In the last couple of weeks, the name of Julio Rodriguez, or ‘J-Rod,’ has been a household name in Major League Baseball. He played a starring role in the Home Run Derby, backing up a strong first half, and on Wednesday he continued his fine play by leading the Seattle Mariners to a 4-2 home win that saw them sweep the Texas Rangers away. Down 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh, Rodriguez hit a massive three-run blast off the scoreboard that led to his team improving their record to 54-45 on the season.
They are still 10 games behind Houston, who have lost three in a row, in the division, but they are in the second of three Wild Card spots currently due to their recent performances. Elsewhere, the San Francisco Giants’ fall kept up as they slipped to a seventh consecutive defeat on Wednesday. Playing on the road in Arizona, the Giants, last season’s out-of-nowhere NL West winners, slipped to 48-50 as the Diamondbacks won 5-3. Starling Marte and Josh Rojas each homered and the D-Backs took advantage of an error that gifted them two runs, further putting misery upon the backs of the Giants. The Giants are now 3.5 behind the final NL Wild Card spot while the Diamondbacks are 6.5 back.