It doesn’t matter whether a team has two hits or 15, there is always a way to lose a game, and the Cubs and Yankees proved it Wednesday.
For the Cubs, they simply couldn’t figure out Indians starter Adam Plutko. The former UCLA starter, and a forgotten man in a college rotation including Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer, held Chicago hitless through six innings and led Cleveland to a 1-0 victory.
Plutko presents an interesting challenge for hitters with an oddly paced delievery, and the Cubs simply couldn’t figure him out. Add that to the fact he was able to work around early command issues, and it simply wasn’t the Cubs’ night.
“It was nice to see because we know when he commands he can be pretty good,” manager Terry Francona told reporters after the game. “But on a night when he didn’t command real well, he still did pretty damn good.”
As for the Yankees, they had a completely different night. They couldn’t stop scoring runs as they managed to hit four home runs, tally seven extra-base hits and 14 hits in total. Yet, they couldn’t stop a Rangers’ lineup which is last in the AL West in runs per game.
Aaron Judge smacked a 471-foot homer, but that was not enough to overcome seven earned runs from CC Sabathia, and five runs in three innings of relief between Chasen Shreve, David Robertson and Dellin Betances.
Carried Away. #AllRisepic.twitter.com/im3drn9cCC
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) May 24, 2018
Studs of the Night
White Sox center fielder Adam Engel nearly doubled his hit total for the month going 4 for 4 with a home run, three runs scored and two RBIs in Chicago’s 11-1 win over the Orioles.
Josh Harrison went 4 for 6 and hit a go-ahead triple in the 12th to give the Pirates a 5-4 win over the Reds.
Dud of the Night
Diamondbacks starter Zack Godley was no help in stopping Arizona’s current skid as he allowed eight runs (six earned) in 3 1/3 innings of a 9-2 loss to the Brewers. He matched a season-worst six walks in the defeat.
Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun has a good arm, but it would be hard to believe anyone knew it was at this level when he caught Curtis Granderson tagging up as the Blue Jays tried to tie the game up in the ninth inning of a 5-4 Los Angeles win.
The @Angels needed a hero.
Enter Kole Calhoun. pic.twitter.com/PMrUNWzYeQ
— MLB (@MLB) May 24, 2018
Astros (32-18) at Indians (24-23) 6:10 p.m. ET — It’s a rematch of the series opener between the Indians and Astros last week. It’s Charlie Morton (6-0, 1.94 ERA) vs. Mike Clevinger (3-1, 2.87 ERA), but this time it’s in Cleveland. Both teams are coming off of two-game sweeps with the Astros dropping the Giants and the Indians beating the Cubs. It’s a four-game series and every game promises to be a close one. Thursday will just get it started.