Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton hit a laser to dead center in the second inning Wednesday …
You don’t see many balls clear the center field wall at Marlins Park. Per Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, Statcast shows the ball was on a 454-foot trajectory and came off Stanton’s bat at a velocity of 115 mph. Ridiculous.
Giancarlo now has an MLB-leading 27 home runs on the season. He is on pace to finish with 60.
Chris Perez, former All-Star closer for the Indians, was charged with misdemeanor drug possession back in 2013 when a package of marijuana turned up at his house in Ohio addressed to his dog.
Perez is a free agent now, having been released from the Brewers’ Triple-A team in late April. But the 29-year-old right-hander just got popped again for drugs.
MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy has the news …
Perez allowed eight runs on 14 hits in 7 2/3 innings this season at Colorado Springs. He may be done.
There’s a pretty cool comeback story in the works here …
Gutierrez didn’t play any sort of MLB-affiliated ball in 2014 after being diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, a type of arthritis that primarily affects the spine and causes problems in many other joints. And he averaged just 58 games between 2011-2013 due to a variety of injuries. But the 32-year-old was slashing .317/.402/.500 with seven home runs and 31 RBI in 48 games this season at the Triple-A level and he is starting in left field and batting second Wednesday in his first major league game since September 27, 2013. Good for Guti.
Game 2 of the College World Series Finals was looking like a classic pitchers duel until the bottom of the sixth inning, when University of Virginia freshman Ernie Clement broke a 0-0 tie with an RBI single to left field. Virginia senior Thomas Woodruff followed with a two-run single to center, giving the Virginia Cavaliers a 3-0 lead over the Vanderbilt Commodores that would hold up through the final three frames.
Virginia left-hander Adam Haseley pitched well in multiple situations that called for damage control, yielding four hits and three walks but yielding zero runs over the first five innings of the game. Virginia righty Josh Sborz then turned in four shutout frames in relief.
Sborz was selected 74th overall by the Dodgers in this month’s MLB Draft. He allowed the first two batters to reach in the ninth inning Tuesday but struck out two of the final three batters he faced to keep Vanderbilt off the board. Sborz has now gone 27 straight scoreless innings without allowing an earned run. But he tossed 73 pitches Tuesday in Game 2 and will be unavailable for Game 3 on Wednesday night in Omaha.
Vanderbilt took Game 1. Virginia took Game 2. The winner of Game 3 will take the title.
Hector Olivera’s big league debut has been delayed.
According to beat writer Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, the Cuban infielder landed on the disabled list Tuesday at Triple-A Oklahoma City after being diagnosed with a Grade 1 left hamstring strain.
It’s the least-severe type of hamstring strain and shouldn’t cost him more than a couple of weeks. Olivera will do his rehabbing at Camelback Ranch, the Dodgers’ spring training facility in Arizona.
The 30-year-old has been impressive so far in the minors, batting .358/.393/.528 with two home runs and seven RBI in 13 games between Double-A and Triple-A.
Olivera signed a six-year, $62.5 million deal with Los Angeles in late March.