MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers minor leaguer Julio Mendez, who was seriously hurt after being hit in the chest by a pitch last month, has been moved to a hospital in his home country of Venezuela. Brewers general manager David Stearns says Mendez remains in critical but stable condition at the Venezuelan hospital after being moved at the request of his family. The Brewers say that Mendez suffered a cardiac event after getting hit by the pitch during a Rookie League game on August 26 in Tempe, Arizona. Mendez's family is at his bedside. They have asked for privacy. "We continue to send our thoughts and prayers to Julio and his family in this very difficult time," Stearns said Friday. More
It was getting progressively worse for Edwin Jackson in his last three starts before he went out against the New York Mets Friday night in Citi Field. He went 5 2⁄3, 3 1⁄3, and 2 1⁄3 innings in those three outings, giving up 18 hits (seven home runs), six walks, and 17 runs, (16 earned), in back-to-back-to-back losses to the Milwaukee Brewers, Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers. “When he’s missing he’s missing out over the plate, and they’re not missing,” Dusty Baker told reporters in discussing Jackson’s recent struggles after the start against LA in the nation’s capital. “He’s made some quality pitches, but like I said, when he misses it’s right over the plate and right around waist-high.
Dodgers 4, Giants 2: The Dodgers had the NL West title in the bag on Friday, holding the Giants to two runs and taking the lead on Cody Bellinger‘s three-run blast in the third (an NL-best 39th home run, to boot). Feels like the Giants should get some extra credit for a ninth-inning Pablo Sandoval home run off of Kenley Jansen, but alas: they struck out thrice following the homer, leaving the Dodgers with the division title and their 98th win of the year. Next up: the Cubs, whose magic number sits at five heading into Saturday’s contest against the Brewers.