MLB Recap 9/27/13

Pirates one win away from a home playoff game [Friday MLB Recap]

9/28/13 in MLB   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Blog Photo - MLB Recap 9/27/13The final series of the regular season has begun, and there is still plenty to decide. Some of that was decided in terms of division winners, but both wild card games are still up in the air. The AL three time battle is as close as ever, while the NL battle still must decide who hosts that game. The Pirates took a big step towards it on Friday night, and we start with them.

Pittsburgh 4, Cincinnati 1 AJ Burnett was excellent, giving up just the one run in 8 innings (helped by defensive plays like the one shown below).



Pittsburgh scored 2 in the third on a Marlon Byrd single with the bases loaded. They added 2 more in the sixth with a blast by Pedro Alvarez.



Grilli came in to close it out, and with that the Pirates lead the Reds by two games. If they win either of the final two in Cincinnati, Pittsburgh will host the Wild Card game. The Reds need to win both the last two. That will leave the two teams tied for the season, but Cincinnati would host the Wild Card game because that would give them the season series (they came into this one tied at 8 for the year). However, the division is no longer an option for either team, because...

St. Louis 7, Chicago Cubs 0 Lance Lynn and the bullpen kept the Cubs off the board, and the Cardinals pounced early for 3 in the 1st. With the win, St. Louis clinches the NL Central, their first division title since 2009. Carpenter made a nice little play for the final clinching out.

 

Atlanta 1, Philadelphia 0 Kris Medlen (8 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 7 K) pitched like he did the second half of last year to outduel Cliff Lee (8 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 13 K). A Chris Johnson 8th inning homer was the only run of the game. Both the Braves and Cardinals are at 95-65, tied for the best record in the National League.

Toronto 6, Tampa Bay 3 Jeremy Hellickson's terrible 2013 continued, as he gave up 6 runs (3 earned) in 4 2/3 innings. The Tampa offense never really got it going against RA Dickey until the 8th, when he left the game with the bases loaded. James Loney promptly ground into a double play to end the threat.

Cleveland 12, Minnesota 6 The Indians poured it on early and often, scoring 4 in the 1st and 3 in the 2nd. The Twins got it as close as 9-6, but Cleveland added another run in the 8th and 2 in the 9th. This is the Indians' 8th straight win, which would be more impressive if they weren't playing the Astros, White Sox, and Twins. They'll take the wins though, and are now tied with the Rays atop to the Wild Card standings.

Texas 5, L.A. Angels 3 Although the Angels tied it at 3 in the 5th, the Rangers bullpen came in and did not allow a single baserunner. Texas added two in the 7th to take back the lead and get a big win. Here are the Wild Card standings.
 
Tampa Bay 90-70 -
Cleveland 90-70 -
Texas 89-71 1

Yes, a three way tie for the two spots is still possible.

Boston 12, Baltimore 3 Chris Davis hit his 53rd homer. I'd prefer to forget the rest of this game. Boston is now 2 up on Oakland for the best record in the AL, meaning home-field throughout the AL playoffs, and in fact through the World Series, is essentially in Boston's hands.

 

Miami 3, Detroit 2 The Tigers have clinched the division, and are looking like the #3 seed, so it didn't really matter except for this being Miami 60th's win. What mattered was this catch by Placido Polanco, the new definition of full extension.

 

Oakland 8, Seattle 2 In fact, this win clinched home field in the ALDS for Oakland, as they get to King Felix for three runs in the 1st, then sealed the victory once the King left the game. More than likely it's going to Detroit at Oakland for Game 1 of the ALDS, with Boston vs. the Wild Card game winner in the other ALDS.

L.A. Dodgers 11, Colorado 0 Clayton Kershaw ends his Cy Young year, and possible MVP year, with 6 shutout innings while striking out 8. His season ERA is 1.83. Ho hum.

N.Y. Yankees 3, Houston 2 Three runs in the 4th were enough for the Yankees, who are tied with Baltimore for 3rd in the AL East. No, Mariano Rivera did not get the save, nor did he play center field. Houston is one loss away from 110.

Washington 8, Arizona 4 Stephen Strasburg goes 7, gives up 2, and strikes out 4. His season ends at 8-9 with a 3.00 ERA (8th in the NL), and 191 strikeouts (tied for 12th in the NL). Good, but it feels a little disappointing, just like the Nationals season.

San Francisco 7, San Diego 3 Home runs by Belt and Pence in the 3rd gave the Giants a lead they would not relinquish.

Kansas City 5, Chicago White Sox 1 James Shields struck out 10, while Chris Sale struggled and gave up 4 runs in 5 1/3.

Milwaukee 4, N.Y. Mets 2 Both of these teams now have 73 wins, as do the Blue Jays. A tight battle for the 9th-11th picks in next June's draft.
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