The White Sox bullpen blew this one. Setup man Tommy Kahnle ran into trouble, allowing the game-tying run to score before departing with men on base and none out in the eighth inning. Enter Robertson who allowed an inherited runner to score, unable to stop the Athletics from stealing this one. The performance continues a pattern in which Robertson has been ineffective in non-save situations. He's allowed eight runs on 13 hits and five walks over 14 innings when there isn't a save to be had.
Engel has been getting regular at-bats since he was called up to Chicago for a second time a week ago due to Leury Garcia's finger injury. Garcia is eligible to be activated off the disabled list but the injury lingers, affording more opportunities for both Engel and Alen Hanson. Engel, whose homer Sunday was the first of his career in the majors, is hitting .308 (12-for-39) with four stolen bases over 14 games.
McHugh, who hasn't pitched in the majors this season because of an impingement in his pitching elbow, came out of a simulated game Saturday without incident. The right-hander will begin the assignment with a two-inning start and build up his arm over several outings. It will be spring training all over again.
Gonzaelz, who had been scratched from Saturday's game with right oblique tightness, was not in Sunday's lineup ahead of Monday's scheduled off day. Manager A.J. Hinch said he could have played if needed.
Manager Pete Mackanin said Kendrick still feels some tightness in his hamstring. The veteran was able to pinch-hit Sunday, so this still doesn't appear to be an injury that will require time on the disabled list. The Phillies have two games in Seattle this week and Mackanin said he might use Kendrick as the DH to get him at-bats without having to play the field.
Eickhoff, who is on the disabled list with an upper back strain, threw two 15-pitch simulated innings on Sunday. The Phillies will see how he feels Monday before making a determination whether he will come off the disabled list to start Wednesday against the Mariners.
The utility infielder was promoted to the majors and immediately delivered while filling in for Yunel Escobar (thumb). Escobar was seen playing catch on the field prior to Sunday's contest, so he may not require much more time off. That said, the Angels' offensive struggles at the keystone could open up playing time for Cowart. The 25-year-old slashed a healthy .315/.387/.467 with seven home runs and 15 steals in 68 games with Triple-A Salt Lake.
The 29-year-old received his second start in three games, collecting four hits in those starts. Revere's small window of playing time has coincided with a bit of a cold stretch from Eric Young. A changing of the guard isn't inconceivable between the two speedy outfielders, but Revere will have to improve on his .221/.236/.314 slash line in order the wrangle away the starting job for good.
Both of Bellinger's blasts were of the two-run variety, giving the rookie an eye-popping 24 homers on the year -- two behind fellow first-year big leaguer Aaron Judge. His 55 RBI are 10th in the majors, while his OPS of 1.021 is fourth behind Judge, Paul Goldschmidt and Ryan Zimmerman. Even though Bellinger is bound to have his growing pains at age 21, owners should be delighted by his continued elite production as the season's midpoint nears.
The Dodgers eventually prevailed 12-6 despite the fact the Rockies got out to an early 5-0 lead, which prevented McCarthy from taking his fourth loss of the season. He had allowed just six runs in his previous 34.1 innings, however, so there's no reason to fade the 33-year-old heading into his next start Saturday against the Padres.
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