The Nationals won their 12th game in their last 13 last night against the White Sox, but it wasn’t easy. Interim manager John McLaren was ejected in the bottom of the eighth inning leaving Trent Jewett as the “interim interim” manager. By the way, Jewett just officially joined the staff yesterday. The Nationals blew leads in the ninth, 10th and 12 innings, but scored four runs in the top of the 14th to secure the victory. And wouldn’t you know it, the game ended right before last call at Caddies.
Your Friday box scores:
Nationals 9, White Sox 5 (14 innings)
Braves 2, Padres 11
Reds 4, Orioles 5 (12 innings)
Diamondbacks 7, Tigers 6
Athletics 0, Phillies 1
Rockies 4, Yankees 2
Red Sox 1, Pirates 3
Rays 5, Astros 1
Mets 1, Rangers 8
Cubs 6, Royals 4
Twins 3, Brewers 4
Blue Jays 5, Cardinals 4
Angels 8, Dodgers 3
Mariners 5, Marlins 1
Indians 3, Giants 4
Good news in Boston: An MRI on Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi‘s left knee revealed no structural damage.
Benintendi slipped while trying to avoid a tag at second base, injuring his leg, but it appears he’s avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn’t known at this point, but the Red Sox expect to get him back before the end of the season.
Benintendi is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer and ten RBI in 21 games.
And then there was one. One player from the 2008 World Series champs, that is. Ryan Howard likely isn’t going anywhere so he’ll be the last one to turn the lights off, but today Carlo Ruiz bid adieu to the Phillies following his trade to Los Angeles.
Lost in all of the emotions the Dodgers are reported to be feeling about A.J. Ellis leaving is the fact that Ruiz was one of the most beloved Phillies players ever, by both his teammates and their fans. Yesterday Roy Halladay penned a heartfelt goodbye to Ruiz, suggesting that he was every bit as essential to his and the Phillies’ success as Ellis has been to Clayton Kershaw (and in pure baseball production, obviously, quite more).
Today Chooch left a message for his now former teammates: