Blue Jays outfielder was 0-for-3 on Sunday afternoon against the Astros, putting his 16-game hitting streak in jeopardy. The Blue Jays afforded him one more opportunity to extend it, and it happened to be in the bottom of the ninth inning with one out. The tying run was on third base in Jose Reyes and the winning run was on second base in Jose Bautista.
Colabello reached out for a 1-2 breaking ball from closer Luke Gregerson, sending it weakly back up the middle for a walk-off two-run single. The 31-year-old has been a diamond in the rough for the Blue Jays, now batting .355/.400/.529 with four home runs and 19 RBI in 129 plate appearances this season.
Colabello’s story is fascinating. He played independent league baseball through age 27 before the Twins signed him to a minor league deal in 2012. In December 2013, he received a $1 million offer to play in South Korea, but turned it down as he didn’t want to give up his dream of playing in the majors.
Sunday’s walk-off win extends the Blue Jays’ winning streak to five games, putting them at 28-30, leaving them just 4.5 games behind the first-place Yankees.
Encarnacion should avoid the disabled list, but it’s probably going to be a few days before he can swing a bat without discomfort. Toronto kicks off a three-game set with the visiting Marlins on Monday evening.
Encarnacion has tallied 12 home runs and 33 RBI in 55 games this season for the Blue Jays, but that has come with a relatively disappointing .749 OPS. He’s put up a .900 OPS or better in three straight years.
Yankees 5, Mariners 3: Comeback win for the Bombers, who tied it in 9th when Fernando Rodney couldn’t hold a one-run lead and then won it in the 11th thanks to a Garrett Jones three-run HR. The tie came via a two-out double from Stephen Drew who offered some keen insight into his accomplishment: “Just trying to get a good pitch to hit. Not try to do too much.” He ACTUALLY SAID THAT. And people wonder why I don’t go into clubhouses to talk to players after ballgames.
Yuck. Let’s cleanse the cliches from our palate with Lloyd McClendon going crazy after his catcher got ejected in the third inning for flipping out after a bad check swing call on an A-Rod walk:
This is Lloyd’s second stint as a manager and he spent years coaching. I feel like having all of that time in the dugout, much of which he spent learning at Jim Leyland’s elbow, really helped his showmanship here. That’s one of the things we’re losing with all of these handsome, low-experience managers in the game. They still think like players. More apt to offer those “good pitch to hit, not trying to do too much” cliches rather than let the old id loose. I don’t want to go back to the days of Billy Martin because he was a big jackass, but once in a while I’d like to see some friggin’ fire out there. Thank you, Lloyd, from giving us a break from the BradMathenyCashBots.
Rangers 15, White Sox 2: Welcome to the big leagues Joey Gallo! We covered the highlights last night here and here. He finished his major league debut with four RBI. The kid has amazing power and has gotten better each year in the minors and he’s going to be something special to watch. He wasn’t the only one kicking butt here, of course — Carlos Corporan drove in five himself — but I feel like this will always be remembered in Texas as “the Joey Gallo Game.”
Nationals 2, Blue Jays 0; Blue Jays 7, Nationals 3: Game 1 featured Jordan Zimmermann shutting down the Jays and the game ending in 2:17. Which adds fuel to my theory that teams intentionally buzz through Game 1 of a doubleheader in order to get more time to chill in between games. Game 2 featured Kevin Pillar hitting two home runs off Max Scherzer. Which adds fuel to my theory that baseball is about the most random thing possible.
Rockies 6, Dodgers 3: Dodgers 9, Rockies 8: Big homers were the order of the day here. First, big in distance — Joc Pederson’s two massive blasts definitely fit that bill — including one in the first game and again in the second game which, went even farther. Or, if you watch that video, “further,” which is Charlie Steiner’s choice of words. But if I remember my schoolin’ accurately, it should be “farther” which is more often used for physical distance while “further” is more often used for figurative journeys. They may be interchangeable, however.
Another homer was big given the moment it was hit: Alex Guerrero’s two-out grand slam in the ninth inning of the nightcap, giving the Dodgers the lead. Which, unlike a lot of leads in Coors Field, held up:
Phillies 5, Reds 4: The Phillies don’t come back late very often — they were 1-30 when trailing after seven coming into this game — but Maikel Franco tied this one in the eighth with a two-run homer and then Darin Ruf hit a walkoff single with one out in the ninth. The only reason Franco got to bat in the eighth was because Jay Bruce lost a liner in the lights that should’ve been out number three. That’s another thing wrong with today’s game. Lights, consarnit! What’s wrong with playing in the daytime! If it was good enough for Rogers Hornsby back in nineteen dickety five, it’s good enough for these whippersnappers!
