Mets top catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud, a native of Long Beach, California, made his major league debut on Saturday night at San Diego’s Petco Park. With family and friends in attendance, d’Arnaud walked in the top of the second inning, flied out to center in the fourth inning, grounded out to third base in the fifth and drew his second walk of the night in the eighth. He finished 0-for-2 with two walks.
The 24-year-old allowed a passed ball on defense in the sixth inning and the Mets wound up losing to the Padres 8-2, but it was a mostly positive evening for the 37th overall pick in the 2007 MLB Amateur Draft.
D’Arnaud, acquired from the Blue Jays this winter as part of the seven-player R.A. Dickey trade, was a .328/.402/.588 hitter with 18 home runs and 64 RBI in 86 games at the Triple-A level.
The Mets haven’t said yet whether he’s up for good, but d’Arnaud has a bright future either way.
Nationals starter Max Scherzer bunted a ball into his face during batting practice on Tuesday, breaking his nose in the process. He ended up with a gnarly looking shiner around his right eye, making him appear a bit like Terminator. Scherzer still took the ball to start the second game of Wednesday night’s doubleheader against the Phillies.
Despite the injury, Scherzer was incredibly effective, limiting the Phillies to four hits and two walks across seven shutout innings, striking out 10 batters in the process. He might even have had some extra adrenaline going, as he averaged 96.2 MPH on his fastball, his highest average fastball velocity in a game since September 2012, per MLB.com’s Jamal Collier. The Nationals provided Scherzer with just one run of support, coming on a Brian Dozier solo home run off of Jake Arrieta in the second inning, but it was enough.
Wander Suero worked a scoreless top of the eighth with a pair of strikeouts. Victor Robles added a solo homer off of Pat Neshek in the bottom half. Closer Sean Doolittle took over in the ninth, working a 1-2-3 frame to give the Nats their 2-0 victory.
Over his last six starts, Scherzer now has a 0.88 ERA with a 59/8 K/BB ratio across 41 innings. He has gone six innings, struck out at least nine batters, and held the opposition to two or fewer runs in each of those six starts.