It wasn’t pretty early on, but at the end of the night, Taylor Widener only allowed two runs through five innings and he managed to do it on 89 pitches. The bullpen, which had an amazing night on Friday, was decidedly less spectacular on Saturday.
Taylor Widener has earned himself a few more starts to see how he continues to adapt to the Majors as a full-time starter.
The Diamondbacks fanned 12 times against Darvish without managing a walk. Still, the game was tied at two when the Padres’ starter left the game. Then Manny Machado went to work against the Arizona bullpen, knocking in the go-ahead run as part of a four-run eighth inning for San Diego.
Other Baseball News
The Rangers sent their utility man to the mound to mop up at the tail end of their 12-3 loss to the Athletics.
Old friend, Archie Bradley features prominently in this fun look at two aspects of the game in danger of being phased out.
Freeman tried to play through not feeling well and was removed from the game after he discovered moving around and running was becoming laborious. The move by Brian Snitker was a necessary precaution to protect Freeman’s health. Atlanta will now hold its collective breath to see what happens next with Freeman, one of MLB’s players who had a particularly rough bought with COVID already. Here’s hoping everything turns out just fine for the Atlanta star.
Vizquel’s post-playing days are starting to garner as much attention as his actual days of playing and coaching, but for all the wrong reasons. There are dirty players from the PED era who have managed to not fall nearly as far as Vizquel has.