The Rays extended their winning last night as they started off the game with two homeruns hit by Carlos Pena and Ben Francisco. But, they were not the only AL Wild Card contenders last night hitting homeruns. Let’s see how the other teams in the hunt for October fared and who else had hot bats.
New York 8, Minnesota 2
Minnesota’s pitcher Samuel Deduno last only 1.1 innings because his left eye was bothering him. However, Minnesota did not let this hold them back as Ryan Doumit scored off of Matt Carson’s single in the bottom of the second inning. New York retaliated with a dazzling third inning, scoring six runs, including a double hit by Robinson Cano and a triple hit by Curtis Granderson. Chris Dickerson kept up the pace for the Yankees by hitting a two run homerun in the top of the sixth inning. Minnesota’s Jamey Carroll scored in the seventh inning off of Pedro Florimon’s single to right field.
Orioles 12, Toronto 2
Edwin Encarnacion got Toronto off to a great start by hitting a solo shot to left field off of Baltimore’s Carlos Villanueva in the top of the first inning. Nate McLouth proceeded to hit a one run homerun for Baltimore in the bottom of the first inning, with Miguel Gonzalez on the mound for Toronto. One run was scored by Toronto’s J.P. Arencibia in the top of fifth inning, but Baltimore owned the rest of the game by proceeding to hit homeruns in the bottom of the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth innings. Baltimore’s Manny Machado and Chris Davis both hit two homeruns during the game.
Oakland 9, Texas 3
Oakland messed with Texas, as the Rangers’ pitching staff struggled against the Athletics’ explosive offense. Oakland started the action right away as Yoenis Cespedes tripled, allowing Stephen Drew to score. The A’s went on to score four more times in the top of the first inning. Texas’ Roy Oswalt relieved Martin Perez before the last play of the inning. In the bottom of the first inning, Elvis Andrus doubled to left field, and Ian Kinsler scored for the Rangers. Texas went on to score twice in the following inning, however, the top of the third inning got mighty sticky for the Ranger’ pitching staff. Wilmer Font relieved Oswalt, only to give up two walks. Tanner Scheppers relieved Font but gave up two runs scored by Oakland’s Josh Donaldson and Josh Reddick. After the A’s Brandon Moss scored off of Josh Donaldson’s single in the fourth inning, Yoshinori Tateyama relieved Scheppers for Texas. Moss went on to score another run for Oakland in the top of the ninth inning. The Rangers’ used six pitchers, who had a combined 16 hits, 9 errors, and 11 strikeouts.
Angels 4, Mariners 3
As Felix Hernandez pitched for Seattle, he gave up two runs in the bottom of the second inning as Erick Aybar doubled to left field. Seattle scored twice in the third inning off of Angels’ pitcher C.J. Wilson. Justin Smoak hit a one run homerun in the top of the fourth to put Seattle ahead. However, Torii Hunter would go on to win the game for the Angels by batting in runners in both the top of the seventh and ninth innings.
Here are the AL Wild Card Standings:
Angels – 2
Tampa Bay – 3