Seven takeaways from MLB week 3
So, this is NEW! – well it’s the second time I’ve done this so I’m leaving the introduction for the first couple of weeks.
Each week on Monday (I figure I can handle a small commitment to my blog, right?) I’m going to give you a quick wrap up of seven important things that happened over the past week in MLB, and even some MiLB, plays, events, matchups or whatever it was I would have loved to do an entire post on but didn’t have the time.
Because let’s face it, there are 30 teams and no one person can cover them all or keep track of everything. I have a hard enough time covering the A’s at for FanRag Sports’ Today’s Knuckleball – which is where I work, just in case this is your first time reading my blog. You can learn more about me and my story here, if you’re curious about who’s talking to you right now.
This may change in format and structure as I find a good fit for me and the blog. But it’ll be my weekly wrap up. Please leave a comment for any event in any level of baseball that you think I may have missed (and there should be plenty of those) or that you think should be on my list but isn’t. For now, here’s my take (using seven events) on what happened last week in baseball …
Chicago White Sox:
The Chicago White Sox complete the first 9-3-2-6-2-5 triple play in MLB history on Thursday in their 5-0 win over the Texas Rangers. The last time a triple play was turned against the Rangers was in 1991. Rangers’ manager Jeff Banister joked about it being due to the full moon but Adrian Beltre had this to say,
“It was a disaster by everybody. All the runners screwed up. Awful baserunning by everybody.”
While White Sox starter Jose Quintana thought it was quite cool.
“I never saw that before,” Quintana said. “Today that happened to me, that’s so exciting. That was fun. I enjoyed this moment.”
You can check out the moment in the video below:
Oakland A’s pitcher Kendall Graveman not only had his first major league at-bat on Wednesday, he batted in the cleanup spot against the Yankees. If that isn’t enough, New Yankees Stadium has been around for nine seasons and Graveman was the first pitcher to ever have an at-bat there. It seems more odd than it actually is being that it is an American League park.
What led to Graveman’s at-bat was not the best scenario for the Athletics. Third baseman Danny Valencia strained his left hamstring sliding into home plate (he is now on the 15-day disabled list). The A’s super-utility man Chris Coghlan, who was playing second base in the game, shifted over to third base causing designated hitter Jed Lowrie to move over to second, meaning that the A’s had now lost their DH and Graveman would have to slide into Valencia’s number four spot in the lineup. It wasn’t pretty for the A’s but it did make history. The A’s went on to win the game 5-3 in what eventually became a three-game sweep of the Yankees. It was also the first time the A’s had swept the Yankees IN New York since 2006.
New York Yankees:
Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury was on third base in the bottom of the fifth inning Friday night as the Yankees played the Tampa Bay Rays. With the Yankees down 3-2 in the bottom of the fifth inning and two men, on Ellsbury went for it. And he really went for it – just as pitcher Matt Moore started his windup – Ellsbury took off from third and successfully stole home.
It wasn’t the first time the 32-year-old has stolen home either! Back in April of 2009 when he was still on the Boston Red Sox, he actually stole home against his current club. Check out the video below from Friday, it’s pretty impressive:
Washington Nationals … ok actually it was really mostly Bryce Harper:
On Tuesday the Washington Nationals hit four home runs in the seventh inning against the Miami Marlins, setting a franchise record. Bryce Harper went deep for this second Grand Slam of the season. First baseman Ryan Zimmerman, catcher Wilson Ramos and outfielder Jayson Werth each hit solo shots following Harper’s Grand Slam to set the winning score as the Nationals defeated the Marlins 7-0.
Of course that wasn’t the end of the reigning NL MVP’s week. On Sunday, Harper’s scheduled day off after he had played everyday of the season, he was called upon by manager Dusty Baker to pinch-hit against Minnesota Twins’closer Kevin Jepsen with the Nationals down one-run in the ninth inning. Harper stepped up to the plate to hit a solo homer that tied the game and ended up making it turn into a 16-inning marathon which the Nationals won 6-5. It was Harper’s ninth and league-leading home run.
Los Angeles Angels:
Albert Pujols, who had gone hitless in his last six games, erased it all with one swing of the bat on Sunday. He launched a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning against the Seattle Mariners. But snapping an 0-26 streak at the plate wasn’t the big deal with this home run. With this , his 563 home run of his career, Pujols tied the great Reggie Jackson for number 13 on the all-time home run list. Oddly enough, Pujols’ last hit prior to his 0-26 hitless streak was a first inning two-run shot against the Minnesota Twins on April 17.
**Sorry had a kinda rough week … so there will only be five this week!!! My bad! I apologize! Next week there will be seven takeaways!!! **