Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado broke the Rockies’ club record when he hit in his 28th consecutive game on Thursday night, but the pursuit of Joe DiMaggio’s Major League record 56-game hitting streak was halted at the halfway point. Against Reds starter Johnny Cueto and reliever Jonathan Broxton on Friday, Arenado went 0-for-3 with a walk, snapping the bid.
In his first three plate appearances, Arenado struck out, grounded out to first, and popped out to first. He had what appeared to be his final shot at keeping the streak alive in the ninth inning, but worked the count well and ultimately drew a walk. He quickly came around to score on Justin Morneau’s double, tying the game at 3-3. However, Joey Votto squelched any hope for a fifth at-bat, leading off the bottom of the ninth with a walk-off solo home run against Rockies lefty reliever Boone Logan.
During the streak, which lasted from April 9 to May 8, Arenado slashed .360/.383/.568 with four home runs and 20 RBI.
Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays and starter Marco Estrada are nearing an agreement on a contract extension. The deal is expected to be for one guaranteed year, Morosi adds.
Estrada, 34, was set to become a free agent after the season. He earned $26 million on a two-year contract signed with the Jays in November 2015. While the right-hander has a subpar 4.84 ERA on the season, he has a solid 170/67 K/BB ratio in 176 2/3 innings and has looked much better since the end of July. Between July 31 and his most recent start on Saturday, Estrada owns a 3.75 ERA.
J.A. Happ is the only other starter technically under contract with the Jays next season. Marcus Stroman will be eligible for his second year of arbitration and the Jays will certainly agree to give him a raise on his $3.4 million salary for the 2017 season. The Jays will likely be active this offseason in adding rotation help and they’re starting early by locking up Estrada.
Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. robbed Orioles first baseman Chris Davis of his 25th home run on Tuesday evening, leaping at the fence in center field to make the catch and keep the game scoreless in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Davis swung at the first pitch he saw from Drew Pomeranz, a slider that crossed the middle of the plate.
This game has potential playoff implications, as the first-place Red Sox hold a three-game lead over the Yankees in the NL East. Meanwhile, the Orioles are still in the AL Wild Card race, trailing the Twins by 5.5 games for the second Wild Card slot.