It’s been a rough year for the Mets, but ace Jacob deGrom turned in a brilliant performance in a 2-1 win over the Phillies. The Mets righthander allowed just one run in seven innings, while serving up just three hits with 12 strikeouts. This was deGrom’s third game this season with at least 12 strikeouts, which is tied with Chris Sale for most in MLB.
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Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner went went 3 for 5 with three runs scored, a home run (15) and six RBIs in a 13-4 win against the Astros. Gardner became the first Yankees leadoff hitter with six-plus RBIs in a game since Hank Bauer in 1952.
Braves pitcher Mike Foltynewicz took a no-hitter into the ninth inning in Oakland, but lost it in the bottom of the ninth inning. Foltynewicz still struck out eight with four walks and just one hit over eight-plus innings
Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo was back batting third in the lineup Friday in a 5-0 loss to the Reds. After serving some time at leadoff, Rizzo struggled in his old old spot. He went 0 for 4 with a strikeout, dropping his average to .258 on the season. The Cubs desperately need Rizzo to hit with Kris Bryant injured.
Yes, left end Akiem Hicks is a beast who should produce even better in a contract year. But he’s the only sure bet on the front of the Bears’ 3-4 under Fangio. Nose tackle Eddie Goldman has all the potential in the world, but his shaky injury history forced Chicago to sign John Jenkins for depth in the wake of Will Sutton’s departure.
Kids J.J. Jansen Jersey The Bears hope their savior in this position group will be second-year right end Jonathan Bullard, who provided flashes last season but struggled with consistency. He and Mitch Unrein again will split time unless Bullard improves and earns the vast majority of snaps. Without Cornelius Washington and Ego Ferguson, depth on the defensive line is an issue.