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Yoan Moncada, the No. 1 prospect in the game, made his long-awaited White Sox debut on Wednesday night. Moncada went 0-for-2 with a walk. The game lasted just eight innings due to rain as the Dodgers went on to spoil Moncada’s debut with a 9-1 win against Chicago.
Nolan going once!— Cut4 (@Cut4) July 19, 2017
Nolan going twice!
Nolan going three times! pic.twitter.com/ipXh6MApks
Nolan Arenado hit not one, not two, but three homers as the Rockies exploded for 21 hits in a an 18-4 win against the Padres. Arenado finished 5-for-6 with four runs, seven RBIs and three homers. Not a bad day at the ballpark. Arenado wasn’t the only Colorado player to shine in the win. Four other Rockies had three or more hits.
Giancarlo Stanton is on some crazy power surge right now. Stanton hit his ninth homer in 12 games in Wednesday’s loss to the Phillies to tie Aaron Judge for the MLB lead with 30. With 11 days left in the month, Stanton already has the most July home runs in Marlins history. Unfortunately for Stanton, the homers haven’t done much to help Miami’s fortunes. The team has dropped five of its past six games.
Triple-A Albuquerque (Rockies) center fielder Raimel Tapia on Wednesday night made one of the most impressive catches you’ll ever see. Tapia ran up the hill in center to the deepest part of Isotopes Park to make a catch. The thing is, this is nothing new for Tapia. He made a similar catch on the hill earlier this season.
Not only does Richie Shaffer hit HRs, he also takes them away!!— Columbus Clippers (@CLBClippers) July 20, 2017
We head to the ninth at Huntington Park, Clippers and Bisons tied at 4-4. pic.twitter.com/fE39yKAJkX
Triple-A Columbus outfielder Richie Shaffer robbed Buffalo (Blue Jays) catcher Raffy Lopez of a homer with a leaping grab at the wall during the Clippers’ win Wednesday night. Even more impressive than the catch might have been the photographer's ability to capture the shot.
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