Yelich and Co. Denied By Astros, Notre Dame Pulls Away For Win Over Louisville, Rafa Advances While Osaka Falls

Grace Higgins | September 3rd, 2019

Things haven’t been going the greatest of late for the Milwaukee Brewers, and just when it looked like their luck might have been set for a turnaround on Monday, they had the rug pulled out from under them. At home against 2017 World Series winners Houston, and one of this year’s favorites, the Brewers took an early lead only to fall behind 2-1 and trail in the later innings. Up stepped MVP candidate Christian Yelich in the bottom of the ninth, and he would preserve their chances, smashing his 43rd home run of the season, to tie the game and send it into extras. The only problem, though, is that the Astros are extremely good, and they hit back immediately with a George Springer solo shot to give them a 3-2 lead that they would hang on to as Josh James came into close the game and struck out all three batters. That’s five losses out of the last ten for the Brew Crew, putting them seven off the pace in the NL Central, and more crucially, four games out of a Wild Card spot. Their hopes are fading fast, even with Yelich on a real tear.

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No. 9 Notre Dame will have bigger tests than the one they faced from Louisville on Monday night, but the win will still be a nice one to look back upon and draw from after they held their nerve to shake off a somewhat slow start to eventually pull away from the Cardinals. The Fighting Irish got on the board quickly, inside the first three minutes, but Louisville would score twice in just over three minutes to take a 14-7 lead. Notre Dame didn’t trail for too long, though, scoring with only 30 seconds remaining in the first quarter to end it at 14-14. They wouldn’t trail again following that. A late first half scamper from quarterback Ian Book for a touchdown, he had one in the air, too, gave them a 21-14 lead. They extended it with his aerial assault in the third before getting one more in the fourth to seal the game away at 35-17. They only gave up three points in the final three quarters, showing a definite improvement from the way they had started. Running back Tony Jones, Jr. led for much of the way, going for 110 yards on just 15 carries with one TD.

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The US Open loves it stars, and on Monday, there was a split decision in regards to whether or not they would advance. In the men’s side of the bracket, Spaniard Rafa Nadal, the number two seed, managed to move on, seeing off Croatian Marin Cilic, the 2014 champion of the very event. Nadal took the first nine games of the match as he strolled to a four-set victory. In the other half of the bracket, though, we learned there would be no repeat of last year’s heroics for Naomi Osaka as she was eliminated by no. 13 Belinda Bencic of Switzerland in straight sets (7-5, 6-4).

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