MLB Weekend Recap: Bryce Harper celebrates Mother’s Day in style; The Red Sox’s losing streak hits five

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.

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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