MLB News & Moments You Should Know – 4/30/23

Mexico City moonshots and other news from Saturday's games.

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Today’s Headlines


Giants and Padres play the first-ever MLB regular season game in Mexico City. 

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.

The Padres would go on to win 16-11. Manny Machado had two home runs and Nelson Cruz went 5-for-6 with four RBI.

The Mexico City Series wraps up tomorrow afternoon with Alex Cobb vs. Yu Darvish on the mound.


Daulton Varsho walks it off for the Blue Jays.

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.

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. 

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. 

The Milwaukee Brewers‘ scoreboard noted that Anthony Rendon, like many of us, is a Taylor Swift fan. You know who’s also a Swiftie? Future Hall of Famer Clayton Kershaw.


Drew Maggi gets his first MLB hit.

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!


Injuries & Transactions


SP Jacob deGrom was placed on the 15-day IL with right elbow inflammation.

OF Julio Rodríguez left Saturday’s game with lower back tightness.

OF Corbin Carroll left Saturday’s game with a left knee injury.

OF Aaron Judge has a mild hip strain. The Yankees will decide whether to place him on the injured list by Monday.

SP Tyler Glasnow (oblique) will make a three-inning rehab start next week. The Rays hope he will return by mid-May.


Articles You Should Read


Let That Sink(er) In: Can Sinkers Work Against Opposite-Handed Hitters? — Cam Levy, Pitcher List

Team Mexico inspires the future of Mexican baseball — Michael Clair, MLB.com


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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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