Friday night consisted of a no-no in New York, 161 runs, and not a single one-run win. Plenty of offense and wide margins of victory, there were few conventional games. Let’s dive right in.
Story of the Day: Mets Throw Combined No-Hitter
The first no-hitter of the year belongs to the Mets. Aaron Nola was great but Tylor Megill was magnificent, pitching five no-hit innings. The bullpen followed suit and closed it out.
Every no-no has a moment that seems to save it. That moment was in the third inning when Brandon Nimmo helped make history.
Jeff McNeil finally broke the 0-0 tie in the fifth when a soft single pushed two across. Pete Alonso added some breathing room with a home run making it 3-0.
After Megill was pulled in the top of the sixth, the Mets used Drew Smith, Joely Rodriguez, Seth Lugo and Edwin Diaz to combine for the no-hitter. The Mets closer was probably the most impressive pitcher of the night, striking out Bryce Harper, Nick Castellanos and JT Realmuto in order to nail down the no-no and his fourth save of the season.
Padres 7, Pirates 3
Pittsburgh had more hits and the Padres had more runs. Yu Darvish struggled out of the gate, walking a batter and giving up a few singles giving the Pirates an early 2-0 lead. Darvish would settle in going six innings allowing three runs.
Ha-Seong Kim put the Padres on the board in the third with his third home run.
A single followed by a sacrifice fly gave the Padres a 4-2 lead before Daniel Vogelbach single brought the Pirates within one. Trayce Thompson, brother of Klay Thompson, earned the call up this week and delivered with a two-run single.
Jake Cronenworth added a home run and the Padres earned a victory.
Marlins 8, Mariners 6
Jorge Soler opened the game with a 468-foot bomb off Matt Brash, the third longest home run of the year. The ball left the bat at a scorching 177.6 mph, giving the Marlins a 2-0 lead.
Mariners load the bases in the bottom of the first when catcher Luis Torrens had a basses-clearing double, giving the Mariners a 3-2 lead. Matt Brash struggled to find the zone but not the Marlins bats surrounding seven hits and six runs. A Miguel Rojas home run extended the lead to 8-3.
Mariners rallied to add two runs in the ninth but come up short. The Marlins extended their winning streak to six.
Red Sox 3 , Orioles 1
Rich Hill, at 42 years old, dazzled in four innings of work allowing only a single hit. Christian Arroyo left the yard giving the Red Sox their first lead at 2-0. After committing seven errors last night, Trey Mancini continued the trend as a Jackie Bradley Jr. hit squeaked by him leading to another run and a 3-0 lead. Trevor Story’s offense has been less than impressive but his defense has not taken a step back.
Tanner Houck looked great in relief going three innings and giving up two hits while striking out four.
Ryan Mountcastle broke up the shutout with a home run in the 9th and Red Sox improved to 9-12.
Astros 11, Blue Jays 7
Alex Bregman continues to dominate versus left-handed pitching (career .313/.401/.480). He put the Astros up 1-0 in the first taking Yusei Kikuchi deep for his fourth home run of the year.
After a Raimel Tapia double tied the game, Jeremy Pena made a fantastic play to prevent the Blue Jays from taking the lead.
This kid is quickly becoming a fan favorite.
A Yordan Alvarez RBI single started the rally in the third as the Astros pushed the lead to 4-1 chasing Kikuchi. Vlad Guerrero was not going to let that lead stand. A three-run home run of his own tied tied it at four 4-4.
Jeremy Pena added to his highlight game with a three-run home run making it 8-4 and eventually giving the Astros the win.
Angles 5, White Sox 1
Taylor Ward is OFFICIALLY the hottest hitter in baseball. Ward took the second pitch of the game and deposited it over the wall for his fifth home run of the year and went on to add two more hits. Ohtani added a home run of his own putting the Angels up 2-0.
Noah Syndergaard was scratched from starting due to illness, and the struggling White Sox offense could not take advantage of opener Jimmy Herget, who went three innings giving up one hit. The Angels used seven pitchers holding Chicago to three hits. We were also reminded why Mike Trout is the best outfielder in the game.
Anthony Rendon extended the lead to 3-1 after he shot the right-center gap for an RBI double. Jared Walsh doubled scoring Ohtani leading to a 4-1.
Down 5-1 in the ninth, the White Sox loaded the bases and flew out to end the game. The slump continues on the south side, dropping nine of the past ten games.
Rays 6, Twins 1
After only allowing one run in his first three starts, Dylan Bundy gave up four runs before recording a single out highlighted by Josh Lowe’s first career home run.
A Mike Zunino home run made it a 6-0 game and two-time Cy Young Corey Kluber cruised to an easy victory for the Rays, with six innings of two-hit ball.
