It wouldn’t be a proper postseason series without something bizarre happening. During Game 2 of the ALCS on Saturday, Todd Frazier supplied the Yankees’ daily dose of weird baseball. He skied an 0-1 pitch from Justin Verlander to left field in the fifth inning, where it came to rest in the chain link fence separating the outfield from the visitor’s bullpen.
George Springer did his best to dislodge the ball by throwing his mitt against the wall, but in the end, it was pried loose from the other side of the fence and Frazier was awarded a ground-rule RBI double, plating Aaron Hicks to tie the game.
Thankfully for Verlander, that’s all the damage the Yankees were able to muster. Chase Headley followed Frazier’s double with an inning-ending line out, leaving the score tied 1-1 in the fifth.
The Reds lost their first arbitration case of the offseason, per a report from Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Second baseman Scooter Gennett was awarded the $5.7 million salary figure he was seeking from the team, a $600,000 bump over the $5.1 million they countered with last month.
Gennett, 27, is coming off of a career-best performance in 2017. After getting claimed off of waivers by the Reds last March, he broke out with an impressive .295/.342/.531 batting line, 27 home runs and 2.4 fWAR in 497 plate appearances. By season’s end, he ranked among the top five most productive second basemen in the National League (and 12th overall). He’s currently set to remain under team control through 2019.
Gennett was only the second Reds player to go to an arbitration hearing this winter. Fellow infielder Eugenio Suarez was defeated in arbitration last week and stands to make just $3.75 million compared to the $4.2 million he filed for in January. All 22 arbitration cases have now been resolved. Twelve were decided in favor of the players.