Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna drilled a Jerad Eickhoff fastball into the stands in left-center field at Citizens Bank Park on Monday night, extending his hitting streak to 16 games. That’s not only 16 consecutive games with a hit, it’s 16 consecutive games using hitting coach Barry Bonds’ bat.
Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that Ozuna has been using Bonds’ bats since April 30, the first day of his hitting streak. The bats have been prone to breaking, so Bonds had to order more for Ozuna. “I feel great swinging that bat,” Ozuna said.
Ozuna entered Monday’s series opener against the Phillies batting .312/.358/.514 with six home runs and 19 RBI.
During the offseason, Bonds and manager Don Mattingly lobbied owner Jeffrey Loria to hold on to Ozuna. A month and a half into the season, that seems like it was a wise decision.
FORT WORTH, Texas — A former Angels employee has been charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in connection with last year’s overdose death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, prosecutors in Texas announced Friday.
Eric Prescott Kay was arrested in Fort Worth, Texas, and made his first appearance Friday in federal court, according to Erin Nealy Cox, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas. Kay was communications director for the Angels.
Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room in the Dallas area July 1, 2019, before the start of what was supposed to be a four-game series against the Texas Rangers. The first game was postponed before the teams played the final three games.
Skaggs died after choking on his vomit with a toxic mix of alcohol and the powerful painkillers fentanyl and oxycodone in his system, a coroner’s report said. Prosecutors accused Kay of providing the fentanyl to Skaggs and others, who were not named.
“Tyler Skaggs’s overdose – coming, as it did, in the midst of an ascendant baseball career – should be a wake-up call: No one is immune from this deadly drug, whether sold as a powder or hidden inside an innocuous-looking tablet,” Nealy Cox said.
If convicted, Kay faces up to 20 years in prison. Federal court records do not list an attorney representing him, and an attorney who previously spoke on his behalf did not immediately return a message seeking comment.