- Red Sox pitchers struck out a whopping 20 Rangers on Thursday, which tied the most in a 9-inning game in MLB history. (Starter Drew Pomeranz had 11 of those, which tied his career-high.)
- White Sox prospect Lucas Giolito threw a 7-inning no-hitter for Triple-A Charlotte yesterday. Giolito, the no. 8 overall prospect according to mlbpipeline.com, has had a trying start to his tenure with his new organization (he was dealt by the Nationals as part of a package deal for Adam Eaton this offseason). Coming into last night’s game, Giolito’s ERA sat at 6.44. Hopefully last night will prove to be a turning point for the young right-hander.
- The Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu made his first career appearance out of the bullpen last night against the Cardinals, pitching 4 innings of 2-hit, scoreless ball to earn the save. Manager Dave Roberts told reporters after the conclusion of the game that the Dodgers don’t intend for Ryu’s move to the bullpen to be permanent.
- Memorial Day Weekend brings an absolutely STACKED slate of games. Feast your eyes on these notable matchups over the next four days: Cubs @ Dodgers, Cardinals @ Rockies, Orioles @ Astros, Rangers @ Blue Jays (the most intense rivalry in baseball?) Yankees @ Orioles, Astros @ Twins, and Dodgers @ Cardinals. Get hyped.
- The Brewers, on top of the baseball world just a few days ago, seem to have hit a major bump in the road. Milwaukee has lost four consecutive games and star RF Ryan Braun to the DL with a calf injury.
- The Blue Jays have activated 3B Josh Donaldson and SS Troy Tulowitzki from the DL ahead of tonight’s game. The infielders have been sidelined since mid-April. Their return will provide a colossal boost to the dinged-up Blue Jays, who stand at 21-26 and dead last in the AL East.
- Top overall prospect Yoan Moncada was activated from Triple-A Charlotte’s 7-day DL today. Moncada was dealing with a left thumb injury.
- Tigers’ OF JD Martinez has hit a home run on 19% of his official at-bats this year.
- If I’m a Cubs fan, I’m feeling really good about my team coming out of this week’s 3-1 series win over the Giants. Couple a resurgence in power with a string of solid outings from the questionable rotation, and it feels like the Cubbies are on the verge of that elusive breakout we’ve all been anticipating.
- Pirates 9, Braves 4 (W: Nova 5-3 L: Colon 2-5 X: C Cervelli (4-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R)
- Royals @ Yankees (Postponed)
- Reds @ Indians (Postponed)
- Mariners 4, Nationals 2 (W: Miranda 4-2 L: Turner 2-3 S: Diaz 8 X: RF Cruz (1-3, HR, 3 RBI)
- Phillies 2, Rockies 1 (11) (W: Gomez 3-1 L: Oberg 0-1 X: Joseph (2-5, HR, 2 RBI, WO single)
- Rays 4, Angels 0 (W: Andriese 5-1 L: Wright 0-1 X: DH Rasmus (2-4, 2B, 4 RBI)
- Cubs 5, Giants 1 (W: Butler 2-0 L: Samardzija 1-6 S: Montgomery 1 X: 2B Zobrist (3-4, HR, RBI)
- Red Sox 6, Rangers 2 (W: Pomeranz 4-3 L: Martinez 1-3 X: SP Pomeranz (6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, BB, 11 K)
- Padres 4, Mets 3 (W: Lamet 1-0 L: Montero 0-4 S: Hand 2 X: 3B Spangenberg (2-4, 2B, 2 RBI)
- Diamondbacks 4, Brewers 0 (W: Ray 4-3 L: Davies 5-3 X: SP Ray (7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 9 K)
- Astros 7, Tigers 6 (W: Gregerson 2-1 L: Wilson 1-2 S: Giles 13 X: SS Correa (3-4, HR, 2 RBI)
- Dodgers 7, Cardinals 3 (W: Maeda 4-2 L: Wacha 2-2 S: Ryu 1 X: CF Taylor (3-4, 2B, RBI, R)
- Tigers @ White Sox (Postponed)
- Athletics (Manaea 2-3) @ Yankees (Tanaka 5-3) 7:05 PM
- Padres (Perdomo 0-1) @ Nationals (Scherzer 4-3) 7:05 PM
