White Sox center fielder Adam Engel has quickly established himself as the premier home run robber in baseball. On Monday, he took a three-run home run away from the Yankees’ Greg Bird. The next day, he followed up by robbing Kyle Higashioka of a solo homer.
Engel made it three robbed home runs in a week’s time, robbing the Indians’ Yonder Alonso of a three-run home run in the eighth inning on Sunday. The Tribe had already pushed across two runs to bring their lead to 9-1, so Alonso’s deep fly ball threatened to make it 12-1. Engel had other ideas.
Among the many other things he does incredibly well, Angels outfielder Mike Trout robbed quite a few hitters of homers over the years. Engel, however, may have taken the title as the best in that department. Engel also hit a home run of his own in the bottom of the eighth on Sunday and added a two-run triple in the ninth.
Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong was pulled from Saturday’s game against the Brewers after sustaining a right elbow contusion, according to a team announcement. The full extent of the injury has not been revealed, nor is it clear when Wong might return to the lineup, though he’s presumed to be day-to-day for the time being.
Wong suffered the injury in the third inning. He reached base on a line drive single to right field, his first of the evening, and was accidentally struck on the elbow when Wade Miley made an errant throw to Jesus Aguilar on a pickoff attempt. The 27-year-old second baseman has already seen his season shortened by injuries after sustaining a right thigh contusion and, more recently, dealing with a bout of chronic inflammation in his left knee. He entered Saturday’s contest batting .238/.323/.388 on the year with eight home runs, and a .711 OPS through 330 PA.
Following the incident, Wong was replaced on the field by Greg Garcia at the top of the fourth inning. The Cardinals currently lead the Brewers 4-1 in the bottom of the sixth.