Joey Gallo’s unbeaten start to the inaugural Players League was in jeopardy in the third game of his evening last Tuesday. After polishing off division rival Ty Buttrey’s Anaheim Angels 4-0, and dominating former farm hand teammate Luke Jackson‘s Atlanta Braves 11-1, Gallo sat at 6-0 on the season and looked unstoppable in his quest to bring the Rangers their first ever championship (virtual or otherwise).
Perhaps Gallo got too cocky or maybe his next opponent (Boston’s Eduardo Rodriguez) had been practicing nonstop on the sticks as Rodriguez came into the night winless and had looked like no match for Gallo.
After the top of the first, however, in a three-inning game, the Gallo-led Rangers trailed the Red Sox 6-0 as E-Rod showed remarkable improvement at the plate which culminated in a traitorous Mitch Moreland two-run blast to knock a weathered Corey Kluber from the contest before Gallo had even taken a swing himself.
Nevertheless, an undaunted Gallo played his Virtual John Blake Trap Card and enacted the peck-away theory to bring the game to within magic-making distance at 6-3 going into the bottom of the final frame.
After scoring a run as himself to make it 6-4, Gallo was able to bring the go-ahead run to the plate after a two-out double by Rougned Odor just barely missed being the game-tying dinger by a few feet. But Gallo’s buddy Ronald Guzman wouldn’t let him down. Magic happened:
https://t.co/CDSt9zqWYi Who even needs real baseball?— Christopher Fittz (@apoplecticfittz) April 15, 2020
After Gallo came down from the walk-off victory to move to 7-0, he took on Rhys Hoskins’ Philadelphia Phillies and more easily handled them with a 5-2 win to move to a league-leading 8-0 on the season.
Gallo’s road to the playoffs continues tonight but it won’t easy sledding as sandwiched between two cupcakes will be the two competitors with the second best records in the league.
Beginning at 8:00 pm CT, Gallo’s schedule looks like this:
vs. Ryne Stanek (MIA) (2-6)
at Bo Bichette (TOR) (7-1)
vs. Gavin Lux (LAD) (7-1)
at Carlos Santana (CLE) (0-5)
You can watch Joey’s feed on his Twitch channel.
Via MLB dot com:
Over the next few weeks, the league will be livestreamed on MLB social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Twitch), MLB Network’s Twitch site, “MLB The Show” social media (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Twitch), the clubs’ social media accounts and MLB.com. Each player will also stream it from their individual Twitch or YouTube accounts.
Go Fightin’ Gallos!