Pirates outfielder Austin Meadows unintentionally helped out Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta with a home run in the bottom of the first inning of Wednesday afternoon’s game at Chase Field. Peralta drove an 0-2 fastball from Jameson Taillon to left-center. Left alone, the ball wouldn’t have sailed over the wall, but in Meadows’ attempt to make the catch, the ball caromed off of his glove and went over the fence for a two-run home run.
Not much has been going right for the Pirates lately, though they are leading the D-Backs 5-2 in the fifth inning as of this writing. If they win today, they will stave off a series sweep in Arizona. The Buccos haven’t won a series since taking both games in an interleague series at home against the White Sox on May 15-16. The Pirates will open a homestand with three games against the Reds starting Friday, but the schedule gets tougher as they will host the Brewers for three games and the D-Backs for four more.
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.