Not satisfied with Saturday night’s gruesome collision between Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp and Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez, the baseball gods saw fit for Marlins outfielders Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna to slam into each other chasing a Ryan Zimmerman line drive in the fourth inning of Sunday’s game at Nationals Park.
The Marlins were ahead 2-0 when Ryan Zimmerman led off the bottom of the fourth inning against Jose Fernandez. The veteran laced a 2-2 curve to right-center field, sending center fielder Ozuna and right fielder Stanton towards each other at the warning track. The two appeared to trip each other up with their legs. Stanton appeared to hit the scoreboard on the wall, while Ozuna fell hard on his back. Zimmerman raced around the bases for an easy inside-the-park home run, cutting the Nationals’ deficit to 2-1.
Thankfully, both players were able to stand up on their own power and remain in the game after being tended to by manager Don Mattingly and a trainer.
Zimmerman’s inside-the-parker is just the third in Nationals history, joining Willie Harris (2010) and Austin Kearns (2007). The only other player with an inside-the-park home run is Jean Segura, who achieved his on April 7 when Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber suffered a season-ending injury.
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Yankees OF/DH Carlos Beltran joined the 400 home run club on Sunday against the White Sox, drilling a two-run home run in the sixth inning to put his team in the lead at 5-4. The dinger came on a 2-2 fastball from lefty reliever Zach Duke, who came in to turn the switch-hitting Beltran from the left side to the right side of the plate.
Beltran is the 54th player in baseball history to join the 400-homer club and just the fourth switch-hitter along with Mickey Mantle, Eddie Murray, and Chipper Jones. He can soon move into a tie for 53rd place on the all-time list with Duke Snider at 407. Beltran, a future Hall of Famer, is also only the fifth player in baseball history with 400 career homers and 300 career stolen bases, joining Alex Rodriguez, Barry Bonds, Andre Dawson, and Willie Mays.
Beltran, 39, entered the afternoon hitting .244/.274/.465 and now has eight home runs and 18 RBI on the year.
Saturday night’s game between the Reds and Phillies ended in dramatic fashion. The Phillies were in danger of relinquishing a one-run lead — a situation in which they have otherwise been very successful this season — with reliever David Hernandez on the mound in the ninth inning. The Reds had runners on second and third with one out in a 4-3 ballgame.
Hernandez threw a curve ball that hung way too high to Jordan Pacheco, who skied it to left fielder Tyler Goeddel. Goeddel picked up momentum, made the catch, and fired a laser that hit catcher Cameron Rupp‘s mitt right as Eugenio Suarez attempted to touch home plate. The two collided very hard, but Rupp was able to hang onto the ball, ending the game in a 4-3 victory for the Phillies.
Rupp passed concussion tests, according to Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly, but he’s dealing with a sore left ankle.
Entering Sunday’s series finale with the Reds, the 22-15 Phillies were 14-3 in one-run games. They’re currently out-performing their expected won-lost record (based on run differential) by seven games.
Rangers infielder Jurickson Profar hasn’t played in the majors since 2013 due to recurring shoulder issues. In the time since, Rougned Odor has emerged as the Rangers’ answer at second base. Meanwhile, Elvis Andrus with his eight-year, $120 million contract — $88 million of which remains after this season — isn’t going anywhere.
Profar understands that his next opportunity to play regularly in the majors may not come with the Rangers. Via Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Profar said, “There’s a lot of teams, and I’m showing that I’m doing good. Maybe I have to go to another team, and I have no problem with that. I know I’m going to be in the big leagues pretty soon. I’m just getting ready for that. I just want to be in the big leagues and win. If it’s here or anywhere else, I’m ready.”
Profar, 23, has spent the season with Triple-A Round Rock, compiling a .271/.353/.373 triple-slash line with six doubles, a pair of home runs, 13 RBI, and 20 runs scored in 133 plate appearances.
The Brewers announced on Thursday night the club has acquired pitcher Jhan Mariñez from the Rays in exchange for cash. To create room on the 40-man roster, the Brewers designated pitcher Michael Kirkman for assignment.
Kirkman, 29, gave up a run in his only appearance in the majors with the Brewers. The Brewers had claimed him off waivers from the Padres last week.
Mariñez, 27, pitched 3 2/3 innings for the Rays after starting the season at Triple-A Durham, yielding a run on two hits with no walks and three strikeouts.