The San Francisco Giants have rarely made things easy for themselves this season. At one time, they had played their way well out of contention for the playoffs before roaring back into life. They haven’t been able to sustain that momentum, but they are a game above .500 and still clinging to hopes. Friday night’s game was a microcosm of their season. Twice in the late going the Giants led only to let the Diamondbacks get past them all over again. In a topsy turvy game, it was the grandson of Carl Yastremski, Mike, yet once more coming up with the goods. He hit home runs in the third and seventh innings, plating three runs via that method. The second homer had them up 6-2, but they wouldn’t hold that lead. The Diamondbacks would force extras, and they just kept hanging in there, matching the Giants in the bottom of the eighth and tenth frames. However, Yastremski had the last laugh in the top of the 11th, homering to center field to eventually win it for the Giants 10-9. The win means they are still just 2.5 games out of the second Wild Card spot in the National League.
Having won the Masters back in April, it was expected that Tiger Woods would go on and have a huge PGA Tour season. But health, mainly that, and inconsistency, have been major issues for him, leading him to have to scramble in the FedexCup Playoffs. This weekend’s event- the BMW Championship- is the penultimate event of the season, and Woods needs to finish in the top ten or 11 to have a chance to qualify for next week. After two rounds, however, he is ten shots off the lead, held by Hideki Matsuyama, and also well behind that place. It will take something special from him on Saturday and/or Sunday to see him get to Atlanta and have a chance to raise the title.
There is some good news to be had for Josh Gordon and fans of the New England Patriots after the NFL declared that the wide receiver had been reinstated on Friday. And that he would be eligible to play in the regular season as well. Gordon was given the chance by Roger Goodell, who talked up how everyone was rooting for him this time around, as he lifted the suspension that had been hanging over him since December of last year. Gordon has had substance abuse issues throughout his career, so it’s been a struggle for him to spend a lot of time on the field as a result. The 28 year old is currently on a smaller contract with the Patriots as they hope to coax as much out of him as they can. He will not play, it’s been announced, in this week’s upcoming preseason games, with the team making it clear he needs more time to get into game shape before throwing him in there.