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- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew49 mins ago
A moment of triumph for the Chicago Cubs turned into a moment of tragedy for the Cincinnati Reds. Outfielder Billy Hamilton left Wednesday’s game after being hit in the face with a ball while sliding to catch an inside-the-park home run by Anthony Rizzo.
In the top of the first inning, Rizzo hit a fly ball to the left center gap. Hamilton and left fielder Adam Duvall converged on the ball, and it appeared one of them would make the play. Instead, the ball glanced off Duvall’s glove and deflected right into Hamilton’s face. Hamilton immediately fell flat on his stomach, with his head facing the ground, after completing his slide.
After the ball hit Hamilton, it shot into a now vacant left field. Duvall chased after it, but Rizzo easily managed an inside-the-park home run to give the Cubs an early 3-0 lead.
The play looked scary in real-time, and even Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper noted Hamilton’s injury before continuing to call the play.
Following the play, Hamilton laid on the field while teammates and trainers checked on him. Eventually, Hamilton was removed from the game. He was able to walk off the field under his own power.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
SEATTLE — This is an unusual feeling for Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen. When McCutchen normally scrolls through his phone this time of year, he sees articles suggesting he deserves to start the All-Star game. Though it’s June, he usually sees articles making his case for National League MVP. And, of course, he sees trade rumors. Which players should the Pirates try to acquire for their playoff run?
This season, however, he’s seeing his name prominently featured in those rumors.
“I’ve been around long enough now to where my name is being brought up,” McCutchen told Yahoo Sports. “So, for me, it’s something that is new.”
To some, it seems crazy. McCutchen is undoubtedly the face of the Pirates. He came up with the organization as a 22-year-old in 2009, and developed into a superstar. In every way, the perennial MVP candidate represented the future of the organization.
He was the first of a number of promising prospects expected to lead the Pirates out of the cellar and into the playoffs. Despite his performance, the Pirates posted four-straight losing seasons before McCutchen had enough help around him to put together a competitive club.
Now, he’s on the block.Wed, Jun 2910:10 PM EDTPittsburgh at SeattlePreview Game
- Will Laws at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
Last week, the Weekly Rotation marveled over David Ortiz and five other sluggers who left baseball with a bang. The vast majority of hitters can’t leave the sport on their own terms after excelling at the plate during their final season, however. Even Hall of Famers often stumble to the finish line of their careers.
Take Alex Rodriguez, for example. Though his Hall of Fame status is very much in doubt due to his alleged performance-enhancing drug use, A-Rod undoubtedly possesses Cooperstown-caliber career numbers. However, Rodriguez has been unproductive enough in 2016 to spark speculation that this could be his final year in pinstripes, $20 million paycheck for next season be damned.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Brock Stewart started from the bottom, now he’s here. No, really. Just two months ago, Stewart was starting for the Single-A Rancho Cucamongo Quakes. On Wednesday, he’ll make his major-league debut.
That’s quite the rise for the 24-year-old. The Dodgers were aggressive with him this season, jumping him from Single-A to Double-A after just two starts, and from Double-A to Triple-A after just nine.
His performance probably had something to do with it. Stewart gave up just one run over 11 innings in Single-A, and then posted a 1.12 ERA in 56 1/3 innings in Double-A. Through three starts in Triple-A, he has a 2.89 ERA.
Whether that success can carry over to the majors is the focus of Yahoo Sports Free MLB Game of the Day on Wednesday. After a meteoric rise through the minors, Stewart will make his major-league debut against the Milwaukee Brewers.Wed, Jun 298:10 PM EDTLA Dodgers at MilwaukeePreview Game
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
A hail storm over Denver, Colorado on Tuesday night made Coors Field look like it was in the middle of winter, even though it’s definitely summer.
— NortheastWeatherWx (@NEWeatherWx) June 29, 2016
Do not adjust your screen. That isn’t a picture from November, but from June 28. Still have doubts? The Rockies’ own Twitter account has more proof.
We are still in a weather delay.
