Players of the Day for Wednesday, July 22, 2015
|Castellanos: Grand Slam|
The Tigers took a 2-1 lead in the series which concludes Thursday afternoon in Detroit.
For Castellanos, the homer was his eighth this season and got the scoring started for the Tigers. Kinsler, who was 4-for-5, finished the eight-run barrage with an RBI double. He added another double and two singles, scoring twice in the contest, the first time, on Castellanos' slam, after reaching on a bunt single.
The Tigers continue to struggle, but regained the .500 mark at 47-47, They trail the Royals in the AL Central by 10 1/2 games and are also three games behind the second-place Twins.
Nelson Cruz homered twice for Seattle, his 23rd and 24th both coming off Detroit starter - and winning pitcher - Anibal Sanchez (10-7).
|Leake Improves to 8-5|
Kyle Schwarber drove in Addison Russell in the third inning for Chicago's only run.
Leake (8-5) didn't issue any walks, struck out six and threw 74 of 111 pitches for strikes.
Later, the Reds dropped the nightcap, 6-5, furthering the woes of the Cincinnati franchise, falling 17 1/2 behind the division-leading Cardinals in the NL Central. The Reds have struggled throughout the season, and currently have a mark of 42-51.
Chicago is nine games behind St. Louis, good for third place in the division.
St. Louis topped the White Sox, 3-2 on Wednesday.