Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt hit a sharp ground ball back up the middle to lead off the bottom of the sixth inning of Tuesday’s game. Unfortunately, it caught Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda in the shin, putting him in what appeared to be a great deal of pain. Maeda couldn’t put any weight on the leg as he was being helped off the field.
J.P. Howell entered the game in relief. Maeda’s final line: three runs (two earned) on six hits and a walk with six strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.
The Dodgers will likely provide an update on Maeda’s status after the game. As Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times speculates, Frankie Montas might not make Wednesday’s scheduled start for Triple-A Oklahoma, as the Dodgers could call him up instead if Maeda needs to go on the disabled list. Montas was recently activated from the disabled list.
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.