We’re halfway through the second week of September baseball, and Wednesday was another action-packed day of baseball. Here’s everything you need to know about Wednesday’s MLB action
- Dodgers 8, Reds 1 (box score)
- Astros 5 Tigers 4 (box score)
- Rays 3, Indians 1 (box score)
- Pirates 4, Cardinals 3 (box score)
- Braves 2, Giants 1 (box score)
- Mets 13, Marlins 0, Game 1 (box score)
- Padres 5, Mariners 4 (box score)
- Nationals 5, Phillies 1 (box score)
- Athletics 10, Orioles 0 (box score)
- Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 0 (box score)
- Brewers 5, Cubs 1 (box score)
- Twins 3, Yankees 1 (box score)
- White Sox 4, Royals 2 in 12 innings (box score)
- Rockies 5, Diamondbacks 4 (box score)
- Angels 8, Rangers 1 (box score)
- Marlins at Mets, Game 2 — POSTPONED
Red Sox win 100th game
For the first time since 1946, the Red Sox have won 100 games in a season. And they got there with 16 games to spare.
Boston eked out a 1-0 win over the Blue Jays on Wednesday thanks to David Price, who continued his post-All-Star break surge with seven shutout innings. He fanned seven.
In nine starts since the All-Star break, Price has a 1.56 ERA with 60/9 K/BB in 57 2/3 innings. He has been the club’s best starter for two months now, and especially lately with Chris Sale dealing with an on-and-off shoulder issue.
Believe it or not, this is only the fourth time in history the Red Sox have won 100 games. Here’s the list:
- 1912: 105-47 (won World Series)
- 1915: 101-50 (won World Series)
- 1946: 104-50 (lost World Series)
- 2018: 100-46 with 16 games to play
The Red Sox have already clinched a postseason spot. Their magic number to clinch the AL East title is seven.
Brewers get back to within one game of Cubs
What a fun series at Wrigley Field this week. The Brewers and Cubs played three games with a postseason atmosphere and, after Wednesday’s win, Milwaukee won two of three to climb to within one game of Chicago for the NL Central lead.
The Brewers broke Wednesday’s game open with a three-run ninth inning that included Curtis Granderson’s first dinger with the Brew Crew. He was robbed of a homer by the Wrigley Field basket earlier in the game.
Brewers skipper Craig Counsell got five innings from his bullpen after Chase Anderson labored through four. Josh Hader struck out three of four batters faced in the eighth inning and nine of 10 batters faced in the series. Goodness.
The Brewers are now one game behind the Cubs but it should be noted they’ve played two more games and are two back in the loss column. The Cubbies are 84-61 while the Brewers are 84-63.
A’s use 10-run inning to beat O’s
There is no stopping the Athletics right now. Wednesday night the A’s used a 10-run third inning to earn their sixth consecutive win. The first 11 men they sent to the plate reached base in that third inning.
The 10-run inning was Oakland’s first since September 2015. The franchise record for runs in an inning is 13, set back 1996. Oh, and by the way, the A’s one-hit the Orioles on Wednesday. They got it done on offense and in the field.
With the win, Oakland improved to 89-57. They are 32 games over .500 for the first time since September 2003. And the A’s are now only one game behind New York for the top wild-card spot and thus home-field advantage in the Wild Card Game.
Rockies walk-off against D-Backs
The D-Backs’ bullpen disaster continues. Arizona lost a heartbreaker Wednesday night when DJ LeMahieu slugged a two-run opposite-field home run against Yoshihisa Hirano. Rather than get to within 1 1/2 games of the first-place Rockies, the D-Backs are now 3 1/2 back. One swing of the bat equals a two-game swing in the standings.
With the win, the Rockies remain one game up on the second-place Dodgers in the NL West. They’ll play three games in Los Angeles next week. Gonna be fun.
Braves win fifth straight game
Make it five consecutive wins for the Braves. They finished their three-game sweep of the Giants on Wednesday afternoon thanks to — of all things — a Tyler Flowers go-ahead run-scoring infield single in the ninth inning.
The resurgent Anibal Sanchez pitched well Wednesday, holding the Giants to one run in six innings despite walking more batters (five) than he struck out (four). Jonny Venters needed 13 pitches to record his second save of the year.
Combine five straight Braves wins with five straight Phillies losses and you get a season-high 7 1/2-game lead in the NL East for Atlanta. That kind of lead with 16 games to play is mighty comfortable.
As for the Giants, they’ve now lost 11 straight games and fallen to 68-79 overall. It is the team’s longest losing streak since they moved to San Francisco in 1958. They last lost 11 straight games in 1951.
