The fact that the Los Angeles Dodgers would win the NL West again this season was never really in doubt. It was merely a matter of timing, such has been their dominance. On Tuesday night, they confirmed their division victory, their seventh in a row, in a 7-3 win over the helpless and hapless Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards. Walker Buehler got them off to the kind of start they would have wanted by tossing seven innings and giving up no runs. In fact, the pitcher had a four-run lead before he even took the mound, courtesy of Cody Bellinger driving in a run via a single and a three-run homer from Corey Seager. Two innings later, Seager hit a two-run shot to extend the lead to 6-0 and it was virtually over from there, as the Orioles are one of the worst teams in the history of baseball and mounted no serious comeback. The Dodgers clinched the division by virtue of the win, which now has them an incredible 18.5 up on Arizona. There is still more to play for the Dodgers, though, as they must confirm home-field advantage for the playoffs by retaining their top spot record-wise. Lastly, the crown makes them one of just three teams in history- joining the Braves and Yankees- to have won the division that many times consecutively.
The Milwaukee Brewers’ hopes of making their way into the MLB Playoffs in less than a month took a major hit on Tuesday night as Christian Yelich- their MVP candidate- went down with an injury in a 4-3 win over the Miami Marlins. The information came out directly after the game, though the team said they were not sure if Yelich would need to undergo surgery or not. The incident that caused the injury took place in the very first inning as he fouled a pitch off his knee and then went, and stayed, on the ground for minutes. While the loss of Yelich is a big blow, the team did get some good news from it. Because of the victory, they pulled to within one game of the Chicago Cubs in the NL Wild Card race. Give and take, I suppose.
The Oakland Athletics didn’t take their 15-0 beating at the hands of the Houston Astros very well on Monday night, obviously. That’s because they replied on Tuesday night with one of their own as they smashed the Astros 21-7 thanks to racking up 25 hits and six home runs. Matt Olson and Sean Murphy led the charge, with the duo each slamming two homers apiece. One-third of the damage had come in the first inning alone, with the A’s knocking Wade Miley out of the game by plating seven runs in just a 1/3 of an inning pitched. From there, even the great Astros, a World Series contender, were always going to struggle. With the win, the A’s remain in the second and final AL Wild Card slot, though they have just half a game between themselves and the Cleveland Indians at present.