The AL East Wild card is heating up. The last couple of weeks of the regular season will be exciting. Let’s see what happened during the week.
TAMPA BAY RAYS
Collin McHugh pitched 2.1 scoreless innings. Ryan Yarbrough went 2.1 innings and gave up seven runs. Cash tried the opener in hopes that Yarbrough pitched better but the man was tired. He shouldn’t be pitching if the Rays want to keep the division. Austin Meadows hit his 25th home run. The Rays lost 8-1.
David Rasmussen pitched five scoreless innings. Ji-Man Choi went 2-for-3 and hit his 10th home run. Brandon Lowe hit his 34th home run. The Rays won 2-0.
Michael Wacha went six innings and gave up six runs. Mike Zunino hit his 30th home run. Brett Phillips hit his 12th home run. The Rays lost 6-3.
The Tigers came into town and Louis Head took the mound. He was the opener and pitched one inning. Dietrich Enns went four innings and gave up one run. Yandy Diaz hit his 11th home run and went 2-for-4. Zunino hit his 31st home run. The Rays won 5-2.
Z B💣MB no. 31 pic.twitter.com/NRSDbi1I9p — Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) September 17, 2021
The series against the Tigers continues over the weekend. Luis Patino and Ryan Yarbrough (not sure why they are going to keep having him start games) are scheduled to pitch.
TORONTO BLUE JAYS
Alek Manoah went eight scoreless innings against the Rays. Bo Bichette hit his 24th home run. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his 45th home run. Teoscar Hernandez went 5-for-5. Lourdes Gurriel Jr.and Ryan Grichuk went 3-for-4. The Jays won 8-1.
Jose Berrios went seven innings and gave up one run. George Springer went 1-for-4. The Jays lost 2-1.
Robbie Ray went seven innings and gave up one run. Bichette went 2-for-3 and hit his 25th home run. Guerrero Jr went 2-for-3. The Jays won 6-3.
FUN FACT: @RobbieRay currently leads the AL in… 🔥 ERA (2.64) 🔥 Strikeouts (233) 🔥 Quality Starts (22) 🔥 Innings (177.1) pic.twitter.com/pmMlOfmLWH — Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) September 16, 2021
The Jays next face the Twins at home. Hyun Jin Ryu and Steven Matz are scheduled to pitch.
BOSTON RED SOX
Eduardo Rodriguez went six innings and gave up two runs, one earned. Jose Iglesias went 2-for-3 and hit his 9th home run. Xander Bogaerts went 2-for-4 and hit his 21st home run. J.D. Martinez returned to the lineup and went 0-for-3 with a walk. Ryan Brasier gave up three runs in the 0.2 innings he pitched. The Sox lost 5-4.
Nathan Eovaldi went five innings and gave up two runs, one earned. The defense committed two errors. Martinez went 2-for-5 and hit his 26th home run, which was the first run in the game. Bogaerts went 2-for-5. Bobby Dalbec hit his 22nd home run. Alex Verdugo went 2-for-4 and hit his 13th home run. The Sox won 8-4.
Nate has a 1.90 ERA in his last 7 starts, his lowest ERA over any 7-start span in a single season.#RedSox x @NationalPro pic.twitter.com/CSXFHI3Egn — Red Sox (@RedSox) September 15, 2021
Tanner Houck went 4.1 innings and gave up three runs. Iglesias went 2-for-2. Hunter Renfroe hit his 28th home run. The Sox won 9-4.