Fantasy Forward: Dodgers continue to make history, Phillies try to avoid it

In a wild two innings, the Dodgers scored five runs on four wild pitches (the most since 1920) during the seventh and eighth innings. Adam Ottavino struggled with command and bounced sliders with Los Angeles players scoring free runs. Cody Bellinger hit two more home runs in a game, the sixth time he’s done so, and first Dodger ever to achieve prior to July. Los Angeles is now 42 – 15 since Bellinger’s promotion. Clayton Kershaw won on Saturday making him 93 – 0 in games in which he is given four or more runs of support.The Dodgers have won 10 in a row and homered in 17 straight.

As for the Phillies, they lost for the fourth time in extra innings over the last eight days and the sixth time in the last two weeks. They need to avoid a loss on Monday to avoid 50 losses in their first 75 games for the third time since the end of World War II.

Many injuries to recount. Dexter Fowler and Kevin Siegrist landed on the disabled list for the Cardinals with Randal Grichuk returning to the team. Aaron Hicks will land on the disabled list with a strained oblique, switching places with Jacoby Ellsbury. Addison Russell left the Cubs game due to right shoulder discomfort. Joey Gallo returned to Texas to have his hamstring further examined. Michael Conforto took a pitch off of his wrist. His X-rays came back negative and he hopes to play on Tuesday.

Milwaukee claimed Stephen Vogt off of waivers and sent both Lewis Brinson and Jett Bandy to Triple-A. This signals the return of Ryan Braun as well. Carlos Rodon will join the White Sox rotation as will Jon Gray for the Rockies in the days ahead. Tyler Skaggs did not start in his rehab start due to lingering soreness in his oblique stalling his comeback. Eduardo Rodriguez will pitch for Portland on Thursday. Blake Snell will also return to the Rays rotation on Wednesday with Erasmo Ramirez going back to the bullpen as a reinforcement. Last, as my editor tweeted out, if Starling Marte has been dropped in your league, stash him now. Off to the recaps.

Starting Pitcher Observations

Although he did not get a win, Mike Montgomery turned in another solid outing as a starter. He allowed four hits, three runs (zero earned) and two walks with six strikeouts. During his four starts, Montgomery maintains a 1.71 ERA.

Ervin Santana bounced back and continued his success versus the Indians this year. Santana won his 10th game giving up nine hits over six innings with seven strikeouts on 11 swinging strikes.

Scott Feldman won in Washington working seven innings giving up two earned runs with five strikeouts.

Parker Bridwell won in Fenway beating former Angels farmhand, Doug Fister. Bridwell lasted 6.2 innings giving up seven hits and two earned runs with five strikeouts. Fister did record a quality start pitching six innings allowing seen hits, three earned runs and three walks with six strikeouts.

Derek Holland held the A’s to one run over six innings with six strikeouts but did not factor in the decision. Sonny Gray won his first game since May. Gray pitched seven innings giving up four hits, two runs (one earned) and one walk with seven strikeouts on 17 swinging strikes.

Jason Hammel did not lose in June but only lasted five innings and left a tied game. Hammel did strikeout six giving up two earned runs. Francisco Liriano won his fourth game allowing six hits, two earned runs and a walk in six innings with two strikeouts.

Rafael Montero turned in a solid outing in San Francisco for the win. He struck out seven over 5.2 innings yielding fie hits, one earned run and two walks. Montero generated 12 swinging strikes.

Jeremy Hellickson whiffed seven batters in Arizona but garnered a quality start working six innings and allowing one earned run. Randall Delgado provided the Diamondback rotation an extra-day off working five innings with four strikeouts and one earned run allowed.

Bullpen Musings

A.J. Ramos recorded his 12th save and third over the last seven days. He worked 1.1 innings on Sunday and lowered his ERA to 3.62 on the season. On the other side of Florida, Alex Colome incurred another rough outing giving up two hits, three earned runs and two walks taking the loss. Colome’s given up multiple run innings over his last two outings. Tampa Bay needs to improve the bridge getting to him to keep him fresh.

Both Brandon Kintzler and Raisel Iglesias worked in non-save appearances. Kintzler worked a clean inning with a strikeout while Iglesias pitched 1.2 innings with one strikeout. Much maligned of late, Seung-Hwan Oh also turned in a clean inning during his appearance in the ninth on Sunday night in a non-save outing.

With everyone wondering who would close for the Angels, Yusmeiro Petit stayed in the game for a two inning save giving up a hit with a strikeout. Keynan Middleton did get loose in the ninth in the event Petit worked into trouble.

Keone Kela worked the eighth allowing a hit with two strikeouts for his seventh hold. Matt Bush notched his ninth save with an identical line. Things remain the same in this pecking order.

Same goes for Oakland. Sean Doolittle struck out two needing only nine pitches in a clean eighth inning. Santiago Casilla allowed a home run to Melky Cabrera but saved his 13th game in the process. His hold seems tenuous.

