MLB News & Moments You Should Know – April 25

Strider and Cobb twirl gems

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Today’s Headlines


Spencer Strider delivers a gem

Last year’s NL Rookie of the Year runner-up had a perfect game cooking until the seventh when Jazz Chisholm Jr. led off with a ground ball that went right through Matt Olson’s legs for an error. He lost the no-hit bid an inning later. He ended the night with 13 strikeouts and set the franchise record with nine straight starts with nine or more strikeouts.


Andrew Abbott promoted to Triple-A

Drafted by the Reds as a senior out of the University of Virginia two years ago, Abbott, a left-hander, has done nothing but dominate in the minors. That’s an understatement. Granted it’s only three starts, but his numbers so far are well worth getting excited about. Last year, he walked batters at a 10.6% clip across 20 starts for Double-A Chattanooga. This year, he’s cut that in half and has a 22.4% Swinging Strike rate.


Alex Cobb goes the distance

Oracle Park hosted a pitcher’s duel last night between Jordan Montgomery and Alex Cobb with the latter emerging victorious. The former Tampa Bay Ray finished the game with a punch out of Tyler O’Neill. He joined Sandy Alcantara and Gerrit Cole as the other two pitchers with complete game shutouts so far this season and he became the first Giant to throw a shutout since Madison Bumgarner. The 35-year-old veteran last pitched a complete game shutout over a decade ago.



The Rays set another record

Rookie Taj Bradley impressed yet again as he threw five innings and struck out six en route to his third win. Meanwhile, the Rays improved to 14-0 this year at the Trop. In case you were wondering, yes, it turns out that’s a pretty unique accomplishment.


Jackson Holliday is moving up

After dominating in 13 games in low-A Delmarva, last year’s first-overall pick was promoted by the Orioles to High-A Aberdeen.

Best Moments from Yesterday


Spencer Strider

He had everyone in awe last night, including a very important guest in the stands.


Wander Franco does it all

The 21-year-old superstar was 4-for-5 and sure, why not, he made this grab on a pop-up down the left field line off the bat of Martín Maldonado in last night’s 8-3 win over the Tigers.

A moment for the A’s

It’s already been a long season for the A’s. But they had a really neat moment last night when Brent Rooker and Jesús Aguilar went back-to-back not once, but twice as they outlasted the Angels in an 11-10 slugfest. And the home runs all came in the first three innings. Hopefully, you didn’t start José Suarez in your fantasy leagues.


A not-so-great moment for the Angels

On the other side, Angels fans bemoaned a questionable decision from infielder Luis Rengifo. With the home team down a run in the tenth, he lifted a leadoff single to left…and then made the turn and rounded for second. It did not pay off.


Injuries and Transactions


Chris Bassitt left last night’s game against the White Sox in the seventh with a back injury. After the game, he said he, “won’t even miss a bullpen.”

Yordan Alvarez experienced neck discomfort. Astros manager Dusty Baker said that he was sent back to Houston for further tests and had dealt with it for a week.

Joey Bart left last night’s game against the Cardinals early with groin tightness. He missed time earlier with a similar injury.

The Blue Jays called up Nate Pearson to replace the injured Adam Cimber in the bullpen.


Articles You Should Read


Kawakami: The A’s, the $500 million Las Vegas ask and John Fisher’s long losing streak. – Tim Kawakami, The Athletic

The Pitcher who became a legendary Hollywood stuntman. – Matt Monagan, MLB.com

You’ll Get Your Chance, Rook! – Andrew Abramo, Pitcher List


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Featured image by Justin Paradis (@JustParaDesigns on Twitter)

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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