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Bichette Wins it for Jays With First Career Grand Slam
Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette has struggled in the opening month of the 2022 season. Entering Monday’s game against the Red Sox, he was hitting .257/.261/.388 with a single home run. That makes his second of the season all the sweeter.
Neither team was able to get much going against the other’s starter — Boston’s Nathan Eovaldi went seven innings and allowed only five hits and two earned runs. José Berríos ended his night with the same line. With the score tied at 2-2 in the bottom of the eighth, Toronto managed to load the bases against Matt Strahm. That brought the struggling Bichette to the plate, and he did this:
BO! MY! GOODNESS! pic.twitter.com/exaLzG7CAR
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) April 26, 2022
Buehler Pitches Complete-Game Shutout
Dodgers Ace Walker Buehler tossed a complete-game shutout against the hapless Diamondbacks. The accomplishment represents the first complete game of the 2022 season. Buehler allowed three hits on the night and punched out 10 Snakes with no walks.
Run support from the Dodgers offense came in the form of a double by Trea Turner in the top of the first that scored Freddie Freeman and Mookie Betts, another double by Max Muncy in the fifth that scored Betts a second time, and a solo home run by catcher Will Smith in the eighth.
Walker Buehler turns in his first career shutout! pic.twitter.com/Yk3x01NFKy
— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) April 26, 2022
Scherzer Fans 10 in Hometown Return
Chestertown, MO native Max Scherzer pitched seven scoreless innings as the Mets beat the Cardinals in St. Louis. Miles Mikolas matched Scherzer’s pace with seven scoreless frames of his own, but the game got wild when both starters exited.
The Cards struck first with a line drive single by Tyler O’Neill scoring Brendan Donovan and Harrison Bader in the bottom of the eighth. New York answered in the ninth by knocking around Cardinals closer Giovanny Gallegos to the tune of four hits and four runs in 0.2 innings. T.J. McFarland replaced Gallegos to finish the inning, but not before the Mets scored another insurance run.
Mets closer Edwin Diaz came on in the bottom of the ninth to wrap things up and move the Mets to 13-5.
— New York Mets (@Mets) April 26, 2022
Phillies Recover Against Rockies
A night after an infuriating 1-0 loss to the Brewers, the Phillies’ offense heated up against the visiting Rockies. Kyle Schwarber, who was tossed on Sunday after (justifiably) going nuclear at a bad third strike call, got back to work with a 1-3, two-RBI performance.
— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) April 26, 2022
Best Moments From Yesterday
Cleveland outfielder Richie Palacios went 2-3 in his MLB debut against the Angels. He singled in his first at-bat in the majors, then managed a double while his parents were being interviewed. There’s nothing more heartwarming than parents cheering as their kid lives his MLB dream.
— Bally Sports Cleveland (@BallySportsCLE) April 26, 2022
— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) April 25, 2022
After reaching the milestone of 3,000 hits on April 23, Miguel Cabrera was named Co-Player of the Week with Seattle’s Ty France on Monday. France’s body of work deserves the recognition — he hit a cool .315 with four home runs and 13 RBI — but it would have been a travesty to not celebrate Miggy after the historic hit. A resurgent (and deserving) Cody Bellinger earned the award on the NL side.
What a week for these sluggers. 🔥
— MLB (@MLB) April 25, 2022
- Tanner Houck and Kutter Crawford were placed on the COVID-19 restricted list.
- Steven Kwan missed Monday’s game against the Angels due to hamstring tightness.
- Mike Yastrzemski missed Monday’s game against the Brewers due to COVID.
- Brandon Marsh remained out of the Angels lineup Monday due to illness.
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