We will keep you updated as more information becomes available. pic.twitter.com/Xq26wVQiQn
— #VoteRox (@Rockies) June 29, 2016
The hail that did that was part of a huge storm that also dumped buckets of rain on to the stadium, and together the rain and hail caused the Colorado Rockies’ game against the Toronto Blue Jays to start two hour and forty-one minutes late.
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- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
Long baseball games can get weird. When a baseball games enters innings in the teens, you can almost always bet on seeing something very strange. Tuesday night’s marathon game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago Cubs did not disappoint; it lasted 15 innings, and Cubs manager Joe Maddon provided a big dose of innovative weirdness.
One of the things that makes long games so tough, especially in the DH-free National League, is having enough guys on the bench to finish out the game. Both the Cubs and the Reds had used up their entire benches by the end of the 13th inning, and that’s when Maddon got really creative. Over two innings, he used three different pitchers in left field, switching two of them back and forth between left field and the mound.
Let’s break this down. In the bottom of the 14th inning, Spencer Patton came on to pitch. He faced Brandon Phillips, who flied out. Then Maddon moved Patton to left field and Travis Wood replaced him on the mound. Wood then pitched to Jay Bruce, who grounded out. Then, Wood and Patton switched places: Wood went to left field, and Patton came back to the mound to pitch. Patton got Adam Duvall for the third out, and the inning was over.
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew14 hrs ago
Welcome to The Walk Off, the nightly MLB recap from Big League Stew. Here we’ll look the top performers of the night, show you a must-see highlight and rundown the scoreboard. First, we start with
On a night when the No. 1 prospect in baseball made his major league debut for the Washington Nationals, another ballyhooed young pitcher finally earned the first win of his career for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Julio Urias made his MLB debut for the Dodgers earlier this season with the same hype Lucas Giolito experienced Tuesday. Giolito pitched well for Washington through four innings but didn’t return to the mound after a rain delay. He left with a 1-0 lead over the New York Mets and the Nationals went on to win 5-0.
Meanwhile, in Milwaukee, Urias gave up two earned runs in six innings with six walks and six strikeouts in a 6-5 Dodgers win. His outing was even more of an adventure than that line suggests. He picked off Jonathan Villar at first base in the first inning, but an official review led to a safe call by the umpires. As soon as play resumed, Urias picked off Villar a second time and this one did not require a review.Wed, Jun 297:05 PM EDTNY Mets at WashingtonPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew20 hrs ago
There hasn’t been a pitcher in baseball this season more valuable to his team than Clayton Kershaw is to the Los Angeles Dodgers. And we may see soon just how much better he’s made the mostly unspectacular Dodgers this season.
The club announced Tuesday that Kershaw would be leaving its current road trip in Milwaukee and traveling back to the Los Angeles to see the team’s back specialist.
This, as you might imagine for a Dodgers team that’s trying to make the best of a depleted rotation, is not good news. Here’s what skipper Dave Roberts relayed to the press, via Andy McCullough of the L.A. Times:
Dave Roberts said the team is "hopeful" Kershaw can make his next start. But his back condition has not improved.
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) June 28, 2016
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew21 hrs ago
Tim Lincecum’s first start in his MLB comeback with the Los Angeles Angels was quite a sight. He pitched well, fending off the Oakland Athletics and allowing just one run in six innings. Tim Lincecum 2.0, hey, it could be a thing.
But then came the second start. There wasn’t as much fending and instead of Timmy 2.0 there were the four runs scored in the second inning. Lincecum lasted three, throwing 83 pitches and looking more like the downtrodden ex-ace we saw with the San Francisco Giants.LiveHouston5 - 2LA AngelsFollow Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew22 hrs ago
Sometimes you get frauds. This is the kind of thing that happens when you let the public decide. It’s the downside of any popularity contest. Because getting the most votes doesn’t actually mean you’re the best.
And that’s especially true in Major League Baseball the past couple years, where the shift to online-only voting has led to some serious ballot-box-stuffing.
Remember Omar Infante nearly becoming the starting second baseman last season even though he was one of the worst hitters in the AL? Fun fact: Infante was released by the Kansas City Royals recently, but he’s still No. 4 at his position this season.Wed, Jun 298:15 PM EDTKansas City at St. LouisPreview Game