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MLB News & Moments You Should Know: 7/10/2024

Despite a couple of rainouts, seven teams scored at least nine runs.

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Perfect Ten

 

Billed as a potential NLCS preview, the first meeting of the season between the Phillies and the Dodgers became a one-sided affair as Philadelphia blasted its way to a commanding 10-1 win. A three-run second inning opened the scoring, followed by a six-run fourth frame that was punctuated by Trea Turner’s grand slam against his former team. While Dodgers starter Bobby Miller was tagged for all nine runs, Zack Wheeler cruised to his tenth win of the season (the third Philly starter with double-digit wins), even as he was limited to only five innings due to a lower back injury. With Citizens Bank Park at its usual madness level in what was a mid-July game, it is likely that LA will not want to cede home-field advantage should they meet in October.

 


Back to Believeland

 

The Guardians raced to an early 6-0 lead against Kenta Maeda and the Tigers, in what appeared to be yet another easy win. However, Detroit scratched and clawed, cutting the deficit in half before eventually tying the game at seven by the sixth inning. Despite having all that momentum, the Guardians regained control of the game thanks to their fantastic bullpen, taking the game into extra innings, where they would score twice. Closer Emmanuel Clase allowed the ghost runner to score but ultimately held on to earn his league-leading 28th save of the season. The win pushed Cleveland to the best record in the American League, as they are now 7-2 in extra-inning games and 17-11 in one-run affairs.

 

 

The Biggest Bargain

 

When Atlanta acquired Chris Sale in a trade for Vaughn Grissom, it looked like the ultimate high-reward transaction, as Sale had struggled with injuries and poor performance since 2019. However, his potential remained tantalizing for a team with championship aspirations, and so Atlanta took a chance on the seven-time All-Star. Today, he inched closer to earning the start for the NL in the mid-summer classic, not to mention the Cy Young conversation, earning his 12th win of the season by limiting Arizona to two runs over 5.1 innings. Sale struck out nine and had enough run support to outlast Zac Gallen, who allowed four runs over the same number of frames. With Boston paying a huge chunk of Sale’s salary, he might end up becoming the best transaction of the offseason, especially as he has stepped up to be the team’s ace after Spencer Strider’s injury.

 

 

Best Moments From Yesterday

 

Ciao, Bello!

The Red Sox reached 50 wins in a 12-9 slugfest against the lowly A’s, as the offense amassed seven extra-base hits and every starter had at least one hit and one run scored. However, the final score and offensive explosion stand in contrast to what may become the most unique pitching performance of 2024. Boston starter Brayan Bello started the game by allowing four hits, a walk, and two runs over the first two innings, but he also recorded the first ten outs of his performance via strikeout. After receiving massive run support and cruising through the fifth, Bello came back for the sixth and promptly allowed two singles and a homer, leaving his final line at 5.1 innings pitched, with nine hits, two walks, five runs, and 11 strikeouts, needing 105 pitches to “earn” his ninth win of the season. While Oakland would make things interesting with a three-run ninth, the Red Sox held on and are now only 3.5 games back of the Yankees for the AL’s top wild card spot.

 

 

Summer Julio

 

It is true that Seattle’s Julio Rodriguez has been one the biggest disappointments of the season, but it is also true that he has made it a habit to start out slow and suddenly get hot as the summer arrives. His career first-half OPS stands at .766 but then jumps to a staggering .939 in the second. This is obviously frustrating for the Mariners organization and its fans, but today we may have seen the start of summer Julio, as the former Rookie of the Year delivered his best game of the season. Julio went 4-for-4 with two singles, a double, and a towering homer that led Seattle to a 8-3 win in San Diego. If he can keep it up, it will go a long way to reestablish the Mariners as favorites to win the AL West.

