Carlos Zambrano throws scoreless inning at Triple-A … with some help

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Carlos Zambrano threw a scoreless seventh inning last night in his first appearance at Triple-A, although Dave van Dyck of the Chicago Tribune notes that he “did allow a pair of singles and also was saved a run by a spectacular back-against-the-wall catch by center fielder Sam Fuld.”
Zambrano threw 10 of 15 pitches for strikes, but reportedly topped out at 91 miles per hour with his fastball. Even assuming no further “anger management” issues he’s not expected to rejoin the Cubs until next month and will be used as a reliever once he does return.

Watch: George Springer robs Todd Frazier with an incredible catch at the wall

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Perhaps there are a few who still miss the slope of Tal’s Hill rising from center field, but George Springer isn’t one of them. He lassoed a 403-foot fly ball from Todd Frazier in the seventh inning of Game 6, reaching nearly to the top of the wall to prevent the Yankees from gaining on the Astros’ 3-0 lead.

According to Statcast, a fly ball with an exit velocity of 103.6 MPH and a launch angle of 29 degrees lands for a home run 72% of the time. That wasn’t going to fly with the Astros, who were facing runners on first and second with one out and saw Justin Verlander‘s pitch count rapidly approaching 100.

It wasn’t long before the Yankees tried for another home run, however, and this one sailed far above the heads of all of the Astros’ outfielders. Aaron Judge lofted a 425-foot shot to left field in the eighth inning, destroying a first-pitch fastball from Brad Peacock and finally getting New York on the board.

The Yankees currently trail the Astros 4-1 in the bottom of the eighth.