During the game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies on Sunday, play was stopped in the bottom of the fifth inning when a large piece of dirt mysteriously appeared on the mound. The mound is made of dirt, as is the rest of the baseball field. The umpire had poked it with his foot a few times to make sure it was dead (it was a chunk of dirt, so it probably was), but the players wouldn't get very close to it.
Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola looked like one of the best pitchers in the National League through the first two months of the season, but things have completely collapsed for him over his last four starts. He command abandoned him yet again Sunday against the Giants, as he was chased after giving up five runs on 10 hits over 3 1/3 innings. He also hit three batters, the third of which forced in a run. There’s no way he did that on purpose, but Johnny Cueto later retaliated by hitting Maikel Franco with a pitch. Fun times. After posting a 2.65 ERA through his first 12 starts this season, Nola owns a 15.23 ERA (22 runs in 13 innings) over his last four starts. He hasn’t made it through four