The Best Of Baseball: July 31st 2016

Every single day history is made in the wonderful game of baseball. Even though most of the great moments of baseball aren’t historic, they sure are memorable for us fans. With that said, here are my top three moments in the MLB for July 31st, 2016.

#3- Orioles Regain First In The AL East:

Even though the O’s lost the series to the Blue Jay’s, they ended up leaving Toronto leading the AL East after scoring four in the 12th inning to take game three. The winning run came from Jonathan Schoop with a RBI single to left field and Adam Jones added plenty of insurance with a monster three run shot just under the big Budweiser sign in left center field. A bigger play by the Orioles today was the acquisition of Wade Miley from the Seattle Mariners. Miley has been a quality pitcher in his last three starts making him a key pitcher in the rotation for the O’s as they push for the playoffs.

#2- Lester Won It For The Cubs, But Didn’t Throw A Pitch:

After the Seattle Mariners hit three two-run homers in the first three innings, they end up losing the lead after Steve Cishek blew a save. Jumping to the bottom of the 12th, Jon Lester takes the bat for Hector Rondon with Jason Heyward at third and drops a bunt perfectly between Cody Martin and Mike Zunino bringing in the game winning run. What seemed to be a easy win for the M’s after Felix Hernandez somewhat dominated the #1 team in Baseball, the bullpen failed to hold the lead and the series win. 

#1- Lucroy Denies Trade:

After what seemed to be a done deal, the Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy vetoed his trade because the Indians wouldn’t provide financial incentives for his performance. The Indian’s also would not guarantee that he would be their everyday catcher in 2017 making it a big issue for Lucroy. Even though Lucroy seems to still be on the block, he doesn’t want to lose his starting gig wherever he plays. The Mets and Rangers seem to be the front runner to acquire Lucroy with the trade deadline coming up today, the question is will he be traded after his stance with the Indians. 

Wildcard Moment:

Even though it wasn’t a official play, the ballgirl for the Los Angeles Dodgers caught a line drive foul past third base that was marked at 108.7 MPH showing that there is more than one hot corner on the left side of the field. Her athletic ability brought a standing ovation from the stadium.

I hope you enjoyed the day of baseball and my opinions of the top moments of baseball for the day.

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