This is just about it, we are down to the final set of the year. By this time Monday we will know exactly who will be playing who and when in the Playoffs, and a great majority of the league will be off golfing, and fishing, and whatever else the cool kids are doing on their vacation these days. Plus I’m sure we will have another round of “Surprise I was really injured and need surgery” hitting the news. Pretty soon, these recaps will be more narrowly focused, before they go into hibernation for the winter and we get the Hot Stove talk instead.
Twins 2, Indians 5 – Scouts: Cleveland picks up their 100th win. Jason Kipnis, Roberto Perez, and Jay Bruce all went yard while Carlos Carrasco lasted 8.1 scoreless innings. This is just the third time ever the Indians have broken the 100 mark.
Reds 3, Brewers 4 – Scouts: The Brew crew was able to hold on to their Wild Card possibilities by the slimmest of margins. Brett Phillips doubled home the go-ahead run in the 6th and the bullpen was able to hold of the Reds from there. Two games behind, but the Rockies have to deal with LA while the Brewers have to face off against the Cardinals on the road.
Pirates 4, Nationals 5 – Scouts: Sean Doolittle blew his first game of the season, giving up a two run shot to Josh Bell. Everything turned out alright for the Nats however as Alejando De Aza , who previously hit a go-ahead triple in the 7th, struck once more with a walk-off single after Daniel Hudson couldn’t hold the lead.
Rays 9, Yankees 6 – Scouts: The Yankees had a golden opportunity to take back a game against the Redsox, but could not hold back the Rays who rallied for 7 runs in the 5th inning, highlighted by a two-run Wilson Ramos homer. The Yankees are now 3 back and are unlikely to claim the division with just a small handful of games remaining. Sonny Gray continues to not be what the Yankees hoped for when they acquired him just before the deadline.
Braves 1, Marlins 7 – Scouts: Not really much to say about this game. Nothing terribly interesting really happened. Oh yea, that’s right, I almost forgot. Giancarlo Stanton hasn’t gotten headlines in a little while and was feeling a little bit neglected by the press, so he decided to destroy a few baseballs. Stanton is now at 59 dingers on the season.
Astros 12, Red Sox 2 – Scouts: Whoops, Boston had a whoopin put on them. In a potential Playoff Preview, the Astros blew the doors off this one in Boston. Eduardo Rodriguez lasted just 1.2 innings. Carlos Correa went 4-4 with a homer and three RBI’s as the ‘Stros came just a single win shy of 100.
Cubs 2, Cardinals 1 F/11 – Scouts: Okay, I thought the Angels game Wednesday night was the worst way to get bounced from playoff contention, this may have just taken the cake. St. Louis was able to tie the game at 1 each in the 6th, where the score stood until the 11th inning. That’s when Taylor Davis doubled home Kyle Schwarber. So what you are saying to yourself loudly at your monitor. Well, the real pain was brought in the bottom half of the frame when Leonys Martin robbed a home rum from Paul DeJong, that not only ended the game, but ended the season for the Cardinals. Damn son.
Athletics 4, Rangers 1 – Scouts: Sean Manaea went 6.2 giving up just a single run and three hits and that’s really about all I can say about this one.
Angels 4, White Sox 5 – Scouts: LA Blew a 2 run lead giving up 3 in the 8th, showing just why they came up just short of the playoffs.
Tigers 4, Royals 1 – Scouts: Daniel Norris pitched well and Nicholas Castellanos cleared the bases with a double and that’s your ballgame.