The phenomenal José Dariel Abreu had a dream night in which he led the White Sox’s beating of the Tigers (14×0) and confirmed his strong bid to retain the RBI lead in the American League.
Batting in the fourth inning, Pito was 4-for-4 with five runs scored, his home runs 14 and 15 and no less than seven RBIs (he hit 47) that mimicked his production on September 4, 2016 against the Twins.
The first of his homers left the park down the middle and came on a fastball (95 mph) from left-hander Daniel Norris. The other, meanwhile, punished a slider by the Dominican right-hander Rony García and said goodbye on the left side of the field.
Both connections encountered two companions on the trail and easily exceeded 400 feet (429 and 435, respectively). By the way, the second had a muzzle velocity of 110.2 mph.
Thus, the Mal Tiempo giant leads his closest pursuer by eight trailers and is just one homer from the top of the circuit. He also commands in hits (59), extra-base bases (27) and total bases (116).
Meanwhile, in the sensational triumph of the Astros over the Dodgers, the Cuban hitters had an outstanding participation by getting two separate multihits.
Namely, Yulieski Gurriel was 3-2 with a trio of trailers (total 21) and a walk; and Aledmys Díaz closed 4-2 with tubey and scored. Now the Spaniard has an average of .265, while that of the Villa Clara is .233.
The remaining Navy sluggers acted as follows: Yasmani Grandal (White Sox), 3-1 with three runs scored, one RBI and two walks; Luis Robert (White Sox), 4-1 most scored and RBI; Yoan Moncada (White Sox), 6-1 and back in the box; José Iglesias (Orioles), 4-1; José Israel García (Reds), 1-1; Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (Blue Jays), 4-0; and Randy Arozarena (Rays), 4-0.
Special mention for Yadiel Hernández (Nationals), who had an uncertain debut as a hitter when he struck out in his three visits to the batter’s box. The Matanzas player lined up as right fielder and ninth in the line up.
As for the box, in his Yankees’ game against the Orioles, left-hander Aroldis Chapman threw the ninth and maintained the equality on the board at the rate of a fly-over and two strikeouts. The man from Holguin made 14 shipments -12 of them in a straight line-, with a speed cap of 98.8 miles per hour. Currently its effectiveness is 5.14.
For his part, the also sinister Cionel Pérez (Astros) got a couple of outs, allowed one hit and struck out two opponents, to leave his ERA at 2.84.
Finally, right-hander Yoan López (D-backs) worked two episodes in which he limited the rival harvest to just one hit. The pinero left two with the carbine on his shoulder and set his PCL at 5.74.
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