The Nationals promoted pitcher Joe Ross from Double-A Harrisburg to make his major league debut at home on Saturday against the Cubs. Ross is the younger brother of Padres pitcher Tyson. The Padres were thoughtful enough to allow Ross to fly to Washington, D.C. so he could be in attendance for his brother’s debut, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports.
Tyson got the win after holding the Reds to two runs over five innings on Friday night, so even if the Padres got into a lengthy extra-inning game on Saturday, they wouldn’t have used him anyway.
Joe lost to the Cubs on Saturday afternoon, allowing three runs on six hits while walking none and striking out four in five innings of work. He retired the first nine batters he faced before Dexter Fowler led off the fourth inning with a single.
After a historic May, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper has been a little quiet so far this month. No longer. Check out this solo blast off Cubs right-hander Jason Hammel this afternoon.
Harper now leads the majors with 19 home runs. Seattle’s Nelson Cruz and Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton are both sitting on 18 coming into Saturday’s action.
Hammel was pulled after Harper’s homer, but the Cubs hung on to beat the Nationals 4-2.
A two-run homer by Junior Lake and some subsequent taunting set off a minor benches-clearing fracas between the host Marlins and visiting Cubs on Wednesday night in Miami …
HardballTalk’s official stance on bat flips and home run trots is well known — do them, have fun, baseball is supposed to be fun — but shushing the opposing dugout when you’re still down four runs deserves a little comeuppance. That was Lake’s first home run of the year. Maybe he was making a “No. 1” symbol.
Miami went on to defeat Chicago by a score of 7-3. Here’s a better look at Lake’s shush …