On the day the Detroit Tigers (52-61) placed Ian Kinsler on revocable waivers, their stalwart second baseman had his best game in a while, becoming the third MOT in the last week or so to just miss a cycle. He hit his 11th home run (solo), 19th double (to drive in three), and a single in four official at bats (he also walked), driving in 40 percent of the team’s runs in their 10-0 win over the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates.
Alex Bregman singled and doubled (#29) in four at-bats as the Houston Astros (71-42) fell to the host Chicago White Sox (43-68), 7-1. Brad Goldberg did not appear for the Sox.
Ryan Braun, back in the familiar #3 spot in the lineup, was 2-for-4 as the Milwaukee Brewers (59-57) were shut out by the visiting Minnesota Twins, 4-0.
Joc Pederson only put the ball in play once, but that was enough. After striking out twice (he also walked), he drove in the game-tying run with a double (#19) in the seventh inning and then came around to score what proved to be the winner as the LA Dodgers (80-33) edged the host Arizona Diamondbacks, 3-2. He also made a nice defensive play.
Batting in the fifth spot, Kevin Pillar hit his 26th double in five at-bats, but the Toronto Blue Jays (53-60) lost to the visiting NY Yankees, 11-5. In another attempt to make money, MLB has scheduled an “anything goes” weekend at the end of August where players will be allowed to wear uniforms with whatever nickname they like. Pillar’s will simply have “Pill” on the back.
Once again, Danny Valencia sat out a game for the Seattle Mariners in favor of their newly-acquired first baseman, Yonder Alonso. The Mariners (59-56) beat the host Oakland As, 6-3.
Richard Bleier did not appear for the Baltimore Orioles (56-58) in their 5-1 loss to the host LA Angels. Max Fried did not appear for the Atlanta Braves (51-61 ) in their 3-2 loss to the visiting Philadelphia Phillies.
Scott Feldman update: According to Cincinnati.com, the Reds’ pitcher “threw a bullpen session and performed some on-field agility activities Wednesday in hopes of being able to make a start Saturday. Manager Bryan Price said the 34-year-old looked able, but doubts if Feldman will look fully healthy the rest of the year.
“I’m not going to say he looked good,” Price said. “He looked like he’s capable. I’m not putting it out there and saying this guy’s 100 percent, because he’s not.”
Tags: Alex Bregman, Ian Kinsler, Joc Pederson, Kevin Pillar, Ryan Braun