MLB News & Moments You Should Know – 6/6

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Today’s Headlines


Phillies walk-off Angels for fourth straight win, LA loses 11th consecutive game.

Philadelphia was down early after Kyle Gibson allowed five runs in the fourth inning. The Phillies put up two runs in the fifth, but the Angels extended their lead with a single in the eighth. Down four runs in the bottom half of the inning, the Phillies put together a rally that brought Bryce Harper up to the plate with the bases loaded. He pulled a moonshot into the upper deck, tying the game with a 426 ft. grand slam.

According to Jayson Stark, the last time a Phillies player hit a game-tying grand slam in the eighth inning or later was in 1954! Jim Command did it on July 11, 1954 at Ebbets Field.

It was a brand new ballgame in the ninth, and the Angels were trying desperately to win their first game in over a week. They took the lead with an RBI single from Matt Duffy, allowing closer Raisel Iglesias to trot out from the bullpen in the bottom of the ninth. Things didn’t go as planned, however. He left the game with two on and two out, while Bryson Stott walked to the plate. Stott laced a 3-2 pitch over the right field wall, giving the Phillies their fourth-straight win and handing the Angels their 11th consecutive loss.



Blue Jays blast four home runs, but Twins get the win. 

It was a team effort for the Twins on Sunday, and it started with an unconventional first run of the ballgame.

Leadoff man Luis Arraez had a 4-for-4 day and scored two runs. Nick Gordon tripled, and both Trevor Larnach and Gary Sánchez went deep. Minnesota remains at the top of the AL Central with a 32-24 record.

George Springer, Alejandro Kirk, Matt Chapman, and Santiago Espinal each went deep Sunday afternoon, but it wouldn’t be enough to lift the Blue Jays to a victory. Per Baseball-Reference’s Stathead, it was the second time this season that Toronto hit four home runs and lost the game.


Joey Votto moves ahead of Barry Larkin on the Cincinnati Reds all-time doubles list.

Votto’s double came in the first inning against Nationals’ pitcher Patrick Corbin. He drove the lefty’s pitch the other way where it hit off the wall and allowed Tommy Pham to score from second base. His 442nd career double helped him pass Hall of Famer Barry Larkin for most doubles in Reds’ franchise history. He now trails Pete Rose, who had 601 doubles in Cincinnati.


Best Moments From Yesterday


A moment this fan won’t forget. 

This lil Philly fan was sporting a rally cap and praying to the baseball gods during Bryson Stott’s ninth inning at-bat. His reaction to the walk-off win was the best thing I saw all weekend.


Rangers rookie Ezequiel Duran recorded his first big league hit and home run on Sunday.

The 23-year-old’s first hit, an infield single, came against Mariners’ starter George Kirby.


A few innings later, Duran turned on a 100 mph fastball for his first big league home run. The 402 ft. blast gave the Rangers the lead in the seventh inning. The Mariners, however, would win the game in extra innings.


Joey Votto is reminiscing and I’m here for it.

It’s been 20 years since Joey Votto signed his first professional contract with the Cincinnati Reds. He appeared to get a little choked up when thanking the Reds in this video.

He also commemorated the memory with a post on Instagram. “I see a version of me that knew nothing. I just wanted to play ball and was in a dream the second I put the pen down,” Votto said of that day. “Little secret between us…inside me is the exact same kid as the one in that photo. I just want to play ball, and I’m still dreaming.”





Andrew Benintendi is day-to-day with calf tightness.

Carlos Correa likely to return from the Covid-IL this week.

Clayton Kershaw is hopeful to return from the IL next Sunday, July 12.



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Nicole Cahill is a freelance writer who focuses on mental health and sports. She recently founded a nonprofit that helps youth athletes living with mental health challenges. When she's not fighting stigma or exploring Baseball Savant visuals, you can find Nicole enjoying a cup of coffee and a good book. Portfolio: NicoleCahill.com.

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