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Tampa Bay Rays @ Boston Red Sox 4-6 (ALDS: 1-2)
The Boston Red Sox are one win away from the ALCS and the 100-win Tampa Bay Rays are one loss away from heading home for the offseason.
Today TB is planning for a bullpen game. I thought the previous two were already bullpen games. Their strategy is definitely not working out well at the moment because the only game they won so far was a longer outing from Shane McClanahan in the first matchup.
MLB rule 5.05(a)(8) says when “any bounding fair ball is deflected by the fielder into the stands, or over or under a fence on fair or foul territory, (the) batter and all runners shall be entitled to two bases.”
“I can’t believe that happened or we don’t get the chance to score right there,” Kiermaier said. “For one, I crushed that ball. I was hoping to leave the yard. I got a lot of snap and crackle but no pop. First and foremost, for that to happen right there, it just doesn’t make sense to me.”
Mike Zunino followed the Kiermaier double with a strikeout, ending the inning.
Houston Astros @ Chicago White Sox 6-12 (ALDS: 2-1)
The White Sox were facing an early elimination after the top 3rd, when they were down 5-1, but then the bats started to deliver hits that matter and the Astros got banged. Zack Greinke pitched officially a scoreless inning in relief, but saw two inherited runners cross the plate and one of them because of an interesting fielder’s choice and error.
Another losing team was whining yesterday.
“Yeah. I mean, it is what it is. They’ve obviously had a reputation of doing some sketchy stuff over there. We can say that it’s a little bit of a difference. I think you saw the swings and misses tonight compared to the first two games at Minute Maid.”
Ian Anderson takes the ball for the Braves in a matchup with Freddy Peralta. This looks to be yet again a tough pitching duel between two teams that have been facing some really good pitching.
Max Scherzer returns as starting pitcher and meets former Dodger Alex Wood. LA prepares to stack a righty hitting lineup against the lefty, including Albert Pujols at 1B and A.J. Bollocks in left.
Lefty Carlos Rodón needs to provide some length for the White Sox and prevent elimination in game 4. The Astros start with right-handed pitcher Jose Urquidi.
First it said Patiño, now the starting pitcher for the Rays is supposed to be Collin McHugh. Whoever it may be, it will be a bull pen game for the AL East division winner. The Rays will face Eduardo Rodriguez in a yellow city connect outfit.
Across The Wall
[Dominican Republic] Águilas expecting Bartolo Colón (google translate)
Not yet officially announced, but probably pretty probable: Bartolo Colón will continue to throw baseballs, this winter he might do so for last year’s Dominican Winter League winner Águilas Cibaeñas.
[Dominican Republic] Former D-Back Randall Delgado joins Águilas (google translate)
I received an old friend alert when I saw that the Dominican LIDOM champions announced the signing of Randall Delgado as starting pitcher for their team. In a short interview for the team’s website Delgado explained that he feels fully recovered physically and mentally, after the injury he suffered to his right shoulder in 2019, “since it has been a long battle to be ready to launch again and get to this point.”