It’s not been often that a team has been able to down the Los Angeles Dodgers this season, as their gargantuan 17-game NL West lead over their visitors, the Arizona Diamondbacks, indicates. But the Diamondbacks got one over them on Friday night, taking a 3-2 victory after coming from behind. The Dodgers had plated a couple of early runs in the third inning and looked set to cruise from there as Walker Buehler went six innings while allowing just four hits. He would pass the ball on, and that form continued, with the Dodgers mowing down the Diamondbacks. But when closer Kenley Jansen got handed the ball, it all changed. With a runner on board in the top of the ninth, Carson Kelly hit a home run to tie the game up at two apiece. Two innings later, it was the same man that stepped up to deliver the go-ahead run with another homer. Archie Bradley then would cause a highly tense moment, finishing off the game but running afoul of the Dodgers by doing so. The benches cleared at the way he celebrated, showing perhaps why the Dodgers are just so good: they care so much, that even this loss bothers them greatly.
Team USA’s squad for the upcoming FIBA Basketball World Cup has had plenty of ups and downs so far. Players have decided not to play, players have been injured, and now we have the first cuts. After facing a ‘Select team’ in an exhibition on Friday, in which the big team won 97-78, it was announced that Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young and Miami Heat forward Bam Adebayo had been cut. Two players were, however, picked from the Select team to replace them, and they were Marvin Bagley III and Derrick White. That now leaves 17 members on the squad, but it will need to be trimmed to 12 by the time the tournament begins on the first of September.
The New York Mets are impossible to figure out, aren’t they? At irregular intervals, they will go on runs that amaze you. Friday night kept up such a winning streak as they came from behind to defeat the Washington Nationals 7-6 for their seventh in a row. It was also their fifth consecutive win over the Nats, using a late, late show to steal the win out from under their visitors’ noses. Ahead of the bottom of the ninth, they trailed 6-3 and looked done and dusted. But Todd Frazier hammered a three-run homer to tie the game up before a single by Michael Conforto drove in the winning run. Conforto then dully had his shirt taken off like he was celebrating a soccer goal. The win has the Mets eight games back of the Braves in the NL East now, but crucially they are just one and a half back of the Nationals for second, putting them back in the playoff picture, unbelievably.