Fox has canceled the baseball drama “Pitch” after one season.
The show, which was developed in partnership with Major League Baseball, focused on the character of Genevieve Baker, who becomes the first woman to play in the majors when she gets called up by the San Diego Padres. Baker was played by Kylie Bunbury. The show also starred Dan Lauria as the Padres manager and Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Baker’s veteran catcher.
The series’ ratings started relatively strong when it premiered in September, sank slowly and, eventually, Fox ratcheted back its promotion of the show. It had a dedicated core following, which often allows for shows to find new homes on other networks or streaming services, but given the MLB partnership, the league’s relations with Fox and the no doubt high costs of producing the show, “Pitch” is probably gone for good.
Rays catcher Wilson Ramos had to exit Monday night’s game against the Orioles in the fifth inning after suffering a head injury. Ruben Tejada broke his bat on a ground out and the barrel hit Ramos in his helmet. Rich Dubroff reports that Ramos needed six staples to close a laceration on his head.
Ramos will continue to be evaluated under MLB’s concussion protocol. He may wind up on the seven-day concussion disabled list.
Ramos, 29, entered Monday’s action batting .222/.259/.426 with three home runs and 11 RBI in 59 plate appearances. He was 0-for-2 before being replaced by Jesus Sucre.
Orioles third baseman Manny Machado and second baseman Jonathan Schoop teamed up to turn an impressive 5-4-3 double play in the bottom of the first inning of Monday night’s game against the Rays.
Steven Souza, Jr. led off the frame with a single. Corey Dickerson struck out, bringing Evan Longoria to the dish. Longoria sharply grounded a 1-2 fastball from Kevin Gausman to Machado, who showcased his strong arm with a perfect feed to Schoop at the second base bag despite his momentum taking him towards into territory. Schoop made an off-balance throw to first to complete the twin-killing.
The Orioles took the lead in the top of the third when Adam Jones hit a solo home run off of Ian Snell.