The wild card standings are very close. Let’s see what happened over the weekend and what is to come this week in the AL East.
TAMPA BAY RAYS
Michael Wacha went five innings and gave up one run against the Tigers. Pete Fairbanks gave up three runs and only had one out in his outing. Nelson Cruz and Kevin Kiermaier went 2-for-4. Rays lost 10-4.
Luis Patino went 4.1 innings and gave up two runs. Cruz hit his 31st home run. Yandy Diaz went 2-for-5. Brett Phillips hit his 11th home run. David Robertson had his first blown save of the season. The Rays lost 8-7 in extra innings.
The Rays head to Toronto to play three games against the Jays. Drew Rasmussen and Michael Wacha are scheduled to pitch.
TORONTO BLUE JAYS
Robbie Ray went 4.1 innings and gave up three runs against the Orioles. There was some chirping going on from the Orioles manager and later, Ray said he thought it was curious that the O’s were laying off his slider. Bo Bichette went 2-for-5. Marcus Semien and Lourdes Gurriel Jr.went 2-for-4. The Jays lost and had their win streak ended 6-3.
Game one of the doubleheader had Hyun Jin Ryu on the mound. He lasted only 2.1 innings and gave up seven runs. Vladimir Guerrero Jr.hit his 43rd home run. Gurriel Jr hit his 17th home run and went 2-for-3. Teoscar Hernandez went 3-for-4. The Jays won 11-10.
Thomas Hatch went four innings and gave up one run in the second game. Bichette hit his 23rd home run and went 2-for-4. Alejandro Kirk hit his 8th home run and Semien hit his 39th. Hernandez went 2-for-4 and hit his 26th home run. The Jays won 11-2.
Steven Matz went six innings and gave up five runs. Bichette went 2-for-4 and Danny Jansen went 4-for-6. Guerrero Jr hit his 44th home run which tied him with Shohei Ohtani. The Jays won a laugher, 22-7.
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) September 12, 2021
BOSTON RED SOX
Tanner Houck went 3.2 innings and gave up four runs, three earned against the White Sox. Xander Bogaerts returned to the lineup and went 2-for-3 with a walk. J.D. Martinez was scratched from the lineup because of back spasms. Bobby Dalbec and Christian Vazquez went 2-for-4. The Sox lost 4-3.
Connor Seabold made his MLB debut against the White Sox. He went three innings and gave up two runs. Martinez was scratched from the lineup against with back spasms. Travis Shaw hit his 9th home run and went 2-for-5. Enrique Hernandez went 2-for-5 and Vazquez went 2-for-3. The Sox won in extra innings 9-8.
What an ending!
(Spoiler Alert: We Won) pic.twitter.com/7XLmHgmYTk
— Red Sox (@RedSox) September 12, 2021
Nick Pivetta returned from the COVID IL and pitched 5.1 innings. He gave up an unearned run in the 6th inning which was the first run of the game. Jose Iglesias went 2-for-3. The Sox lost 2-1 on a walk-off home run that Garrett Whitlock gave up.
NEW YORK YANKEES
Jordan Montgomery started the subway series in the CitiField on Friday. He only lasted 3.1 innings and gave up seven runs, five earned. The defense had two errors. Joey Gallo hit his 32nd home run. Anthony Rizzo hit his 20th home run. Brett Gardner went 2-for-4. The Yanks lost 10-3.
Corey Kluber went four innings and gave up four runs. Gardner went 2-for-5 and hit his 8th home run. Kyle Higashioka hit his 10th home run. Aaron Judge went 2-for-4 and hit two home runs. Gleyber Torres and Giancarlo Stanton went 2-for-4. The offense came back from behind in the 8th and won 8-7.
WHISTLING? PITCH TIPPING?
Clarke Schmidt started for the Yankees in the series finale. He went 4.1 innings and gave up 5 runs, 4 earned. Torres hit a 2-run home run, which was his 400th career hit. Aaron Judge left the game early because of dizziness. Torres hit his 7th home run of the season that brought the Yankees within one run.
Stanton hit his 27th of the year and went 2-for-5. As he was running the bases, he slowed down around Lindor and seemed to tell him “don’t talk s–t”. Turns out that the Mets accused the Yankees of whistling as Taijuan Walker was tipping his pitches the night before. Francisco Lindor had made a gesture about whistling as he ran the bases during his second home run of the night.
Later, Boone said the players were being loud all series, doing nothing. Stanton and Gallo said it was Wandy Peralta during the first couple innings before heading to the bullpen to help liven up the dugout. Lindor said that he wasn’t accusing the Yankees but felt something out of the ordinary was happening.
Of course, Chad Green gives up that winning home run to, you guessed it, Lindor. The last out of the game? Yep, Stanton, and who caught it? Yep, Lindor. The Yankees lost 7-6.
Ice, Ice, Gleyby. pic.twitter.com/uD1q5XEorV
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) September 13, 2021
Chris Ellis went five innings and gave up one run against the Jays. Cedric Mullins hit his 28th home run. Ryan McKenna hit his 2nd home run and Anthony Santander hit his 15th home run. Austin Hays went 2-for-5. The Orioles won 6-3.
TONY TATERS COMES UP HUUUUUUUGE! pic.twitter.com/yHc9I0Kr1u
— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) September 11, 2021
Dean Kremer went four innings and gave up five runs in the first game of the doubleheader. Santander hit his 15th home run and went 3-for-4. Hays hit two home runs in the game. Ryan Mountcastle hit his 27th home run. The O’s lost 11-10.
Keegan Akin went six innings and gave up three runs in the second game. Mullins hit his 29th home run. The O’s lost 11-2.
Zac Lowther went two innings and gave up seven runs. Mountcastle hit his 28th home run and went 2-for-5. The O’s lost 22-7.
The Yankees are out of the Wild Card spot with Sunday night’s loss. The Jays and Red Sox are somewhat tied for the top wild-card spot. That all can change this week. With the end of the season around the corner, the AL Wild Card is looking to be exciting.
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