Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez snapped an early 2-2 tie in Wednesday’s NLCS Game 5 with this monstrous solo shot off Cardinals starter Joe Kelly in the bottom of the third inning:
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What can’t be seen in that video highlight is Gonzalez mocking Mickey Mouse ears on the top of his helmet after touching home plate — a jab at Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright, who took issue with some of the Dodgers’ antics in Game 3 of the NLCS on Monday night. Wainwright called it “Mickey Mouse stuff.”
Carl Crawford added a solo blast in the bottom of the fifth inning and the Dodgers lead 4-2.
The Cardinals are up 3-1 in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series.
NEW YORK — Use of pitch clocks cut the average time of minor league games by 25 minutes this year, a reduction Major League Baseball hopes is replicated when the devices are installed in the big leagues next season.
The average time of minor league games dropped to 2 hours, 38 minutes in the season that ended Wednesday, according to the commissioner’s office. That was down from 3:03 during the 2021 season.
Clocks at Triple-A were set at 14 seconds with no runners on base and 19 with runners. At lower levels, the clocks were at 18 seconds with runners.
Big league nine-inning games are averaging 3:04 this season.
MLB announced on Sept. 9 that clocks will be introduced in the major leagues next year at 15 seconds with no runners and 20 seconds with runners, a decision opposed by the players’ association.
Pitchers are penalized a ball for violating the clock. In the minors, violations decreased from an average of 1.73 per game in the second week to 0.41 in week 24.
There will be a limit of two pickoff attempts or stepoffs per plate appearance, a rule that also was part of the minor league experiment this season. A third pickoff throw that is not successful would result in a balk.
Stolen bases increased to an average of 2.81 per game from 2.23 in the minors this year and the success rate rose to 78% from 68%.
Many offensive measurements were relatively stable: runs per team per game increased to 5.13 from 5.11 and batting average to .249 from .247.
Plate appearances resulting in home runs dropped to 2.7% from 2.8%, strikeouts declined to 24.4% from 25.4% and walks rose to 10.5% from 10.2%. Hit batters remained at 1.6%.