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JML Update, May 9, 2018 (Games of May 8)

Posted on: May 9th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

For the second time in less than a week, a MOT was involved in a no-hitter. First it was Joc Pederson in a May 4 game in which four LA Dodger pitchers combined to stymie the San Diego Padres, 4-0. This time on the wrong end was Kevin Pillar who went 0-for-3 as the Toronto Blue Jays (19-17) met their fate at the hands of Seattle Mariners’ James Paxton (coincidentally, born in Canada). In watching the clips, Paxton was lucky — as you have to be for such an event — because there were a number of sloppy plays that were turned into outs. But the one made by third baseman Kyle Seager — a former Gold love winner — off Pillar in the seventh inning, saving at least a double, was stellar. Final score: 5-0.

Alex Bregman hit his third home run as the Houston Astros (23-15) beat the host Oakland A’s, 4-2. The opposite-field blast was his only hit in four at-bats and tied the game at 1-1 in the second inning.

Danny Valencia was the star of the game for the woeful Baltimore Orioles (8-27) who lost to the visiting KC Royals, 15-7. Valencia — playing third and batting seventh — was 3-for-4 with his fourth home run. He also had a sac fly. Richard Bleier tossed another inning of scoreless relief (two hits), lowering his ERA to 0.44.

Ryan Braun — playing first base in this one — hit his eighth double in four at-bats as the Milwaukee Brewers (21-15) held off the visiting Cleveland Indians, 3-2.

Joc Pederson was 0-for-5 with a walk as the Dodgers (15-20) lost to the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks, 8-5, in 14 innings

Ian Kinsler was 0-for-4 in the LA Angels’ (21-14) 4-2 loss to the host Colorado Rockies.

The St. Louis Cardinals optioned reliever Ryan Sherriff to the minors.

Gabe Kapler‘s Philadelphia Phillies (20-15) beat the visiting San Francisco Giants, 4-2.

Scott Feldman on the NY Yankees? How cool would that be?

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