Jorge Soler, the fifth-ranked prospect in the Cubs organization according to MLB.com, wasted no time in making an impact at the big league level, crushing a solo home run in his first at-bat as part of back-to-back home runs against Mat Latos, but it was not enough as Chicago fell to the Cincinnati Reds, 7-5.
In the same contest, speedster Billy Hamilton swiped his 50th base of the season, becoming the youngest Cincinnati player to ever reach the milestone in a single season. At just 23 years old, the Reds centerfielder ranks as the ninth-youngest player in all of big league history to hit the half-century mark in stolen bases.
In Detroit, the New York Yankees pounded out nine straight hits in an eight-run third inning, taking down recently-acquired Detroit Tigers southpaw David Price, who was charged with eight earned runs without even recording an out in that tumultuous third inning. With the win, New York trails Baltimore by six games in the American League East and sits 2 1/2 games out of the AL Wild Card picture with just over a month left in the season.
Here’s more from around the league:
“Jorge Soler, Luis Valbuena homer in Cubs loss” – Cubbies Crib
“Chicago honors JRW with parade” – MLB.com
“Kershaw earns MLB-best 16th win as Dodgers edge Dbacks” – ESPN Los Angeles
“Yanks use third-inning explosion in win over Tigers” – Yanks Go Yard