1st Down: It was not a very good day if you are a fan of the Minnesota Twins. Taking on the Guardians in Cleveland in a doubleheader, they would have known that it was almost a final stand of sorts in their playoff push. Down five games in the AL Central to the Guardians heading into the contest, they are now basically out of the postseason race having lost both games to the streaking hosts. The Guardians got eight very strong innings from Shane Bieber and two RBI hits (and four overall) from Ahmed Rosario in the first game while he was the hero in the second game as well. He had a tying hit in the 13th to extend it and then put the ball in play in the 15th as they claimed a 7-6 victory. He had earlier hit a three-run homer, too, marking a brilliant day for him. That’s eight consecutive wins over the Twins for Cleveland and nine out of their last ten overall as well as they took a big step closer to clinching a place in the playoffs.
2nd Down: For the second and final time, Canelo Alvarez ended up a winner over Gennadiy Golovkin in the squared circle on Saturday night in Las Vegas. Alvarez controversially won one the first two fights by decision while the other was deemed a split draw, but there was no controversy to be had this time around, as the younger fighter beat the 40 year-old via unanimous decision. Alvarez retained his super middleweight crown with the victory, and he is now setting his sights on the winner Dmitry Bivol and Gilbert Ramirez. Bivol upset Canelo back in May.
3rd Down: Chris Buescher made it three non-playoff drivers out of three to win in the first round of the NASCAR Cup Playoffs on Saturday as he won the Night Race at Bristol. Buescher followed up wins by Bubba Wallace and Erik Jones as no playoff driver won a race in the round of 16; something that had previously been thought of as impossible as typically only playoff drivers have won. Buescher held off Chase Elliott and William Byron for the win, Roush’s first in over five years, while Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick were among the drivers to be eliminated from the playoffs.
4th Down: The Atlanta Braves just got Ozzie Albies back into the fold, and they will now be seeing him depart yet again. Having recovered from a broken foot that kept him out of 81 games during the summer, he had only just been activated a day prior to breaking his pinky finger on Saturday when sliding into second base. The second baseman will now be working hard yet again to try to make it back in time for the postseason, with manager Brian Snitker saying there is ‘a possibility’ he could return for the defending World Series champs as they look to go back-to-back. The Bravos remain one game behind the Mets for first in the NL East at present.