Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado has opened up September with a power surge. The 24-year-old entered Saturday’s game against the Giants with home runs in five consecutive games. He made it six with a two-run home run off of Jake Peavy in the sixth inning.
Arenado is the only Rockie to homer in six consecutive games. Dante Bichette (1995) and Larry Walker (1999) homered in five consecutive games.
Arenado has turned in a terrific season, batting .288/.324/.581 with 36 home runs and 105 RBI while playing Gold Glove-caliber defense at the hot corner. His 36 homers ties him with Josh Donaldson and teammate Carlos Gonzalez for third-best in baseball. No National Leaguer has homered more than the Rockies’ duo.
Josh Donaldson got Sunday Funday started early in Toronto with this first-inning solo blast …
That was the 36th home run and 105th RBI of the season for Donaldson, who continues to pad his resume for American League MVP. Edwin Encarnacion went deep moments later for his 30th home run of the year.
EE also homered three times on Saturday afternoon and tallied a franchise-high nine RBI.
Tigers center fielder Anthony Gose had a moment to forget in today’s game against the Blue Jays. I mean that literally, because he forgot how many outs there were after catching a fly ball in the fourth inning.
With Ryan Goins at second base, Josh Donaldson hit a fly ball to deep center field. The speedy Gose had some trouble picking it up initially, but he eventually caught up with it at the warning track for the out. He thought it was the end of the inning, so Goins was able to scamper all the way home. You can watch the play here.
Gose’s brain camp was embarrassing, but it doesn’t really matter much, as the Tigers are losing big to the Blue Jays. Brad Ausmus’ club appears poised to fall further back in last place in the AL Central.
Starlin Castro has been the Cubs’ starting shortstop for the past five Opening Days. There’s a reason he doesn’t have that gig anymore. The reason is named Addison Russell:
The slide and pivot was like freakin’ ballet.
In other news, how bad do you think A’s fans wish they had him and Josh Donaldson back?
Kendall Graveman’s promising rookie season is on hold, as the A’s placed the 24-year-old right-hander on the disabled list with a strained oblique muscle.
Graveman was acquired from the Blue Jays in the offseason deal for Josh Donaldson and struggled initially, getting sent back to the minors in late April. He returned to Oakland’s rotation a month later and has been very solid since, throwing 99 innings with a 3.35 ERA and 70/29 K/BB ratio.
Given the lingering nature of oblique strains, Graveman’s workload, and the A’s last-place standing it’s possible he’ll simply be shut down for the season at some point.