MLB Wednesday scores, highlights, news, updates: Myers steals every base after hit
Wednesday affords the baseball enthusiast a full schedule of MLB action, including plenty of day games. So let’s jump right in …
Los Angeles Angels
2 (box score)
San Francisco Giants
1 (box score)
6 (box score)
Kansas City Royals
6 (box score)
6 (box score)
San Diego Padres
0 (box score)
Tampa Bay Rays
Toronto Blue Jays
New York Yankees
New York Mets
St. Louis Cardinals
Boston Red Sox
, 8:40 p.m. ET (GameTracker)
Chicago White Sox
Los Angeles Dodgers
, 10:10 p.m. ET (GameTracker)
Myers steals his way around the bases
had himself quite a trip around the bases on Wednesday afternoon. In the fourth inning he stroked an RBI single to left to open the scoring, then stole second, third, and home. Check it out:
Aside from hitting a home run, that’s pretty much the only way a hitter can create a run all by himself. Naturally, the steal of home was a botched play:
The last player to steal his way around the bases was
back in 2011, when he was still with the Dodgers.
The Angels keep getting clutch hits
The Angels nipped the Nationals on Wednesday and in doing so remained in possession of the second AL wild card spot. When you win a game by a score of 3-2 in the modern era, it’s about pitching and defense to a large extent. However,
‘s clutch two-run homer with two outs in the sixth also moved the needle in a big way …
So, yes, clutch blast, as mentioned. That’s in keeping with the general theme of things with the Angels this year. They’re above .500 and in playoff position in part because they’re now 22-15 in one-run games. That’s got something to do with their timely hitting. Now Angel better embodies that than
in 2017 …
No, clutch hitting isn’t really a sustainable skill — good hitters tend to be good hitters in all situations, and players who can’t handle pressure situations get weeded out long before they reach the majors. Clutch hitting, however, is a thing that happens, particularly within the confines of a single season. Pujols is certainly doing that, if you consider RISP a stand-in for clutch spots. And the Angels as a whole are doing it.
For instance, they rank last in the AL in overall OPS this season. However, they rank sixth in the AL in “late and close” game situations. Also, in high-leverage spots — i.e., clutch situations — Angels hitters have an OPS of .749. In low-leverage situations — i.e., situations of relative unimportance — their team OPS falls to .703. That’s a big difference, even if it’s just random noise driving it.
Oh, and for those who are curious, yes,
‘s indeed gotten in on the act …
The thing about clutch performance is that it can vaporize in an instant. The Angels, though, are hoping that it sticks around long enough to carry them to the playoffs.
Brewers make big comeback against Pirates
Quite a roller coaster at Miller Park on Wednesday afternoon. The Pirates jumped out an early 4-0 lead, then the Brewers tied it. The Pirates took a 5-4 lead, then the Brewers tied it. The Pirates took a 6-5 lead, then the Brewers won it.
‘s go-ahead two-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the eighth gave Milwaukee their first (and only) lead of the game. Here’s video of Pina’s clutch dinger:
Pina, a 30-year-old journeyman, is now hitting .290/.333/.457 with nine home runs this season. What a nice little surprise he’s been for the Brew Crew. Also of note:
swatted two home runs in Wednesday’s comeback win.
The win put the Brewers within one game of the Cubs in the NL Central, pending the outcome of Chicago’s game Wednesday night.
Mets play a catcher at third
A few hours before Wednesday night’s game against the Yankees, the Mets got some pretty bad news. Infielders
had to be scratched from the starting lineup, forcing the club to play catcher
at third base.
d’Arnaud has never played a position other than catcher in the big leagues, and his only professional experience at a different position is two Triple-A games at first base back in 2012. The Mets had no other options, however.
So, to help limit the damage, the Mets had d’Arnaud and
essentially share second and third bases. Cabrera would play second against left-handed batters and third against right-handed batters, so if they pulled the ball with authority, they’d be hitting it at an experienced infielder. Pretty good idea, I’d say.