Giants beat the Crockies in 18 innings last night and into this morning. Giants used the whole bullpen.
Rangers? More like the Texas Ex-Braves...The Rangers are fun again. After shutting out the Angels yesterday (Mike Minor's first complete game shutout at the MLB level), one of the reporters pointed out that at this time last year, the Rangers were 5-11, now they're 9-7. Not exactly world beaters but definitely coming together.
Elvis Andrus is becoming an unstoppable force.
Baseball trades do happen.Rangers? More like the Texas Ex-Braves...
Same with the Rangers. Three of their starting 5 are coming off Tommy John surgery, so their bullpen has been busy by design. I think the feeling is that if they can get past the early part of the season, the starting arms will improve as the season goes on. But Smyly, Miller and Volquez are not carrying a starter's load at the moment.They are getting a few of their injured pitchers back though which should help. So far the offense has made up for the defensive issues.
I just tend to notice clusters of ex-Braves since that's the team I follow. For years it seemed like the Royals' idea of building their team was grabbing every former Brave they could find (their GM was the former director of scouting for the Braves, iirc). The D-backs had at least two or three former Braves farmhands in their starting nine last night.Baseball trades do happen.
Sooooooo frustrating. Decent starting pitching, even with the starting five in a bit of flux. Good offense. Good defense (minus the inability to throw out base stealers). But, the steaming pile of crap that is the bullpen keeps snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.Painful last night! Walking in the winning run in the 10th inning. I guess they wanted to get home since it was getting late.
The Rangers saw a 10-1 lead evaporate to the Astros, who had late inning rallies of 5, 2 and 2 runs. Luckily the Rangers squeaked in another run and held on for an 11-10 win. They left the starter in a little too long, and their closer, Jose Leclerc, was totally ineffective, allowing a home run and 4 walks in the ninth inning. They finally brought in a different pitcher to get the final out and escape with a win. Leclerc has had similar issues in the past; basically a mechanics issue that kept him from dropping his changeup in the strike zone, and the Astros recognized it.Painful last night! Walking in the winning run in the 10th inning. I guess they wanted to get home since it was getting late.
Outfielder Ender Inciarte exited Tuesday’s game with lower back tightness and will likely require a stint on the injured list, opening the door for Riley.
Riley, the team’s consensus top position prospect, has started four of the past six games in left field for Triple-A Gwinnett. He’d presumably man that spot in the majors, shifting Ronald Acuna to center in Inciarte’s absence.
The 22-year-old Riley hit a grand slam Tuesday, continuing what’s been the hottest streak in the International League. He’s homered 15 times in 144 at-bats, and in 13 of his past 18 games.
Riley has hit .360 with a 1.478 OPS in May. Despite his scorching-the-earth play, the Braves didn’t have a clear spot to play him in the majors, with Josh Donaldson locked into Riley’s natural position. Inciarte’s injury provided an avenue.
Crushed a fastball for a long HR to left center for his second major league AB (after striking out his first time up). The kid has effortless power, but he's a third baseman having to play LF for now - we'll see how this goes...Braves call up top prospect Austin Riley.
The Braves' bullpen is a dumpster fire (and has generally been on all season). Yet, Craig Kimbrel remains unsigned because reasons.