Gio Gonzalez was a wreck, taking 100 pitches to pitch 3 2⁄3 of baseball in terrible weather before jumping on a plane to attend the funeral of his friend Jose Fernandez. Shelby Miller, on the other hand, was effectively wild for five innings, scattering five hits and a walk while striking out five, allowing no Nationals to cross the plate. The big story of the night though was Jean Segura swatting three more hits in his three plate appearances. With the game lasting just long enough to become official, that brought Segura’s hit tall to 200 for the season.
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While many of us have been skeptical for one reason or another about A.J. Pollock getting back on the field before the season ended, the fact remains that the star center fielder is running out of time to make it happen if it is going to.
After surrendering a walk-off grand slam in the ninth to Mark Teixeira and the Yankees, the Boston Red Sox still managed to win the AL East crown by virtue of the Blue Jays’ 3-2 loss to Baltimore in what now becomes a race betweent he birds for Wild Card positioning.
The rain which ended the Tigers’ game Tuesday night in Detroit came shortly after Miguel Cabrera launched a three-run home run to put the Tigers out in front of the visiting Indians. The win keeps the Tigers one win off the Wild Card pace with four games left to play.
Baltimore’s Hyun Soo Kim hit a two-run pinch-hit home run in the ninth to dash Toronto’s chances of winning the AL East and to bring the Orioles to within a game of Toronto for the top Wild Card position.
While the AL East and the Tigers duke it out for who will get to be the two WIld Card teams in the AL, the Texas Rangers continue to extend their lead over the league for the top seed in the playoffs.
With injuries and pitch count worries starting to pile up for the various playoff teams here at the end of the season, it seems more likely than ever that this postseason could see a number of games started by the bullpen.
It isn’t just the sluggers that are hitting ore home runs this season, even the “weaker” hitters have experienced a surge in home run power here in 2016.
With their final loss to the Arizona affiliate Visalia, which sent the Rawhide to the league championship series, the Bakersfield Blaze saw not only their season, but their franchise come to an end. The Bakersfield Blaze, were contracted, along with the High Desert Mavericks in a re-ordering of minor league baseball divisions.