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- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew1 hr ago
Being thrown out while running the bases is probably the most embarrassing baseball error in existence. We can understand the occasional misplay of a ball, or a bad throw, but there should really be no excuse for screwing up on the bases.
Despite that, it happens. And when it does, it produces some of the most hilarious bloopers. The latest player to become a victim of baseball's cruelest error was Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Gorkys Hernandez.
With the game tied 4-4 in the 14th inning, Hernandez made a base-running gaffe that nearly cost his team the game. After a one out single by Chris Stewart, Hernandez entered the game as a pinch runner. He did not do his job very well.
The next batter, Josh Harrison, sprayed a double to center, and that's when things got confusing for Hernandez.
Center fielder Rajai Davis nearly got to the ball, diving at the last second. The ball deflected off Davis' glove, but Hernandez didn't see it.Tue, 30 JunPittsburgh5 - 4DetroitGame Recap
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
Chicago White Sox ace has been unhittable over his last couple starts. That's not really hyperbole, either, Sale has been beyond fantastic lately.
He proved as much Tuesday against the St. Louis Cardinals. Sale allowed one run on six hits over eight spectacular innings. He issued just one walk and struck out 12 during the outing.
That last number is significant. Tuesday marked the eighth straight start in which Sale posted double-digit strikeouts. That ties a major-league record.
Chris Sale officially has joined Pedro Martinez as the only pitchers in baseball history to fan 10+ in eight straight games.
Sale joined Pedro Martinez as the only other pitcher to complete the feat. That's quite the achievement.
Sale doesn't seem to be slowing down, either. He's been particularly dominant in June.
In the month of June, Sale has thrown 41 1/3 innings. He has struck out 72, walked eight and allowed 25 hits.
Unfortunately for the Sox, Sale's dominance has not resulted in as many wins as you might expect.Tue, 30 JunChi White Sox2 - 1St. LouisGame Recap
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
Saying Miami Marlins infielder Dee Gordon is fast is like saying water is wet. It's his most defining quality, and everyone knows it.
That's why it shouldn't come as a surprise that Gordon was responsible for the first inside-the-park home run at Marlins Park. The hit came in the second inning of Tuesday's game.
With two men on base, and Ryan Vogelsong on the mound, Gordon ripped an 84 mph changeup to the right center gap. Since Gordon is known as more of a slap hitter, the outfielders were playing fairly close to the infield.
This allowed Gordon to turn on the jets. Right fielder Gregor Blanco would reach the ball first, and either slightly misplayed it, or tried to flip it to center fielder Angel Pagan.
By the time Pagan grabbed the ball, Gordon was already rounding third base. The Giants attempted to throw Gordon out at home, but didn't come close.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
The Philadelphia Phillies are about to undergo some major changes. Some of that turnover has already begun.
Manager Ryne Sandberg resigned, leaving the club because he was tired of losing. Just a few days later, Andy MacPhail agreed to become the team's next president. Based on MacPhail's press conference Monday, many other changes seem to be in the cards for Philadelphia.Tue, 30 JunMilwaukee4 - 3PhiladelphiaGame Recap
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew8 hrs ago
The MLB All-Star game is full of wonder. You get to see things like Clayton Kershaw and Max Scherzer playing for the same team. You can imagine a world where Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera are in the same lineup. And in another mind-blowing new development, you, the fan, can have pizza delivered right to your seat after a few pecks at your smartphone.
Yes, this is true. The Cincinnati Reds, their concession company Delaware North and MLB Advanced Media have partnered to bring pizza delivery to the baseball-watching masses at Great American Ballpark, home of next month's All-Star game.
Delaware North reps confirm to The Stew that the delivery service is being soft launched this week, so that it's ready for the All-Star festivities in mid-July. Fans use their MLB.com Ballpark app to order. Like so:Tue, 30 JunMinnesota8 - 5CincinnatiGame Recap
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
The start-and-stop, up-and-down season of Josh Hamilton starts up again Tuesday night, as he's been activated by the Texas Rangers and will start in left field against the Baltimore Orioles.
Hamilton, 34, was on the disabled list for a month with an injured hamstring, but that hasn't been the biggest issue surrounding the former MVP this season. He admitted a drug relapse to MLB, which resultedin a high-profile non-suspension. The Los Angeles Angels, though, weren't happy about this and shipped Hamilton back to the Texas Rangers.Tue, 30 JunTexas8 - 6BaltimoreGame Recap
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew11 hrs ago
We're in the final days of MLB All-Star voting, which is good news if you're tired of hearing about the onslaught of votes from Kansas City Royals fans, who have been trying to stack the American League team with their players. It's almost over. We promise.
Voting ends Thursday at 11:59 p.m. ET and between then and now the Royals aren't the only drama on the ballot. In fact, now that the Royals are down to a non-obscene five starters, we should be able to sit back and enjoy the intriguing races before us.Tue, 30 JunKansas City0 - 4HoustonGame Recap
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew13 hrs ago
Cincinnati Reds speedster Billy Hamilton was at it again Monday, swiping four bags in Cincinnati's 11-7 win over Minnesota to raise his stolen base total to 40 this season.
Unsurprisingly, that puts Hamilton in the league lead for steals and no one is particularly close. Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon is second with 26, 14 back of Hamilton. Gordon led baseball in stolen bases last season with 64 while Hamilton was tied for second with 56.Tue, 30 JunSan Francisco3 - 5MiamiGame Recap
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
With the Los Angeles Angels four games back of the first-place Houston Astros in the AL West as the season nears the All-Star break, it appears manager Mike Scioscia and GM Jerry Dipoto are at odds again.
This latest report from Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal states that the disconnect between the old-school Scioscia and more progressive Dipoto is being caused by, you guessed it, analytics:
The rift between the two in 2012 stemmed in part from Scioscia’s resistance to data prepared by Dipoto and his staff. The current problems are rooted in a similar issue.Tue, 30 JunNY Yankees1 - 2LA AngelsGame Recap
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew22 hrs ago
Take a look around the league with Big League Stew's daily wrap up. We'll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats.
So far, so good for Cleveland Indians rookie pitcher Cody Anderson.
Anderson, a 24-year-old who the Indians chose in the 14th round of the 2011 draft, made his second career start Monday night against the Tampa Bay Rays and if taking a perfect game into the seventh inning is good, then give Anderson a round of applause.
Grady Sizemore — the erstwhile Indian — broke up Anderson's bid for perfection with a seventh-inning homer. But Anderson's final line was just fine: eight innings, two hits, one run, no walks, two strikeouts and exactly 100 pitches inthe Indians' 7-1 win. And then there's this:
Cody Anderson is 1st pitcher to take perfect game bid into 7th inning within first 2 career games since Juan Marichal in 1960. @EliasSportsTue, 30 JunCleveland6 - 2Tampa BayGame Recap