MLB Recap
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All 30 teams were scheduled to play, as the MLB attempted to return returned to normalcy. The Cardinals-Cubs series was shut down due to another round of positive tests for St. Louis, while the Braves-Phillies game got rained out. On that note, take a look at the daily MLB Recap.

MLB Recap: Orioles 11 – Nationals 0

Jose Iglesias collected a hit in all four of his at-bats Friday night, as the Baltimore Orioles clobbered the Washington Nationals, 11-0.

“It was a good day all around, especially coming off that series against Miami…It was huge to build our confidence.”

Iglesias said

Three Orioles pitchers combined to pitch the four-hit shutout, with starter, Tommy Milone pitching six innings while striking out three. 

Baltimore hit seven doubles on the night, including two from Hanser Alberto, while Renato Nunez once again hit a home run, after smashing two on Thursday.

Starlin Castro collected two of the Nationals four hits on the night, with the others coming from Victor Robles and Howie Kendrick. Starter Anibal Sanchez was unable to make it through the sixth inning before being replaced. Sanchez gave up five runs on ten hits while striking out four and walking three.

Following a Yankees loss to the Rays, Baltimore (6-7) is now three games out of first place. The Nationals, who dropped their second straight, are now 4-6 on the season.

MLB Recap: Rays 1 – Yankees 0

For the Yankees and Rays, the theme of the night was pitching. The two teams combined for only four hits and one run.

Tampa Bay no-hit the Yankees for the first five innings, before Yankees second baseman, DJ LeMahieu, hit a Peter Fairbanks fastball up the middle into center field.

Despite pitching last September after surgery to the elbow on his pitching arm, Blake Snell is still working his way back to full strength. Snell threw 59 pitches in three innings while striking out five Yankees. 

“The Yankees are a great team, so when we beat them it’s always a good feeling,”

Snell said

In the seventh inning, the Yankees had a chance to get on the board first, after three straight walks loaded the bases, but Rays reliever Nick Anderson got out of the jam by striking out the struggling Gary Sanchez, on three pitches.

Michael Perez turned 28 today and decided to celebrate in style, as he drove in the deciding run via a pinch-hit, sacrifice fly in the eighth inning. 

In his second start since taking a line drive on the head resulting in a concussion, New York pitcher Masahiro Tanaka appeared to be back in form, allowing only one hit in five innings while striking out five.

The two teams will play a double-header Tomorrow, with Yankees (9-4) ace Gerrit Cole set to face off against Tyler Glasnow. Tampa (6-7) looks to close the gap, and with a sweep of the series, would move into a first-place tie with the Yankees.

MLB Recap: Marlins 4 – Mets 3

Miami continued to stay hot during their COVID-19 bounce back, as they defeated the Mets 4-3 on Friday night.

Francisco Cervelli got the scoring started with a three-run home run off of Mets starter, Michael Wacha, in the top of the second inning, and three batters later, Jonathan Villar doubled in a run to put the Fish up 4-0.

New York would answer back with a run of their own in the bottom of the second, coming off the bat of Dom Smith, who hit his second home run of the season. 

An eighth-inning rally fell short even with Ahmed Rosaria scoring on a fielder’s choice and Brian Dozier scoring on a J.D. Davis single. 

The Marlins relied heavily on their bullpen during the win, as six pitchers combined to let up only three runs on six hits, striking out 11 Mets batters. Stephen Tarpley got the win for Miami, as Wacha took the loss. 

With their sixth straight win and the Braves game postponed due to rain, the Marlins (7-1) remain in sole possession of first place, while the Mets (5-9) fall to last place in the division.

MLB Recap: Red Sox 5 – Blue Jays 3

Two RBI doubles and a solo home run were not good enough for the Toronto Blue Jays as they fell to the Boston Red Sox, 5-3.

Cavan Biggio led off the game with a home run, but the Red Sox quickly responded, as Andrew Benintendi scored on a Mitch Moreland, bases load walk. 

Moreland would go on to hit a home run of his own, a two-run shot in the third to put the Sox up 4-2, off of Toronto starter, Tanner Roark. Roark, who walked five batters in only three innings, took his first loss of the season, and now sits at 1-1. 

