Friday typically brings us a loaded slate of MLB action, but this one was merely almost loaded. That’s because the Reds and Cardinals had the night off as they get set for a two-game series in Monterrey, Mexico that starts Saturday. As well, the Tigers and Twins were rained out in Minneapolis, and they’ll make up that game as part of split doubleheader on May 11.
In the early game, the Cubs continued their mostly successful homestand against the Mike Trout-less Angels. Under the lights a big Astros-Mariners series got underway in Seattle, and in L.A. the Brewers and Dodgers got together for an NLCS rematch. The first-place Padres were also in action, and a certain notable rookie had quite a night in the Bronx. Now let’s jump in.
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Baseball scores for Friday, April 12
- FINAL – Cubs 5, Angels 1 (box score)
- FINAL – White Sox 9, Yankees 6 (box score)
- FINAL – Pirates 6, Nationals 3 in 10 innings (box score)
- FINAL – Rays 11, Blue Jays 7 (box score)
- FINAL – Red Sox 6, Orioles 4 (box score)
- FINAL – Phillies 9, Marlins 1 (box score)
- FINAL – Mets 6, Braves 2 (box score)
- FINAL – Athletics 8, Rangers 6 (box score)
- FINAL – Royals 8, Indians 1 (box score)
- FINAL – Padres 2, Diamondbacks 1 (box score)
- FINAL – Astros 10, Mariners 6 (box score)
- FINAL – Brewers 8, Dodgers 5 (box score)
- FINAL – Giants 3, Rockies 2 in 18 innings (box score)
- Tigers at Twins – POSTPONED
Machado does it at the plate, in the field
Manny Machado pretty much took over the first-place (!) Padres’ win over the Diamondbacks on Friday night. For starters, he hit his fourth home run of the season — a solo shot that accounted for half the Padres’ runs in this one. Best of all was the easy power and accuracy of Machado’s throwing arm at the hot corner. Let’s watch him do it all, shall we?
Machado last season was a solid enough shortstop, but he’s an elite defensive third baseman. That’s why it was so key that he agreed to go back to third once he signed with San Diego. He’s going to save a lot of runs with that glove work of his.
No, the Padres will not regret this investment.
Hamels, Cubs getting back on track
Don’t look now, but the Cubs are now 3-1 on their current homestand, and pitching — such a problem during their 2-7 start — has carried them..
First-place Rays win fifth straight
The Tampa Bay Rays continued their winning ways on Friday when they won their fifth straight game, with an 11-7 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. It’s already the second time this season Tampa Bay has won five in a row, and they are 11-3 on the season.
Outfielder Austin Meadows — one of the three players acquired from the Pirates in last year’s Chris Archer trade — blasted two home runs in the victory. Meadows got things kicked off with a lead-off homer. Take a look:
As the Rays note in the tweet above, Meadows’ homer marked the seventh consecutive game that Tampa Bay has scored in the opening inning, a team record. The Rays have outscored opponents 18-1 in the first inning this season.
In the third inning, Meadows hit his second home run of the game, a monster shot to the 500 level at Rogers Centre. Second baseman Brandon Lowe followed with a homer of his own, also a blast to the 500 level. They became the first teammates to hit upper deck homers at Toronto in the same game.
The Boston Red Sox’s early season struggles and the New York Yankees’ growing list of injuries have certainly helped the Rays’ standing in the American League East, but it’s the Rays pitching depth and powerful offense that have carried them to a five and a half game lead.
Highlight of the day: Jimenez is on the board (twice)
The White Sox acquired outfielder Eloy Jimenez as part of the July 2017 trade that sent lefty Jose Quintana to the crosstown Cubs. Jimenez showed perhaps the best raw power of any prospect while in the minors, and he’s been a consensus top-10 overall prospect coming into each of the last two seasons.
After signing an extension with the White Sox, the club put him on the Opening Day roster — as was deserved — but the 22-year-old Jimenez was hitting just .279/.326/.302 in his rookie campaign coming into Friday night vs. the Yankees. He’d also entered the night still looking for his first career home run. In the fifth inning, that changed:
That one, as you can see, put the White Sox up on the host Yankees. Jimenez’s first career dinger left the bat at 108.6 mph (encouraging since he’s had trouble making hard contact thus far in 2019) and traveled 425 feet.
But wait: there’s more! Here’s Mr. Jimenez in the seventh inning of this same game:
That’s Jimenez’s blast going 111 mph and 446 feet through the driving Bronx rain (the game went into delay not long after this). This young slugger might already be appointment viewing.
The jury’s still out on the White Sox’s rebuilding process, but they badly need Jimenez and Yoan Moncada to realize their offensive potential. On that front, consider Jimenez’s Friday night effort appears to be an encouraging sign.
Arrieta looks like his old self, picks up career win No. 100
Jake Arrieta and the Phillies dominated the Marlins on Friday. Particularly encouraging for the veteran right-hander was a spike in swings and misses and a highly effective changeup. .
- The Blue Jays’ GM says Vladimir Guerrero Jr. top overall prospect 3B
- The Phillies may have interest in trading for Giants LHP Madison Bumgarner. .
- The Yankees placed C Gary Sanchez . New York now has 12 inactive players, the most in baseball.
- The Rockies are starting to lose their grip .
- The Padres , thanks in part to the work of a young rotation.
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- Per Bryan Hoch, Yankees RHP Dellin Betances (shoulder) did not have a successful simulated game on Friday and will undergo an MRI, according to manager Aaron Boone.
- Jeff Fletcher tweets that Angels OF Mike Trout (groin) won’t play before Monday.
- LHP Patrick Corbin was dominant for the Nationals (7 IP, 1 ER, 11 SO, 1 BB), but the Washington bullpen melted down once again.
- Athletics OF Khris Davis became the first to reach 10 home runs this season. Here’s the blast that did it:
- Red Sox SS Xander Bogaerts had three hits including a double, and Eduardo Rodriguez worked a quality start in the win over Baltimore.
- Mets OF Brandon Nimmo went 3 for 4 with a home run and a double in the win over the Braves.
- Indians RHP Carlos Carrasco endured one of the worst starts of his career (2/3 IP, 6 R) on Friday night.
- Jose Altuve and Yuli Gurriel each hit a grand slam in Seattle on Friday night. It’s the third time in franchise history that the Astros have hit two grand slams in a game. On the other side, the Mariners got a home run from Tom Murphy, which means they’ve still homered in every game this season.
- Brewers C Yasmani Grandal had three hits including a home run and a walk against his former team. The Dodgers have now lost five in a row.
- Eight Giants relievers combined for 13 scoreless innings against the Rockies in what turned out to be tied for the longest game in Oracle Park history. The Rockies struck out 24 times in this one.