By Ron Kaplan, contributor



Down and dirty here because of the lateness of the hour:

Welcome your newest JML: Robert Stock (as opposed to Robert Stack) of the San Diego Padres. The 28-year-old righty pitcher was called up yesterday and made his debut a good one: He came on in the 10th inning of a 2-2 tie between the Pods and the host San Francisco Giants. He tossed a scoreless inning in which he yielded a lead-off double to Joe Panik. He then struck out Alen Hansen swinging. Austen Slater hit one off Stock’s glove but it found its way to the shortstop for a 1-6-3 out. He then fanned Gorkys Hernandez for the final out. The Giants won 3-2 in 11 innings. Scott Barancik, editor of posted this article about the newest arrival, the second MOT to make his MLB debut this season (Zack Weiss of the Reds was first).

As for the “veterans”…

Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers (45-32, first in the NL Central)

  • June 22: Did not play (DNP) in a 2-1 win over the visiting St. Louis Cardinals.
  • June 23: Entered the game as a defensive replacement, going 1-for-2 in a 3-2 loss.
  • June 24: 1-for-4 with his 12th double and a run scored in an 8-2 loss.

Kevin Pillar, Toronto Blue Jays (36-41, fourth in the AL East)

  • June 22: 1-for-4 with his 23rd double and a run in a 2-1 loss to the host LA Angels.
  • June 23: 1-for-4 with his 24th double in a 4-1 win.
  • June 24: 0-for-5 in a 10-inning, 7-6 win.

Ian Kinsler, LA Angels (41-38, third in the AL West)

  • June 22: 0-for-4.
  • June 23: hit into a double play as a pinch-hitter in the seventh; remained in the game at second base but did not come to bat again.
  • June 24: 1-for-5 with an RBI.

Danny Valencia, Baltimore Orioles (23-53, last in the AL East)

  • June 22: 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI in a 10-7 win over the host Atlanta Braves.
  • June 23: 0-for-4 in a 7-5 win.
  • June 24: 1-for-4 win a 7-3 loss.

Alex Bregman, Houston Astros (52-27, first in the AL West)

  • June 22: 0-for-4 in a 1-0 loss to the visiting KC Royals.
  • June 23: 1-for-5 with a walk in a 12-inning, 4-3 win.
  • June 24: 0-for-4 with a run scored, an RBI, and a walk in an 11-3 win. He also made his 11th error of the season and apparently shaved his moustache mid-game.

Joc Pederson, LA Dodgers (41-35, second in the NL West)

  • June 22: 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored (leadoff) in a 5-2 win over the host NY Mets, batting leadoff.
  • June 23: 1-for-4 with a walk in an 8-3 win (leadoff).
  • June 24: 1-for-4 with a two-out, solo home run in the seventh plus a walk in an 8-7, 11-inning win. The moonshot — which gave the Dodgers a 5-4 lead — came within a few rows of leaving Citi Field. It was Pederson’s 10th of the year and ninth in June and gives him a chance to tie Hank Greenberg’s “Jewish mark” for home runs in a month with 11.

Given how poorly the Mets are playing of late, and how many players they’re calling up from the minor league system, I can’t help but wonder when Zach Borenstein’s time will come.

Gabe Kapler’s Philadelphia Phillies (41-34, second in the NL East) took two of three from the host Washington Nationals.

Ron Kaplan (@RonKaplanNJ) hosts Kaplan’s Korner, a blog about Jews and sports. He is the author of three books, including The Jewish Olympics: The History of the Maccabiah Games and Hank Greenberg in 1938: Hatred and Home Runs in the Shadow of War.

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