I’m OK with Anthony Rendon not laying out to save Max Scherzer’s perfect game

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Max Scherzer pitched a whale of a game yesterday. By most measures the best game in Washington Nationals history, striking out sixteen souls and allowing only one hit.

“But let’s dwell on that hit,” some folks seem to want to think, and recount the ball that fell in off of Carlos Gomez’s bat. Clinton Yates of the Washington Post on Anthony Rendon’s effort:

He didn’t dive, though. The ball fell in, and ended up as the only hit of the game. Having watched this play nearly three dozen times since it happened, I still can’t figure out why Rendon didn’t lay out to catch that ball.

If you didn’t see it, here’s the hit.

I can think of a few reasons Rendon didn’t lay out. Of one, it was 4-0 in the bottom of the seventh, meaning that a bloop single isn’t all that important. At least not worth risking the health of a guy who missed a couple of months with knee problems and an oblique strain in the service of some pointless effort to prevent a hit that, a neat bit of history aside, would have little actual significance. Plus, I’ve watched it three times now and I don’t think Rendon catches it on a back-to-the-infield lay out catch anyway. What say you, Mr. Yates?

Honestly, I don’t think Rendon would have caught it anyway.

I guess we’re done here.

Red Sox end Astros’ 10-game winning streak

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The Red Sox salvaged the final game of their three-game home series against the Astros, winning 4-3 on Sunday afternoon. In doing so, they ended the Astros’ 10-game winning streak.

Xander Bogaerts struck the decisive blow, knocking in a run with a double in the seventh inning to break a 3-3 tie. Michael Chavis also hit another homer — his eighth of the season — while Mookie Betts collected three hits and scored three runs to raise his OPS to .899.

The Astros last lost on May 7 against the Royals, the second game of a three-game series. The Astros won the final game of that set, then swept the Rangers in a four-game series, the Tigers in three, and won the first two games against the Red Sox. It’s their second 10-game winning streak of the season, as they won 10 striaght between April 5-16, sweeping the Athletics, Yankees, and Mariners before losing the second of two games against the A’s in Oakland.

At 31-16, the Astros are slightly behind the Twins — in progress as of this writing — for the best winning percentage in the majors. The Red Sox, meanwhile, have made up some ground after ending April 13-17. They’re now 24-22, good for third place in the AL East.