MLB Weekend Recap: Bryce Harper celebrates Mother’s Day in style; Angels, Padres, more comeback victories

Five weeks into the 2022 season, we’re starting to get a clearer picture of the Major League Baseball landscape. The teams played approximately 14 percent of their schedules with another weekend in the books. Sample sizes are getting bigger, and fan bases across baseball are gaining or losing hope.

As the teams travel to start the new week, we wanted to summarize the weekend with some of the best moments from the last three days in baseball, as well as what’s on deck this week. Let’s move on to that.

The highlight of the weekend

We’re thrilled for smart base management, so it should come as no surprise that we paid tribute to Randy Arozarena’s smart game on Friday night in which he scored from second base for the Rays against the Mariners without the ball leaving the field.

Arozarena was in second place when Harold Ramirez hit the dribbler towards third base. Eugenio Suárez then had a third chance at scoring, but a last ditch challenge made sure that he didnt. While the Mariners’ defense managed to recover, Arozarena arrived halfway home and managed to enter safely.

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Arozarena’s run would tie the score, 5-5, and the Rays would later win thanks to Manuel Margot’s timely visit.

Return / departure on Mother’s Day wins

It seems possible that a good number of fans who were present on Sunday were there because of Mother’s Day. Tickets for MLB remain a great gift idea, and spending time in the stadium for a one-day game is still always a good family experience. The host won 13 of the 18 games scheduled, so it was fun.

Moreover, the four wins were especially exciting for the home fans who remained present in the ninth.

Guards

The guards started things. They lost, 3-2, to the Blue Jays with only five cars left on the table. Owen Miller’s home run leveled the score. Then, with two outs, the Guardians started the rally and took the lead on Oscar Mercad’s single. Emmanuel Clase has closed things and Cleveland is now 14-14.

It was the least dramatic victory we will highlight here.

Parents

The Padre lagged a good part of the game, trailing 1-0 in the fourth, while the Marlins scored another in the sixth. It was still 2-0 Marlins with two outs and one in the ninth when CJ Abrams extended the game and brought the winning streak to the board in the form of Jorge Alfar. And then, boom. Departure number one.

sailors

Seattle was in bad shape. After starting 11-6, the Mariners have lost 10 of their last 11, including a heartbreaker on Friday night. They were on the verge of being swept away and dropped out seventh in a row, trailing 1-0 to ninth. However, with one car Abraham Toro went deep into the equalizer.

In the 10th, the Mariners kept the Rays off the board, despite the presence of an automatic runner. That made things a little easier for the Mariners in the bottom half as they knocked down the runner’s car to third place. After a deliberate walk to Adam Frazier, Ty France passed in the clutch.

It should also be noted here: The Mariners made their debut by throwing a prospect of George Kirby. The selection in the first round of 2019 (20th in total) jumped all the way to Double-A, where he had 1.82 ERAs and 32 strikeouts in 24 2/3 innings. Skipping that level did not create any problems on Sunday as he made six substitutions without results, allowing only four goals, while breaking out seven without walking.

Angels

The Angels were in danger of falling out on the last-placed Nationals. It was 4-2 Nats towards the ninth. After a one-time walk, Taylor Ward stood out and it looked like the Angels were cooking with Mike Trout coming to the plate as a winning streak. Trout broke out though, and when Shohei Ohtani went through the first field with two cars, things started to feel a little scary. But then Ohtani delivered a deuce with a tie. Anthony Rendon would follow with a winning knock.

Angels hold first place at 19-11.

An additional, fun wrinkle is that these three wins in passing happened within approximately 15 minutes of each other.

Harper, the Phillies handle Scherzer a rare loss

Give this much to outside player Phillies Bryce Harper: he knows how to take advantage of the break. Harper wore a custom pair of spikes on Sunday in honor of Mother’s Day. Look at:

As expected, he drew more attention to his equipment by hitting a home run in the first inning of the first of two games on Sunday against the Mets. The explosion led to a 1-0 lead for Phillies and brought Harper’s mother cries:

It was Harper’s sixth home run this season, for those who follow. He entered the day hitting .240 / .297 / .490 (127 OPS +) in his first 111 appearances on the board. Harper later scored 2-0 with an RBI single in the third inning.

The Phillies won 3-2 in the final (boxing goal), bringing Mets ace Max Scherzer his first defeat to believe it or not – almost a year ago, or on May 30, 2021. Scherzer was not recognized (or blamed) for the defeat in either which of his last 24 starts, including his first five this year.

Last-placed Red Sox are losing fifth in a row

The Red Sox came in on Sunday with the worst record and difference in driving in the American League East. Unfortunately for Boston, an early game against the White Sox won’t change that. Instead, the Red Sox lost their fifth game in a row (box score).

Predicted starter Michael Wacha has been put on the pre-match injury list, forcing manager Alex Cora to pay tribute to Tanner Houck. He endured just 2 2/3 innings, allowing three sets with four goals. The Boston bench brought six plus goalless substitutions, but the Red Sox line-up couldn’t count.

Dallas Keuchel and a collection of facilitators kept Boston on two runs with nine hits and a walk. Together they shot 10 hitters, and Keuchel recorded five. Sunday marked the first time this season Keuchel has done more than five frames.

The Red Sox will have a free Monday before embarking on a five-game trip that will include two games against the Braves and then three against the Rangers.

On deck

Rays at Angels (three games starting Monday): Angels and Rays will enter the week with two better running differences in the American League, making this a compelling review of the playoffs. If that doesn’t help you, we’ll notice that the likely match on Wednesday will face Shohei Ohtani against Shane McClanahan. That’s a good look, people.

Blue Jays at Yankees (two games start Tuesday): The Yankees and Blue Jaysi will meet for the third time this season starting Tuesday, albeit in a shortened two-game series. New York has held the lead so far, winning four of seven competitions and beating Toronto by 24-14.

Astros at Twins (three games starting Tuesday): It is unclear whether Carlos Correa will play in these matches – he did not suffer a broken finger, as feared – but if he does, it will be the first time in his career that he will fight the Astros. Correa, of course, spent the first seven years of his career in the major leagues in Houston, playing two All-Star games and winning the World Series along the way. Even if Correa can’t leave, this should be another fun series between potential playoff teams.

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