The New York Mets came back to win in dramatic fashion on Friday night. And apparently they enjoyed it so much that they decided to try it out again on Saturday night at Citi Field as they once again broke the hearts of the Washington Nationals by taking a 4-3 win to record their eighth consecutive victory. It was also six wins in a row over the Nats, who are now 6.5 off the pace of Atlanta for first in the NL East and only half a game ahead of their hosts. Early on, it was the Juan Soto show. The second-year star put Washington up 2-0 in the top of the first with a two-run home run. Two homers from the Mets in the fourth evened it up before Soto once again hit a homer, this time a solo shot, to give the Nats a 3-2 lead. But it wouldn’t last, as the Mets rallied once more, only this time doing so in the bottom of the eighth. Luis Guillorme would level it up with a home run before a sacrifice fly from JD Davis drove in what proved to be the winning run.
We’ve seen a number of impressive and ridiculous starts to careers in Major League Baseball before, but the one that Aristides Aquino has made through his first ten games is downright frightening. After Saturday, the Cincinnati Reds slugger has seven home runs in his first ten outings as a big leaguer. He got three of them against the Chicago Cubs on Saturday, doing so in the second, third, and fourth innings as he helped lead them to a 10-1 win. He’s only the 12th player to hit a homer in three straight innings now and only the second to ever hit three home runs in a single game in his first ten.
Houston Astros man Yordan Alvarez, another rookie, was able to accomplish the same thing as well on
Saturday. The rookie had half of their home runs as they clobbered the Baltimore Orioles 23-2, making it the highest-scoring game in the history of their franchise in the process. It may be harsh to call them the worst team in MLB history, but this Orioles team has to be called the most noncompetitive, don’t they?
Golf has never been the fastest paced sport out there, and if it were left up to Bryson DeChambeau that would never change. The five-time PGA Tour winner made that abundantly clear after his round on Saturday when he shot back at a number of voices, including Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka. DeChambeau argues that he gets to his ball quicker and should be afforded more time to address it. He infamously walked 70 yards and back on Friday before hitting a shot, leading to much derision. Despite his slow pace, he has never been penalized in a major way by the Tour, which has led to a lot of frustration. It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out. If the rules do indeed change, we may be never see DeChambeau compete toward the top again.