Settling the Scores: Wednesday’s results

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Apologies for the abbreviated recaps today. I woke up this morning with no Internet service for some reason. Likely because society is crumbling and we’re all afraid to admit it. Seriously, go read the Foundation Trilogy sometime. You can be technologically advanced in most respects and still enter a dark age. It happens. It begins by blogging from a cell phone signal like it’s the Middle Ages or something.

Anyway, I would be remiss in not at least mentioning one performance from last night: Clayton Kershaw pitching an eight-hit shutout and striking out 13. I mean, sure, it was the Phillies and that’s sort of unfair, but they’re still nominally major league hitters. Kershaw, of course, isn’t an All-Star and likely won’t even win the Final Vote thing. This despite a K/BB ratio of 160/27 in 123 innings and a WHIP of 1.02. I mean, he’s no Brad Boxberger.

The scores:

Dodgers 5, Phillies 0
Twins 5, Orioles 3
Brewers 6, Braves 5
Tigers 5, Mariners 4
Mets 4, Giants 1
Yankees 5, Athletics 4
Pirates 5, Padres 2
Red Sox 6, Marlins 3
Indians 4, Astros 2
Cardinals 6, Cubs 5
Diamondbacks 7, Rangers 4
White Sox 7, Blue Jays 6
Royals 9, Rays 7
Angels 3, Rockies 2
Reds vs. Nationals: POSTPONED

Jackie Bradley, Jr. named ALCS MVP

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Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. was named the Most Valuable Player of the American League Championship Series after his club punched its ticket to the World Series on Thursday night against the Astros.

Coincidentally, the Astros’ Game 5 starter Justin Verlander was ALCS MVP last year en route to a championship.

Bradley went 0-for-3 with a walk in Thursday’s Game 5, but he hit a three-run double in Game 2, a grand slam in Game 3, and a go-ahead two-run home run in Game 4. That’s nine RBI and three extra-base hits across five games. He also drew four walks.

Though Bradley had a solid regular season, he was not near the top of the list most people would’ve expected to win ALCS MVP heading into the series. During the season, he hit .234/.314/.403 with 13 home runs, 59 RBI, 76 runs scored, and 17 stolen bases in 535 plate appearances.