 

 

Hinds’ Sight is 20/20

In a classic Great American Smallpark Ballpark game, the Reds won a 12-6 barn-burner against the Rockies, collecting ten extra-base hits in the process. While that kind of scoreline can be expected in this park and with these teams, the performance of rookie Rece Hinds is giving some serious Aristides-Aquino-in-2019 vibes. After hitting his first career homer on Monday, Hinds went deep again and fell a single shy of the cycle, going 3-for-5 with a run scored and two RBI. He just became the first player ever with five extra-base hits in his first two games and will enter tomorrow’s action with a cool .625 average and 2.500 OPS.

 

 

Must be the Unis

The Giants have flirted with .500 for most of the season (and most of the past three years, to be honest), earning plenty of dramatic comeback wins in 2024 to stay in the muddled NL wild card race. Despite getting the best Blake Snell start of the season (no runs allowed over five innings), a rare Ryan Walker implosion and Yusei Kikuchi’s career-high 13 strikeouts led to a 3-2 deficit entering the ninth against the Blue Jays. With Nate Pearson serving as the closer du jour, he allowed a single, a walk, and then another single that tied the game and left the winning run at third base. Despite having a 2-2 count and a chance to send the game to extras, Pearson spiked a changeup and gave San Francisco a walk-off wild pitch. This being a home Tuesday game, the City Connect uniforms were in order for the Giants, and they improved to 29-12 since their debut when worn.

 

 

Helloooo, Newman

 

Today’s game may not have been kind to the Diamondbacks, but at least they have this web gem to cherish. With Marcell Ozuna at the plate and a runner on first, a broken-bat flare appeared ready to move into the outfield and create a first-and-third situation. Instead, shortstop Kevin Newman gloved the ball, flipped it to second, and still left time for Ketel Marte to turn the improbable double play. Having the slow-footed Ozuna certainly helped, but that doesn’t take away from this piece of defensive wizardry.

 

 

Injuries and Other Moves

⚾ The Dodgers have placed starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow on the 15-day IL with lower back tightness, which means that he will not be available for the All-Star game. While the move may be precautionary as Glasnow approaches his career-high in innings pitched, it is still relevant to monitor, considering his injury history and the issues around LA’s rotation. Michael Petersen has been recalled to take Glasnow’s spot on the Dodgers roster, while the NL All-Star team will now feature Hunter Greene.

⚾ The Phillies had a busy day in terms of roster moves, as they reinstated both Kyle Schwarber and Bryce Harper from the IL, where they had resided since June 28. The welcome return of both sluggers needed a couple of demotions, as Kody Clemens was moved to AAA and David Dahl was designated for assignment. Not everything was good news, however, as Zack Wheeler left today’s outing after just five innings due to lower back tightness. The Phillies held a large lead and the move may have been proactive, but the next few days should clarify Wheeler’s status. 

⚾ The Giants continued their busy transaction log, just a few days after trading Austin Slater. Infielders Thairo Estrada and Wilmer Flores were reinstated from the IL, along with Blake Snell, with all three of them taking the field for the series opener against Toronto. Needing to open two roster spots, the team optioned Kolton Ingram and designated Nick Ahmed for assignment. Ahmed opened the season as the starting shortstop, but his weak bat ended up being his demise, as San Francisco will certainly give an extended look to other young infielders. 

⚾ Rafael Devers will not be available for the All-Star game, and Baltimore’s Jordan Westburg has been named as his replacement for the AL. While Devers has not been moved to the IL, manager Alex Cora indicated that he has been nursing a shoulder injury and the team prefers to have him rest for a few days. The third baseman has certainly been a worthy All-Star in 2024, but with the Red Sox contending for a surprise playoff spot, the reasoning for this move makes plenty of sense. 

 

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Pablo Figueroa

Pablo Figueroa is a Baseball Writer here at Pitcher List, with experience as a writer since 2013. He lives in Aguascalientes, Mexico - proud home of Los Rieleros. When he´s not thinking about baseball , he's a husband, owns two dogs, watches random episodes of The Sopranos , plays padel, and works on his day job to pay the bills.

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