In his previous foray into the MLB The Show Players League, Joey Gallo and his electronic Rangers had gotten their first bitter taste of defeat after plowing through all comers in the halcyon early days of the dewy, fresh league.
Would the confidence crumble? Was Gallo more meager man than tall tale? Had the heel of Achilles been struck? As it turns out, no. Not at all.
Instead, Gallo went back to doing what he’s done throughout this tournament. Namely hitting dingers and racking up victories.
On Sunday night, Gallo appeared marginally rusty and was only able to defeat Matt Carpenter and his hated St. Louis Cardinals 2-1.
Next, however, with the task of playing Dwight Smith Jr., who has an abhorrent Orioles squad at 11-5 and sandwiched a game against Gallo with a no-hitter and a 17-1 win, Gallo turned it on and bested the upstart 5-0 for his second win of the evening.
During the contest, Gallo even took aim at manager Chris Woodward’s job:
MANAGER OF THE YEAR pic.twitter.com/ZeEWczqC1a— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) April 20, 2020
Gallo’s wrecking crew demolished Niko Goodrum and his Tech Detroit Tigers 5-2 for the third victory of the evening. And then Gallo finished off his night against old Team USA Under 18 teammate David Dahl where he proceeded to beat Dahl’s digital Rockies 3-1 for his third 4-0 evening in four tries since the league’s inception.
Dahl went to some unorthodox methods to try to rattle Gallo by selecting rain as the evening’s weather in the game’s options but, despite the wet conditions, and the intimidation techniques, Gallo proved unflappable.
Still, a 3-1 loss is a better fate than most players get when taking on Gallo so don’t be surprised to see other players try to use digitized acts of god to take Gallo down.
Tonight at 8:00 pm CT, Gallo’s schedule looks like this:
vs. Fernando Tatis Jr. (SD) (9-3)
at Lucas Giolito (CWS) (7-4)
vs. Jon Duplantier (ARI) (6-6)
at Josh Hader (MIL) (6-6)
You can watch Joey’s feed on his Twitch channel.
Via MLB dot com:
Over the next few weeks, the league will be livestreamed on MLB social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Twitch), MLB Network’s Twitch site, “MLB The Show” social media (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Twitch), the clubs’ social media accounts and MLB.com. Each player will also stream it from their individual Twitch or YouTube accounts.
Go Fightin’ Gallos!