MLB Weekend Recap: Bryce Harper Celebrates Mother’s Day in Style; Five straight losses for the Red Sox

Five weeks into the 2022 season, we’re starting to get a clearer picture of the Major League Baseball landscape. Teams have played around 14% of their schedules with another weekend on the books. Sample sizes are increasing and hope is being won or lost by baseball fans.

As teams travel to start a new week, we wanted to recap the weekend with some of the best moments from the past three days of baseball, as well as what’s happening on deck this week ahead. Let’s go.

Highlight of the weekend

We’re suckers for smart base racing, so it’s no surprise we’re giving a nod to Randy Arozarena savvy play on Friday night which saw him score from second goal for the Rays against the sailors without the ball leaving the infield.

Arozarena was in second place when Harold Ramirez hitting a dribbler toward third base. Eugenio Suárez lined the ball up and tried to make a play, but accidentally rolled a ground ball to second base. By the time the Mariners defense was able to recover, Arozarena had made it halfway and was able to slip through safely.

Looked:

Arozarena’s run would tie the contest, 5-5, and the Rays would later win the game on a timely home run from Manuel Margot.

Mother’s Day comeback/walk-off wins

It seems entirely possible that a good number of fans in attendance on Sunday are there due to Mother’s Day. MLB tickets are still a great gift idea, and hanging out at the stadium for a one-day game is always a great family experience, after all. The home team won 13 of the 18 scheduled games, so that was fun.

Moreover, four of the victories in particular were to be even more exciting for the home fans remaining present in the ninth.

Guardians

The Guardians kicked things off. They were down 3-2 against the Blue Jays with only five outs on the table. An Owen Miller home run tied things up. Then, with two outs, the Guardians mounted a rally and took the lead on a Oscar Mercado Single. Emmanuel Class closed things down and Cleveland is now 14-14.

It was the less spectacular victory that we will highlight here.

padres

The Padres trailed much of the game, trailing 1-0 in the fourth with the marlins veering on another in the sixth. It was still 2-0 Marlins with two outs and one in the ninth when JC Abrams chosen to extend play and bring the winning run to the plate in the form of Jorge Alfaro. And then, boom. Step number one.

sailors

Seattle was in bad shape. After an 11-6 start, the Mariners had lost 10 of their last 11, including a heartbreak on Friday night. They were close to being swept aside and losing their seventh in a row, trailing 1-0 heading into ninth. With one out, however, Abraham Toro went deep to tie the game.

In the 10th, the Mariners held the Rays off the board, despite having the auto-runner present. That made things a little easier for the Mariners in the bottom half as they moved the auto runner back to third. After an intentional march towards Adam Frazier, France came through in the clutch.

Also of note here: The Mariners debuted as a pitching prospect George Kirby. The 2019 first-round pick (20th overall) jumped from Double-A, where he had a 1.82 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 24 2/3 innings. Jumping that level was no problem Sunday, as he went six scoreless innings, allowing just four hits while striking out seven against no walks.

angels

The Angels were in danger of dropping a last-place streak Nationals. It was 4-2 Nats heading for ninth. After a sudden walk, Neighborhood Taylor celibate and it seemed like the angels were cooking with Mike Trout come to the plate as the winning run. Trout struck out, however, and when Shohei Ohtani crossed the first pitch with two outs, things started to get a little dire. But then Ohtani netted an equalizing brace. Anthony Rendon would follow with the winning move.

The Angels retain first place at 19-11.

An added, fun wrinkle is that those three walk-in wins happened within about 15 minutes of each other.

Harper, Phillies Scherzer hand rare loss

Donate the Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper as much: he knows how to make the most of the holidays. Harper wore a pair of custom cleats on Sunday to honor Mother’s Day. Looked:

Predictably, he drew more attention to his gear when he hit a home run in the first inning of Sunday’s first of two games against the Dishes. The outburst gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead and earned Harper’s mother a shoutout:

It was Harper’s sixth home run of the season, for those watching. He entered the day with .240/.297/.490 (127 OPS+) in his first 111 plate appearances. Harper then made it 2-0 with an RBI single in the third inning.

The Phillies won by a 3-2 final (The score of the box), handing over the Mets ace Max Scherzer his first loss since – believe it or not – almost a year ago, which was May 30, 2021. Scherzer hadn’t been credited (or blamed) for any losses in his last 24 starts, including his top five this year.

last place Red Sox lose the fifth in a row

The Red Sox entered Sunday with the worst record and point differential in the American League East. Unfortunately for Boston, a first game against the White socks won’t change that. Instead, the Red Sox lost their fifth straight game (The score of the box).

Programmed starter Michael Wacha was placed on the injured list ahead of the game, forcing manager Alex Cora to give the go-ahead for Tanner Houck. He lasted just 2 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on four hits. Boston’s bullpen provided more than six scoreless relief innings, but the Red Sox lineup couldn’t make it count.

Dallas Keuchel and a collection of relievers held Boston to two runs on nine hits and a walk. Collectively, they struck out 10, with Keuchel recording five. Sunday marked the first time this season that Keuchel worked more than five frames.

The Red Sox will have Monday free before beginning a five-game road trip that will include two games against the brave then three against the Rangers.

On the bridge

Rays to angels (three games from Monday): The Angels and Rays will enter the week with two of the best running differentials in the American League, making it a plausible preview of the playoffs. If that doesn’t sit well with you, we’ll note that Wednesday’s likely match will be between Shohei Ohtani versus Shane McClanahan. It’s good viewing, folks.

blue jays to Yankees (two games from Tuesday): The Yankees and Blue Jays will meet for the third time this season starting Tuesday, but in an abbreviated two-game series. New York has held the advantage so far, winning four of seven games and edging Toronto by a 24-14 margin.

Astros to Twins (three games from Tuesday): It is not clear if Carlos Correa will play in those games — he didn’t break his finger, as feared — but if he does, it will be the first time in his career he’s faced the Astros. Correa, of course, spent the first seven years of his big league career with Houston, making two All-Star Games and winning a World Series along the way. Even if Correa can’t go, it should be yet another fun series between potential playoff teams.

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