Another day, another almost no-no. For the second time in three games, the Marlins worked a no-hitter deep into the game, this time into the ninth. It was Wei-Yin Chen spinning the magic, allowing no hits and walking just two over seven innings. At 100 pitches, he gave way to the bullpen, which held on for the Marlins’ first shutout win of the year.
On the hitting side, Justin Bour launched his second homer of the season, a two-run shot. Christian Yelich continued to fill the stat sheet, going 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Giancarlo Stanton continued to struggle, striking out three times. Martin Prado, who had exited Monday’s game with a cramp in his first game off the DL, was held out of the game for precautionary reasons.
It takes a Fish to catch a fish. Prior to the game, Christian Yelich toured the famed Pike Place Market in Seattle and showed the locals why he is a gold-glover. And while on the topic of gold-glovers, Fox Sports ranked all 30 MLB managers in terms of their playing careers. Take a look at where our own Donnie Baseball ended up.
On a bleaker note, some Floridians are expressing discomfort at the idea of a Jose Fernandez statue. The Palm Beach Post also asks some uncomfortable questions. But Marlins President David Samson has an answer.
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PED suspensions are still shocking. The latest belongs to Pirates’ star Starling Marte, who as a first-time offender began serving an 80-game suspension immediately. Marte had pushed Andrew McCutchen out of center field to start the season, but Cutch reclaimed his customary spot in center last night with a spectacular grab.
After the Marte suspension was announced, Rangers reliever Jake Diekman took to Twitter with a plan to stop PED use in baseball.
If you’ve ever wanted to get to know the umpires as well as you know NFL referees, you might soon get your chance. MLB is discussing having the umps explain their replay decisions in the future.
Speaking of replay, the ending to the Nationals-Braves game last night could have used one, as it was extended on a foul tip that never was. The Nats are ready to get second-year shortstop Trea Turner back this week, but first he’s going on a rehab assignment. Same for the Braves’ Matt Kemp.