MLB “HIGHLIGHTS AND LOWLIGHTS” IN MLB TUESDAY MAY 8, 2018
“TUESDAY MLB HIGHLIGHTS” from the GREENE LIGHT SPORTS DISTRICT
We had quite a day yesterday in the Boys of Summer League, including a now 3rd No-Hitter of the still very new 2018 season. We had the first round of the big 3 game Series between the Yankees and Red Sox as well as a second near not hitter as well. It was a day filled with great feats and handful of performances some would like forgotten.
Let’s start with the “STAR OF THE NIGHT”, Seattle Pitcher James Paxton. He was brilliant for the second straight game, this time pulling off the second best thing a Pitcher can do, and that was throw a No-Hitter. He is the first Canadian born player to throw a No-Hitter in Canada. Paxton went (9) innings, allowed no hits, (0) earned runs, had (7) K’s and (3) walks, throwing just (99) pitches and getting (11) ground ball outs. He led the Mariners to a (4-0) win over the Toronto Blue Jays on the Jays home turf.
A few hours after Paxtons Gem, the Nationals Jeremy Hellickson has a “Perfect Game” thru the first 6 innings, before allowing a clean single to lead off the 7th inning. He finished with (6.2) innings allowing just (2) hits before the Bullpen finished the rest of the game, where they allowed just (1) more hit and no runs. It was 1998, the last time to Pitchers threw a No-hitter on the same day.
The Yankees took Round 1 in a battle for first place, with a hard fought (3-2) win Tuesday night. Giancarlo Stanton hit two home runs to lead the path to victory. Luis Severino continued his dominating season with a (6) inning, (11) K’s, (0) walks performance.
The KC Royals pulled off the Dream Inning of the season so far, scoring 10 runs in the first innings, and having 4 players in the first 7, (all 7 reached base and scored a run), hit a Home Run, including Back to Back to Back jacks as well. Mike “Moose” Moustakas continued his hot start with 2 homers and 5 RBI’s, leading a prior cold lineup to (20) hits and (15) runs. KC’s Alex Gordon, who all of a sudden is on fire at the plate, hit his 3rd homer in 4 games, and is not batting over (.300), after two dreadful seasons.
The Brewers had a tough start as Starter Wade Miley lasted only (19) pitches and only recorded (1) out before leaving with a strained oblique. The good news was the Bullpen saved the day, including being the big hitting star, as well. Reliever Brent Suter pitched (4 2/3) innings of solid relief, and he also hit a Home Run off Tribe Ace Pitcher Corey Kluber as well. It was the first HR that Kluber has ever allowed to an Opposing Pitcher while wearing an Indians uniform.
Rockies Pitcher Jon Gray pitched a near flawless gem as well, going (7) innings, allowing (0) earned runs, (1) walk, (8) K’s in a 4-2 win over the first place Angels.
Last honors go to both the Pirates and the Cubs Bullpens, for sensational long relief stints leading both to victories. The Pirated Pen went (7) innings and allowing only (1) earned run (a solo homer), and (6) K’s and no walks. The Cubs Pen went (7) innings allowing only (2) hits and (0) earned runs.
TUESDAY MLB “LOWLIGHTS”
Easy low light Winner for Tuesday was Orioles starter Dylan Bundy. He finished with a possible never to be beaten horrific outing of: (7) Batters faced: allowed (4) homers including 3 back to back to back. He allowed all 7 runners to reach base and score a run. Seven hitters faced and all 7 runs scores. No outs recorded. Likely worst performance of any Pitcher in 2018.
Mets starter Jason Vargas continued his brutal 2018 start with another disaster as he allowed (4) earned runs in (4) innings, and now has lasted only (12.1) innings this year, allowing an insane (26) hits, (19) earned runs, (5) homers and a (13.86) ERA. Bet against this guy every chance ahead you get, before he soon gets demoted to bullpen or sent packing for good.
TORONTO BLUE JAYS – If being no hit wasn’t a bad enough day, it got worse when stud Closer Osuna got arrested for domestic violence. Making that arrest 100x worse, Thursday is Osuna T-shirt giveaway day. A day Blue Jays execs and fan want to forget ASAP.
The roller coaster career of Mets once heralded Superstar Pitcher Matt Harvey finally came to an end with his trade to the Last place Reds. Disastrous ending for the Mets Front office, but all in all best thing ever for Harvey, as he goes to a last place team with no daily hard Press to ridicule his every move, and I expect he soon finds his groove again and if it’s this season, he could become valuable trade bait come late July.
Last the A.L. Central has now hit rock bottom as no team is over (.500), and overall the Division is now a combined (35) games under (.500).
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