Sometimes it can take a while before you find out if a team has made a good decision on a trade or not. The Houston Astros, at least by the evidence we saw on Friday evening, did a very good job by landing Trey Mancini from the Baltimore Orioles. That’s because the slugger was a major part of their 9-3 win in Cleveland over the Guardians, smacking his first-career grand slam and also hitting a solo shot as part of a five-RBI night. That now makes it three homers for the former O’s man in four games, underlining just why Houston brought him to town in the first place.
Another interesting tidbit… Baltimore continued to win on Friday, beating Pittsburgh 1-0 at home. Speaking of teams that continue to win, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals were doing that. The Dodgers made it six in a row with an 8-1 clobbering over the San Diego Padres, reminding their divisional rivals that there is a still a ‘big boss’ to deal with. Tony Gonsolin improved to 13-1 by pitching five scoreless innings while the rest of the team held the visitors to just four total hits as the Dodgers had Vin Scully’s emotional send-off. The Cards, meanwhile, won their fifth consecutive outing by defeating the Yankees 4-3 in St. Louis. Paul DeJong drove in two runs with a double in the bottom of the eighth, and that led them to pick up a result that puts them tied atop the NL Central with Milwaukee at present.