MLB News & Moments You Should Know: 7/6/2024

Pirates outslug their own fireworks; Yoshida saves Sox

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Today’s Headlines


Pittsburgh Outslugs PNC Park Pyrotechnics


37,037 people got an “I was there” memory when the Pittsburgh Pirates bludgeoned the New York Mets 14-2. They get to tell stories that include “I saw Paul Skenes pitch” and “The Pirates hit so many dingers they ran out of fireworks.” Skenes hit triple-digits on four pitches, gave up two earned runs, and struck out eight in seven innings. Bryan Reynolds went 4-for-5 including a two-run homer and a grand slam. The video doesn’t show the fireworks, but you can hear them going off as he rounds the bases. That’s proof that PNC Park did have fireworks on hand. Just not enough.

Rowdy Tellez got no celebratory explosions for his grand slam in the eighth because they were all used up. Tellez and Jack Suwinski hit solo shots in the fourth to tie the game 2-2. Reynolds launched his two. Yasmani Grandal and Michael A. Taylor each homered in the eighth before Tellez capped the night and the team put a message on the scoreboard telling fans they ran out of fireworks.


Red Sox Rally Continues Trends


Boston Red Sox designated hitter Masataka Yoshida had two home runs all season. Pinch hitter Dominic Smith singled with two outs to bring Yoshida up as the tying run. Down to his last strike, Yoshida golfed a ball into the bleachers to even the score with the New York Yankees in the ninth.

Boston shortstop Ceddanne Rafaela did not take long to give the Red Sox the lead in extra innings.

Boston held on for a 4-2 win. They’re in the third wildcard spot, 4.5 games behind New York. On June 14, the Yankees beat the Red Sox 8-1 to earn their 50th win. Since then, they’ve earned four more. Boston has only lost four games since then, including three wins over New York.


Astros Beat Twins in Slugfest (ft. Web Gems)


The Minnesota Twins scored seven runs in the bottom of the ninth, but it wasn’t enough. Carlos Correa hit a two-out grand slam to cut the lead to one, but the Houston Astros held on for a 13-12 win.

The Houston spread their baker’s dozen across four three-run innings and a single run in the seventh. Seven different Astros had at least one RBI, and pinch hitter Chas McCormick was the only one without a hit. Despite all the offense, this game had some outstanding defensive plays. Jose Altuve ranged into right field, Carlos Correa threw a whirling dart, and Joey Loperfido reached a higher level of consciousness to keep his eye on the ball.


Profar, Machado Answer D-Backs in 9th


The Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres staged a mini home run derby in the ninth inning on Friday night. Alek Thomas brought the D-backs within a run of the Padres, and Randal Grichuk gave them a 7-6 lead.

Then Jurickson Profar tied it and Manny Machado ended it at 10-8.


It’s Not Called Turner Field, But…


This weekend, we’re moving on from Christian Walker scorching Los Angeles to Trea Turner owning Atlanta. The Philadelphia Phillies won 8-6, powered by Turner’s two-homer day against Max Fried. That makes 21 homers, 63 RBIs, and 82 runs scored for Turner in 115 games against Atlanta.

Atlanta gave up 4+ runs so they lost. They hampered their comeback chances with a couple of throwing errors in the seventh, so scoring six wasn’t enough. Aaron Nola won his 10th game, and the Phillies opened up a 10-game lead in the NL East.


Dodgers Win Despite Ohtani Oh-fer 


Shohei Ohtani went o-for-5 with three strikeouts on his 30th birthday and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Milwaukee Brewers by a score of 8-5. Will Smith hit three home runs in a showdown with NL All-Star starting catcher William Contreras. Sometimes the real birthday presents are the friends who play for the superteam you sign with along the way.


Steele Earns First Win with CG


Justin Steele threw his first complete game on 95 pitches. He gave up a single run on two hits, two walks and seven strikeouts. Steele was 0-3 before yesterday but had given up just nine earned runs in his last seven starts.


Best Moments From Yesterday


Smooth Sliding


San Francisco Giants third baseman Matt Chapman might be taking notes from Trea Turner’s sliding highlights.


The Other Corner


First basemen don’t get to make plays like third basemen very often. Matt Olson made the barehanded pickup and nailed the throw.


Baz is Back


Shane Baz started a game for the Tampa Bay Rays for the first time since July 10, 2022. He made it through six innings on 92 pitches, striking out six and walking one. The Texas Rangers scored the only three runs of the game in the third, but it’s good to see news about a pitcher coming back from injury.


Injuries and Other Moves


⚾ Atlanta signed left fielder Eddie Rosario to a minor league deal. Rosario hit .183/.226/.329 with the Washington Nationals this season before being designated for assignment. He won the 2021 NLCS MVP and a ring in Atlanta. 

⚾ The Kansas City Royals reinstated infielder Adam Frazier from the IL.

⚾ The Texas Rangers activated right-handed reliever Josh Sborz from the 15-day IL and placed right-handed pitcher Dane Dunning on the 15-day IL.

⚾ Closer Edwin Díaz will return from a 10-day suspension for “prohibitions on foreign substances” on Saturday.

Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve left yesterday’s game after being hit on the hand. X-rays came back negative


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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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