Sonny Gray clinches the second AL Wild Card for the Athletics


Sonny Gray was efficient in throwing a shutout against the Rangers on Sunday afternoon, helping the Athletics finally clinch the second AL Wild Card after two tumultuous final months. Gray needed only 103 pitches, scattering six hits with five strikeouts and no walks. The Athletics’ offense mustered two second-inning runs on a Josh Reddick RBI triple followed by a Stephen Vogt RBI single, then added two more insurance runs in the top of the ninth, which was plenty for Gray.

Gray ends his first full season in the majors with terrific numbers: 14-10 with a 3.08 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and a 183/74 K/BB ratio.

Had the Athletics lost, the Mariners could have forced a tie-breaker on Monday with a win against the Angels. The Mariners are currently leading the Angels 4-0 in the fifth inning as of this writing, but it doesn’t matter now.

The Royals will host the Athletics on Tuesday at 8:07 PM ET. James Shields is slated to start for the Royals opposite Jon Lester for the Athletics. Should be a good one. The winner of the AL Wild Card game moves on to face the Angels in the ALDS, which starts on Thursday.

Video: Jackie Bradley Jr. climbs wall to rob Luis Urías of homer

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Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. scaled the center field fence to rob Padres shortstop Luis Urías of a solo home run in the fourth inning of Sunday afternoon’s game. Urías was trying to take advantage of a 0-1 slider from Ryan Brasier. Had Bradley not made the grab, the Padres’ lead would have been extended to 4-1.

Unfortunately for the Red Sox, they weren’t able to take advantage of Bradley’s effort, dropping Sunday’s contest 3-1. They still won the series against the Padres, however. The Sox will continue their road trip for two games against the Rockies followed by three versus the Angels.