We noted earlier this week that Rafael Palmeiro signed with the independent Sugar Land Skeeters to play with his son Patrick for the final three games of the season. The 50-year-old made his debut last night and showed that he’s still got it.
Palmeiro, who last appeared in the majors in 2005, went 2-for-4 with an RBI, a walk, and a run scored. He hit a punched a bouncer through the middle for his first hit and later hit one to left-center field to drive in a run. Meanwhile, 25-year-old Patrick went 2-for-4 with a grand slam. You can watch some highlights here.
Palmeiro told Brett Dolan of SportsRadio 610 after the game that while his “body hurts a little bit,” watching his son’s grand slam is something he’ll never forget.
“It was unreal,” he explained. “Something I will remember. I had some big moments and watched a lot of great things in my career but that ranks right up there as one of the greatest. Being in the on deck circle, bases loaded, to see that ball off the bat, it was a special thing.”
No matter what you think of the PED cloud surrounding Palmeiro, it’s cool that he’s getting the opportunity to play with his son.
Diamondbacks outfielder A.J. Pollock has enjoyed a breakout season at the plate, but he can also get it done defensively. Check out this leaping catch which robbed Giants outfielder Jarrett Parker of a home run…
Pollock also went 2-for-4 with a run scored as part of a 2-0 victory. The 27-year-old is batting .316/.364/.495 with 17 home runs, 67 RBI, and 35 stolen bases over 142 games this season. He’s fourth in the majors with 99 runs scored.
It wasn’t too long ago that the Royals were running away with the best record in the American League. However, the surging Blue Jays are threatening to crash the party.
Making his second start back from a torn ACL, Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman tossed seven innings of one-run ball in a 6-1 win over the Red Sox last night. He allowed six hits and one walk while striking out three batters. Originally thought to be lost for the season, he could be a huge weapon in the postseason.
Meanwhile, the Royals lost 5-4 to the Tigers in 12 innings after an implosion from struggling closer Greg Holland. After the Royals took the lead in the top of the 12th, Holland allowed a bases-loaded walk to Tyler Collins bring in the tying run before Dixon Machado hit a walk-off single. He’s becoming a big problem for the Royals.
The Blue Jays — who are a season-high 4 1/2 games ahead of the Yankees in the AL East — are now 85-62 on the year. They are just one game behind the Royals (86-61) for the best record in the American League.
Your Friday box scores and AP recaps:
Cardinals 3, Cubs 8
Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 6
Marlins 4, Nationals 5 (10 innings)
Royals 4, Tigers 5 (12 innings)
Yankees 1, Mets 5
Phillies 1, Braves 2
Reds 5, Brewers 3
Orioles 6, Rays 8
Padres 4, Rockies 7
Mariners 3, Rangers 1
Pirates 2, Dodgers 6
Athletics 4, Astros 3
Diamondbacks 2, Giants 0
Angels/Twins – PPD