How about this for an inning of work:
– Walk (one run)
– Single (two runs)
– Sac fly (one run)
– Infield single, E1 (one run)
– E6 (one run)
That was Alfredo Aceves’ third inning in what had been a 0-0 game between Oakland and Boston. What the above doesn’t show is that the infield single was Aceves’ fault. First baseman Mike Napoli made a great diving stop on the ball, but Aceves was late breaking from the mound to cover and Josh Reddick beat him to first base. Aceves then made a half-hearted throw home as the runner from second tried to score and the ball eluded Jarrod Saltalamacchia, giving the A’s their fifth run and putting Reddick on second. Reddick came around to make it 6-0 on a Will Middlebrooks error.
Aceves managed to keep the Red Sox in games in his first two starts in John Lackey’s place, winning one and taking a no-decision in the other. Tonight’s was pretty much a disaster, though, and he’s likely headed back to the pen with Lackey potentially returning Sunday. He’ll need to throw better there or risk being dropped from the roster sometime next month.
Jaime Garcia has been at the center of trade talks for several days now, but on Friday night, he commanded center stage for an entirely different reason. The Braves’ southpaw went head-to-head with Dodgers’ lefty Alex Wood and mashed his first career grand slam: a two-out, 399-foot blast that cleared the wall in right field and put the Braves up 9-0 in the fifth inning.
The bases-loaded knock was the third career home run for Garcia, whose contributions at the plate have been few and far between over his nine-year track in the major leagues. Not only did the homer mark an impressive career first for the 30-year-old, but it was just the second pitcher grand slam in Braves’ history and the first since 1966.
Garcia looked almost as impressive on the mound during Friday’s series opener, issuing one run, four hits and three strikeouts through his first six innings. The Braves currently lead the Dodgers 12-1 in the top of the seventh inning.
As for whether the slam will affect negotiations between the Braves and Twins? MLB.com’s Mike Petriello put it best:
Athletics’ first baseman Ryon Healy had a scary moment during Friday’s loss to the Mets. Lucas Duda smacked a single to the first base side, where the ball took a high hop and caught Healy in the left temple. He crumpled to the ground after getting struck by the one-hopper, but was eventually able to stand and walk off the field with assistance from a trainer.
Prior to the injury, Healy went 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI single in the first inning. He was replaced by Yonder Alonso, who finished off the rest of the night’s 7-5 loss with a walk in two plate appearances.
Following the game, manager Bob Melvin told reporters that Healy did not appear to have sustained a concussion as a result of the hit. Healy said he thinks he’ll be good to go for Saturday’s game, though a final decision likely won’t be made until tomorrow.