With Jason Heyward‘s eighth-inning two-run home run off of Blake Wood on Monday night, the Reds set a new ignominious record, CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney reports. The club has now allowed 242 home runs, surpassing the 241 the 1996 Tigers yielded.
Heyward’s blast was the Cubs’ third home run on the evening. Addison Russell and Wilson Contreras each hit solo homers in the seventh, helping to erase the Reds’ 2-0 lead.
Brandon Finnegan has allowed the most home runs on the team with 29 followed by Dan Straily at 28. Because the Reds have struggled to keep other pitchers in the rotation, eight other pitchers have given up double-digit home runs including five who have made at least 10 starts.
Coming into Monday’s action, Major League pitching had allowed 5,218 home runs. The Reds’ 239 at the time represented 4.58 percent of that total. The Twins had allowed the second-most at 209, or 4.0 percent. By the way, that 5,218 total was already the sixth-highest total in major league history. Thank you, Reds.
The Reds, now 63-87, are at least setting themselves up to pick in the top-five and potentially the top-three in the first round of the 2017 draft.
Red Sox starter Rick Porcello needed only 89 pitches to get through nine innings to defeat the Orioles 5-2 at Camden Yards on Monday night, helping his team increase its AL East division lead over the O’s to four games. Porcello allowed only five base runners on four hits and a hit batsman while walking none and striking out seven in the effort.
Mookie Betts and David Ortiz backed Porcello as each hit a two-run home run. Dustin Pedroia also helped out with an RBI single. The Orioles’ only two runs came on a Mark Trumbo RBI double in the fourth and an Adam Jones solo homer in the eighth.
Porcello is arguably the favorite for the American League Cy Young Award. After Monday’s performance, he’s 21-4 with a 3.08 ERA and a 174/29 K/BB ratio in 210 2/3 innings. He only trails Masahiro Tanaka (2.97) and Chris Sale (3.03) in ERA. J.A. Happ (3.27 ERA) is the only other starter likely to cross 20 wins. He’ll go for No. 20 on Tuesday against the Mariners.
Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo has been out since mid-August with a fractured left forearm. He had a plate surgically inserted into his forearm shortly thereafter and was expected to miss the rest of the regular season. That’s still true, but the Rangers are hopeful Choo can return in time for the start of the ALDS, MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan reports.
The Rangers entered Monday’s action with an 88-62 record, 8.5 games ahead of the Mariners for first place in the AL West. It would take a monumental collapse in the season’s two and a half weeks for the Rangers’ preemptive ALDS planning to become moot.
Carlos Gomez joined the club shortly after Choo’s injury and he’s done an admirable job. In 90 plate appearances with the Rangers, Gomez is hitting .244/.344/.513 with six home runs and 16 RBI. If Choo does return, the Rangers would likely play the matchups with the right-handed Gomez and the left-handed Choo.