Astros shortstop Carlos Correa hit a pair of home runs during Wednesday’s loss to the Yankees, including an impressive 462-foot drive to center field. He now has three in the early going, and he’s quickest to 25 career home runs by a shortstop at 101 games, besting Nomar Garciaparra’s 134.
Before the game, Correa joined Matthew Stucko for an interview on the YES Network and did an impersonation of broadcaster Michael Kay calling one of his home runs. Perhaps he was just foreshadowing the future.
Ender Inciarte‘s defense will be one of few bright spots for the Braves this season, as the club is expected to challenge the Phillies for the ignominious honor of being baseball’s worst team. The Braves acquired Inciarte from the Diamondbacks in the Shelby Miller trade this past December. And he might not be a Brave by the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline.
For now, the Braves will enjoy Inciarte while they have him. With Bryce Harper on first base with no outs in the fourth inning of Wednesday’s game against the Nationals, Ryan Zimmerman drove a Bud Norris fastball into the gap in right-center. It looked like a sure double, but Inciarte ran it down and caught it with a dive. He then had the presence of mind to get up and fire a strike to first base to double off Harper.
The 2016 season has been rough for the Padres. They were historically embarrassed 15-0 on Monday, got shut out again on Tuesday, and were trailing 4-0 in the fourth inning on Wednesday. They were facing Kenta Maeda, making his major league debut.
Despite all of the runs, the Dodgers had yet to hit a home run. Maeda changed that with one swing of the bat, hitting a solo home run to left field off of Andrew Cashner in the fourth inning.
I guess you can say Cashner… Maeda mistake.
Maeda hit two home runs for the Hiroshima Carp of the Japan Central League, in 2008 and in 2015.
MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo reports that Marlins pitching prospect Tyler Kolek underwent Tommy John surgery on Wednesday. That’ll keep him out of action for the 2016 season likely some of the 2017 season.
Kolek, 20, was selected by the Marlins in the first round (second overall) in the 2014 draft. The Astros selected Brady Aiken ahead of him and the White Sox took Carlos Rodon third.
In 108 2/3 innings at Single-A Greensboro last season, Kolek compiled a 4.56 ERA with an 81/61 K/BB ratio.
The Astros found themselves in a 6-1 hole after the first inning during Wednesday night’s game against the Yankees, but George Springer helped them claw back into the game, slugging a grand slam to left field off of Michael Pineda in the top of the second inning to make it a 6-5 game. It’s the first grand slam of the 26-year-old’s career.
Unfortunately for the Astros, Starlin Castro immediately took three of those runs back as he hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the second. Mark Teixeira added a three-run shot of his own in the third, pushing the Yankees’ lead to 12-5.
Carlos Correa gave the Astros their first run with a solo home run and hit another solo shot in the fifth, so there’s been a lot of power at Yankee Stadium tonight.