White Sox win on Garcia's walk-off as Judge and Ohtani deliver
The Chicago White Sox won in walk-off fashion on Wednesday as they defeated the Minnesota Twins 9-8 in extra innings.
Twins designated hitter Luis Arraez was at the top of his game, collecting four hits from five at-bats, and he was active early on as he knocked a lead-off single and came around to score the first run of the contest.
Jose Abreu tied things up for the White Sox in the bottom of the first inning with his RBI double, before the Twins added another pair of runs in the second inning, with Arraez driving one in this time through a base hit.
In his return from the 60-day injured list, Chicago's Eloy Jimenez tied things at 3-3 with a two-run homer in the fourth frame, and it would be the start of a string of home runs.
Minnesota's Jorge Polanco hit a two-run shot in the top of the fifth, which was matched by the White Sox's Luis Robert's two-run blast later in the same inning, tying it at 5-5 after five.
Polanco crushed his second long-ball of the game in the seventh inning, before Jimenez again grabbed the run straight back due to a Twins fielding error.
Minnesota's Gio Urshela would have felt he had given his team the win with a go-ahead two-run home run in the eighth inning, but the White Sox simply refused to go away, with Andrew Vaughn matching it with his own two-run jack to send it to an extra frame.
Jose Ruiz was able to keep the Twins from scoring in the top of the inning, setting up Leury Garcia to be the hero with a walk-off base hit to bring home the winning run.
Ohtani does it again on the mound
Reigning American League MVP and Los Angeles Angels superstar Shohei Ohtani struck out another 10 batters and drove in two runs himself in his side's 5-2 away win against the Miami Marlins.
Ohtani finished with no earned runs from seven innings, giving up just two hits and three walks in 100 pitches, and with the game tied at 1-1 in the fifth inning, he came through with a two-out base hit to bring home two runs.
It is his third start in a row with at least 10 strikeouts, and the fifth time in his past 10 starts. He is eighth in the majors in strikeouts with 111 from 14 starts – he is also the only pitcher in the top 25 to have started less than 15 games.
His strikeouts-per-nine-innings number of 12.3 is the second-best figure of all starters. With the bat, Ohtani is also 14th in the league in home runs, having sent 18 balls over the fence this season.
Judge knocks grand slam in Yankees rout
AL MVP favourite Aaron Judge continued his impressive season with a grand slam in the New York Yankees' 16-0 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Yankees fought their way to a 5-0 lead through seven innings as Luis Severino was lights-out on the mound and Josh Donaldson, Joey Gallo and Kyle Higashioka all hit solo home runs.
In the eighth inning, after a single and two walks loaded the bases, Judge connected on his 30th home run of the season to blow the game open. Judge is the only player with more home runs than Philadelphia Phillies slugger Kyle Schwarber (27).