Minnesota Twins closing pitcher Jhoan Duran has set the mark for the fastest thrown pitch this season after he hit a blazing 104.6 mph.
During his relief appearance on Wednesday, Duran had three separate pitches touch 104 mph in the Twins’ 7-1 win over the San Francisco Giants.
Before Duran hit 104.6 on the gun, Jordan Hicks of the St. Louis Cardinals and Aroldis Chapman of the New York Yankees were tied for the fastest thrown pitch this season at 103.8 mph.
Duran is also only the eight pitchers to throw 104 or higher since the pitch-tracking era began in 2008.
The eight pitchers are Chapman (67x), Hicks (12x), Duran (3x), Ryan Helsley (2x), Mauricio Cabrera, Camilo Doval, Tayron Guerrero, and Neftalí Feliz.
Minnesota Twins closing pitcher Jhoan Duran through this fasted pitch so far this MLB season
Joe Ryan gave up six hits, struck out four and allowed a run in season-low five innings in picking up his seventh win in eight decisions. Four relievers finished up on a day San Francisco left 15 runners on base and went 2-for-16 with runners in scoring position.
Ryan, a diehard Giants fan while growing up in Marin County, California, came into the game the American League´s No. 4 pitcher in ERA. He pitched fewer than six innings for the first time this season.
‘I don´t know how many foul balls they hit today; it seemed like every pitch … it was definitely more grindy,’ Ryan said. ‘I think just having good support from the offense today – Julien starting off hot was awesome and I think just shows (when you’re) hitting the ball hard, good things happen.’
Julien went 1 for 3 as a slew of injuries forced manager Rocco Baldelli to juggle his lineup more than normal. The latest change saw Julien bat leadoff for the first time since April 16.
Three of the Twins’ seven runs yielded by Giants starter Anthony DeSclafani (3-4) in five innings were unearned. The 33-year-old right-hander was the victim of a season-high three errors and hit a batter who came around to score.
‘Not our best defensive game,’ Giants manager Gabe Kapler said. ‘A good reminder that we have been playing good defense for the majority of the season, but that obviously wasn´t good enough.’
Julien gave the Twins a 1-0 lead on DeSclafani´s second pitch – the first leadoff home run of his career and his first homer at Target Field. He added a second-inning sacrifice fly that made it 3-1.
‘I’ll remember this one forever,’ the 24-year-old Julien said.
A hit batter, pair of fielding gaffes and aggressive Twins base running helped Minnesota open up a 5-1 advantage in the third inning.
Kyle Farmer reached on a fielding error by shortstop Brandon Crawford, then scored when a ball off Matt Wallner´s bat found its way through second baseman Brett Wisely´s legs. Willi Castro, who had been hit by a pitch, teamed up with Wallner to execute a double steal that brought Castro home.
Castro, who went 2-for-3 with a double, believes it’s the first time he’s stolen home. It’s the first time a Twins batter has done it since Clete Thomas in 2013.
Brock Stewart, Jovani Moran, José De León and Jhoan Duran combined for four innings of scoreless relief in handing the Giants their first loss in four games.
Twins’ Edouard Julien high-fives Byron Buxton after hitting a home run in the first inning
PHILLIES 6, DIAMONDBACKS 5
Trea Turner tied the game with a two-run homer in the ninth inning and Alec Bohm hit the winning single in the 10th to rally the Philadelphia Phillies from five runs down in a 6-5 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday.
Turner delivered his first highlight-reel hit for the Phillies when he connected to left field off reliever Jose Ruiz (1-1) with two outs, tying the game at 5.
Bryson Stott hit a two-out single to center off Ruiz in the ninth that set the stage for Turner to deliver on his biggest blast for his new team.
Ruiz stayed in the game for the 10th and walked two to load the bases with the automatic runner. Bohm lofted one to right that landed on the warning track and scored Dalton Guthrie, helping the Phillies avoid a three-game sweep.
Craig Kimbrel (3-1) worked the 10th for the win.
Evan Longoria hit a two-run homer and Emmanuel Rivera drove in three runs for the Diamondbacks.
Phillies’ Alec Bohm is doused after he hit a game-winning RBI-single against Arizona on Wed.
BREWERS 4, ASTROS 0
Adrian Houser allowed two hits in 5 1/3 scoreless innings and Milwaukee homered three times in its win over Houston.
Willy Adames hit a two-run blast in the first inning to put the Brewers ahead for good. Owen Miller and Brian Anderson added solo shots in the seventh.
The Astros mustered four hits, two off their season low and went scoreless in the last two games of the series.
Houser struck out three and walked one in his fourth appearance of the season, which followed six shutout innings in a 1-0 loss at Tampa Bay.
The Brewers got all the offense they would need in the first inning against Astros starter Brandon Bielak (1-2). After Christian Yelich led off with a double to left, Willy Adames delivered a 429-foot blast over the center-field wall.
Brewers’ Willy Adames reacts after hitting a two-run homer during the first inning vs Houston
CUBS 4, METS 2
Marcus Stroman had his longest outing of the season, pitching eight efficient innings in Chicago’s win over New York.
Nico Hoerner homered in Chicago´s second straight victory since coming home after a 2-7 trip. Seiya Suzuki also drove in a run with a double off Japanese countryman Kodai Senga.
Stroman (4-4) threw just 88 pitches, 59 for strikes. The right-hander allowed four hits, struck out three and walked two. Mark Leiter Jr. worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his second save.
Francisco Álvarez hit a two-run shot in the third, but that was it for the Mets. Senga (4-3) labored through five innings for New York, allowing three runs and six hits.
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Marcus Stroman delivers during the first inning vs the NY Mets
BRAVES 4, DODGERS 3
Ozzie Albies’ sacrifice fly drove in Austin Riley in the bottom of the ninth and Atlanta avoided a three-game sweep against Los Angeles.
Austin Riley doubled to left field off Phil Bickford (1-2) to lead off the ninth. Riley moved to third on Travis d’Arnaud´s grounder to first. Following an intentional walk to Eddie Rosario, Albies´ fly to deep right field allowed Riley to score easily.
Dodgers right-hander Tony Gonsolin’s 14-inning streak of scoreless innings ended with Matt Olson´s 456-foot home run with one out in the fourth inning for Atlanta´s first hit. Gonsolin allowed three runs on three hits, including two homers, in 5 2/3 innings.
Mookie Betts answered with a line-drive homer, his 11th, which tied the game at 1 to open the fifth inning. Marcell Ozuna’s two-run shot to left field in the fifth followed Gonsolin’s walk to Albies.
Raisel Iglesias (1-1) earned the win.
Atlanta Braves’ Ozzie Albies, center, celebrates with Orlando Arcia (11) and Ronald Acuna Jr.
RANGERS 3, PIRATES 2
Martín Pérez pitched seven strong innings, Marcus Semien hit the 16th leadoff homer of his career and Texas held off Pittsburgh to win for the fifth time in six games and move 13 games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2016 season.
Pérez (6-1) allowed two runs on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts to win his fifth straight decision. The 32-year-old left-hander inducing 12 groundball outs, including a pair of inning-ending double plays. Will Smith earned his ninth save.
Semien hit the second pitch of the game from Johan Oviedo (3-4) for his eighth home run of the season. Josh Jung and Nathaniel Lowe had two hits each for Texas.
Rodolfo Castro and Jason Delay had two of Pittsburgh´s eight hits.
Rangers’ Marcus Semien, right, rounds second after hitting a solo home run off Pittsburgh
WHITE SOX 6, GUARDIANS 0
Michael Kopech struck out nine and allowed two hits over seven dominant innings, Romy González had a two-run double and Chicago dealt Cleveland its sixth shutout loss.
Kopech (3-4) did not allow a baserunner until Josh Naylor singled leading off the fifth. The right-hander walked one and extended his shutout streak to 15 innings in his last two outings. Reynaldo López and Jimmy Lambert wrapped up the combined four-hitter.
Andrés Giménez had the Guardians’ other hit off Kopech.
González´s drive into the right-field corner highlighted a five-run fourth against Guardians starter Cal Quantrill (2-3). Jake Burger and Seby Zavala added sacrifice flies in the inning.
White Sox starting pitcher Michael Kopech delivers during the first inning of a baseball game
RAYS 7, BLUE JAYS 3
Shane McClanahan became the first eight-game winner in the majors and Tampa Bay rebounded from a 19-run loss to beat Toronto.
McClanahan (8-0) allowed one run, four hits and struck out seven in seven innings. Tampa Bay is 10-1 when the left-hander takes the mound.
Luke Raley and Jose Siri hit solo homers off Yusei Kikuchi (5-2) in the second inning. The major league-best Rays (36-15) lead the big leagues with 97 homers.
Toronto, which lost for the eighth time in 10 games, got a pinch-hit homer by Cavan Biggio during a two-run eighth.
Tampa Bay pitcher Shane McClanahan delivers to the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning
REDS 10, CARDINALS 3
Ben Lively earned his first victory as a starter since 2017, Kevin Newman drove in three runs and Cincinnati had its highest hit total in almost a year in a win over St. Louis.
Rookie shortstop Matt McClain hit the second homer of his big league career and Spencer Steer had a career-best four hits with two RBIs for Cincinnati, which pounded out 18 hits, the team´s highest total since posting 20 against the Chicago Cubs last May 26.
Lively (2-2) last won as a starter came as a member of the Phillies on Sept. 29, 2017, against the Mets. The 31-year-old right-hander worked six innings, allowing five hits and two walks while striking out eight.
Brendan Donovan and Lars Nootbaar homered, hitting leadoff shots in the fourth and fifth innings, respectively, for St. Louis. Left-hander Steven Matz (0-6) remained winless after giving 11 hits and six earned runs.
Cincinnati pitcher Ben Lively throws against the St. Louis Cardinals in the third inning of play
NATIONALS 5, PADRES 3
Alex Call had a two-run double in Washington´s four-run second inning and the Nationals held off San Diego.
