The best record in Major League Baseball belongs to the Athletics. So does the longest winning streak.
Jesse Chavez allowed just three hits over seven scoreless innings and Coco Crisp hit a walkoff RBI single in the bottom of the 10th as Oakland defeated the visiting Red Sox 2-1 on Saturday afternoon at O.co Coliseum. It was the fifth victory in a row for the A’s, who are now 47-28 on the season with a shiny +136 run differential. The next-closest run differential in the big leagues belongs to the Giants at +46.
Chavez, who had started just four games before this season, owns a fantastic 2.71 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in 93 innings (15 starts). The 30-year-old right-hander opened the 2014 campaign with a 5.48 career ERA in 234 2/3 innings (mostly relief).
Your box scores and recaps from Saturday …
Orioles 6, Yankees 1
Mariners 2, Royals 1
White Sox 3, Twins 4
Red Sox 1, Athletics 2 (10 innings)
Blue Jays 1, Reds 11
Phillies 1, Cardinals 4
Brewers 9, Rockies 4
Mets 4, Marlins 0
Astros 0, Rays 8
Tigers 5, Indians 4 (10 innings)
Pirates 5, Cubs 3
Braves 0, Nationals 3
Rangers 2, Angels 3 (10 innings)
Dodgers 4, Padres 2
Giants 6, Diamondbacks 4
Nationals’ outfielder Adam Eaton was carried off the field after stumbling over first base on Friday night. In the ninth inning of the Nationals’ 7-5 loss to the Mets, Eaton appeared to catch his ankle on the bag as he ran out an infield single, suffering a leg injury on the fall. He was unable to put pressure on his left leg after the play and required assistance by two of the Nationals’ athletic trainers as he exited the field.
Eaton is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Saturday, but Nationals’ manager Dusty Baker told reporters that it “doesn’t look too good.” It’s the first significant leg injury the outfielder has sustained since 2014, when he went on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring strain. He’ll likely be replaced by Michael Taylor in center field for the next couple of games, though that could be a temporary fix as the Nationals seek a better solution during Eaton’s recovery process.
It’s been just over a week since Giants’ left-hander Madison Bumgarner got a serious scare after a nasty dirt bike accident. He escaped with bruised ribs and a Grade 2 strain of his left shoulder AC joint, but there was some speculation that the injuries would cause a significant, if not permanent, setback in the southpaw’s career. Thankfully, things aren’t looking quite so bleak today. Not only will Bumgarner not require surgery, but he could return as soon as the week following the All-Star break, the Giants said Friday.
Of course, that timeline is wholly dependent on how smoothly the recovery process goes, so nothing is set in stone yet. NBC Sports Bay Area’s Alex Pavlovic estimates 2-3 months of rest and rehab, including “two months before he can get back on the mound and then another three to four weeks of throwing and rehab starts before he’s big league-ready.” It’s a long and laborious schedule, but still looks much better than any surgical alternative.
Prior to the accident, Bumgarner was working on a solid start to the 2017 season. He maintained a 3.00 ERA, 1.3 BB/9 and 9.3 SO/9 through 27 innings with the club, though his average 1.75 runs of support per start fed into an 0-3 record.