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Tuesday’s action may have lacked the same buzz as Monday night’s Oneil-mania, but there were still plenty of things of note, so let’s jump in and see what happened in the world of MLB last night.
Dylan Cease deals versus Jays
The Blue Jays and their lineup of young sluggers were no match for Dylan Cease on Tuesday. The White Sox righty threw six scoreless innings, allowing just a single hit while walking two. He also fanned 11 Toronto hitters along the way. The performance lowered his season ERA to 2.68. Cease has now gone since May 24 without giving up an earned run.
Dylan Cease, Filthy Slider…and then hits the "Freddie Mercury" pic.twitter.com/1VJnesm920
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) June 22, 2022
The Red Sox continue to play at a frenetic pace
A month into the season, and it looked as if all might be lost for the Red Sox. Their star free-agent signing Trevor Story was struggling, the offense as a whole was slumping, and the pitching staff lacked the star power to pick up the slack. And they sat comfortably below .500. Last night, the Red Sox won again, this time 5-4 over the Tigers to continue a 40-game stretch that has seen Boston play .700 ball and climb its way back into contention.
Tuesday night’s contest was emblematic of the Red Sox’s recent run. 42-year-old Rich Hill threw five innings of three-run ball while Xander Bogaerts and Story led the way for the offense. It remains to be seen if Boston can keep up the pace, but for now, they’re at least making themselves worth watching.
Isaac Parades blasts three home runs
When the Rays and Tigers agreed on a trade for Austin Meadows, many felt that the Tigers had gotten away with grand larceny for the young outfielder. Parades, the Rays’ headliner in the deal, showed why that might not be the case on Tuesday. The 23-year-old second baseman clubbed three home runs against the Yankees to bring his season total up to eight.
You can't stop Isaac Paredes; you can only hope to contain him.
That's 3 HR tonight in just the first 5 innings! pic.twitter.com/6MdXtP6UEF
— MLB (@MLB) June 22, 2022
While Parades hasn’t exactly lit things up for Tampa, there’s probably no better way to jumpstart a hot streak than a performance like he had on Tuesday.
Nolan Gorman has a two-homer game
The Cardinals couldn’t ask for much more out of their rookie on Tuesday as Nolan Gorman had himself the first multi-home run game of his career. The St. Louis rookie took two Brewers pitches over the wall on Tuesday to help put his team past Milwaukee and move into a tie atop the NL Central.
TWO FOR THE ROOK!
Nolan Gorman has his first MLB multi-homer game 💥
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) June 22, 2022
Best Moments From Yesterday
Harold Ramírez hits a slow home run
While Ramírez’s teammate, Parades, was busy swatting three long balls, he got in on the action as well. Though not as flashy, it may have been equally notable. His home run down the left-field line clocked in as the slowest hit home run in the StatCast era.
The Rays went B2B off Nestor Cortes in the first 🔥
Isaac Paredes ➡️ Harold Ramírez
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) June 21, 2022
Jordan Luplow hits inside-the-parker
A misplay by Trent Grisham in center field was all Jordan Luplow needed. Once Grisham got to the ball and got the ball in, the relay throw was too late as Luplow slid across home for an inside-the-park home run.
Don’t stop running! 🏃♂️
Jordan Luplow with an inside-the-park home run.
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) June 22, 2022
Kyle Farnsworth got JACKED
It’s been a while since Kyle Farnsworth graced an MLB mound so you’d be remised if you didn’t recognize the ex-Rays reliever. But pictures of the former Major Leaguer surfaced on Tuesday and it had the internet abuzz. It looks like Farnsworth has been using his time away from the field to hit the gym… a lot
Kyle Farnsworth is jacked now pic.twitter.com/LCPqQX8WdM
— Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) June 21, 2022
‘Fire Tony’ chants at White Sox-Jays
Dylan Cease’s spectacular start wasn’t enough to save Tony LaRussa from getting an earful from White Sox fans. Relief pitchers Jimmy Lambert and Davis Martin combined to give up four earned runs and the lead, leading to displeased Chicago fans letting the Hall of Fame manager hear it. And it isn’t the first time this year fans have let the White Sox bench boss know their displeasure with the team’s lackluster performance.
Another “fire Tony” chant has broken out at the White Sox game pic.twitter.com/vg5ycK2ZFx
— Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) June 22, 2022
George Springer was lifted in the eighth inning with an unknown injury.
Salvador Perez exited Tuesday’s game with an apparent injury.
Brandon Crawford was diagnosed with a left knee contusion.
Walker Buehler moved from 15-day to 60-day IL.
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