Sometimes the headlines are enough. In this case I promise you that it is in no way misleading.
The story comes from closer Mark Melancon over at the Players Tribune. Today he writes about how he came to sign with the San Francisco Giants. A key part of that was the lobbying of Giants outfielder Hunter Pence, who was a teammate of Melancon’s with the Astros back in the day. By means of introduction, Melancon tells a story about how he took Pence to his first yoga class. It was one of those hot yoga classes, where they turn the temperature of the room up to 100 degrees.
Intense stuff and, as Melancon reminds us, Pence is an intense dude. So intense with the yoga that it ended up being a matter for collision repair. Go read it to find out why.
The rest of the column is pretty good too. Lots of the usual Players Tribune stuff, of course — what a coincidence that the guy just signed with a team he has always respected and which plays in a stadium he loves! — but with a funny bit about how Giants fans treat opposing relief pitchers in those baseline bullpens at AT&T Park. I never knew that, and it made me smile to learn it.
Just one week after Taylor Cole and Felix Peña tossed a combined no-hitter against Seattle, Mariners right-hander Mike Leake worked on his own perfect game through eight innings against the Angels.
It was an ambitious form of revenge, and one that Leake served up perfectly as he held the Angels scoreless in frame after frame. He sprinkled a handful of strikeouts throughout the first eight innings, catching Matt Thaiss on a called strike three in the third and getting two whiffs — called strikeouts against both Brian Goodwin and Shohei Ohtani — in the fourth.
The Mariners, meanwhile, put up a good fight against the Angels, backing Leake’s attempt with 10 runs — their first double-digit total since a 13-3 rout of the Orioles on June 23. Daniel Vogelbach led things off in the fourth with a three-run homer off of reliever Jaime Barria, then repeated the feat with another three-run shot off Barria in the fifth. Tom Murphy and J.P. Crawford helped pad the lead as well with a two-RBI single and two-RBI double, respectively.
In the ninth, with just three outs remaining, the Angels finally managed to break through. Luis Rengifo worked a 1-1 count against Leake, then returned an 85.3-m.p.h. changeup to right field for a base hit, dismantling the perfecto and the no-hitter in one fell swoop. Leake lost control of the ball following the hit, issuing four straight balls to Kevan Smith in the next at-bat and giving the Angels their first runner in scoring position. Still at a pitch count of just 90, however, he induced the next two outs in quick fashion and polished off the win with a triumphant eight-pitch strikeout against Mike Trout for the first one-hitter (and Maddux) of his career.
Had Leake successfully closed out the perfecto, it would’ve been the first of his decade-long career in the majors and the first the Mariners had seen since Félix Hernández’s perfect game against the Rays in August 2012. For their part, the Angels have yet to be on the losing end of a perfecto. The last time they were shut out in a no-hitter was 1999, at the hands of then-Twins pitcher Eric Milton.