The Pirates, Cubs and Cardinals are all lurking, ready for the Brewers to falter. But Milwaukee appears prepared to fight until the end.
Cubs catcher Willson Contreras went 3 for 5 with a home run (16) and four RBIs (56) in a 7-2 win against the White Sox. The Cubs have now won nine of their last 11 games after struggling before the All-Star break.
Astros starter Charlie Morton tossed seven scoreless innings with nine strikeouts in a 5-0 win against the Phillies. Morton, who gave up just three hits, improved to 8-4 with a 3.83 ERA this season.
Angels closer Bud Norris allowed a walk-off grand slam to Edwin Encarnacion in the bottom of the 11th inning, leading to an 11-7 loss to the Indians. Norris walked three batters (one intentionally), threw a wild pitch, and allowed the grand slam. Needless to say, it was not a good night for the otherwise solid reliever.
Royals (52-47) at Tigers (45-54) 7:10 p.m. ET — Kansas City has found its offensive stride at the right time this season. Winners of their past five, the Royals find themselves firmly in the playoff hunt, both as an AL Central contender and a wild card threat. Ian Kennedy (3-6, 4.61 ERA) will take the mound against Detroit and Anibal Sanchez (2-0, 5.95 ERA) Wednesday, as the Tigers continue to look like major sellers before the end of the month.
Let’s take a look at another example. This time watch how Justin Holiday gets caught in no man’s land. It’s incredibly difficult for teams to ice a pick-and-roll when Wall is the ball handler because he seems to always be a step ahead of the defense. Now that Porter makes 48.6 percent of his open or wide open 3-pointers, the margin for error has become much smaller.