R.A. Dickey won last night’s game with a heavy heart


R.A. Dickey pitched the Blue Jays to victory over the Mets last night, working around a lot of walks, but getting the outs when he needed to and holding the Mets’ bats at bay.

It was an even stronger performance than you may realize. From Shi Davidi:

The Toronto Blue Jays will place R.A. Dickey on the bereavement list and recall infielder Munenori Kawasaki from triple-A Buffalo on Friday, industry sources told Sportsnet.

Dickey’s father died Tuesday night, but he still wanted to make his scheduled start Thursday, when he threw 7.1 innings of one-run ball in a 7-1 victory over the New York Mets.

How anyone can perform under such circumstances is beyond me. That R.A. Dickey did so and did so so well is a testament to his mental strength.

Grudge continues to fester between Braves, Marlins

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The Braves and Marlins have some bad blood, especially concerning Ronald Acuña Jr. Around this time last year, José Ureña intentionally threw at Acuña in the first at-bat of a game, leading to a benches-clearing incident. Acuña was hit on the elbow and exited the game but was ultimately fine. Acuña’s crime? Just being good at baseball. At the time, he had homered in five consecutive games, including three games against the Marlins.

In 2019, the first-place Braves and last-place Marlins have mostly minded their own business. The Marlins, however, can certainly keep a grudge it appears. With his first pitch in the bottom of the first inning Tuesday night in Atlanta, Marlins starter Elieser Hernández hit Acuña in the hip.

Home plate umpire Alan Porter issued warnings to both dugouts. Braves manager Brian Snitker wasn’t happy about his side having received a warning for no reason, and was ejected by first base umpire Mark Wegner. Hernández would hit Adeiny Hechavarría with a pitch in the fourth inning — seemingly unintentionally — and was not ejected. Other than that, there were no more incidents and cooler heads prevailed.

Acuña finished 1-for-4 in the Braves’ 5-1 win. Freddie Freeman hit two home runs and knocked in four runs.