MLB Weekend Summary: Red Sox Remains Hot vs. mariners; Phillies flip the script against Dodgers

The seventh Sunday of the 2022 Major League Baseball season was action-packed and ended with a pretty dramatic weekend. As always, the “weekend” in baseball terms is a weekend series, meaning you go back to Friday games and in some cases even go back to Thursday. Let’s wrap up some of what we’ve seen and then look ahead to the week ahead.

Highlight of the weekend

Tigers midfielder Daz Cameron, take it away:

Even if his approach made this piece seem relatively easy, the difficulty there is off the charts. Running both back and to right field, Cameron has to keep an eye on the ball while timing the jump perfectly and knowing exactly where the wall is. He also needed the presence of mind to quickly get the ball in for doubles. Just a beautiful play.

The Red Sox opened the week by taking down two of the three from the red-hot Astros. While the competition wasn’t that tough, this weekend series was total domination. The Red Sox outperformed the Mariners, 33-18, in the four-game sweep. It ended in a walk-off grand slam in extras from Franchy Cordero:

Cordero was the star who ended the series, but the series as a whole belonged to Trevor Story. On Thursday, he was 4 for 4 with three homeruns, seven RBI and five runs scored. He had a two-run home run to cut the Mariners’ early lead in half, a two-run home run to tie it, a go-ahead, RBI knock and later tack on a three-run shot. He hit a grand slam on Friday. On Sunday, he homered to give the Red Sox a 3-2 lead in the sixth.

That’s five homeruns and 13 RBI in a four-game series.

The Red Sox have now won eight of their last 10 games. The Mariners, on the other hand, went 1-6 last week after a nice series win over the Mets in New York.

Big-time prospects debut

The Cardinals called in second baseman Nolan Gorman in time for the entire weekend series. The 22-year-old who swings left-handed led the minors with 15 home runs. Well, he’s still looking for his first MLB home run, but he had a solid performance in the Pirates’ three-game sweep by the Cardinals. Gorman went 5 for 10 with two doubles, two walks, an RBI and four runs scored. Not a bad start.

The headline news of the weekend came in Baltimore, when 2019 No. 1 Adley Rutschman, who is also widely regarded as the No. 1 in baseball, made his debut. Rutschman tripled for his first MLB hit on Saturday, and he followed it up with another knock on Sunday. The Orioles hope Rutschman is a cornerstone of the franchise as they slowly transition into combat.

Dodgers, Phillies flip script on runaway error

Last weekend, the Phillies won three out of four at Dodger Stadium and the Dodgers were in control for a sweep. The Dodgers rallied in the ninth inning on Sunday and won in walk-off fashion to save a game.

This time, the Dodgers won the games on Friday and Saturday to extend their winning streak to six. After two early runs — including a home run by rising Mookie Betts — and Tony Gonsolin’s strong start, the Dodgers led most of the game on Sunday as well. They were all ready to close the case with a sweep in Philadelphia.

Only this time, it was the Phillies who rallied to tie the game in the ninth inning. And then they won in extras… in a rather stupid way. In fact, the Dodgers got the groundball they needed to end the game, but second baseman Max Muncy kicked it and scored two runs, giving the Phillies the win:

Give Roman Quinn credit for the speed, of course, but that’s a game that has to be made.

The stupid must have been contagious, as earlier in the inning, JT Realmuto fell for a Justin Turner “blanket” and was tagged out when he strayed from third base.

Anyway, the Phillies get away with Sunday’s win and the season series over the Dodgers.

Padres make road statement

The Padres had quite the road trip. Let’s go back to more than this weekend. Last weekend they took two out of three in Atlanta. Even if the Braves aren’t nearly as strong as last season, they’re still a formidable opponent. The Padres then traveled to Philly and took two out of three there — and remember, the Phillies just won three out of four in LA. Then San Diego flew across the country without a day off to take on a fellow NL West contender in the Giants.

The Padres would survive in 10 innings on Friday with some late clutching. On Saturday, they rode off Joe Musgrove’s right arm (seven scoreless innings) to another one-run victory.

If the Padres can hold out on Sunday (GameTracker here), it’s a three-game sweep in San Francisco to cap off a 7-2 road trip that puts them within half a game of the Dodgers in the NL West.

Miggy, Pujols leaderboard updates

Tigers legend Miguel Cabrera doubled in the first inning on Sunday. It was number 603 in Cabrera’s illustrious career, which links him to Cal Ripken, Jr. for 16th place all-time. Paul Molitor and Paul Waner are next at 605 and then it would be Hank Aaron at 624, in 13th place. Albert Pujols is fifth in history with 674, although we are not here for updates on his doubles.

Pujols homered on Sunday. Twice. Here’s the first:

As in doubles, Pujols is also fifth in career homeruns. He now has 683 for his career and four for the season. Alex Rodriguez is fourth at 696 and then, of course, 700 would be the number many are looking at.

This was also the 62nd multi-homer game in Pujols’ career, linking all-time sixth place to Aaron and A-Rod. Babe Ruth holds the record at 72, then it’s Barry Bonds at 71, Sammy Sosa at 69, Mark McGwire at 67 and Willie Mays at 63.

on deck

Brewers at Padres (three games from Monday): Potential playoff previews are always fun, even when October is still so far away. These two teams will only play against each other seven times in the regular season and that will all happen in the coming weeks. It starts here in the beautiful Petco Park and both teams are going pretty well. In fact, the best record of NL up to and including May is within reach for both.

Red Sox at White Sox (three games from Tuesday): Both teams were in the playoffs last season and had strong ambitions heading into 2022 before getting off to a terrible start. The Red Sox were under .500 nine games a few weeks ago, but have since become hot. The White Sox had an eight-game loss streak early on and have been working on recovery ever since. The White Sox defeated the Red Sox at Fenway May 6-8. Is it time for the Red Sox to give back to a street sweeper?

Yankees at Rays (four games from Thursday): Will the division be in range here? It may not be. Even though this is a four-game run, the Yankees started Sunday with a 5 1/2 game lead in the AL East and there have been games before where things could change. Either way, these are the top two teams in one of the toughest divisions in baseball, so it’s a must-watch series. It is also the first series between the two teams this season. The Rays won the season’s series 11-8 last year.

Brewers at Cardinals (four games from Thursday): Apparently we’ve been tracking the Brewers all week. This could be a series with implications that reverberate throughout the season. It seems clear enough that out of the five NL Central teams there are three clear non-contenders. Then these two teams remain. How close will it be? The series at the start of the week will help determine it, but the Brewers are heading into Monday with a three-game lead, so it’s very possible that things will turn around during the series next weekend in St. Louis.

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