It’s becoming a very familiar theme for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Another day, another win. Another series win, too, this time over the San Diego Padres after Max Muncy came through in the clutch (yet again) to hand them an 11-10 walk off victory. It was Muncy who had gotten proceedings off to a fine start to begin with, hitting a home run to make it 1-0 in the second inning. Two more runs were added in the same frame, but the visiting Padres battled back and would take the lead. It ended up getting switched back and forth a few times before it came to the stretch run in the late innings. With a 10-7 hole to climb out of, the Dodgers plated two runs in the eighth, one of which was scored by Muncy, to get it to 10-9. In the bottom of the ninth, Muncy delivered again, blasting a deep double to drive in two runs and win the game for the all-conquering AL West leaders.
The Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers, and St. Louis Cardinals are caught up in a tough battle in the NL Central right now, where every game matters. That certainly proved to be the case, at least the Cubs will hope, on Sunday as the Cubs closed out a series sweep by overcoming the Brewers by a score of 7-2 at Wrigley Field. They didn’t get off the best start, allowing Christian Yelich to homer in the top of the first. But Jason Heyward leveled it up with a homer in the bottom half, before tripling in a run in the second and batting one more in. Yu Darvish settled down and only gave up that solo shot to Yelich in his five innings, allowing the Cubs to skate away and lock up the win. In doing so, they are now 1.5 games ahead of the Cardinals and four ahead of Brewers in the division.
When will it ever end? Will it ever end? It definitely doesn’t seem like it at the moment, does it? Tom Brady, the quarterback that just won’t go away, much to the chagrin of plenty of NFL teams, has signed on for an additional two years to his deal, making his contract last until 2021 as of now. This comes after his 42nd birthday, an astounding feat considering he has yet to show any noticeable signs of aging whatsoever. It’s reported that he will make $23 million this season.
It was rarely easy for Chase Elliott on Sunday afternoon at Watkins Glen, particularly in the second half of the race at the road course with former champion Martin Truex, Jr. breathing down his neck. But when the dust had settled following 90 laps, it was the second generation racer that had captured his second checkered flag in a row at the track, repeating his first-ever win that came last season in the process. The stats show Elliott, driver of the #9 like his famous father, Bill, dominated the race, leading 80 laps from the pole, but that doesn’t say it all. For the entire final 40-lap final stage, Truex was right on his bumper, pressuring him. But in the end, it was Elliott winning and Truex once again being forced to settle for runner-up, just as he did last year as well.