Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper didn’t start, but he still took sole possession for the major league in home runs at nine, tying Sunday’s game between the Twins and Nationals at four in the bottom of the ninth. Harper, pinch-hitting for Michael Taylor, worked a full count against reliever Kevin Jepsen, then drilled a 96 MPH fastball to center field.
The reigning NL MVP is now hitting .323/.405/.855 with 23 RBI and the MLB-best nine dingers.
The Nationals needed more than Harper’s home run, however. Chris Heisey won it in the bottom of the 16th with a walk-off solo home run off of Michael Tonkin.
On Friday, Dodgers outfielder made one of the greatest throws ever, throwing out Trevor Story at third base from deep right-center. He continued to play stellar defense during Sunday’s series finale, robbing Brandon Barnes of a double and two RBI with a running catch into the fence in right-center field.
The Rockies were on the war path that inning until Puig’s catch squelched them. They had scored three two-out runs against Dodgers starter Alex Wood. But the Dodgers are holding onto a 7-5 lead in the eighth as of this writing.
Umpire Laz Diaz had a split second to react and get out of the way of a screaming Drew Butera line drive during the bottom of the fifth inning of Sunday’s game between the Orioles and Royals. Thankfully, Diaz succeeded and was able to spin himself to safety, though it involved taking a seat in the dirt behind third base.
The effort earned Diaz a round of applause and a helping hand from Royals third base coach Mike Jirschele.
Angels DH Albert Pujols tied Reggie Jackson for 13th on baseball’s all-time home run leaderboard with his 563rd career home run on Sunday against the Mariners. With Mike Trout on first base, Pujols drilled a 1-2 Wade Miley fastball out to left-center for a no-doubt two-run homer.
Pujols entered the at-bat hitless in his previous 26 at-bats. His last hit, prior to that, was a two-run home run in the first inning against the Twins’ Kyle Gibson on April 17.
Pujols would single in his second at-bat, bringing his triple-slash line up to .157/.234/.300 along with three home runs and 12 RBI.
Indians starter Carlos Carrasco strained his left hamstring covering first base on a ground ball during the bottom of the third inning of Sunday’s game against the Tigers. He’s traveling back to Cleveland to undergo an MRI, but manager Terry Francona says the right-hander will be placed on the 15-day disabled list, per Zack Meisel of Cleveland.com.
Trevor Bauer relieved Carrasco and yielded two runs in 3 1/3 innings. Bauer is likely to be the Indians’ first choice to join the rotation in Carrasco’s absence. Including Sunday’s outing, Bauer has a 4.76 ERA with a 14/5 K/BB ratio in 11 1/3 innings.