MLB News & Moments You Should Know – 8/9/23

Kyle Tucker hits a agame-winner

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Kyle Tucker wins it

Down three, and with one out in the ninth, Kyle Tucker hit a grand slam off Félix Bautista to give the Astros an improbable come-from-behind win against the Orioles at Camden Yards. Tucker was down 0-2 during the at-bat, making it even more remarkable.

Ronald Acuña Jr. left last night’s game after getting hit by a pitch

Atlanta’s star outfielder got the night started on a good note by hitting his 26th home run of the year. But in the sixth, with Atlanta trailing 6-4, righty reliever Colin Holderman beaned him on the left elbow with a 97 mph sinker which forced him from the game. The team said that X-Rays came back negative.

More Schwarbombs

Kyle Schwarber went yard twice in Game One of yesterday’s doubleheader against the Washington Nationals. The second one (below) was hit 447 feet at an EV of 114.3. The poor baseball, if only it knew Trevor Williams was scheduled to throw BP. Schwarber is now up to 30 on the year. He’s the first Phillie to reach 30 home runs in consecutive seasons since Ryan Howard in 2010-2011.


Logan Gilbert shines against the Padres

Gilbert blanked the Padres across seven innings while allowing just one hit. He struck out a career-high dozen batters and did not issue a walk.


Emerson Hancock

The Mariners haven’t confirmed it, however, all signs point to them calling up their top pitching prospect Emerson Hancock. He was at T-Mobile Park prior to the start of the team’s two-game series against the Padres. The team also place Bryan Woo on the 15-day IL with forearm inflammation.

Hancock, 24, was the sixth overall pick in the 2020 Draft and had a 4.32 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 26% strikeout rate in 20 starts with Double-A Arkansas this season.


Best Moments from Yesterday 


Kevin Brown

The fans have spoken on the side of Kevin Brown, the sportscaster who was suspended for daring to speak about the Orioles’ record against the Rays. However, he’s expected to return to the booth during the team’s upcoming series against the Mariners.

Julio Rodríguez robs Tatís Jr. 

Gilbert dominated, but he needed at least one great play behind him. Fernando Tatís Jr. led off the fourth with a blast to center that looked like it was gone. But Julio Rodríguez made the grab up against the wall. However, not without deking everyone, including his buddy Tatís Jr., who was in the middle of his home run trot. 80-Grade nonchalance.

Yandy Díaz

In addition to getting four hits on his birthday, Yandy Díaz also got a special gift from one of his teammates: His own personal musical ensemble.


Injuries and Transactions


John Means is set for his first rehab start on Thursday with Double-A Bowie. He had Tommy John surgery back in April 2022.

Max Kepler missed last night’s game after being plunked on the right foot during Monday’s game.

Justin Turner missed last night’s game with a bruised left heel. He served as the DH in Monday’s game and hasn’t played the field since the injury. He is still expected to avoid the IL.

Shane McClanahan will see another specialist, but Rays manager Kevin Cash said it’s “highly unlikely” he’ll pitch again this season. Surgery looks like a definite possibility at this point.

Mike Trout continues to progress after having surgery on his hamate. He’s taking light swings and said that it’s a pain tolerance thing right now. No date has been suggested for his return yet.

The Mariners placed Bryan Woo on the 15-day IL with forearm inflammation. Mariners general manager Justin Hollander said there were “no real concerns” about the injury, so this seems precautionary and probably has more to do with limiting Woo’s innings than anything else.


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Ryan Amore

A proprietor of the Ketel Marte Fan Club, Ryan Amore has been writing things at Pitcher List since 2019. He grew up watching the Yankees and fondly remembers Charlie Hayes catching the final out of the '96 WS. He appreciates walks but only of the base on ball variety.

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