Last night wasn’t quite as crazy as the evening before, but we’ll have plenty to get to before the day is through, that’s for certain. The winners and losers from last night’s contests can be seen below.
Red Sox (58-46)
Blue Jays (59-47)
1. The featured highlight from last night, is Carlos Correa’s 14th inning, walk-off double against the Blue Jays. It’s interesting/unique for a couple of reasons, but we’ll start first with the play itself. Correa stepped up to the plate with no outs and one on, in the bottom of the 14th inning. With the speedy Jose Altuve at first base, Correa deposited a double into deep right center field, bouncing it off the wall. Altuve raced around second, then third, and headed for home. The throw went to the plate, but it was late and off-line, Altuve scored, Astros win.
Awesome fact #1: According to Statcast, Altuve made it from first base to home in less than 11 seconds, reaching a top speed of 20.0 MPH. Yeesh.
Awesome fact #2: The pitcher who gave up that game winning hit, Scott Feldman, was just traded from the Astros to the Blue Jays earlier that day. Clearly, he was in cahoots.
2. Danny Duffy had an unbelievably good outting for the Royals, yesterday, taking a no-hitter into the eighth inning, before surrendering a line-drive double to Desmond Jennings. He immediately got the next three batters out and was done for the night. Although he didn’t complete the no-hitter (or the game, for that matter), Duffy did strikeout sixteen (16!) batters last night, which is a new Royals record. His final line read: 8.0 IP, 0 ER, 1H, 1BB, 16 strikeouts for a game score of 100. His evening dropped his ERA from 3.22 to 2.98 and his FIP from 3.49 to 3.20. That’s quite an evening:
3. The Chicago Cubs’ Kyle Hendricks did finish his game, however, completing the second 9.0 inning shutout (his first came last May) of his career. He didn’t quite have as dominating of a performance as Duffy (7H, 3BBs, 5Ks), but that’s just not Hendricks’ game. He’s all about pitching to contact and doing it well. In 2016, Hendricks is the best pitcher at inducing softly-hit balls and also carriers the third lowest hard hit rate. For a guy that throws 88-90 MPH, that’s pretty damn impressive. Also pretty damn impressive? He has the third lowest ERA (2.26) in all of baseball – behind just Clayton Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner.
Oh, and also from Last Night:
- Stephen Strasburg notched his 15th win of the season.
- Max Kepler became just the fifth Twin to hit three home runs in a single game.
- Lonnie Chisenhall makes a catch at the wall.
What you may have missed: