The Chicago White Sox defeated the Minnesota Twins, 12-2, at Target Field. The White Sox move to 44-45, 4 1⁄2 games behind the Twins for first in the AL Central. The Twins drop to 49-42, 3 1⁄2 games ahead of Cleveland.
Johnny Cueto went six innings, giving up one earned run on seven hits and two walks while striking out five.
Cueto used a five-pitch arsenal in his 118-pitch start. He gained velocity on four of his five pitches, and spin on four of five. Cueto had the most CSW success on his slider, generating four called strikes on his 10 thrown sliders.
Cueto’s overall outing looked like this:
Sonny Gray took the mound for the Twins. Gray went 3 1⁄2 innings, giving up six earned runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out three.
Gray used five different pitches in his 78-pitch outing. He gained spin on his entire arsenal, and gained velocity on every pitch except his cutter.
Here’s Gray’s breakdown:
With the bases loaded and two out in the bottom of the first, Twins first baseman Alex Kirilloff grounded out to second to end the inning.
The at-bat, which could have broken open the game early, had a game-high 3.07 LI.
Kirilloff had 1.23 pLI in his four trips to the plate, going 1-for-4.
With the bases loaded and two out in the top of the fourth, White Sox center fielder Luis Robert hit a grand slam to extend Chicago’s lead to 6-1.
The grand slam added .267 WPA for the White Sox.
Robert added .249 WPA for the White Sox in his 3-for-5, five-RBI night.
Luckiest hit: White Sox DH Andrew Vaughn hit a .110 xBA single in the top of the first.
Toughest out: White Sox catcher Seby Zavala hit a .720 xBA line out in the top of the seventh.
Hardest hit: White Sox third baseman Yoán Moncada barreled a 111.5 mph single to right in the top of the ninth, to the surprise of many hit harder than Robert’s grand slam.
Weakest contact: Robert hit a 38.4 mph ground out in the top of the first.
Longest hit: Picking up four of his five RBIs, Robert’s fourth-inning grand slam went 452 feet into the second deck at Target Field.
Magic Number: 8
Luis Robert has eight RBIs in his last three games.
Robert went 3-for-4 against the Guardians on July 12, amassing three RBIs.
Hard-hit is any ball off the bat at 95 mph or more
LI measures pressure per play
pLId measures total pressure faced in-game
Whiff a swing-and-miss
WPA win probability added measures contributions to the win
xBA expected batting average
Who was the MVP of tonight’s White Sox drubbing of Minnesota?
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Luis Robert: 3-for-5, 2B, 5 RBI, grand slam, .249 WPA
Johnny Cueto: 6 IP, 7 H, ER, 2 BB, 5 K, WIN, 118 pitches/74 strikes, .112 WPA
José Abreu: 2-for-4, R, 2 RBI, scored twice sliding in the dugout, .123 WPA
Tim Anderson: 2-for-5, 3 R, BB, .108 WPA
Which White Sox players opted for Cold Cat status and did not contribute to tonight’s rout?
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Yoán Moncada: 2-for-6, 2 R, 2 K, -.119 WPA
AJ Pollock: 0-for-4, R, BB, K, LF assists at home plate, -.062 WPA
Gavin Sheets: 1-for-5, -.011 WPA