You know, it’s been a while since we’ve talked about Ryan Madson’s ability to handle the ninth inning. Why not start that fun little controversy over again?
Madson blew up in epic fashion in last night’s 8-4 loss to the Nationals, giving up six runs in the bottom of the ninth inning. After allowing four straight singles to tie the ballgame, he served up a walkoff grand slam to Ryan Zimmerman. It was just his second blown save of the season and brought his ERA from 2.06 to 3.25 on the year.
Zimmerman now has three career grand slams and eight walkoff home runs. Though he was slowed during the first half of the season with an abdominal injury, the 26-year-old third baseman is batting .352/.404/.552 with five homers, 18 RBI and a .956 OPS since the All-Star break.
Your Friday box scores:
Phillies 4, Nationals 8
Cardinals 4, Cubs 5 (10 innings)
Indians 1, Tigers 4
Mariners 2, Rays 3
Reds 11, Pirates 8
Rangers 7, White Sox 4
Brewers 6, Mets 1
Red Sox 7, Royals 1
Diamondbacks 2, Braves 4
Yankees 8, Twins 1
Giants 0, Astros 6
Orioles 3, Angels 8
Dodgers 8, Rockies 2
Blue Jays 0, Athletics 2
Marlins 3, Padres 4
Cardinals shortstop Aledmys Diaz was childhood friends with Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, so it was expected when Diaz took time away from the team on Monday to visit Fernandez’s family in Miami. They grew up on the same street in Cuba and played for the same youth baseball team and both would ultimately wind up playing Major League Baseball in the United States.
In the bottom of the fourth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Reds, Diaz hit a 2-1 Robert Stephenson fastball out to left-center field for a no-doubt grand slam. Teammate Yadier Molina gave Diaz a tight hug as he crossed home plate.
Before Tuesday’s game, Diaz said that the best way to honor Fernandez was to play with his passion, as MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch reports. Diaz said, “I only play for [Fernandez’s] family right now.”
Here’s the video.
The Red Sox would have clinched the AL East if one of two things happened on Tuesday night: the Red Sox themselves beat the Yankees, or the Orioles defeated the Blue Jays. Neither happened.
The Jays soundly took down the Orioles 5-1 behind six strong innings from Aaron Sanchez. Josh Donaldson went 2-for-2 with a two-run home run and a pair of walks and leadoff batter Ezequiel Carrera went 2-for-3 with a solo homer, an RBI single, a walk, and three runs scored.
Meanwhile, at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees outlasted the Red Sox for a 6-4 win, responding to both two-run innings the Sox had in the sixth and seventh with a run in the sixth and two in the seventh. Gary Sanchez hit his 20th homer of the season. Didi Gregorius and Tyler Austin also contributed dingers. Starter Luis Cessa pitched well, limiting the Sox to two runs over six innings on five hits and a walk with two strikeouts. Red Sox starter David Price struggled, yielding six runs in 6 1/3 innings. Yankees reliever Tyler Clippard got into trouble in the ninth inning but was able to wiggle out of trouble to finish out the game.
Once again, the Red Sox will be able to clinch the AL East on Wednesday with a win over the Yankees or a Blue Jays loss to the Orioles.