Toronto pulled within one in the top of the sixth inning, after a Vlad Guerrero Jr. double drove in Rowdy Tellez, but the team missed a pivotal chance to tie it when Guerrero was thrown out at third trying to stretch the play into a triple.

Seven pitchers combined for Boston’s victory, as closer Brandon Workman picked up his third save of the season. 

Boston (5-8) and Toronto (4-7) now sit four games back of first place in the AL East, with the Red Sox holding sitting just above the Blue Jays due to winning percentage. 

MLB Recap: Royals 3 – Twins 2

Ryan McBroom crushed a go-ahead home run in the sixth inning for the Royals, as they defeated the Minnesota Twins, 3-2.

Minnesota hit an MLB record 307 home runs in 2019, and that power has stayed with them in the 2020 season, as both of their runs on Friday night came via the long ball. Marwin Gonzalez and Byron Buxton hit their second home runs on the season, coming in the fourth and third innings.

“Especially against a team like this — they’re hot, they’re play great. This was a huge momentum-builder for us…You can’t really ask for much more, especially from our pitching. We did a great job in all aspects of the game.”

McBroom said

Kansas City reliever, Greg Holland, came on to pitch with two outs in the fifth inning and picked up his second victory. 

Jake Odorizzi is set to make his season debut as he gets the starting nod for Minnesota (10-4) tomorrow, while Danny Duffy goes for his victory of the season for the Royals (5-10).

MLB Recap: White Sox 2 – Indians 0

Dylan Cease pitched five innings of shutout baseball, as the Chicago White Sox knocked off the Cleveland Indians, 2-0.

Cease got himself into trouble a few times, as he walked four batters and hit another, but he was able to wiggle out of jams and hand over the game to his bullpen, who gave up only two hits in three innings of work.

“With my stuff tonight, there’s no reason why I shouldn’t have gone deeper…I wasted a lot of pitches, got behind a lot of guys. There’s still a lot of room for improvement. A game like this will not be sustainable, so I do have to be better.”

Cease said

Chicago scored the game-winning run when Luis Robert crossed the plate, despite Jose Abreu grounding into a double play. The White Sox would add an insurance run as Adam Engel hit a solo home run in the eighth inning. 

Cleveland struggled with runners on base, going 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position, and left ten runners on base throughout the game.

Zach Plesac will go for his win of the season as he will start for  Indians (8-7) on Saturday. Chicago (8-6) has yet to announce their starter for the game.

MLB Recap: Reds 8 – Brewers 3

It was a night to remember for Trevor Bauer, as the Reds pitcher, struck out 12 batters in six innings of work.

Bauer had help on the offensive side, as the Reds coasted to an 8-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.

Matt Davidson and Nick Castellanos chipped in home runs, with Davidson hitting a three-run shot in the second inning, while Castellanos knocked out a two-run homer in the sixth. Castellanos previously doubled in a run in the second inning. 

Brewers outfielder, Christian Yelich, hit his second home run in as many nights, but that would be his only hit in four at-bats, as his season average now sits at .125, a far cry from his 2018 MVP season average of .326.

Brett Anderson and Anthony DeSclafani will make their second starts of the season for the Brewers (5-6) and Reds (6-8), respectively, on Saturday. Both pitchers are looking for their first win of the season. 

MLB Recap: Tigers 17 – Pirates 13 (F/11)

It was a crazy night in Pittsburgh, as the Detroit Tigers needed 11 innings to defeat the Pirates. In all, the two teams combined for 30 runs on 32 hits, as Detroit prevailed, 17-13. 

By the end of the fifth inning, 12 runs had already been scored.

Pittsburgh entered the bottom of the eighth inning down five runs but clawed their way back thanks in part to a two-run Erik Gonzalez double in the eighth, and an Adam Frazier three-run shot in the bottom of the ninth. 

The game entered extra innings tied at 12, with each team scoring a run in the inning. Detroit broke the game wide open in the top of the 11th inning via a pair of RBI singles and a Nick Goodrum, two-run double. 

In the end, a four-run deficit was too much for the Pirates to handle. A total of 16 pitchers were used throughout the game, none throwing more than 4.2 innings.

