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Giants and Padres play the first-ever MLB regular season game in Mexico City.
— MLB (@MLB) April 30, 2023
The fans in Mexico City got to witness a show on Saturday. The ball was flying out of the park, with the teams combining for 11 home runs. Both teams went back-to-back twice: Brandon Crawford and LaMonte Wade Jr. in the third; Juan Soto and Xander Bogaerts in the fourth, Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado in the fifth; Blake Sabol and David Villar in the seventh.
Daulton Varsho walks it off for the Blue Jays.
— MLB (@MLB) April 29, 2023
Before I get to the walk-off, I want to shout out Mariners’ starter Easton McGee. He wasn’t all that overpowering, topping out at 93.2 mph and striking out just two hitters, but McGee had a no-hitter going into the seventh inning in his first big league start!
Hits were hard to come by overall, and the 0-0 game went to extra innings. Erik Swanson came on in the top of the 10th, unfazed by the placed runner on second, and struck out three M’s batters to get his team to the plate in the bottom of the 10th.
Facing Trevor Gott with one out and a runner (Bo Bichette) on second, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. scorched a single to center. Matt Chapman was then intentionally walked to bring up Daulton Varsho. Varsho got a fastball up in zone and lined it way out to right field, driving in the winning run and sending Blue Jays fans home happy.
The Rays put up 10 runs in the 7th inning after being no-hit all game.
This inning has had A LOT of exclamation points, but this has to be the biggest one pic.twitter.com/xIwD5npQyh
— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) April 30, 2023
Lance Lynn was no-hitting the Rays through the first six innings and it finally felt like the White Sox would break their nine game losing streak. Then Wander Franco hit a solo shot to lead off the seventh inning, and everything went downhill from there. The Rays would go on to score 10 runs in the seventh inning on four singles, two doubles, and three home runs. They cruised to a 12-3 victory and handed the White Sox their 10th straight loss.
Best Moments From Yesterday
CSW% got a shout-out on the AppleTV broadcast the other night.
The AppleTV broadcast discussed CSW% last night during the Phils vs Astros game and it's a dream come true.
I can't believe this stat I randomly created six years ago is now used on MLB broadcasts. pic.twitter.com/Bv4qLxXzt9
— Nick Pollack (@PitcherList) April 29, 2023
Just the other night, the AppleTV broadcasters covering the Phillies vs. Astros game mentioned how Aaron Nola has a called strike + whiff rate above 30% on all of his pitches. As a reader of this site, you probably already know about CSW%. Nick created the stat in 2018 and it’s become a staple on not only Pitcher List’s player pages but also on other popular sites.
Anthony Rendon is a fan of great music.
— Catherine Tinker (@catherinetinker) April 29, 2023
Drew Maggi gets his first MLB hit.
A base hit 13 years in the making. pic.twitter.com/SLQuoZU0lD
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) April 30, 2023
Maggi made headlines this week when video of his call-up went viral. In case you missed it, the 33-year-old spent 13 years in the minor leagues before making his debut with the Pirates on April 26. On Saturday, Maggi swatted a pitch from Nationals’ pitcher Hobie Harris back up the middle for his first big league hit. The seventh inning single also drove in a run, his first RBI. Congrats to Drew!
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