July 28, 2021

Carlos Santana and Gary Sánchez among Wednesday’s highlights

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SPORTS WRITING.- Cuban outfielder Adolis García bounced the ball off the field on two occasions and returned to get into the fight for the lead in home runs in the Major Leagues, in which he finished as the most outstanding Latin American of the day.

While the Venezuelan second baseman José Altuve continues to be booed in the fields of the visiting teams, but his response every day is to demonstrate all the power he has with the bat and silence the fans, who do not forget the scandal of the theft of signals that the Astros starred in in 2017 and 2018.

With the bat, the Dominicans Carlos Santana and Gary Sánchez stood out, and from the mound the Mexican José Urquidy and the Venezuelan Germán Márquez, a luxury serpentine pitcher.

The Cuban Garcia hit a couple of homers – he reaches 20 so far this season – and the Texas Rangers defeated the Oakland Athletics 5-3.

The Cuban slugger was in charge of bringing the power of the wands to the field of play and harshly punished the Athletics who continue to be unable to rediscover the victory.

Garcia began his display of fireworks in the sixth inning by taking the ball out of the field before pitches by starter James Kaprielian, with no runners ahead, when the pitcher had two outs in the episode.

In the eighth inning he repeated the dose of punishment by facing closer Cam Bedrosian, and bounced the ball out of bounds, with no teammates in circulation, with two outs.

García enters the competition for the best home run in the majors, where he occupies third place, behind the Dominican Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (23), the Japanese Shohei Ohtani (23) and Fernando Tatis Jr. (22). .

Altuve hit a two-run home run, Urquidy pitched seven innings with a three-hit ball and the Astros extended their winning streak to 10 games by shutting out the Baltimore Orioles 13-0.

In the top of the fourth inning, Altuve (17) bounced the ball off the field as he encountered the shots from starter Thomas Eshelman and put his teammate, ranger Myles Straw, on the register.

Altuve was greeted with boos every time he came up to the plate during the series, primarily because he was the Most Valuable Player (MVP) during a 2017 season in which the Astros won the World Series, but it was later discovered that they had been stealing signals from the receiver. rival illegally.

The Venezuelan has heard boos from fans in almost every stadium this season, but has hit 17 home runs.

Cuban ranger Yordan Álvarez (11) also hit from all four corners in the seventh inning, with no runners in the way, as he overcame relief Mickey Jannis.

From the mound, the victory was scored by Urquidy (6-3) in seven complete innings.

The Mexican dropped his ERA at 3.32 after allowing three hits, walking one and striking out six opposing batters of the 25 he faced.

Urquidy allowed only one runner to pass second base. He has won six of his last seven decisions and has gone seven innings in three consecutive starts.

Starter Brandon Woodruff worked seven innings and outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a sacrifice and drove in the Milwaukee Brewers 3-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks, for whom Venezuelan pinch hitter Eduardo Escobar sent the ball to the other. side of the fence.

For the Diamondbacks, Escobar (16) hit from four corners in the eighth inning, solo, while hunting the pitches from relief Devin Williams.

Marquez (6-6) pitched eight solid innings and had eight hits, including a home run and a run, in the Colorado Rockies’ 5-2 win over the Seattle Mariners.

On the mound, the winner was Marquez (6-6) in eight innings, in which he allowed eight hits, a home run and one run, and retired seven batters via strikeout.

Dominican catcher Gary Sánchez homered in the ninth to tie the score and first baseman Luke Void led the New York Yankees, who beat the Kansas City Royals 6-5.

In the ninth inning, Sánchez (12) blew the wall with a blow to the top of left field, without running backs in circulation when closer Greg Holland was on the mound.

Venezuelan second baseman Rougned Odor (8) also bounced the ball from the field in the eighth inning, leading a teammate ahead of relief streamer Jake Brentz with two outs in the inning.

The victory was credited to Cuban closer Aroldis Chapman (5-2) in one episode.

Dominican first baseman Carlos Santana (12) of the Royals hit a full-return ball in the eighth, with no runners ahead, against relief streamer Zack Britton. EFE