Update (6:59 PM EDT): Mejia went 0-for-3 with a walk and an RBI ground out on Sunday afternoon, so his 50-game hitting streak is officially over with no controversy.
Indians catching prospect Francisco Mejia entered Saturday’s game against Single-A Winston-Salem with a 49-game hitting streak. Unfortunately, it seemed, he finished the game 0-for-4 with a walk, but an hour after the game, the official scorer turned an error charged to third baseman Gerson Montilla into a hit. That made Mejia 1-for-4 with a double and extended his hitting streak to 50 games.
In the third inning, Mejia hit a weak grounder to third base that found its way underneath Montilla’s glove. Montilla didn’t appear to have made any contact with the ball. It did appear to be a play he should have made, however.
Mejia’s team, the Lynchburg Hillcats, issued this statement after the game regarding the scoring decision, MLB.com’s Daniel Kramer reports:
After reviewing additional data and watching video of the play, the official scorer decided to rule Mejia’s batted ball in the third inning a double. The video review showed that the ball was struck far enough away from the backhand of the third baseman (Montilla) and hit with enough force and topspin to prevent Montilla from making the play with ordinary effort. Based on this, the official scorer changed the error to a hit.
Mejia, 20, is hitting .348/.380/.523 with 39 extra-base hits, 72 RBI, and 56 runs scored in 375 plate appearances this seasonb etween Single-A Lake County and High-A Lynchburg. MLB Pipeline rates Mejia as the Indians’ fourth-best prospect and 95th overall in baseball.
Mejia also made an appearance at the Futures Game as part of the 2016 All-Star Game festivities last month at Petco Park. He went 1-for-3 with a run scored.
Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton suffered a strained left groin on the final play of Saturday’s 8-7 loss to the White Sox. The MRI showed the strain to be “serious,” MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reports — serious enough that manager Don Mattingly expects Stanton to miss the rest of the season. The club has placed him and teammate Adam Conley (sore hand) on the 15-day disabled list, Frisaro reports.
Facing closer David Robertson with two outs and the bases empty in the bottom of the ninth inning, Stanton hit a pop fly to shallow right-center. Adam Eaton charged in and attempted to make a sliding grab, but it bounced off of him. Stanton attempted to take second base on the play but appeared to suffer his injury about 10 feet from the bag and he was tagged out for the final out of the game.
The Marlins entered play Sunday at 60-56, 8.5 games behind the first-place Nationals and a half-game out of the second National League Wild Card slot. Needless to say, losing Stanton will hamper their playoff hopes.
Stanton, 26, is hitting .244/.329/.496 with 25 home runs and 70 RBI in 432 plate appearances this season. The slugger’s absence will mean regular playing time for Ichiro Suzuki.
Update #2 (4:20 PM EDT): Betts did get a sixth trip to the plate on Sunday, but he grounded out to third base to end the bottom of the eighth inning. He finishes the afternoon 4-for-6 with the trio of homers and eight RBI.
Update (3:40 PM EDT): Betts flied out to Socrates Brito in right-center field in the sixth inning. The Red Sox will need to put a few runners on base if Betts is going to get another at-bat in this game.
Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts is having himself an afternoon at Fenway Park. Through five innings of Sunday afternoon’s contest against the Diamondbacks, he is 4-for-4 with a two-run home run and three two-run homers, as well as a single.
Betts opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning, smacking a two-run homer off of starter Zack Greinke. In the second, facing Greinke again, Betts lined a home run that just barely cleared the Green Monster in left field. Because it was caught by a fan who might have been reaching over, the call was reviewed but Betts’ three-run jack was upheld. Then, in the fifth, facing reliever Adam Loewen, Betts cranked another three-run home run to left field. That one didn’t need to be reviewed.
Betts already had a three-homer game this season, doing so on May 31 against the Orioles. It’s the 16th three-homer game of the 2016 season in the majors. Michael Saunders has the year’s only other eight-RBI game, victimizing the Orioles on June 17. Poor Orioles.
The Red Sox continued to pressure the Diamondbacks’ pitching, scoring two more runs after Betts’ fifth-inning home run. Betts will certainly have one more at-bat to attempt to hit his fourth homer of the game. If things keep going the way they’re going, he’ll get two chances. The Rangers’ Josh Hamilton owns baseball’s last four-homer game, doing so on May 8, 2012 against — wait for it — the Orioles.
Betts entered Sunday’s action batting .309/.349/.541 with 23 home runs, 76 RBI, 87 runs scored, and 18 stolen bases in 524 plate appearances.