Athletics right-hander Sonny Gray went into last night’s start 3-0 against the Angels this season and appeared well on his way to another victory after holding them to two runs over his first six innings of work. However, things completely fell apart in the seventh inning.
Holding a 7-2 lead, Gray walked back-to-back batters to begin the frame before Matt Joyce delivered an RBI single and Chris Iannetta followed with a single to load the bases. Athletics manager Bob Melvin then brought in Drew Pomeranz, who walked pinch-hitter Daniel Robertson to force in a run before getting Kole Calhoun to strike out swinging. After Edward Mujica replaced Pomeranz, Mike Trout reached on an error thanks to Ben Zobrist which plated another run and set the stage for Albert Pujols to give the Angels the lead:
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That was a rocket. The Angels ended up scoring eight runs in the inning and won 12-7. Quite the turn of events.
By the way, Pujols leads the American League with 20 home runs. He has 12 in his last 21 games.
Your Friday box scores and AP recaps:
Tigers 2, Yankees 7
Pirates 1, Nationals 4
Orioles 4, Blue Jays 5
Cardinals 12, Phillies 4
Cubs 2, Twins 7
Rays 4, Indians 1
Marlins 0, Reds 5
Rangers 2, White Sox 1
Mets 1, Braves 2
Brewers 9, Rockies 5
Red Sox 7, Royals 3
Padres 2, Diamondbacks 4
Angels 12, Athletics 7
Astros 2, Mariners 5
Giants 9, Dodgers 5
Japanese League commissioner Atsushi Saito announced that Japan’s professional baseball season will open on June 19. Teams can being practice games on June 2. There will be no fans. Indeed, the league has not yet even begun to seriously discuss a plan for fans to begin attending games, though that may happen eventually.
The season will begin three months after its originally scheduled opening day of March 20. It will be 120 games long. Teams in each six-team league — the Central League and Pacific League — will play 24 games against each league opponent. There will be no interleague play and no all-star game.
The announcement came in the wake of a national state of emergency being lifted for both Tokyo and the island of Hokkaido. The rest of the country emerged from the state of emergency earlier this month. This will allow the Japanese leagues to follow leagues in South Korea and Taiwan which have been playing for several weeks.
In the United States, Major League Baseball is hoping to resume spring training in mid June before launching a shortened regular season in early July. That plan is contingent on the league and the players’ union coming to an agreement on both financial arrangements and safety protocols for a 2020 season. Negotiations on both are ongoing. Major League Baseball will, reportedly, make a formal proposal about player compensation tomorrow.