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Ronald Acuña Jr.’s first hit since 2021
Ronald Acuña Jr. recorded his first hit and second steal after returning from injury. This is Acuña’s first hit since July 2021. He is now tied with Dansby Swanson for the team lead in stolen bases. Acuña went one for five with two stolen bases. In the same game, Kyle Wright had a great day on the mound, giving Atlanta its first series win of the season. Atlanta beat the Chicago Cubs 5-1.
What? Like it's hard?
In his first game since July 10th, @ronaldacunajr24 collects a hit and 2 SB.
— MLB (@MLB) April 29, 2022
Punishment Comes Down On Mets & Cardinals
After the benches cleared on Wednesday, and the dust settled, MLB announced punishments for both teams. Cardinals’ third baseman Nolan Arenado and reliever Genesis Cabrera have been suspended. Arenado, who escalated the incident received a two-game ban and is appealing his suspension. Cabera has been suspended for one game and elected to serve his ban. Both players were fined as well, as was Jack Flaherty for coming onto the field while on the injured list.
Yoan Lopez and Taijuan Walker were each fined. Walker learned of his fine on Twitter.
Angels Reach 5th Straight Win
Los Angeles has had a hot start to the season. With a healthy Mike Trout and a roster of strong and confident players, the Angels are now on a five-game winning streak. The Angels are six games over .500 for the first time since June 2018.
To top off their four-game sweep against the Cleveland Guardians, rookie Reid Detmers pitched five innings to earn his second career major-league victory. Taylor Ward drove in two runs and Brandon Marsh had three hits and an RBI.
— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) April 28, 2022
The Mariners Are Fed Up
Mariners manager Scott Servais announced that the team sent a letter to Major League Baseball to file a formal complaint about the unusually large strike zone rookie outfielder Julio Rodríguez has dealt with. Frustration mounted on Thursday when home-plate umpire Shane Livensparger called a strike on a pitch that appeared high. Servais was ejected from Thursday’s game after arguing with Livensparger.
According to Daniel Kramer, Rodriguez has struck out 28 times this season, with 17 called third strikes. This is by far the most in the majors.
Scott Servais gets his money's worth after being tossed by home-plate umpire Shane Livensparger after this called strikeout to Julio Rodríguez: pic.twitter.com/YXvBeSZluq
— Daniel Kramer (@DKramer_) April 28, 2022
Joey Votto Is Embarrassed By Reds’ Start
The 2022 season might be the most frustrating yet for Reds’ veteran Joey Votto. After 16 seasons with the Reds, this is considered the worst year.
“This is awful to experience each and every day,” Votto said when asked about the Reds’ 3-16 start, according to The Athletic’s C. Trent Rosecrans. “We’re competitors, professionally. We’re competitors. Our job is to win. To go out and get smacked around every day is anti-everything that we’re about.
“For me, it’s an awful and embarrassing experience. You have to keep going. But when you’re in the middle of it, it’s definitely embarrassing.”
The Reds are now 3-16.
Best Moments From Yesterday
After being called up in place of Manny Piña, William Contreras was able to play against his brother Willson Contreras. Marquee Sports Network caught this sweet moment as the brothers exchanged the lineup cards.
Willson & William Contreras exchange the lineup card before tonight's game. pic.twitter.com/hSzZmHT9NP
— Marquee Sports Network (@WatchMarquee) April 28, 2022
Cutch Is Clutch
Andrew McCutchen delivered a two-run single in the ninth for a comeback win against the Pirates. The Brewers swept the Pirates thanks to Cutch coming in clutch.
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) April 28, 2022
Rivas Makes Insane Catch
Despite losing to Atlanta, Alfonso Rivas made a spectacular over-the-shoulder catch.
Population: Alfonso Rivas pic.twitter.com/yPGVEQw5NM
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) April 29, 2022
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