The AL Wild Card race is getting a lot of attention right now, as it should, but the National League’s own run is also rather interesting to behold at the moment. Two of the teams that are vying for those places got big victories on Wednesday. The San Diego Padres did so by downing the San Francisco Giants 7-4 on the road. The Padres, once hopeful of winning the NL West crown, have slipped as the season has worn on, but they won a second straight here. Fernando Tatis, Jr.’s 39th homer of the season was one of the highlights of the outing while the likes of Tommy Pham and Manny Machado each recorded two RBI’s. The win puts the Padres half a game out of the second NL Wild Card slot.
It also means the Giants are just a game ahead of the Dodgers in that tight-run division battle. The Philadelphia Phillies, still hopeful of hauling down the Braves for the NL East, also got a big win in the playoff hunt by clobbering the Chicago Cubs 17-8. Despite how it looks, it was not as simple as it seems. The Phillies trailed 7-0 after three innings before they mounted a comeback. After scoring seven in the fourth, Bryce Harper hit a double to break the deadlock. Later on, he would hit a three-run home run to put them up by eight. That leaves Philly 2.5 back of the Wild Card and three behind Atlanta in the East. On the other side of the pond, the New York Yankees lost ground to both Toronto and Boston as they slipped to a 3-2 loss to the basement-dwelling Baltimore Orioles. Up 2-0 after two frames, the Yankees remained in control until the ninth when Clay Holmes’ two-out wild pitch let in the tying run. An inning later, the O’s won it via Austin Hays’ single. You never want to lose, but this was definitely one of the worst ways you could have drawn it up.