Kendry Morales hurt himself after a walkoff homer on Saturday. Another bittersweet game-ending play occurred last night as Denard Span’s awesome game-ending catch in last night’s Rangers-Twins tilt resulted in Orlando Hudson writhing on the ground.
The game’s final out occurred on a pop fly that was heading towards no-man’s land between second base and centerfield. Span turned on the afterburners to charge the ball, calling off Orlando Hudson, who was racing back for it himself. Hudson couldn’t see Span waving him off because Hudson was looking back over his shoulder while running for the ball. I’m assuming the crowd noise drowned out the yo la tengo.
The result: Span’s left leg clipped Hudson’s right, sending both of them flying. Span caught the ball and came up holding his manly bits, but generally no worse for wear. Hudson stayed on the ground writing, having apparently hurt his hand. Check it out here. Hudson had X-rays after the game, but the results won’t be known until today.
The Morales injury has managers reconsidering post-victory celebrations today. No word on whether the Hudson injury will have managers re-thinking game-winning catches.
After Kendrys Morales brought the Royals within one run in the bottom of the fourth inning with his second solo home run of the game, George Springer took Chris Young deep in the top of the fifth to extend the Astros’ lead to 4-2 in Game 1 of the ALDS.
According to Statcast, the ball traveled an estimated 422 feet and left Springer’s bat at 109 mph. Royals fans are happy it was just a solo home run. It could have been worse, as Jose Altuve singled to lead off the fifth inning before being thrown out trying to steal second base during Springer’s at-bat.
The Royals will try to answer as we move to the bottom of the fifth inning at Kauffman Stadium.
UPDATE: Play has resumed after a 47-minute rain delay. Chris Young has replaced Ventura for the Royals.
8:30 p.m. ET: And now we’re officially in a rain delay in Kansas City. It will be interesting to see how long this lasts and how it might impact Ventura and McHugh.
8:29 p.m. ET: The Royals are on the board in Game 1 of the ALDS against the Astros.
After the Astros tacked on another run against Yordano Ventura in the top of the second inning on an RBI single from Jose Altuve, Kendrys Morales connected for a solo homer against Collin McHugh to lead off the bottom of the inning. The ball traveled an estimated 369 feet near the right-field foul pole.
With rain falling at Kauffman Stadium, the Astros lead 3-1 as we move into the top of the third inning.
Pirates utility man Sean Rodriguez made headlines for all the wrong reasons after Wednesday’s Wild Card Game against the Cubs. After being ejected for his role in a benches-clearing scuffle, he took his frustrations out on the cooler in the Pirates’ dugout. If you haven’t seen it already, watch the video below…
That poor cooler never had a chance.
With the benefit of a few hours to decompress, Rodriguez issued the following apology on his Twitter account this afternoon:
It’s nice to see that Rodriguez has a sense of humor about the whole thing.