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Mike Clevinger Returns to the Mound
When Mike Clevinger took the mound this afternoon for his start against the Cleveland Guardians, it was his first time pitching in a major league game since Game 1 of the 2020 NLDS. Despite the long time away from the game, it didn’t take long for Clevinger to get back to what he does best.
Mike Clevinger with his first strikeout since game 1 of the 2020 NLDS! pic.twitter.com/zDnpeJNO1q
— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) May 4, 2022
Since that playoff start, Clevinger’s been kept out of the game by elbow surgery, a knee sprain, and even the pandemic lockout. So it’s not surprising that today was emotional for Clevinger, who was also facing his former team.
Mike Clevinger got emotional when discussing his return to the mound – and in CLE, of all places – after missing all of 2021.
"I wasn’t sure I was going to pitch again. This is big."
Before re-entering Padres' clubhouse, he took a few minutes to wipe his eyes & collect himself.
— Zack Meisel (@ZackMeisel) May 4, 2022
While Clevinger might have been holding back tears, one of his teammates could barely hold back his excitement.
Joe Musgrove has been on the top step the entire game, cheering on Clevinger. The two became very close this offseason when they teamed up during the lockout to work out and train together. pic.twitter.com/XiQjwQYomW
— Annie Heilbrunn (@annieheilbrunn) May 4, 2022
Clevinger ultimately gave up three earned runs over 4.2 innings, but his achievement is so much larger than what a statline can possibly capture.
Kelsie Whitmore Continues to Break Barriers
It was only a few days ago that Kelsie Whitmore started in left field for the Staten Island FerryHawks, becoming the first woman to start an Atlantic League game, but tonight she added another “first” to her groundbreaking resume.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Kelsie Whitmore is now in for the Staten Island FerryHawks! She is now the first woman to ever pitch in @AtlanticLg game. #HERstory #HawkCity #Baseball #FerryHawks pic.twitter.com/WUGVHLKFxk
— SI FerryHawks (@FerryHawks) May 5, 2022
Whitmore came in with the bases juiced and got former major-leaguer, Ryan Jackson, to fly out on four pitches. Whitmore is one of several women to achieve massive milestones in the game this year, with San Francisco Giants coach Alyssa Nakken and Tampa Tarpons manager Rachel Balkovec.
A debut for the history books 👏
— USA Baseball (@USABaseball) May 4, 2022
Yankees’ Winning Streak Ends
It had to happen eventually. When all is said and done, the Yankees still won more games in a row than ten teams have won all season. And they fought all the way to the bitter end.
THE PICK FROM VLADDY
THE JAYS END THE YANKEES 11 GAME WINNING STREAK pic.twitter.com/0pJWRtPoYN
— Starting 9 (@Starting9) May 5, 2022
Even with the loss, the Yankees can feel good knowing they still have a 2.5-game lead over the team that broke up the streak.
Tylor Megill Throws More N0-Hit Innings
So there are traditional no-hitters, there are combined no-hitters, there are bullpen day no-hitters, and then there’s what Tylor Megill did today after he made it through his first four innings without allowing a hit.
Tylor Megill has thrown nine consecutive hitless innings — the equivalent of a no-hitter spread over his last two starts.
Megill's combined line over those two outings:
9 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 11 K, 149 pitches.
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) May 4, 2022
So it’s not as impressive as pitching nine no-hit innings in one game. It’s still pretty cool.
Bumgarner Gets Ejected
If you thought that just because it was a new season there’d be no more weird sticky stuff moments, you thought wrong. This time it was Madison Bumgarner who reached his limit with the umpires’ search for foreign substances. After pitching his first (and only inning), MadBum had his hand checked (or massaged) and then decided to… give some constructive criticism to the umpire. He was promptly chucked from the game.
Madison Bumgarner was NOT happy after being checked for foreign substances after the first inning and later ejected
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) May 4, 2022
With apologies to Bumgarner, Max Scherzer still holds the title for best reaction to a foreign-substance check.
Best Moments From Yesterday
You Glove to See It
Jeff McNeil is probably not going to be happy about this wall-scaling catch by his former teammate, Guillermo Heredia. (But what a catch.) pic.twitter.com/jVsvh28NXC
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) May 4, 2022
And if you’ve ever wondered what a robbed homerun looks like from the other side of the fence, we’ve got you covered.
obsessed with this angle of heredia’s catch pic.twitter.com/Pe34WWXPLY
— Cut4 (@Cut4) May 4, 2022
Heredia wasn’t the only one flashing serious leather on Wednesday, though. El Mago more than earned his nickname with this incredible play, forcing us to choose which action is more impressive: flipping the ball between his legs, or doing it without even looking?
how is he real pic.twitter.com/ueMgYYsP8R
— Tipping Pitches (@tipping_pitches) May 4, 2022
Here at Pitcher List, we take nasty pitches seriously. And we take the consequences of said pitches seriously, too. But even we were unprepared for what happened to Cole Tucker after this devastating Andrew Chafin slider. There are some things one simply cannot recover from.
Andrew Chafin puts Cole Tucker on the Infinity Day IL. pic.twitter.com/clynkGEKGD
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) May 4, 2022
As if the injury wasn’t enough, the Tigers had to add some insult to Tucker’s fall, as well, using his own girlfriend’s work against him.
Oh no. pic.twitter.com/d8G86YQFXC
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) May 4, 2022
It’s been a pretty good few days for Derek Rodriguez. Yesterday, he was given a home run ball hit by Aaron Judge. And today he actually got to meet his favorite player. I’m fighting the urge to be deeply jealous of a nine-year-old.
Last night, 9-year-old Derek Rodriguez was gifted @TheJudge44’s home run ball by Jays fan Mike Lanzillotta.
Tonight, Derek got to meet his favorite player 💙 pic.twitter.com/18b24wKYkv
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) May 4, 2022
And while I’m sure it was a moment Derek will never forget, it seems like it was pretty impactful for Judge, as well.
Judge after meeting the young fan pic.twitter.com/10BSLYhys0
— Erik Boland (@eboland11) May 4, 2022
And just in case you need a reminder that what goes around comes around, the Blue Jays fan who gave the ball to Derek got a reward for doing the right thing.
— Hazel Mae (@thehazelmae) May 4, 2022
- Trevor May’s shutdown is expected to last at least four weeks.
- Jose Altuve left the game after fouling a ball off his groin.
- Teoscar Hernandez is on track to rejoin the Jays in Cleveland.
- Nick Senzel and Tyler Naquin were placed on the IL.
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