Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia is responsible for what very well may be the base running play of the season to date as he found a way to score from first base on an infield grounder on Monday afternoon against the Orioles.
Arcia singled to lead off the bottom of the third inning against reliever Jimmy Yacabonis. With an 0-2 count, Brent Suter faked a bunt and instead swung, weakly hitting a grounder just to the left of the pitcher’s mound. The Orioles’ infield was preparing for the pitcher to bunt, of course. And then this happened:
The blame here goes to Yacabonis for throwing the ball too quickly back to Manny Machado instead of running Arcia back up the third base line. And catcher Welington Castillo couldn’t seem to figure out what to do on the play. He was in Machado’s way covering third base and then got in Ruben Tejada‘s way, allowing Arcia to finally cross the plate safely.
Earlier, a young fan was struck by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium and had to be carried out before being taken to a hospital. Fortunately, it seems that the fan is okay.
As usual, when a scary incident such as today’s occurs, players come out in full support of expanding the protective netting at ballparks. Twins second baseman Brian Dozier as well as Yankees third baseman Todd Frazier and shortstop Didi Gregorius all said as much after Wednesday afternoon’s game.
Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis has also been a very vocal proponent of increased netting. For the most part, the players are pretty much all in agreement about the subject. It’s only a vocal minority of fans who seem to think that their ability to snag a random souvenir or have an unimpeded view supersedes the safety of their neighbors.
Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton continued his march towards 60 home runs, hitting No. 56 in Wednesday afternoon’s win against the Mets. The Marlins, leading 7-2 prior to Stanton’s two-run blast in the bottom of the eighth, didn’t need the extra run support but welcomed it all the same. Mets reliever Erik Goeddel tossed a 1-1, 78 MPH curve that caught too much of the plate.
After Wednesday’s action, Stanton is batting .279/.378/.634 with 120 RBI and 116 runs scored along with the 56 dingers in 646 plate appearances. The last player to hit at least 56 home runs in a season was Ryan Howard (58) in 2006. Stanton’s is the 19th player-season of at least 56 homers.