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MLB 2024 | Iglesias with first save; Chapman collects third hold; clutch performance by Yandy

Cuban Players News for the 2024 Major League Baseball season. A compilation of several sources


 

Raisel Iglesias records his first save of the season for the Braves.


In a 9-8 win over the Diamondbacks, Iglesias threw a scoreless inning without allowing a hit or a walk. After hitting Eugenio Suárez with a pitch with one out, Iglesias put the tying run on with two outs on a sac bunt. Iglesias, however, avoided the threat by grounding out Gabriel Moreno. With three scoreless appearances in the early going, Iglesias has managed just one save on a five-win Atlanta team. However, today it was Iglesias' 191st save in MLB.





 

Yordan Álvarez went 2-for-4 on Saturday. José Abreu hitless again.


Álvarez has struggled a little bit early this season, but his explosive bat can make a huge impact at any time. In a 7-2 loss to the Rangers, he went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a walk for his second multi-hit game of the week. In the same game José Abreu went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the same game to continue struggling at the plate. In the last 15 games, he has gone 2-for-26, struck out nine times, and has no home runs or RBIs. It's been a rough start to the season for Abreu, but he will remain a regular because Houston only has a small pool of alternatives at first base, unless it promotes promising prospect Joey Loperfido.


 

Aroldis Chapman collects his third hold for the Pirates.


Chapman picked up the hold against Baltimore on Saturday. In one inning, he struck out two and walked one. A total of 23 pitches were necessary for Chapman to complete his task, 11 of them being strikes. It has been a perfect season for him so far with no runs allowed in 3 2/3 innings and 6 strikeouts.


 

On Saturday, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. went 2-for-5 against the Braves.


This year, Gurriel Jr. started off strong with three homers in three straight games, but his bat cooled off for a few games. In addition to scoring one run, he struck out once. Now, in his last 15 games, he is hitting .316/.395/.605 with nine runs scored and 11 RBI.


 

Díaz's 2-run single caps late rally.


Despite a blustery Saturday night, Yandy Díaz hit a two-run single to cap a five-run eighth inning to lift the Tampa Bay Rays to an 8-6 win over the Colorado Rockies. Although Díaz went 1-for-5, he struck out just once. Currently, he is slashing .286/.350/.429 with a home run and nine RBIs. Additionally, Randy Arozarena's troubles continued. In addition to striking out three times, he went 0 for 5. His last three games have seen him go 1-for-14 with six strikeouts.





 

White Sox's Luis Robert: Lands on 10-day IL.


The White Sox placed Robert (hip) on the 10-day injured list Saturday. Imaging confirmed that Robert sustained a Grade 2 right hip flexor strain while running the bases in the ninth inning of Friday's loss to the Royals, per James Fegan of SoxMachine.com -- a similar location to his tear in 2021. With Robert likely facing an extended stint on the IL, the White Sox recalled infielder Lenyn Sosa from Triple-A Charlotte.


 

Andy Ibáñez didn't start Saturday's game for the Tigers.


In Saturday's game against the Athletics, Ibáñez didn't start. He has a batting average of .308 with three RBIs in 15 plate appearances to start the season, but he was sat against right-hander Paul Blackburn. While moving around the diamond, Ibáñez will focus primarily on left-handed pitching.


 

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