Here is how Zack Greinke’s scoreless innings streak ended Sunday afternoon at 45 2/3 …
Kirk Nieuwenhuis opened the bottom of the third with a hit-by-pitch, moved to second on a Kevin Plawecki single, and then advanced to third on an error by Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson. Greinke’s scoreless innings streak goes down as the sixth-longest in MLB history and the fourth-longest since 1920.
Kirk Niewenhuis drew a leadoff hit-by-pitch, Kevin Plawecki singled to right-center, and then Jacob deGrom plated a run with a groundball to first base as the Mets stopped Zack Greinke’s consecutive scoreless innings streak at 45 2/3 in the bottom of the third inning Sunday afternoon at Citi Field.
Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson could have made a better play on Plawecki’s ball to right-center and Adrian Gonzalez could have made a better play on deGrom’s grounder to first, but this is baseball. You need a help from your friends to put together any kind of scoreless innings stretch.
Greinke’s streak started on June 13, and he hadn’t allowed a runner to reach third base since June 23.
It’s the sixth-longest consecutive scoreless innings streak of all time and the fourth-longest streak since 1920, behind only Bob Gibson, Don Drysdale, and the MLB record holder Orel Hershiser.
MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reports that Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon is scheduled to play in his first minor league rehab game on Sunday afternoon with High-A Jupiter and could be cleared to return from the disabled list on Tuesday if all goes well.
“It’s possible, yes,” Marlins manager Dan Jennings told reporters on Saturday night. “The batting practices have gone very well. He’s not feeling any discomfort. Now we just have got to get him into a game, and see how that feels to swing it live.”
Gordon has been sidelined since July 11 with a dislocated left thumb. The 27-year-old speedster is batting .338/.359/.413 with 33 stolen bases over 84 games in his first season with the Fish.
Reds ace Johnny Cueto is headed to the Kansas City Royals, per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
The two sides nearly reached an agreement on Saturday night before Cueto took the mound at Coors Field, but one of the players due to move from the Royals to the Reds did not check out medically. Negotiations continued into late Sunday morning, and the Kansas City front office was eventually able to modify its return package to Cincinnati’s liking.
As first reported by MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan, that return package is Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb, and Cody Reed — all young left-handed pitchers. Finnegan was a first-rounder in 2014 and Reed was a second-rounder in 2013. Lamb is a former top prospect who has rebuilt some of his stock this year at age 25. It’s not a bad haul for the rebuilding Reds.
Cueto tossed eight scoreless innings on Saturday night against the Rockies and boasts a a 2.62 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and 120/29 K/BB ratio in 130 2/3 total frames this season. He carries a 2.51 ERA since the beginning of the 2011 campaign, which is second only to Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw over that span.
The 29-year-old impending free agent had also drawn trade interest from the Dodgers, Blue Jays, Yankees, Astros, and Orioles. He’s a tremendous fit — even as a rental — for the AL Central-leading Royals.
It’s Hall of Fame Induction Sunday in Cooperstown and all-time-great pitchers Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, and John Smoltz form three-fourths of this year’s class. Here’s the video essay you’ll be seeing on MLB Network as the ceremonies begin, written by Tom Verducci and narrated by Tom Seaver …
Coverage gets started at 12 p.m. ET on MLB Network. Anyone else wish they’d do this in primetime?