Padres rally to snap Dodgers' winning streak, Yankees' woes continue after sweep

By Sports Desk April 18, 2021

The San Diego Padres rallied for a 5-2 victory as MLB World Series champions the Los Angeles Dodgers had their eight-game winning streak ended.

In the blockbuster National League (NL) West showdown, the Dodgers had won the opening two games away to the Padres.

But the Padres – who had lost seven straight games against the Dodgers – avoided a series sweep on Sunday, Eric Hosmer starring to help the hosts recover from a two-run deficit in the final game.

Hosmer hit a tying double in the seventh inning before adding the go-ahead single in the eighth to sink the Dodgers at Petco Park in San Diego.

"It certainly has created a rivalry," Hosmer said after the Padres were eliminated by the Dodgers en route to their World Series victory in 2020. "I don't know if I could have said that my first couple years here, but there certainly is a rivalry now. … It's just the start of it.

"It's going to be fun all year getting to play those guys, and if we get to where we want to go, we understand it's going to go through them. We welcome the challenge."

 

Bieber makes history

Cleveland Indians ace Shane Bieber is enjoying another stellar season. He became the first pitcher with 10-plus strikeouts in each of his first four starts of a season since 1983 in Cleveland's 6-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds. The reigning American League (AL) Cy Young winner had 13 strikeouts across eight innings to become the first pitcher in franchise history to record six consecutive double-digit-strikeout performances. He also tied Nolan Ryan for the most strikeouts (48) through four appearances in a season since at least 1906.

Guillermo Heredia became the first Atlanta Braves player to have six-plus RBI in a game from the number eight spot in the line-up since RBI became an official stat in 1920, per Stats Perform. The Braves crushed the Chicago Cubs 13-4 after the latter won by the same scoreline on Saturday. It is the second time in MLB history that back-to-back games in a series ended with the same 13-4 scoreline. The other came in 1936, when the Phillies and Cardinals traded 13-4 victories in a doubleheader.

 

Yankees lose fifth straight

The New York Yankees are in a rut. The storied franchise were swept by AL East rivals the Tampa Bay Rays following a 4-2 loss in New York. The Yankees suffered a fifth consecutive defeat as they fell to an AL-worst 5-10, their poorest start since 1997.

 

The Stro-show!

Marcus Stroman showed why he is a former Gold Glove Award winner with a stunning behind-the-back play on the mount in the eighth inning – the New York Mets ace combining with Pete Alonso in ridiculous fashion to beat Josh Fuentes at first base. The Mets edged the Colorado Rockies 2-1.

 

Sunday's results

Arizona Diamondbacks 5-2 Washington Nationals
Philadelphia Phillies 2-0 St Louis Cardinals
Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 New York Yankees
Chicago White Sox 3-2 Boston Red Sox
Chicago White Sox 5-1 Boston Red Sox
Cleveland Indians 6-3 Cincinnati Reds
San Francisco Giants 1-0 Miami Marlins
Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 Milwaukee Brewers
Kansas City Royals 2-0 Toronto Blue Jays
Texas Rangers 1-0 Baltimore Orioles
New York Mets 2-1 Colorado Rockies
Oakland Athletics 3-2 Detroit Tigers
Seattle Mariners 7-2 Houston Astros
San Diego Padres 5-2 Los Angeles Dodgers
Atlanta Braves 13-4 Chicago Cubs
Minnesota Twins-Los Angeles Angels (postponed)

 

Dodgers at Mariners

The Dodgers (13-3) will look to return to winning ways when they visit the Mariners (10-6) on Monday. Dustin May starts for the Dodgers as the Mariners counter with Justus Sheffield.

Related items

  • Warriors claim crucial road win amid Mavericks protest controversy, Morant and KAT return Warriors claim crucial road win amid Mavericks protest controversy, Morant and KAT return

    The Golden State Warriors claimed rare back-to-back wins with Wednesday's 127-125 victory at the Dallas Mavericks but the game was marred by controversy after Kevon Looney's third-quarter uncontested dunk.

    Stephen Curry scored 20 points with 13 assists as the reigning NBA champions secured consecutive wins on a road trip for the first time this season at American Airlines Center.

    But the Mavs were left raging after Looney's uncontested dunk with 1:54 left in the third quarter from a Warriors inbound after a timeout, which Dallas had thought was their ball, meaning they subsequently lined up on the other half of the court.

    Mavs owner Mark Cuban said they would contest the result of the game due to the incident which he labelled the "worst officiating non call mistake possibly in the history of the NBA" on Twitter.

    Despite that, the Mavs could have won the game on merit, with Luka Doncic missing a two-point attempt under pressure from Draymond Green with 3.2 seconds left at 125-122.

    That came after Curry's bounce-pass set up Green's three-point play, before the reigning NBA Finals MVP glided in for a two-point shot to open up the three-point buffer with 8.1 seconds to play.

