Bob Geren has had a tough week, as demoted closer Brian Fuentes ripped the A’s manager for a lack of communication and then former Oakland closer Huston Street chimed in all the way from Colorado to basically agree with everything Fuentes said.
Geren’s job is probably pretty safe considering he’s best buddies with general manager Billy Beane, but just in case A’s owner Lew Wolff made it clear that he’s happy with the manager, telling John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle:
I personally love the way he deals with everybody. It’s a long season. He’s had some long seasons. I love the guy. He’s a good teacher. I love everything about him. He’s a very solid person, and I like the way he deals with everything all year long. This is a hard job. I have a rule in my own office that I never use the word “communication” as an excuse. The good thing about baseball is you could look at a piece of paper and see how a guy’s doing. Great athletes get frustrated. That’s all there is to it.
Asked specificially about Street calling Geren his “least favorite person I have ever encountered in sports,” Wolff replied: “He’s wrong.”
Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas belted his 37th home run on Wednesday evening, setting a new club record for homers in a single season. Moustakas had been tied with Steve Balboni, who hit 36 home runs in 1985.
The home run came on a 2-0, 82 MPH slider from Blue Jays reliever Carlos Ramirez, boosting the Royals’ lead to 13-0 in the top of the sixth inning.
Moustakas, 29, entered the night batting .271/.313/.523 with 82 RBI and 71 runs scored in 560 plate appearances.
Red Sox starter Chris Sale recorded his 300th strikeout of the 2017 season on Wednesday night against the Orioles. The momentous occasion occurred with two outs in the eighth inning. Facing Ryan Flaherty, Sale threw a slider that caught the strike zone low and inside for called strike three.
Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strikeout 300-plus batters in a season in the last 15 years. Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson accomplished the feat in 2002, and Johnson also did it in 2001 and 2000. Pedro Martinez had been the only other Red Sox pitcher to have a 300-strikeout season.
Through eight scoreless innings, Sale limited the Orioles to four hits with no walks and 13 strikeouts. The Red Sox offense gave him plenty of run support. Mookie Betts and Devin Marrero each hit two-run home runs in the fourth. Hanley Ramirez added a two-run double in the sixth and Dustin Pedroia hit a two-run double of his own in the eighth to make it 8-0.