Call also singled to help the rebuilding Nationals improve to 11-11 in May and 21-28 overall.
Washington starter Trevor Williams (2-2) went 5 2/3 innings. Carl Edwards Jr. and Hunter Harvey combined for 2 1/3 scoreless innings and Kyle Finnegan worked a perfect ninth for his 10th save. They held the Padres to four hits.
Keibert Ruiz singled in the first run in the second, and Luis Garcia had a sacrifice fly to close the scoring spree.
San Diego´s Rougned Odor hit in two-run homer in the fourth, and Ha-Seong Kim added a solo shot in the fifth. Ryan Weathers (1-3) went six innings for the Padres.
Nationals relief pitcher Kyle Finnegan, right, and catcher Keibert Ruiz celebrate the team’s
TIGERS 6, ROYALS 4
Pinch-hitter Zack Short hit a three-run homer to lead Detroit over Kansas City.
Riley Greene also homered, doubled and scored twice for the Tigers in the game that was delayed 29 minutes by rain.
Greene led off the sixth with a double and went to third on an infield single by Matt Vierling. Short drove them both home with the first pinch-hit home run of his career, a 416-foot shot to left field off Josh Taylor (1-2).
Will Vest (1-0) retired all four hitters he faced, striking out two. Alex Lange picked up his ninth save in 10 tries.
Both starting pitchers were effective, even though they didn´t stick around very long. Matthew Boyd allowed one run on three hits in 4 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out six. Zach Greinke allowed one run on four hits in five innings, walking one and striking out five.
Tigers CF Riley Greene catches a one run sacrifice fly hit by Kansas City Royals’ Bobby Witt Jr.
MARLINS 10, ROCKIES 2
Yuli Gurriel had four hits, Sandy Alcantara (2-5) struck out three and limited Colorado to two runs in six innings and Miami snapped a three-game losing streak.
Major league hitting leader Luis Arraez doubled in two runs in a three-run fifth inning that gave the Marlins a 5-1 lead. Jonathan Davis was 3 for 4 with a solo homer a day after being called up from Triple-A Jacksonville. Jorge Soler hit his team-leading 14th home run of the season and Jacob Stallings had two doubles and an RBI.
In his second career MLB start, Rockies right-hander Karl Kauffmann (0-2) gave up five earned runs and six hits in 4 1/3 innings, with all five runs and five of the six hits coming in his final 1 1/3 innings. Elias Diaz homered and Jurickson Profar extended his on-base streak to 32 games, the longest active streak in the majors.
Marlins Bryan De La Cruz, Jonathan Davis, and Garrett Hampson bow to each other after a win
ANGELS 7, RED SOX 3
Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout homered in the same game for the 26th time, leading the Los Angeles Angels to their fourth straight win and a sweep of the Boston Red Sox with a 7-3 victory Wednesday night.
Rookie Zach Neto hit a three-run homer during the Angels’ four-run second inning and added a double in his first three-hit game for Los Angeles, which has won six of seven overall.
The Angels’ MVP duo came through in the early innings. Ohtani connected in the third for his team-leading 12th homer of the season, taking James Paxton (1-1) to the opposite field with his fourth shot in 10 days. The pitch was 3.74 feet above the ground, making it the second-highest pitch on which Ohtani has ever homered.
Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) is greeted by Mike Trout (27) after hitting a homer
MARINERS 6, ATHLETICS 1
Bryce Miller limited Oakland to two hits over six shutout innings to continue his spectacular early success, and the Seattle Mariners used a big inning to beat the Athletics 6-1 on Wednesday night.
Seattle scored five times and sent 11 batters to the plate in the fourth inning, providing more than enough offense for Miller and a trio of relievers.
Miller (3-1) has pitched at least six innings in each of his five starts. He’s allowed just two hits in three of the five outings and has allowed four earned runs in 31 1/3 innings.
He’s the first pitcher since at least 1901 to throw at least six innings and allow four or fewer hits in each of his first five appearances.
Seattle Mariners DH Teoscar Hernandez (35) celebrates in the dugout after hitting a home run
ORIOLES 9, YANKEES 6
Adam Frazier hit a three-run homer and pinch-hitter Gunnar Henderson had a go-ahead, two-run double in an eight-run seventh inning as Baltimore rallied and stopped New York’s season-high winning streak at five games.
Baltimore sent 12 batters to the plate in the seventh against Nestor Cortes and the bullpen. It was the Orioles´ highest-scoring inning this season in a game that started after a 1-hour, 36-minute rain delay.
Ryan Mountcastle homered in the fourth inning, and Anthony Santander and Austin Hays had hit RBI singles in the seventh for the Orioles.
New York’s Gleyber Torres hit a two-run homer in the third and a solo drive in the fifth, giving him nine homers this season and 14 career multi-homer games. Isiah Kiner-Falefa tripled and homered for the Yankees.
Mike Baumann (4-0) earned the win, while Félix Bautista got three outs for his 12th save in 16 chances. Jimmy Cordero (3-2) took the loss.