Marlins center fielder Lewis Brinson made a catch that will almost certainly wind up on year-end “Plays of the Year” lists. With Tuesday’s game knotted at 1-1 between the Red Sox and Marlins, Mookie Betts hit what appeared to be a go-ahead solo home run off of Odrisamer Despaigne. Brinson had other ideas, ranging back and leaping in perfect time to rob Betts of his homer. Even Brinson himself was surprised he made the grab.
The Red Sox still wound up taking the lead in the top of the 11th as Eduardo Nunez hit a one-out double and promptly scored on Andrew Benintendi‘s single. The Marlins tied it up in the bottom half of the inning as Brian Anderson and Justin Bour drew two-out walks. Cameron Maybin drove Anderson home with a double, but Bour was thrown out trying to score the winning run.
As of this writing, the game is tied 2-2 in the 12th inning.
Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman strugged in Sunday afternoon’s start against the Red Sox, yielding four runs (three earned) over five innings. He fell to 2-7 with a 5.86 ERA. The Jays dropped three of four games to the Sox in the series and now sit with a 43-52 record heading into the All-Star break.
Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun reports that while Stroman was initially cool, calm, and collected when speaking to the media after the game, he eventually snapped. Stroman was asked by a reporter about breaking into professional baseball with short-season Single-A Vancouver in 2012. Stroman yelled at the reporter, noting that his team had just lost to the Red Sox, and called his team “f– terrible.” Keegan Matheson’s account of the situation lines up with Buffery’s as well.
Prior to the outburst, Stroman had just praised his teammates, saying, “My team picks me up a ton. They pick me up all year. I should be able to pitch better in times like that when my team doesn’t have my back. Because they’ve had my back a ton of times. So, love my guys on my team and like I said, I would go to war with them any day.”
Stroman will have off until Friday, so hopefully the time off helps him clear his mind. It has understandably been a frustrating season in Toronto.