It almost felt like Deja Vu after Washington Nationals outfielder Denard Span clubbed a go-ahead solo home run late in the game, until Chicago Cubs’ rookie Kris Bryant nearly cleared the left-field scoreboard with a bomb of his own.
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Luckily for the second-place Cubs, they wouldn’t be on the losing end of another one-run game when another one of their young pups, Addison Russell, drove a pitch over Span’s had to win the game. Russell finished the game 3-for-4 at the plate including another web gem highlight early in the game, proving to his critics that he is, in fact, a solid second baseman.
What wasn’t surprising is Harper homerin’ on an fly ball that appeared to be a routine play for Chris Coghlan, but found its way at least six rows into the bleachers.
In case you didn’t know, these two young phenoms grew up competing against each other and now have carried that life-long rivalry to the big leagues. Both players sat together in the home team’s dugout during a segment on ESPN and had each other laughing throughout the entire thing before the first pitch was thrown.
Speaking of the first pitch, rookie pitcher Kyle Hendricks had himself another solid outing following his first career shutout and complete game last week in San Diego.
Despite Hendricks receiving the no-decision in a game that was deadlocked until the eighth inning. Chicago’s young hurler worked through seven innings, holding Washington to just one earned run on four hits, including Harper’s game-tying home run.
While the Cubs defeated the Nationals behind Russell’s walk-off hit, the St. Louis Cardinals kept themselves 4 1/2 games in first place after beating the Arizona Diamondbacks, 6-4.
Arizona came storming out of the game with two runs in the first inning but responded by plating four runs in the bottom half of the inning. Shortstop Jhonny Peralta played a huge part in the inning, recording a two-run double off Archie Bradley to get his team rolling.
Both teams followed up with a pair of home runs in the second inning as Nick Ahmed would bring his team within one of the Cardinals thanks to his second home run of the season. Outfielder Randal Grichuk would record the final two runs of the game, first being a solo home run that followed Ahmed’s, then an RBI single in the fourth.
That would be enough for the Cardinals to get the job done.
Meanwhile in Toronto, the Chicago White Sox suffered the same fate as the Nationals, losing on a walk-off to push their losing streak to four games. First baseman Jose Abreu had himself a great ballgame, driving in four RBI in the loss.
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