What happens when a position player taking the mound in a blowout pitches to one of the best power-hitting prospects of the past decade?
Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant hit his first career grand slam off Indians outfielder David Murphy, that’s what.
Bryant surprisingly had zero homers in his first 20 games, but since homering for the first time on May 9 he’s hit .311 with eight homers and a .961 OPS in 35 games. Overall he has an .886 OPS in 55 games, which would be the ninth-best OPS in baseball history for a 23-year-old third baseman and the best since Evan Longoria in 2009.
The Yankees threatened early against the Twins in the top of the first inning of Monday night’s game in Minnesota. DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge drew leadoff walks Martín Pérez, bringing up slugger Edwin Encarnación. Encarnación battled Pérez, ultimately rolling over on the ninth pitch, a change-up. Third baseman Luis Arraez gobbled it up and stepped on the third base bag, then fired to Jonathan Schoop at second base for the second out. Schoop got the ball over to Miguel Sanó at first base just in time to complete the 5-4-3 triple play.
It’s the second triple play turned this year, as the White Sox also accomplished a 5-4-3 double play on May 22 against the Astros. The Twins’ last triple play occurred on June 1, 2017 against the Angels, also a 5-4-3 triple-killing.
The Yankees were eventually able to generate some offense in the third inning on a Gio Urshela solo homer and an RBI single from Encarnación. It’s a 2-2 game as this gets published.