Dodgers advance to take on Sox in World Series
Saturday was a special day in baseball with a Game Seven scheduled in Milwaukee to determine who would represent the National League in the 2018 World Series. There’s nothing quite like a Game Seven in sports, and the buzz around this one was understandably high. Milwaukee, going up against young rookie Walker Buehler, got the crowd rocking early too. Christian Yelich, the likely NL MVP, came up in the bottom half of the first and blasted a line drive just over Yasiel Puig’s glove and just over the wall. Just like that, it was a 1-0 lead for the Brewers. Unfortunately for them, Buehler settled in big-time after that. Meanwhile, Cody Bellinger got that run and more right back when he blasted a two-run shot in the second to give the Dodgers a lead they would not relinquish the rest of the night.
Milwaukee did bring out Josh Hader, their best pitcher and one of the most flat-out dominant pitchers in baseball, in the third inning. He shut down the L.A. lineup for the three innings he was out there, and it was a bit surprising they didn’t keep him out much longer. The score was still 2-1 when he came out, but Xavier Cedeño and Jeremy Jeffress combined for the next inning after that, and it included a big three-run homer from Yasiel Puig. That was really the dagger. Julio Urías, Ryan Madson, Kenley Jansen and Clayton Kershaw combined to pitch 4 1⁄3 scoreless innings and the Dodgers won 5-1. They’ll be taking on Boston in the World Series at Fenway starting on Tuesday.
Mesa brothers reportedly to sign with Marlins
On the international market right now, the two top names are a pair of brothers coming over from Cuba in Victor Victor Mesa and Victor Mesa Jr. The former is the older brother and the more hyped prospect, though both reportedly have plenty of potential at 22 and 17 years old, respectively. There had been a number of teams reportedly interested in signing the outfielders, and teams were even trading for international signing money just to make room in their budget for them. Miami was being the most aggressive on that front, though, and while Baltimore was surprisingly favored in this race for a time, it always seemed like the Marlins were the most common likely destination. Sure enough, reports have come out that their press conference announced for Monday will be to announce the signing of the Mesa brothers. Miami obviously has a lot to do to rebuild that organization, but this is a helluva step along the way.