Down and dirty here because of the lateness of the hour:
Welcome your newest JML: Robert Stock (as opposed to Robert Stack) of the San Diego Padres. The 28-year-old righty pitcher was called up yesterday and made his debut a good one: He came on in the 10th inning of a 2-2 tie between the Pods and the host San Francisco Giants. He tossed a scoreless inning of yielding in which he yielded a lead-off double to Joe Panik. He then struck out Alen Hansen swinging. Austen Slater hit one off Stock’s glove but it found its way to the shortstop for a 1-6-3 out. He then fanned Gorkys Hernandez for the final out. The Giants won in 11. 3-2. Scott Barancik, editor of JewishBaseballNews.com posted this article about the newest arrival, the second MOT to make his MLB this season; Zach Weiss appeared very briefly for the Cincinnati Red).
As for the “veterans”…
Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers (45-32, first in the NL Central)
- June 22:Did not play (DNP) in a 2-1 win over the visiting St. Louis Cardinals.
- June 23: Entered the game as a defensive replacement, going 1-for-2 in a 3-2 loss.
- June 24: 1-for-4 with his 12th double and a run scored in an 8-2 loss.
Kevin Pillar, Toronto Blue Jays (36-41, fourth in the AL East)
- June 22: 1-for-4 with his 23rd double and a run in a 2-1 loss to the host LA Angels
- June 23: 1-for-4 with his 24th double in a 4-1 win.
- June 24: 0-for-5 in a 10-inning, 7-6 win.
Ian Kinsler, LA Angels (41-38, third in the AL West)
- June 22: 0-for-4.
- June 23: hit into a double play as a pinch-hitter in the seventh; remained in the game at second base but did not come to bat again.
- June 24: 1-for-5 with an RBI.
Danny Valencia, Baltimore Orioles (23-53, last in the AL East)
- June 22: 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI in a 10-7 win over the host Atlanta Braves.
- June 23: 0-for-4 in a 7-5 win.
- June 24: 1-for-4 win a 7-3 loss.
Alex Bregman, Houston Astros (52-27, first in the AL West)
- June 22: 0-for-4 in a 1-0 loss to the visiting KC Royals.
- June 23: 1-for-5 with a walk in a 12-inning, 4-3 win.
- June 24: 0-for-4 with a run scored, an RBI, and a 2alk in an 11-3 win. He also made his 11th error of the season.
Joc Pederson, LA Dodgers (41-35, second in the NL West)
- June 22: 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored (leadoff) in a 5-2 win over the host NY Mets.
- June 23: 1-for-4 with a walk in an 8-3 win (leadoff).
- June 24: 1-for-4 with a two-out solo home run in the seventh plus walk in an 8-7, 11-inning win. The moonshot — which gave the Dodgers a 5-4 lead — came within a few rows of leaving Citi Field. It was Pederson’s 10th of the year and ninth in June and gives him a chance to tie Hank Greenberg’s “Jewish mark” for home runs in a month with 11.
Given how poorly the Mets are playing of late, and how many players they’re calling up from the minor league system, I can’t help but wonder when Zach Borenstien‘s time will come.
Gabe Kapler‘s Philadelphia Phillies (41-34, second in the NL East) took two of three from the host Washington Nationals.