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10 Important Stories From 08/12/17 Box Scores: Beckham Continues Hot Streak, Lester Struggles & More

By Simon Jones

Saturday was notable as much for off-the-field activity as on-the-field, with Masahiro Tanaka and Dustin Pedroia hitting the DL, and a big injury scare for the Nationals as Bryce Harper pulled up injured against the Giants. On the field, Giancarlo Stanton and Cody Bellinger continued their homer binges, and there were other players continuing hot streaks.

So let’s look at some of the bigger stories from Saturday’s games.

1) Stanton homers in third straight game….
Giancarlo Stanton continued his incredible August with his third home run in as many games. Stanton also finished 3-for-4, and now has a ridiculous eight home runs, 12 runs and 16 RBIs in just 11 August games. He also leads the majors with 41 homers and his season OPS has risen to 1.003.

2) Beckham continues August onslaught….
Tim Beckham has been in outstanding form since his trade to the Orioles, and he continued that trend on Saturday with four hits including three doubles against the A’s. Incredibly, this was his ninth multi-hit game since his move from the Rays, and is now hitting 26-for-49 since that time. He has a 12 game hitting streak since moving to Baltimore. Read more

10 Important Stories From 08/04/17 Box Scores: Rondon Turning It Around, Woodruff’s Strong Debut & More

by Simon Jones

Friday marked the Dodgers debut for Yu Darvish and he definitely didn’t disappoint. There were also some big multi-homer performances from Giancarlo Stanton and Daniel Murphy in particular.

So let’s look at some of the bigger stories from Friday’s games.

1) Darvish dominant in Dodgers debut….
Yu Darvish was superb in his first appearance for the Dodgers on Friday, blanking the Mets across seven innings. Darvish allowed just three hits and a walk whilst striking out 10, including striking out the side in the seventh. It was a wonderful bounceback, after allowing 10 runs in his last start for Texas. Read more

10 Important Stories From 07/21/17 Box Scores: Darvish Ks 12, Moncada’s First Hit & More

By Simon Jones

Friday marked a couple of milestones, as Yoan Moncada notched his first hit and RBIs for the White Sox, and Chris Sale hit a single season mark that vaulted him into esteemed company. There were also some dominant pitching performances and a couple of multi-homer nights.

So let’s look at some of the bigger stories from Friday’s games.

1) Darvish Ks 12 as trade rumours mount….
Yu Darvish put on a show for the watching scouts on Friday, striking out 12 Rays’ batters across eight innings. It wasn’t perfect for Darvish as he gave up three runs, all on solo homers. Darvish hasn’t quite replicated his pre-Tommy John surgery elite performance, but his 3.45 ERA and 9.4 K/9 represents an enticing mix, should the Rangers be persuaded to part with him. Read more

10 Important Stories From 07/07/17 Box Scores: Paxton Strong, Sanchez Struggles In Return & More

by Simon Jones

Friday night at Yankee Stadium marked a couple of team records, with a career game for Jesus Aguilar and yet another home run from Aaron Judge. Elsewhere there were some strong performances by some starters leading into the All Star Break.

So let’s look at some of the bigger stories from Friday’s games.

1) Judge breaks Yankees rookie record….
It’s a record that has looked under threat for a little while now, but Aaron Judge broke Joe DiMaggio’s rookie HR record in double quick time on Friday. Judge became just the second rookie ever to reach the 30 homer landmark after Mark McGwire. Judge is now three HRs clear at the top of the MLB standings.

2) Aguilar cracks two HR and drives in seven….
Aaron Judge wasn’t the only record breaker at Yankee Stadium on Friday, as Jesus Aguilar put together a career night in the Brewers 9-4 win. Aguilar hammered two homers including a 7th inning go-ahead grand slam off Tyler Clippard, and his seven RBIs set a new Brewers mark in the process. Aguilar now has 9 HRs on the season whilst carrying a .924 OPS. Read more

10 Important Stories From 06/30/17 Box Scores: Foltyniewicz Flirts with No-No, Gray Returns With A Bang & More

by Simon Jones

Friday was a night of the multi-homer games – Stephen Vogt, Austin Barnes, Todd Frazier, Robinson Cano and Chris Owings all going deep twice. It also marked marked a near miss for Mike Foltyniewicz as he came close to a no-hitter against Oakland.

So let’s look at some of the bigger stories from Friday’s games.

1) Foltyniewicz just misses no-hitter….
Mike Foltyniewicz came close to making history on Friday, as he took a no-no into the ninth inning against the A’s. Unfortunately for Folty, Matt Olsen dragged out an at-bat and sent the ninth pitch he saw into the bleachers for a solo home run. Foltyniewicz was lifted at that point after 119 pitches, having struck out eight and walked four. Jim Johnson came on to preserve the 3-1 win. In the process, he has lowered his season ERA to 3.83 and actually performing much better than that for the most part, having conceded more than three earned runs in just three of 16 starts. Read more

10 Important Stories From 06/23/17 Box Scores: Wood Dominates Again, Giving Up On Musgrove & More

by Simon Jones

Friday was night dominated primarily by the pitching lines, both god and awful. There was a Japanese pitching duel in the Bronx, another great outing from Alex Wood, plus a couple of starters who must be nearing the end of their stint in the rotation.

So let’s look at some of the bigger stories from Friday’s games.

1) Wood’s dominance continues….
Alex Wood delivered another great performance on Friday against the Rockies in a 6-1 win. Wood pitched six innings of one run ball, striking out another seven batters. Wood has been inspirational for the Dodgers this year, beginning the year way down the depth chart, but stepping in admirably with the injuries to Scott Kazmir and Julio Urias, as well as the struggles of Rich Hill and Kenta Maeda. He now sports a sparkling 1.86 ERA and 0.92 WHIP and has actually outpitched Clayton Kershaw this year. Read more