MLB News & Moments You Should Know – May 30

Dream hits, lifetime catches, and Shohei magic. Happy Monday!

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

 

Dream Citi Field Debut Hit

It’s been an interesting journey for former 2015 MLB Draft first round pick, Nick Plummer. After a troublesome few years with injuries and slow development, the outfielder opted for free agency after being let go by the Cardinals last year. Plummer signed a one-year deal with the Mets and Buck Showalter loved what he offered in Spring Training. After an injury to Travis Jankowski last week, Plummer was called up from Triple-A Syracuse. His first big league hit was a memorable one at a crucial time for his team.

 

It added to the magic of a Mets win on Memorial Day weekend as they beat the Phillies in extra innings on Sunday Night Baseball. It seems like they are finding heroes from everywhere, a good sign for the ambitions of this World Series-chasing team. Stats like this only add to the spectacle.

 

Eduardo Escobar finished the night in Queens as the Mets won 5-4 to add to the Phillies misery and the Mets elation.

 

Giddy Up, It’s Sho-time!

In a wild ride during the Angels’ 11-10 loss to the Blue Jays, Japanese sensation Shohei Ohtani hammered a solo home run in the first and crushed a two-run homer in the third inning. Celebrations were on point.

 

Ohtani’s first homer of the night came off José Berríos – this powerful blast to right field would have been a home run in 29/30 MLB ballparks, all except Oracle Park.

 

The second long ball off Berríos was even more impressive, a 425-foot bomb to the bushes in straight centre field. It ended the Blue Jays ace’s night.

 

Prospect Gore Dials Up A Gem 

Shaking off a couple of problematic seasons, MacKenzie Gore took to the field at Petco Park with the weight of expectation lingering in the air. It hasn’t been all rosy and according to plan but one of the most hyped prospects in baseball put that all behind him and pitched a beauty. Gore went about carving up opposing hitters in a manner all Padres fans envisioned back when he was drafted third overall in 2017. Check this curveball…

 

Gore struck out nine batters through an impeccable six innings hinting at his future greatness.

 

What A Catch, Rook! 

What a weekend for Atlanta youngster Michael Harris II! After knocking his first hit in his debut, the outfielder flashed his elite defense with this sensational catch much to the joy of Max Fried.

 

Thoughts, Max?

 

Best Moments From Yesterday

 

Organist’s Sound Grab

A lifetime dream for Cardinals organist Jared Haukap came true after he snagged a foul ball in the most unlikeliest of circumstances at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Paul Goldschmidt fouled off a ball from Brewers starter Corbin Burnes and it looped directly into the Scoreboard Control Room where Haukap was situated. The quick-thinking organist did the rest.

 

The moment might not make Cooperstown, but a cool moment nonetheless.

 

Kiss By Pitch

This is a lovely moment between Miami Marlins prospect Nick Fortes, who was playing in his first game of the season, and Atlanta superstar Ozzie Albies. Albies kissed the spot on Fortes’ helmet where an errant pitch from Atlanta reliever Jackson Stephens ricocheted off during an at-bat, which resulted in Fortes taking first base as a hit-by-pitch.

 

There’s room for romance in baseball, always. Just watch all the Kevin Costner movies. Still, it was nice to see a hairy moment treated with love by all involved.

 

Tweet Of The Day

Everyone loves Super Mario Brothers-related content.

 

Injuries

 

Things on the injury front went from bad to worse for the Chicago White Sox with star shortstop Tim Anderson leaving the field with a strained groin. He’ll undergo an MRI to understand the full extent of the damage. Eloy Jiménez was also pulled from his first rehab start on Saturday.

Twins phenom Royce Lewis was removed from yesterday’s game with a knee injury after slamming into the center field wall in Minnesota’s 7-3 win over the Royals. He is likely to hit the IL after injuring the same knee Lewis needed surgery on in February last year after he tore his ACL in Spring Training.

It wasn’t the only bad news for the Twins, with starter Sonny Gray also exiting with right pectoral tightness. More is likely to be revealed when the results of his MRI come back today.

 

Articles You Should Read

 

MLB season’s first 40 games: 10 things we learned and 5 execs’ takeawaysJayson Stark, The Athletic

What’s Going On With Shane Bieber? – Luke Hooper, Fangraphs

Shea Langeliers Could Be Changing Oakland A’s Plans – David Hill, White Cleat Beat

 

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Featured image by Justin Paradis (@JustParaDesigns on Twitter)

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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