Wil Myers hit for the second cycle in Padres’ history Monday in a 5-3 victory over the Rockies. Myers’ four hits knocked in two runs including the game-winning RBI.
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Rockies pitching woes
The loss for Colorado emphasizes the early pitching struggles they’ve had to start 2017. Three of their five starting pitchers have ERAs over five (Jon Gray at 5.79, Tyler Anderson at 8.44, and Tyler Chatwood at 6.35). The three Rockies starters have failed to produce a single quality start in six outings.
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Pineda almost perfect
Erratic Yankees starter Michael Pineda was dealing a perfect game in the seventh inning, then this happened. Evan Longoria subsequently hit a double down the line forcing Pineda to settle for 11 strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings pitched. Pineda improves his record to 1-1 after Monday’s quality start. His gem was a stark contrast to his first game where he was yanked after 3 2/3 innings.
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Bruce stays on point
Mets outfielder Jay Bruce continued his hot start going 2-for-3 with three RBI and two homers. Bruce’s 2017 includes .304/.448/.870 with four dingers and a 1.318 OPS.
Cespedes' spring hasn't carried over
Bruce’s teammate Yoenis Cespedes had an incredible spring, but has struggled so far. He’s hitting .154 with just two extra-base hits in 30 plate appearances. Cespedes raked in the Grapefruit League slashing .396/.455/.771 with five home runs and 10 RBI.
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The Mariners finally engineered a complete game Monday when they defeated the Astros 6-0 behind James Paxton’s seven scoreless innings. Paxton fanned seven batters en route to the victory and did not allow an earned run. The outing comes on the heels of Paxton’s first start where he pitched six innings with five strikeouts and allowed no earned runs against the Astros.
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Cruz comes alive
Slugger Nelson Cruz woke up to the tune of 3-for-4 and two RBI. Cruz had been struggling early on and was slashing a .080/200/.120 line before Monday’s game.
Cotton shuts down KC
Oakland starting pitcher Jharel Cotton notched his first quality start of the season when he shut down Kansas City for seven scoreless innings. Cotton also struck out six batters and did not allow a single run. Cotton (SP-60) is one of the league’s more intriguing young pitchers. In five 2016 outings, he was 2-0 with a 2.15 ERA. Cotton’s xFIP (4.32) shows he may not be quite as dominant going forward, but he’s off to a solid start.
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Cubs celebrate championship
Some other standout results from around the league last night … Bryce Harper reached base six times in a 14-6 throttling of the Cardinals … Anthony Rizzo hit a walk off single to put a cherry on top of Chicago’s banner night … Reds pitchers retired 21 straight Pirate batters to seal the victory against Pittsburgh.
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Mariners shortstop Jean Segura is day-to-day with hamstring tightness, per MLB.com.