Aroldis Chapman looked like himself on Sunday striking out the side on 14 pitches, 11 of which were strikes. Roberto Osuna appeared in the Blue Jays win striking out three and giving up a hit. Great to see after the news of his off-field issues he’s battling.

Kenley Jansen saved his 17th, hit a double and ended his no walk streak in the ninth inning. He did strikeout two over his 1.2 innings of work.

Bruce Rondon recorded the win in relief with Justin Wilson striking out two for his sixth save for the Tigers.

Hitter Highlights

Jonathan Schoop keeps rolling hitting his 15th home run and driving in two on Sunday. Trey Mancini added his 14th home run and Caleb Joseph racked up three hits with his third home run. Evan Longoria homered for the 12th time this year and his ninth versus Chris Tillman over their careers.

Giancarlo Stanton will defend his home run derby title and launched his 20th of the year in a win over the Cubs on Sunday.

Eddie Rosario went 3-for-4 with three runs and his 10th home run. Jason Castro hit two doubles and drove in three as the Twins swept the Indians on the road.

Billy Hamilton finished with two hits and a run scored while Scooter Gennett hit his 11th home run among four hits with two runs and two RBI. Gennett’s the only player to have as many as 39 RBI with 165 at-bats or fewer. Bryce Harper went 3-for-3 with a double and a walk. Michael Taylor launched his 11th home run, drove in two and he’s hit five with 11 RBI over his last 11 games.

The Angels keep winning with players like Ben Revere going 3-for-4 with a run and his fifth stolen base. Kaleb Cowart returned from the minors going two-for-three with a double, two RBI and a walk. At Triple-A, Cowart played 68 games with seven home runs and 15 stolen bases while hitting .315/.387/.467. Mitch Moreland hit his 11th home run and ninth over his last 32 games. Jackie Bradley Jr. continues to surge with his 10th home run. He’s 12-for-26 (.462) with eight runs, two home run and six RBI at home this month.

Domingo Santana tallied three hits with two runs, a double and an RBI. Travis Shaw launched a long home run for his 15th of the year. Keon Broxton stays hot with three more hits, his 13th home run and 13th stolen base with three RBI. He’s raking of late but very streaky.

Shin-Soo Choo hit his 12th home run with three RBI. Adrian Beltre added his third dinger of the year with two RBI and Drew Robinson hit the first of his major league career. Aaron Judge went 2-for-3 with two runs, an RBI and two walks. Gary Sanchez hit his 13th home run this season and 33rd of his career in only 100 games played. Ronald Torreyes added his second home run in the Yankees loss.

Rookie Franklin Barreto did not homer for the second straight day, but did finish with two hits and a run scored. Ryon Healy had two hits with a run, Khris Davis also tallied two hits with an RBI as did Yonder Alonso. Adam Rosales hit his fourth home run and circled the bases in 15 seconds. Matt Joyce hit a pinch hit home run for his 10th this season. Alen Hanson countered with two hits for the White Sox. Both Melky Cabrera (8) and Adam Engel (1) homered as well.

Back at lead-off, Jose Bautista went 2-for-5 with two runs, his 13th home run, four RBI and a walk. He’s hitting .381/.480/.571 in five games atop the lineup. Kevin Pillar went 3-for-4 with two runs, a double and a walk. Jorge Bonifacio hit his 11th home run for the Royals.

Curtis Granderson hit his 10th home run and a record 46th for the Mets in June. He also walked three times. Jay Bruce launched his 20th home run and drove in three. Rene Rivera proved to be a hero with two home runs (5), three RBI and coaxing Montero to a win.

Ian Desmond tallied three hits and stole his eighth base with an RBI. Chris Taylor scored two runs and stole two bases (10) without a hit but walked three times. Kike Hernandez his hit eighth home run, Justin Turner reached base four times with two hits and two walks scoring three runs and Joc Pederson doubled twice among his three hits.

George Springer keeps hitting home runs with his 22nd of the year. Yulieski Gurriel added his eighth and Evan Gattis crushed his fifth with two RBI. Alex Bregman finished 1-for-3 with his sixth stolen base. Jarrod Dyson stole his 18th for the Mariners.

Aaron Altherr tallied three hits with a triple for the Phillies during their loss on Sunday. Paul Goldschmidt went 2-for-5 with a run and an RBI for Arizona.

Justin Upton doubled twice and scored two runs. Mikie Mahtook went 2-for-5 with a run, triple and three RBI. Nick Castellanos hit his ninth home run with two RBI and James McCann doubled, scored a run and drove in one. Jose Pirela doubled in four at-bats with an RBI. Wil Myers hit his 15th home run and Erick Aybar his sixth.

Adam Frazier tripled driving in two for the Pirates. Randal Grichuk announced his return with his fifth home run in the sixth inning. He finished 2-for-five with two runs. Yadier Molina went 3-for-4 with three runs, a double and an RBI. Both Paul DeJong and Greg Garcia tallied two hits with two RBI.

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