Clay Buchholz had his longest outing since coming off the disabled list while David Ortiz joined some special company as the Red Sox hammered the Orioles 12-3 last night at Camden Yards. In doing so, John Farrell’s club is one step closer to clinching the best record in the American League.
While Buchholz didn’t have his best stuff, he held the Orioles to three runs over seven innings. He threw 113 pitches in the victory, his second-highest total of the season. He’ll finish the regular season at 12-1 with a 1.74 ERA over 16 starts. With his neck and shoulder issues in the past, the Red Sox have to feel pretty good about him going into the postseason.
David Ortiz, Daniel Nava, and Jonny Gomes all homered in the victory. For Ortiz, he now has his seventh career 30-homer, 100-RBI season. That ties him with Ted Williams for the club record.
With a 97-63 record, the Red Sox have at least clinched a tie for the best record in the AL. The Athletics currently sit at 95-65 with two games to go.
Your Friday box scores:
Red Sox 12, Orioles 3
Pirates 4, Reds 1
Brewers 4, Mets 2
Rays 3, Blue Jays 6
Tigers 2, Marlins 3
Angels 3, Rangers 5
Royals 6, White Sox 1
Phillies 0, Braves 1
Indians 12, Twins 6
Cubs 0, Cardinals 7
Yankees 3, Astros 2
Nationals 8, Diamondbacks 4
Athletics 8, Mariners 2
Rockies 0, Dodgers 11
Padres 3, Giants 7
It was only a matter of time before rookie sensation Aaron Judge clubbed his first grand slam. The Yankees’ power-hitting outfielder went deep in the third inning of Sunday’s series finale against the Athletics, clearing the bases with his 16th home run of the season and first career grand slam.
According to Statcast, the ball traveled an estimated 378 feet into the right field bleachers, Judge’s second-shortest home run to date. It also marked his first homer since May 20 and sixth in the past month. Entering Sunday’s game, the 22-year-old outfielder is batting .316/.421/.665 with a league-leading 36 hits in 183 PA.
The blast padded the Yankees’ lead in the third inning, giving them a three-run edge over the A’s as Michael Pineda looked for his sixth win of the year. They currently lead 7-3 in the bottom of the seventh.
The Astros placed right-hander Charlie Morton on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right lat muscle, the team announced on Sunday. The move is retroactive to May 25, when Morton reported feeling some soreness after his start against the Tigers last Wednesday. He’ll be shut down from throwing for a week and will concede his roster spot to right-handed reliever Jordan Jankowski for the time being. The team has yet to announce a specific timetable for his return to the mound.
Morton, 33, shouldered a 4.06 ERA through his first 10 starts of the season. His 3.6 BB/9 and 10.1 SO/9 were accompanied by a significant uptick in velocity, averaging a career-best 96 m.p.h. on his fastball in recent outings. This is the righty’s first disabled list stint since 2016, when he missed all but four games of the season with a torn hamstring.
Without Morton, fellow right-hander Mike Fiers is expected to retain his place in the rotation. He was reportedly in line for a demotion to the bullpen after producing an abysmal 5.21 ERA through his first 46 2/3 innings of the season. Brad Peacock, who made a spotless spot start for for the Astros last Monday, will fill out the rotation during Morton’s DL stint.