13) Mariners 11, Astros 8:
— Houston scored six runs in top of the first; it wasn’t enough.
— Dylan Moore hit a grand slam in the 8th inning for the win.
— Seattle is on a roll- they’re 24-10 in last 34 games, are only a game out of the 2nd Wild Card slot. Since June 12, they’re 11-0 in games where winning run scored in last three innings.
AL contenders need to upgrade their rosters in next four days; it is going to be quite a race to the wire.
12) This Texas/Oklahoma story is going to shake up college sports for a while; teams will be scrambling to find leagues to play so their athletic programs remain profitable, because at the end of the day, as the old saying goes, it is always about the money.
Kansas, for instance, is an elite basketball school but they’re cruddy in football. What league would want them (Big 14?)? Baylor just won a national title in hoops, but where will they wind up? Will UNLV/BYU team up and join the Pac-12 or Big X?
11) Braves 2-0, Mets 0-1— Two games, 14 innings, total of 3 runs were scored.
Mets have used 55 players this season, most of any team.
Atlanta is 49-51; they haven’t been over .500 at any time this season.
10) Slovenia 118, Argentina 100:
— Olympic basketball games are 40:00, not 48:00; not a lot of defense here.
— Luka Doncic scored 48 points for the winners.
9) Record for most points scored in an Olympic hoop game is 55 points, by Oscar Schmidt of Brazil in 1988. An incredible gunner, Schmidt played pro ball for 29 years; he was named one FIBA’s 50 best players in 1991. He couldn’t/wouldn’t guard the chair you’re sitting on, but boy could he shoot.
8) Cubs 6, Reds 5:
— Cincinnati is 27-18 vs NL Central foes, 24-31 vs everyone else.
— Reds led this game 5-3 in 7th inning, let it slip away.
7) Phillies 6, Nationals 5— Philly scored three runs in 9th; Andrew McCutchen walked it off with a home run. Phillies creep over .500 at 50-49.
6) Oakland A’s are going to acquire reliever Andrew Chafin from the Cubs, for two minor leaguers; A’s needed this, to fortify their bullpen some— they could also use another bat or two.
5) Kid named Jason Carter played two years of college hoop at Ohio U, then transferred to Xavier and played two years there- he will play the extra year he got last year (everyone got an extra year last year) back at Ohio U.
Jason Carter is 6-foot-8; looks like he played 26:00 a game at Xavier last year, but shot 8-44 on the arc (18%), 22-40 on foul line (55%). Hope he is in a gym somewhere this summer, so he can improve on those numbers.
4) The great movie Caddyshack came out 41 years ago this week; I felt old typing that.
3) When Pirates traded 2B Adam Frazier to San Diego, it made Frazier the third player to be traded at midseason while leading the league in hits. Willie McGee (1990), Red Schoendienst (1957) were the other two.
2) November 23 in Las Vegas, Gonzaga will play UCLA in basketball at T-Mobile Arena; Bellarmine-Central Michigan is the JV game on the card.
Night before that, UCLA plays Bellarmine, Gonzaga plays the Chippewas.
1) If the playoffs started today (they don’t):
NL— Red Sox, White Sox, Astros. Wild Card- Oakland @ Tampa Bay
AL— Mets, Reds, Giants. Wild Card- San Diego @ Los Angeles