Nelson Cruz just keeps on mashing for the Mariners. Check out this 459-foot blast off Twins right-hander Phil Hughes last night which landed in the second deck in the left field seats:
According to Statcast, the ball traveled off his bat at 113 mph. After leading the majors with 40 home runs last season, Cruz is out in front once again with nine over his first 16 games. He also leads MLB with 18 RBI and a .766 slugging percentage.
Five players were ejected after Thursday’s benches-clearing brawl between the White Sox and Royals, but there was also some drama behind the scenes.
According to Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com, White Sox left-hander Chris Sale tried to go into the Royals’ clubhouse after the fracas, apparently in an attempt to confront Yordano Ventura. Alex Rios, formerly of the White Sox, managed to play peacekeeper.
“All emotions are running high at that point,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “I just found out about it. You got to have a conversation and you move on from there. Luckily, cooler heads prevailed and nothing happened.”
Watch Sale discuss the situation prior to last night’s game:
As a result of the benches-clearing incident, Sale and Jeff Samardzija were ejected from the White Sox while Ventura, Lorenzo Cain, and Edinson Volquez were ejected from the Royals. We should see some suspensions come down soon.
Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig missed four games last week with a left hamstring injury and he was forced to leave last night’s game against the Padres after aggravating the injury.
It was an eventful night for Puig, who was hit in the left leg by a pitch in the first inning. He remained in the game, but then pulled up lame after grounding out to lead off the sixth inning and was removed. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told Ken Gurnick of MLB.com that Puig will be re-evaluated on Saturday, but he didn’t rule out the possibility of a stint on the disabled list.
“The DL is always on the table” when dealing with a re-injury, Mattingly said. “As of right now, there’s not much more we can do tonight.”
The Dodgers need to call up a starter for Sunday, so we could see a move soon. Andre Ethier, Scott Van Slyke, and the hot-hitting Alex Guerrero are all options to fill in for Puig.
Check out a double-dose of defensive excellence from Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado. First, a diving stop which he somehow turns into a double play against Casey McGehee. Up next, he spins and fires to rob the speedy Gregor Blanco of a hit.
I’m not sure you’ll see a better play from a third baseman all year than the one against McGehee. Of course, I probably said the same thing when Arenado made this running catch against the Giants earlier this month. We’ll probably have a new contender soon. He’s simply a joy to watch.
Carlos Martinez likely wouldn’t have begun the year in the Cardinals’ starting rotation if Jamie Garcia made it out of spring training healthy. Funny how things work out sometimes.
Martinez tossed seven scoreless innings last night in a 3-0 victory over the scuffling Brewers. The 23-year-old right-hander allowed just four hits (three of them singles) and a pair of walks while striking out eight batters. As for the offense, Jhonny Peralta and Jason Heyward carried the load by each hitting their second home run of the season.
Through three starts and one relief appearance, Martinez now owns a 1.35 ERA and 21/7 K/BB ratio over 20 innings. We’ve long talked about his breakout potential, but this St. Louis rotation could be very scary if he’s finally putting it together.
The Cardinals have won three straight and now sit at 11-4 on the year while the Brewers have the worst record in the majors at 3-14.
Your Friday box scores:
Cardinals 3, Brewers 0
Red Sox 7, Orioles 5
Braves 0, Phillies 1
Mets 1, Yankees 6
Cubs 7, Reds 3 (11 innings)
Nationals 2, Marlins 3
Indians 13, Tigers 1
Blue Jays 3, Rays 12
Royals 2, White Sox 2 – game suspended in ninth inning, scheduled to resume Saturday
Giants 4, Rockies 6
Rangers 2, Angels 3
Astros 5, Athletics 4 (11 innings)
Pirates 4, Diamondbacks 1
Twins 0, Mariners 2
Dodgers 3, Padres 0