Two days after notching his 100th RBI of the year, Rockies’ slugger Charlie Blackmon did it again. This time, his two-run shot off of the Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu cemented his spot in the history books, lifting him to 102 RBI for the most single-season RBI by any major-league leadoff hitter.
Blackmon came through for the club in the second inning, tagging a 3-2 changeup from Ryu and postmarking it an estimated 454 feet into the second deck of the right field bleachers in Coors Field:
Technically, the 31-year-old centerfielder only needed 101 RBI to eclipse the standing record, which was established by Darin Erstad with the 2000 Angels.
The blast capped a five-run lead for the Rockies, building on a pair of first-inning homers by Nolan Arenado and Mark Reynolds. Justin Turner put an end to the shutout with an RBI single in the third, but the Dodgers still trail the Rockies 7-1 in the fifth after Trevor Story clubbed a two-RBI home run of his own. The Rockies will need a win — and a Brewers’ loss — to clinch a wild card berth.
Postseason or no postseason, it’s been a career year for Blackmon. He entered Friday with a .328/.598/.995 batting line, including 36 home runs and a career-best 208 hits and 14 triples.
ST. LOUIS – Reliever Giovanny Gallegos and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed Monday to an $11 million, two-year contract, a deal that includes a club option for 2025 and escalators that could make it worth $20.5 million over three seasons.
The 31-year-old right-hander is 3-5 with a 2.91 ERA and 14 saves in 20 chances this season. He has 72 strikeouts and 15 walks in 58 2/3 innings.
“I feel so happy,” Gallegos said Monday before the Cardinals played the Pirates in Pittsburgh. “I don’t have the word for exactly how I’m feeling.”
He was obtained from the Yankees in July 2018 along with left-hander Chasen Shreve in the trade that sent first baseman Luke Voit to New York. Gallegos is 14-15 with a 3.02 ERA and 34 saves in six major league seasons.
Gallegos gets a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $4.5 million next year and $5.5 million in 2024. St. Louis has a $6.5 million team option for 2025 with a $500,000 buyout.
His 2025 option price can increase by up to $3.5 million for games finished in 2024: $500,000 each for 20-25 and 26-30 and 31-35, and $1 million apiece for 36-40 and 41 or more.
He would get $250,000 for winning the Rivera/Hoffman reliever of the year award, $50,000 for All-Star selection and World Series MVP and $25,000 for League Championship Series MVP.
Gallegos has a $2.41 million salary this year.
He was eligible for salary arbitration and is potentially eligible for free agency after the 2024 season.