Thursday was another exciting day in baseball. The Red Sox overcome a large deficit to beat the Blue Jays, Jose Quintana had a masterful outing for the Cubs, and there’s a new first place team in the NL West. Here are the latest MLB news and notes.
Red Sox come back, walk off
Mitch Moreland‘s game-tying double followed by Rafael Dever’s game-winning single gave the Red Sox a 7-6 victory over the Blue Jays. Their first home win moves them up to 4-9 on the young season.
Things were once again looking bleak for Boston after Nathan Eovaldi gave up five runs and two home runs over five innings. But then the Red Sox quickly started to chip away, culminating in Moreland’s first clutch hit of the game, a home run in the seventh inning to tie the game at 5. Then after Toronto regained the lead in the eighth, it was Moreland and Devers who played hero for the Sox.
The Red Sox, who are tied with Toronto for last place in the division, have a chance to jump into third place or better this weekend. The team begins a three-game home series on Friday night against the Orioles.
Quintana, Cubs shutout Pirates
Jose Quintana went seven strong innings and struck out 11 batters, leading the Cubs to a 2-0 win and series win over the Pirates. It’s Quintana’s first win of 2019, and a complete 180 from his last start of eight earned runs in three innings against the Brewers.
It was a scoreless game after six innings, with Joe Musgrove also pitching well for Pittsburgh. It wasn’t until the bottom of the seventh inning when Daniel Descalso and Victor Caratini drove in runs in back-to-back at-bats. Following an hour-long rain delay in the eighth inning, Pedro Strop closed the door in the ninth to earn his first save of the year.
The Cubs, who are 4-8 and tied with the Reds for last in the NL Central, are only 3.5 games back of first place. They hope to continue their climb out of the cellar when they host Mike Trout and the Angels beginning Friday afternoon.
Padres win wild game, move to 1st
In the past eight seasons, the Padres have spent one day in sole possession of first place: Opening Night in 2014. But now you can add a second day, as San Diego beat the Diamondbacks 7-6 to move past the Dodgers for first in the NL West.
The Padres looked like they were going to secure a win a lot earlier, as Austin Hedges’ three-run home run and 5 1/3 solid innings from Pedro Avila got them out to a 6-1 lead after six innings. But then Eduardo Escobar hit a three-run shot to cap off a five-run seventh for the D-Backs and tie the game at 6. But the Padres salvaged the game, with defensive replacement Manuel Margot hitting his first home run of the season in the eighth, which would go on to be the game-winner.
A reenergized Padres team, with new faces Manny Machado, Fernando Tatis Jr., and a young pitching staff, is now 9-5 on the season, one game ahead of the Dodgers. They continue their series against Arizona on Friday night as rookie Chris Paddack will get the start.
Some other games around baseball to keep an eye on tonight include Zach Wheeler and the Mets in Atlanta against the Braves, the Astros at the sizzling Mariners, and the Brewers and Dodgers opening up a three-game series in Los Angeles.