    Doncic, in his return after missing five games with a thigh injury, scored 30 points with seven rebounds and 17 assists. Doncic shot 11-of-27 from the field and six-of-10 from the stripe.

    In Kyrie Irving's absence, 20-year-old guard Jaden Hardy was outstanding with six three-pointers in his 27 points.

    The win is a major boost for Golden State's playoff hopes, moving to sixth in the West with a 38-36 record, while the Mavs drop to ninth with a 36-37 record, having lost five of their past seven games.

    It was Golden State's first road win when trailing after the first quarter, having entered the game with a 0-20 record.

    Morant and KAT make successful returns

    Ja Morant made his successful return for the Memphis Grizzlies off the bench for the first time in his career as they won their fourth straight game, beating the Houston Rockets 130-125.

    Morant returned after his NBA-imposed eight-game suspension with 17 points and five assists, receiving a standing ovation from the home fans upon his injection into the game.

    Jaren Jackson Jr scored a season-high 37 points with 10 rebounds and Desmond Bane added 20 points as the Grizzlies clinched the Southwest division.

    It was a night of returns as Karl-Anthony Towns was back for the first time since November due to a calf strain, scoring two game-winning free-throws with 3.6 seconds left as the Minnesota Timberwolves won 125-124 over the Atlanta Hawks.

    Lakers stay right in playoff hunt

    The Los Angeles Lakers ensured they remained firmly in the congested race for Western Conference playoff and play-in tournament spots with a 122-111 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

    Anthony Davis scored a team-high 27 points including 20 in the second half, with nine rebounds, while Austin Reaves backed up Sunday's 35-point game with 25 points and a career-high 11 assists.

    Devin Booker scored 33 points on 11-of-16 field shooting with six rebounds but seven turnovers for the Suns, who remain fourth in the West but with a 38-34 record.

    The Lakers move up to 10th, just behind the Mavs in ninth, with a 36-37 record and LeBron James not far from a return from injury.

  • Raducanu exits in Miami Open first round against former US Open champion Andreescu Raducanu exits in Miami Open first round against former US Open champion Andreescu

    Emma Raducanu was bundled out of the Miami Open in the first round by form US Open champion Bianca Andreescu in a three-set match that lasted two hours and 35 minutes on Wednesday.

    The Briton, who won the US Open in 2021, went down 6-3 3-6 6-2 in a genuine tug-of-war against the 31st-ranked Canadian.

    Andreescu sent down seven aces for the match, including four in the first set along with 12 winners as she claimed an early lead.

    Raducanu responded with greater aggression, securing the crucial break in the eighth game, before serving out to level the contest.

    But Andreescu showed composure and quality in the big points in the final set, winning the final four games to round out the victory, sealing a second-round clash with seventh seed Maria Sakkari.

    Andreescu finished with 32 winners compared to Raducanu's 20, while the Briton committed 40 unforced errors.

    World number 42 Shelby Rogers edged out USA compatriot Sloane Stephens in just under two hours, winning 6-4 3-6 6-2. Rogers will take on second seed Aryna Sabalenka, who is arguably the tournament favourite after top seed Iga Swiatek's withdrawal, in the next round.

    Rogers was one of five Americans to progress, including 2020 Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin who defeated Australia's Storm Hunter 6-0 7-6 (7-5).

    World number 35 Amanda Anisimova retired down 7-6 (7-5) 5-2 to countrywoman Madison Brengle.

    Leylah Fernandez, the player whom Raducanu beat in the 2021 US Open final, advanced into the second round with a 6-4 6-3 victory over Lesia Tsurenko in 88 minutes.

  • Astros second baseman Altuve to miss at least two months following thumb surgery Astros second baseman Altuve to miss at least two months following thumb surgery

    The Houston Astros' eight-time All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve will be out of action for at least two months following surgery on his fractured right thumb.

    Altuve sustained the injury playing for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic last Saturday after being struck on the thumb from a pitch by the United States' Daniel Bard.

    The Astros confirmed in a statement that the second baseman had undergone surgery and subsequently will not resume baseball activities at least two months.

    "Altuve will remain in Houston since Spring Training is in its final week," the Astros statement said. "The Astros ballclub is set to fly to Houston following their Florida Spring Training game on Sunday in West Palm Beach."

    The 2023 MLB season commences next Thursday, with the Astros opening their campaign against the Chicago White Sox.

    Altuve was a key part of Houston's 2022 World Series-winning team, hitting .300 with 28 home runs, 39 doubles, 18 steals and 103 runs while earning his sixth Silver Slugger Award and finishing fifth in AL MVP voting.

    The 32-year-old won the 2017 AL MVP – the same year he helped the Astros win the franchise’s first World Series championship.

    Among active players, Altuve ranks seventh in hits (1,935), eighth in doubles (379) and 12th in runs (986).

    He was the second MLB All-Star to suffer a serious injury at the World Baseball Classic after New York Mets closer Edwin Diaz tore his patellar tendon, ruling him out for the entire season.

© 2023 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.