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MLB Analysis: 5 Walk-offs & Clutch Performances

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The NFL is back capturing the nation’s attention but there’s still some MLB left to be played. Some of these games as we come down the stretch are downright exciting. Teams that have no apparent reason to battle other than playing out the string have players trying to prove themselves and earn roster or starting spots for next year and teams in pennant races are nervously battling day by day.

In case you missed it, here’s some of what you missed in last night’s MLB action as there were a number of exciting games and cluct performances.

Five teams — Atlanta, Houston, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh and the Chicago White Sox — won in walk-off fashion Tuesday night, continuing a season-long trend of dramatic games.

Atlanta Braves (2) – San Francisco Giants (1) Martin Prado hit a walk-off single in the 11th. The Braves are now up 6 in the NL Wild Card race.

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Houston Astros (6) – Chicago Cubs (5) Pinch hitter Brian Bogusevic hits grand slam in the 9th. Not that anyone cares, but it was exciting none the less.

Milwaukee Brewers (2) – Los Angeles Dodgers (1) Pinch hitter Mark Kotsay hits tiebreaking single in the ninth. The Brewers are en fuego winning 18 of their last 20 games and are now up 7-games in the NL Central.

Pittsburgh Pirates (5) – St. Louis Cardinals (4) Garrett Jones hit a walk-off HR in the bottom of the 11th. Albert Pujols hit his 30th HR and his now in the record books for being the only player to start a career with 11 consecutive 30+ HR seasons, but tough loss for the Cards as their playoff hopes are starting to slip away.

Chicago White Sox (8) – Cleveland Indians (7) Juan Pierre hit a game-ending single in the 14th. Great must have division win for the White Sox, tough loss for the Indians.

Also,

In his first start for the D-backs, Lyle Overbay stunned the Phillies as he drove in three runs, including a go-ahead two-run double in the ninth off Roy Halladay. Arizona has now won seven straight. With Arizona San Francisco struggling, the D-backs have now opened up a 3.5 game lead in the NL West. Arizona Diamondbacks (3) – Philadelphia Phillies (2)

Justin Verlander shut out the Twins for seven innings and came away with his American League-leading 18th win of the year. Miguel Cabrera had 3 RBI and new addition Delmon Young chipped in with 2 hits. Detroit Tigers (7) – Minnesota Twins (1)

Derek Holland fell one out short of a complete game Tuesday and the Rangers pounded out 17 hits en route to a 7-3 win over the Angels and a six-game lead in the AL West. Texas Rangers (7) – Los Angeles Angels (3)

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