The 6 Best MLB Moments from Tuesday

Almost everywhere, the balls are flying. Just not in Colorado.

Ladies and gentlemen, another Wednesday is upon us. What does that mean? In this case, an extra fun day of baseball that starts with five afternoon games, folds in a double-header, and finishes with Shohei Ohtani pitching in Yankee Stadium. Sign me up for a first-class ticket on the looking-forward-to-that express. But first, about last night…

Can we take a moment to shamelessly celebrate Alex Fast for killing it on TV?

That’s a qualified baseball source if I’ve ever seen one. Very trustworthy. Way to pick ’em, ESPN.

Another fun thing that happened yesterday was Trey Mancini formally accepting his invitation to participate in the Home Run Derby this year with his own hype video, much like Trevor Story’s from Monday.

We also got the news that Apple Studios is developing a major TV series based on Satchel Paige and the Negro Leagues, produced by none other than Magic Johnson. Check it out:

Now, on to the best moments you missed (or didn’t!) from Tuesday.


Schwarbie Special

If you’re an MLB pitcher whose team has the unpleasant fortune of facing Kyle Schwarber and the Nats right now, July can’t come soon enough. On the penultimate day of June, the girthy slugger launched his seventh leadoff homer of the year and 16th of the month—this time without even waiting to see a pitch.

Sixteen bombs in 18 days is a lot to keep track of. Thankfully, @Nationals helped us put things in perspective:

And as a further kindness, they proceeded to compile all of them into one video graphic for us. How convenient!


All I know is, if that man sees another middle-middle pitch to lead off the game today, something has gone terribly wrong.

Shohei 2, Bleachers 0

Your MLB home run leader touched down in New York City this week, and so far, he has left a trail of death and destruction every which way. Shohei Ohtani and the Yankee Stadium short porch? A match made in heaven. After going deep in the first inning on Monday, Sho Time got right to work in the third today:

…and again, in the fifth:

Honestly, it’s little wonder Nestor Cortes was in no hurry to face him in the seventh:

Three homers in two days, the clubhouse leader to start at DH in the All-Star Game, and Wednesday’s starting pitcher in the Bronx. Yet another very normal thing that Ohtani is doing. Guess we’ll add it to the list.

Marquez Magic

We were so close. SO CLOSE. Since Coors Field opened in 1995, only one pitcher has managed to last nine innings without allowing a hit. That would be Hideo Nomo, who pulled off the feat against the Rockies in 1996. The closest any Colorado player has really come is Kyle Freeland’s 8.1-inning hitless performance that was broken up by Melky Cabrera and the White Sox in 2017.

But last night, Germán Márquez had it in his grasp. He threw 86 pitches in the first eight sparkling innings against the Pirates, and not one of them dropped for a hit. Everyone else is doing it, so why couldn’t this be the year the Coors streak ends?

He even got the signature defensive play to save the thing, courtesy of Trevor Story:

He also went 2-4 at the plate with a pair of doubles, which is all you need to know about the kind of day he was having.

But alas, the baseball gods had other ideas. That’s the only explanation I can find for this party-pooping ninth-inning knock by Ka’ai Tom, who had all of two hits in the entire month of June prior to last night.

Of course, a 94-pitch shut-out “Maddux” is a perfectly impressive consolation prize. Marquez is just the second player in Coors history to do that, joining the model of efficiency himself, Aaron Cook. So it’s history nonetheless!

What’cha Gonna Do?

I can’t even begin to describe what’s going on in this clip, but it’d be a sham if I didn’t include it. So here you go, enjoy it. I certainly did.

*Do* Meet Your Heroes

What’s the best way to get a little authentic bling in your wardrobe? It helps to have an MLB jersey hanging in your locker. Just ask Joe Kelly, the proud owner of this guy’s fabulous mariachi jacket:

As commissioner of my local fantasy fashion league, I rate this trade an A+ for both sides.

Dazzlin’ D

Finally, here are a few of the glovework plays that made yesterday particularly awesome. First, we have known third baseman Nolan Arenado doing what he does:

Then, of course, we have lesser-known third baseman, Jesús Aguilar, doing what he, it would seem, can also somehow do:

From one corner to the other, here’s Vladdy Jr. making a picture-perfect barrel roll off the scoop:

And, to cap things off, here’s Mike Tauchman continuing his quest to cause the Dodgers nightmares with ridiculous outfield catches. It’s a quest that I, for one, fully support.

Until next week, people. Go baseball!

Wynn McDonald

Born a Kentuckian, much like Dan Uggla. Braves fan by choice, unlike Dan Uggla. I enjoy long walks on the Brandon Beachy. @twynstagram

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