MLB scores, schedule: Twins smash eight home runs in rout; Giolito shuts out Astros
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Thursday, as is typically the case, does not gift with us with a full 15-game MLB slate. Instead we have a meager 10 tilts on the docket, but the majority of those will be played under pleasing, restorative sunshine (not available in all locations). The Phillies and Cubss played the final game of their series. The first-place Yankees won their fifth win in a row, and the Marlins of all teams went for their sixth win in a row (and they got it). Let's dig in.
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Baseball schedule/scores for Thursday, May 23
- FINAL - Mets 6, Nationals 4 (box score)
- FINAL - Pirates 14, Rockies 6 (box score)
- FINAL - Yankees 6, Orioles 5 (box score)
- FINAL - Red Sox 8, Blue Jays 2 (box score)
- FINAL - Marlins 5, Tigers 2 (box score)
- FINAL - Phillies 9, Cubs 7 (box score)
- FINAL - Braves 5, Giants 4 in 13 (box score)
- FINAL - Twins 16, Angels 7 (box score)
- FINAL - Rays 7, Indians 2 (box score)
- FINAL - White Sox 4, Astros 0 (box score)
Twins homer eight times against Harvey, Angels
The Twins entered Thursday tied for second in baseball in home runs with 90. That put them three back of the Mariners for the MLB lead. Seattle didn't play on Thursday, but the Twins did -- and boy, oh, boy, did they take advantage of that.
Minnesota's lineup teed off against Matt Harvey and the Angels pitching staff, clobbering eight home runs as part of a rout. You read that right: eight home runs. Coming into the day, there had been just two other eight-homer games this season: the Dodgers against the Diamondbacks and, well, naturally, the Twins against the Orioles.
Five players partook in the Twins' home run derby: Miguel Sano and Jonathan Schoop twice apiece and C.J. Cron, Max Kepler and Jorge Polanco each once. Kepler and Schoop became the third and fourth Twins to reach double digits this season, while Polanco is now one away.
To think, this is the same franchise who used to seem averse to hitting home runs.
Giolito throws shutout against Astros
Lucas Giolito continued his resurgent campaign on Thursday by shutting down the Astros, the team with the best offense in baseball.
Giolito, who entered the night with a 133 ERA+ and 2.78 strikeout-to-walk ratio, held the Astros off the board all night innings. He struck out nine and walked one while permitting four hits. He induced 11 swinging strikes, including seven on his breaking balls.
Giolito revamped his arm action over the winter, and that decision appears to have paid off. The former top prospect now has a 2.77 ERA on the season. Thursday's game marked his first career shutout.
Yankees get strong effort from Tanaka
On the same day Masahiro Tanaka, who was forced to leave his last start after taking a Yandy Diaz comebacker off his shin. For a time, Tanaka's next start was in doubt, but on Thursday he started the series finale in Baltimore. He delivered:, the Yankees were hoping to get good results from
Largely because of that effort, the Yankees swept the series and won their fifth in a row. Tanaka's ERA for the season now stands at 2.94 with 58 strikeouts and 15 walks in 64 1/3 innings. Let it be known that Tanaka in this one just barely avoided getting tagged by a batted ball once again:
The loss of Sabathia is unwelcome, and of course Luis Severino has yet to throw a pitch this season. With this outing, though, Tanaka eased any concerns about that shin, and James Paxton's return from the IL is within sight.
Bell keeps raking
Maybe we should stop talking about Josh Bell's breakout season for the Pirates and instead talk about Josh Bell's MVP season for the Pirates? Perhaps that's premature, but the slugger in Thursday's win over the Rockies went 3 for 4 with a home run, a double and a walk. Here's that home run:
You see the relevant numbers above. Let's put those in some franchise context:
Walking with the Pirate gods, that. Bell's also already tallied five home runs of at least 450 feet. He hits the ball hard, far, and often. It's no exaggeration to say he's been one of the most productive hitters in all of baseball.
In (literally) related matters:
Red Sox reach high point
As you're no doubt aware, the reigning champion Red Sox began the season 2-8 and on April 17 were a season-worst seven games under .500. Methodically, though, they've clawed back above the waterline and into early contention. With their win over the Blue Jays on Thursday, they're now a season-best four games above .500.
In that win, Ryan Weber, in his first big-league start in more than two years, allowed only one run in six strong innings. Steve Pearce homered, and Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers stayed hot. Overall, the Sox's resurgence has been keyed by Chris Sale's improvement, Michael Chavis' tremendous production as a second base fill-in, and the plus production of Bogaerts, Devers, and Mookie Betts.
Coming into Thursday, the SportsLine Projection Model (@SportsLine on Twitter) gave the Red Sox a healthy 76.3 percent chance of making the postseason. That figure will be tested over the next 17 games, 14 of which come against the Astros, Indians, Yankees, and Rays. At the moment, though, the once struggling Sox are looking like they're prepared to meet preseason expectations.
Nationals reach a low point
With another loss on Thursday, the Nationals hit a new low..
Stat of the day: Riley keeps raking
Braves rookie Austin Riley entered Thursday with a 211 OPS+ in his first eight games. That included four home runs in his first 32 trips to the plate. On Thursday, he added yet another to his collection, joining some impressive company -- namely, himself:
To be fair, Riley does have some actual company on a league-wide basis:
Basically, Riley is off to about as good of a start as one can get off to.
- Our own Mike Axisa on Thursday took .
- The Yankees have placed LHP CC Sabathia on the 10-day IL with knee inflammation.
- The Mets have placed 2B Robinson Cano (quad strain) and INF/OF Jeff McNeil (hamstring strain) .
- The Red Sox have placed RHP Tyler Thornburg on the 10-day IL with a right hip impingement.
- The Rays have placed INF Yandy Diaz on the 10-day IL with a hand injury.
- The Mets have claimed OF Aaron Altherr off waivers from the Giants.
- The Blue Jays have claimed LHP Zac Rosscup off waivers from the Mariners.
- Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing ankle surgery. .
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