“The 38-year-old Molina ripped a one-out double down the left field line, just out of the reach of a diving Eduardo Escobar. The hit scored Paul Goldschmidt, who started the inning on second base. Daniel Ponce de Leon pitched a scoreless 10th for his first save of the season.
The Cardinals won despite blowing a 4-0 lead. Carlos Martinez took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and Tyler O’Neill hit a two-run homer in his return from the injured list”
Translation, we got beat by our rejected first baseman, a catcher that probably should have retired five years ago, and a guy who hadn’t done any baseball activity in 10+ days. Good job team.
The Arizona Diamondbacks, careening into the series on a 10-game losing streak, were no-hit, no-luck, no-threat through six innings Thursday and then, no kidding, scored four runs against the Cardinals’ bullpen to tie the game and plunge it into extra innings at Chase Field. What started as Martinez’s longest stretch of no-hit innings to begin a start reversed and became a stress test on the bullpen and a reminder of missed opportunities in the game.
In two starts, Martin issued seven walks and allowed three homers in nine innings, struggling with both command and finishing off hitters. Lovullo described Martin’s issues as being rooted around consistency, and while the Diamondbacks considered letting him work through his development in the majors, they ultimately decided he would benefit from going back down.
“What is concerning is we’ve done this for parts of three seasons, where we’ve struggled and we’ve had losing streaks and we haven’t really been able to stop the bleeding,” Hall told Arizona Sports’ Doug & Wolf on Thursday. “Every single person has to look in the mirror when we go on these runs.”
This sounds like the lead up to a knee jerk reaction that isn’t going to accomplish anything other than restarting this process...
Major League Baseball has advertised a crackdown on foreign substances that is easier in memo than in practice, in part because hitters want pitchers to have better grip but not so much better that it creates curious movement. Plus, asking umpires to examine gloop on the mound, in a game, might be too much. Umpire Joe West had Gallegos put on a new hat before he threw pitch to avoid, in the umpire’s opinion, any accusation of a foreign substance. With a brand-new cap, Gallegos then struck out the next two batters he faced.
They say it’s baserunning wizardry... but in reality, it’s hands down the worst defense I’ve seen in a long time, and I watched the entire Astro’s defense bounce off of each other like pinballs. All the first baseman had to do was step on first. THAT’S IT.
The team bus reportedly got stuck in traffic after there was a car crash on the Bay Bridge. As a result, Angels players hopped on the BART — a public transit system in the Bay Area — and used that to get to the stadium.
The Angels apparently told reporters the team had an issue on the BART, but the transit system’s Twitter account disputed that part of the story.