This past weekend brought a lot of MLB action that didn’t go as some fans expected. However, there were also a number of successes that continue to highlight the accomplishments the league is experiencing this year.
Tigers Defeat the Twins
On Sunday, the Detroit Tigers defeated the Minnesota Twins 6-4, thanks to back-to-back home runs by Spencer Torkelson and Kerry Carpenter that resulted in five runs each.
The Tigers, third in the Twins’ AL Central, saw strong performances from Carpenter and Andy Ibanez, both recording three hits each. After a rough start to June with 11 losses in 12 games, the Tigers have turned things around, winning three of their last four games. Brendan White, one of seven pitchers used by Detroit, secured its first win by pitching two scoreless innings.
Minnesota’s Carlos Correa had two hits for the team. The Twins connected on a total of eight hits, led by Alex Lange. Lange managed to strike out two batters, but also struggled with two bases on balls and a wild pitch that led to an RBI double. When the bases were loaded and none out, Jason Foley entered the game as a substitute for Lange.
With the score at 6-4, Royce Lewis managed to get an RBI single against Foley. However, Foley didn’t let it get out of control and put Kyle Farmer out with a flying hit before striking out Joey Gallo and Byron Buxton. Since returning Thursday from the disabled list, Buxton has gone 0-of-13 with eight strikeouts.
The Tigers received fantastic contributions from a handful of Latin American players. Javier Baez, a native of Puerto Rico, recorded four hits, including one run and one RBI. Andy Ibanez, a native of Cuba, also had four impressive hits as well as an RBI. Miguel Cabrera could have received only one hit, but it resulted in an RBI for the Tigers.
The Tigers have a three-game series starting today against the KC Royals. This should help them continue their winning stretch.
Giants find success through Webb
Few things have been as reliable for the Giants this season as Logan Webb delving into games. He did it again in the final game of the series Sunday at Dodger Stadium, throwing two-run ball in seven innings as San Francisco defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers, 7-3, for a sweep and San Francisco’s seventh straight win.
In helping the Giants to their first clean drive at Dodger Stadium on August 20-22, 2012, Webb had to navigate through traffic, as he allowed eight hits, two walks and one hit batter, while striking out five. But even when the Dodgers managed to get to him, Webb did a good job of not letting things get out of control, stifling trades in the fourth and fifth innings after just one run. That was thanks to an arsenal that was effective virtually everywhere.
The Giants will face the San Diego Padres later today as part of a four-game series. They are way ahead of their upcoming rivals and will advance further against the struggling Padres.
Lynn Makes White Sox history
In the final game of the series against the Seattle Mariners and in his 15th start of the 2023 season, Chicago White Sox pitcher Lance Lynn struck out 16 against the home team at T-Mobile Park to tie the franchise record. With the 16 strikeouts that Lance Lynn gave with Chicago, the American tied the mark that belonged to Jack Harshman since 1954, who also achieved it as a visitor, against the Boston Red Sox.
In his 114-pitch performance on the mound, the veteran pitched seven complete innings and allowed three runs. Although he struck out 16 and tied the organization mark, Lynn had to settle for another loss in the game as the Mariners won 5-1. In his 12th season in the majors, Lance Lynn records negative numbers, as he has a record of four wins and eight losses, a 6.51 ERA and a WHIP of 1.51.
The White Sox begin a three-game series today against the AL West-leading Texas Rangers, which certainly won’t help their record. The Mariners are off today, but they face the Yankees tomorrow.