Evan Longoria was forced to exit tonight’s game against the Blue Jays after he was hit by a pitch and Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that he is considered day-to-day with a bruised hip.
Rays right-hander Chris Archer hit Russell Martin and Edwin Encarnacion with pitches earlier in the game, though neither of them appeared to be intentional. Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada then drilled Longoria in the left hip in the eighth inning, which you can watch here. Things got a little heated between Archer and Mark Buehrle in the aftermath and Rays manager Kevin Cash told Topkin after the game that thinks the pitch had intent behind it. It’s hard to blame him.
Fortunately, it looks like Longoria should be OK, but we’ll have to see if the bad blood spills over into future matchups between these clubs.
The Twins have arguably baseball’s scariest offense. Their average of 5.87 runs per game is second only to the Yankees (5.90) while leading the league in slugging percentage (.501), OPS (.840), and home runs (244). White Sox starter Lucas Giolito made their offense look impotent on Wednesday, blanking them over nine innings for his second shutout of the season. The White Sox won 4-0.
Giolito allowed just three hits and walked none while fanning 12 batters over his nine innings of work. He’s now 14-6 with a 3.20 ERA and a 194/51 K/BB ratio in 151 2/3 innings on the season. Giolito is very much in the AL Cy Young Award picture. The Astros’ Justin Verlander leads the league in ERA at 2.81. A strong finish to the season for Giolito could certainly see his ERA dip below 3.00.
As mentioned, Wednesday’s shutout was Giolito’s second of the season. He and the Indians’ Shane Bieber are the only pitchers with multiple shutouts this season. They are two of only 21 pitchers with a shutout.