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So let me get this straight: the days are going to get shorter now? Doesn’t it seem like they should be longest in the middle of summer?
Anyway, the days can’t seem to end early enough for the NY Mets who lost again. The host LA Dodgers (47-26) whooped them, 8-2. Joc Pederson never put the ball in play, striking out in his only official at bat but walking three times and scoring three runs. The win gave the Dodgers sole possession of first place in the NL West.
Ian Kinsler hit his ninth home run but this one came in the ninth inning, as opposed to leading off the game. The Detroit Tigers fall to seven games under .500 (32-39) with their 7-5 loss to the host Seattle Mariners (37-37). Danny Valencia was hitless in four trips to the plate.
Alex Bregman hit his 14th double in two official at bats for the Houston Astros — he also walked twice — as the Houston Astros (49-24) beat the host Oakland A’s, 5-1.
Kevin Pillar entered the game for the Toronto Blue Jays as a defensive replacement. He singled and stole a base (#11) in his only at bat. Toronto (35-36) beat the host Boston Red Sox, 7-5.
Scott Feldman did not appear for the Cincinnati Reds (30-41) in their 8-3 loss to the host Tampa Bay Rays.
Richard Bleier did not appear for the Baltimore Orioles (35-36) in their 5-1 loss to the visiting Cleveland Indians.
Craig Breslow did not appear for the Minnesota Twins (36-33) in their 4-2 win over the visiting Chicago White Sox.
Finally! Ryan Braun is set to begin his rehab assignment for the Milwaukee Brewers.
Joc Pederson was on base four times for the host LA Dodgers (45-26) last night — a run-scoring ground-rule double, two walks, and a hit-by-pitch — in a 12-0 pounding of the NY Mets. I lead off with this one because I actually stayed up to watch the game as I hosted a Sportscastr “broadcast” (don’t know what I was thinking after pulling a 6 a.m – 2 p.m. shift at work). What a revolting development that was for Mets fans. According the the game notes put out by the team prior to the game, starting pitcher Robert Gsellman was at his worst in the first and fifth innings. Sure enough, he gave up four runs in the first and a couple more in the fifth. Cory Seager hit three of the Dodgers’ five homers and missed out on a four-tater night in his last at-bat. Pederson almost collided with teammate Yasiel Puig in the outfield. It was a collision a few weeks ago that landed Pederson on the concussion DL list. Judging from the body language at the very end of this video clip, Pederson did not appear too pleased with the situation.
Ian Kinsler led off the game for the Detroit Tigers (32-28) — again –with a home run, number six for the year and the 44th long-ball opener in his career. He also walked, singled to drive in another run, and stole two bases (five). Kinsler was able to score the run off his steal of third on a wild pitch. But the host Seattle Mariners came back and won the game in 10 innings, 5-4. Danny Valencia was 0-for-4 for the Mariners (36-37). With the Tigers failing to achieve in yet another season, Brad Ausmu leads managerial candidates who are on the hot seat.
Alex Bregman singled, doubled (#13), was hit by a pitch, and walked in five trips to the plate as the Houston Astros doubled up on the host Oakland As, 8-4. Bregman scored one run, drove in two, and stole his fifth base in the win. Then there was this run-saving play at third.
Kevin Pillar was 0-for-5 with a strikeout as the Toronto Blue Jays (34-36) dropped a 6-1 decision to the host Texas Rangers. Pillar is hitless in the series so far and has just one hit in his last 15 trips to the plate. His batting average has dropped more than 60 points over since May 20.
Richard Bleier loaded the bases (two hits and an intentional walk) but none of the runners scored as he pitched two-thirds of an inning. The Baltimore Orioles (35-35) held off the visiting Cleveland Indians, 6-5.
The Cincinnati Reds (30-40) scored three runs in their last two at-bats but it wasn’t enough to beat the host Tampa Bay Rays, who held on for the 6-5 win. Scott Feldman did not appear in the game for the Reds.
Craig Breslow did not appear for the Minnesota Twins (35-33) in their 9-7 win over the visiting Chicago White Sox.
