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04/06/2023 11:59 AM

Article By: Michael Lane

Adley’s Historic Opening Day

Adley Rutschman (Falmouth 2017) became the first catcher in MLB history to record five hits on Opening Day. Rutschman started the game off with a solo home run in the first inning. He’d add four more singles, a walk, and a career-high four RBI throughout the game. According to Sarah Langs, Rutschman is just the eighth player since 1901 to reach base safely six times on Opening Day and the first since Hideki Matsui in 2006.

Bryan Reynolds Loves Fenway Park

Bryan Reynolds (Orleans 2015) is off to a red-hot start to the 2023 MLB season, slashing .417/.444/1.000 through the first week. He’s hit a league-leading four home runs so far, including three at Fenway Park. The Pirates swept the Red Sox earlier this week, largely thanks to Reynolds' performance. Reynolds finished the series hitting 7-13 with five extra-base hits and five RBI. Reynolds was the center of attention this offseason in Pittsburgh, after his contract extension negotiations stalled and he publicly requested a trade.

Joey Wiemer’s MLB Debut

The Brewers called up one of their top prospects, Joey Wiemer (Harwich 2019), last Saturday. Wiemer was called up following an Opening Day loss due to an injury suffered by Luis Urias. Since Wiemer’s promotion, the Brewers have won five straight games. Wiemer has recorded a hit in all five games, including his first career home run on Wednesday against the Mets. Wiemer has slashed .353/.421/.588 with a stolen base and amazing defense so far.

Strider in Mid-season Form

Spencer Strider (Falmouth 2018) made his season debut for the Braves Saturday. Strider threw six shutout innings, striking out nine hitters and allowing just three hits. Strider finished second in NL Rookie of the Year voting last year, behind his teammate Michael Harris II. In 2022, Strider had a 2.67 ERA and 202 strikeouts over 131.2 innings, good for a 13.8 K/9. His second start comes this evening against the Padres.