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Tuesday’s trade deadline stole most of the headlines — and rightfully so, but Pitcher List will have you covered on all things deadline related elsewhere. And while the trade deadline brought many off-the-field headlines, there was still plenty of noteworthy action taking place between the foul lines.
deGrom makes season debut
It had been a while since we saw Jacob deGrom on a major league diamond. What we were treated to was much of what we remembered from the Mets’ fireballer. In his five innings of work, deGrom fanned six Nationals, surrendered just one run and even hit 102 mph on the radar gun. Oh, and of course, he left with his team in a 1-0 hole.
It had been 13 months since deGrom last took the mound in MLB, so it was a huge relief to see he still had the electric stuff that’s made him one of baseball’s best pitchers. The right-hander was on a pitch limit, but worked efficiently enough that he only threw 59 to get through five innings. New York had put his pitch limit in the range of 75 to 80, but he never approached that total.
With the Braves breathing down the Mets’ necks, getting deGrom back might’ve been the best deadline acquisition that fans of the blue and orange could’ve asked for.
Brewers notch three-homer inning
In a scoreless tie with the Pirates entering the sixth inning, the Brewers needed a spark. Willy Adames provided that spark, pulling the first pitch of the frame over the left field wall for a 1-0 lead. Then Rowdy Tellez blasted one to right-center field followed by another right-center field shot by Kolten Wong. All of a sudden the Brewers had themselves a 3-0 advantage.
The Brewers couldn’t hang on, however. The Pirates would tally five runs in the bottom half of the frame, a lead they would hold onto for the win. Milwaukee still finds itself with a two-game edge on top of the NL Central despite the loss.
Profar racks up five-hit game
The Padres were the stars of MLB’s trade deadline on Tuesday, picking up Juan Soto and Josh Bell, but the star for San Diego on the field was an unlikely one. Jurickson Profar went an impressive 5-for-6 at the top of the Padres lineup, doubling twice, driving in two runs, and scoring twice.
Profar’s big night catalyzed what turned out to be a 13-5 drubbing of the Rockies. The utility man has had himself a nice season in southern California. He’s slashing .259/.355/.433 with 12 home runs and 47 RBI. He’s been worth 2.8 WAR according to FanGraphs.
Gausman tosses gem
Kevin Gausman was nothing short of dominant on Tuesday. The Blue Jays ace put together a line of eight innings, one hit, no runs, one walk, and 10 strikeouts. Gausman’s stellar outing was needed as the Rays’ Drew Rasmussen looked equal to the task, surrendering just one run in his six innings of work. In the end, Toronto managed to come out on top, 3-1, after getting a pair of much-needed insurance runs in the top half of the ninth.
Best Moments From Yesterday
Cards booth calls shot
Paul Goldschmidt has had himself quite the year. Maybe so good that the Cardinals broadcast booth has learned to expect his greatness. On Tuesday night, they were able to predict a Goldschmidt moonshot just moments before it transpired.
Goldy's 25th homer was manifested by the broadcast booth. 🔉😂 pic.twitter.com/tnJ8JL2OYt
— MLB (@MLB) August 3, 2022
The bomb marked the St. Louis first baseman’s 25th of the year.
Fans hug over foul ball
There’s something so heartwarming about seeing a foul ball make a young fan’s day. So how about a foul ball making two young fans’ days? After an Angels fan ended up with a free souvenir, they tried to hand it off to another young Angels supporter. They were quick to hand the ball right back, but gave a hug to show their thanks.
— Cut4 (@Cut4) July 30, 2022
Oneil Cruz ties the game
This one was covered briefly earlier. The Pirates’ sixth-inning rally was kicked off with a three-run Oneil Cruz home run. And because it was Cruz, it had to be exciting. The Pittsburgh youngster launched a home run to straightaway center field, off the batter’s eye to tie the game at three apiece.
Oneil Cruz answers back and ties it with one swing! pic.twitter.com/YRWmY0MdVK
— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) August 3, 2022
David Bednar was unavailable with lower back tightness.
Justin Turner was placed on the 10-day IL, retroactive to July 30, with abdominal tightness.
Jon Gray was placed on the 15-day IL with an oblique strain.
Jacob deGrom was reinstated from the IL.
No. 2 overall draft pick Druw Jones will undergo surgery.
Freddy Peralta will return on Wednesday.
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