It’s safe to say that nobody would have guessed this one, but Diamondbacks right-hander Josh Collmenter threw the first shutout (and complete game) of the 2015 MLB season in a 9-0 win over the Giants last night at AT&T Park in San Francisco.
Collmenter, who was Arizona’s Opening Day starter after posting a 3.46 ERA in 28 starts and five relief appearances last season, held the Giants to just four hits (three of them singles) and one walk while striking out a pair. He needed 114 pitches to finish off the gem. It was the second shutout of his career.
As if his pitching performance wasn’t good enough on its own, Collmenter also had a nice night at the plate. He went 3-for-5 with an RBI single and a run scored.
As for the defending World Series champion Giants, things keep getting worse. They have now lost eight games in a row and sit at 3-9 on the year.
The Mets might be…good? Bartolo Colon tossed seven innings of one-run ball and also did some damage with the bat in a 4-1 win over the Marlins last night at Citi Field. The Mets have now won six straight for the first time since 2011 and sit at 8-3 on the young season.
Colon scattered six hits while walking none and striking out five. The only run scored on a solo homer from Giancarlo Stanton in the first inning. The ageless wonder is now 3-0 with a 2.25 ERA with an 18/1 K/BB ratio in 20 innings across his first three starts.
After hitting an RBI single on Sunday, Colon also hit a sacrifice fly last night. And he got a really nice piece of it, too. Check out the video below:
Colon currently has more RBI (two) than any pitcher in baseball. Silver Slugger coming?
Your Friday box scores:
Marlins 1, Mets 4
White Sox 1, Tigers 2
Padres 5, Cubs 4
Orioles 2, Red Sox 3
Phillies 2, Nationals 7
Braves 8, Blue Jays 7
Yankees 5, Rays 4
Brewers 3, Pirates 6
Athletics 4, Royals 6
Reds 1, Cardinals 6
Indians 2, Twins 3 (11 innings)
Angels 6, Astros 3
Rockies 3, Dodgers 7
Diamondbacks 9, Giants 0
Rangers 3, Mariners 0
In a battle of the Vargases (Vargi?) earlier today, Kennys Vargas of the Twins was the undisputed winner against Royals left-hander Jason Vargas. Check out this laser beam of a home run. Don’t blink or you might miss it:
That one got out of there in a hurry. In fact, the exit velocity on the ball was 113 mph. Andrew Ettel, coordinator of baseball research for the Twins, notes that it was one of the three hardest tracked home runs in MLB so far this season. I believe it.
Vargas, a 24-year-old switch-hitter, batted .274/.316/.456 with nine home runs and 38 RBI in 53 games as a rookie last season. Today’s home run was his first of 2015.
Evan Longoria was forced to exit tonight’s game against the Blue Jays after he was hit by a pitch and Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that he is considered day-to-day with a bruised hip.
Rays right-hander Chris Archer hit Russell Martin and Edwin Encarnacion with pitches earlier in the game, though neither of them appeared to be intentional. Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada then drilled Longoria in the left hip in the eighth inning, which you can watch here. Things got a little heated between Archer and Mark Buehrle in the aftermath and Rays manager Kevin Cash told Topkin after the game that thinks the pitch had intent behind it. It’s hard to blame him.
Fortunately, it looks like Longoria should be OK, but we’ll have to see if the bad blood spills over into future matchups between these clubs.
The wait is over. Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago reports that the Cubs are calling up top prospect third baseman Kris Bryant. He’ll make his major league debut tomorrow afternoon at Wrigley Field against the Padres.
Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com confirms the report and adds that Mike Olt will be placed on the disabled list with a right wrist fracture in a corresponding roster move.
Bryant was sent down to Triple-A Iowa despite tearing the cover off the ball during spring training. Of course, service time was the only reason for that. If the Cubs kept him in the minors for 12 days, they would ensure that they would get an extra year of team control, through 2021. Despite the obvious issues with the current system and some bickering between Bryant’s agent, Scott Boras, and Cubs president Theo Epstein, it was a no-brainer. The 12th and final day was today, so the Cubs are now in the clear. And they aren’t waiting another minute to get him into their lineup.
Bryant, 23, led the minors with 43 home runs last season while posting a 1.098 OPS and was batting .321 (9-for-28) with three home runs and 10 RBI over his first seven games in Triple-A this season. He’s going to face a ton of pressure in Chicago from a fanbase that is thirsty for a winner, but this is going to be fun to watch.
Bryant homered in his final at-bat with Triple-A Iowa on Thursday night. I guess this was enough to convince the Cubs that he’s ready: