|Wed, Mar 29, 2017 12:26 PM
|Wednesday, March 8, 2017 issue
|The Baseball Buzz|
Sosa uncorks with titanic blast against Cincinnati
In his first game back from suspension, Sammy Sosa lit up the Cincinnati air with the longest home run ever at Great American Ball Park Wednesday night.
Sosa, out the last seven games as punishment for using an illegally corked bat, blasted a 464-foot shot to center field in the fifth inning to help Chicago to a 4-1 win over the Reds.
The home run was Sosa’s first since May 1 and his seventh of the season. The Cubs’ slugger, after reaching the 500 career homer mark early this season, has also missed time due to a sore toe.
Following the game, in which Slammin’ Sammy was booed by a large Cincinnati crowd, Sosa refused to discuss the cork matter, opting instead to ask reporters not to bring the subject up again and allow him to get on with his life.
Renteria, Cards now
part of historic Clemens’ career
Shortstop Edgar Renteria and his St. Louis Cardinals will forever be connected in baseball history with two major milestones now belonging to Roger Clemens.
Renteria, one of the National League’s leading hitters, became Clemens’ 4,000th strikeout Friday before the Rocket beat the Cardinals for his 300th career victory Friday night.
Clemens, who has announced that he will retire at the end of the season, became just the third player ever to reach the 4,000 career strikeout mark. He trails only Nolan Ryan and Steve Carlton on the all-time list.
The win was Clemens’ seventh of the season. He followed that effort up by shutting out Tampa Bay Wednesday on one hit over eight innings while striking out nine to run his season total to 106.
Halladay, Loaiza, Chacon equal Brown’s 10 victories
Toronto right hander Roy Halladay won his 10th straight game Wednesday night while Estaban Loiaza and Shaun Chacon kept pace as all three moved into a tie with Kevin Brown for the major league lead in wins.
Halladay, the first pitcher since Chuck Finley in 1997 to win 10 straight starts, gave up two runs on six hits over seven innings Wednesday as Toronto defeated Baltimore. He is now 10-2 on the season.
Chacon, for Colorado, and Loaiza, with the Chicago White Sox, also won their 10th respective games Wednesday.
Brown, coming back from arm and back trouble, will go for his 11th win Sunday. The Los Angeles righty leads the majors in earned run average as well.
Streaking Dodgers rally to draw even with San Fran
The Los Angeles Dodgers exploded for six runs in the sixth inning and went on to defeat San Francisco Wednesday and move into a first place tie with the defending league champion Giants in the NL West.
Los Angeles, winners of eight straight, closed out the series with the Giants last night and will remain home tonight to begin a three-game weekend affair with Anaheim. San Francisco, meanwhile, tangles with Oakland.
Kazuhisa Ishii (7-2) worked six innings to get Wednesday’s win. Dodgers’ catcher Paul Lo Duca, with a sixth inning single, extended his hitting streak to 25 games.