Braves 6, Rangers 3
Ian Anderson had a strong outing in Texas. Six innings of three-hit ball allowing two runs. The long ball carried the game for Atlanta as Austin Riley and William Contreras left the yard while Travis Demeritte added some theatrics to his round tripper.
Adolis Garcia and Corey Seager added homers of their own but the Rangers could not push enough runners across.
A nice win on Ron Washington’s 70th birthday.
Yankees 12, Royals 2
The Yankees brought the bats, while the Royals continue to falter. Nestor Cortes was far from perfect, allowing seven hits, but did enough to limit Kansas City to two runs.
Anthony Rizzo stays hot as he opened the scoring with a home run giving the Yankees a 2-0 leading. Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, and Gleyber Torres added home runs of their own, leading to this rout of the Royals.
Stanton had two balls leave his bat at 114 mph. One was a 429-foot bomb, while the other was a single. *Shrugs shoulders*
A Salvador Perez two-run double was the lone bright spot for the Royals offense. A 3-2 game headed into the seventh quickly got out of hand as the Yankees scored four in the top of the inning and five in the eighth.
The Royals probably wish that ninth inning rain delay would have come sooner.
Brewers 11, Cubs 2
The Brewers might not have the sexiest lineup but it keeps producing. An easy win Friday moves the first place Brewers to 14-7.
Lorenzo Cain started the scoring with a single before six Brewers home runs made it 11-1. Two for Hunter Renfroe to go along with one from Jace Peterson, Andrew McCutchen, Chistian Yelcih, and Willy Adames.
Adrian Houser pitched a gem going six innings allowing just two hits. The Cub were limited to three hits on the night.
Diamondbacks 6, Cardinals 2
All Paul Goldschmidt needed to get his first home run was to face Madison Bumgarner. Goldschmidt is 25-for-72 with four homer runs off Bumgarner in his career.
Bumgarner bounced back though, going five innings, allowing one run and lowering his ERA to 1.17.
Dalton Varsho doubled in a run, followed by an RBI ground out, giving the Diamondbacks a 2-1 lead. Two singles and a sacrifice fly made it 5-1 Arizona. The Cardinals scored Harrison Bader on a balk and the final came to 6-2.
Rockies 10, Reds 4
This game saw 26 hits as the Reds drop yet another game falling to a league-worst 3-17. Everyone besides Sam Hillard collected a hit for the Rockies.
Elias Diaz homered in the second before Kyle Farmer tied the game with a single. Ryan MacMahon went yard making it 4-1.
Jose Iglesisas, Alan Trejo, and Connor Joe all added RBI doubles in the seventh to help put the game far out of reach.
The Reds young flame-thrower only lasted into the fourth, giving up six hits, four runs, and four walks. The bullpen did not help the case allowing the other six runs. We are longing for the day where the Reds add a highlight to these reels.
Guardians 9, Athletics 8
Am I crazy for thinking Jose Ramierez is still underrated?
His seventh home run started the scoring for Cleveland, but Sean Muphy one-upped him in the bottom of the first with a powerful three-run home run.
Andres Gimenez spoiled the lead with a huge grand slam giving Cleveland the 5-4 edge in the third.
The Athletics would not go down easily. Manufacturing two runs in the fourth to regain the lead 6-5. Sheldon Neuse continued his surprising season tripling in a couple runs.
Down 5-8, the Guardians made yet another comeback. A Ramirez double cut it to 7-8, before Josh Naylor gave the Guardians the lead and ultimately the win.
Dodgers 5, Tigers 1
In a matchup between two southpaws, it was the Dodgers that jumped out to an early 2-0 lead thanks to a Justin Turner home run, his first of the season. Tyler Anderson went five innings and the bullpen did not allow a hit.
Not a lot of flare in this game as the two home runs were the only extra base hits.
After adding in the offseason, the Tigers have yet to see their investment translate to success as they fall to last in the division at 6-13.
Nationals 14, Giants 4
The final game of the day was much like the others, high scoring. Juan Soto started if off with his fourth round tripper of the season. Victor Robles and Alcides Escobar singles pushed the lead to 3-0.
Jason Vosler put the Giants on the board with his first of the year. The Nationals would move station-to-station and scored on nine singles Friday night as everyone besides Keibert Ruiz recorded a hit. Seven Washington players had a multi-hit game.
Two different Giants pitchers allowed five runs in this one. Just an ugly day at Oracle Park.
Another exciting day of baseball in the books. Games start at 2:15 when Merill Kelly (1.69 ERA) faces Miles Mikolas (1.21 ERA) in St. Louis.