That ended Florida’s batting in the first, and it wouldn’t be the game’s first close call at second. It also set off a cascade of controversy that would return in the eighth inning, when an LSU runner was called out at second on a call that should have probably gone the other way.
Two innings later, LSU shortstop Kramer Robertson completely lost his head for the second time this CWS and failed to cleanly transfer the ball from his glove to his hand on a routine grounder. This led to a three-run third inning for Florida.
LSU and Florida State offered us perhaps the sickest college baseball game of the year over the weekend, with the Tigers eventually prevailing, 5-4, in a wild, error-filled affair. LSU then got thoroughly worked over by Oregon State on Monday, needing eight pitchers just to get out of a 13-1 loss. That assuredly got the Tigers worked up, and they came to fight on Wednesday, sending Florida State home in a 7-4 win.
The ‘Noles and Tigers met back up for an elimination game Wednesday, and LSU flamethrower Jared Poche took the hill for the Tigers on four days of rest. He and FSU starter Cole Sands combined to down each side in order in the first, then big bat Greg Deichmann broke through into right for a sliding two-base pop in the top of the second. Zach Watson followed that up with a rip into right center, and the Tigers were in business with men at the corners.
Watson didn’t stay put, though, as he stole second on a throw from Seminole catcher Cal Raleigh that nearly sailed into center field. On the very next pitch, third baseman Josh Smith slapped a line into right, scoring Deichmann, and suddenly the FSU bullpen came alive. Sands wouldn’t survive the inning, and Andrew Karp spelled him.
The New York Giants finished 11-5 in 2016 and made the playoffs, but they’re thinking much bigger in 2017. Jason Pierre-Paul thinks even a perfect season is within the realm of possibility.
I feel with the players we have, as long as we work together we’ll be undefeated,” Jason Pierre-Paul told the New York Post.
That’s a bold statement by any stretch and even more so considering the schedule that the Giants will have to contend against. The Dallas Cowboys won the NFC East in 2016 with a 13-3 record, but New York handed Dallas two of those three losses.
Giants players aren’t worried about a repeat performance from the Cowboys in 2017.
It’s over with, Giants safety Landon Collins told ESPN. They’re not going to win, I can tell you that much.
New York got a bargain when Adams, who was projected to be a top-three pick, fell all the way to No. 6. He’ll have the opportunity to contribute immediately for a team caroming deep into the valley of a long rebuild. He could be the brightest spot on a bad Jets team in 2017.
The Toledo back is facing a major jump in competition but stood out as one of the nation’s most explosive and inconsistent runners in college. Hunt failed to follow up on an incredible sophomore campaign in which he ran for more than 1,600 yards and eight yards per carry, but his 2016 proved he can be a versatile addition after making 41 catches out of the backfield. That’ll be useful for a Chiefs team with conservative quarterback Alex Smith behind center for at least one more season.
Rockies prospect Josh Fuentes learned a valuable lesson Friday. Only take a swing while standing in the batter’s box when you intend on hitting the ball.
The 24-year-old third baseman for the Double-A Hartford Yard Goats was called out in the eighth inning of Friday’s game against the Binghamton Rumble Ponies after he jokingly took a swing at a ball that didn’t even come close to reaching the plate.
Brewers manager Craig Counsell sent the 29-year-old back out for the eighth, but Ahmed smacked a 2-0 cutter past a diving Eric Sogard and into center field.
Reliever Rob Scahill came on to retire the next three Arizona batters and Neftal’ Feliz gave up a run in the ninth before closing out Milwaukee’s 6-1 victory at Miller Park.
Anderson, who spent his first two seasons with the Diamondbacks, outdueled former Brewers pitcher Zack Greinke, who was chased after 5 1/3 innings.
Nieves recorded the only no-hitter in Brewers history when he no-hit the Orioles on April 15, 1987. The Brewers are one of five MLB teams with just one no-hitter, along with the Blue Jays, Mets, Rays and Rockies. The Padres are the only MLB team without a no-hitter.
Obviously you don’t want to change your approach, but I shorten up, choke up a bit with two strikes just to get a quicker bat, Trout said. But I try and keep the same swing.
Trout’s two-strike results dramatically improved in 2016, which shouldn’t be surprising if you’ve already read this far. Take a look at what he did after falling behind in the count 0-2 in 2014, 2015 and 2016 (he only has 31 such plate appearances this year, a really small sample size).