The Tampa Bay Rays’ performance in Oakland on Wednesday night summed up Major League Baseball in 2019: it’s all about power and pitching, too, never forget pitching. The Rays got off to a very quick start in the AL Wild Card Game as Yandy Diaz stepped up and hit a leadoff home run to give them a 1-0 lead. An inning later, Avisail Garcia added two more runs to the board with a two-run homer. In the third, a second homer from Diaz gave the Rays a 4-0 lead and proved he should and could be the MVP of this game if there were one. After an error, the Athletics finally plated a run on a sac fly, but even that was negated in the fifth as Tommy Pham went deep to make it 5-1. No more scoring would take place on the evening, allowing the lowest salaried team in the MLB to clinch an ALDS match up with the Houston Astros as a result. We also need to talk about the pitching, because it was superb for Tampa. Charlie Morton went five innings with no earned runs, while the remaining four pitchers also failed to give up any runs. In total they combined to give up eight hits, none of which amounted to much on the road. Beware of the Rays, they will be no easy out.
It was a very special night in St. Louis on Wednesday night as the NHL regular season began in earnest with the defending champions raising their banner against the Washington Capitals, the team that had won it prior to them. Despite the banner raising and the good time had by all, however, it was the visiting Capitals that came to town and ruined the party to take a 3-2 win away from the opener. And it had come after the Blues had started oh so well. Two goals came for them inside the first eight minutes, one from Sammy Blais and the other from Alex Pietrangelo. But Alex Ovechkin got the Caps back in it later in the first period before they tied it up in the second through Dmitry Orlov on a power play. The score would remain locked at 2-2 until the overtime period, where Jakub Vrana scored to hand the Blues a 3-2 loss to begin their defense of their crown.
Liverpool came into Wednesday night’s home match against RB Salzburg as big favorites. They were the reigning winners of the Champions League and they hadn’t lost a home match in a very, very long time. Plus, their opponents were upstarts and quite a young team, there for mostly experience, right? That’s how it looked for most of the first half as the Euro champions went 3-0. But that didn’t hold as the Austrians fought back and got a goal before halftime and two more after the interval to make it 3-3 in incredible, unbelievable fashion. The Reds, though, recomposed themselves and got a winning goal from Mo Salah and then defended as they had prior to that onslaught to win 4-3 in what will go down as one of the crazier nights in Anfield history.