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There Will Never be Another as Durable and Likeable as Yadi
Yadier Molina continued to provide more accolades to his Hall of Fame argument on Tuesday when he gained sole possession of most putouts by a catcher with 14,685. An obscure statistic, but he overtook another Hall of Famer, Ivan Rodriguez to claim the top spot. Regardless of your position on his Cooperstown fate, his career has spanned 18 years which is a rare feat in all of baseball, and that alone should be applauded. Add in a few championships, Gold Gloves, and tenure with the same team and he has a cookie-cutter route to being enshrined in upstate New York.
Another milestone for Yadi! 👏 pic.twitter.com/SRjk9vH0Qw
— MLB (@MLB) June 14, 2022
How Many Aces Can One Team Have?
Gerrit Cole showed up for the Yankees in a huge way. Perhaps being overshadowed by the breakout seasons of Nestor Cortes and Jameson Taillon, Cole reminded Yankee fans why he is making the big bucks. Cole went six innings, striking out seven and walking one in New York’s victory over the Rays on Tuesday. Clay Holmes also continued his late-inning dominance, striking out two and solidifying the Yankees’ win.
Gerrit Cole, 98mph Paint. 🖌️🎨 pic.twitter.com/2rjQCLdgq9
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) June 14, 2022
Clay Holmes, Wicked Sinkers. 🤢 pic.twitter.com/wuP8mHjYfs
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) June 15, 2022
Wild One in Philly
The Phillies were really gonna convince everyone former manager Joe Girardi was the problem. But alas, after winning nine of their last 11 games since his firing, the true weakness of the Phillies revealed itself Tuesday night against the Marlins. The Marlins jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, but it was erased innings later when Rhys Hoskins tied it up in the fourth inning with a three-run homer. Phillies then lead the Marlins 8-4, only to have the Marlins tie it up in the eighth. To which, again, Rhys Hoskins responded with another home run in the bottom of the eighth, giving Corey Knebel a one-run lead going into the ninth.
And then, the wheels came off. Alec Bohm’s defensive woes continued, as he allowed leadoff hitter Miguel Rojas to reach base to start the ninth-inning rally. Rojas’s pinch runner scored, giving the Marlins one unearned run to tie it at 9. But the poor defense continued. J.T. Realmuto dropped a foul ball pop-up and did not get away with it. Instead, the Marlins took the lead and won the game 11-9. All the runs the Marlins scored in the ninth were unearned.
9th-inning Phillies defense 💩
all runs unearned pic.twitter.com/BhANH0ONze
— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) June 15, 2022
Goldy and the Cards
Perhaps no one has been more enjoyable to watch this season than Paul Goldschmidt. He came into Tuesday’s games slashing .335/.419/.598. He showed no signs of cooling off in Tuesday’s doubleheader; instead, he went 6-for-8 with eight RBI in the two games. Further, he hit three home runs, smacking two in the nightcap. Goldy is a consistently overlooked player, and Tuesday was no exception. While Goldschmidt is knocking in more runners in one night than players have all month, his teammate Miles Mikolas was utterly dominant, throwing 8.2 innings of no-hit ball, only to give up a soul-crushing double in the top of the ninth to lose the no-hit bid.
Goldy refuses to cool off…
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) June 15, 2022
Best Moments from Tuesday
The St. Louis Cardinals and the term “well versed on the base paths” have never been synonymous. Yet on Tuesday, they pulled a neat trick against the Pittsburgh Pirates to steal a run. Of course, the Pirates are no strangers to base running feats. If anything, the Pirates’ lack of knowledge creates such mayhem on the bases.
— MLB (@MLB) June 14, 2022
When You’re Hot, You’re Hot.
An infield double? Oh sure, rare, but probably some speedster like Trea Turner could do it. Wait, not a speedy infielder? That’s right, Jeff McNeil hit an RBI infield double that barely made it onto the grass as the Mets scored three runs in the top of the first on Tuesday.
JUST LIKE JEFF McNEIL DREW IT UP! pic.twitter.com/oyUD0LloTM
— SNY (@SNYtv) June 14, 2022
The Drama Continues
If you thought the best part of this baseball season was watching the likes of Aaron Judge pursue a single-season home run record or Sandy Alcantara’s dominance, you’d be wrong. The best part of the 2022 season has been the rivalry between Mike Trout, Joc Pederson, and Tommy Pham. The saga continued on Tuesday when the San Francisco Giants made shirts essentially trolling Reds outfielder Tommy Pham over the infamous IL slot issue.
The story that keeps on giving has once again given 😬 pic.twitter.com/nKQaozh93Z
— B/R Walk-Off (@BRWalkoff) June 14, 2022
Joe Ryan was reinstated off of the COVID-IL Tuesday night, but was a bit rusty, giving up four runs in four innings and striking out three.
The San Diego Padres suffered another setback with Fernando Tatis Jr. as his CT scan did not reveal the level of healing the Padres anticipated, and his unspecified date of return has become more delayed.
Articles You Should Read
How Goldschmidt Has Gotten Even Better in ’22 — David Adler, Baseballsavant
Braves’ 13th Consecutive Win By the Numbers — Joe Trezza, MLB.com
Featured image by Justin Paradis (@JustParaDesigns on Twitter)