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MLB News & Moments You Should Know – May 16

Two-way Pujols, Bullet Train Ohtani, and Miggy Mashing!

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

 

Who Needs To Hit To Win?!

In a remarkable turn of events, the Cincinnati Reds stooped to a new low on the season by losing to the Pittsburgh Pirates without actually allowing a hit – this feat is only the sixth time that’s ever happened in the history of baseball.

 

The deciding eighth inning was a calamity of errors that is not foreign to this Reds season. After Hunter Greene, who was phenomenal throughout, walked back-to-back hitters, reliever Art Warren loaded the bases before inducing what could have been an inning-ending double play. Ke’Bryan Hayes‘ ground ball to second base, however, bobbled in the glove of Alejo Lopez and the only out was at second allowing Rodolfo Castro to score the game’s lone run. Unbelievable!

 

Bullet Train Ohtani

The news yesterday of Shohei Ohtani’s 100th home run in MLB was greeted with a parade of applause, praise, and outpourings of love for the Japanese sensation. One of these was a collection of all the home runs, but the clips speed up by 10% after each one. The result is not to be missed.

 

Oh, and today he went yard again, as the Angels took the series from the A’s. This rocket off Frankie Montas got the Halos off and running in the first inning.

 

The Latest Two-Way Sensation

…is, Albert Pujols? Remarkably, for the first time in his historic career, Pujols took the mound on Sunday Night Baseball as the Cardinals humiliated the Giants for a 15-6 win.

 

It might not be the most attractive part of the list of achievements when he finally hangs up his cleats.

 

Best Moments From Yesterday

 

Striking Between The…Er…Legs

It’s been a great few days for Dodgers reliever Yency Almonte, who only got the nod to the big league roster earlier in the week. After featuring in our Nastiest Pitches article on Friday, the journeyman reliever makes another star appearance today with this outrageous slider for a strike.

 

Miggy Raspberries

It wouldn’t be a best moments article without a check in on our loveable slugger in Detroit, Miguel Cabrera. Miggy was his usual affable self as he enjoyed his team’s 5-1 win over the hapless Orioles.

 

Miggy finished the day with two runs, two RBI on two hits including his 505th career home run, which takes him past Eddie Murray for 27th on the all-time MLB home runs list. How we feeling, Miggy?

 

Fool Ball

Always, and I mean always, go hard to catch a foul ball, even if it results in serious injury or looking like a complete fool. Here’s a great example of how it should be done.

 

Injuries

 

The Miami Marlins will need to dip into their healthy farm system for a new arm after starter Jesús Luzardo was placed on injured list with forearm strain yesterday.

Thankfully, Ronald Acuña Jr. will avoid such a stint after experiencing soreness in his troublesome groin.

The Detroit Tigers have been ravaged by injuries over the past week and there was more bad news yesterday, as both Austin Meadows (inner ear infection) and Victor Reyes (right quad strain) were confirmed to have been placed on the 10-day IL.

Finally, a day after his worst start of the season, in which he allowed eight runs over 1 1/3 innings in Washington, the New York Mets placed Tylor Megill on 15-day injured list.

 

Articles You Should Read

 

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Benjamin Haller

A Yorkshireman living in Australia, loving Major League Baseball from afar. As I wait for my A's to build their new stadium, I spend my time coaching soccer, writing for sportbc.blog, and over-analyzing relief pitcher scoring in fantasy baseball. Follow me @benjaminhaller1 for thousands of retweets

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