Athletics 5, Tigers 3: Ben Zobrist hit a grand slam to cap a five-run seventh inning to give the Tigers their fifth loss in a row and their eighth defeat in their past ten games. Look, I know it’s early June and a lot can happen, but I’m starting to get a bad feeling about the Tigers’ chances. I don’t believe in omens and hardly anything that happens in a baseball season can truly be seen as a symbol for anything, but this one feels ominous. Like they’ll look back and say “yeah, that stretch against the Angels and Athletics in June. That’s when we kind of knew we were screwed.”
Red Sox 1, Twins 0: Clay Buchholz (8 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 8K) only needed one run of support here and he got it via Rusney Castillo’s RBI single in the seventh. Mike Pelfrey was no slouch himself (7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER).
Miami Marlins left-hander Brad Hand stood at his locker eager to talk about a rare win, but the clubhouse stereo made conversation impossible, so he just smiled while rapper 2 Chainz’s “Birthday Song” blared away.
“I like that song,” Hand said.
Easily the highlight of the Marlins’ season so far.
Indians 2, Royals 1: Michael Brantley hit a two-out RBI single in the eighth inning to break a tie. Off of Wade Davis, no less, who hasn’t been in the business of giving up two-out RBI singles much lately. Brantley probably shouldn’t have made it to the plate, however, as there was a disputed safe call at first on a would-be double play earlier in the inning that both the umpire AND the replay officials blew. Of course, if the Royals scored more than one run off of Carlos Carrasco we’re not even having that conversation.
Astros 6, Orioles 4: Baltimore took a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the third, but we play nine around these parts. Evan Gattis hit a three-run homer and Luis Valbuena knocked himself in for the go-ahead run with a solo shot as part of yet another Houston Astros comeback win. Their 17th to be exact, which leads all of baseball.
Cardinals 1, Brewers 0: Lance Lynn tossed shutout ball into the eighth. Fun times: Matt Holliday had his National League record on-base streak halted at 45. In part because he struck out on a bad call from Joe West (shocker) who then proceeded to eject Holliday. Probably would’ve been Holliday’s last plate appearance anyway, but thank goodness we had Joe West around to make sure it ended definitively. People pay to see that master work.
Diamondbacks 7, Braves 6: A see-saw game ended with the Dbacks up high — or down low? How does one “win” at see-saw? — thanks to A.J. Pollock’s two-out, two-run home run in the seventh which landed in the dang swimming pool.
Rays 6, Angels 1: Chris Archer was as dominant as all get-out, striking out 15 in eight innings of work. That tied James Shield’s franchise record. Three of those Ks were of Mike Trout. The lone Angels run came on Albert Pujols’ 534th career homer, which ties him with Jimmie Foxx on the all-time list. The homer also put him past Foxx and Ted Williams on the all-time extra-base hit list.
Padres 7, Mets 2: Noah Syndergaard had allowed only two earned runs in his previous three starts. Had. San Diego lit up the rookie sensation for seven runs on ten hits in four innings. All of which makes me wonder about the choice of headline in ESPN.com’s version of the game story:
Sorry, You do not get to be mentioned in an “Outdueled” headline if you give up seven runs on ten hits in four innings. That’s like saying “ant outduels foot.”
Pirates 7, Giants 4: Remember when Andrew McCutchen started slow? Nah, me neither. Here he had four hits and drove in two runs. He’s now hitting .398 (37-for-93) over his past 26 games, with 11 doubles, a triple, five homers, 21 RBI and 17 runs scored.
There will be some business. I have a couple of non-baseball projects I’m messing around with and I do plan on hitting up a the Rays-Mariners game in Seattle on Saturday night. I may post something at HBT if anything notable happens there, or if some Craig-bait PED story happens. But otherwise I’ll be putting up periodic updates of my trip on Tumblr and Twitter.
D.J., Drew and Bill will be putting up Settling the Scores threads in the mornings. Aaron will be here all day. Please try to find things to be outraged about while I’m gone.
Report: Blue Jays sign Phil Coke to a minor league deal
Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the Blue Jays have agreed to a minor league deal with reliever Phil Coke. Coke was released by the Cubs on Wednesday after being designated for assignment on May 19. Coke will report to Triple-A Buffalo.
Coke, 32, allowed seven runs on 14 hits and three walks with nine strikeouts in 10 innings with the Cubs. He has a career 4.04 ERA as a reliever. As Brett Cecil has been serving as the Blue Jays’ closer, the team effectively only has one lefty in the bullpen in Aaron Loup.
Mets 7, Phillies 0: The Noah Syndergaard Show. He shut out the Phillies while pitching into the eighth inning and went 3-for-3 with a homer. And it wasn’t a cheapie, either. It was cranked an estimated 430 feet:
Lucas Duda homered twice, but forget him. First basemen are supposed to hit homers.
