It was a day to forget for Merrill Kelly. The right-hander only lasted 3 2⁄3 innings, surrendering six hits and seven walks along with three earned runs. Reliever Matt Koch came in and finished up the game. He allowed two more walks and two more runs. On the other side of the ball, Kyle Hendricks was dealing, striking out 11 Diamondbacks in his seven innings of work.
Welcome to day games at Wrigley Field. The wind was having its way on Friday, making routine plays more difficult than they had any right being. Diamondbacks starter, Merrill Kelly, who couldn’t buy a strike to save himself appeared to get out of a big inning, only to have a routine pop-up on the infield go for a two-run double to the outfield. It was just that sort of day for the Diamondbacks.
Merrill Kelly’s secret to success thus far has been his ability to throw strikes. Maybe that got blown out to Lake Michigan or something on Friday. Kelly walked seven batters in 3 2⁄3 innings of work. Meanwhile, the Windy City lived up to its name, creating all sorts of “interesting” plays in the field.
Christian Walker is among the league leaders in late-game performance right now. The slugging first-baseman recognizes this and is committed to finding a way to improve against starting pitching.
In a move that seemed obvious from the moment Boston designated Swihart for assignment, the Diamondbacks made a trade for the former top-catcher. The Diamondbacks have sent Marcus Wilson to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for Swihart and $500,000 in international bonus cash.
Complete with a cameo appearance by Arizona’s own, Zack Greinke.
The Yankees’ Adam Ottavino faced off against the Royals’ Terrance Gore late Friday night in the first ever meeting of two players both wearing the number zero. Ottavino struck Gore out.
With five strikeout in five innings against the Royals on Friday, C.C. Sabathia now stands at 2,994 strikeouts and 247 wins in his career. The potential Hall of Famer could become the seventeenth pitcher to cross the 3,000 strikeout threshold.
With Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt having signed extensions, Anthony Rendon (also in extension talks) is now the top position player talent slated to hit free agency at the end of the season.