So much for Ryan Braun‘s rehab. Seems like the calf just won’t let him progress. I had a calf injury playing softball some 20 years ago. I was running out a double and something in my lower leg just popped. It felt like I had been hit by a throw. Kept me out of action for six weeks, but then I wasn’t a multi-million dollar player with access to all sorts of therapeutic wonders. Still, I know how annoying it can be to be forced to watch.
Scott Feldman pitched well but not well enough. He tossed six strong innings, giving up just two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out six for the Cincinnati Reds (30-39) against the host Tampa Bay Rays in a 7-3 win. But reliever Michel Lorenzen couldn’t hold the lead and ended up getting credit for the decision. How is that fair? By the way, that ended a nine-game losing streak for Cincy.
Richard Bleier pitched the final inning in a 12-0 debacle suffered by his Baltimore Orioles (34-35) at the hands of the visiting Cleveland Indians. He allowed one unearned run on one hit and struck out one. Hard to believe the Os were once contending for first place in the AL East.
Alex Bregman doubled twice (12 on the season) in four at-bats as the Houston Astros (47-24) beat the host Oakland As, 4-1. Bregman also managed to get picked off of second after one of those two-baggers.
Danny Valencia was 1-for-3 with a walk as his Seattle Mariners (35-37) beat Ian Kinsler‘s Detroit Tigers, 6-2. Kinsler also had one hit — his 11th double– in three official trips to the plate, walked twice, and drove in his 15th run for the T-men (32-37).
The New York Mets, improbably, hit four home runs off Clayton Kershaw, but by then the host LA Dodgers (45-46) already had an insurmountable lead and held on to it for the 10-6 win. Joc Pederson was 1-for-4, one of 17 hits the Blue Crew amassed.
Kevin Pillar was 0-for-5 with two strikeouts as the Toronto Blue Jays (34-35) held off the host Texas Rangers, 7-6. They gave up a 5-1 lead but came back with two runs in the ninth for the victory.
And here’s the latest Minor-League Monday report via JewishBaseballNews.com.
Three home runs erev Shabbos? Sounds good to me.
Mazel of the weekend goes to Joc Pederson, recently returned from the DL list. In three games against the host Cincinnati Reds, he was 4-for-12 with two home runs (one on Friday and four on the season), a double, four runs scored, and four RBIs as the LA Dodgers swept the series. Scott Feldman did not appear over the weekend. He gets the call tonight against the Rays in Tampa Bay. Fun fact: he’s already tossed as many innings this year as he did in all of 2016.
Ian Kinsler hit his fifth home run — once more leading off a game — in a 13-4 win for the Detroit Tigers over the visiting Rays on Friday. It was their only win, pushing their record to 32-36. Kinsler was 2-for-12 with an additional RBI. He also made a sweet defensive play in Friday’s game.
Danny Valencia was 2-for-11, including home run #7 — yep, Friday — as the Seattle Mariners (34-37) took one of three from the host Texas Rangers
Kevin Pillar was 3-for-13 including his 17th double and 18th RBI as the Toronto Blue Jays (33-35) dropped two of three to the visiting Chicago White Sox.
Alex Bregman was 1-for-7 as the Houston Astros continue to struggle, relatively speaking. While they still own the best record in the Majors (46-24), they’ve lost eight of their last dozen games. Bregman did not appear in Saturday’s game as the ‘Stros lost two of three to the visiting Boston Red Sox.
Richard Bleier walked the only batter he faced all weekend (Saturday’s 15-6 win) as the Baltimore Orioles (33-34) took two of three from the visiting St. Louis Cardinals.
Craig Breslow did not appear in the last three games of a four-game sweep the Minnesota Twins (34-33) suffered at the hands of the visiting Cleveland Indians that began on Thursday. He did strike out three batters in 2.1 shutout innings in the series opener, a nice turnaround from he previous two disastrous outings.
Ryan Braun is almost ready to begin a rehab assignment for the Milwaukee Brewers who, to be honest, have been doing all right without him.
