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MLB News & Moments You Should Know: 6/14/2024

Atlanta, KC avoid sweeps; Red Sox Chase Nola

Stay updated on everything baseball with our morning MLB News & Moments articles. We’ve got you covered to keep you in the know.

 

Today’s Headlines

 

L贸pez Deals and Atlanta Holds on to Avoid Baltimore Sweep

 

Reynaldo L贸pez struck out eight, gave up two hits, and walked one over six innings in a 6-3 Atlanta win over the Baltimore Orioles. He ended the day in the top spot on the ERA leaderboard (1.69).

2019 was the last full season L贸pez spent as a starter. He gave up the most earned runs in the league (110) in 33 starts for the Chicago White Sox. His ERA jumped from 5.38 to 6.49 in eight starts during the shortened 2020 season. L贸pez transformed into a reliever and posted a 136 ERA+ from 2021-2023 working mainly from the bullpen. Atlanta’s bet on Lopez providing valuable innings as a starter has paid off after he signed a 3-year, $30 million deal before this season. He’s no workhorse (69.1 IP, t-67th in the league as of today), but he’s only pitched fewer than five innings once in 12 starts.

Michael Harris IIhelped the bullpen hold on to L贸pez’s lead with a sliding catch in the bottom of the ninth. If this ball dropped in, the Orioles would’ve likely had the bases loaded with one out and the tying run at the plate.

Ozzie Albieswent 4-for-5 with two doubles, two runs and an RBI.

 

Garcia Rescues Royals After Yankees Spoil Marsh’s No-Hit Bid

 

The聽Kansas City Royals needed a two-out, ninth-inning rally against closer Clay Holmes聽to avoid a sweep by the New York Yankees. Third basemen Maikel Garcia snuck a ball down the third base line. Pinch hitter聽MJ Melendez scored from third and聽center fielder Kyle Isbel rounded the bases and belly flopped home.

Alec Marshput the Royals in a position to win early. He allowed a leadoff single to聽Juan Soto in the seventh, walked two, and struck out seven. The Yankees scored three in the eighth, two unearned, but the Royals comeback earned them their 40th win.

 

Houck Solid, Nola Chased in Duel of the Aces

 

The聽Boston Red Sox shelled starter Aaron Nolaand took two of three from the聽Philadelpha Phillies聽with a 9-3 win. Nola gave up eight runs on 11 hits in 3.2 IP, walking two and striking out two.

Tyler O’Neill sent a Nola cutter to the ad board above the Green Monster in the fourth.

Tanner Houckpitched six innings and gave up three runs on eight hits. His ERA increased to 2.08, putting him fourth in the American League.

 

Martinez Delivers, Diaz Wins in Return

 

The New York Metsreinstated closer Edwin Diaz from the 15-day IL on Thursday and sent him out to the pitch the ninth inning down 2-1 to the聽Miami Marlins. Diaz got three outs on 15 pitches, including a strikeout, and made it possible for聽J.D. Martinez聽to hit the first walk-off homer of his career to win it 3-2.

 

Best Moments From Yesterday

 

Welcome to the Bunt Show…

 

This one goes out to fans of old school, National League, station-to-station baseball.

The聽Chicago Cubsscored their only two runs of the day on bunts and lost to the Tampa Bay Rays3-2, mainly because Taj Bradleymade it difficult to hit the ball while swinging.

 

…And (Unfortunately) the Ump Show

 

This is a Worst Moment, not a Best Moment. C’mon, Emil Hernandez.

 

If I Had a Nickel…

 

What’s more “that’s baseball” than somebody doing something nobody else has done, then doing it again the next night? Given that the Dodgers 1-3 hitters have only been together this season,聽Texas Rangersreliever David Robertsonis the only pitcher to strike out Mookie Betts,聽Shohei Ohtani, and聽Freddie Freeman in the same inning聽ever. Robertson’s feat helped Texas hold off Los Angeles 3-1.

 

Cro-K

 

Garret Crochetfaced 25 Mariners and struck out 13 of them. The聽Chicago White Soxgave up the lead, gave up a game-tying homer to聽Julio Rodriguez, and needed extras to beat Seattle 3-2, so no win for Crochet. But this montage of Ks is so satisfying. Enjoy.

 

Injuries and Other Moves

 

鈿韭Texas Rangersshortstop Corey Seager sat out Thursday’s game in Los Angeles after feeling left hamstring tightness while warming up.

鈿 The聽Washington Nationalsclaimed right-handed reliever聽Eduardo Salazaroff waivers from the聽Seattle Marinersand optioned him to Triple-A.

鈿 The聽Baltimore Oriolesclaimed right-handed pitcher聽Levi Stoudtoff waivers from the Mariners and optioned him to Triple-A. The team also moved left-handed starter John Meansfrom the 15-day IL to the 60-day.

鈿 The Mariners made four moves yesterday. They reinstated infielder/outfielder聽Dylan Moorefrom the Paternity List, recalled right-handed starter Emerson Hancockfrom Triple-A, optioned infielder Leo Rivasto Triple-A, and optioned right-handed pitcher聽Brett de Geus to Triple-A.

鈿 The聽Minnesota Twinsoptioned first baseman/outfielder聽Alex Kirilloffto Triple-A and recalled outfielder聽Austin Martinfrom Triple-A.

鈿 The聽Arizona Diamondbacksassigned left-hander reliever Logan Allento Triple-A. Allen was unclaimed on outright waivers and can reject the assignment to become a free agent.

 

Articles You Should Read

 

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

Scott Appleman

Scott Appleman is a utility infielder with a master's degree in sports journalism from St. Bonaventure, a JV MVP award and two career home runs. He writes Thrill Shot, a Substack newsletter about champions and contenders.

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