There’s plenty of MLB action waiting on Thursday, though having to follow a record-breaking game on Wednesday will be difficult. Domingo Germán of the New York Yankees pitched a perfect game against the Oakland Athletics, the first time since 2012 this has happened. As a result, the Athletics lost 11-0 on their home field.
Rays Begins To Lose Ground
The Rays, known for their exceptional performance, have fallen a little short, suffering one loss in six of nine games Wednesday night. Another defeat seemed inevitable until Josh Lowe came in for the Bells. In a remarkable turn of events, he managed to secure three runs in the ninth inning, completely changing the outcome of the game. This impressive performance led the Rays to a 3-2 win against the Bells.
Thursday’s game will witness the Bells face promising young rookie Brandon Pfaadt (0-2, 8.37 ERA). This highly anticipated game has led to the 24-year-old right-handed pitcher being called up from Triple-A Reno, where he boasts an impressive 5-1 record and a commendable 3.53 ERA in 10 starts and 51 innings.
Merrill Kelly, sidelined due to a blood clot in his lower right leg, was given the green light to be replaced by Pfaadt. Considered the most promising talent on the Bells roster, Pfaadt seized the opportunity and made his inaugural appearance against the Texas Rangers on May 3. However, his journey as a starter proved to be arduous, encountering difficulties in all five outings.
After a challenging performance against the Boston Red Sox on May 26, where he allowed five runs in just 3 2/3 innings, the rookie was traded from Arizona to Reno. This move comes as the Bells, leaders in the National League West, strive to maintain their position through collective teamwork.
That’s going to be tough against the Rays. In a game that goes the distance, Tampa Bay will win.
Blue Jays Fly To Success
The Blue Jays’ bullpen found its footing Wednesday, thanks to a solid five-run opening inning. In addition, the impressive performances of the quartet of Blue Jays pitchers played an important role in this triumph.
Trevor Richards had an incredible performance, pitching three scoreless innings, while Bowden Francis secured his opening victory, propelling the Blue Jays to a 6-1 win over the Giants at Rogers Center. In particular, George Springer had an outstanding performance, accumulating three hits for Toronto.
This victory not only marked the Blue Jays’ third win in their ninth home game, but also effectively halted the Giants’ remarkable ten-game winning streak. On the contrary, this loss accentuated the Giants’ recent struggles, as it was only their third win in sixteen games.
The tables will turn today once again, with the Giants at the top.
The Mets Still Can’t Find Their Rhythm
During a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Mets owner Steve Cohen delivered a warning message to his team, which has been facing numerous challenges. Unfortunately, despite their efforts, the Mets have continued on a downward spiral that most would not have anticipated in April.
After posting a remarkable 101-61 record last season, New York’s performance plummeted to a disappointing 7-17 this month, resulting in its drop to 12th in the National League rankings.
In their final game of the series, which will take place Thursday night, the Mets will strive to save at least a fraction of their four-game series against the Brewers. However, they have already lost two and there is not much reason to believe that they can find success now.