The Los Angeles Dodgers pummeled Stephen Strasburg early this afternoon, beating the Nationals 6 to 3 and sending the Washington ace home with his first loss of the 2016 season. Strasburg surrendered six earned over six innings.
Justin Turner homered in his first two at-bats against Strasburg. In the first, Turner hit a two-run home run to put the Dodgers ahead. In the top of the third, Turner took a hack at a high fastball on a 3-0 count and deposited the pitch just beyond the reach of center fielder Michael Taylor. Turner has been swinging a hot bat of late, slugging five home runs and driving in 18 over the last 30 days.
Chris Tillman turned in another strong pitching performance today for the Orioles in their 4-1 win over the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. His record now stands at an outstanding 14 and 2.
Tillman shoved for seven innings today, only allowing four hits and one earned while striking out seven. He was backed by Jonathan Schoop and J.J. Hardy who had two RBI’s a piece.
Yankees starter C.C. Sabathia, who was celebrating his 36th birthday, pitched into the seventh but took the loss. His record is now 5 and 8 on the year.
With the loss, the Yankees fall to 6.5 games behind division leaders Baltimore and Boston. With only 10 days remaining before the trade deadline, the status of the Yankees and whether to buy or sell is very much up in the air.