MLB: record for Pablo Lopez, who starts his game by striking out 9 batters

MIAMI – Miami Marlins pitcher Pablo Lopez set a Major Baseball record when he opened Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Braves with nine strikeouts.

A day after losing Ronald AcuIna Jr., who will miss the rest of the season, the Braves were unable to respond to Lopez’s dominant performance.

This feat comes exactly one year after Lopez’s father passed away.

“I went through a wide range of emotions today,” said Lopez. To be able to deliver this performance and accomplish this feat, it was really good and special. « 

The 25-year-old right-hander kicked off the game by knocking Ehire Adrianza, Freddie Freeman and Ozzie Albies through the air.

He repeated the same feat in the second inning at the expense of Austin Riley, Orlando Arcia and Dansby Swanson.

In the third set, Guillermo Heredia watched a third catch pass, Kevan Smith took his turn and Ian Anderson was called out on a decision.

The 25-year-old Lopez broke the 1986 record for Jim Deshaies, who put out eight batters to start a game. Jacob deGrom and German Marquez, in 2014 and 2018 respectively, had equaled Deshaies’ record.

“Pablo was on assignment today,” said Mariners manager Don Mattingly, adding that he didn’t know Lopez had his name in the record books at the time of the feat. All I knew was he had taken out nine guys. ”

Mattingly knew Lopez was going to have a special day when he first looked at the left-field scoreboard.

“I looked up and he had 11 catches in 11 shots,” he said. That’s when I knew something big was going to happen. « 

Lopez (5-5) threw 30 catches on his first 35 throws. The Venezuelan started the day with 102 strikeouts in 95 innings, including 18 starts, this season.

“I didn’t want to leave anything above the plate for their hitters,” he said. I wanted to take the lead in the count and use my shots to prepare for the next shots. « 

The Braves’ second hitting pad was not so exciting for Lopez.

After he forced Adrianza to hit a ground ball to first pad, Lopez allowed three hits to the next four hitters.

Freeman ended Lopez’s great streak by slamming a double down the aisle of right center field. Albies and Arcia added productive singles.

In the end, Lopez allowed five hits and two walks. Of his 83 throws, 65 were catches.

Jesus Aguilar hit a three-run homerun in the first inning at the expense of Anderson (5-5), which allowed the Marlins to stop their losing streak at three. Jesus Sanchez hit a single, a double and a triple while Miguel Rojas hit three hits for Miami.

Sanchez, who has enjoyed his first game of three career hits, was able to admire Lopez’s historic performance with the rest of the outfielders.

“I’m playing on the left, and I was looking at my teammates in the field, shaking my head, wondering what was going on with Pablo,” said Sanchez. It was sure that it was very pleasant. « 

Dansby Swanson slammed his 14th and 15th home runs of the season for Atlanta.

“We had a good time (after the first three innings) and I thought we were going to come back, but that didn’t happen,” said Braves manager Brian Snitker.

Anderson pitched for only two and a third innings and allowed four runs on six hits and five walks.

Muncy stretches his arms and saves the Dodgers

Max Muncy hit a winning three-run homer in the ninth inning to help the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-4 on Sunday.

ContentId (3.1392174): MLB: Diamondbacks 4 – Dodgers 7 (baseball)

The Dodgers tied the score at 4-4 with three runs in the eighth inning. The Muncy circuit allowed them to complete the comeback, a day after their historic 22-1 victory against the same D-Backs.

The Dodgers, defending World Series champions, enter the All-Star break with a 56-35 record, placing them second on the league. The San Francisco Giants have a two-game lead over them atop the Nationwide West section.

Albert Pujols opened the ball in the ninth inning with a single over JB Bukauskas (1-2), and backup runner Zach Reks went to second cushion on a sacrifice bunt from Zach McKinstry.

The Diamondbacks then allowed all-star Mookie Betts an intentional walk, which brought Max Muncy to bat. It was his 19th home run of the season.

Elsewhere in the National :

Pirates 6 – Mets 5
PIT: After hitting his 1st career circuit on Friday, rookie Rodolfo Castro continued with his 2nd and 3rd.
NYM: Long balls for Francisco Lindor (11th) and Michael Conforto (3rd).

Reds 3 – Brewers 1

ContentId (3.1392164): MLB: Reds 3 – Brewers 1 (baseball)

CIN: Nick Castellanos produced two of his own three points.
MIL: Josh Hader faltered in the 9th inning allowing the two runs that made the difference.

Nationals 1 – Giants 3
WAS: Starlin Castro hit safe three times.
SF: Curt Casali produced all three points for the Giants with his 4th long ball of the season.

Rockies 3 – Padres 1

COL: Strong exit for Jon Gray who allowed just one run and three hits in six innings.
SD: Seven pitchers were used in the loss.

ContentId (3.1392173): MLB: Rockies 3 – Padres 1 (Baseball)

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