Detroit hitting coach Lloyd McClendon has vowed not to change his underwear until the Tigers lose again and they’re riding a 12-game winning streak that dates back to September 2.
“Guys are getting a little uncomfortable standing next to me now,” McClendon told Bob Nightengale of USA Today. “They believe they can’t be beat. So if this thing keeps going, it can ugly.”
Luckily for McClendon the Tigers’ dugout probably smells of Jim Leyland’s cigarettes enough to mask his stench for at least another few games.
Nightengale notes that the last team with a winning streak longer than 12 games was the A’s in 2002, when they won a record 20 games in a row (which is featured prominently in the Moneyball movie). Coincidentally the Tigers begin a four-game series against the A’s in Oakland tonight.
Rangers outfielder Carlos Gomez made his debut with his new team on Thursday night after a brief stint with Triple-A Round Rock. He started in left field and was inserted into the number eight spot in the Rangers’ batting order.
The Rangers made two quick outs in the bottom of the second inning, with Adrian Beltre grounding out and Rougned Odor striking out. But the inning was kept alive as Jonathan Lucroy singled and advanced to second base on a wild pitch, and then Mitch Moreland walked to bring up Gomez.
Gomez took a first-pitch cutter from Josh Tomlin for a ball, then jumped on another cut fastball, drilling it for a no-doubt three-run home run into the seats in left field at Globe Life Park in Arlington (#29 out of 30 in Craig’s ballpark name rankings).
Here’s the video.
Marlins Park has been around since 2012, but coming into Thursday’s action, the ballpark hadn’t seen any player rob a home run. Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson changed that in Thursday night’s series finale in Miami.
Christian Yelich smoked a 1-2 slider that Edinson Volquez left up in the zone, hitting what looked like a solo home run to straightaway center field. Dyson gave chase, timed his leap, and snagged the ball in spectacular fashion to save a run on Volquez’s behalf.
The Statcast numbers are pretty impressive:
Indeed, Dyson’s snag is the first home run robbery at Marlins Park, according to ESPN Stats & Info.