Marco Estrada had a whale of a start today for the Jays. Unfortunately, he’s on his way to a no-decision now.
Estrada had set down the first 22 batters he faced, striking out nine, when Logan Forsythe came to the plate for the Tampa Bay Rays and did this:
The call was challenged, but he was ruled safe. And it was the right call, Joe West making the initial one notwithstanding.
Estrada ended up pitching eight and two-thirds, striking out ten and allowing only two hits. As I write this, the Jays and Rays remain in a scoreless tie after 11 innings.
UPDATE: Chris Colabello just hit a go-ahead homer to break a 0-0 tie in the 12th inning.
The loss of a close, well-pitched game is hard enough for any team to take, but when you lose two key players to injury in the process it’s gotta be damn nigh intolerable. That’s what happened to the Angels last night in their 3-1 loss to Minnesota, losing Andrelton Simmons and Shohei Ohtani. And it happened on consecutive plays in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Simmons is likely to be gone for an extended period after suffering a sprained ankle which was later deemed “severe”. Indeed, they weren’t sure it wasn’t broken until the X-rays came back negative. He sustained the injury running to first base, trying to beat out an infield hit. He came down on the ankle and it twisted in ugly fashion — there are Gifs of it on Twitter and stuff, but you don’t wanna see them — before tumbling over the bag to the ground. Simmons will have an MRI today to see how bad things really are.
Ohtani got off more easily, getting hit in the right ring finger with a pitch while striking out. His X-rays were also negative, but they will reassess him today.
Simmons is hitting .298/.323/.415 on the year while playing his usual spectacular defense. Ohtani, who just came back from Tommy John surgery as a hitter a couple of weeks ago, is hitting .250/.345/.375.