Saturday’s Nationals-Dodgers game had it all.
Nats ace Stephen Strasburg fanned nine batters and yielded just one run over seven stellar frames.
Nats phenom Bryce Harper made his major league debut, tallying his first hit (a double to center), his first RBI (on a sacrifice fly) and showing off his elite arm with a missile from left field to home plate.
But it was baseball’s best all-around player who ultimately stole the show. After being stymied in three at-bats against Strasburg, Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp launched a Tom Gorzelanny pitch deep into the night to give Los Angeles a 4-3 walkoff win in the bottom of the 10th inning at Chavez Ravine. Kemp is now batting .442/.506/.922 with 11 home runs and 24 RBI in 21 games. He’s on another planet, people.
Your Saturday box scores:
Nationals 3, Dodgers 4
Angels 2, Indians 1
Brewers 3, Cardinals 7
Tigers 7, Yankees 5
Mariners 0, Blue Jays 7
Astros 0, Reds 6
Athletics 1, Orioles 10
Cubs 2, Phillies 5
Red Sox 1, White Sox 0
Pirates 4, Braves 2
Diamondbacks 2, Marlins 3
Rays 2, Rangers 7
Mets 7, Rockies 5
Padres 1, Giants 2
Royals, Twins (Postponed)
The Astros remain in contact with the Athletics on starting pitcher Sonny Gray, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. The Astros have added Charlie Morton this offseason, but the club has been trying to add a big-name starting pitcher to put at the top of the rotation behind Dallas Keuchel.
Gray, 27, was limited to 22 starts in the 2016 season due to a forearm issue. His stats left a lot to be desired, as he finished with a 5-11 record, a 5.69 ERA, and a 94/42 K/BB ratio over 117 innings. Considering how Gray pitched in the previous three years, he’s a good bet to bounce back.
Gray is under team control through 2019, which is a big draw for the Astros. Needless to say, the Athletics would want a haul in terms of prospects. Gray will earn $3.575 million in 2017, having avoided arbitration in his first year of eligibility.
As we noted last week, The Chicago Cubs took the unusual step of not waiting until the summer after winning the World Series to make their customary White House visit to meet the president. They did it today, seeing President Obama a few short days before he leaves office.
Despite the fact that Obama is a White Sox fan, he met the Cubs with diplomacy and grace. It’s almost as if he’s been in that business for the past eight years. In return, he was given some gifts by the Cubs: Theo Epstein presented Obama with a No. 44 Cubs jersey, a tile from the center field scoreboard at Wrigley Field, and a lifetime pass to Wrigley as well.
Obama is staying in D.C. after he leaves office this week, hanging around so his daughter can finish high school in the same place she started. Even so, he’s likely going to be back to Chicago a good bit over the rest of his life, so he’ll likely be able to put the free pass to work. Assuming it comes with, like, six companion passes for his Secret Service detail.