Indians 12, Rangers 3: I was on a radio segment yesterday that taped in the morning to be played in the evening. In the morning I was asked about the Texas Rangers hot run of late and as part of that I mentioned that Colby Lewis pitching much better this year than last was key. Bet that sounded good a few hours after Lewis was beat up to the tune of ten runs on eleven hits in two and two-thirds innings. Carlos Santana and Lonnie Chisenhall each drove in three. Jason Kipnis had three hits. He’s hitting .342/.412/.537 yet didn’t even make the top five vote-getters at second base in the first round of All-Star balloting.
Rockies 6, Reds 4: Some more lack of respect: Nolan Arenado was fifth among NL third baseman in All-Star voting. Which, sure, I can see Matt Carpenter ahead of him and realize Kris Bryant is the big new star, but David Wright is being thrown on the “bring out your dead” cart from the Holy Grail and he’s a slot up on our man from Colorado here. No worries, all he did was hit a three-run homer here. In his past four games he’s 9-for-16 with three homers, a triple and 10 RBI.
Pirates 5, Marlins 2: Six in a row for the Pirates thanks to a five-run seventh inning. All of those runs came with two outs. Not gonna say it’s going well for Pittsburgh, but Starling Marte worked a bases-loaded walk during that rally. Marte’s career K/BB ratio is *does some frantic tapping on a calculator* “EEEEEEEEEEEEEE48.” Well, crap. I broke my dang calculator.
White Sox 5, Blue Jays 3: Adam LaRoche singled in the go-ahead run in the 10th to help break a four-game skid. Jose Abreu had three hits with two RBI and scored the winning run. A fortunate win for the Chisox, as David Robertson blew yet another save here on yet another Josh Donaldson homer.
Yankees 4, Royals 2: Alex Rodriguez hit a three-run homer which pushed him past Lou Gehrig’s American League record for RBI. The Yankees swept the Royals in three, outscoring them 23-4 in the process. I still don’t know if anyone knows what to make of this Yankees team. You got old guys and hurt guys but all of their guys, in terms of talent, are pretty great. It’s like your old dog, maybe. These days he sits around and sleeps a lot. But sometimes you see him bound up and run after a rabbit or something based on muscle memory and habit. At this point I could see them bashing their way into the playoffs or finishing in fourth with half the roster on the DL. Lucky for them no one else seems to want to win the AL East.
I wrote a lengthy article on my Twins-centric personal blog about how they’ve been winning so far, but the short version is great hitting with runners in scoring position, Glen Perkins being perfect in the closer role, and the starting rotation going from historically inept to merely sort of bad. If you want the long version, there are 1,200 more words here. As a lifelong Twins fan I have no idea how long it’ll continue, but whatever. Beats the hell out of looking ahead to next year’s draft already, no matter what.
Giants 3, Brewers 1: Ryan Vogelsong started poorly this year but has now won three in a row. He’s a microcosm of the Giants’ season I guess. He allowed one run in six innings here and struck out five. Joe Panik hit a two-run homer. The Giants hot steak has been something. Now, to be fair, 11 of their past 14 have come against three of the worst teams in baseball in the Brewers, Rockies and Reds, but still.
Tigers 3, Athletics 2: Yoenis Cespedes hit a three-run homer to break a scoreless tie against his old mates — at least those of them that are left from last year — and six Tigers pitchers combined to six-hit the A’s.
Orioles 5, Astros 4: On another radio show I was on yesterday morning which, I hope anyway, was live, I talked about how Chris Davis needs to step it up to help the O’s. Step it up he did, hitting two homers, both tie-breakers. Jimmy Paredes had two hits and stole home. It was a delayed double steal, which, eh, but a steal of home is a steal of home I suppose.
Cardinals 4, Diamondbacks 3: A ninth inning rally gave the Cards the sweep. Jason Heyward homered to tie it leading off the ninth. Then Peter Bourjos, running home from third on a Jhonny Peralta chopper, slid into catcher Jordan Pacheco’s leg as he was forced out at home. That threw Pacheco off balance, causing his throw down to first to get Peralta to sail over the first baseman’s head which, in turn, allowed Matt Carpenter to come around to score the walkoff win. Crazy:
Padres 5, Angels 4: Justin Upton and Matt Kemp hit RBI singles in the seventh and Will Middlebrooks had a two-run homer to back Andrew Cashner, who tends not to get a ton of run support.
Braves 3, Dodgers 2: Juan Uribe came back against the team he played for just the night before and went 0-for-3 with a couple of strikeouts. The Braves didn’t need his production, however, as Alex Wood allowed only one run in seven innings. Andrelton Simmons had two hits and scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch. Cameron Maybin homered.