White Sox starter Chris Sale has had better Fridays. The lefty, already down 2-0, saw the Indians go up 6-0 in the third inning when first baseman Carlos Santana crushed a grand slam to left field. The Indians had hit three singles, drawn a walk, and had a base runner reach on a Carlos Sanchez fielding error leading up to Santana’s smooth slam.
Thus continues Sale’s inconsistent season. It’s the fifth time this season, in 29 starts, that Sale has allowed five-plus runs in a start. He didn’t do it once last season.
Sale entered the start with a 3.55 ERA and a 250/37 K/BB ratio over 187 2/3 innings. He was one of several pre-season favorites to win the American League Cy Young Award.
Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. hit his 40th home run in today’s 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. In so doing he become only the third player to hit 40 homers at age 21 or younger, joining Hall of Famers Mel Ott and Eddie Matthews, who hit 42 and 47, respectively, before turning 22. Ott was only 20 in fact.
Home run marks are a dime a dozen this year, of course, so maybe you want to discount Acuña’s accomplishment. Even if you do, though, you can’t discount his wheels. He didn’t have a stolen base this afternoon but he does have 37 on the year and has over a week to swipe three more. If he does he’ll become a member of the exclusive 40/40 club. It’s only current members: Jose Canseco, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and Alfonso Soriano.
The Braves win clinches at least a tie for the NL East title. They’ll clinch the division outright if either they win or the Nationals lose tomorrow.