Braves right fielder Nick Markakis saw his record errorless streak come to an end this afternoon against the Nationals when he bobbled a ball off the bat of Denard Span in the first inning. The error allowed Span to reach second base. You can watch the play here.
Markakis had gone 398 consecutive games without an error, the major league record for a non-pitcher. His last error came on August 10, 2012 as a member of the Orioles.
Markakis just set the record a week ago by passing Darren Lewis, who went 392 games without an error from 1990-1994 with the Athletics and Giants. It’s an interesting tidbit, even if errors only give us a very limited perspective on how good a defender actually is.
Archie Bradley has already been sidelined since June 1 with right shoulder tendinitis, but his road back to the Diamondbacks has hit a snag.
According to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com, Bradley returned to Phoenix to be evaluated following his first minor league rehab start with Triple-A Reno on Wednesday. The exact nature of the setback isn’t yet clear, but Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said “he didn’t feel that great” after the outing. He allowed three runs on six over four innings while striking out three.
Bradley made the Diamondbacks’ Opening Day rotation after a strong showing in spring training, but it’s been a been a rough rookie season for him, as he owns a 5.80 ERA and 23/22 K/BB ratio in 35 2/3 innings over eight starts. He had a stint on the disabled list earlier this year after he was hit in the face by a line drive.
Doug Fister tossed seven scoreless innings against the Braves this afternoon as part of a 7-0 victory. In addition to extending the team’s winning streak to six games, he helped Nationals’ starters set a new franchise record along the way.
As noted by Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com, Nationals starters haven’t given up a run in their last 41 1/3 innings. The streak started with Joe Ross against the Pirates last Friday and followed with Max Scherzer’s no-hitter on Saturday and seven scoreless innings from Gio Gonzalez on Sunday. It has continued this week against the Braves, as Stephen Strasburg threw five shutout innings Tuesday and Jordan Zimmerman turned in eight scoreless last night before Fister kept it going today.
The previous franchise record was set by the 1981 Expos, who had 39 consecutive scoreless innings. This is the longest overall streak in MLB since the 2008 Indians, who had 44 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings. Scherzer will start tomorrow night against the Phillies, so the Nationals have a pretty good chance to surpass that total.
Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom played the role of stopper this afternoon against the Brewers, tossing eight scoreless innings as part of a 2-0 victory. The win snapped a seven-game losing streak for New York.
The Mets had 10 hits this afternoon, which is akin to an offensive explosion for them. They didn’t get anything against Taylor Jungmann, who fired five scoreless innings before exiting, but Wilmer Flores hit an RBI double in the sixth inning and Lucas Duda plated an insurance run with an infield single in the seventh. It wasn’t much, but it was enough for deGrom on this day.
DeGrom cruised for the most part, allowing just four hits while walking none and striking out seven. He allowed a leadoff single to Scooter Gennett in his final inning of work, but managed to induce a double play grounder from Hernan Perez before getting Carlos Gomez to fly out. He threw exactly 100 pitches over his eight innings of work. Jeurys Familia, recently bothered by a groin injury, followed with a scoreless ninth inning for his 20th save of the season.
DeGrom has allowed two earned runs or fewer in eight straight starts and now owns a 2.15 ERA and 100/18 K/BB ratio in 100 1/3 innings over 15 starts this season. He’ll almost certainly be representing the Mets in Cincinnati for the All-Star Game next month.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays have acquired first baseman/outfielder Marc Krauss from the Angels in exchange for minor league right-hander Kyle Winker.
Krauss hit .143 (5-for-35) with one home run and five RBI over 11 games during a brief stint with the Angels in May, but he has spent most of the season in Triple-A. A former second-round pick of the Diamondbacks, the 27-year-old has shown some power and patience in the minors, but he owns an ugly .194/.268/.335 batting line over 392 major league plate appearances and has struck out 28.1 percent of the time. Still, the Rays plan to give him some playing time at first base against right-handed pitching.
To make room for Krauss on the active roster, the Rays are sending Nick Franklin down to Triple-A Durham. Acquired from the Mariners in the three-team David Price deal last July, the 24-year-old was batting just .139 (10-for-72) with one home run and a .455 OPS over 28 games.
Winker, 25, owns a 4.81 ERA with 9.0 K/9 and 4.2 BB/9 over four seasons in the minors. He has pitched between Double-A and Triple-A this season.