Josh Donaldson of the Toronto Blue Jays had the first three-homer game of his career Sunday in a 9-6 win over the Minnesota Twins. After home run No. 3, some fans tossed their hats on the field, as he scored a “hat trick.”
The "hitless wonders" nickname was bestowed upon the Los Angeles Dodgers half a century ago, when Maury Wills would spin baserunning magic into a run and Sandy Koufax or Don Drysdale would take it from there.
Tyler Skaggs' strong start to his recovery from elbow surgery has thudded in recent weeks, with the 25-year-old left-hander's season starting to resemble the uneven territory he traversed before his ulnar collateral ligament injury in 2014.
Which story do you want to hear first? Do you want to hear the one about the Australian baseball pitcher, toiling away as a pool plumber and concrete layer when his career crumbled? How about the same guy, talking his way through an interview at a Japanese security company? Or how about the time he found a gig selling commercial pest control? That was kind of weird, he says.
The Giants combined some unexpected power at the plate with a gritty outing from Madison Bumgarner to beat the Braves and finally get a much-needed series win — a rarity for manager Bruce Bochy's ballclub since the All-Star break.