MLB Recap 9/7/13

The races continue to tighten up [MLB Saturday Recap]

9/8/13 in MLB   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Blog Photo - MLB Recap 9/7/13We're short on time, so we'll just stick to the games that matters for the pennant races. A couple of walk-offs highlight Saturday's action.

Baltimore 4, Chicago White Sox 3 (10 innings) The Orioles were 2-for-18 with runners in scoring position. Luckily the 2nd of those hits was Matt Wieters single that scored the winning run. It was needed after Chicago scored one in the top half of the inning. BTW, this video is the first I've seen of the game, because the DC FOX affliate chose to show the Yankees-Red Sox game, and MLB blackout rules are stupid.

 

Cincinnati 4, L.A. Dodgers 3 (10 innings) Todd Frazier was the walk-off hero in this one. His single scored Billy Hamilton. Hamilton has yet to have a plate appearance in the big leagues, but already has 4 stolen bases and 3 runs scored as a pinch runner.

 

St. Louis 5, Pittsburgh 0 Good Adam Wainwright came back at the right time for the Cardinals. Seven shutout innings while striking out 8 and surrendering just 2 hits led the Cards to victory and the division lead. Here's the NL Central standings coming into today's games. Today is the last time the Cardinals and Pirates play this season.
 
St. Louis 82-60 -
Pittsburgh 81-60 0.5
Cincinnati 81-62 1.5

Boston 13, N.Y. Yankees 9 Up 12-3 after five, the Red Sox came closer to blowing it for comfort, as the Yankees got to within three before Boston tacked on an insurance run in the 9th. Xander Bogaerts hit his first career homer. Although the Yankees lost, this was a pretty sweet catch by Ichiro.

 

Cleveland 9, N.Y. Mets 4 The Indians are hot again, winning their 4th straight. They started this game off right, first with the incredible double play below, then by putting up 5 in their half of the first.

 

Kansas City 4, Detroit 3 The Royals aren't quite dead yet. A Salvador Perez homer in the 6th, off Justin Verlander, provided the eventual winning runs.

Seattle 6, Tampa Bay 2 The Rays are officially collapsing, having lost 8 of their last 10. Chris Archer only threw 4 innings, as the M's raced to a 5-0 lead that the Tampa offense couldn't come back from. The race for second AL Wild Card looks like this right now.
 
Tampa Bay 77-64 -
Cleveland 76-65 1
Baltimore 76-65 1
N.Y. Yankees 75-67 2.5
Kansas City 74-68 3.5


Oakland 2, Houston 1 It ended up a pitchers duel between Dan Straily and Brett Oberholtzer. Homers by Cespedes and Lowrie were enough for the A's.

L.A. Angels 8, Texas 3 Derek Holland was shelled for 8 runs (only 4 earned though) as the Angels rolled. The AL West race looks like this.
 
Oakland 82-60 -
Texas 80-61 1.5


The Rest of the Games

Philadelphia 6, Atlanta 5
Milwaukee 5, Chicago Cubs 3
Toronto 11, Minnesota 2
Washington 9, Miami 2
San Diego 2, Colorado 1
Arizona 2, San Francisco 1
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9/9/13   |   ML31   |   3658 respect

I didn't know MLB still had any significant races...