Something for everyone during Friday night baseball [MLB Friday Recap]
L.A. Dodgers 2, Boston 0 Ricky Nolasco a solid pitcher, but looked like a world beater against Boston, throwing 8 shutout innings and giving up just 2 hits. The Red Sox apparently forgot their bats in San Francisco. This Hanley Ramriez home run in the 4th provided the only runs of the game.
St. Louis 3, Atlanta 1 Adam Wainwright dominating makes more sense. Waino went the distance giving up just the one run on six hits while striking out 9.
Baltimore 9, Oakland 7 Neither starter made it out of the 5th. The Orioles took the lead on a Brian Roberts grand slam, lost it immediately in the 5th, and got it back with 3 runs in the 7th. Jim Johnson came in to close and actually was very good, with a three-up, three-down save.
Philadelphia 4, Arizona 3 Chase Utley wins on the always enjoyable walk-off walk. If you're a baseball nerd on the Internet like me, you know what that means. Shrimp alert!
Tampa Bay 7, N.Y. Yankees 2 The Rays got to Hiroki Kuroda thanks to the home runs by Jose Lobaton, Evan Longoria, Matt Joyce, and Ben Zobrist.Meanwhile, Chris Archer continued his run with 7 innings and 2 earned runs.
To update the standings, the AL East is again tied between Tampa and Boston. The loser would be the first wild card. Oakland holds the second wild card (and are 3.5 back in the West) by 2 games over Baltimore, 2.5 over Cleveland, and 3.5 over the Yankees.
Pittsburgh 3, San Francisco 1 Now the Pirates are getting good performances from Charlie Morton (7.2 IP, 1 ER)? Now they're getting their only runs from Clint Barmes three run homers? Sheesh.
Milwaukee 6, Cincinnati 4 A 3-3 tie was broken in the 8th by homers by Khris Davis (his second of the day) and Scooter Gennett. Yes, those are the names of baseball players.
To update the NL Central, Pittsburgh leads St. Louis by one game and Cincinnati by 3.5. The Reds remain 7 clear of Arizona for the second wild card.
Detroit 6, N.Y. Mets 1 Miguel Cabrera vs. Dice-K. Take a guess how that ended.
Texas 11, Chicago White Sox 5 The Rangers would put it away later, but I'm guessing White Sox fans knew it wasn't going to be their night after this play.
Minnesota 5, Cleveland 1 Ubaldo Jimenez struck out 10, but that doesn't soften the blow of giving up RBI doubles to guys like Pedro Florimon and Chris Herrmann.
Washington 11, Kansas City 10 A wild game sees the Nationals fall behind 6-0 after two innings, get it all back and then some in the 4th, then get three more runs in the 7th. They would need all of them in the 9th, as the Royals scored three and had the winning run at first until two fly outs ended it. BTW, Bryce Harper is good.
L.A. Angels 2, Seattle 0 Another King Felix start wasted, as the Mariners could not score on the immortal Garrett Richards.
Houston 12, Toronto 4 The Blue Jays are at the throw stuff on the wall and see if it sticks stage with its rotation. Todd Redmond did not stick.
San Diego 8, Chicago Cubs 6 Falling behind 6-0 in the first innings made Padres fans go something something. Go crazy? DON'T MIND IF I DO!!
The question is what did he do when the Padres chipped away at the lead inning by inning and took it over in the 7th?
Colorado 3, Miami 2 I don't know who Ryan Wheeler is, but his 8th inning double plated what turned out to be the winning run. Good for him.