Saturday’s Nationals-Dodgers game had it all.
Nats ace Stephen Strasburg fanned nine batters and yielded just one run over seven stellar frames.
Nats phenom Bryce Harper made his major league debut, tallying his first hit (a double to center), his first RBI (on a sacrifice fly) and showing off his elite arm with a missile from left field to home plate.
But it was baseball’s best all-around player who ultimately stole the show. After being stymied in three at-bats against Strasburg, Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp launched a Tom Gorzelanny pitch deep into the night to give Los Angeles a 4-3 walkoff win in the bottom of the 10th inning at Chavez Ravine. Kemp is now batting .442/.506/.922 with 11 home runs and 24 RBI in 21 games. He’s on another planet, people.
Your Saturday box scores:
Nationals 3, Dodgers 4
Angels 2, Indians 1
Brewers 3, Cardinals 7
Tigers 7, Yankees 5
Mariners 0, Blue Jays 7
Astros 0, Reds 6
Athletics 1, Orioles 10
Cubs 2, Phillies 5
Red Sox 1, White Sox 0
Pirates 4, Braves 2
Diamondbacks 2, Marlins 3
Rays 2, Rangers 7
Mets 7, Rockies 5
Padres 1, Giants 2
Royals, Twins (Postponed)
Phil Hughes was officially designated for assignment by the Twins on Tuesday, the culmination of multiple injury-plagued seasons and poor performance.
Things couldn’t have started out much better for Hughes in Minnesota. The former Yankees hurler joined the Twins on a three-year, $24 million contract in December of 2013 and reeled off a 3.52 ERA over 32 starts during his first season with the club. He set the MLB record (which still stands, by the way) for single season strikeout-to-walk ratio and even received some downballot Cy Young Award consideration. The big year resulted in the two sides ripping up their previous agreement with a new five-year, $58 million deal, but it was all downhill after that.
Hughes took a step back with a 4.40 ERA in 2015 and struggled with a 5.95 ERA over 11 starts and one relief appearance in 2016 before undergoing surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. He wasn’t any better upon his return last year, putting up a 5.87 ERA in nine starts and five relief appearances. Hughes missed time with a biceps issue and required a thoracic outlet revision surgery in August. He began this year on the disabled list with an oblique injury, only to put up a 6.75 ERA over two starts and five relief appearances before the Twins decided to turn the page this week.
Hughes is still owed the remainder of his $13.2 million salary for this year and another $13.2 million next year. The deal didn’t work out as anyone would have hoped, but unfortunately this is another case of health just not cooperating.