Last Night Around The MLB 4/20/23
Written by; Aidan Wohl
Last night, the MLB saw a whirlwind of tight games, clutch plays and prominent pitching outings. Multiple teams began to hit their stride while other teams continued to struggle to find their footing.
Pirates @ Reds
The red-hot Pittsburgh Pirates used the momentum from their then-three game winning streak leading into last night’s contest against the Reds. Pittsburgh wasted no time doing so, scoring four runs, including back-to-back home runs bombs by Jack Suwinski and Connor Joe. The Reds tried to claw back into the game and despite having double the hits, we’re unable to produce enough firepower until the ladder half of game, where it was too late to catch up to the Pirates first inning slugging exhibition. Pittsburgh took down Cincinnati 4-3 behind eight strikeouts from Roansy Contreras in 6.2 innings — handing the Pirates its fourth-straight victory — its first home victory since winning three-straight on the road.
Rockies @ Phillies
Colorado and Philly were both trying to get back into the winning column heading into Thursday
afternoon’s contest following underwhelming starts to the season. Right-handed Ryan Feltner
and Justin Lawrence led the charge with 10-combined strikeouts in 7.3 innings — helping the team to its second shutout of the season — the first multiple run scored shutout of the season.
Dodgers @ Cubs
Coming off a four-game road winning streak, the Cubs aimed to keep their streak alive, this time hosting at Wrigley Field. Trading punches in the first quarter of the contest, with no real
offensive production, it came to everybody in the stands to suprise to see right fielder James
Outman hit the first grand slam of his career, coming in the top of the ninth inning. This shot put The Dodgers broke a four-inning tie, sparking an overwhelming defecit that would ultimately give LA its second win out of its last three games.
Padres @ Diamondbacks
Capping of the night, Arizona hosted San Diego and unlike the other night games, it was a
slugfest from both clubs, with a combined 19 hits from the two teams. The game also San Diego star Fernando Tatis first game back since being out for most of last season after a drug
violation. ’Despite sending their struggling ace Madison Bumgardner to assignment, the Dbacks’ pitching woes continued, allowing seven hits, resulting in five runs in the first four innings. Being down 5-1, Arizona fired back with four runs of their own, anchored by 2 RBIs by Josh Rojas and a score off a wild pitch by Lourdes Gurriel Jr.. However, the Padres were too much to handle, led by 4 RBIs by Trent Grisham, where two of them came in the most important part of the game. Grisham hit a frozen rope down the middle headed towards center, delivering the leading and eventually game-winning runs to Nelson Cruz and Xander Bogaerts.