Thursday gave us a light schedule, one that’s already halfway complete. The afternoon saw the Diamondbacks trample the Mets 9-0, the Pirates blank the Padres 4-0, and the Astros bashed the Twins 15-7. Rockies/Rangers and Braves/Brewers are still in action, while the Orioles and Athletics started not too long ago.
So let’s talk again about Rockies rookie outfielder David Dahl. We noted last week that Dahl hit safely in the first 10 games of his major league career. With a first-inning single in Thursday afternoon, Dahl kept his streak alive, which is now at 17 consecutive games to begin his career. That ties a major league record for the longest hitting streak to begin a career. The Reds’ Chuck Aleno also hit in 17 straight to begin his career in 1941. Dahl passed Juan Pierre, who hit in 16 straight, for the Rockies club record.
Dahl, rated as the Rockies’ second-best prospect by MLB Pipeline, entered Thursday’s action .365/.394/.619 with three home runs, nine RBI, and 16 runs scored in 66 plate appearances. That’ll do.
The rest of Thursday evening’s action…
Houston Astros (Chris Devenski) @ Minnesota Twins (Tommy Milone), 7:10 PM EDT [Game Two]
Los Angeles Angels (Jhoulys Chacin) @ Cleveland Indians (Corey Kluber), 7:10 PM EDT
New York Yankees (Michael Pineda) @ Boston Red Sox (Eduardo Rodriguez), 7:10 PM EDT
St. Louis Cardinals (Carlos Martinez) @ Chicago Cubs (Jon Lester), 8:05 PM EDT
Chicago White Sox (Miguel Gonzalez) @ Kansas City Royals (Danny Duffy), 8:15 PM EDT
Atlanta Braves legend Dale Murphy took to Twitter last night and talked about his son, who was injured while taking part in a protest in Denver.
Murphy said his son nearly lost his eye after he was hit in the face by a rubber bullet while peacefully marching. He later shared a photo (see below). “Luckily, his eye was saved due to a kind stranger that was handing out goggles to protestors shortly before the shooting and another kind stranger that drove him to the ER,” Murphy said.
Murphy had far more to say about the protests, however, than how it related to his son:
“As terrible as this experience has been, we know that it’s practically nothing compared to the systemic racism and violence against Black life that he was protesting in the first place. Black communities across America have been terrorized for centuries by excessive police force . . . If you’re a beneficiary of systemic racism, then you will not be able to dismantle it at no cost to yourself. You will have to put yourself at risk. It might not always result in being physically attacked, but it will require you to make yourself vulnerable.”