Sorry for the lack of an “And That Happened” this morning, but I have little time. I’m taking the kids to a special summer excursion today, part of which includes this afternoon’s Dodgers-Reds game. Yes, the boy and I will both be wearing our Puig shirseys. Mookie will be wearing her Kershaw shirt. We’re going to annoy Cincinnati people by rooting in full-throated fashion for the Dodgers. Why? Because that’s what my son said we had to do today. Plus, it’ll be fun.
A lot more fun if the Dodgers’ bats don’t get sawed off the way Johnny Cueto sawed ’em off yesterday. Twelve strikeouts in six shutout innings. I’m assuming Alfredo doesn’t do the same thing today.
Anyway, last night’s box scores:
Reds 5, Dodgers 0
Phillies 3, Padres 0
Twins 7, Blue Jays 2
Pirates 4, Cubs 2
Royals 4, Indians 1
Orioles 6, Red Sox 0
Brewers 3, Mets 1
Rays 6, Cardinals 3
Rockies 8, Braves 2
Rangers 6, Marlins 0
Nationals 6, Giants 2
White Sox 8, Tigers 2
Astros 5, Diamondbacks 1
Athletics 7, Angels 1
Yankees 4, Mariners 2
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.