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.
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.