The surging Chicago White Sox took aim at the Cleveland Guardians on Thursday afternoon, getting out to an impressive 7-1 lead in the first five innings of the contest. With an opportunity to cut the Guardians' AL Central lead to just 3.0 games, the White Sox bats came out on fire. All at the expense of rookie pitcher Hunter Gaddis.
Gaddis' second career outing will be a memorable one, but not in any sort of positive light considering he made franchise history thanks to a barrage of home runs.
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Gaddis allowed five home runs across just 4.0 innings of work, tying a franchise record last set in April of 1969.
Five home runs allowed is the most by a Cleveland pitcher since Luis Tiant back on April 18, 1969, according to Guardians insider Zack Meisel. Tiant was the second Guardians pitcher to succumb to this rare feat.
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Gaddis' final line of 4.0 innings pitched, 8 hits, 5 home runs, and 7 earned runs is nothing to get excited about. Fortunately, being mentioned in the same sentence as Tiant is never a bad thing.
Tiant went on to enjoy a fine MLB career that included three All-Star appearances and two ERA titles across 19 MLB seasons.
Cleveland's pitching staff has rarely been an issue on their route to the top of the AL Central. Their 3.9 runs allowed per game is the eighth-best mark in baseball, although the 4.2 runs scored ranks below league average. The Tampa Bay Rays and Seattle Mariners are the only other MLB teams in postseason contention with similar offensive statistics.
The Guardians move into a crucial eight-game stretch against the Minnesota Twins (who trail by 5.0 games in the standings) and White Sox over the next week. Guardians fans will have a much better picture of the final postseason push by next Friday. Still, Cleveland leads their division mates with +1400 odds to win the American League pennant on FanDuel Sportsbook.
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