Padres starter Chris Paddack thought he had his first major league hit and RBI when he swatted a line drive to right field with the bases loaded in the bottom of the second inning during Sunday afternoon’s game against the Giants. The combination of Paddack hitting a 95 MPH line drive and right fielder Gerardo Parra playing shallow, however, resulted in a 9-3 putout to end the inning.
Paddack is making his major league debut today. He’s done work on the mound, holding the Giants hitless over four innings. He has yielded just one walk while striking out seven on 60 pitches. Despite Paddack’s effort, the game is still 0-0 as of this writing.
Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was hit on the hand by a Jack Flaherty pitch in the fourth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Cardinals. Rather than take first base, Marte — who came to the plate with a runner on first base — insisted to home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman that the ball hit the knob of the bat, not his hand. Marte was allowed to continue his at-bat, though manager Clint Hurdle came out to discuss the ruling with Dreckman. Marte eventually grounded into a fielder’s choice. He then got caught attempting to steal second base and the Pirates scored zero runs in the inning.
According to Baseball Prospectus, a team that has runners on first and second with no outs is expected to score 1.55 runs. Having a runner on first base with one out yields 0.56 expected runs. Marte essentially cost his team a run by rejecting first base. Oops.