White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodon was forced to leave his minor league rehab start Thursday after he was struck in the head by a line drive.
The ball, hit by Norfolk’s D’Arby Myers, caromed off Rodon’s forehead and into shallow left field, where Charlotte third baseman Jake Elmore caught it for an out.
Gardenhire said that’s the big advantage for the NL, where pitchers take batting practice regularly.
There’s your unfair advantage, he said.
Tigers: After a day off, the Tigers start a weekend series in Cleveland, where they’ve lost 20 of their past 26 games, including their past seven. Mike Fiers (5-3) is 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA in two starts at Progressive Field.
Reds: Matt Harvey (1-5) makes his eighth start for the Reds, who open a four-game series against the Cubs at Great American Ball Park. Harvey has lost his past three decisions for the Reds, who got him from the Mets in a trade for catcher Devin Mesoraco on May 8.
While Allen’s first home run of the season provided the thrilling finish, earlier in the game Cole and Bauer gave fans the pitcher’s duel many had expected. The two former UCLA teammates have never been close, and Bauer threw gasoline on the fire earlier this month with a social media post insinuating that Cole and other Astros pitchers were using pine tar to illegally boost the spin rates of their pitches.
Cole yielded three runs in seven innings of work, striking out eight. Bauer was even better through seven, striking out 13 and giving up only two runs. But Bauer got the hook with one out in the eighth after giving up hits to Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve. The bullpen then gave up four more hits in the inning, including a three-run shot by DH Evan Gattis, as Houston put six runs on the board.
Game over, right? No. The Indians’ bullpen proved equally inept, giving up five runs in the bottom of the ninth to send the game into extra innings. Both teams scored a run in the 13th, setting the stage for Allen’s heroics.