Wednesday MLB scores, highlights, news, updates: Indians win AL-record 21st straight
The Indians made history on Wednesday, and that's not all
The big story on Wednesday -- in addition to, you know, all those playoff races --. That's just part of a full 15-game slate, so let's dig in ...
- Indians 5, Tigers 3 (box score)
- Yankees 3, Rays 2 (box score)
- White Sox 5, Royals 3 (box score)
- Phillies 8, Marlins 1 (box score)
- Braves 8, Nationals 2 (box score)
- Orioles 2, Blue Jays 1 (box score)
- Athletics 7, Red Sox 3 (box score)
- Cubs 17, Mets 5 (box score)
- Mariners 8, Rangers 1 (box score)
- Twins 3, Padres 1 in 10 (box score)
- Brewers 8, Pirates 2 (box score)
- Reds 6, Cardinals 0 (box score)
- Diamondbacks 8, Rockies 2 (box score)
- Angels 9, Astros 1 (box score)
- Dodgers 4, Giants 1 (box score)
Indians set AL record with 21st straight win
For a few fleeting minutes Wednesday, the Indians were in relative trouble. The Tigers pushed across a run in the top of the first, and with that the Indians for just the second game of this streak failed to score the first run. It also put them in danger of trailing for just the fifth inning during said streak. Then, however, Buck Farmer's faltering command led up to this Jay Bruce three-run shot, which was held up on review …
Per win expectancy, that gave the Indians a 70.5 percent chance of winning their 21st straight game. Recent history, of course, makes that figure feel like an undersell. The Tigers made things interesting in the middle innings, but the Cleveland bullpen in relief of Mike Clevinger worked 3 1/3 scoreless, and Roberto Perez added some insurance with a solo homer in the seventh. Cleveland went on to prevail by a score of 5-3, as you see above.
So that's 21 in a row. That now stands alone as the AL record, and it also ties the mark of the 1935 Cubs. To hear most tell it, that's the all-time record, but it's not quite that simple. John McGraw's 1916 Giants won 26 in a row, but that mark is somewhat compromised by a tie that was mixed in..
Dodgers clinch postseason berth
Technically,. They clinched one without the need for fancy math with Wednesday night's win over the Giants. Los Angeles has won back-to-back games following their miserable 11-game losing streak, and 1-16 stretch.
Wednesday's win was headlined by Yu Darvish's finest start as a Dodgers. He shut San Francisco out across seven innings.
The Dodgers are going to the postseason for the fifth consecutive season, and, despite their recent slump, clinching a playoff spot was merely a formality given the lead they'd built earlier in the year. They'll clinch the NL West title any day now.
McCutchen hits 200th home run
I'm not sure if I'm surprised Andrew McCutchen already has 200 career home runs or only 200 career home runs. Is that weird? That seems weird. Anyway, McCutchen hit his 200th career homer Wednesday night, a solo blast against Brewers righty Chase Anderson. Here's the milestone homer:
Which team has given up the most home runs to McCutchen? The Brewers, of course. Wednesday night was McCutchen's 32nd career homer against the Brew Crew. He's hit 28 against the Reds, 22 against the Cubs, and 13 against the Cardinals. Among non-NL Central teams, the Nationals have allowed the most homers to McCutchen. He was 14 against Washington. Cutch has 13 homers in 139 games against the Cardinals and 14 in 50 games against the Nats. Huh.
Goldschmidt picks up 1,000th career hit
There was another milestone base hit Wednesday night in addition to McCutchen's 200th homer. D-Backs franchise player Paul Goldschmidt ripped a double to center field in the third inning for his 1,000th career hit. Here's the video:
Goldschmidt and Luis Gonzalez are the only players in D-Backs franchise history to record 1,000 hits with the team. Here is the club's all-time hit leaderboard:
- Luis Gonzalez: 1,337
- Paul Goldschmidt: 1,000 and counting
- Steve Finley: 847
- Miguel Montero: 798
- Stephen Drew: 776
That is quite a list of names there. Such is life for a franchise that has been existence for only two decades. Goldy figures to be atop the list within two years.
Hoskins crushes another home run
No player in baseball history has reached 10 career home runs faster than Rhys Hoskins, in terms of games played. The same is true of 11 career home runs, and 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, and now 17. . To the video:
The 17 home runs leads baseball since Hoskins made his debut on August 10. Giancarlo Stanton and J.D. Martinez are tied for second with 16 apiece.
Thames hits his 30th home run
Remember how ridiculous Eric Thames was in April? He hit .345/.466/.810 in the season's first month and crushed 11 home runs in his first 20 games. Thames cooled down considerably after that, so much so that he went into Wednesday's game hitting .203/.316/.426 in his previous 361 plate appearances.
