The Nationals defeated the Toledo Mud Hens by a score of 15-1 (Update: I’ve been told they beat a major league team, the Atlanta Braves, their ninth loss in a row). Through the rout, the Nationals had only one home run, a solo shot by Danny Espinosa. Bryce Harper, showing no ill effect from leaving the game Wednesday with a tight left glute muscle, pulled off a rare feat of walking four times, scoring four runs, and recording an RBI without recording an official at-bat. Ryan Zimmerman stayed hot with a 3-3 performance with two doubles and four runs batted in.
After falling behind 4-0 early, the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied to take a 7-4 lead against the Padres bullpen, including former future met, Marc Rzepczynski. The Padres regained the lead for good with a two run home run by Jedd Gyorko against Jim Johnson in the 8th, leading to a 10-7 loss for LA. The Giants, however, were not able to make up any ground after falling to Colorado 11-3 behind a dead-but-he-doesn’t-know-it Ryan Vogelsong. Vogelsong gave up 11 hits and 8 runs (7 earned) in 3+ innings of work, but he did hit a two run home run.
For the rest of the games, the Pirates were swept by the Brewers after falling 5-3, the White Sox defeated the Twins 6-4, and the Royals defeated the Tigers 15-7. All other teams had the day off. For more details, click here.
Links from around MLB:
Curt Schilling has been removed from ESPN Sunday Night Baseball for the rest of the season after his tweet comparing Muslims to Nazis, followed by his angry emails to the blog Awful Announcing. This comes after ESPN suspended Schilling for only a week.
Update: Jessica Mendoza, who received rave reviews last Sunday, will remain on Sunday Night Baseball for the rest of the season in Schilling’s place.
Matthew Cerrone at Metsblog opines the Mets are doing the right thing by skipping some of Matt Harvey’s starts.
Meanwhile, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports of a dispute between GM Sandy Alderson and Harvey’s agent. “It’s not about money” has to be the Scott Boras quote of the year.
Marc Carig at Newsday writes that the 2015 Mets team is different than the 2007 team that collapsed down the stretch. Side note: For those concerned, note that the Mets have a much better starting rotation this season, better than the likes of Tom Glavine, John Maine, Oliver Perez, El Duque, Mike Pelfrey, and Jorge Sosa. Note that the Mets used Brian Lawrence and a yet-unproven Philip Humber to make spot starts down the stretch, while this season, they have the luxury of using better pitchers such as Logan Verrett and Stephen Matz. That being said, I’ll certainly be a lot more comfortable if the Mets can take care of business in Washington D.C. this upcoming week.
Finally, Jeff Sullivan of Fangraphs (writing for Just A Bit Outside) offers a look at Kevin Kiermaier’s outstanding defensive season. While defensive metrics aren’t to be fully relied on, when multiple metrics and the eye test agree on a player (as was the case with Juan Lagares the last two seasons), it’s tough to ignore a player’s defensive prowess.