MINNEAPOLIS – Max Kepler’s solo scoring in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Minnesota a 4-3 win over Boston on Thursday – a five-game loss to the Twins and a nine-game winning streak for the Red Sox.
The Red Wakes, who tied the game in the eighth on Alex Verdugo’s three-run double, had their longest win streak since a 10-game run in 2018, a season in which they won the World Series.
A six-game slide from July 31 to August 5, 2020, the Twins under manager Rocco Baldelli avoided matching the longest losing streaks in three years.
Luis Eraz opened Minnesota with his fourth hit, edging Adam Ottavino (1-1) and Jorge Polanco with one each. Nelson Cruz, on a 10-game streak, struck again.
Kepler came through his hit shallow center, helping the twins escape what would be their first four-game sweep by the Red Sox in 21 years.
Alex Colombo (1-1) scored one to win despite Alex Aromo scoring a double.
During a tense week in the Twin Cities, the series’ opener was postponed following the fatal police shooting of a black man, baseball’s annual Jackie Robinson, which honors Robinson’s major backstage anniversary, particularly It was touching.
“I’m not a big league player or a big league manager without Jackie Robinson,” said Boston manager Alex Cora, who is from Puerto Rico.
Braves snap 4-game losing streak
Dansby Swanson’s run-scoring single loaded Atlanta’s two-run rally in the ninth inning with bases and the Braves pulled off a four-game losing streak to beat the Miami Marlins 7-6 Thursday.
Bahadur lost after taking a 5-4 lead at the ninth position. Garrett Cooper made a move to keep Miami ahead.
Dylan Floro (0-1) could not take a 6-5 lead in the lower half. Ander Itiarte and Ronald Akun Jr. singled and Freddie Freeman went on to load the bases with no outside bases.
Flow tied Travis D’Arnaud before running from Ozzy Alloby. Swanson’s single to left field marked the on-field celebration. The Marlins were trying for their first four-game sweep over the Braves.
Pablo Sandowal connected for his third pinch-hit homer this season, a three-run drive in the seventh gave Atlanta a 5–3 lead.
Acuna targeted a two-run homer for Atlanta’s Trevor Rodgers’ only seventh over, winning five innings and giving up three hits.
Machado and Hosmer Push Padres Past Pirates
Manny Machado hit his third home run of the season and drew three runs, Eric Hosmer added two hits and two RBIs and the San Diego Padres jumped in early in the 8–3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday.
Machado took Mitch Keller (1-2) deep during San Diego’s first four runs with a two-run shot down the left field line. Hosmer added a two-run single in the second. As the Padres earned a division four-game series through Texas and Pittsburgh during the Eastern swing to go 5-2.
Chris Paddack (1–1) won multiple times but managed to win five innings and was forced to cover a combined 11 innings in losses on Tuesday and Wednesday to the San Diego overlaps bullpen as a normal Given as a workload. Craig Stamann made just six saves of his 12-year big league career and for the first time since 2019 in three innings.
Keller was dazzled in his previous start against Chicago but returned undecided which saw him as the most spring. The 25-year-old Keller, who is considered part of the nucleus, is attempting to build the Pirates nearly, eventually dropping out after three and one third innings, seven runs and nine hits with three moves and just one strike. His ERA rose. From 8.74.
MLB downgraded to racial and gender hiring
A new diversity study finds bonuses for employing social justice initiatives and milestones with slightly lower scores for hiring Major League Baseball racial and gender.
Thursday’s report card from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) issued an overall grade of C-Plus for MLB, including B-plus for racial hiring and C for gender hiring. The report examined several positions at the central baseball headquarters and within the franchise using data for the 2021 season.
The overall grade slipped from B to C-Plus while the other two letter grades remained the same. In addition, the numerical score is slightly submerged in each category, although TIDES director and lead report writer Richard Lapic alleges that a shift in at least partially a methodology to include team ownership for the first time.
He also pointed to a near tripling in staff size following a move to the new headquarters, leading to a decline in racial (A-minus) and gender (C-minus) grades for the central office. Major League Baseball and Baseball Advanced Media moved into the same Midtown Manhattan office building before the 2020 season.
“Obviously we want to increase the percentage of women and colors,” Lapchik said in an interview with the Associated Press. “It is the goal of racial and gender report cards to move those things. And it has not progressed much with baseball this year. “
Instead, Lapchik focused on what he called “successes”, which led researchers to score bonus points in the study. those involved Miami Marlins Hiring Kim Ng As first female general manager of MLB in November, moves to December Reclass the Negro League as major league And the presence of 22 women in on-field coaching or player-development roles.
MLB’s decision is also mentioned in the report Pull the all-star game from suburban atlanta Critics have called it too restrictive because of objections to changes in Georgia’s voting laws.
“I think the things I’ve said about the successes make me a lot more optimistic about baseball,” Laptick said. “They’re the reason I’m optimistic right now.”
In the report’s findings, people of color made up 37.6 percent of the players, down from 39.8 percent in the 2020 report. A slight increase was recorded in the percentage of Black players (7.6 percent), while the report noted that the figure was likely to increase in notings by Black players, 17.6 percent in the amateur draft of 2012–20 (51 of 289) in the first round. Pick of).
The report stated that more work was required at the team level. That’s why only one in nine for racial hiring was grade A or better, with people of color making up 40.5 percent of the coaches. The study released a B-plus for team senior administration, professional administration, and racial recruitment for managers, although it slipped to a C-minus for general managers, and for owners and CEOs and presidents.
MLB earned an A-plus for its overall diversity initiative.