The Colorado Rockies announced third baseman Nolan Arenado exited Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Miami Marlins with a left hand contusion after he was hit by a pitch. Thankfully for the Rockies, and fantasy owners alike, he was able to avoid any significant injury.
Bettis is back. When the Rockies host Atlanta on Monday at Coors Field, it will mark the first time right-handed starter Chad Bettis will pitch in a major-league game since being diagnosed with testicular cancer last November and then enduring nine weeks of chemotherapy this spring.
In Chicago, Tim Anderson slugged a two-run homer to cap a four-run, seventh-inning rally and Reynaldo Lopez pitched six strong innings in his White Sox debut. "Whenever you get hit in the hand, it scares you".
Furthermore, since 2000, only two players - David Ortiz in 2006 and Chris Davis in 2013 - have reached 40 homers quicker than Stanton, who accomplished the feat on Friday.
Marlins manager Don Mattingly said he thinks that pitchers, during this Stanton hot streak, are afraid to make mistakes against him, and that fear has backfired. He protected a two-run lead in the fifth, when he came on with runners at second and third and none out, and escaped without allowing a run.
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It is also worth noting that Arenado finished the outing 0-for-2 in addition to the hit-by-pitch. After Charlie Blackmon was plunked and DJ LeMahieu singled, Colorado pounced. Carlos Gonzalez had two RBI's in the game, while Gerardo Parra added the other on his two-hit day. "Players instinctively know that they can be in trouble".
So highly, in fact, that he isn't ruling out Stanton hitting 30 homers in the next month and a half. "But he's a good hitter".
"I had him for a few years, and nobody hits the ball harder than he does", Redmond said. Stanton's homer on Saturday was No. 100 for him in his career at Marlins Park.
Rockies: Manager Bud Black returned to the dugout after missing one game because of illness.
In St. Louis, Paul DeJong clubbed two doubles and drove in three runs as the Cardinals won their season-high seventh straight game.