Wednesday, September 6, 2017
The American League Player of the Month in August, Manny Machado shows no signs of slowing down.
Machado’s two-out, walk-off homer—his second blast of the game—erased the O’s deficit and gave them some late-inning heroics and a badly-needed 7-6, series-evening win over the Yankees in the wee hours of Wednesday morning.
The win moves the O’s within a half-game of the second American League Wild Card, pending the outcome of the Angels game, with the Yankees falling one out shy of breaking their own hex at Camden Yards. New York has not won a series at the O’s home since the start of the 2014 season.
That’s a crazy stat about the Yankees not winning a series in Baltimore since 2014.
Anyhow, that was an awful loss. Since the Yankees have put together their “super bullpen,” they have had only three games where the bullpen came in in the sixth inning or earlier and then gone the rest of the game without giving up a run in a Yankee win. Just THREE games. That’s really not that hard to do. It’s pitching three-four innings without giving up a run while leading. And they’ve only pulled that off three times, and two of them were against the awful Mets. And to make matters worse, they were up 6-5 with two outs in the ninth inning and no one on base. So then Dellin Betances dicks around the batter ahead of the red hot Manny Machado and the rest was…well…a walk-off home run, of course.
The Angels, meanwhile, came back to beat the Athletics and the Red Sox came back to beat the Blue Jays in 19 innings (after tying the game in the 9th down 2-0 against Osuna, who has only blown one save against the Yankees in his career, and he ended up winning that one game). So that sucks.
So 3.5 back of the Red Sox (three in the loss), 2.5 up on the Angels (three in the loss), 3 up on the Twins (three in the loss) and 3.5 up on the Orioles (four in the loss) Plus, somehow, the Rangers are just 4.5 back (4 in the loss). Hopefully they find a way to take this series against the Baltimore Bucks on Wednesday.
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