Sports That Matters
July 30, 2019
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL NEWS
Rookie Fernando Tatis Jr. and Franmil Reyes homered on David Hess’ first two pitches, and Eric Hosmer connected twice and drove in five runs for the San Diego Padres, who scored all their runs on long balls in an 8-1 victory against the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night.
Luis Urias also went deep for the Padres, who hit four homers off Hess and five overall. The long balls carried rookie Chris Paddack (7-5) to his second victory in three starts.
Hosmer hit a two-run homer off Hess in the fourth that flew over the home run deck in right-center and a three-run shot off Dillon Tate in the seventh that landed deep in the seats down the right-field line. It was the fifth career multihomer game for Hosmer, who has 15 homers this season.
Max Scherzer is back on the 10-day injured list, unwelcome news for the Washington Nationals as they push for a wild-card berth and try to catch the Atlanta Braves in the NL East.
The Nationals announced Monday that Scherzer was placed on the IL with a minor rhomboid strain. The injury is in the same area as the inflammation under his right shoulder that forced the ace right-hander to the IL for 19 days earlier this month.
As the entire stadium erupted around him, Anthony Rendon put his head down for another routine trip around the bases.
The notoriously even-keeled Rendon hit a tiebreaking grand slam in the sixth inning, and the Washington Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves 6-3 on Monday night in the opener of a three-game series to close within 4 1/2 games of the NL East leader.
“Hit it far and loud,” manager Dave Martinez said. “It was clutch.”
Patrick Corbin (9-5) allowed two runs and five hits in six innings, striking out eight and walking one. Sean Doolittle gave up a home run to pinch-hitter Charlie Culberson in the ninth.
Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Joc Pederson was substituted in the eighth inning of Monday’s 9-1 loss to the Colorado Rockies because he didn’t run out a ground ball, manager Dave Roberts said.
Pederson grounded out in the eighth to first baseman Daniel Murphy, scoring catcher Will Smith. But Pederson, who went 0-for-4 in the game, didn’t reach first base and stopped running.
Jon Gray allowed three hits over eight innings to win for the first time in a month, and the Colorado Rockies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-1 Monday night for just their third win in 11 games this season against the NL champions.
Nolan Arenado had a two-run single in a five-run fifth inning, David Dahl hit a two-run homer into the right field second deck in the eighth, and Ian Desmond finished a home run short of the cycle. Colorado was 44-39 going into the final day of June but has won just six times in its last 24 games.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have traded left-hander Zac Rosscup to the St. Louis Cardinals for cash.
The Dodgers also put Enrique Hernandez on the injured list with a sprained left hand Monday. Rosscup is headed to his fourth team this season.
Bo Bichette rapped a clean single in the first at-bat of his big league career, and then was greeted by his parents after the Toronto Blue Jays rolled to a 7-3 win over the Kansas City Royals on Monday night.
The Blue Jays’ top prospect didn’t have the biggest impact on the game, though. That was another son of an ex-big leaguer, Cavan Biggio, who hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth inning and added an RBI single in the ninth. The son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio finished with three hits.
Toronto Blue Jays closer Ken Giles, a trade target of bullpen-needy teams, has been unavailable the past two games because of elbow soreness, manager Charlie Montoyo said. “He’s working through it. If he’s not 100 percent, we’re not going to pitch him,” said Montoyo, who added that he wasn’t sure if Giles would be able to pitch Tuesday.
Giles has been dealing with inflammation in his right elbow since June, when he spent 10 days on the injured list.
By the second inning, Caleb Smith had infield dirt on his jersey, his knee and the backside of his pants, which is why his third inning of pitching was less than clean.
Smith endured a bad stretch after a baserunning adventure but recovered to pitch seven innings and help the Miami Marlins beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 11-6 Monday.
All nine Reds crossed the plate in a parade unseen in Cincinnati since the days of the Big Red Machine. All the down-and-out Pirates could do was watch glumly.
Jose Iglesias’ grand slam completed Cincinnati’s 10-run second inning and the Reds beat the Pirates 11-6 Monday night after Pittsburgh traded scheduled starter Jordan Lyles to the Brewers.
The last-place Pirates lost their ninth straight, their longest skid since they dropped 10 in a row in 2011.
Jordan Lyles is heading back to the Milwaukee Brewers, who are desperate for starting pitching as they try to repeat as NL Central champions.
The Brewers acquired the right-hander from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday for pitching prospect Cody Ponce, giving them a familiar name in their injury-depleted rotation. Lyles has struggled since the end of May.
For all the talk of an imminent turnaround, James Paxton has not been much of an improvement over Sonny Gray for the New York Yankees.
Paxton allowed a leadoff home run for the second straight outing when Charlie Blackmon shook out of a slump with the first of his four hits , starting the Colorado Rockies to an 8-4 win on Sunday that halted a six-game skid and New York’s five-game winning streak.
Blackmon had been 1 for 9 with four strikeouts in the first two games of the series before hitting the third leadoff homer against Paxton this season, after Baltimore’s Jonathan Villar on April 4 and Tampa Bay’s Travis d’Arnaud last Monday. Paxton (5-5) has a 10.06 ERA in the first inning, allowing eight home runs, and has given up runs in the opening inning in seven of his last nine starts. His ERA after the first is 2.75.
The Philadelphia Phillies acquired left-hander Jason Vargas in a trade with the division-rival New York Mets on Monday.
The Mets received minor league catcher Austin Bossart in the deal, and the Phillies could get a boost to a starting rotation that has struggled throughout the season.
The Phillies also received cash considerations. Vargas is owed $2,666,667 of his $8 million salary for the remainder of this season, and his contract includes an $8 million club option for 2020 with a $2 million buyout.
Vargas, 36, is 6-5 with a 4.01 ERA in 19 games (18 starts) this season. The 14-year veteran got off to a terrible start but has fared better over the past two months, going 5-3 with a 3.34 ERA in his 12 most recent starts.
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