With teams either trying to win a division, or secure a wild card spot, Friday night didn’t do much to help make any team feel comfortable with their lead.
We’ll start in Pittsburgh where the Reds were in town taking on the Pirates, who are on the brink of playoff extinction. It started with the two rookies on the mound. For Cincinnati, Tim Adelman started his ninth career game, and only gave up two runs over seven innings. For Pittsburgh, Steven Brault threw five and gave up two. A back and forth game eventually saw the Pirates unforced errors being their downfall. Jose Peraza hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth on Tony Watson to score the go ahead run. The Reds won the game 4-3.
Reds: 58-82 (5th NL Central, 10th NL Wild Card, 16.5 GB)
Pirates: 69-70 (3rd NL Central, 5th NL Wild Card, 5.0 GB)
In Washington, there was another one run game. Jake Thompson only gave up two earned over 5.1, while Tanner Roark pitched well again, giving up one run over six innings. Going into the bottom of the ninth, Trea Turner was the hero, launching a solo home run center, securing a Nats victory.
Phillies: 63-78 (4th NL East, 8th NL Wild Card, 12.0 GB)
Nationals: 83-58 (1st NL East)
In New York, the Yankees win again, defeating the Rays 7-5 for its sixth straight victory. Blake Snell gave up three earned over 2.2 innings for Tampa Bay, getting knocked around pretty hard. Michael Pineda was also yanked early, after 4.2 after giving up only two. The Yankees four run 4th put them out in front and they never looked back.
Rays: 59-81 (5th AL East, 11th AL Wild Card, 17.0 GB)
Yankees: 75-65 (4th AL East, 4th AL Wild Card, 1.0 GB)
In Toronto, the visiting Red Sox were able to secure a win to extend its lead in the East, while Rick Porcello picked up his 20th victory of the season, the first to do so this season, giving up two earned over seven innings. Meanwhile, Marco Estrada gave up four runs, two earned, over 2.2 innings for the Jays. The Sox big six run 7th innings put this game on ice. Red Sox win, 13-3.
Red Sox: 79-61 (1st AL East)
Blue Jays: 77-63 (2nd AL East, 1st AL Wild Card, +1.0)
In Detroit, the Orioles battled the Tigers, both searching for a Wild Card spot. Kevin Gausman gave up three over six for the O’s, while Michael Fulmer only gave up two over seven, extending his solid season. Baltimore tied it in the top of the 8th, but the Tigers scored one in the bottom half, and that would be the end of it. Tigers win, 4-3. The two are now tied for the second Wild Card spot with each other.
Orioles: 76-64 (3rd AL East, tie 2nd AL Wild Card, –)
Tigers: 76-64 (2nd AL Central, tie 2nd AL Wild Card, –)
Clayton Kershaw’s return in Miami saw the lefty ace give up two runs over just three innings before being pulled. Meanwhile, Jose Fernandez threw a gem, not giving up a run over seven innings. It took until the 9th for the Dodgers to even get on the board. Marlins win, 4-1.
Dodgers: 79-61 (1st NL West)
Marlins: 70-71 (3rd NL East, 4th NL Wild Card, 5.0 GB)
In Atlanta, the Mets were seeking to keep their position as the second place team in the Wild Card, or even overtake first if they Giants were to lose. Robert Gsellman wasn’t great for New York, giving up four earned over five innings. Julio Teheran of the Braves gave up only two over six. But a four run 8th for the Mets put them ahead, and they wouldn’t look back. The other New York team wins its sixth straight, as well. Mets win, 6-4.
Mets: 75-66 (2nd NL East, 2nd NL Wild Card, –)
Braves: 54-87 (5th NL East, 12th NL Wild Card, 21.0 GB)
In Houston, the Astros were looking to make up ground in the American League Wild Card race, but they ran into the Cubs. Lester was strong for Chicago, going seven, giving up none, and picking up seven strikeouts. Joe Musgrove was strong, but not quite as strong, giving up two runs over six innings. Aroldis Chapman locked down the save and the Cubs win 2-0.
Cubs: 90-50 (1st NL Central)
Astros: 74-67 (2nd AL West, 5th AL Wild Card, 2.5 GB)
In Minnesota, the Twins took on Cleveland. Danny Salazar wasn’t great for the Tribe, giving up four runs, three earned over only four innings. Tyler Duffey, though, gets the loss for the Twins, giving up five, only two of which were earned. A four run third was big as the Indians went for the win 5-4.
Indians: 82-58 (1st AL Central)
Twins: 52-89 (5th AL Central, 12th AL Wild Card, 24.5 GB, mathematically eliminated)
In Chicago, the Royals were fighting to try to help its cause in the Wild Card race, but the White Sox wouldn’t allow it. Yordano Ventura gives up five runs, four earned, over seven innings. Carlos Rodon was solid on the other end, though, giving up two runs, only one earned over six innings. Scattering their runs throughout three different innings, the Sox win 7-2.
Royals: 72-68 (3rd AL Central, 7th AL Wild Card, 4.0 GB)
White Sox: 68-72 (4th AL Central, 8th AL Wild Card, 8.0 GB)
In St. Louis, the Cardinals would need to win to keep pace with the Mets, and on the back of Carlos Martinez, they would, but only barely. Martinez went seven, giving up three, but only two earned. For Milwaukee, Jimmy Nelson gave up four over six. The Cardinals would stave off the Brewers tying run in the top of the ninth. Cardinals win, 4-3.
Brewers: 63-78 (4th NL Central, 7th NL Wild Card, 12.0 GB)
Cardinals: 74-66 (2nd NL Central, 3rd NL Wild Card, 0.5 GB)
In Arizona, the Giants needed to beat the Diamondbacks in order to retain its 0.5 game lead in the National League Wild Card race. Madison Bumgarner gave up four over six, while Rubby De La Rosa gave up one earned over two innings in his return from the disabled list. It took 12 frames, and the DBacks used 12 pitchers, but the Giants prevailed, 7-6.
Giants: 75-65 (2nd NL West, 1st NL Wild Card, +0.5)
Diamondbacks: 58-82 (4th NL West, 9th NL Wild Card, 16.5 GB)
In Oakland, the A’s took on the Mariners. Seattle, who is fighting for a Wild Card spot, needed a win t0 stay in the chase. Hisashi Iwakuma gave up two over 6.2, while Daniel Mengden gave up two over five. In a low scoring battle, the Mariners hang on, 3-2.
Mariners: 73-68 (3rd AL West, 6th AL Wild Card, 3.5 GB)
Athletics: 60-80 (5th AL West, 10th AL Wild Card, 16 GB)
In Anaheim, the Rangers’ Yu Darvish went 6.2, allowing only one run and three hits, while Tyler Skaggs didn’t give up a run for the Angels over six innings. The Rangers, though, score a run in the 7th and 8th, downing the Halos 2-1.
Rangers: 84-58 (1st AL West)
Angels: 62-78 (4th AL West, 9th AL Wild Card, 14.0 GB)
In San Diego, Tyler Chatwood only gave up one run over 6.2 for the Rockies, while Luis Perdomo gave up four runs through the same number of frames. Neither bullpen would give up anything, and the Rockies win 4-1.
Rockies: 68-73 (3rd NL West, 6th NL Wild Card, 7.0 GB)
Padres: 58-83 (5th NL West, 11th NL Wild Card, 17.0 GB)