Not wanting to use any more pitchers in a blowout loss to the Yankees last night, the Red Sox called on first baseman/outfielder Mike Carp to work the final inning. And it wasn’t pretty.
Carp threw just 15 of his 38 pitches for strikes and walked five batters, although he did induce a 6-4-3 double play off the bat of Brian McCann and ended up allowing only one run in the first pitching appearance of his career.
He threw about half fastballs and half knuckleballs, and MLB.com has the video:
Carp averaged 82 miles per hour with his fastball and also threw 18 knuckleballs at an average of 68 miles per hour.
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Christian Yelich simply can’t be stopped. The Brewers outfielder (and defending NL MVP) entered Saturday’s game with a league-leading 11 home runs after swatting two against the Dodgers on Friday night, then clubbed another two homers in the first six innings of Saturday’s game.
The first came on a 2-1 pitch from the Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu, who lobbed a changeup toward the bottom of the strike zone before it was lifted up and out to center field for a solo home run in the third inning.
While Chase Anderson and Alex Claudio held down the fort against the Dodgers’ lineup, Yelich prepared for his second blast in the sixth inning — this one a 421-foot double-decker on a first-pitch curveball from Ryu.
Yelich’s 13 home runs not only gave him a stronger grip on the league’s leaderboard, but helped him tie yet another franchise record, too. Per MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, he’s tied with Prince Fielder for the most home runs hit by a Brewers player in a single month, and sits just one home run shy of tying Álex Rodríguez’s 2007 record for most home runs hit within any club’s first 22 games of the season.
It may be far too early to predict which players will finish first in the MVP races this fall, but there’s no denying Yelich has already set himself apart from the competition. Through Saturday’s performance, he’s batting .361/.459/.880 with a 1.329 OPS and MLB-best 31 RBI across 98 PA so far.