There is a mere 1.5-game separation between the three teams at the top of the NL Central standings.
Reds speedster Billy Hamilton was at it again on Saturday afternoon, entering as a pinch-runner in the bottom of the 10th inning and scoring the game-winning run as Cincinnati downed the Dodgers 4-3. Hamilton stole his fourth base in four chances to put himself in scoring position and crossed the plate for the third time as a major leaguer. He has yet to take an at-bat but has already been a difference-maker.
In St. Louis, the Cardinals happily welcomed the return of the real Adam Wainwright, who fought past his recent struggles and delivered seven shutout innings against the Pirates in an eventual 5-0 victory.
The win vaulted the Cards ahead of the Bucs for first place in the division.
Your Saturday box scores and recaps:
White Sox 3, Orioles 4 (10 innings)
Red Sox 13, Yankees 9
Dodgers 3, Reds 4 (10 innings)
Astros 1, Athletics 2
Brewers 5, Cubs 3
Mets 4, Indians 9
Braves 5, Phillies 6
Tigers 3, Royals 4
Blue Jays 11, Twins 2
Nationals 9, Marlins 2
Pirates 0, Cardinals 5
Rockies 1, Padres 2
Diamondbacks 2, Giants 1
Rangers 3, Angels 8
Rays 2, Mariners 6
Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.
Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.
The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.