Wednesday featured 14 games across the league, including a doubleheader between the Yankees and Orioles. Some other storylines worth watching included Justin Verlander returning to Detroit, the Braves looking to stay above .500, and the Rays going after a sweep over the worst-in-baseball Marlins. Let’s jump in.
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The Diamondbacks authored a blowout win on Wednesday against the Pirates, but they still may have suffered a big loss. Veteran starter Zack Greinke exited the game in the eighth while dealing with abdominal tightness.
Greinke had pitched well on Wednesday, striking out five and permitting just four hits and no runs in 7 2/3 innings. On the season, he now has a 2.78 ERA in 64 innings across 10 starts.
The hot Cubs lead the Reds 4-1 going into the bottom of the seventh, but Cincy tied it up and forced it into extras. Reds outfielder Yasiel Puig was 0 for 4 with three strikeouts when he stepped to the plate in the bottom of the 10th with the bases loaded and one out. He didn’t disappoint (unless you’re rooting for the Cubs).
The Yankees and Orioles played the first game of their doubleheader in just over two hours’ time. The quick pace of play didn’t prevent the Yankees from homering four times in Game 1, with Gleyber Torres contributing two of those.
For those wondering how homer-dependent the Yankees offense is — don’t laugh, it’s been a point of contention before in New York — they entered the day ranked ninth in baseball in Guillen Number, or the percentage of runs scored via dinger. The top five includes the Astros, Brewers, Padres, Twins, and Mariners, suggesting there’s no real shame in hitting a lot of home runs. Who knew?
The Giants started Shaun Anderson on Wednesday, and he looked every bit the potential mid-rotation starter.Anderson became just the second pitcher since 2015 to record multiple hits in his hitting debut, joining Trent Thornton, who did it on Tuesday against the Giants.
Anderson’s performance is a little cooler if you ask us, since his came in his first game.
As for Anderson’s pitching, he held the Blue Jays to two earned runs in five innings of work, striking out five while walking three. He has an arsenal that’s closer to average than plus, but he generated nine swinging strikes on the day. Six of those came on his low-90s fastball.