Brandon Lowe struck out five times in Wednesday’s game after getting an infield single in his first at-bat. Someone far smarter than me determined that if striking out four times in a single game is a “Golden Sombrero,” than striking out five times is a “Platinum Sombrero.” Ay caramba.
Kevin Kiermaier has now delivered a game-tying hit in the ninth inning three times. The hit also snapped an 0-for-14 skid for the centerfielder. Kiermaier, however, got caught in a rundown on the play, going from hero to goat in sheer seconds. To his credit, he spoke to the media about the mistake and took full blame. In fact, it seems Kiermaier has emerged as a go-to person and a leader in the clubhouse. It’s appreciated.
Charlie Morton remains 6-0 after his past 15 regular-season starts, including 3-0 after eight starts with the Rays. He wasn’t as sharp Wednesday as he has shown in other games, but great pitchers keep their teams in ball games, even when they don’t have their best stuff. Morton, pitching on five days’ rest, did that with the help of eight strikeouts.