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MLB News & Moments You Should Know – June 14

The red-hot Braves kept rolling Monday, but got some bad news as well.

Stay updated on everything baseball with our morning MLB News & Moments articles. We’ve got you covered to keep you in the know.

 

Today’s Headlines

 

Lynnsanity Returns

The White Sox put themselves in a bind on Sunday, when Michael Kopech’s early exit forced the next day’s scheduled starter, Johnny Cueto, to throw 77 pitches in relief. To fill in for Monday’s series opener in Detroit, they called on a familiar face: Lance Lynn. The veteran right-hander made his season debut after recovering from knee surgery, and he… could’ve been worse, right?

 

Lynn’s line wasn’t sparkling, but he kept his team in the game. Dugout “discussions” notwithstanding, he held the Tigers in check long enough for the South Sider bats to pick him up. That support came in large part from José Abreu, who launched two homers in the game—with the second traveling an immodest 444 feet:

Chicago would go on to win 9-5, holding within six games of the first-place Twins.

 

Dirty Dozen: Braves Beat Nats, Lose Albies

The hottest team in baseball added another tally with consecutive win No. 12 on Monday. Unfortunately, it came at a price: All-Star second baseman Ozzie Albies went down with an injury in Atlanta’s 9-5 win over Washington. It sure did not look good:

 

Albies was later diagnosed with a fractured foot, which could keep him sidelined for a month or more. But the injury didn’t put a damper on the other Atlanta bats, which racked up five homers off National pitching on Monday. The last was the most memorable, being as it was the first of Michael Harris II’s young career.

 

The defending champs made it a dozen straight in the win column in the end, the longest streak in the Majors this season. They now stand within five games of the Mets for first place in the N.L. East.

 

Hoskins Walk-Off Ends Philly Pitching Duel

The best pitching matchup of the day was another N.L. East contest, as Sandy Alcantara and Aaron Nola faced off in Philadelphia. Both hurlers showed up, producing 14.2 frames of four-run ball between the two of them. Alcantara exited with a 2-1 lead in the eighth inning, and he was none too happy about it:

 

As it turned out, his frustration was warranted. His replacement, Miami reliever Steven Okert. gave up the game-tying single on his very first pitch. And in the ninth, Rhys Hoskins put the thing to bed for good:

 

This game was Alcantara’s seventh straight outing of 7+ innings and three or fewer runs, including two in a row where he pitched into the eighth—and he got a win for neither. But we should credit the Phillies, who have won nine of 10 in their own right to keep pace with Atlanta and New York. THE BEST DIVISION.

 

Best Moments from Monday

 

There were many, so let’s run right through ’em. Starting with…

 

Joey’s for the Kids

How can you not love Joey Votto and his weird dancing dad energy?

 

Chain Occurrence 

Ronald Acuña Jr. may have the iciest ensemble on the field, but his fasteners could use a tune-up:

 

A Hole Vibe

The Blue Jays were beating the Orioles so badly that Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s glove evidently decided to take a play off.

 

Rising to the Moment

Very sneakily, Martín Maldonado made one of the best plays you’ll see from a catcher this year:

 

The St. Louis Glove Show

Meanwhile, a whole Web Gems segment broke out during the Cardinals-Pirates game. Which of these middle infield plays was the best?

 

Jesús, Humbled

Finally, we return to Philadelphia for this delightful multi-inning exchange between Jesús Aguilar and J.T. Realmuto. Please, enjoy:

 

Injuries

 

As mentioned above, Ozzie Albies is expected to endure a lengthy absence after fracturing his left foot on a freak play. It’s a brutal break for the 25-year-old slugger, who has never missed more than six games in a full season. Expect an IL designation to come today.

Meanwhile, Stephen Strasburg has already returned to the injured list after just one start last week. UGH. This latest setback came after he “experienced discomfort” during a bullpen session on Saturday. Unlike Albies, the 33-year-old Strasburg is no stranger to this routine.

On the positive side, the Reds activated both Jonathan India and Mike Moustakas from the IL on Monday. India had been out over a month with a hamstring injury, while Moustakas recently missed time on the COVID-19 injured list.

 

Articles You Should Read

 

The Two Different Freddie Freemans – Mike Petriello, MLB.com

Hunter Greene’s New Go-To – Ben Clemens, FanGraphs

A minor league announcer reported an assault, and ‘In the end, it hurt me’Brittany Ghiroli, The Athletic

 

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Wynn McDonald

Born a Kentuckian, much like Dan Uggla. Braves fan by choice, unlike Dan Uggla. I enjoy long walks on the Brandon Beachy. @twynstagram

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