MOT of the Weekend honors goes to Danny Valencia, who was 4-for-5 yesterday with his fifth home run, three runs scored, and four RBIs to help the Baltimore Orioles (13-28, last in the AL East) annihilate the visiting Tampa Bay Rays, 17-1. The solo shot came in the second inning and gave the woeful O’s a 1-0 lead. He drove in another on a force out in the third, another on an infield hit in the fourth, and the last on a bloop hit in the seventh. Valencia was 0-for-3 in Saturday’s 10-3 loss and did not play in Friday’s 9-4 win.
As for Richard Bleier, well you knew his streak couldn’t go on forever. He gave up two runs on three hits and a walk on Friday — his only appearance for the weekend — and saw his ERA “soar” from 0.44 to 1.17.
Kevin Pillar was 3-for-13 with his AL-leading 17th double and his fourth stolen base as the Toronto Blue Jays (21-20, third in AL East) lost two of three to the visiting Boston Red Sox.
Alex Bregman was 3-for-8 with two doubles and three walks as the Houston Astros (26-16, first in the AL West) took two of three from the visiting Texas Rangers.
Ryan Braun had a double and walk in three plate appearances in Friday’s 11-10, 10-inning win by the Milwaukee Brewers over the host Colorado Rockies in which he also scored one one and drove one in. He was 0-for-8 for the rest of the weekend, striking out four times in yesterday’s contest. The Brewers (24-17, first in NL Central) took two of the three games.
Ian Kinsler was 2-for-10 but walked four times as the LA Angels (24-16, second in AL West) dropped two of three to the visiting Minnesota Twins.
Joc Pederson was 2-for-12 with two RBIs as the LA Dodgers (16-24, fourth in NL West) lost three to the visiting Cincinnati Reds, who swept the four game which began on Thursday.
Gabe Kapler‘s Philadelphia Phillies 23-16, second NL East) split a two-game series with the visiting NY Mets (the second game was rained out).