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Sunday in Major League Baseball was a day full of pink (for Mother’s Day!) and action. Let’s dive in.

Sunday’s scores

Orioles 17, Rays 1 (box score)
Yankees 6, Athletics 2 (box score)
Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 3 (box score)
Indians 11, Royals 2 (box score)
Tigers 5, Mariners 4 (box score)
Braves 4, Marlins 3 (box score)
Phillies 4, Mets 2 (box score)
Giants 5, Pirates 0 (box score)
Astros 6, Rangers 1 (box score)
White Sox 5, Cubs 3 (box score)
Brewers 7, Rockies 3 (box score)
Angels 2, Twins 1 (box score)
Reds 5, Dodgers 3 (box score)
Padres 5, Cardinals 3 (box score)
Nationals 6, Diamondbacks 4 (box score)

Peralta’s historic debut

The Brewers called up rookie Freddy Peralta to make his MLB debut on Sunday against the Rockies. It might seem a bit cruel to force a newbie pitcher into a Coors Field debut, but the Brewers’ Triple-A affiliate is in Colorado Springs, so it worked out.

And, boy, did it ever work out. Peralta allowed only one hit and two walks in 5 2/3 scoreless innings. He didn’t last longer than that because he was running a high pitch count, thanks in part to 13 strikeouts.

Wait, what?

Yes, Peralta struck out 13 while getting 17 total outs. That’s total domination. It’s also on a short list when it comes to MLB debuts.

What an amazing debut.

The Brewers finish off a very good week against good competition, splitting with the Indians and taking three of four from the Rockies. This moves the Brewers into first place in the NL Central.
Nats sweep D-Backs behind Reynolds

The Sunday night game ended up being a pretty fun one. The Nationals jumped out to a 4-1 lead through six innings, thanks in part to powering up with three homers (Bryce Harper, Trea Turner, Mark Reynolds). The Diamondbacks rallied for three runs in the seventh to tie it, though, with the big hit being a game-tying Daniel Descalso RBI double. It was a brand new ballgame.

Well, it was temporarily. In the next half-inning, former Diamondbacks power hitter Reynolds clubbed a two-run homer and the Nats cruised from there.

Reynolds went 3 for 4 with two homers and three RBI.

Funny sidebar: Reynolds was an unsigned free agent entering spring training. He was also an unsigned free agent entering the season. He didn’t sign with the Nationals until April 17. He played 10 games in Triple-A and Sunday was his first appearance with the Nationals. Quite the impression on his new teammates, no?

The Diamondbacks loss meant their first series loss of the season was actually a four-game sweep and they’ve now lost five in a row.

Over in the other dugout, the Nationals are the hottest team in the NL. They fell to 11-16 on April 28, coincidentally, after losing two to these same D-Backs. Since then? The Nationals are 13-2. They’re still 1 1/2 games behind the upstart Braves (and also trail the Phillies by a half game), but things are looking up in D.C.

The Diamondbacks maintain a 2 1/2-game lead in the NL West.
Ohtani deals again

The pitcher/hitter show that is Angels phenom Shohei Ohtani continued Sunday with him on the mound. He again had his nasty stuff and looked exceptional. Sick breaking stuff while painting the corners with 99 heat. Just look at this hook:

It’s a thing of beauty. He would strikeout 11 in his 6 1/3 innings. The only run he allowed was actually given up by a reliever after Ohtani departed. Here’s where he stands right now:

Hitting: .348/.392/.652, 4 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 16 RBI, 74 plate appearances
Pitching: 3-1, 3.58 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 43 K, 13 BB, 32.2 IP

He’s a player. No doubt about that.
Dodgers keep losing

The defending NL champs have just been swept, at home, by the worst team in the NL in four games. That’s rock bottom, right?

A four-game sweep at the hands of the Reds pushes the Dodgers to 16-24. The eight games under .500 is their low point this season. The current winning percentage is a pace of 65 wins for the whole season. They are only 4 1/2 games up from the worst record in baseball and only 2 1/2 up from the worst record in the NL. Yikes.

The Reds, meanwhile, accomplished something not seen since the Big Red Machine — their first four-game sweep of the Dodgers since 1976.
The Bronx Bombers

The Yankees won again on Sunday and the offensive star was Giancarlo Stanton, who went 4 for 4 with a double, home run and three RBI.