Snell takes a no-hit bid into seventh, earns 19th win
Blake Snell took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning and got his MLB-leading 19th win, leading the Rays over the Cleveland Indians, 3-1, Wednesday. The 25-year-old lost his bid when Jose Ramirez led off the seventh with his 38th home run of the season. Snell struck out nine and walked two in the seven innings. He has allowed two earned runs or fewer in 16 consecutive home starts, and his 1.24 ERA at home is the best in the majors.
Snell is also the first Rays pitcher ever to win seven straight starts. He owns a 1.32 ERA in that span with 58 strikeouts.
Nola’s home run problems continue
The Phillies are crashing and burning. Wednesday’s loss to the Nationals was their fifth straight loss and ninth loss in their last 11 games. Worst of all, staff ace and Cy Young candidate Aaron Nola continued to have problems with the long ball. He served up dingers to Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman.
Nola has now allowed seven home runs in his last three starts after allowing eight home runs in his first 27 starts. He’s up to 193 2/3 innings on the season, a new career high, and it’s possible he’s hitting a wall down the stretch. Or it could just be a slump. They happen, sometimes to great players and sometimes at unfortunate times.
As for the Nationals, here’s what Harper had to say about their success against Nola on Wednesday.
Good teammate, that Harper kid.
Odorizzi flirts with no-hitter against Yankees
Not until Greg Bird split the left-center field gap with one out in the eighth inning did the Yankees get into the hit column Wednesday night. Jake Odorizzi no-hit New York for 7 1/3 innings before Bird slammed his 120th and final pitch of the night for a double.
The Yankees still have not been no-hit since six Astros pitchers combined to no-hit them in 2003. Their steak of 2,513 games without being no-hit is fourth longest active streak in baseball, behind the Athletics (4,367 games), Expos/Nationals (3,134), and Angels (3,083). New York hasn’t been no-hit by one pitcher since Hoyt Wilhelm in 1958.
Avoiding the no-hitter is nice, but the Yankees did lose the game to see their lead on the top wild-card spot shrink to one game. Because they hold the tiebreaker over the A’s, it’s effectively a two-game lead, but it’s still way too close to comfort.
The Dodgers have done it! They have beaten the Reds
Everything went right (finally) for the Dodgers as they were able to beat Cincinnati for the first time all season. Los Angeles had been 0-6 against Cincinnati before finally defeating them Wednesday, 8-1. Before the Dodgers’ victory, the Reds’ winning streak over Los Angeles was the longest winning streak against the Dodgers since the Big Red Machine days in 1976.
No team has ever won the World Series without beating every team in their own league at least once during the regular season.
The win pulled the Dodgers within two games of the St. Louis Cardinals for the second National League wild card after the Cardinals lost to Pittsburgh, 4-3, Wednesday. The Dodgers open a four-game series in St. Louis on Thursday.
Bregman makes history, Springer makes game-saving catch
Alex Bregman cemented the greatest season by a third baseman in Astros history. The 24-year-old has reached 50 doubles, 100 RBI and 100 runs, becoming the first player in history to log the majority of his games at third base and record 50 doubles and 30 home runs in one season. Bregman is only the third player in Astros history to hit 50 doubles in a season. Hall of Famer Craig Biggio hit a franchise-record 56 in 1999 and 51 in 1998, and Lance Berkman hit 55 in 2001.
In the eighth inning of Wednesday’s game, George Springer made an incredible, full-extension diving catch to help preserve Houston’s lead.
The Astros swept a series at Comerica Park for the first time and they went 5-1 during this past road trip. Houston currently holds a three-game lead over the Oakland Athletics in the American League West.
- MLB writer Mike Petriello joined the Jonah Keri Podcast to talk about the Astros’ mastery of spin rates, the A’s being early to the launch angle party, the Rays turning their bullpen days into an art form and so much more.
- David Price says he has no plans to opt out,
- Cubs RHP Yu Darvish underwent elbow debridement surgery, the team announced. He is expected to be ready for spring training. Darvish has been limited to only 40 innings this season by various injuries.
- Yankees closer LHP Aroldis Chapman threw a bullpen session Wednesday and could rejoin the team next week, reports The Athletic. Chapman is currently on the disabled list with a knee issue that has bothered him all season.
- Athletics RHP Trevor Cahill may miss his next start with a back injury, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. The A’s have already replaced LHP Sean Manaea with a bullpen game. They may do the same with Cahill.
- Pirates OF Gregory Polanco underwent shoulder surgery, the team announced. Polanco suffered a season-ending shoulder injury last week. He’s expected to be ready in time for spring training.
- The St. Louis Cardinals activated infielder Jedd Gyorko from the 10-day disabled list. Out since Aug. 29 with a left groin strain, Gyorko had been hitting .358 (19-53) with a 1.046 OPS in the two weeks prior to the injury.
- The Yankees recalled right-hander Chance Adams from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, the Yankees’ No. 13 prospect. Adams has allowed 1 run over 6.1 IP in four appearances since being moved to the bullpen.