The AL Central Knocked in 41 Runs on Thursday
To say the AL Central as a whole scored 41 runs on Thursday is a bit misleading. The Royals didn’t even play, and the Tigers scored just 2 of those 41 runs in their loss to Seattle. It should actually read “The Indians and Twins scored 32 combined runs on Thursday, White Sox knocked in 7.”
Carnage at Yankee Stadium
Poor Chad Green. The Yankees starting pitcher lasted just 1/3 of an inning on Thursday against the Indians, after they took him for a grand slam off the bat of Jose Ramirez, immediately followed up by a solo shot from Jason Kipnis. The Yankees pulled Green, bring in Jonathan Loaisiga, who then gave up a two run shot to Roberto Perez. Three home runs in the first inning alone for 7 runs.. not a great start for the Yankees. And it didn’t stop there.
Cleveland hit a total of 7 home runs in their 19-5 win over New York, proving they’re not going anywhere in the race for the top spot in the AL Central. They’ve battled back from an 11.5 game deficit to be currently sitting just a half game behind the Twins. The Yankees are sending Masahiro Tanaka to the mound on Friday, fresh off of his 8 inning start/win over Toronto over the weekend. He’s having a ‘meh’ season for the Yankees this year, but has been pitching better over his last few starts. The Indians are sending out their baby pitcher Aaron Civale, who debuted in June and has pitched really well in his first 3 games.
Twins Take Advantage of the Rangers Mistakes
While the Indians were taking care of business in New York, the Twins kept their tiny half game lead over Cleveland by crushing the Rangers in a 13-6 victory. The Minnesota Bomba Squad was at it again, launching three home runs by Luis Arraez (3), Miguel Sano (22), and Eddie Rosario (27). Minnesota took advantage of a few defensive errors and had some great plays at home to take game one of the four game series.
In previous years, a 13 run, 14 hit game would be a rarity, but this year the Twins have 16 games where they’ve scored 10 or more runs. In two of those 16, they’ve hit 16 runs, and they’ve also managed an 18 run win:
Friday will see All-Star pitcher Jake Odorizzi taking on Mike Minor. With these two on the mound, we’ll likely see quite a few less runs scored.
White Sox Score Seven, But Fall Short to Angels
Like the annoying little brother that tries so hard to be like his older brothers, the White Sox did their best to get in on the AL Central scoring-fest on Thursday. They managed to knock in 7 runs, with Jose Abreu hitting 2 home runs, and another homer by Wellington Castillo. They mounted a 4 run comeback in the 9th, but their attempt came up just short, as Mike Trout and the Angels were just a run better than they were.
The Sox are way out of contention, sitting in 3rd place of the AL Central – 18.5 games behind the barely first place Twins, 18 behind Cleveland. Rick Renteria’s team is sitting at 54-66, and are projected to finish with around 70 wins on the season. This is Renteria’s 3rd year as the White Sox skipper, and 3rd straight year of sitting at a .450 or lower win percentage. Any bets on when he’s going to get fired?
Side note: Trout hit his 40th home run on the season in his 4 for 4 night.