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).