UPDATE: Carlos Beltran led off the top of the eighth inning with a hard-struck ball which deflected off first baseman Richie Shaffer for a single. Tough way to lose it, but the no-hit bid is over.
9:04 p.m. ET: Rays right-hander Erasmo Ramirez is working on something special tonight against the Yankees, as he has yet to allow a hit over the first seven innings.
Ramirez has allowed a pair of walks while striking out six batters. He owes an assist to Mikie Mahtook, who just made an excellent leaping catch at the right field wall to rob Brian McCann before doubling off Brett Gardner at second base to end the top of the seventh. Amazing play. Ramirez is currently at 88 pitches.
The interesting thing here is that CC Sabathia has thrown six scoreless innings of his own. The Rays haven’t scored a run in 20 innings. Something’s going to have to give for Ramirez to finish this off and make some history.
Braves 21-year-old outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. nabbed his 30th stolen base of the season on Friday, becoming the second-youngest player in Major League history to produce at least 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases in a single season. Per MLB Stats, the only other player under 22 years old to pull off the feat is Mike Trout, who did so with 30 home runs and 49 stolen bases during his age-20 season in 2012.
Acuña’s triumphant moment came in the eighth inning of Friday’s game against the Mets. He drew a six-pitch walk against righty reliever Seth Lugo, then waited for an opportune moment as Ozzie Albies stepped to the plate. Lugo fired a 93-m.p.h. fastball to Albies for ball no. 2, which was promptly returned to second base by catcher Wilson Ramos. The throw came in high, however; Amed Rosario had to jump to make the catch, allowing Acuña to slide safely into the bag and hit his career mark.
It’s been an eventful season for the All-Star outfielder, whose 36 home runs and 30 stolen bases helps pad a .294/.377/.536 batting line and 5.1 fWAR over 597 plate appearances. Through the first 11 innings of Friday’s contest, he went 0-for-3 with a pair of walks and a stolen base.