Not to be outdone by the Cardinals and Cubs, who both released struggling veterans on Wednesday evening, the Diamondbacks have cut ties with 39-year-old corner infielder Melvin Mora.
The news comes courtesy of Craig Grialou of KTAR 620 AM in Phoenix, Arizona.
Mora opened the season as the Diamondbacks’ primary third baseman, but the emergence of Ryan Roberts swiftly sent the longtime Oriole to the bench and he batted just .205/.220/.244 after May 1.
Mora may seek out a spot with another organization but will probably have to settle for a minor league deal. A native of Yaracuy, Venezuela, he has played 13 major league seasons — 10 of them for Baltimore.
The ALCS had a weird play in Game 4 on Tuesday night, but Game 4 of the NLCS did as well. This one involved Cubs outfielder Albert Almora, Jr. and his attempt to spark a rally in the bottom of the ninth inning against Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling.
After Alex Avila singled, Almora ripped a double to left field, past a diving Enrique Hernandez. The ball rolled to the ivy in front of the wall. Most outfielders there would’ve put their hands up, which would have alerted the umpires to call an immediate ground-rule double. Hernandez didn’t, instead fishing the ball out and firing it back into the infield. Avila had stopped at third base, but Almora kept running. Much to his surprise, he pulled up into third base to see his teammate standing there, resigned to his fate as a dead duck. Third baseman Justin Turner applied the tag on Almora for what he thought was the first out of the inning.
Almora, however, was then sent back to second base after the umpires correctly called a ground-rule double.
Unfortunately for the Cubs, the lucky break didn’t help as closer Kenley Jansen came in and took care of business, retiring all three batters he faced without letting an inherited runner score. The Dodgers won 6-1 and now lead the NLCS three games to none. They’ll try to punch their ticket to the World Series on Wednesday.