Only telling you because Ty Kelly was a member of the Israeli National Team in the World Baseball Classic: did you know that he was selected off waivers from the NY Mets by the Toronto Blue Jays (April 10) then purchased by the Philadelphia Phillies (April 22)? He drove in the Phillies’ only run in a 1-0 win over the visiting Boston Red Sox on June 15. For what it’s worth.
A typically light Thursday night: only three MOTs in action, if you can call it that.
Ian Kinsler was 1-for-4 with his third stolen base and two runs scored as the Detroit Tigers (31-34) beat the visiting Tampa Bay Rays, 5-3.
Joc Pederson hit his seventh double in four at-bats and scored a run, but the LA Dodgers (41-26) fell to the host Cleveland Indians, 12-5.
Danny Valencia was 0-for-3 with a walk as the Seattle Mariners (33-35) lost to the host Minnesota Twins (34-29), 6-2. Craig Breslow did not appear in the game for the Twins.
Richard Bleier did not appear for the Baltimore Orioles (32-33) in their 5-2 loss to the host Chicago White Sox.
Ryan Braun remains on the DL for the Milwaukee Brewers. He was supposed to start working on fly balls yesterday as part of his rehab process.
Have a Happy Father’s Day!
Danny Valencia was 2-for-5, scored a run, and notched his 35th RBI to help the Seattle Mariners (33-34) beat the host Minnesota Twins (33-29), 4-2. Craig Breslow did not appear for the Twins in this one.
Ian Kinsler hit his ninth double and scored the only run for the Detroit Tigers (30-34) in their 2-1 loss to the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks.
Joc Pederson was 1-for-3 and drove in his 12th run as the LA Dodgers (41-25) beat the host Cleveland Indians, 6-4.
Kevin Pillar was o-for-4 but walked once and scored twice as the Toronto Blue Jays (32-33) held off the visiting Tampa Bay Rays, 7-6. Since his two-game suspension for using a homophobic slur, Pillar has seen his batting average plummet almost 50 points, from .308 to .257. Karma?
Alex Bregman did not start for the Houston Astros (45-22) but did appear as a pinch hitter, grounding out in the sixth innings in a 13-2 win over the visiting Texas Rangers. He remained in the game at third base but did not get another at bat. He was included in MLB’s most recent Top Ten Plays of the Week, coming in at #6.
Richard Bleier did not appear for the Baltimore Orioles (32-32), who beat the host Chicago White Sox, 10-6.
Scott Feldman did not appear for the Cincinnati Reds39-26) in their 4-2 loss to the host San Diego Padres.
Ryan Braun remains out of action for the Milwaukee Brewers (35-32).
Joc Pederson returned to the lineup for the LA Dodgers (40-25), who beat the host Cleveland Indians, 7-5. Pederson — batting eighth in the lineup — was 0-for-4 with a walk.
Ian Kinsler singled in five trips to the plate and scored a run, but the Detroit Tigers lost to the visiting Diamondbacks, 7-6, when Arizona scored a run in the ninth to break a 6-6 tie. The Tigers (30-33) scored all their runs in the sixth to even the score. No doubt their disappointing season to date has created a bit on tension for manager Brad Ausmus.
Alex Bregman was 1-for-3 in the Houston Astros’ 4-2 loss to the visiting Texas Rangers. The ‘Stros (44-22) still have the best record in the Majors but they’ve hit a bit of a bump in the road, losing six of their last 10 games.
Kevin Pillar was 0-for-5 with two strikeouts as the Toronto Blue Jays (31-33) lost to the visiting Tampa Bay Rays, 6-1. He did make another nice defensive play.
Scott Feldman had his regular meh game, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks in five innings as the Cincinnati Reds (29-35) lost to the host San Diego Padres, 6-2. He struck out six in taking the loss to even his record at 5-5.
Richard Bleier pitched a scoreless inning of relief, giving up a hit and a walk as the Baltimore Orioles (31-32) lost to the host Chicago White Sox, 6-1. He is becoming a “go-to” guy for the O’s, with a 1.83 ERA is 15 appearances (although ERA for short relievers aren’t very good indicators).
The Minnesota Twins (33-28) — without the service of Craig Breslow — obliterated the visiting Seattle Mariners (32-34), 20-7. Danny Valencia was 1-for-4 with his 34th RBI (32nd in the AL).
Ryan Braun (Milwaukee Brewers) remains on the DL.
After Valencia homered off Breslow, I’ll be revising my Jewish Home Run List. It’s just a spreadsheet but if anyone is interested, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Danny Valencia was not much of a chaver to landsman Craig Breslow last night as the Seattle Mariners (32-33) beat up on the host Minnesota Twins (32-28), 14-3. He hit a solo home run (#6) off of the suddenly struggling reliever in the eighth inning. Valencia also had a run-scoring single and a sacrifice fly earlier in the game. He also made his fourth error of the year. Breslow, who allowed five runs in one inning in his previous outing, gave up two more in this one, boosting his ERA to 5.09. The way the Twins use him– an inning here, a fraction there — it might be a while until he can get that down significantly.
The only other MOT in action last night was Alex Bregman who accounted for the sole run and one of the two hits for the Houston Astros (44-21) in their 6-1 loss to the visiting Texas Rangers. He also drew a walk in three plate appearances.
Richard Bleier did not appear for the Baltimore Orioles (31-31) in their 10-7 loss to the host Chicago White Sox.
Scott Feldman is scheduled to make the start tonight for the Cincinnati Reds against the Padres in San Diego. They lost to the Pods last night, 9-3.
Ryan Braun remains on the DL for the Milwaukee Brewers but he’s getting closer to rehab.
And here’s the latest “Minor-League Monday” from JewishBaseballNews.com.
“Fore” being the traditional warning call in golf, four being the number of rounds in a tournament, and 18 — chai — being the number of holes per round. It all added up to a win for Daniel Berger at the St. Jude Classic, which he won for the second straight year.
Berger, 24, was ranked 43 in the world prior to the Memphis-based event. No doubt he’ll move up a bit.
Ian Kinsler had four singles in 14 at-bats as the Detroit Tigers (30-32) lost two of three to the host Boston Red Sox. He also scored twice and drove in a run.
Kevin Pillar was 3-14 over his weekend. Two of those hits, both doubles (16), came in yesterday’s 4-0 shutout against the host Seattle Mariners (31-33) He also scored two of the four runs. Toronto (31-32) took two of three from the Mariners.
Danny Valencia was 1-for-9 with five strikeouts and an RBI, serving as a pinch-hitter in the middle game.
Alex Bregman hit his seventh home run of the season on Friday as the Houston Astros lost to the visiting LA Angels, 9-4. It was his only hits in eight at-bats (two walks), as Houston (44-20) dropped two of the three games.
Richard Bleier was only pitcher to come away unscathed as the Baltimore Orioles were crushed by the host NY Yankees, 16-3 on Saturday.He struck out two in two innings of relief, his only outing of the weekend. The Yankees outscored the Birds in the three-game sweep, 38-8.
Craig Breslow was not so fortunate. In his only appearance, he allowed five runs on four hits and an intentional walk yesterday as the host San Francisco Giants beat his Minnesota Twins (32-20), 13-8. With one outs, the Giants put up: single, single, double, intentional walk, and triple. Breslow’s ERA ballooned almost two full points, from 2.57 to 4.50.
Still, Breslow was more fortunate than Brad Goldberg, who was sent down by the Chicago White Sox of Friday. Goldberg appeared in just one game — June 3 against the Detroit Tigers — and gave up four earned runs in just a third of an inning.
Scott Feldman did not appear for the Cincinnati Reds over the weekend. His next scheduled start comes tomorrow against the Padres in San Diego.
Joc Pederson homered on the first pitch he saw his first rehab at-bat to help Oklahoma City to a 12-6 win on Friday vs. Round Rock. There is still no time table for his return to the Dodgers.
Ryan Braun remains on the DL for the Milwaukee Brewers, also without a timetable for his return.
And although I rarely write about Jews in the minors, it’s worth noting that our old friend Cody Decker hit a grand slam on Friday to lead the Binghamton Rumble Ponies past the Harrisburg Senators, 10-6.