Rafael Soriano explains why he was not around for the media last night


It’s pretty simple, really:


Yes, because it’s unprecedented for the media to want to talk to him after a poor outing.  And for him to take off without doing so. And for him to later have to apologize for it.  I mean, it’s not like this exact same thing happened last year or anything.

Oh, wait.

Brandon Crawford homers off brother-in-law Gerrit Cole

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You can’t pick your family and no one knows that better than Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford. His sister Amy married Astros starter Gerrit Cole in November 2016, so the two players are brothers-in-law.

The two players have matched up against each other 18 times in the past, as Cole spent his first five seasons in the National League with the Pirates. Cole often won that battle, holding Crawford to four hits — all singles — in 18 plate appearances.

Crawford finally got the better of Cole on Tuesday night, hitting a line drive into the appropriately-named Crawford Boxes at Minute Maid Park for a two-run home run, cutting the Astros’ lead to 5-2.