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The 6 Best MLB Moments From Sunday

The best moments from across an entertaining day of baseball.

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

 

Sunday Night Baseball could not have had a better script even if Quentin Tarantino himself wrote it. Going into the matchup between the Dodgers and the Giants in San Francisco, the Giants knew that a win against their rivals would send them back to the top of the National League West at a crucial stage of the season. It was more than a sweet victory, it was more than a series win, it was more than first place in the NL West. It was a season-defining victory.

 

The Giants are full of unsung heroes, but none more so than slugger Brandon Belt, who lit up Oracle Park with a monster homer off Walker Buehler in the first inning to get the Giants rolling. It was his 21st home run of the year.

 

The Giants went after Buehler again in the second inning, scoring three runs and added another two runs in the third inning thanks to this line-drive double from Brandon Crawford.

 

Crawford, the Giants shortstop, also put down one of the greatest bunts you will ever see.

 

With a four-run lead going into the top of the ninth inning, Jake McGee made things interesting by serving up a hanger to Albert Pujols, who obliged by blasting the 678th home run of his career to bring the game to within two with nobody out.

 

However, the Giants hung on and even got some helpful calls around the strike zone late to seal a momentous win. What will happen next in the NL West?!

 

Grand Slam Central

 

A miraculous day for the loaded-bases gang today with Grand Slam homers popping up everywhere, including three in one game – the Pirates’ slugfest with the Cubs. Bryan Reynolds got things going with the first of his career.

 

Cubs infielder Matt Duffy then hit a salami to make it two homers and five RBI in two at-bats. Mind, blown!

 

Frank Schwindel then hit the third slam of the game in the bottom of the seventh with a go-ahead blast. The Cubs outlasted the Pirates, 11-8.

 

Elsewhere, Brewers power bat Daniel Vogelbach pinch-hit in the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded against Alex Reyes. He crushed this ball.

 

Kevin Pillar put the game against the Nationals to bed for the Mets in the top of the ninth, thanks to…yes, you guessed it, a full bagger!

 

And not to be left out, Yankees catcher Gary Sánchez also went yard with the bases loaded. I got bored of all the front views of these Grand Slams!

 

Just kidding, here it is in all its glory. Gary Slamchez…why didn’t I think of that!

 

Here are the facts!

 

The Legend of the Opening Pitch

 

The upcoming Marvel movie, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, stars Canadian actor, writer, and stuntman Simu Liu. Turns out, he is also a mean starting pitcher with elite command. Admire the pitch, stay for the backflip!

 

Salvi Sunday

 

…or just every day this season really. Home run number 41 for Royals catcher Salvador Perez.

 

It was Salvi’s 102nd RBI on the year, second to only José Abreu, who is one ahead of him. The enigmatic Royals catcher, who was rewarded with a bumper new deal prior to the season, is now also second on the home run leaderboard.

 

He is also making history through time. He is now only four home runs short of Jonny Bench’s 1970 record for most homers by a catcher in a single season.

 

Vladdy Slo-Mo-Sunday!

 

Just because we want to. We know what our audience wants.

 

That Sweet Sound!

 

The sound that should be injected into your veins every day.

 

Photo by Icon Sportswire | Adapted by Justin Paradis (@JustParaDesigns of Twitter)

Benjamin Haller

A Yorkshireman living in Australia, loving Major League Baseball from afar. As I wait for my A's to build their new stadium, I spend my time coaching soccer, writing for sportbc.blog, and over-analyzing relief pitcher scoring in fantasy baseball. Follow me @benjaminhaller1 for thousands of retweets

  • DB says:

    Quentin Tarantino, along with his blatant foot fetish, has a few other issues, and I expose these as a HUGE fan of his early work…

    He was a tool of Harvey Weinstien –
    Enough said, right? There were so many.

    He went from unrecognized writer, to a recognized media mogul SURVIVING the Wienstien problem in less than a couple years and getting an Oscar nom…
    Gotta wonder how that happened…

    I think Tarantino is one of the most gifted directors ever, PF is probably my favorite film EVER, but things are weird now, and I hope Weinstien “enjoys” his impending prison sentence.

    Medieval…

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