt has been on a tear for the Diamondbacks, but so has Jose Martinez for the Cardinals. He went 3-for-4 in a 5-2 win over the Padres, including his 10th home run — and fifth in five games. He has raised his average from .294 to .327 with a nine-game hitting streak in June in which he’s hit .531. Overall, he’s at .327/.397/.531, and while he’s a liability at first base — he’s at an ugly minus-8 Defensive Runs Saved — he’s been the team’s best hitter.
Oh, note that Marcell Ozuna may also be heating up: He’s at .395/.439/.763 in June.
Braves fans showing up at ballot box: The first results are in for the NL All-Star voting and Freddie Freeman, Ozzie Albies and Nick Markakis lead at their positions. It’s hard to argue against any of the three, although Markakis has slowed down with one home run in his past 30 games and Albies is hitting .206 over his past 23 games with just two home runs. The voting leaders:
The last Braves player to start the All-Star Game was second baseman Dan Uggla in 2012 — even though he hit just .221/.351/.395 in the first half.