Kenley Jansen made his season debut last night against the Rockies after returning from left foot surgery and he didn’t need much time to shake the rust.
Jansen tied a major league record by striking out four batters in one inning. Carlos Gonzalez struck out swinging to begin the eighth inning, but he ended up on first base after the ball got away from catcher Yasmani Grandal. Jansen then struck out Nick Hundley, Drew Stubbs, and D.J. LeMahieu (all swinging) to accomplish the feat. He needed just 14 pitches to get through the inning.
Jansen is the 74th pitcher to strike out four batters in one inning and the first since Oliver Perez last September. You can see the full list here. Here’s the video of Jansen’s inning:
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly decided to ease Jansen into things by having him pitch the eighth inning, but it’s safe to say that he’ll be closing games again really soon.
UPDATE: So it turns out that those leaked “pillbox-style” hats were just a concept by one designer unaffiliated with MLB and not the real deal. This was first reported by Darren Rovell yesterday, but read the explanation of Phil Hecken from Uni Watch here.
I was fooled too and regret running with it without official confirmation, but at least those who hated the design can feel a sense of relief now.
Thursday, 11:30 p.m. ET: Via Phil Hecken of Uni Watch, the caps for the 2015 MLB All-Star Game have apparently been leaked. Check them out below:
This year’s All-Star Game is set to take place in Cincinnati. Just in case it wasn’t obvious, these caps were inspired by the pillbox hat of Reds mascot Mr. Redlegs. The concept was actually foreshadowed in the logo that was released a little while back.
MLB introduced the idea of team-specific All-Star caps for last year’s game in Minneapolis. Those were inspired by the 1970’s batting helmets of the Twins and frankly were much sharper looking than these. It would be cooler if these were true pillbox hats as opposed to simply “pillbox-style,” but it’s hard to get too worked up about something everybody will forget about as soon as it’s over.
Hey MLB, our own Craig Calcaterra has a catchy jingle to sell those hats if you’re interested. I’m sure Bob Dylan will be cool with it:
After coming up empty-handed in his previous four opportunities, Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw finally has the 100th victory of his career.
Kershaw struck out 10 batters over 6 2/3 innings last night as the Dodgers defeated the Rockies 6-4. The southpaw held the Rockies scoreless over the first six innings before things unraveled a bit in the seventh. He gave up an RBI single to D.J. LeMahieu and walked pinch-hitter Michael McKenry before being replaced by Paco Rodriguez, who eventually allowed both inherited runners to score on a bases-clearing double by Daniel Descalso. However, the bullpen was able to keep Colorado’s offense in check the rest of the way.
Jimmy Rollins led the charge for the Dodgers, going 4-for-5 with a home run, two RBI, and two runs scored. The veteran shortstop is now up to 900 RBI for his career. He’s pretty much the only member of Don Mattingly’s lineup who hasn’t been hitting, so it would be scary if he can get it going too.
At 27 years old and 57 days, Kershaw is the second-youngest active pitcher to reach 100 career wins. Seattle’s Felix Hernandez was at 27 years old and 14 days when he notched his 100th career victory last April.
Your Friday box scores:
Rockies 4, Dodgers 6
Pirates 10, Cubs 11 (12 innings)
Angels 3, Orioles 1
Indians 8, Rangers 3
Diamondbacks 3, Phillies 4
Yankees 1, Royals 12
Giants 10, Reds 2
Rays 2, Twins 3
Brewers 7, Mets 0
Blue Jays 4, Astros 8
Braves 5, Marlins 3
Tigers 10, Cardinals 4
White Sox 7, Athletics 6
Red Sox 1, Mariners 2
Nationals 10, Padres 0
Much has been made about how the Reds have handled Devin Mesoraco, who hasn’t caught since April 12 due to a left hip impingement. While he had two starts out of the DH spot over the weekend, he’s mostly been limited to pinch-hitting duties. However, that arrangement isn’t going to last much longer.
Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that Mesoraco plans to try catching a bullpen session while the Reds are in Kansas City next week for an interleague series against the Royals. If he’s still feeling discomfort, he’s prepared to go ahead with surgery.
“That’s kind of the time,” Mesoraco said on Thursday. “We have to see if it’s going to work out. It’s been over a month [since catching]. If it’s going to work, it’s going to happen at that time. If it isn’t, we’ll know at that time. At this point, it’s time to figure it out.”
If Mesoraco has the surgery, he will likely miss the rest of the season. But there’s little reason to put it off if he isn’t going to be able to do much.
Tim Lincecum came into tonight’s start against the Reds on quite the roll, but he had some real issues with the mound at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. Watch as he stumbles while delivering a pitch in the bottom of the fourth inning:
This is pretty impressive, actually. Not only did Lincecum end up making a “pitch” to avoid a balk, but he managed to do it without hurting himself. That just looked uncomfortable.
Lincecum had his personal scoreless streak snapped at 18 innings tonight and was charged with three runs on five hits and five walks over 4 2/3 innings. His ERA now sits at 2.43 for the year.