The Wild Card race is getting interesting. September is the month of anything happening. Let’s check out what happened during this week in the AL East.
TAMPA BAY RAYS
Game one was…interesting. Ryan Yarbrough only pitched two innings and gave up seven runs. After scoring in the first inning, the Rays were held to one run until the 4th inning. Nelson Cruz hit his 28th home run and went 3-for-6. Randy Arozarena went 2-for-6. Wander Franco went 4-for-6 and Yandy Diaz went 3-for-5. Austin Meadows hit his 24th home run, an inside-the-park home run, to tie the game. The game went into extra innings and the Rays ended up winning 11-10. Just a ridiculous game the Rays have no business of winning.
This game has everything pic.twitter.com/uep1YZfBhR — Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) September 6, 2021
Drew Rasmussen pitched five innings and gave up one run. Nelson Cruz went 4-for-5 and hit two home runs. Mike Zunino went 3-for-4 and hit two home runs. Jordan Luplow went 3-for-5 and hit his 10th home run. David Hess pitched in the 8th and 9th innings and for whatever reason, Kevin Cash pretty much left him out to dry. Hess gave up six runs. The Rays still won 12-7.
Shane McClanahan pitched five scoreless innings. Brandon Lowe went 2-for-3 with a walk. This game was scoreless until the 8th inning. Matt Wisler started the inning and was removed due to an injury. Seemed kind of weird since the pitcher seemed to say he was fine but Cash took him out anyway. Turned out he had inflammation on his finer that popped up again. JT Chargois replaced Wilser and gave up a 2-run home run to give up the lead. The Rays lost 2-1.
The Rays head to Detroit to face Miguel Cabrera and the Tigers. Michael Wacha and Luis Patino are scheduled to pitch.
BOSTON RED SOX
Chris Sale took the mound and what was thought to be a 99 percent sure win turned into a devastating loss. Sale pitched 3.2 innings and gave up five runs, one earned. The other four were due to an error by Alex Verdugo. The Sox had three errors in the game which allowed five unearned runs. Just a sloppy game. Hunter Renfroe went 3-for-5 against his former team. Taylor Motter went 2-for-5 and Rafael Devers went 2-for-4. The Sox were 6-for-15 with runners in scoring position. Garrett Richards, Josh Taylor, who returned from the COVID-IL, and Adam Ottavino each gave up a run. Garrett Whitlock gave up two earned runs, in total three due to the ghost runner. The Sox lost a game they shouldn’t have 11-10 in extra innings.
Enrique Hernandez and Danny Santana returned from the COVID IL. Eduardo Rodriguez pitched 3.2 innings and gave up six runs. Alex Verdugo went 3-for-5. Bobby Dalbec went 2-for-2 with both hits being home runs. Danny Santana hit his 5th home run. Kyle Schwarber went 2-for-4. The Sox tried to make Cash’s decision to keep Hess in the game a mistake but they ended up losing 12-7.
NO MORE RAYS
The Red Sox needed Nasty Nate and Nasty Nate was what they got. Nathan Eovaldi went seven scoreless innings with eight strikeouts. J.D. Martinez went 1-for-3 with a walk. Josh Taylor gave up the only run to the Rays in the 8th inning. Renfroe went 2-for-4, hit the game-winning 2-run home run, and threw out Joey Wendle at third to end the game. Hansel Robles got his 12th save. The Red Sox won 2-1 and avoided the sweep in the last game they played against the Rays in the regular season.
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