Add Astros reliever Brad Peacock to the list of players to contract hand, foot, and mouth disease. Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports that the right-hander will miss an as-yet undetermined amount of time due to the illness.
Peacock joins the Mets’ Noah Syndergaard (link) and the Yankees’ J.A. Happ (link) as players to have contracted HF&M, which sounds more like a clothing store you’d find in a mall when you put it that way. Both pitchers missed one start.
Hand, foot, and mouth disease is more common in children than adults and is caused by Coxsackievirus A16 or Enterovirus 71. It isn’t known how Happ contracted it, but Syndergaard said he likely became ill after attending a youth camp during the All-Star break.
Peacock, 30, owns a 2.98 ERA with a 90/19 K/BB ratio in 60 1/3 innings for the Astros this season. Based on the other two pitchers’ timelines, Peacock shouldn’t miss many games, so he should have time to return and get primed for a playoff run. The Astros currently hold a three-game lead over the Athletics for first place in the AL West.
Just one week after Taylor Cole and Felix Peña tossed a combined no-hitter against Seattle, Mariners right-hander Mike Leake worked on his own perfect game through eight innings against the Angels.
It was an ambitious form of revenge, and one that Leake served up perfectly as he held the Angels scoreless in frame after frame. He sprinkled a handful of strikeouts throughout the first eight innings, catching Matt Thaiss on a called strike three in the third and getting two whiffs — called strikeouts against both Brian Goodwin and Shohei Ohtani — in the fourth.
The Mariners, meanwhile, put up a good fight against the Angels, backing Leake’s attempt with 10 runs — their first double-digit total since a 13-3 rout of the Orioles on June 23. Daniel Vogelbach led things off in the fourth with a three-run homer off of reliever Jaime Barria, then repeated the feat with another three-run shot off Barria in the fifth. Tom Murphy and J.P. Crawford helped pad the lead as well with a two-RBI single and two-RBI double, respectively.
In the ninth, with just three outs remaining, the Angels finally managed to break through. Luis Rengifo worked a 1-1 count against Leake, then returned an 85.3-m.p.h. changeup to right field for a base hit, dismantling the perfecto and the no-hitter in one fell swoop. Leake lost control of the ball following the hit, issuing four straight balls to Kevan Smith in the next at-bat and giving the Angels their first runner in scoring position. Still at a pitch count of just 90, however, he induced the next two outs in quick fashion and polished off the win with a triumphant eight-pitch strikeout against Mike Trout for the first one-hitter (and Maddux) of his career.
Had Leake successfully closed out the perfecto, it would’ve been the first of his decade-long career in the majors and the first the Mariners had seen since Félix Hernández’s perfect game against the Rays in August 2012. For their part, the Angels have yet to be on the losing end of a perfecto. The last time they were shut out in a no-hitter was 1999, at the hands of then-Twins pitcher Eric Milton.