Yesterday, the Phillies celebrated Labor Day by taking on the National League’s leader in wins as the Reds sent Jonny Cueto to the hill. The Reds took an early 1-0 lead on Phils’ rookie SP Tyler Cloyd but Cloyd settled down nicely. Behind a three run HR by Jimmy Rollins in the top of the fifth inning, the Phillies went up 3-1, would stretch it to 4-1 after a John Mayberry Jr. solo shot, and hold on to win 4-2. It was Cloyd’s first Major League victory and Phillipe Aumont registered his first Major League save in the process. More here.
The Mets were taking on the St. Louis Cardinals, who hold the second and final Wild Card spot. The Phillies entered the game trailing the Cardinals by eight games in the Wild Card standings. Unfortunately for Phillies fans, the Cardinals were playing the Mets. After the first four innings, the Cardinals lead 4-0. It would stay that way until the seventh when the Mets cut the lead in half by scoring two in the top half. The Cardinals got one back in the bottom of the seventh on an Allen Craig single. That would be all the Cardinals needed as they held off the Mets after a Daniel Murphy two run shot in the eighth. The Cardinals won 5-4 and maintained their lead in the Wild Card race. More here.
Switching to the American League, one race that should be highlighted down the stretch is the race for the American League East title. The Yankees, who are 4-6 in their last 10 games, entered yesterday with a two game lead in the AL East over the surging, new-look Orioles. The Orioles, behind 5+ perfect innings from Joe Saunders, took down the Toronto Blue Jays yesterday. The Yankees allowed a 3-2 lead to get away from them as they fell to the Tampa Bay Rays, 4-3. The Yankees lead in the AL East is down to one game. More here.
Former Heisman finalist Tyrann Mathieu plans to enroll in classes at LSU despite being kicked off the team a month ago. “Honey Badger” as he is affectionately known, was looking to potentially play football at McNeese State and Nicholls State before deciding to return to LSU and not play football. He was reportedly kicked off the team for violating the school’s substance abuse policy. He is being mentored by former NBA player John Lucas. More here.