The Tampa Bay Rays truly are a Cinderella story. This is a team that literally has a lineup that costs less than a pitcher on their ALDS opponents Houston Astros roster. Yet they continue to find value and ways to win games. After falling behind 2-0 in the series in Houston, they have now won two in a row at home and will head back to Texas hoping to steal another and eliminate MLB’s winningest team of 2019. The way they did in on Tuesday? Get to Justin Verlander, who had looked unhittable in Game 1. The Rays got the Astros ace early, pouncing on him for three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Tommy Pham homered to kick it off before Travis d’Arnaud and Joey Wendle drove in further runs to make it 3-0. Verlander settled in a bit but would leave after just three and 2/3rds innings pitched. They would only surrender one more run, in the fourth on a home run from Willy Adames, but that was plenty for the Rays on the night. The Astros could only claw back one, a homer of their own from Robinson Chirinos, seeing them drop the game 4-1. It’s still a long shot, but you just never know. The Rays are in it until they aren’t!
The Connecticut Sun came into Tuesday night’s match up with the Washington Mystics with their backs against the wall. 2-1 down in the series, they knew they had to win to keep up their hopes of hoisting the title. On their home floor, they made sure to stay in it, relying upon a near triple-double from Alyssa Thomas to get them a 90-86 win that sees the series squared up. Thomas put up 17 points, had 11 assists, and grabbed eight rebounds in a dominant performance that was almost the first of its kind in the WNBA Finals. She also got a lot of help from Jonquel Jones, who added 18 points of her own to lead all scorers. Aerial Powers put up 15 to lead the Mystics in the losing effort. The title-deciding Game 5 will be on Thursday night in Washington.
If the Mayor of Oakland, Libby Schaaf, is correct, then there is some big news coming out of Oakland. According to the mayor, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, a controversial figure to people in various parts of the country, informed the city that the Athletics club could be seeking a move to Las Vegas had the city tried to block the team from purchasing their Oakland stadium from the County. It’s a tangled mess, but at the end of the day what is important is that Oakland are far from interested in letting the A’s move out of town like the Raiders did. Especially if they end up in Las Vegas. Whether or not any of it would truly be feasible is still up in the air, but it would be more than interesting to see how an MLB club would function in Las Vegas. You’d have to think they’d win regularly at home, that’s for sure.