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Pujols still has it
Albert Pujols stepped in to pinch-hit and decided it was time for a grand slam. Pujols drove in five runs in total. The Cardinals won 13-0 and swept the Rockies in three games. Adam Wainwright, who pitched through seven innings, called Pujols “incredible.”
ALBERT PUJOLS GRAND SLAM HE’S 10 AWAY FROM 700 pic.twitter.com/6pkuy29KKe
— Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) August 18, 2022
Elvis has left the Colosseum
After the Athletics released Elvis Andrus, the White Sox scooped the shortstop up after he cleared waivers. With both Tim Anderson and Leury García on the injured list, Andrus will pick up the position for some much needed help. Andrus is expected to join the team in Cleveland for their upcoming series against the Guardians.
Elvis Night at Guaranteed Rate Field is August 26…
Which happens to be Elvis Andrus' birthday!!!https://t.co/MKGNO455NM
— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) August 18, 2022
Profar stands by teammate
“I’m there by his side. I’m talking to him everyday,’ Jurickson Profare said of Fernando Tatis Jr. This comes after Tatis was suspended for 80 games after violating Major League Baseball’s PED policy. Tatis apologized to his teammates and ownership but general manager A.J. Preller, who still questions his maturity after the motorcycle accident in the offseason. Preller and Tatis did meet in person yesterday.
A lengthy meeting between Fernando Tatís Jr. and A.J. Preller has concluded.
— Kevin Acee (@sdutKevinAcee) August 19, 2022
The Astros scored three touchdowns
The Astros split the four-game series against the White Sox but made sure to humiliate the team before leaving town. Lucas Giolito started today and collected seven earned runs. Vince Velasquez and José Ruiz had 1o earned runs between them, and Josh Harrison came in as a position pitcher and ended with four earned runs. When asked about the game, Tony La Russa called the day “brutal.”
Alex Bregman hit two home runs and two doubles, driving in a career-high six runs. Houston’s run total tied for the second most in team history, coming just behind their 2019 record of 23 runs against Baltimore.
Plenty of options, but Breggy takes it today!
Today's @budweiserusa Player of the Game.#LevelUp pic.twitter.com/RfUnpCr4lv
— Houston Astros (@astros) August 18, 2022
Best Moments From Yesterday
Springer goes 5-for-5
Serving as the designated hitter, George Springer helped the Blue Jays beat the Yankees with five hits. Springer had two runs and an RBI, and his wOBA for the game was .960. The Blue Jays won 9-2.
George Springer is 5-for-5! pic.twitter.com/XKfeHd2YB3
— MLB (@MLB) August 19, 2022
The Pirates celebrate Clemente’s birthday
JT Brubaker pitched seven shutout innings and the Pirates ended their six-game losing streak. Meanwhile, Bryan Reynolds launched two home runs, each time scoring two against the Red Sox. His two-run home run in the fifth inning was the 3,000th home run at PNC Park since it was opened in 2001. That seems like a great way to honor the great Roberto Clemente on what would have been his 88th birthday.
BRYAN REYNOLDS IS HIM!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/M4R9ps9ULx
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) August 19, 2022
Cutch knows clutch
In just two at-bats, Andrew McCutchen launched two home runs to help the Brewers win 5-3 against the Dodgers. McCutchen’s box score looked beautiful with two home runs and three runs batted in.
2 AB, 2 HR for @TheCUTCH22. pic.twitter.com/3YNxczgHzY
— MLB (@MLB) August 18, 2022
Berríos is on another level
José Berríos struck out nine batters in 6 2/3 innings pitched. He only walked one and was charged with one earned run.
Some more José Berríos highlights…
9Ks/6.2 innings pic.twitter.com/nuQBm3No0H
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) August 19, 2022
Tyler Danish has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been placed on the 15-day injured list.
Nathan Eovaldi was scratched from his scheduled start due to soreness in his neck and shoulder area. He is considered day-to-day.
Charlie Blackmon exited the game early on Thursday. It was attributed to a hamstring injury and he is considered day-to-day. Antonio Senzatela also exited the game early and will undergo an MRI after leaving with a sprained left knee.
Yandy Díaz exited Thursday’s game with left knee soreness. He is considered day-to-day.
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