Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:
Brewers 5, Cubs 4: The Cubs lost — thanks in large part to some uncharacteristically bad Addison Russell defense — but the sting of the loss didn’t last too long thanks to the Giants beating the Cardinals, which clinched the N.L. Central for Chicago. The Cubs likely stayed up late last night to watch that west coast game and then likely celebrated. They have a day game today. All of which is to say that today’s Cubs lineup is going to be sketchy, hungover or both. Congrats, guys.
Red Sox 7, Yankees 5: New York had a 5-1 lead entering the eighth inning when David Ortiz — who I am going to start tagging with the hashtag #R34PECT, because it pisses off Yankees fans — hit a homer. That was just prelude to the ninth inning rally, kicked off with an Ortiz RBI single to make it 5-3 followed by Mookie Betts singling in Xander Bogaerts to make it 5-4 and capped off with a Hanley Ramirez three-run walkoff homer. Yesterday I saw a lot of people tweeting some factoid about how the back end of the Yankees bullpen has put up identical numbers to Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman before they were traded. That probably didn’t provide any comfort as they were giving up six late runs.
Twins 5, Tigers 1: That whole “watch out for the Tigers in the Wild Card race because they have an easy schedule down the stretch” thing doesn’t hold up very well if they go and lose to the easy teams on their schedule. Which is to say that splitting four to the Twins is not ideal. All five Twins runs came on RBI singles. Mike Pelfrey lasted an inning and two-thirds. If he makes another start for Detroit before the end of the season it’ll be fair to ask Brad Ausmus if he’s actually trying to get fired.
White Sox 2, Indians 1: Carlos Sanchez with a walkoff RBI single. More impressively, before the game, Jose Abreu met with a young cancer patient and said he would try to hit a home run for the boy, which he did in the third inning. Note: this was just one of three instances of home runs by request yesterday.
Pirates 15, Phillies 2: Instance number two: former Pirate A.J. Burnett was at the game and a witness said that Andrew McCutchen promised Burnett that he’d hit him two home runs. McCutchen hit two homers.
Giants 6, Cardinals 2: Finally, we have this:
In the first inning Pence hit a two-run homer. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna go play the lottery.
Diamondbacks 7, Dodgers 3: Mitch Haniger hit a three-run homer in the Snakes’ five-run sixth inning and Rich Hill proved to be mortal, being touched for four overall and not making it out of that sixth.
Rays 7, Orioles 6: Evan Longoria homered and drove in five. With this and the Sox and Jays wins, Baltimore dropps to two games behind Boston in the East and are tied with Toronto for the two AL Wild Cards.
Athletics 14, Royals 5: Steven Vogt drove in five in this laugher of a game. The highlight, however, was the A’s mounting a replay challenge while leading 14-0. Then again, if you’re the defending World Series champs and think you still have a playoff shot and then let THIS A’s team come into your home park and sweep you, well, you kinda deserve it.
Blue Jays 7, Angels 2: Josh Donaldson missed three games but came right back and went 3-for-3 with two doubles and two runs scored. Russell Martin hit a three-run homer. J.A. Happ got his 19th win. It’s most wins for a Toronto pitcher since Roy Halladay won 20 in 2008. Halladay in a Jays uniform seems like 50 years ago.