- Reds (Adleman 2-2) @ Phillies (Nola 2-1) 7:05 PM
- Mets (degrom 3-1) @ Pirates (Kuhl 1-4) 7:05 PM
- Rangers (Griffin 4-1) @ Blue Jays (Bolsinger 0-2) 7:07 PM
- Mariners (Gallardo 2-4) @ Red Sox (Rodriguez 3-1) 7:10 PM
- Royals (Kennedy 0-4) @ Indians (Clevinger 2-1) 7:10 PM
- Angels (Chavez 4-5) @ Marlins (Straily 2-3) 7:10 PM
- Diamondbacks (Godley 1-1) @ Brewers (Guerra 0-0) 8:10 PM
- Rays (Archer 3-3) @ Twins (Santiago 4-2) 8:10 PM
- Orioles (Gausman 2-3) @ Astros (Musgrove 3-4) 8:10 PM
- Tigers (Boyd 2-4) @ White Sox (Pelfrey 1-4) -G2 8:10 PM
- Cardinals (Martinez 3-3) @ Rockies (Senzatela 6-1) 8:40 PM
- Cubs (Arrieta 5-3) @ Dodgers (Wood 5-0) 10:10 PM
- Braves (Garcia 1-3) @ Giants (Cain 3-2) 10:15 PM
Game recap: Colon struggles, Braves fall 9-4 to settle for series split
Adam Frazier hit a homer, Francisco Cervelli had 5 hits and the Pirates used a 5-run 2nd inning to split the series and spoil Bartolo Colon’s birthday celebration.
It was another frustrating start for Colon, who fell to 2-5 on the year. The 20-year veteran has lacked the consistency he’s displayed throughout his lengthy career in 2017. Instead of solidifying the Braves rotation, he has been a liability, putting his future with Atlanta in doubt.
Rio Ruiz led the Braves with 3 hits. Danny Santana took another step forward in overcoming his recent rut and hit a pinch-hit double.
Pirates starter Ivan Nova fell two outs short of a complete game. On paper, it didn’t appear to be one of his finer outings – he gave up 10 hits and struck out just 1 batter – but Nova’s comfortable lead allowed him to utilize a hyper-aggressive approach that kept the Braves off balance.
- The official attendance for yesterday’s game was just under 34,000, an astounding number for a noon game on a weekday.
- Matt Wisler, called up prior to Thursday’s contest, looked much improved from his first time around with the big league club in his two hitless innings. Hopefully, his second stint will be much more successful and elongated than his first.
- Don’t expect Adonis Garcia to be retain his job as the everyday third baseman upon his activation from the DL. Rio Ruiz, his youthful counterpart, has made quite the impression on the Braves since being called up over a week ago. Frankly, it’d be surprising if Garcia gets the larger share of the starts.
- Kris Medlen’s second start at Class-A Florida didn’t go nearly as smoothly as his first. The righty allowed 9 hits and 5 runs in 5.1 innings Thursday in the FireFrogs’ 8-1 loss to Clearwater. Medlen, just four years removed from being a postseason ace, is attempting to make a return to the big leagues with the Braves.
Minor League Update
AAA: Buffalo 4, Gwinnett 1 (L: Sims, 4-2)
AA: Pensacola 2, Mississippi 0 (L: Allard, 4-2)
A: Clearwater 8, Florida 1 (L: Medlen, 1-1) Clearwater 8, Florida 1 (L: Toussaint 1-6)
Aadv: Rome 6, Augusta 2 (10) (W: White 1-0)
〉Jaime Garcia (1-3, 4.07 ERA, 1.32 WHIP)
〉Matt Cain (3-2, 4.91 ERA, 1.55 WHIP)
Stat of the Day
Average 4-seam fastball velocity 2017 (relievers)
Trevor Rosenthal (STL) 99.2 MPH
Aroldis Chapman (NYY) 98.2 MPH
Jose Alvarado (DET) 98.1 MPH
Joe Kelly (BOS) 98.1 MPH
Ryne Stanek (TB) 98 MPH
Frankie Montas (OAK) 98 MPH
Clip of the Day
Although he’s reaching base at a ridiculously high clip, Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts has struggled to find his power stroke in 2017, so fans were thrilled to see Bogaerts hit his long-awaited first home run of of the season in yesterday’s win over the Rangers. His teammates? Not so much.