UPDATE: Welp, that ended quickly. Michael Conforto led off the inning, facing a shifted infield and hit one to usual shortstop position Dansby Swanson ranged over to field it but had to make a Jeter-esque jump throw just to make it look good, though he never had a shot of getting Conforto at first. A clean infield hit, no-hitter over. As you were, pepple.
1:29 PM: Braves starter Mike Soroka just spent a month on the disabled list with a bum shoulder. He was activated and is making the start against the Mets today — just the fourth big league start of his career. It’s going pretty well too: he is no-hitting New York through six innings.
Sokora has thrown only 64 pitches, so he’s theoretically got the range to get there if he can keep it going. You have to figure that the Braves are going to do everything they can to protect him in this one, so absent a couple of more super efficient innings, he may not make it.
It’s a close game, though, because Jacob deGrom — who has been criminally unsupported by the Mets’ offense this season — has allowed only one run in his six innings as well.
We’ll update as events unfold.
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.