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On this beautiful Memorial Day, MLB blessed us with a full slate of baseball game, stretching from 1:07ET all the way to 9:05ET. Fans were treated to some exciting baseball all day, and thanks to the weather being almost perfect, no games were impacted.
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Matt Harvey hasn’t had a great start to his 2016 season, but “The Dark Knight” came to the ballpark on a mission; to show fans he can be the elite pitcher he once was. The 27-year-old pitched a gem of a game, pitching seven innings of shutout baseball, allowing two hits and striking out six, leading the Mets to a 1-0 victory over the White Sox. The lone run in the game would come in the bottom of the seventh inning, thanks to Neil Walker’s solo homerun. Addison Reed locked down the eighth inning before Jeurys Familia picked up his 17th save of the season. Harvey will take the mound again Sunday when the Mets travel to Miami to take on Jose Fernandez and the Marlins.
JUST AS WE EXPECTED…
Anytime there’s a game at Coors Field, you know it’s going to be a high scoring affair, and today was no different. The Cincinnati Reds defeated the Colorado Rockies 11-8 thanks to a strong performance from Adam Duvall and Canadian Joe Votto. Both batters hit homeruns in this contest, while Billy Hamilton and Zack Cozart finished the game with three hits each. The Rockies were lead by Daniel Descalso, who was playing third base in place of superstar Nolan Arenado. The 29-year-old went 3-for-5 and finished with a team high four RBIs. Charlie Blackmon and Carlos Gonzalez both hit homeruns in the game. Game two of this series goes tomorrow with Jon Mascot facing off against Jon Gray.
BUT WE DIDN’T SEE THIS COMING…
Jeff Locke has been a pretty average pitcher to start the season, but today, he was absolutely dominant. The 28-year-old pitched a three hit shutout as the Pittsburgh Pirates destroyed the Miami Marlins 10-0. What’s even more amazing is Locke managed to do all this while striking out only one hitter (that hitter was J.T. Realmuto). With the win, Locked lowered his ERA to 4.33 and improved to 4-3 on the year. David Freese went 4-for-5 with two RBIs in the game, while right fielder Gregory Polanco finished 2-for-4 with four RBIs.
The Cubs are known for their talented group of young hitters, but today, it was their bullpen that made headlines. After starter Jason Hammel left the game with a hamstring cramp, the Cubs bullpen would go on to no-hit the Dodgers on their way to a 2-0 win. Travis Wood, Justin Grimm, Pedro Strop and Hector Rondon struck out eight, helping the Cubs pick up their 35th win of the season. Jason Heyward got Chicago on the board in the bottom of the fifth inning with a RBI single, followed by a RBI double by Anthony Rizzo to make it 2-0 Cubs. The Dodgers were unable to get anything going on the night, recording just one hit and striking out 11 times. The task doesn’t get any easier tomorrow as Jake Arrieta takes the mound against Scott Kazmir.
THE REST OF THE DETAILS
- Jeurys Familia (17)
- Ryan Madson (12)
- JC Ramirez (1)
- Hector Rondon (9)
- Jonathan Papelbon (14)
- Drew Storen (3)
- Astros activated Carlos Gomez from the 15-Day DL and optioned Colin Moran to Triple-A Fresno
- Twins recall Byron Buxton from Triple-A Rochester.
- Angels reinstate closer Huston Street from 15-Day DL
- Blue Jays designate Jimmy Paredes for assignment
- Yankees activate pitcher Luis Severino from 15-Day DL, option him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
- Caleb Joseph—day-to-day—(midsection)
- Brock Holt—7-Day DL—(concussion)
- Dexter Fowler—day-to-day—(heel)
- Jason Hammel—day-to-day—(hamstring)
- Miguel Rojas—day-to-day—(shoulder)
- Danny Santana—15-Day DL—(hamstring)
- Matt Duffy—day-to-day—(hand)
- Stephen Piscotty—day-to-day—(food poisoning)
- Bryce Harper—day-today—(knee)