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Sports: Wednesday, July 28, 2021

VBL Playoffs, Nats Hold OnTo Beat Phils, Biles Bows Out

In the Valley Baseball League Playoffs last night, Strasburg eliminated New Market with a 13-7 win over the Rebels. The Express will now take on Winchester in the North Division Finals. Game 1 of that series is tonight in Strasburg. The winner of the North Division series will take on the winner of the South Division Finals between Waynesboro & Staunton.

The Washington Nationals ended their 5-game losing streak with a 6-4 win over Philadelphia last night. The Nats built a 6-1 lead on home runs by Josh Bell and Juan Soto, and the Nationals’ bullpen combined for no runs and 1 hit in 4 & 1/3 innings. Trea Turner left the contest early after testing positive for COVID-19. The two teams play again tonight starting at 6:35 on Sports Radio 1450.

The Miami Marlins shut down Baltimore last night 7-3. game 2 of that series is tonight at 7:05.

And, at the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, American Gymnast Simone Biles suddenly withdrew from the team competition yesterday, citing mental health reasons. Biles has also pulled out of the All-Around Competition. Meanwhile, USA swimmer Katie Ledecky picked up a gold in the 1500-meter freestyle. The US leads the overall medal count with 30.

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