Good morning! Here are the plays everybody will be talking about on Thursday.
The Olympics have started and it didn’t take Canada long to do something great. Wednesday marked the first day of competition for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio as the women’s soccer tournament got underway. The big story of the day was the fans booing and chanting “ZIKA!” at American goalkeeper Hope Solo after she seemingly mocked the mosquito problem in Brazil a week earlier. However, in actual action on the pitch, the big play came just 20 seconds into Canada’s 2-0 win over Australia as Janine Beckie knocked home the fastest goal Olympics history.
J.D. Martinez returned from the DL with a bang. The Tigers activated right fielder J.D. Martinez from the disabled list after two months as he returns from an elbow injury. Originally slated to DH in the game, Martinez instead was kept on the bench and used as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning with the score tied 1-1. In one of the fun moments of the entire season, with the crowd giving a standing ovation, Martinez took the first pitch from Chris Sale and hit a home run to center field. Amazing.
The Marlins lose in brutal fashion. If the Marlins miss the playoffs, we can look back to this series against the Cubs as the turning point. Needing to salvage a game in this series, the Marlins took a 4-2 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning and promptly blew the game with the winning run scoring a wild pitch that wasn’t even close to the plate. Suddenly the Marlins have lost three straight and it is the Cardinals who own the second Wild Card spot in the National League.
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