Ivan Nova will start against his former team, as the Tigers (6-5) look to make it two straight victories. Derek Holland gets the nod for the Pirates (3-11). 

MLB Recap: Padres 3 – Diamondbacks 0

Zach Davies took a perfect game into the fifth inning, after retiring the first 13 batters, as the Padres beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-0.

Fernando Tatis Jr., Jake Cronenworth, and Edward Olivares each hit solo home runs to support Davies. 

A final state line of 5.2 innings, three hits, and six strikeouts gave Davies his second win. Three Padres relievers combined to allow one hit over the remaining 3.1 innings. 

Luke Weaver lost his third game of the season for Arizona (5-9), as the team now sits in last place in the NL West, while San Diego (8-6) sits in the middle of the pack.

MLB Recap: Dodgers 7 – Giants 2

Four different Dodgers hit homers Friday night, as the team easily defeated the San Francisco Giants, 7-2.

Mookie Betts, acquired from the Red Sox during the offseason, hit his first home run at Dodger Stadium while also hitting a double in his first at-bat. 

Giants starter Jeff Samardzija, had another rough outing giving up six runs on seven hits while walking two. Samardzija now sits at 0-2, with a 9.88 ERA.

LA (10-4) has now won three straight games, while the Giants (6-9) have dropped two in a row. Johnny Cueto will start for San Fran on Saturday, as Clayton Kershaw gets the nod for the Dodgers. 

MLB Recap: Rangers 4 – Angels 3

Mike Trout did what he does best on his birthday: hit a home run.

The three-time former AL MVP has now hit five homers in games on his birthday. Even with Trout’s birthday bash, the Angels could not get the job done as they lost 4-3, at the hands of the Rangers.

Jordan Lyles pitches 5.1 innings, striking out for the Rangers, while his Angels counterpart, Griffin Canning, walked six batters in 3.2 innings. Canning walked Robinson Chirinos with the bases loaded in the fourth one, one of three walks issued in the inning, and committed a throwing error on a pickoff attempted that sailed into center field, allowing another run to score.

Albert Pujols hit his 662nd career double during the game. Pujols is now just three doubles shy of tying George Brett for sixth-most career doubles.

Texas sits at 4-8, while the Angels are now 5-9. The first pitch tomorrow Is set for 7:05 PM EST.

MLB Recap: Athletics 3 – Astros 2 (F/13)

A Marcus Semien RBI single in the bottom of the 13th inning gave the Oakland Athletics their seventh straight victory, this time defeating the Houston Astros, 3-2. 

Zack Greinke started the game for the Astros and remains winless through his first three games.

The Astros were the victim of a harmless taunt from a fan as a banner flew over the stadium that read, “Houston Asterisk,” mocking the team’s sign-stealing scandal.

Oakland received an excellent start from Chris Bassitt as he pitched seven innings, allowing only one run on three hits while striking out three and walking three.

Houston (6-7), which has now lost three straight games, will look to get back in the win column as they send out Framber Valdez on Saturday to face the A’s (10-4) Frankie Montas. 

MLB Recap: Rockies – Mariners

The Colorado Rockies picked up their second straight victory as they defeated the Seattle Mariners, 8-4. 

Charlie Blackmon and Garret Hampson each hit solo homers, while Daniel Murphy hit a two-run RBI single and a two-run home run for the Rockies. 

Rockies starter Antonio Senzatela threw six innings, allowing two runs and striking out five batters en route to his third victory. 

Seattle managed to pull within a run in the sixth inning Aaron Nola hit a two-run home run, but Murphy and company responded.

The Rockies (10-3) have now won six of their last seven games while Seattle (5-10) sits in last in the AL West after losing their previous two. 

Top Performers:

Erik Gonzalez: 4-5, 1 home run, 6 RBI’s

Philip Evans: 3-5, 1 home run, 4 RBI’s, 3 runs scored

Trevor Bauer: 6 innings pitched, 3 hits, 1 earned run, 12 strikeouts

Jose Iglesias: 4-4, 3 RBI

Alex Verdugo: 2-3, 2 home runs, 2 RBI’s, 2 runs