As we mentioned in this morning’s recaps, the Angels came back from a 5-0 deficit against the Rangers in Anaheim. The winning run came on a walkoff squeeze bunt, with Jeremy Jeffress getting the loss in the 10th. Texas wouldn’t have even been playing in the 10th, however, if their closer had taken care of business in the ninth.
That closer — for the moment anyway — is Sam Dyson, who gave up three runs on four hits while trying to convert what, on paper anyway, is the easiest of saves. He allowed a leadoff homer to Danny Espinosa, a double to Yunel Escobar, an RBI double to Mike Trout and an RBI single to Albert Pujols. Just like that the game was tied at five, setting the stage for Carlos Perez’s bunty heroics in the final frame.
Dyson has come in to two save situations this season and has blown them both. He likewise lost the Rangers’ Opening Day game, entering it with things tied up only to allow three runs on four hits in two-thirds of an inning.
Last night, after the Angels win, Rangers manager Jeff Banister said “we can’t continue to lose games like this.” I’d read “like this” to mean “with Sam Dyson pitching in the ninth.” Matt Bush? Jeremy Jeffress? Time to get ready for your closeup.
UPDATE: OK, maybe not Matt Bush.
The Diamondbacks announced on Monday that starter Shelby Miller has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation. Miller will get a second opinion on his elbow on Tuesday, per MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert. Pitcher Silvino Bracho has been called up from Triple-A Reno to take Miller’s spot on the roster.
Miller, 26, left Sunday’s start with what was described at the time as forearm tightness. Through his first four starts, Miller is carrying a 4.09 ERA with a 20/12 K/BB ratio in 22 innings.
Bracho, 24, has pitched quite well in 6 2/3 innings of relief at Reno. He’s given up just one unearned run on four hits and a walk (intentional) with 12 strikeouts.
Archie Bradley figures to take Miller’s spot in the starting rotation as Bracho will work middle relief.
And John Lackey is livid.
The Brewers’ first baseman homered in each of his first two plate appearances against Reds starter Amir Garrett on Monday evening, helping his team to a 6-1 lead after two frames. The first was a solo blast in the first inning, and the second was a two-run shot to the opposite field in the second inning.
According to MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, Thames has tied the Brewers’ record for home runs in April with 10. Carlos Lee also hit 10 homers in April 2006.
Seven of Thames’ 10 home runs have come against the Reds. Including his first two at-bats on Monday night, Thames is hitting .379/.474/.924 with 17 RBI along with the 10 dingers. Not too shabby from a guy the Brewers signed to a three-year, $16 million contract during the offseason.
Lackey and Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio both recently implied Thames is using performance-enhancing drugs, but Thames was tested immediately after last Monday’s game against the Cubs.