MLB Recap 9/20/13

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9/21/13 in MLB   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Blog Photo - MLB Recap 9/20/13Late September can feel just like October in terms of tension, and that goes double for game that head into extra innings. Unless that game goes deep into the night, then it becomes excruciating. Then if your team loses, you're up at 2 am after being awake for 20 hours straight left wondering if you should reevaluate your life. Not that I would know, of course. Ahem.

Tampa Bay 5, Baltimore 4 (18 innings) This is the longest game in terms of time in Orioles history, and both teams set a record for pitchers used in one game, with 21. Here's the walk-off, and let's never speak of this again.

 

Cincinnati 6, Pittsburgh 5 (10 innings) Up 5-2 and with Francisco Liriano, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle turned to his closer, Mark Melancon. Liriano had thrown only 94 pitches, and two lefties, who Liriano has owned, were coming up for the Reds. You can probably guess what happened. Helped by a few errors, the Reds came back and tied it on this single which scored two (helped by Billy Hamilton's ridiculous speed). Then in the 10th, Joey Votto reminded everyone he's Joey Votto, and just like that, the Reds stole one and put a huge crimp in the Pirates hopes of winning the Central.

 

St. Louis 7, Milwaukee 6 (10 innings) Mike Matheny also did not cover himself in managerial glory last night. He left struggling closer Edward Mujica long enough to blow a 6-4 lead the Cardinals had just gotten in top half of the 9th. Luckily for St. Louis, they quickly got two men with none out in the 10th, and a Carlos Beltran sac fly plated what would be the winning run. With that, the NL Central now looks like this.
 
St. Louis 90-64 -
Cincinnati 88-66 2
Pittsburgh 88-66 2

It's looking more and more like the division is the Cardinals, while the Reds and Pirates are in a dogfight to host the Wild Card game.

Boston 6, Toronto 3 The Red Sox clinched the AL East with this win. It is Boston's first ever worst to first season.

Kansas City 2, Texas 1 Neftali Feliz, he of the golden arm but making only his 6th appearance of the season vs. Alcides Escobar, he of the great glove but no bat whatsoever. Tie game. 8th inning. Bases loaded. What happened? A four pitch walk, of all things. That plated the go-ahead run for the Royals, and a three-up, three-down inning from Greg Holland gave the Royals the win and kept their slim playoff hopes alive. The Rangers collapse continues.

N.Y. Yankees 5, San Francisco 1 Presented without comment: The new career leader in grand slams is Alex Rodriguez, who hit his 24th, breaking a tie with Lou Gehrig. That slam broke a 1-1 tie in the 7th.

 

Cleveland 2, Houston 1 (7 innings) As if the Indians didn't have easy enough with their cake schedule down the stretch, now they don't even have to play a full game. This one was called due to rain after seven. This win plus the Texas loss puts the Indians into a Wild Card position. Here are the standings, as well as Baseball Prospectus's current Playoff Odds.
 
Tampa Bay 84-69 +0.5 78.1%
Cleveland 84-70 - 59.9%
Texas 83-70 0.5 49.7%
Kansas City 81-72 2.5 6.2%
Baltimore 81-72 2.5 4.2%
N.Y. Yankees 81-73 3 1.8%

As you can see, it's looking good for Tampa and Cleveland. Texas should still be in it, but they're certainly not playing like it. The Royals, O's, and Yankees are hanging on by a thread and can't really afford any more losses, especially Kansas City and Baltimore given who they play this weekend.

Washington 8, Miami 0 Jordan Zimmermann threw a 2 hit shutout while striking out 9. However, with the Reds' comeback win, the Nationals remain 5 games out of the Wild Card with 8 games to play, meaning they are most definitely out now.

The Rest of the Games

Atlanta 9, Chicago Cubs 5
N.Y. Mets 6, Philadelphia 4
Detroit 12, Chicago White Sox 5
Colorado 9, Arizona 4
L.A. Angels 3, Seattle 2 (11 innings) - Walk-off winner for Chris Iannetta.
Oakland 11, Minnesota 0
San Diego 2, L.A. Dodgers 0 - The Dodgers lineup one day after clinching was something else.
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