- David Schoenfield, SweetSpot blogger
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1. Ryan Goins, Toronto Blue Jays. I don't know if this was a bigger win for the Jays or a bigger loss for the Cleveland Indians. Yan Gomes hit a dramatic home run in the top of the ninth off rookie closer Roberto Osuna to tie the game for the Indians, who were seeking their seventh straight win. That sent the game into extra innings, where Goins hit the walk-off home run for a 5-3 victory. But that wasn't all he did in this game, as he also made a great diving catch of a foul pop, running 124 feet for the grab. Goins is a tremendous infielder with the range to play shortstop, and he's been hitting of late, as well. As Gideon Turk of Blue Jays Plus pointed out, Goins has a .403 OBP since July 3, tops among MLB second basemen.
— David Price (@DAVIDprice14) September 2, 2015
2. Zack Greinke and Joc Pederson, Los Angeles Dodgers. In what some were billing as a kind of, sort of must-win game for the Giants with Madison Bumgarner on the hill and Clayton Kershaw going on Wednesday, Greinke was just a little better, pitching shutout ball into the eighth inning before giving up a run in the 2-1 victory. He's now 15-3 with a 1.59 ERA. But he got some help. Luis Avilan got Brandon Belt to hit into a double play with two on to end the eighth (rookie second baseman Jose Peraza made a nice glove flip to start the turn), and Pederson hit a seventh-inning home run --- just the second one Bumgarner had given up to left-handed batter all season (Bryce Harper had the other) -- to extend the Dodgers' lead to 2-0. Kenley Jansen then closed it out with an eight-pitch ninth. The lead is now 5 1/2 games, matching the Dodgers' largest of the season.
Zack Greinke is now 7-0 vs Giants in his career! Dodgers beat Giants, 2-1 as Greinke allows 1 run in 7.1 IP pic.twitter.com/yymPVNkfEB
— Baseball Tonight (@BBTN) September 2, 2015
Joc needed that dinger as badly as anyone has ever needed a dinger
— Molly Knight (@molly_knight) September 2, 2015
3. Brandon Moss, St. Louis Cardinals. A dagger in the hearts of the Nationals as they suffered a bullpen collapse for the second night in a row. First, the Nats got the ball to Drew Storen in the eighth with the lead this time, but Storen allowed two runs to tie the game. Then in the ninth, Matt Williams avoided Jonathan Papelbon in favor of Casey Janssen, who had blown Monday's lead. Williams had already used two lefty relievers since starter Joe Ross walked six batters and was done after 2 2/3 innings. So with two on and two outs, Janssen remained in the game. Then Moss did this. Now watch Papelbon pitch in a five-run game on Wednesday.
4. Triple plays and steals of home! First, the Colorado Rockies turned three. Then Elvis Andrus of the Texas Rangers stole home on a straight steal. OK, stat guys: When's the last time we had one of each in the same day?