Mark Townsend

  • Nationals turn first-of-its-kind triple play in win against Giants

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 4 hrs ago

    The 707th triple play in baseball history marked a series of firsts that are almost impossible to believe.

    The Washington Nationals were responsible for turning this historic triple play during Friday’s 4-1 win against the Giants. With the game on the line in the eighth inning, they executed a 3-3-5 triple play to escape the jam and leave the scuffling Giants absolutely stunned.

    What makes it historic though? Well, perhaps the most improbable reason it marked the first time this specific combination of fielders contributed to a triple play.

    According to @sabr that is the first ((3)-3)-5 triple play in history. https://t.co/bWEiJecIMR

    — Doug Kern (@dakern74) July 30, 2016

    The SABR Triple Play Datebase is the real deal and is worth checking out. Every triple play is there, with every situation and every combination record.

  • Tim Lincecum's comeback couldn't be going any worse

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 5 hrs ago

    Welcome to The Walk Off, the nightly MLB recap from Big League Stew. Here we’ll look at the top performers of the night, show you a must-see highlight and rundown the scoreboard. First, we start with a game you need to know about.

    Despite a mostly encouraging debut on June 18, Tim Lincecum’s comeback bid with the Los Angeles Angels has devolved into a disaster.

    The once dominant right-hander looks like a shell of himself from his Cy Young seasons in 2008 and 2009, or even just excellent years in 2010 and 2011. Honestly, he just doesn’t look like a pitcher who belongs at the big league level, but that’s exactly where the Angels are likely to keep him.

    Lincecum has struggled to find consistency with any of his pitches. His command seemingly abandons him at a moment’s notice. Friday’s outing against the Red Sox was a good example of how far away Lincecum is from making any type of impact. In five excruciating innings, he allowed four runs on five hits.

    There’s no other way to say it: The Angels need to find another starter.

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  • Four best landing spots for Jay Bruce

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 8 hrs ago

    Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jay Bruce has seemingly been on the trading block for two straight seasons. With Cincinnati now fully committed to rebuilding though, it’s only a matter of time, perhaps even hours, before the veteran slugger dons a new uniform.

    Though the Reds said Bruce’s market was slow on Friday, it’s become clear that Bruce is a hot commodity among teams searching for offense. The rumor mill centered around his name quite a bit during the evening hours, with a deal being almost certain before Monday.

    Interest in Bruce has a lot to do with how he’s been performing this season, and especially recently. Entering Friday’s game in San Diego, Bruce was hitting .271 with 25 home runs and 79 RBIs through 95 games. Over the last two seasons, he hit just .222 while averaging 22 homers and 76 RBIs.

    Currently, Bruce is enjoying a nine-game hitting streak. During that time he’s hit seven homers and driven in 15.

    Needless to say, he’s taken several steps forward to again become one of baseball’s most productive left-handed hitters. Now we wait to see where he lands, but while we do let’s also examine where he best fits.

    Cleveland Indians

    Los Angeles Dodgers

    New York Mets

  • Indians mock Twins with fake scoreboard trade rumor

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 10 hrs ago

    The Minnesota Twins left their own fans confused on Thursday when they began scrolling a list of potential deadline trades on their left field scoreboard.

    SEE? pic.twitter.com/3fRo4ynJlr

    — Twinkie Town (@TwinkieTown) July 29, 2016

    It’s one of those things we’ve tried warning you about. You’ll see a lot of names thrown around by a lot of different people before Monday’s deadline, but you’ll always want to double and triple check those sources to first make sure they’re real people, and always to confirm the deal has been finalized.

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    .@Twins thx guys

    — Cleveland Indians (@Indians) July 29, 2016

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  • MLB Trade Deadline Digest: Dodgers eyeing blockbuster three-team deal

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 11 hrs ago

    The Stew’s Trade Deadline Digest recaps the day in news and rumors as MLB gets closer to the non-waiver trade deadline on Aug. 1. If you missed any of Thursday’s action, we’re here to help you catch up with all the important links and tidbits.

    POTENTIAL BLOCKBUSTER: The Los Angeles Dodgers are reportedly working to line up a three-team blockbuster that would ultimately land them coveted outfielder Jay Bruce. Obviously, the Reds would be heavily involved, though the third team remains a mystery. All hail, the mystery team. [@jaysonst]

    TWO ISN’T ENOUGH: According to Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan, the Dodgers and Reds discussed a deal centered around Jay Bruce and Yasiel Puig, but were unable to find common ground. That could be where the third team would come in. [@JeffPassan]

    Sources: Dodgers, Reds discussed deal centered around Jay Bruce and Yasiel Puig. Didn't materialize. Still plenty of permutations possible.

    — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 30, 2016

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  • Vin Scully honored by Fleetwood Mac at Dodgers Gala

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 12 hrs ago

    The stars of Hollywood came together with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night to raise money for two Dodgers’ charities and to celebrate the legendary career of broadcaster Vin Scully.

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    The “blue carpet” event was the second annual Dodgers Foundation’s Blue Diamond Gala. More than 1,000 people attended, including celebrities ranging from Matthew McConaughey to John Mayer to Sylvester Stallone. The main event was a two-hour concert from Fleetwood Mac, which included a special appearance by Scully himself.

    Here’s more from Variety: 

    — Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) July 29, 2016

    — Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) July 29, 2016

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  • Aroldis Chapman electrifies Wrigley Field in Cubs debut

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 2 days ago

    If you were curious what type of reaction Aroldis Chapman would receive upon his debut at Wrigley Field, wonder no more.

    The hard-throwing left-hander had won over Cubs fans even before taking the mound in the ninth inning. By the time he struck out Avisail Garcia to wrap up a perfect inning and a Cubs 8-1 win over the White Sox, he’d whipped them into a frenzy.

    Chapman’s off-the-field issues were not a consideration on this night, whether people like that thought or not. It was all about baseball and the overwhelming optimism Cubs fans obviously feel now that they’ve added Chapman as their closer.

    The #Cubs fans going wild watching Chapman stroll to the mound, and no one is leaving the park, waiting to see the scoreboard readiings

    — Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 28, 2016

    Fastest pitch by Cubs reliever in '16: 98 MPH.

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  • Cardinals rally again, snap Jeurys Familia's remarkable save streak

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 2 days ago

    Welcome to The Walk Off, the nightly MLB recap from Big League Stew. Here we’ll look at the top performers of the night, show you a must-see highlight and rundown the scoreboard. First, we start with a game you need to know about.

    The St. Louis Cardinals are starting to show the resilience that has made them so dangerous in recent seasons.

    For the third time in the last week, St. Louis rallied from a late-inning deficit to secure a needed win on Wednesday. It was by far their most impressive comeback to, as they toppled New York Mets closer Jeurys Familia’s and his streak of 52 consecutive saves to win 5-4 at Citi Field.

    It’s the first time Familia has blown a save since July 30 of last season, so he nearly completed a calendar year unblemished. Familia’s streak was also the third longest in MLB history, so we’ve established here that the Cardinals had their work cut out for them.

    It’s one game, yes, but it’s looking like every single one of them is going to matter in this tight wild-card race.

    TOP PERFORMERS

    Get him while he’s hot, MLB contenders. Get him now.

    MUST-SEE HIGHLIGHT

    REST OF SCOREBOARD

  • Gerrit Cole fires first MLB complete game thanks to fancy defense

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 2 days ago

    In his third start off the disabled list, Pittsburgh Pirates ace Gerrit Cole looked like he’s ready to roll.

    As seen in the MLB Free Game of the Day on Yahoo Sports, the 25-year-old right-hander went the distance in a 10-1 win against the Seattle Mariners, which marked his first career complete game at the major-league level.

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    Cole needed just 93 pitches to record his 27 outs. He allowed one earned run on three hits while walking none and striking out six. Needless to say, it was a true gem. However, he did require some assistance from his defense, which stepped up all night and provided some fancy outs at key times.

    Easy stuff. pic.twitter.com/u9wO6Wpgg8

    It’s impossible.

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  • Padres tie a very surprising National League record

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 2 days ago

    In April, the San Diego Padres set a record in offensive futility, becoming the first National League team to be shut out in the first three games of a season.

    That was then, this is now.

    As the month of July draws to a close, the Padres offense is now in the midst of one of the most impressive power surges ever seen in MLB.

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    The @Padres have now homered in 25 consecutive games, tied for the 2nd-longest streak in MLB history (2002 Rangers – 27 games)

    — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 27, 2016

    As you can see, the Padres will have an opportunity to tie and then break the MLB record this weekend when they host the Cincinnati Reds.

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