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JML Update, June 14, 2018 (Games of June 13)

Posted on: June 14th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

That’s just great. Richard Bleier was having a great season — minus that momentary blip — for the Baltimore Orioles (19-48), perhaps the one bright spot in a disappointing season. But in yesterday’s 5-1 loss to the visiting Boston Red Sox, the lefty reliever left the game with an apparent lat injury after retiring the two batters he faced. Danny Valencia, again batting cleanup, had one of the team’s four hits. Hey, Mr. Announcer, how about paying attention instead of talking about hats: the ball did not hit him in the ankle, as you proclaimed. Bleier was scheduled to undergo an MRI today. According to EutawStreetReports.com (an Orioles-centric blog), “With just under seven weeks until the trade deadline, there’s virtually no chance a team will be able to deal for the injured left-hander now.”

Ian Kinsler hit his 12th double, his only hit in four at-bats as the host Seattle Mariners scopred two in the ninth to beat the LA Angels (37-32), 8-6. Kinsler also walked a scored a run.LA Angels

Kevin Pillar was 0-for-4 as the Toronto Blue Jays (30-38 ) lost to the host Tampa Bay Rays, 1-0, on a walk-off single with two outs in the ninth.

Ryan Braun was 0-for-3 for the Milwaukee Brewers (41-27), who also enjoyed a 1-0 victory over the visiting Chicago Cubs.

Joc Pederson entered the game for the LA Dodgers when Matt Kemp was ejected after this play at the plate. Pederson went 0-for-3 but the Dodgers (35-32) won the affair, 3-2, in 11 innings. According to JewishBaseballNews.com, for the moment Pederson has more home runs in June with seven than any other player

Alex Bregman was given a rare day off as the Houston Astros (44-25) beat the host Oakland As, 13-5.

Gabe Kapler‘s Philadelphia Phillies (34-31), lost to the visiting Colorado Rockies, 7-2. Now that the Phils are having some problems again, there are impatient concerns about Kapler’s methods, although he did get this vote of confidence from the team’s general manager.

The Atlanta Braves swept the bumbling NY Mets yesterday and there’s no immediate need, but I’m hoping to see Max Fried back in the bigs soon. Yesterday he matched a career-high with seven innings and set a career best with 11 strikeouts, allowing just three hits and one earned run as the Gwinnett Stripers beat the Norfolk Tides, 10-2..

And finally, we’re all excited about the prospect of a new JML, but with all dues respect to the St. Louis Jewish Light, their headline — “Size didn’t prevent baseball whiz from making Major League” — is inaccurate. Michael Wielansky, the young man in question, hasn’t made anything yet; he was simply drafted in the 18th round of the MLB draft by the Houston Astros. And since the shortstop is currently 6’2″, 175,  I wonder where the size factor plays in on this. Yes, at one point he was quite short and small — weren’t we all? — but that’s no longer the case, making the “David and Goliath” theme a bit moot.

Michael Wielansky

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