JML update, June 4, 2018 (Games of June 1-3)

Posted on: June 4th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

The Hebrews were homer happy over the last few days.

Mazel of the weekend goes to  Joc Pederson who went 4-for-5 on Sunday with two solo home runs (three on the year) and a double in the LA Dodgers’ 12-4 win over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday, 12-4. He was unsuccessful as a pinch-hitter on Friday and 0-for-2 on Sunday as the starting leftfielder. The Dodgers swept the weekend to move to 29-20, third in the NL West.

The other LA Jew — Ian Kinsler of the Angels — also homered twice, but on successive days. The first one came with one on and two out in Friday’s 6-0 win over the visiting Texas Rangers (which ended on a weird note). The next came on Saturday to lead off the sixth, bouncing off the foul pole. He also had a single for three hits in 14 at-bats as the Angels (32-28, third in the AL West).

Alex Bregman was 3-for-13 for the Houston Astros (37-24, second in AL West) against the visiting Boston Red Sox, including his sixth home run (a two-run job in Saturday’s 5-4 loss). Houston lost two of three to the Sox.

Ryan Braun‘s only hit in 11 at-bats over the weekend for the Milwaukee Brewers (37-23, first in NL Central) against the host Chicago White Sox came in the first inning of Friday’s game, his sixth homer in an 8-3 loss.

The Baltimore Orioles (17-41, last in the AL East) were rained out of two of their four games with the visiting NY Yankees. Richard Bleier appeared in Friday’s game, giving up two hits but no runs in one inning in a 4-1 loss. Danny Valencia returned from the paternity list, cracking two doubles in four at-bats out of the eighth spot in the lineup on Saturday, with a run scored and an RBI in another loss, this time by a score of 8-5.

Kevin Pillar was 1-for-13 over the weekend with one run scored, dropping his batting average to .259, as the Toronto Blue Jays (26-33, fourth in AL East) lost two of three to the host Detroit Tigers.

Gabe Kapler‘s Philadelphia Phillies (31-26, third in the AL East) lost three in  row to the visiting San Francisco Giants.

According to CBSSports.com, the Chicago White Sox traded pitcher Brad Goldberg to the Arizona Diamondbacks for cash. Didn’t that use to be called a sale? Goldberg appeared in 12 games for the Sox last year to the tune of an 8.25 ERA.


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