Torii Hunter was quite descriptive in describing the Blue Jays’ offense after his Twins were dismantled in a four-game series sweep. The Twins scored 12 runs but allowed 26 runs to the Blue Jays, baseball’s best offense. Much of the offense was driven by eight Toronto home runs.
What was it like, according to Hunter? “The way they hit the ball is just unbelievable,” he said, per Sportsnet. “I mean, they hit the ball, sound like car crashes.”
The second half hasn’t been kind to Hunter’s Twins, as they headed into Friday’s action with a 5-14 record since the All-Star break. They lost 5.5 games in that span of time and sat 9.5 games behind the Royals, in second place in the AL Central with a 54-54 record.
Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco ended Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw’s consecutive scoreless innings streak on the first pitch the lefty threw to start the bottom of the first inning on Friday at PNC Park. It was a first-pitch fastball and Polanco swatted it into the stands in right-center. Kershaw was chasing the all-time consecutive scoreless innings record, held by former Dodger Orel Hershiser, who put up 59 zeroes in a row in 1988.
Polanco, 23, has been subpar offensively this season, but has now homered in back-to-back games and has posted much better numbers in the last month. Since July 6, entering Friday’s action, Polanco was hitting .283/.366/.455. He now has six home runs and 33 RBI on the season.
Update (10:18 PM EST): Here’s video of the altercation, via MLB.com.
TV cameras caught a disagreement between Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias and catcher James McCann, among others. McCann, it seems, was upset that Iglesias appeared to give up on a Rusney Castillo single with two outs in the sixth inning. The Red Sox scored two runs on the next play, a double by Xander Bogaerts, which increased the Tigers’ deficit to 7-2.
Iglesias and McCann were seen yelling at each other, and Iglesias shoved McCann. The two were separated by teammates Nick Castellanos and Ian Kinsler. Anthony Gose had some words with Iglesias in the dugout later.
It’ll be interesting to see what comes of this after the game.
The Indians had claimed pitcher Deolis Guerra off waivers from the Pirates on Wednesday, but they’ve rescinded it on Friday due to a pre-existing knee injury as Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. The Pirates placed Guerra on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his left knee.
Guerra, 26, has a 6.48 ERA with a 17/3 K/BB ratio in 16 2/3 innings at the big league level for the Pirates this season. He’s had better results with Triple-A Indianapolis, as reflected by his 1.23 ERA across 36 2/3 innings.
Guerra was one of the four prospects the Mets sent to the Twins in Feburary 2008 in the Johan Santana trade. The others included Carlos Gomez, Phil Humber, and Kevin Mulvey.
Vintage Grady Sizemore showed up to Tropicana Field on Friday as the Rays opened up an interleague series against the Mets. The 33-year-old broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning with a solo home run off of Jacob deGrom, then robbed Wilmer Flores of a game-tying solo home run to left field in the sixth.
Here’s the catch:
And here’s the homer.
Sizemore entered play Friday night batting a lackluster .238/.268/.344 with three home runs and 15 RBI, combining his time with the Phillies and the Rays.