Thames crushed his 30th home run of 2017 against the Pirates, and I'm guessing not many folks thought he'd have to wait until Sept. 13 to do it given his hot start. Here's the video:
Thames is still hitting a solid .239/.350/.513 (121 OPS+) on the season. He's just not the Barry Bonds clone he appeared to be in April.
Glasnow struggles in return to MLB
By all accounts, Pirates righty Tyler Glasnow is one of the promising pitching prospects in baseball. He opened the season in Pittsburgh's rotation, but he struggled so mightily that he had to be sent to Triple-A in June. Glasnow went 2-6 with a 7.45 ERA in 12 starts and 54 1/3 innings before being sent down.
In the minors Glasnow had more success, throwing 93 1/3 innings with a 1.93 ERA and a 140/32 K/BB. He returned to the big leagues Wednesday night and, well, it did not go well. Here's his pitching line against the Brewers:
Development is not linear. Glasnow isn't the first pitcher to struggle early in his big-league career and he certainly won't be the last. He clearly still has some things to work on, however.
Rosario hits walk-off
The Twins won on Tuesday by boat-racing the Padres. The game on Wednesday was a little closer, yet the end result was the same, as Minnesota claimed a 3-1 win in extra innings.
Rosario entered the night hitting .290/.327/.498 (a 116 OPS+) with 22 home runs. He's been one of the Twins' more productive batters on the season, and has been particularly effective since the All-Star Break. Prior to Wednesday's game, Rosario's second-half OPS (.881) was nearly 100 points higher than his first-half OPS (.784).
The Twins' victory means they remained two games up on the Angels in the hunt for the second wild card in the AL.
Green is looking like an October weapon for Yanks
Given all the notable names in the Yankee bullpen, it's perhaps easy to overlook Chad Green. Here's what Green did on Wednesday in the nip-and-tuck win over the Rays: 1 1/3 innings, no hits, no runs, three strikeouts, no walks. After that outing, here are his numbers for the year:
Framed another way, Green's struck out 42.1 percent of the batters he's faced this season. That's dominance. Also, he's amassed those 64 1/3 innings despite not being recalled until May 9. That's because he's recorded more than three outs in 29 of his 35 outings. In 17 of those outings, he's gone at least two innings. Thrice he's pitched three or more innings in a game. As well, manager Joe Girardi hasn't hesitated to use Green in high-leverage spots despite this being just his second big-league season.
That dominance at the run-prevention and peripheral levels plus his ability to work multiple innings plus his manager's trust may all add up to Green's playing a big role in October -- assuming, of course, the Yankees maintain their grip on playoff position. As we saw last postseason, the "relief ace" is back, at least in the playoff environment, and Green looks like he has all the ingredients to be one.
Olson goes deep again
Maybe moreso than at any other point in MLB history, young sluggers are coming up and hitting a boatload of home runs these days. Hoskins is all the rage right now. Last year we saw Gary Sanchez do it, and earlier this year it was Aaron Judge. Don't forget about Matt Olson though. The A's first baseman went deep again Wednesday night:
That is home run No. 18 for Olson in only 49 games. He's hit seven home runs in his last 10 games and 10 home runs in his last 15 games. The 23-year-old took over at first base after Yonder Alonso was traded to the Mariners, and he's rewarded the team with a .270/.355/.618 batting line so far this year.
The A's have picked out a site for a new ballpark
The Athletics have taken the next step in their ongoing effort to construct a new ballpark. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the A's have settled on a location near Oakland's Laney College for the construction of a new baseball-only facility. .
'Racism is as American as baseball' banner unfurled at Fenway
Following the fourth inning Wednesday,. Here's a photo:
Security quickly retrieved the banner and removed the fans. The Red Sox announced they were ejected from the ballpark but neither arrested nor banned from Fenway Park.
- This weekend's Marlins vs. Brewers series has been due to Hurricane Irma.
- The Tigers after a pair of ejections Thursday.
- Via Jordan Bastian, the Indians expect to activate RP Andrew Miller on Thursday.
- Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post writes that C Jonathan Lucroy is interested in returning to the Rockies as a free agent.
- Newsday's Marc Carig reports that the Mets are expected to pursue veteran relievers this offseason.
- Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen says .
Keep tabs on the top 50 free agents right here
The Padres have been heavily connected with Hosmer all offseason
The Twins needed rotation help, so the Odorizzi acquisition makes sense
The Rays pulled off a head-scratching move Saturday night
The Rangers will certainly be back in the market for a reliever
Watson will give the Giants a good left-handed reliever