MLB News & Moments You Should Know 4/1/2024

Recapping the Sunday afternoon comebacks.

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Yesterday was all about Sunday afternoon comebacks! We had a bunch of late-inning rallies around the league. There were a pair of walk-offs, some big momentum swings, and 7th inning confusion that led to a big win.

As the first weekend of the baseball season comes to a close, four teams remain undefeated. The Pirates and Yankees are 4-0 and the Brewers and Tigers are 3-0. On the disappointing end of those sweeps are the Marlins, Astros, Mets, and White Sox.



Today’s Headlines


Reds Walk It Off

The Reds entered the 9th inning down two runs. With two outs, Jonathan India doubled on the 10th pitch of his at bat. Will Benson crushed a home run to center field, tying the game. Christian Encarnacion-Strand did one better, driving the ball over the left field fence to walk it off for the Reds.


A’s Literally Walk It Off

Next come the Oakland A’s! They got into the win column via a walk-off walk on Sunday. Abraham Toro worked a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the 9th for the victory. The top of the A’s lineup also had a good day. Esteury Ruiz had two hits, a stolen base, and scored two runs, while JJ Bleday went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI.


Pirates Come Back From a 5-0 Deficit 

In search of their first win, the Marlins came out strong in the first inning on Sunday. Jake Burger singled in a run before Jazz Chisholm Jr.’s grand slam gave the Marlins a 5-0 lead. The Pirates immediately tagged Marlins’ lefty Trevor Rogers for three runs in the second inning, but they remained down until late in the game. Rowdy Tellez’s homer game them the lead in the seventh, then Nick Gordon answered back with a game-tying home run in the bottom of the ninth. The Pirates pushed ahead in the 10th, securing a sweep.


Dodgers Best Cardinals on Sunday Night Baseball

Starting pitchers Gavin Stone and Steven Matz dueled through the early innings of the Sunday night game, but by the eighth inning the Cardinals had a 4-2 lead. That was when the Dodgers showed their depth, however. Teoscar Hernández hit his third homer as a member of the Dodgers and, two batters later, Max Muncy gave Los Angeles the lead. For as much praise the top of the Dodgers’ order gets — rightfully so! — the bottom part of the lineup showed up last night.


Confusion at the Bank

The Braves went into the seventh inning with a 3-2 lead over the Phillies before some confusion sparked Philly and altered the course of the game. Philadelphia challenged an inning-ending double play in the bottom of the seventh and although the call was overturned, Atlanta didn’t seem to get the memo. Having walked off the field and begun to high five each other near the dugout, the Braves had to awkwardly return to their positions. Four straight singles from Kyle Schwarber, Trea Turner, Alec Bohm, and J.T. Realmuto led to an additional three runs, giving the Phillies a 5-3 lead and just enough to secure their first win of the season.


Soto’s 3-Hit Day Keeps Yankees Undefeated

Juan Soto continued his torrid start to the 2024 season. He went 3-for-5 with a ninth inning, go-ahead RBI on Sunday. Through the first four games of the season, Soto is 9-for-17 with one home run and 4 RBI.



Best Moments From Yesterday


The Game is in Good Hands

A bunch of young players had big performances on Sunday. Others flashed the tools we’ll be witnessing for years to come.

Bobby Witt Jr. had three hits by the 3rd inning, ending the day just a double short of the cycle. His first inning single had an exit velocity of 110.1 mph, his second-inning stand-up-triple was hit at 104.1 mph, and the third inning home run left the bat at 109.8 mph and traveled 434 ft. Witt’s teammate Brady Singer also had a stellar game on the mound, executing his sinker/slider combination to perfection. He tossed 7 scoreless innings, allowing just 3 hits, 1 walk, and struck out 10. Singer got 19 whiffs, tied for the most on Sunday with Cubs’ Jordan Wicks.


Cardinals’ rookie Victor Scott II collected his first big league hit thanks to his 80-grade speed. He hit the ball off the end of the bat, tapping it to shortstop and scampering to first base for an infield single. Scott doubled later in the game, taking Dodgers’ Gavin Stone to the opposite field and cruising into second base.


And we can’t forget about Elly De La Cruz. He tripled and went first-to-third on an infield single!



Kevin Durant 🤝 Oneil Cruz 

Pirates’ communications director Patrick Kurish highlighted a really cool moment between two incredibly gifted athletes. Kevin Durant, hearing about Oneil Cruz being called the Dominican KD, sent Cruz an autographed basketball on Opening Day.


Making Memories with the Kiddos

This little guy hugging Francisco Lindor melts my heart. Watching little kids meet their favorite big leaguers always brings a smile to my face. Witnessing these moments reminds me about being young and soaking in everything this beautiful game has to offer.



Injuries and Other Moves


Eloy Jiménez exited Sunday’s game with groin soreness.

Mets starting pitcher Tylor Megill left his start early because of shoulder tenderness. He’s scheduled to get a precautionary MRI.

⚾ Diamondbacks outfielder Alek Thomas left Sunday’s game early due to left hamstring tightness. Consider him day-to-day.

⚾ Outfielder Lars Nootbaar and starter Sonny Gray will begin rehab assignments this week with the Cardinals’ Triple-A team. 

Former No. 2 overall pick Joey Bart will be DFA’d by the Giants.



Articles You Should Read


The Joy of Watching Mookie Betts Play Baseball — Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker

He fell short of the majors. Now Big John Gavin is trying to figure out the rest of his life  — Stephen J. Nesbitt, The Athletic



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Photos courtesy of Icon Sportswire
Adapted by Kurt Wasemiller (@kurtwasemiller on Twitter / @kurt_player02 on Instagram)

Nicole Cahill

Nicole Cahill is a freelance writer who focuses on mental health and sports. She recently founded a nonprofit that helps youth athletes living with mental health challenges. When she's not fighting stigma or exploring Baseball Savant visuals, you can find Nicole enjoying a cup of coffee and a good book. Portfolio: NicoleCahill.com.

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