Welcome to this week’s edition of Three Up, Three Down â?? your weekly catch-up of the three best highlights (and lowlights) from around the league. We’re here for all of the cheers and the jeers, because it’s baseball. You can’t have a winner without someone losing along the way.
Astros, Giants and Angels – oh, my! There is no need to fight over who brought the heat this week.
Up: The wacky adventures of Kevin Kiermaier
Kevin Kiermaier has had himself an absolute doozy of a seven-day period. Back on Thursday of last week, Kiermaier was in the process of fielding a ground ball base hit up the middle when the ball squirted under his glove and proceeded to slowly roll all the way to the center field wall. Amazingly, that was the second Little League Home Run that Kiemaier had given up since that past Monday, and it was also the third one that he’d given up (or at least been a part of) all season.
Now you might be wondering why Kiermaier is in the “Up” section this week. He’s here because he managed to live up to his reputation of being a defensive maestro by making up for those previous gaffes with an incredible catch to end a game and lock up a victory for the Tampa Bay Rays. Cleveland had already scored one run in the ninth inning of Wednesday’s game to make it 7-4 Tampa, and Jason Kipnis nearly made it 7-5 to at least extend the game one batter further. “Nearly” is the operative word, because Kevin Kiermaier did this to rob Kipnis. Let’s just say that Kiermaier is back to normal now – batters beware.
Down: Angels literally rub their victory in White Sox’s faces
On Tuesday night, the White Sox and Angels played an extra-innings contest in Anaheim. The Angels eventually won the game 7-6 on a walk-off fly ball from Albert Pujols. I’m sure it was awesome for the Angels and their fans that their team won, and normally we wouldn’t be talking about this since everything about this game was your garden variety, run-of-the-mill baseball game. Instead, we’re talking about this …Read Original Post at
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