Earlier this month, Pirates first baseman Josh Bell hit a baseball into the Allegheny River on the fly, a difficult feat. The blast came off of the Rangers’ Shelby Miller back on May 8 and was measured at 472 feet by Statcast.
Bell reached the Allegheny River on the fly again on Wednesday night, homering with the bases empty against the Rockies’ Jon Gray in the second inning. That cut the Pirates’ deficit to 3-1. According to the MLB Stats Twitter account, Bell is the first player to twice hit the Allegheny on the fly.
After the homer, Bell is hitting .329/.399/.700 with 15 dingers, 45 RBI, and 32 runs scored in 193 plate appearances on the season.
ATLANTA — An apparent roster snafu forced the Toronto Blue Jays to change their pitching plans for Thursday night’s game at the Atlanta Braves.
After Nate Pearson gave up three runs in five innings, manager Charlie Montoyo brought in right-hander Jacob Waguespack to open the sixth.
As Waguespack walked to the mound, he was greeted by home plate umpire Alan Porter, who apparently delivered some bad news: The right-hander wasn’t on the 28-man active roster for the game.
The Blue Jays optioned Waguespack and infielder Santiago Espinal to the team’s alternate training site on Thursday to reach the 28-man roster limit.
Montoyo told reporters before the game Waguespack had been recalled when right-hander Trent Thornton was placed on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation. That move apparently was not processed, leaving Waguespack off the active roster.
Waguespack walked to the dugout and Montoyo brought in Rafael Dolis as the official replacement for Pearson.