Adam Eaton of the White Sox homered Wednesday night for the first time since last April 12. MLB.com has the video. It’s unfortunately not embeddable.
That ended a span of 627 plate appearances without a dinger for Eaton. He has always been more of a gap-to-gap, line-drive hitter, but it’s a little surprising the 26-year-old doesn’t randomly send a few more over the fence considering how many chances he gets as the primary leadoff hitter for the White Sox.
U.S. Cellular Field on the south side of Chicago is known as a power-friendly park.
Check out this fantastic defensive play Wednesday night from Tigers catcher James McCann …
McCann entered play Wednesday with a respectable .293/.321/.413 season batting line. The 24-year-old former second-round pick has been big for Tigers with Alex Avila out indefinitely due to a left knee injury.
Bryce Harper was ejected from a game last Wednesday against the Diamondbacks after arguing a check-swing call by the home plate umpire. And he got thrown out again tonight. CSNWashington.com’s Mark Zuckerman paints the scene:
Home plate umpire Marvin Hudson called a strike on the first offering from pitcher Adam Warren on Harper and the Nationals right fielder appeared to disagree. That generated an argument about Harper getting back into the batter’s box.
Harper demonstrated with his left cleat that he was digging in to take the next pitch. Hudson ejected him shortly after he made the gesture.
You can see the video here — it was quite an ump show.
Hudson must have felt like the fans in attendance at Nationals Park paid to come see him, rather than the early frontrunner for National League MVP. Michael Taylor replaced Harper in Washington’s batting order.