Pretty cool moment here from Saturday’s game between the Giants and Pirates at Pittsburgh’s PNC Park. Amy Crawford — the sister of Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford and fiance of Pirates ace Gerrit Cole — was in the stands as the two faced off three different times. This was the fifth-inning meeting …
Cole also fanned Crawford in the sixth and got him to fly out in the second. Pittsburgh won 3-2.
Astros right-hander Lance McCullers was optioned to Double-A Corpus Christi on August 3 after failing to make it out of the first inning in a disastrous start against the Rangers. Houston’s braintrust wanted the 21-year-old to take a breather and come back ready to assist in the club’s final push for its first ever American League West title. That push is now on.
McCullers — owner of a cool 3.17 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 79 strikeouts over his first 76 2/3 major league frames — has been recalled from the Double-A level and will start against Clayton Kershaw in Sunday’s series finale against the visiting Dodgers.
Houston got to Zack Greinke on Saturday for a 3-1 victory and Mike Fiers threw a no-hitter on Friday. This is coming together as a statement series for the ‘Stros here in late August.
As of Sunday morning, they hold a four-game lead in the AL West.
In the NL West, the Dodgers’ lead over the Giants is just 1 1/2.
From the official Twitter account of the Seattle Mariners Baseball Information Department …
Rodney led the major leagues in saves last year with 48, but he’s taken a nosedive in 2015. Including his disastrous outing Friday against the White Sox, in which he allowed three runs while recording only one out, the 38-year-old right-hander holds a 5.68 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 50 2/3 innings this season.
Rodney is still owed a bit more money on the two-year, $14 million free agent contract that he signed with the Mariners in February 2014, so he is probably going to pass through waivers without a claim.
This might be the end — or the beginning of the end — for one of MLB’s most colorful relievers.