Minute Maid Park has set up a train at the left, 90 feet above the field which is supposedly a celebratory train that takes tours on homeruns from astros while it whistles. Though it has been constantly targeted by many of home runs from different players during games or practices but could intentionally throwing baseballs on it can be considered as one of its accustomed rituals?
Before the Astros and the Tampa Bay Rays could come face to face for the battle on Wednesday one of the players from Tampa Bay Rays side was seen to be throwing baseballs at the train, hitting the side if its engine from the outfield during warm-ups. A video film has been captured by a fan which shows a player (not identified at the time) aiming at the train for a total of three time with baseball before the team went back to the clubhouse.
The MMP’s train is one of its prized possessions after the Commissioner’s Trophy and it to be hit by a visiting player and not just one time can definitely anger anyone who cherishes these possessions specifically the video put many of the Astros Fans in a tight spot. However, on giving it a second thought, these are the same Tampa Bay players who offered their Tropicana Field to Astros when they needed to play their series against the rangers during the times of Hurricane Harvey’s widespread destruction.
Nonetheless, Bobby “Dynamite” Vasquez, who is the Astros’ train conductor, gave a fabulous response to the Rays on Twitter:
“Thanks Rays for throwing the baseballs up to the tracks! You helped me send home a dozen #Astros fans with souvenirs!#payitforward
Max Scherzer continued with the strike while on the other hand the Tampa Bay Rays continued producing outs.
It was one of another brilliant performance from Washington Nationals top player. Max Scherzer pitched eight strong innings to become the first 10-game winner to make it in the majors, striking out 13 in the Washington Nationals 4-2 win against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night.
“I looked up at one time and he had 86 pitches (and) 70 strikes,” Kevin Cash, Tampa Bay manager said. “It’s absurd. Guys just don’t do that. There’s a lot of good pitchers in this league, but for a guy to just sit there and pound the strike zone the way he did and not give up hard hits, it’s just really telling about how special a pitcher he is.”
Scherzer struck out Johnny Field, Christian Arroyo and Daniel Robertson on a joint nine pitches in the sixth inning. It was the third nine pitch/three strikeout inning in Nationals history and the first since Scherzer did it against Philadelphia on May 14, 2017.
Scherzer joins Hall of Famer with the only pitchers to have accomplish this twice including Lefty Grove, Randy Johnson, Sandy Koufax and Nolan Ryan.
“I honestly didn’t know I had it; then I walked off the field and I was like `Wait a second, I think that was it,”‘
Scherzer struck out 25 over 16 innings in his last two starts and went erratic with five hits to Tampa Bay also was not allowing anyone to make past the second base until pinch hitter brad miller made a two-out double in the eighth.
“Twenty-five out of 28 first-pitch strikes,” Dave Martinez, Washington manager said. “That’s pretty much as good as it gets. He was awesome tonight.”
Washington first baseman Matt Adams’ solo homer lead off the second, opened the scoring. Then Juan Soto singled, moved to third on Michael A. Taylor’s single and slid under Wilson Ramos’ tag when first baseman C.J. Cron threw home on Wilmer Difo’s grounder.