It’s already been an interesting week for MLB, and the action isn’t over yet. The San Francisco Giants are going to have to rethink their strategy after two injuries, and the Tampa Bay Rays are going to have to rethink their strategy after losing to a team that has the worst record in the league.
The giants take a hit
During the game between the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals, the Giants informed reporters that outfielder Mitch Haniger suffered a fractured right hand. Meanwhile, third baseman JD Davis experienced a sprained right leg. In the third inning, a pitch from Jack Flaherty unexpectedly hit Haniger on a control swing that caused him to immediately leave the game. Blake Sabol subsequently replaced him at the left-field position.
Unfortunately, the fracture was definitively confirmed through X-rays, resulting in a prolonged period on the list of injured people. It’s a stroke of bad luck for an experienced gardener. Haniger, who is 1.88 meters tall and 32 years old, has had several injury problems throughout his career, one of which included a concussion that prevented him from running.
In 2019, he suffered a fracture in his ligament from a ball stroke, which led him to undergo numerous central surgeries that consumed the entirety of his 2020. He made his return to the full season in 2021, but was unable to play the previous year due to a high-profile sprain in his right leg.
Dodgers defeat White Sox
In Tuesday’s game, the Los Angeles Dodgers secured a 5-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Leading the charge were Will Smith and David Peralta, who scored two runs each in the first inning. Tony Gonsolin was the star pitcher, pitching six scoreless innings and allowing just two hits to Andrew Vaughn and Yoan Moncada.
With this victory, the Dodgers extended their perfect record to 4–0. Smith also made a significant impact on the game by hitting a home run, celebrated with special dolls in his image.
Freddie Freeman drew a base on balls when he was at bat and then the ball was hit by him 413 feet into left field by the player. This led to Freddie Freeman driving. The score was then extended to 4-0 after three more shots were taken, a home run by Smith and another by Peralta. Peralta sent a fly over the center-field wall to score Jason Heyward, who had earlier scored a single.
Oakland A’s Find Luck
In front of more than 27,000 people at the Oakland Coliseum, the Oakland Athletics players proved that their triumph in the debut series was no coincidence, as they once again emerged victorious against the best team in the entire MLB by a score of 2-1. The Tampa Bay Rays, the MLB team to beat this year, faltered.
During the fifth inning, the Rays secured the lead with an RBI single by Manuel Margot. However, Brent Rooker of the opposing team tied the score in the seventh inning with an RBI double. In the eighth minute of the game, Venezuelan player Carlos Perez made a winning play by hitting a plane on the third point of Ramon Laureano’s game against Tampa Bay. Despite Isaac Paredes’ efforts, Perez’s move sealed the deal.
The Athletics secured their 19th win of the season and seventh in the series, after defeating the Milwaukee Brewers. Despite the win, the Athletics continue to hold the lowest record in the league.