It was 78 degrees at the start of Saturday’s matinee between the Marlins and Brewers, and by the top of the fourth inning, Milwaukee shortstop Orlando Arcia was feeling the heat. When J.T. Riddle vaulted a pop fly into foul territory, Arcia took advantage of the moment by sneaking a bite of a fan’s ice cream:
Arcia didn’t crack a smile after scooping the ice cream straight out of the bowl, and returned to the field to finish out Zach Davies‘ 1-2-3 inning. Giancarlo Stanton popped another foul ball to the same spot at the top of the fifth inning, prompting Arcia to take a second to smooth things over with the ice cream helmet eater and his friends and leaving them all smiles the second time around.
When he wasn’t taking a well-deserved snack break, Arcia went 3-for-4 at the plate with two base hits and his seventh home run of the season. The Brewers took the game 8-4, improving to three games ahead of the second-place Cubs in the NL Central.
The Red Sox and Mariners left nothing on the table Friday night, going head-to-head in a series opener that eventually ended 14-10 in the Sox’ favor. Led by Steven Wright and Wade LeBlanc — neither of whom made it past the fifth inning — the teams combined for 34 hits and four home runs, including two moonshots from Seattle’s Nelson Cruz and a five-run rally that gave Boston the edge in the seventh.
In the sixth inning, however, the Red Sox were still scrambling to make up a four-run deficit. Left fielder J.D. Martinez cut it in half with one swing, pouncing on an 89.5-mph fastball from Seattle right-hander Nick Vincent and posting it to dead center field for a two-run shot.
The 427-foot blast was Martinez’s 23rd of the season, tying Mike Trout for the most home runs in the league this year. While he still has a ways to go before eclipsing the career-best 45-HR mark he set in 2017, he’s off to a strong start this season: Entering Friday’s game, the 30-year-old slugger was batting .315/.386/.623 with a 1.009 OPS and AL-leading 55 RBI in 308 PA. He finished Friday’s game 4-for-5 with five RBI, just one triple shy of hitting for the cycle.
Heading into the All-Star Break, both Martinez and Trout still have some competition for the home run title. Jose Ramirez is sitting at 22 homers, while Nelson Cruz and Khris Davis are tied at 20 apiece.