It came as a mild surprise when the Astros promoted prospect Lance McCullers from Triple-A Fresno on May 18 — only a couple of days after he had been promoted from Double-A Corpus Christi — but the 21-year-old now looks like he very much belongs.
McCullers tossed his first career complete game on Wednesday night against the Orioles, allowing just four hits and one run over nine innings as the Astros defeated the visiting Orioles 3-1. He struck out 11 Baltimore batters and didn’t issue a single walk.
McCullers now boasts a 1.88 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and 29/6 K/BB ratio over his first 24 innings (four starts) at the major league level.
Houston is 34-20 with a six-game lead over the Angels in the American League West.
Craig is hopping trains like a hobo for the next few weeks, so And That Happened is on hiatus.
Here are Wednesday’s box scores and recaps …
Twins 3, Red Sox 6 (Game 1)
Brewers 4, Cardinals 7
Yankees 3, Mariners 1
Braves 8, Diamondbacks 9
Pirates 5, Giants 2
Blue Jays 8, Nationals 0
Reds 4, Phillies 5 (11 innings)
Athletics 6, Tigers 1
Cubs 3, Marlins 7
Twins 2, Red Sox 0 (Game 2)
White Sox 9, Rangers 2
Indians 2, Royals 4
Orioles 1, Astros 3
Mets 3, Padres 7
Rays 6, Angels 5 (10 innings)
Dodgers 6, Rockies 7
MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.
Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.
The entire camp was placed in quarantine.
“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”
Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.
The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.
“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”