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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 a game you need to know about.
Give credit to Jake Arrieta. He did everything that you'd ask of your starting pitcher. He threw seven scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and leaving Tuesday night's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers with the score knotted at zero.
Despite that, the Cubs lost to the Dodgers 5-0 and thus ended a mighty impressive streak that dated back to last summer. The Cubs hadn't fallen in a game that Arrieta started since July 25, 2015, when they were no-hit by Cole Hamels and the Philadelphia Phillies.Wed, Jun 18:05 PM EDTLA Dodgers at Chi CubsPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
You'd be hard-pressed to find someone in sports who had a better Tuesday night than Mookie Betts, the Boston Red Sox outfielder who morphed into a one-man gang and beat the Baltimore Orioles all by himself.
The Red Sox beat the O's 6-2 and Betts' night went like this:
• First inning = solo homer to center field • Second inning = three-run homer to left field • Top of the seventh inning = solo homer to right field • Bottom of the seventh inning = fantastic diving catch to end the inning
Betts came up in the ninth with an opportunity to power himself to an elusive four-homer game. That didn't happen. He grounded out to second base, having to *settle* for a 3-for-5 night with five RBIs.Wed, Jun 17:05 PM EDTBoston at BaltimorePreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
Francisco Lindor is one of the most exciting young players in baseball and one blooper isn't going to change that. But that one blooper, which came during Tuesday night's Cleveland Indians game, was pretty darn amusing. And, as far as bloopers goes, pretty impressive.
Lindor, batting in the fourth inning, grounded to second base off Texas Rangers starter Colby Lewis. A routine groundout took a not-so-routine turn when Lindor tripped himself with his own bat and ate dirt on the way to first base. Oof.
We're used to seeing Lindor making great plays at shortstop and getting himself dirty, but this is a new one. If you watch closely, you'll see that Lindor kicked his bat a few times, and was juggling it like a soccer ball his first few steps out of the box.Wed, Jun 16:10 PM EDTTexas at ClevelandPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
Brazilian soccer superstar Neymar Jr. visited the New York Mets on Tuesday and proved that he won't be making a Michael Jordan-esque jump to baseball anytime soon.
If you don't follow international soccer and don't know who Neymar is, let's put it this way — he's known by just one name, a sure sign of superstardom. He's also the star of FC Barcelona and the Brazilian national team, so you'll hear a lot about him come Olympic time.
On Tuesday, though, he took a turn in the Mets' batting cage and certainly isn't winning a gold medal for that:
Neymar, who's at Citi Field today, better at soccer than baseball: pic.twitter.com/Gi4tkmq35IWed, Jun 11:10 PM EDTChi White Sox at NY MetsPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
Being a major-league catcher is an incredibly dangerous job. While collisions have been outlawed, catchers generally take a beating behind the plate. As such, it's not all that surprising to see catchers placed on the disabled list fairly often.
Baltimore Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph is the latest catcher to suffer this fate. And while a backup catcher hitting the disabled list wouldn't normally be news, well, the Orioles were really specific with his injury.
#orioles confirm Caleb Joseph to DL with testicular injury
So, that sounds horrible.
During Monday's game against the Boston Red Sox, Joseph unfortunately took a foul ball to a very sensitive region.
Amazingly, Joseph was actually able to remain in the game and keep playing.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew10 hrs ago
The brawl between the Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers may have taken place weeks ago, but there's still fallout from the incident. Jays outfielder Jose Bautista told Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated that he believes Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor "was looking for a fight."
“Was [Odor] out to play baseball that day? Maybe partly,” Bautista told Verducci. “Part of me also thinks that he was looking for a fight.”
Bautista also admitted that his slide into second base was late, but said he wasn't trying to injure Odor.
“I could have hit him,” Bautista said. “I could have hurt him. I chose not to. My cleats were down. I slid through the bag. Was it late? Yes, a hundred percent. But what can I do after they hit me? Should I ask my manager to let me pitch, which he is never going to let me do? Like, what am I supposed to do? Just sit there and take it?”Wed, Jun 17:07 PM EDTNY Yankees at TorontoPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew12 hrs ago
The other team in Missouri is known for hacking scandals, but Major League Baseball may want to look into how Kansas City Royals' fans have been dominating the All-Star voting lately. For the second straight year, Royals fans have come out in droves to stuff the ballot box.
The league released its first update for American League All-Star game balloting and many of the Royals are at, or near, the top of the voting at each position.
Royals catcher Salvador Perez leads the AL in fan balloting for the 2016 MLB All-Star Game presented by MasterCard. pic.twitter.com/lpjHfWsvfHWed, Jun 18:15 PM EDTTampa Bay at Kansas CityPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew14 hrs ago
Miami Marlins second baseman Derek Dietrich was pretty fortunate to avoid a major injury after an errant foul ball hit him in the head during Sunday's game. The incident made for a scary moment, but was able to walk away unscathed. Amazingly, Dietrich was able to play in Monday's game.
Since Dietrich managed to avoid a serious injury, his teammates decided to tease him about the incident prior to Monday's game. When Dietrich took the field for warmups, he did so wearing a new piece of protective equipment.Wed, Jun 17:10 PM EDTPittsburgh at MiamiPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
We've known for years that Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto loves to antagonize pitchers. His exceptional plate discipline, and refusal to swing at anything out of the zone, has flustered even the best pitchers on the mound.
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew16 hrs ago
Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper is an extremely talented baseball player. At this point, that's an established fact. And to beat a player like that on the basepaths, to surprise him, you need a play with perfect timing and a deadly accurate throw. When the Nationals faced the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday, Phillies left fielder (and 2015 Rule 5 pick) Tyler Goeddel surprised everyone with just that kind of play.
This play really started when Harper was batting against Phillies starter Jeremy Hellickson in the top of the seventh inning. One of Hellickson's pitches to Harper tailed too far to one side, and it nailed him directly on the right knee. It was unintentional, but that didn't make it any less painful. Harper took first, and he took a little extra time getting there, making sure his kneecap was still actually attached.
Wed, Jun 17:05 PM EDTWashington at PhiladelphiaPreview Game