AL East Weekend Recap- 4/25

The Rays and Red Sox play against each other for the first time this season. The Jays face the Astros in Houston. The O’s face Shohei Ohtani and the Angels. Let’s see what happened over the weekend.

NEW YORK YANKEES (10-6)

Jameson Taillon pitched against the Guardians in the first game of the series. He went five innings, gave up one run, and struck out five. Aaron Judge went 2-for-3 with a walk and two home runs. The Yankees won 4-1.

I will not talk about the incidents that happened much. I will just say: it doesn’t matter why Myles Straw climbed the fence in left field to tell off a fan. There is absolutely no justified reason to throw stuff on the field. It can injure someone. 

On to the game: Nestor Cortes pitched 6.1 innings, struck out eight, and gave up two runs. Josh Donaldson hit his second home run of the season. Isiah Kiner-Falefa went 2-for-4. Joey Gallo got a hit. The Yankees came back from behind and won on a pinch-hit single by Gleyber Torres. The Yankees won 5-4.

Gerrit Cole took the mound to get back into his ace form. He pitched 6.2 scoreless innings and struck out nine. That’s the Cole Yankee fans love. Anthony Rizzo hit a 2-run home run to give the team the lead. DJ LeMahieu went 3-for-4 with a home run. Torres went 2-for-3 with a walk. Tim Locastro hit a pinch-hit 2 -run home run in the 8th inning. The pitching staff kept Jose Ramirez to only one hit in the series. The Yankees sweep the Guardians and win 10-2.

Cole Train Comin' Through.@GerritCole45 🚂 pic.twitter.com/1ilLkCpd44 — New York Yankees (@Yankees) April 24, 2022

The O’s come to the Bronx for a three-game set. Luis Severino, Jordan Montgomery, and Jameson Taillon are scheduled to pitch.

BOSTON RED SOX (7-9)

Michael Wacha took the mound against the Rays. He went five innings, struck out three, and gave up two runs. J.D. Martinez wasn’t in the lineup again in game one. Rafael Devers hit his third home run of the season. Alex Verdugo and Kike Hernandez both went 2-for-4. Xander Bogaerts went 3-for-4. Matt Barnes got his first save of the season by getting the third out with the bases loaded. The Red Sox won 4-3.

Garrett Whitlock made his first MLB start. He pitched four scoreless innings and struck out seven. The offense was being no-hit until the 10th inning. There was only one hit between both teams for 9 innings. It was a great pitchers/bullpen duel. Bobby Dalbec tripled in the first run of the game. Christian Vazquez got a sac fly for the second run. In a heartbreaking fashion, an error was made and Hansel Robles gave up a game-winning home run to Kevin Kiermaier. The Sox lost 3-2.

Rich Hill returned from the bereavement list and pitched four scoreless innings. Phillips Valdez only lasted one out and was charged with three runs. Xander Bogaerts went 1-for-4 and Kike Hernandez went 1-for-3 with a walk. Tanner Houck went 1.2 scoreless innings. The Sox lost 5-2.

They head to Toronto somewhat as a full team. There are a couple that won’t be joining like Houck. Nathan Eovaldi, Nick Pivetta, and Michael Wacha are scheduled to pitch.

TAMPA BAY RAYS (8-7)

Corey Kluber pitched five innings, struck out three, and gave up four runs to the Red Sox. Yandy Diaz went 2-for-4. Wander Franco went 2-for-5 with two home runs. The offense had the bases loaded for Franco in the 9th but he couldn’t push the tying run across. The Rays lost 4-3.

J.P. Feyereisen was the opener for the Rays. He pitched two scoreless innings and struck out two. Ji-Man Choi and Josh Lowe struck out three times each. The bullpen kept the Red Sox offense without a hit for nine innings. After Matt Wisler gave up two runs in the 10th inning, an error allowed Kevin Kiermaier to hit the game-winning home run. The Rays won 3-2.

IN(KK)REDIBLE pic.twitter.com/pumna1AhTT — Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) April 24, 2022

Shane McClanahan pitched seven innings, struck out seven, and gave up two runs. Yandy Diaz hit a home run. Randy Arozarena went 2-for-4 and Ji-Man Choi went 2-for-2. The Rays won and took the series 5-2.

The Rays next face the Mariners at home. Corey Kluber is the only starter named for the series.

TORONTO BLUE JAYS (10-6)

Ross Stripling took the mound against the Astros. He went four innings, struck out two, and gave up three runs. Santiago Espinal and Bradley Zimmer each hit a home run. Vladimir Guerrero Jr and Ramiel Tapia went 2-for-4. The Jays won 4-3.

Alek Manoah pitched six innings, struck out five, and gave up two runs. George Springer said hello to his former home with a home run in the first inning. Guerrero went 2-for-4. The Jays won 3-2.

Yusei Kikuchi pitched 3.2 innings, struck out four, and gave up four runs, two of them earned. Lourdes Gurriels Jr and Zach Collins each went 2-for-5 with a home run. Guerrero went 2-for-3 with a walk. The Jays lost 8-7.

The Red Sox come into town for a four-game set. Jose Berrios, Kevin Gausman, Ross Stripling, and Alek Manoah are scheduled to pitch.

BALTIMORE ORIOLES (6-10)

Bruce Zimmermann pitched six innings, struck out six, and gave up three runs, two earned against the Angels. Robinson Chirinos went 2-for-4. The O’s won 5-3. 

Before game two, it was announced that John Means will be undergoing Tommy John surgery. Spenser Watkins pitched five innings, struck out three, and gave up two runs. Ryan Mountcastle went 2-for-5. Anthony Bemboom went 2-for-4. The O’s won 5-4.

pic.twitter.com/oibcL654qQ — John Means (@JMeans25) April 23, 2022

Chris Ellis didn’t even last an out. He gave up five runs in his short outing. Trey Mancini went 2-for-4 with a home run. Austin Hays also hit a home run. Cedric Mullins went 2-for-3 with two walks. The O’s lost 7-6.

After an off-day, the O’s head to New York to play against the Yankees. Jordan Lyles, Tyler Wells, and Bruce Zimmermann are scheduled to pitch.

OUTSIDE THE AL EAST

Miguel Cabrera etched his name in MLB history in the first game of a doubleheader in Detroit when he got his 3,000th career hit against the Colorado Rockies. His former teammate, Jose Iglesias, was able to congratulate him and give him the ball.

One of 33 players with 3,000 hits. Congrats, @MiguelCabrera! pic.twitter.com/0oWJHvmQ6A — MLB (@MLB) April 23, 2022

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