The first night of the Dan Jennings experiment ended in a loss, as the Diamondbacks topped the Marlins 3-2 in 13 innings tonight in Miami.
The Marlins were held to six hits all night and their only offense came on a game-tying two-run homer by J.T. Realmuto in the seventh. Dan Haren gave up two runs over eight innings of work for Miami while Arizona’s Rubby De La Rosa went nine.
After pitching a scoreless 12th inning, former Marlins closer Steve Cishek gave up a one-out single to Chris Owings in the 13th. Owings stole second and moved over to third on a ground out before David Peralta hit a go-ahead double into right field. For a moment, it looked like the Marlins had something going in the bottom of the 13th, as Ichiro Suzuki drew a one-out walk against Enrique Burgos before stealing second base. However, the call was overturned on replay on Jeff Baker struck out to end the game.
The Marlins have now lost four in a row and seven out of eight. They sit at a disappointing 16-23 on the year and fell into last place in the National League East after the Phillies’ win over the Rockies tonight.
There was nothing too noteworthy about Jennings during the game, but there was an entertaining moment prior to the game, as Ichiro gave him a tie to wear over his uniform. It was a fitting joke to lighten the mood and Jennings appeared to get a kick out it:
Check out these awesome Batman cleats that Lance McCullers, Jr. wore in his major league debut tonight against the Athletics.
This is apparently within MLB rules. Matt Harvey, who has “Dark Knight” carved into his bats, is probably kicking himself for not thinking of this idea first.
As for how McCullers fared on the mound, he allowed one run on three hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings while striking out five. You can watch video of his first major league strikeout here.
Bud Norris has been sidelined since May 10 due to bronchitis and the Orioles have finally decided to place him on the 15-day disabled list.
According to Rich Dubroff of CSNBaltimore.com, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said that Norris has lost “significant weight” while battling the illness. He’ll be eligible to return on May 26 if he’s feeling better by then.
Norris has really struggled to begin the season, posting an ugly 9.88 ERA with 18 strikeouts and 13 walks in 27 1/3 innings over six starts. Mike Wright filled in on Sunday against the Angels and tossed 7 1/3 scoreless innings in his major league debut. He deserves another opportunity.
Bruce Chen was designated for assignment by the Indians over the weekend after being knocked around for nine runs in 6 1/3 innings over two starts. Rather than pitch in the minors again or seek an opportunity elsewhere, the 37-year-old left-hander has decided to retire from baseball.
Here’s part of his announcement on Twitter:
Chen will finish his career with an 82-81 record and a 4.62 ERA in 227 starts and 173 relief appearances over 17 seasons. Including his brief stint with Cleveland this season, he ended up pitching for 11 different teams.
The Cubs are set to designate left-handed reliever Phil Coke for assignment, reports Jesse Rogers of ESPNChicago.com.
The move is expected to be made official tomorrow. Carrie Muskat of MLB.com writes that left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada will take Coke’s place on the active roster. The Cubs are also expected to option right-hander Brian Schlitter to Triple-A Iowa and call up outfielder Junior Lake.
And so, the Cubs will end up paying $2.25 million to Coke for a 6.30 ERA over 16 appearances. For that kind of money, the Cubs could have bought the world a coke. Sorry, I promise I won’t make any more “Mad Men” references this evening.