The 5 Best MLB Moments from Thursday

Another wild Thursday in Major League Baseball!

Happy, happy Friday! Thursday brought us yet another day of great baseball, as it always does! Any day with real baseball is a great day unless your favorite team loses. Hey, it could always be worse. We could have no baseball at all!


Scoop and No Score


The Dodgers recently played against the San Diego Padres and got to witness the greatness that is Manny Machado’s defense. Apparently, Chris Taylor saw something he liked in Machado’s techniques and tried to get himself featured on ESPN’s Web Gems:



Or, maybe, Taylor saw himself some of Fernando Tatís Jr.’s defense and tried to attempt some really cool stuff that had close to zero chance of working out. Taylor gets some points for effort, I guess.



Sounds about right.




For the uninitiated, TOOTBLAN stands for “Thrown Out on the Bases Like a Nincompoop.” Now you know for next time you watch stuff like this unfold:



I believe this is what you would call a “strike ’em out, throw ’em out.” The defensive wizardry of Andrelton Simmons knows no bounds!


You Got Any More of That Sticky Stuff?


Regardless of how you feel about sticky substances, sticky substance checks, and the enforcement of MLB’s new rules, one of my very favorite things now is umpires checking pitchers for sticky stuff right after a disastrous inning. These situations always elicit a couple of pity laughs.

For example, here’s David Hale getting checked by umpires after allowing 6 runs in a single inning on Sunday:



I’m sorry, David HaleI can’t help but laugh.

However, yesterday took us to a new level of pity laughing. The Detroit Tigers were getting their butts kicked by the Houston Astros, so we already had the treat of watching position player Harold Castro take his turn on the pitching rubber. But, the umpires really just wanted to be sure that Castro wasn’t using any of those sketchy foreign substances:




The blue was just doing his due diligence, I guess, but it seems a little unnecessary for this poor guy.


Foul Play!


ATTN: Tampa Bay Batboy Crew

I don’t think you’re allowed to do this…




But Christian Vazquez said “screw it” and made a heck of a play anyways!


? No-Hitter Alert ?


I am contractually obligated, as a member of PitcherList, to alert readers every time there’s a no-hitter thrown in Major League Baseball. Seriously, ask Nick Pollack. I’ve been called upon several times this year already, thanks to our friends in Arlington, Seattle, and Cleveland.

Yesterday, we had the fortune of adding the only team in Los Angeles to that list. Yes, the mighty Los Angeles Dodgers (the ones batting Albert Pujols in the 5-hole for 4 ABs) were stifled by a combination of Zach DaviesRyan TeperaAndrew Chafin, and the ageless Craig Kimbrel.



For the stats nerds:



How many no-hitters are we going to see this year? How many lineups will suffer under the cruel iron fist of elite pitching?

We were on no-hitter watch in the Rays/Red Sox tilt earlier in the day, as Nick Pivetta and Josh Taylor kept the Rays hitless through 7 IP before they broke through.


Thanks for reading, and enjoy your weekend! Catch some baseball if you can!


Photo by Icon Sportswire | Adapted by Justin Paradis (@JustParaDesigns of Twitter)

Adam Sloate

Die-hard Angels fan since birth; misses the good ol' days of Vladdy, Kendrys, and Weaver. Temple University alumnus, UCLA Law student.

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