9-4 might just look like the kind of score where the Chicago Cubs were comfortable on Saturday night against the St. Louis Cardinals. But despite how it may appear, it was all but, with the home Cubbies forced to grind one out in the latter stretches before they eased away. The Cardinals had taken an early 4-0 lead over them after roughing up starter Jon Lester quickly. Home runs by Marcell Ozuna (three runs) and Harrison Bader (one run) looked to have opened the game up. But the Cubs crept back into it. They got two runs back in the bottom of the frame and then another in the third and a further one in the fourth to tie it up. Kyle Schwarber’s gargantuan shot to right being the tying run. It was then pinch-hitter Victor Caratini’s turn to break the game wide open, hitting a bases loaded double to plate three runs. From there, the lead was extended, and the Cubs moved jointly atop the NL Central with the Milwaukee Brewers and 4.5 ahead of the Cards.
It’s not everyday that you see two players from the very same high school meet in the major leagues. It’s even more rare when those two players are from another country, as was the case last night when Shohei Ohtani came to the plate to face off against pitcher Yusei Kikuchi of the Seattle Mariners. The Los Angeles Angels man wound up doing his fellow countryman no favors, smacking a home run and a single against him in a 12-3 win. In fact, when Ohtani homered, it was the third Angels batter in a row, following Tommy La Stella and Mike Trout, to do so. Tons of media interest were around the rare happening, and it’s clear to say that we had a clear and obvious winner this go-around.
The NCAA College Baseball Tournament is going on at the moment, and on Saturday night the Vanderbilt Commodores found themselves on the brink of elimination against the Duke Blue Devils. Having lost Game 1 on Friday, they needed to win to force a Game 3 on Sunday, and they didn’t get off the best start when pitcher Kumar Rocker nailed a batter in the eye in the first inning. However, the young ace would calm down after that rocky first inning and would eventually end up with a no-hitter, only the eighth in the history of the tournament. All the while, he struck out a ridiculous 19 (young) men along the way, setting the record for that as well in the tournament. Now, his Commodores have a chance to make their fourth World Series since 2015, something that wouldn’t have been possible had they not won this game.