The last winless team in the TBL is winless no more.
Phil Hughes (1-0) threw 8 scoreless innings to earn his Twins the 3-0 victory against the Royals. An early home run by Torii Hunter set Minnesota on the right course. The Twins squeezed out two more runs in the 4th inning, one on a Trevor Plouffe single, and the other on a 3-base error on Alex Rios.
Jeremy Guthrie ceded only 4 hits to Minnesota in the loss, notching a complete game for his efforts.
In Other Action:
- Adam LaRoche and Tyler Saladino sparked the White Sox to a 5-4 victory over Los Angeles. Both players homered to drive in all 5 runs for Chicago, helping Erik Johnson to earn his first win of the season. The Dodgers endured their first loss of the season, with Scott van Slyke grounding out to LaRoche with runners on 1st and 2nd to end the game.
- Colorado bounced back from their 8 run collapse in Milwaukee yesterday to outscore the Brewers 11-8. The back-and-forth affair was highlighted by Carlos Gonzalez’s 2 home run performance for the Rockies. Scott Oberg was the winning pitcher in relief, while Jeremy Jeffress got battered for 4 runs in the 8th inning to claim credit for the loss. Khris Davis slammed his 4th home run in 3 days in the losing cause.
- The Rangers ran their record to 3-2 with a 5-4 triumph at home against the Cubs. Mitch Moreland’s 3-run home run opened up the lead to 4-0 off starter Kyle Hendricks (0-1), but Chicago fought back through long balls by Miguel Montero and Jorge Soler. But Shawn Tolleson worked around a lead-off double in the 9th to save the game for Derek Holland.
- St. Louis rode starter Carlos Martinez’s 7-hit complete game shutout of Detroit, 9-0. Brandon Moss and Stephen Piscotty both went yard with 2-run dingers to trounce the Tigers. Alfredo Simon was rocked for 6 runs in only 2 innings of work, a disappointing start to his season.
With 5 of 54 games played thus far, the Dodgers and Cubs both sit atop the Ten-acious Baseball League with a 4-1 record. Both teams are off to a hot start while enduring a road trip to begin the season. Rounding out the top four are the Cardinals and Rockies at 3-2, with Texas and Kansas City out of the playoff picture on account of their run differential.
Results – June 16, 2016
White Sox 5, Los Angeles 4
W: E. Johnson (1-0, 5.14 ERA)
L: Bolsinger (0-1, 9.00 ERA)
H: Albers (1); S: Robertson (2)
HR: LAD Turner (2); CHW LaRoche (2), Saladino (1)
Colorado 11, Milwaukee 8
W: Oberg (1-0, 13.5 ERA)
L: Jeffress (0-1, 6.75 ERA)
H: Flande (1); S: Axford (2); BS: Jeffress (1)
HR: COL Arenado (3), Gonzalez 2 (2); MIL Davis (4)
Texas 5, Cubs 4
W: Holland (1-0, 3.68 ERA)
L: Hendricks (0-1, 10.4 ERA)
H: Diekman (1), Dyson (1) S: Tolleson (1)
HR: CHC Montero (2), Soler (2); TEX Chirinos (1), Moreland (3)
St. Louis 9, Detroit 0
W: C. Martinez (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
L: Simon (0-1, 27.0 ERA)
HR: STL Moss (1), Piscotty (1)
Minnesota 3, Kansas City 0
W: Hughes (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
L: Guthrie (0-1, 2.25 ERA)
S: Perkins (1)
HR: Hunter (2)
Upcoming Games – June 16, 2016
Los Angeles (Kershaw, 1-0, 2.00 ERA) at Chicago White Sox (Quintana, 1-0, 2.25 ERA)
Colorado (de la Rosa, 1-0, 0.00 ERA) at Milwaukee (Nelson, 0-1, 6.00 ERA)
Chicago Cubs (Arrieta, 1-0, 2.00 ERA) at Texas (Gallardo, 0-1, 7.71 ERA)
Detroit (Verlander, 0-1, 4.50 ERA) at St. Louis (Lackey, 0-1, 1.58 ERA)
Kansas City (Volquez, 1-0, 3.86 ERA) at Minnesota (Gibson, 0-1, 2.70 ERA)
Updated Statistics (after 5 games)