Anaheim, CA — Outfieler player Manuel Margo has already earned a new nickname — “Mar-go-forward” — for his recent string of late game successes.
Monday brought even more official honor, as he was named MLS Player of the Week.
Margot definitely deserved, hitting .500 (12 for 24) with 12 RBIs, including three times in a five-day period when he lost in the eighth inning or so, and he’s attended in three consecutive games for the first time in his career.
“I just really appreciate what life has been like here lately. We just want to keep it going and see if he can get through this,” said Kevin Cash, Director of Rice. We know he’s a very good hitter. It went to another level this past week.”
Margot, who also won Player of the Week with San Diego in July 2017, said he appreciated the recognition.
“I feel good,” he said before Monday’s match via the team’s interpreter, Mane Navarro. “I’m happy. I’m mostly happy with the way the team was playing, except for (Sunday’s loss), but I’m happy because everyone contributed.”
Cash said he added to Margot’s award by moving him up to fifth in the batting standings on Monday (and dropping Randy Arrosarina to seventh), and he’s willing to use that temptation for others. “You’re trying to get it closer to the top,” Cash said. “The next person who wants to do this, we will move them as well.”
In Monday’s game against the Angels, Margot left in the sixth with a right hamstring discomfort after sliding my head first to steal second base after hitting his second in the night.
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Triple-A’s Reliever Calvin Faucher (FOE-shay) has been promoted to add a new arm to the Bulls game, and got word of his first call-up when Durham manager Brady Williams announced it while the team was changing planes in Atlanta on Sunday night. “Very excited,” he said.
It’s best for Foucher that his parents, sister, family and other friends live in the San Diego area and were able to drive a relatively short drive to Angel Stadium for Monday’s game. Additionally, he went to college in nearby UC-Irvine and had gone to at least one Angels game as a child so that he would be familiar with the area.
Faucher said he knows who should first share the news on Sunday.
He said, “I called (my mother) and told her first Happy Mother’s Day.” Then I asked her, and I said, ‘Well, what are you guys doing (Monday) at 6:30? “Because it’s game time. Then she really did. I didn’t think she would, but she did, which is funny. So she was so excited. My sister was there with her family and her stuff; they were having dinner. So it was a good time.”
Faucher was a double housed with a 7.04 ERA when he was acquired from Minnesota last July in a Nelson Cruz deal, but his performance has improved dramatically under the Tampa Bay tutelage, as he learned to mix his pitches more and earned 1.44 ERA in 14 games between Double- and Triple- A, and was added to the list of 40 men. He was 1-3, 5.02 in 10 games with Durham this year.
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“There was a lot of talk about it,” Cash said. “He has really good stuff. Good fast ball, really good breaking ball. Pitch usage distribution, there were some inconsistencies a little bit in Triple-A, but that’s part because he’s so early part of the season. But definitely a guy we appreciate, he impressed us in spring training” .
However, Faucher had made his debut on Monday night, giving up five hits in the seventh inning, including a Grand Slam for Shohei Ohtani.
Ralph Garza Jr., who has been called and shown on Saturday and Sunday, has been selected to return to Durham.
Brett Phillips’s fourth game on Monday ended a nine-stroke streak. …Shane Baz took another step forward in his recovery from spring arthroscopic elbow surgery, looking good at throwing hitters in Port Charlotte. He’ll likely have a few live batting practice sessions before starting his minor league rehab, with the goal of having him ready when he qualifies on June 6…a really encouraging day.”…due to Lightning’s coverage on Bally Sports Sun, it will be Broadcast Tuesday’s game on Bally Sports Florida at Tampa Bay Market….Cory Klopper begins Tuesday with the benefit of an extra day off as the Rays introduced Jeffrey Springs into rotation on Monday….Angels manager Joe Maddon, who captained the Rays from 2006, spent To 2014, some time on a pre-match visit with the Rays.
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