Alek Manoah of the Bluejays had a rough first start to open the season, but last night the hard throwing Cuban-American looked like his old self. In a vintage performance the righty from Miami threw seven scoreless innings where he scattered one hit and struck out four to not only notch his first quality start of the season, but also earn his first victory of the young campaign by blanking the Kansas City Royals 3-0.
The only kink in the armor of the flamethrower were his four walks on the evening, but as the scoreboard showed the passports were harmless because they went for naught. Manoah saw his soaring ERA drop to a respectable 4.35 on the season. In five career April starts the hurler has a earned run average of 1.13 and a WHIP of 0.71.
Luis Robert banged out three hits in four trips to the plate and drove in a run, all while scoring two times to lead Chicago to 7-3 triumph over the Giants. The centerfielder is starting to get his rhythm after a rough start. In his last 13 trips to the plate the talented Cuban has collected six hits and driven in three runs. On the season he now sports a .333 average.
Yoan Moncada also helped the cause with two hits and an RBI in four at bats, while rookie sensation Óscar Luis Colas swatted a hit and scored a run in four AB’s. The outfielder from Santiago de Cuba is now hitting .286 on the young campaign.
The Texas Rangers are off to a 4-2 start after their victory over the Orioles last night 5-2 and Adolis García is one of the reasons for the team’s strong start. On the night the Ciego de Ávila, Cuba native collected two base knocks, one of them being a run scoring double in the first inning to pace the texans offense. The talented García watched his average soar to .348 and has now driven in five runs in the first six games of the season.
The Marlins are now a game under .500 after a 5-2 triumph over the Minnesota Twins. The fish’s victory was powered by a pair of two run blasts by Jorge Soler in the first and eighth innings. In total the slugger drove in four runs to pace the Miamians to their second victory in as many nights and their third sunrise of the season. In total Soler has six runs knocked in on the season and is slugging a ridiculous .704, what makes this stat more impressive is that it has been down during a six game at the pitcher friendly confines of loanDepot Park.
Rest of the Cuban action on the night:
Jorge Soler ( MIA) 4-2,2HR,4RBI,2R
Nick Fortes (MIA) 3-0*
Yandy Díaz (TAM) 4-1,2R
Randy Arozarena (TAM) 4-2,RBI,R
Nick Castellanos (PHI) 3-0,BB,R*
Nolan Arenado (STL) 4-1*
Tristón Casas (BOS) 4-1,2B,R*
Adolis García (TEX) 4-2,2B,RBI,2R
Yordan Álvarez (HOU) 2-1,RBI
José Abreu (HOU) 4-1
Luis Robert (CHW) 4-3,2B,RBI,2R
Yoan Moncada (CHW) 4-2,RBI
Yasmani Grandal (CHW) 3-0
Óscar Luis Colas (CHW) 4-1,RBI
Aledmys Díaz (OAK) 1-0,BB,R
Alek Manoah (TOR) 7.0IP,H,0ER,5K,4BB*