Carter Kieboom homered in his debut. Max Scherzer found his slider, reached 2,500 Ks, and looked more like Max Scherzer. It was an exciting night at Nationals Park, we’ll just try to see if we can forget how it all ended... Go read your links:
Carter Kieboom headed to Nationals: report - (Washington Times)
"Kieboom grew up playing baseball in Georgia with his two brothers. One of his brothers, Spencer, is a catcher in the Nationals’ farm system."
The Nationals promoted top prospect Carter Kieboom to the big leagues. But why now? - (WaPost)
"The call came Thursday morning, because it can never be at a convenient time, and Carter Kieboom was fast asleep in a hotel room in Reno, Nev."
Nats' Kieboom hits game-tying homer in debut - (ESPN)
"Kieboom was off to a torrid start at Triple-A Fresno, batting .379 with three home runs and 18 RBIs in 18 games, with a 1.142 OPS."
Carter Kieboom homers in MLB debut - (Washington Times)
"Last year Nationals left fielder Juan Soto, then 19, had one of the best hitting years ever for a teenager. 'The golden days of young players,' Rizzo said."
Carter Kieboom delivers home run in first major league game - (MASN)
"Scherzer made his major league debut almost 11 years ago to the day: April 29, 2008. Kieboom was 10."
Kieboom's first MLB game one to remember - (MLB.com)
"The morning prior, he woke up to five missed calls, including a voicemail from Randy Knorr, the Nats’ Triple-A manager, prompting him to get to the lobby at the team hotel in Reno, Nev."
Let’s goooo!!!!— Spencer Kieboom (@KieBOOM22) April 27, 2019
Carter Kieboom is the hero until he isn’t in a dramatic Nationals debut - (WaPost)
"The Nationals did not go quietly in their half of the ninth. With two outs, a single and two walks loaded the bases for Kieboom, and he had a chance to walk off his debut."
Scherzer reaches 2,500 Ks:
Max Scherzer fixes glitch, dominates, reaches strikeout milestone - (MASN)
"He pitched as well as he has all season, especially early on when he retired the first 13 batters he faced, with a fastball that topped out at 98 mph and a slider that baffled several hitters only six days after that same pitch was hammered by Miami’s batters."
Max Scherzer records 2500 career strikeouts - (MLB.com)
"Max Scherzer notched yet another milestone Friday night as he builds an increasingly Hall-of-Fame worthy resume."
Mad Max: Scherzer third fastest to 2,500 Ks - (ESPN)
"Scherzer's milestone whiff came in the top of the sixth inning, when he caught Padres outfielder Manuel Margot looking at an 86 mph slider."
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Rosenthal to injured list, Miller returns - (MASN)
"General manager Mike Rizzo said Rosenthal has been dealing with a stomach issue since the beginning of last week’s road trip to Miami."
Rare home run against Sean Doolittle sinks Nationals - (NBC Sports Washington)
"The crowd -- which included his parents -- gave Kieboom a nice ovation both when his name was announced as part of the lineup..."
From @EliasSports on Robles, Soto and Kieboom being in the lineup together:— Kyle Brostowitz (@KyleBrostowitz) April 26, 2019
The last team to start three position players under the age of 22 was the Florida Marlins (7/27/1997 at STL): Mark Kotsay, Edgar Renteria, and Luis Castillo.
Parents of Nationals prospect have priceless reaction to home run - (Yahoo!Sports)
"Vladimir Guerrero Jr. might be getting all the headlines, but he wasn’t the only top prospect to make an impact in his major league debut on Friday night."
Padres' Manny Machado arrives in Washington and delivers a nice bouquet to Orioles fans - (Baltimore Sun)
"On the occasion of his first baseball visit to the Baltimore-Washington area since the Orioles traded him to the Los Angeles Dodgers in July, new San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado wanted to clear something up."
Tigers' Zimmermann (UCL sprain) to IL, not OR - (ESPN)
"The Detroit Tigers placed starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann on the injured list Friday, one day after the veteran right-hander left his outing in Boston because of discomfort in his elbow."
KC Royals put Lucas Duda on IL, recall Kelvin Gutierrez - (The Kansas City Star)
"On Friday, the Royals placed first baseman Lucas Duda on the 10-day injured list and recalled third baseman Kelvin Gutierrez from Class AAA Omaha."
Canning sets career marks for P-Nats - (MiLB.com)
"The 65th game of Gage Canning's professional career -- a 12-10 win for Class A Advanced Potomac over Carolina on Friday at Five County Stadium -- was unlike any of the 64 that came before it."