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- The Mets and Yankees had their Friday game postponed and will plan to make it up as part of a double header on Sunday. The Mets do not have a scheduled day off until the All Star break.
- Eight teams have a scheduled day off coming up on Monday and may feel confident enough to be more aggressive with their late inning bullpen options knowing there’s a built in day of rest on the horizon: BAL, NYY, TOR, HOU, OAK, SEA, ARI, COL
Transaction and Injury Notes
- Chicago White Sox optioned Zack Burdi to AAA
- New York Mets activated Jeurys Familia from the 10-day injured list
- Toronto Blue Jays placed Tyler Chatwood on the 10-day injured list with a neck strain and sent Rafael Dolis on a rehab assignment.
- Baltimore Orioles placed Hunter Harvey on the 10-day injured list with a right lat strain.
- The Phillies bullpen struggles continued Friday with José Alvarado providing most of the ammunition. Alvarado was first asked to finish off the eighth inning, which he did in short order. Coming back out for the ninth was a different story as he walked the leadoff hitter and coughed up a double to Fernando Tatis Jr.that scored the Padres’ first run of the game. After walking the next batter, Alvarado was removed and replaced by Ranger Suárez, who continued what Alvarado started, ultimately allowing both inherited runners to score, tying the game at three runs each, before finally ending the inning with a trike out. Suarez would however go on to collect the win after pitching a 1-2-3 10th inning, followed by a Brad Miller walk off double off San Diego’s Austin Adams, who of course took the loss.
- Kendall Graveman was credited with his second blown save of the season, though it probably should have gone to third baseman Ty France after his throwing error allowed Eli White to reach second base early in the inning. Graveman would go on to allow a double to Jonah Heim, scoring White in the process and tying the game. Rangers’ Taylor Hearn would go on to pitch a clean ninth, ultimately sending the game to extra innings. Hearn took the loss after returning for the 10th, loading the bases, and then allowing a walk off single from Jake Fraley.
- J.B. Bukauskas was indeed used late in the game for Arizona, but in what has become true Arizona fashion, he came in with his team already down a few runs. Bukauskas walked three and coughed up a Thairo Estrada grand slam, though none of the runs were earned thanks to a Wilmer Flores throwing error earlier that would have been the final out of the inning. The slam did put the save opportunity out of reach for the Giants, who ended up sending Zack Littell to close out the seven run victory.
- Raisel Iglesias collected his fifth win of the season after recording the final five outs and striking out two as the Angels beat the Orioles in walk off fashion after a close play at the plate saw Shohei Ohtani score the winning run thanks to a Jared Walsh single off Baltimore’s Paul Fry to end it. Fry would be credited with his third loss of the season.
- Scott Barlow pitched the final inning for the Royals, with Greg Holland setting him up in the eighth, each pitching a perfect inning of relief. Barlow would go on to record his third save of the season, his first since June 3rd. Holland, Kyle Kimmer, and Jake Brentz each took home a hold for their troubles in this one.
- Alex Reyes returned for the Cardinals and pitched the final two innings of their extra inning affair with the Rockies, allowing no hits and one walk while striking out one on his way to his fifth win of the season. Reyes did his part, but was also the beneficiary of a six run explosion by his team’s offense in the top of the tenth inning, all off Colorado reliever Yency Almonte. Daniel Bard had pitched in the previous two days (and three of the previous four) and needed some rest, but should be back in the late innings for Colorado on Saturday if needed.
- Will Smith picked up his 17th save on the year for Atlanta, but made it interesting in the one run game after loading the bases before finally collecting the final out off a Sandy Leon fly ball. Both Smith and Chris Martin have now pitched on back-to-back days, making way for a possible A.J. Minter sighting in the final inning of Saturday’s match up. Both Minter and Martin received a hold for their scoreless outings on Friday, though Minter only threw five pitches to close out the seventh inning.
- Ryan Pressly collected his 13th save of the season after pitching around one hit and striking out two in his scoreless ninth inning Friday. Pressly has now pitched on back-to-back days after not being used for the previous three games and may see another rest day Saturday as he’s combined for 28 pitches in the past two days. Blake Taylor or Ryan Stanek, who each picked up a hold on Friday, could be used to close out a close game for the Astros on Saturday.
- Heath Hembree collected not his first, but second save of the season (his first coming back on May 15th), as he closed out the final three outs of the Reds victory over the Cubs on Friday. Amir Garrett and Brad Brach recorded holds as they set up Hembree, combining to pitch two scoreless innings prior to Hembree coming in for the ninth. Garrett was used to finish off the bottom of the Cubs’ line up in the 7th, while Brach collected four outs against the top four of the Cubs’ line up. Brach, Garrett, and Art Warren have now pitched in back-to-back days so we very well may see Hembree back out for another save chance on Saturday if the opportunity presents itself.
- Brusdar Graterol was recalled by the Dodgers and made his first appearance for Los Angeles since April 26th, collecting the final five outs and giving up one unearned run off just one hit. If Graterol sticks in the bullpen he would be able to provide an additional late inning option for Dave Roberts, but there’s also a chance he gets stretched out to take an open rotation spot before the All-Star break.
- The Red Sox and Athletics also saw their match up head into extra frames after Matt Barnes blew his save opportunity by giving up a lead off home run to Elvis Andrus in the bottom of the ninth, tying the game at two a piece. Barnes would retire the next three batters and be bailed out after Boston’s bats scored their ghost runner off a lead off hit of their own in the tenth off Lou Trivino. Adam Ottavino would be called upon to close out the bottom of the 10th, which he did thanks to some help from his defense behind him. It was Ottavino’s sixth save of the year.