MLB News & Moments You Should Know: 07/02/24

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Today’s Headlines


No Games?!?


A bit of an anticlimactic start to the week with just three games on the docket yesterday, but that’s what happens when teams are all playing on the Fourth of July and the holiday happens to fall on a Thursday – which is normally a rest/travel day.

Looking ahead, two of the three series that played yesterday will play early in the day on the 4th. The Nationals and Mets have an 11:00 AM ET start time, and the Astros and Blue Jays series will also finish their series with a 1pm ET start time to allow for three of the four teams to travel for Friday. The Brewers are getting the short end of the stick, playing Monday through Thursday in Colorado, finishing that series with an 8pm ET game and then flying to Los Angeles to start a series with the Dodgers on Friday. The series in LA will finish a 23-games-in-24-nights stretch for Milwaukee.


Mets Spoil Wood’s Debut In 10-Run 10th Inning


Maybe not the result fans were hoping for as they packed Nationals Park to see the highly regarded prospect make play his first game, but the future certainly looks bright as James Wood stepped to the stage and ripped a base hit in his first at bat.

The score was knotted up going into the ninth and it could be argued that this is a game the Nationals should have won on the back of the top prospect himself. Wood showed off his speed by turning an error off a grounder to the pitcher into Washington having a man in scoring position with no outs. The issue with batting sixth in the order, though, is that the 7-8-9 hitters might just let you down. And that’s exactly what happened, as the Nats squandered the positioning their young star was able to give them and the game went to extras without so much as moving Wood over to third.

Then things got a bit wild. Harrison Bader was hit by a pitch to open the 10th, and then J.D. Martinez went yard to give the Mets a 6-3 lead without an out recorded in the frame. Hunter Harvey got the next two outs but the Mets were able to put together an impressive two-out rally to drive in another three runs. Tyrone Taylor doubled, Francisco Alvarez legged out a triple, and Jose Iglesias homered, his first of the year, to make it 9-3 in favor of New York.

The Nationals responded with two walks, two doubles, and an RBI single to bring the game within two runs, but the Mets brought in de-facto closer, Reed Garrett, once it became a save situation. Garrett allowed an inherited runner to score but got the final out by striking out Luis García Jr. to end a 10-run frame and get the Mets another win in their torrid hot, Grimace-fueled run. Free fries, anyone?


Hunter Brown Continues Dominant Stretch 


The Astros beat the Blue Jays on Monday behind a masterclass from one Hunter Brown. Brown allowed just two hits while walking three across six innings of work. There’s some cause for questioning his ability to continue this run, as he only recorded eight whiffs, with most of them coming from the fastball and no CSW from his cutter. Nonetheless, he’s been highly effective and was able to shut down Toronto without much resistance.


Rockies Outlast Brewers In Extras


The final game of the evening was no snooze fest, four home runs powered the night – including one from Charlie Blackmon who was celebrating his birthday, and a game-tying, second blast of the night from Brenton Doyle in the eighth to tie the contest at seven runs a piece. Austin Gomber and Bryse Wilson did the bulk of the pitching, and neither looked great. The Brewers used an opener in front of Wilson but it didn’t help much. He surrendered five runs off seven hits and two walks in just four frames, highlighting Milwalkee’s need for pitching help.

The Rockies ultimately got the win on a Jake Cave walkoff in the 10th after Tyler Kinely was able to keep the ghost runner from scoring in the top of the frame, which is always an impressive feat.


Injuries and Other Moves


Chris Paddack (arm fatigue) threw a bullpen session on Sunday, he’s coming off a year lost to Tommy John surgery in which these types of fatigue spells aren’t uncommon. He hopes to return to the Twins rotation after the break.

Jared Koenig (elbow swelling) had an MRI and it showed no structural damage, the reliever hopes to return after the All-Star break and will be a much-needed boost to the Brewers bullpen who have enjoyed his 1.66 ERA and 36:11 strikeout-to-walk ratio this season.


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