Arizona ends record run of mediocrity
The Arizona Diamondbacks had an absolutely amazing run of being average. In a strange Major League Baseball record that’s the epitome of OK, the Diamondbacks were within two games of .500 – plus or minus – for 60 games from June 18 until Friday night, when they beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-4 to improve to 69-66.
It’s a run that was partly encouraging and partly frustrating for Arizona manager Torey Lovullo.
“I’ve talked about it being like a dune buggy on a sandy road in the Sahara Desert,” Lovullo said. “Even though I’ve never been to the Sahara Desert, I can imagine there are some sand dunes there. You’re just bouncing up and down and trying to do the best thing to eliminate that noise and that rattle.”
Arizona has a clubrecord 59 starts from rookie pitchers. Despite this, the Diamondbacks entered Saturday with a run differential of plus-68, fifth in the National League, and thus had an expected win-loss record of 13 games above .500 (74-61), according to MLB.com.
Cubs: 1B Anthony Rizzo (tight back) returned to the lineup after missing four games. The threetime All-Star also missed four games in May with a back ailment.
Yankees: LHP CC Sabathia (right knee inflammation) was placed on the injured list Saturday for the fourth time this year. Sabathia, 39, hopes to return during his final season. Indians: LF Tyler Naquin suffered a torn ACL in his right knee after crashing into the wall Friday against Tampa Bay, the second major injury the team has suffered in a week. Naquin was carted off after robbing Joey Wendle of a potential home run. Cleveland recalled 1B/ OF Jake Bauers, who hit for the cycle in June, from Triple-A Columbus. … Hal Naragon, 90, who caught three Hall of Fame pitchers on Cleveland’s 1954 AL championship team, died Saturday in Barberton, Ohio.
Rays: Tampa Bay will host a single-admission doubleheader against Baltimore on Tuesday with Hurricane Dorian looming. Wednesday’s game at Tropicana Field was moved up a day.
Yankees 4, Athletics 3 (11): DJ LeMahieu homered on the first pitch in the bottom of the 11th inning, and New York beat visiting Oakland for the first time in five tries this season by hitting four solo shots.
Mets 6, Phillies 3: Wilson Ramos matched his career high with four hits and extended his hitting streak to 24 games to help New York.
Blue Jays 6, Astros 4: Cavan Biggio and Teoscar Hernandez each hit a two-run home run, and Biggio – the son of Houston Hall of Famer Craig Biggio – drove in three runs for Toronto in a win over the Astros. Cardinals 10, Reds 6: Dakota Hudson pitched a career-high 72⁄3 innings, and Dexter Fowler and Yadier Molina homered as St. Louis won a doubleheader opener. Brewers 2, Cubs 0: Manny Pina drove in two runs with a first-inning single, and Josh Hader finished a strong performance by Milwaukee’s bullpen.
Arizona’s Tim Locastro reaches first base with the go-ahead run after a strikeout in the eighth inning against the Dodgers on Friday in Phoenix.