As we mentioned in this morning’s recaps, the Angels came back from a 5-0 deficit against the Rangers in Anaheim. The winning run came on a walkoff squeeze bunt, with Jeremy Jeffress getting the loss in the 10th. Texas wouldn’t have even been playing in the 10th, however, if their closer had taken care of business in the ninth.
That closer — for the moment anyway — is Sam Dyson, who gave up three runs on four hits while trying to convert what, on paper anyway, is the easiest of saves. He allowed a leadoff homer to Danny Espinosa, a double to Yunel Escobar, an RBI double to Mike Trout and an RBI single to Albert Pujols. Just like that the game was tied at five, setting the stage for Carlos Perez’s bunty heroics in the final frame.
Dyson has come in to two save situations this season and has blown them both. He likewise lost the Rangers’ Opening Day game, entering it with things tied up only to allow three runs on four hits in two-thirds of an inning.
Last night, after the Angels win, Rangers manager Jeff Banister said “we can’t continue to lose games like this.” I’d read “like this” to mean “with Sam Dyson pitching in the ninth.” Matt Bush? Jeremy Jeffress? Time to get ready for your closeup.
UPDATE: OK, maybe not Matt Bush.
Yesterday’s news about the arrest of Pirates closer Felipe Vázquez was pretty disturbing. Today’s update from Jeff Passan of ESPN is even worse.
Vázquez has been charged with solicitation of a child and providing obscene material to minors, and yesterday’s report said that he texted a 15-year-old girl that he would meet up with her after the season for sex. According to police, however, Vázquez had already met with a minor in an attempt to have sex. When she was 13:
Yesterday Vázquez’s attorney, Jay Reisinger, issued a statement saying “We are in the process of reviewing both the Pennsylvania and Florida charging documents, as well as the underlying facts of the matter. At this time, any comment would be premature.”
The Pennsylvania charges referenced involve an alleged statutory sexual assault of a victim who is at least 16 years old by a person who is at least 11 years older than the victim; unlawful contact with a minor; corruption of a minor by a defendant who is 18 years old or older; and indecent assault of a person less than 16 years old. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported last night that the offenses allegedly occurred on Aug. 1, 2018.
Vázquez is still in Pennsylvania, where he was arrested, and is awaiting extradition to Florida. He was denied bail and was characterized by the arraigning judge as a flight risk. Likely because he is a native and citizen of a foreign country with substantial financial resources.
UPDATE: I had missed this previously, but the Pirates issued a statement about all of this yesterday afternoon: