With just a little over a month left of the season, anything can happen. While it isn’t time to look at elimination numbers, eyes should be kept on the standings. Let’s see what happened this week and what is to come over the weekend in the American League East.
TAMPA BAY RAYS
Ryan Yarbrough went four innings and gave up two runs. Brandon Lowe hit his 30th home run. Francisco Mejia went 2-for-4 and hit his 6th home run. Wander Franco went 3-for-5. Joey Wendle went 2-for-5 and Yandy Diaz went 2-for-4. The Rays won 7-4.
After another day off, they will face the Orioles over the weekend. Shane McClanahan is scheduled to pitch.
NEW YORK YANKEES
The Yankees and Braves meet up for a quick two-game series. Both teams entered the series with a 9-game winning streak. Fortunately for the Yankees, their streak continued entering Oakland.
Jordan Montgomery went five innings and gave up the only run the Braves scored. Giancarlo Stanton went 2-for-3 and hit his 21st home run of the year. Anthony Rizzo went 0-for-5. Joey Gallo went 0-for-2 with two walks and scored each of those times. The Yankees continued their winning streak to 11 by winning 5-1.
Andrew Heaney went four innings and gave up two runs. Stanton hit his 22nd home run and Rougned Odor hit his 15th home run. Aaron Judge went 2-for-4. The Yankees were leading 5-3 before Aroldis Chapman pitched in the 9th. The day after he had a smooth 9th inning, he ended up giving up a run via a walk and leaving the game with the bases loaded and two outs. Wandy Peralta had to come in to pitch against Freddie Freeman to get the last out. The Yankees won the nail-biter 5-4.
WILD CARD RACE
After the off-day on Wednesday, the team started their four-game series against the A’s. Gio Urshela returned to the lineup and Jameson Taillon took the mound. He started fine in the first couple of innings but gave up 3 runs in the 4th in which he walked three batters. He only lasted 3.2 innings and gave up five runs.
The offense had taken a 6-0 lead in the 3rd inning and lost the lead by the 5th inning. Albert Abreu relieved for Taillon and gave up the tying run. Stanton hit his 23rd home run, Gallo hit his 30th and Brett Gardner hit his 6th home run. Aaron Judge brought in Tyler Wade to score the 7th run and Chapman closed it out. The Yankees won 7-6 and the save with Chapman’s 300th in his career.
Gallo, is it me you're looking for? pic.twitter.com/098HU8S8ve — New York Yankees (@Yankees) August 27, 2021
BOSTON RED SOX
Monday was supposed to be an off day for the Sox but it turned into the makeup game from Hurricane Henri. Nathan Eovaldi went seven innings and gave up one run. Alex Verdugo went 2-for-3 and hit his 12th home run. Hunter Renfroe hit his 23rd home run. The Sox offense had the lead until the 9th inning.
Matt Barnes got his 6th blown save of the season on a ground-rule double that tied the game. The Rangers scored in the top of the 10th but Rafael Devers hit a double to score Xander Bogaerts in the bottom of the inning, a strike away from losing the game. Travis Shaw sent everyone home at the bottom of the 11th with a walk-off grand slam. The Sox win 8-4 in a game that shouldn’t have been 11 innings.
The first game against the Twins went from being a sure win to another unnecessary nail-biter. Tanner Houck went 4.2 innings and gave up three runs. Shaw hit his 8th home run. Renfroe hit two home runs in the game. Enrique Hernandez hit his 16th home run. Verdugo went 3-for-3 with a walk. The Sox won 11-9.
Game two wasn’t so good for the Red Sox. Nick Pivetta went four innings and gave up four runs. Kyle Schwarber went 3-for-6 and hit his 26th home run. Hernandez went 3-for-6 and hit his 17th home run. Christian Vazquez went 2-for-5. The offense tied the game in the 9th inning but Hansel Robles gave up five runs in the 10th (one being the unearned “ghost runner”). The Red Sox lost 9-6.
HAVE A DAY BOBBY
Chris Sale went 5.1 innings and gave up two runs in his start. He had an immaculate inning in the 3rd inning. Bobby Dalbec hit two home runs and got seven RBI for the night. Devers hit his 30th home run of the year and went 2-for-5. The Sox win a laugher 12-2.
IMMACULATE 3RD. pic.twitter.com/0YzsPNcTuC — Red Sox (@RedSox) August 26, 2021
The Red Sox head to Ohio to face the Indians over the weekend. Eduardo Rodriguez and Nathan Eovaldi are scheduled to pitch.
TORONTO BLUE JAYS
They head to Detroit next. Steven Matz, Alek Manoah, and Jose Berrios are scheduled to pitch.
The O’s had hoped to end their losing streak against the Angels but game one wasn’t the game. Spenser Watkins only went two innings and gave up eight runs. Ryan Mountcastle hit two home runs in the game. Anthony Santander went 4-for-5 and hit his 13th home run. Ramon Urias went 2-for-4. The offense tried their best to come back but fell to the Angels 14-8.
Game two ended the losing streak and boy did the O’s need it. Chris Ellis went three innings and gave up three runs. Cedric Mullins went 2-for-4 and hit his 22nd home run. Santander hit his 14th and went 3-for-4. DJ Stewart hit his 11th home run. The offense hit three home runs off of Shohei Ohtani and scored four runs in five innings. The O’s broke their losing streak with a 10-6 win.
3:45 PM – @TreyMancini and @AustinWynns cleanse the dugout energy with sage. 10:26 PM – O’s extend the winning streak to one. 👏Orioles👏Magic pic.twitter.com/oBC3L1WoFH — Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) August 26, 2021
The O’s started a winning streak in the series finale against the Angels. Keegan Akin went seven innings and gave up the only run the Angels scored. Mountcastle went 2-for-4 with a walk. Pedro Severino went 2-for-5 and hit his 10th home run. Trey Mancini went 2-for-5. Urias went 3-for-4. The O’s won 13-1. This is their first winning streak since July 30-31.
The ROYan Mountcastle campaign marches on. pic.twitter.com/9y8NkGu9pf — Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) August 26, 2021
LET’S SPIN IT
The Red Sox need the Yankees to win so the A’s don’t catch up. The Jays are still trying to find a time to move up as the Yankees did. The Rays continue to stay in first place in the American League East but can see the Yankees in the rearview mirror for now.
Featured Image via AP Photo/Stacy Bengs