Some bad news for the Giants, who stand three games back of the Dodgers in the NL West …
Brandon Crawford is out of the starting lineup on Wednesday night against the Cubs after leaving Tuesday’s game with tightness in his left oblique.
It’s believed to be a minor tweak — not a full-blown oblique strain — and Crawford is hopeful that he’ll feel well enough to return in a couple of days.
San Francisco has not been able to capitalize on the Dodgers’ recent rut, and losing Crawford for any period of time is a tough blow. There’s no room in the Wild Card race for a team outside the NL Central.
Crawford is having a breakout season at age 28, with an .806 OPS (123 OPS+), 19 home runs, and 75 RBI in 121 games. And he has continued to play upper-tier defense at shortstop.
Angels catcher Chris Iannetta played spoiler against Justin Verlander with this rope that landed on the left field line in the top of the ninth inning Wednesday night at Detroit’s Comerica Park …
Verlander still managed to go the distance against a good Angels offense for his first shutout since 2012.
It is August 26, 2015 and Justin Verlander has a no-hitter going against the Mike Trout-led Angels.
Verlander has issued just one walk and whiffed eight through seven innings of no-hit ball at Detroit’s Comerica Park. He’ll head into the eighth, just six outs away from a no-no, with a pitch count of 85.
Verlander struck out Kole Calhoun, Trout, and Albert Pujols in order in the top of the seventh.
This really might happen.
UPDATE, 9:36 p.m. ET: Verlander opened the top of the eighth with six straight balls, but he eventually got Erick Aybar to ground to second base for an easy double play. C.J. Cron grounded back to Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler for the third out.
Verlander is three outs away with a pitch count of 100.
UPDATE, 9:55 p.m. ET: That’ll do it. Chris Iannetta roped a ball down the left field line — it actually kicked some white-painted grass into the air — to lead off the top of the ninth inning.