Weekend Recap: Red Sox Get No-Hit, Big Sexy vs. Flash, Cubs Star Drilled

It’s been another eventful weekend in Major League Baseball, with the year’s first no-hitter being recorded on Saturday by Oakland A’s SP Sean Manaea in a matchup originally getting more attention for the funny mashup of the starting pitchers’ last names.

 

Manaea outdueled Boston SP Chris Sale and dominated the winningest team in baseball, the Boston Red Sox, en route to a 3-0 victory. Congratulations, Sean!

On Saturday, the Texas Rangers hosted the Seattle Mariners in a matchup between James Paxton, the guy best known for being a bald eagle perch earlier this season, and Bartolo “Big Sexy” Colón, following up his bid for perfection last weekend. When Colón induced a ground ball from Dee “Flash” Gordon, the big man ended up having to race the speedy Seattle infielder in order to record the out at first base. Big Sexy emerged victorious, vindicating old people and everyone who prefers a beer-and-barbeque lifestyle to juicing. However, the Mariners ended up the winners by a final score of 9-7.

 

 

On Sunday, the Colorado Rockies hosted the Chicago Cubs at Coors Field for the rubber match of their three-game weekend series. The Cubs’ star 3B Kris Bryant exited the game in the top of the 1st inning after being drilled in the head by a 96 mph fastball from Rox SP German Márquez. Cubs manager Joe Maddon immediately went to the field to check on Bryant and was not on hand in the dugout to keep an eye on his coaches Chili Davis and Andy Haines, who were ejected for their conduct towards the umpires following the incident. The Cubs currently lead the NL with 19 total hit batsmen.

The unfortunate incident seemed to wake up a Cubs offense that was in hibernation during Saturday’s 5-2 defeat, and the Cubs went on to a 9-7 victory in a contentious game that was ended on a replay review decision overturning the call on a play at the plate.

After Bryant was removed from the game to undergo concussion examinations, the Cubs released a statement that he appears to show no signs of concussion so far and that he will continue to be evaluated. Hopefully he will continue to test negative and not miss any significant amount of time. The Cubs have a scheduled off day today and will open a three-game series in Cleveland in a rematch of the 2016 World Series matchup on Tuesday at 6:10 PM ET.