The Brewers topped the Pirates 7-2 last night behind yet another impressive performance from Zack Greinke, who allowed two runs over 7 2/3 innings while striking out nine and walking just one. Greinke has a 1.75 ERA over his last seven starts and has allowed two earned runs or less in all of them. After a slow start to the season (at least superficially), the 27-year-old right-hander is now 11-4 with a 4.08 ERA. He is averaging an eye-popping 11.22 K/9, which is by far the highest among MLB starters with at least 100 innings pitched.
One of the hottest teams in baseball, the Brewers have won 14 out of their last 16 games. They are now 68-51 on the year and currently sit four games in front of the Cardinals in the National League Central.
Your Friday box scores:
Pirates 2, Brewers 7
Nationals 4, Phillies 2
Tigers 5, Orioles 4
Padres 3, Reds 5
Rays 5, Yankees 1
Giants 1, Marlins 2
Twins 2, Indians 3
Cubs 4, Braves 10
Angels 5, Blue Jays 1
Royals 5, White Sox 1
Rockies 1, Cardinals 6
Rangers 9, Athletics 1
Mets 3, Diamondbacks 4
Red Sox 6, Mariners 4
Astros 0, Dodgers 1 (10 innings)
Earlier, we learned via Tuesday’s report from Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports that Red Sox manager John Farrell could find himself on the hot seat given the team’s slow start and a couple of incidents with Dustin Pedroia and Drew Pomeranz.
Tim Britton of the Providence Journal spoke to Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, who gave Farrell a vote of confidence. Dombrowski said, “We all have our pluses and minuses. But when I see some of the things we’ve talked about, I don’t know how you say that’s John Farrell’s fault. It’s not his fault that we’ve scuffled to pitch in the fifth spot with [Kyle] Kendrick and [Hector] Velazquez. The injury factors. Really in many ways, I tip my hat to our guys, led by John, that we’re in the position that we’re in right now. We’re three and a half out on May 24. There’s a long time to go. We haven’t gotten buried.”
Dombrowski added, “He’s our manager. He’s done fine. If I didn’t think that, then he wouldn’t be in his role.”
Farrell is signed through 2018 as the Red Sox exercised his ’18 option in December. That doesn’t mean the Red Sox can’t let him go, but given the lack of realistic options to step in and fill Farrell’s shoes and Dombrowski’s vote of confidence, it looks like the skipper has job security for now.
The Yankees announced that Jacoby Ellsbury left the game with a concussion and a neck sprain after making a great catch, crashing into the center field wall at Yankee Stadium to snag an Alcides Escobar fly ball for the first out of the first inning Wednesday night against the Royals.
Ellsbury was shaken up after the play, requiring the attention of manager Joe Girardi and trainer Steve Donohue.
Ellsbury initially stayed in the game and finished the top of the first inning. However, Aaron Hicks replaced Ellsbury in center field to start the top of the second inning. Ellsbury was batting sixth and did not have an at-bat prior to exiting.