The Yankees Voodoo is working again [MLB Friday Recap]
N.Y. Yankees 10, Boston 3 Alfonso Soriano is the hottest player in baseball right now. He went 3-for-4 with a homer and 4 RBIs. Soriano has 18 RBIs in his last four games, which ties an MLB record. Mark Reynolds also hit a homer for the Yankees in his first game in pinstripes. Seriously, how does this keep happening?
Kansas City 2, Detroit 1 (Game 1) Danny Duffy (6 IP, 1 H, 0 R) outdueled Justin Verlander (8 IP, 2 ER). That's huge for Duffy, who was part of the Royals prospect armada a few years back, but has been recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Kansas City 3, Detroit 0 (Game 2) James Shields showed why he's known as Big Game James with 7 shutout innings, albeit with 4 walks and just 1 strikeout. With the doubleheader sweep, the Royals are 6.5 back of the Tigers in the Central, and 5 back in the Wild Card. Hope is still alive in Kansas City.
L.A. Dodgers 4, Philadelphia 0 Ryne Sandberg's first game as Phillies manager ends in a familiar result for the team. It's Philly's 9th straight loss to the Dodgers. Zach Greinke threw 7 1/3 scoreless innings.
Tampa Bay 5, Toronto 4 Jose Lobaton hit it in just the right spot for the rare walk-off triple.
Oakland 3, Cleveland 2 The Indians has two men on in the 9th, but this liner turned into the game ending double play. Oakland's lead for the second wild card is 4 games.
Atlanta 3, Washington 2 (10 innings) The Nationals are long dead, but it's fun to see the Braves continually beating the dead horse. Here's Justin Upton with a walk-off homer in the 10th.
Also, here's Paul Janish with maybe the night's top defensive play.
Pittsburgh 6, Arizona 2 The RBIs for Pittsburgh: Alvarez (2), Walker, McCutchen, Tabata (2 on a HR). Gerrit Cole had a quality start, and Gomez and Melancon didn't give up a baserunner in 3 innings of relief work. That's a textbook win for the Pirates both now and in the years to come.
Chicago Cubs 7, St. Louis 0 Jake Arrieta threw 7 shutout innings and struck out 7. Having seen him fail repeatedly in Baltimore, all I can say is how the hell did that happen?
Milwaukee 7, Cincinnati 6 You wouldn't expect Aroldis Chapman vs. Jonathan Lucroy to end in a Lucroy walk-off homer, but here we are.
Seattle 3, Texas 1 Kyle Seager hit a 2 run homer in the 8th to put Seattle ahead, and Justin Smoak provided insurance in the 9th with a solo shot. The bullpen didn't fail for once.
Colorado 6, Baltimore 3 Wei-Yin Chen struggles in the 7th, so naturally he was left in the game to give up to go-ahead home run to Wilin Rosario. Then K-Rod came in, gave up a homer, and hurt his groin. Then Jim Johnson came in and gave up a home run. That's 4 straight losses for the Birds, and I feel sick to my stomach.
San Francisco 14, Miami 10 The box score tells you all you really need to know about this one.
Houston 8, L.A. Angels 2 Mike Trout had a nice catch. That's about all that went right for the Angels.
Chicago White Sox 5, Minnesota 2 Two runs in the 2nd and 3rd were plenty for the White Sox.
N.Y. Mets 5, San Diego 2 Jonathon Niese gave up just one run and struck out 9 in 6 innings. Ian Kennedy didn't get out of the 5th and gave up homers to Marlon Byrd, Ike Davis, and Daniel Murphy. Not quite what the Padres were looking for.