AL Recap 6/18/13

Michael Brantley delivers the go-ahead sac fly, caps off 3-run 8th, as the Indians beat the Royals 4-3.

Michael Brantley delivers the go-ahead sac fly, caps off 3-run 8th, as the Indians beat the Royals 4-3.

KC (34-35) Santana (5-5, 2.64)  @  CLE (35-35) Jimenez (5-4, 4.66)

W: Allen (2-0)   L: Herrera (3-5)   S: Pestano (2)

The Indians evened the series after a come from behind victory over the Royals. The Indians had only managed 1 run off of Royals starter Ervin Santana (7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 6 K). The 8th inning was a different story. Michael Bourn started the scoring with an RBI single, Jason Kipnis hit an RBI double, and Michael Brantley hit a sac fly to score Mike Aviles. That turned out to be the winning run. Ubaldo Jimenez (5.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 6 K) gave the Indians a good start, and ended up with a no-decision. The Indians had a wild ending as Vinnie Pestano got out of a jam, for his 2nd save. The Royals’ David Lough ran past the 3rd base bag, but decided to go back to the bag, but unfortunately his teammate Mike Moustakas was also there and tagged out. The Indians jumped over the Royals, who lost for only the 3rd time in the last 14 games, into 2nd place in the AL Central.

Esmil Rogers had a no-hitter going into the 6th, and the Blue Jays win their 7th straight.

Esmil Rogers had a no-hitter going into the 6th, and the Blue Jays win their 7th straight. An 8-3 win over the Rockies.

COL (37-35) Francis (2-5, 6.58)  @  TOR (34-36) Rogers (3-2, 3.14)

W: Rogers (3-2)   L: Francis (2-5)

Well if their was one move that manager John Gibbons has made, it was moving Esmil Rogers (6.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 K) to the starting rotation. Rogers started the season as a middle reliever, and since being moved to a starter in late May, he has pitched 21 innings, allowing only 4 earned runs. Edwin Encarnacion hit his 19th home run, a 2-run shot, and J.P. Arencibia (15) and Maicer Izturis (4) hit back to back homers in the 6th, to provide the offense that led to the Blue Jays 7th straight win. This is now Toronto’s longest winning streak since winning 10 straight in 2008. Michael Cuddyer had a single in the 7th to extend his hitting streak to 16.

Adam Jones celebrates in the dugout after his 3-run homer in the 5th inning. The Orioles went on to beat the Tigers 5-2.

Adam Jones celebrates in the dugout after his 3-run homer in the 5th inning. The Orioles went on to beat the Tigers 5-2.

BAL (41-31) Britton (1-1, 5.56)  @  DET (39-30) Verlander (8-5, 3.72)

W: Britton (1-1)   L: Verlander (8-5)   S: Johnson (26)

The Orioles took the 2nd game after dropping the first in Detroit. Two home runs, 1 by J.J. Hardy (14) and the other by Adam Jones (15), helped lead the Orioles to the victory. Hardy his a 2-run shot in the 4th, and Jones hit a 3-run shot in the 5th, both off of Justin Verlander (5 IP, 7 H, 5 R), who lost for the first time since May 16. Zach Britton (5.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R) pitched very well after being called up earlier in the day Manny Machado hit his major league leading 33rd double in the game as well.

Jarrod Parker pitches 7 scoreless innings, and the A's beat the Rangers 6-2.

Jarrod Parker pitches 7 strong innings, and the A’s beat the Rangers 6-2.

OAK (43-30) Parker (6-6, 4.30)  @  TEX (39-32) Darvish (7-3, 2.84)

W: Parker (6-6)   L: Darvish (7-3)

The A’s extended their division lead over the Rangers to 3 games. They got a great start for Jarrod Parker (7 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 4 K) who collected his 6th win on the year. Darvish (6 IP, 4 ER, 10 K) extended his lead in strikouts to 21 over Scherzer, picking up K #137. Brandon Moss (13) and John Jaso (2) both hit homers off Darvish. Darvish had not allowed a homer in June, and the Athletics have now hit 22 homers this month. Darvish is 0-2 in his last 6 starts. The A’s will leave Texas in 1st place no matter what, after this victory.

Ryan Doumit hits the go-ahead double in the 8th, and the Twins go on to beat the White Sox 7-5.

Ryan Doumit hits the go-ahead double in the 8th, and the Twins go on to beat the White Sox 7-5.

CWS (29-39) Axelrod (3-4, 4.39)  @  MIN (31-36) Pelfrey (3-6, 6.11)

W: Burton (1-4)   L: Troncoso (0-2)   S: Perkins (17)

Ryan Doumit comes through again for the Twins. Doumit hit the go-ahead RBI double in the 8th. Joe Mauer hit a 2-run homer (7) in the 1st to give the Twins the early lead, in a 4-run first. The White Sox clawed back, and tied it at 5 in the 8th, on a Paul Konerko RBI single. The single was Konerko’s 4th hit of the game, his first 4 hit game since July 24 last year. The White Sox have now lost 13 of their last 15 games. Axelrod was pitching after 7 days rest, and allowed 4 runs over 6 innings, but retired 11 of 12 batters at one point in the game.  

Matt Dominguez celebrates after his 7th inning grand slam. The Astros blow out the Brewers 10-1.

Matt Dominguez celebrates after his 7th inning grand slam. The Astros blow out the Brewers 10-1.

MIL (28-41) Figaro (1-1, 3.88)  @  HOU (27-45) Lyles (4-1, 3.22)

W: Lyles (4-1)   L: Figaro (1-1)

Well Matt Dominguez had the bases loaded for him in the 2nd and hit a long flyball, that was caught, but scored a run on a sac fly. Later on in the 7th inning, Dominguez was again at bat with the bases loaded. This time, he hit the ball a little farther. He hit a grand slam (10). He had a career high 5 RBI in the game as well. He helped back starter Jordan Lyles (7 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 5 K), who improved to 4-1 on the year. Carlos Pena also homered (7) for the Astros. The Astros were one of the worst teams in baseball, but have now won 5 of their last 6 to make their record look a little more respectable. Jordan Lyles has now allowed 2 earned runs or less in his last 7 starts, the longest streak in the AL this season.

Kendrys Morales delivers the go-ahead RBI single in the 10th inning, and the Mariners beat the Angels 3-2.

Kendrys Morales delivers the go-ahead RBI single in the 10th inning, and the Mariners beat the Angels 3-2.

SEA (32-40) Bonderman (1-1, 3.28)  @  LAA (31-40) Blanton (1-10, 5.62)

W: Furbush (1-3)   L: Richards (2-4)   S: Medina (1)

Well it took extra innings, but the Mariners pulled out this game. Kendrys Morales delivered the go-ahead 10th inning RBI single. Kyle Seager sparked the rally, with a 2-out double, and then scored on Morales’ single. Seattle jumped out to an early lead on a homer by Raul Ibanez (14) in the 2nd inning, and Justin Smoak made it back-to-back with his 4th of the year. Mark trumbo made it 2-1 with a 2nd inning solo shot (16), and Albert Pujols tied it in the 8th with his 12th off Tom Wilhelsen, blowing the game for Jeremy Bonderman (6 IP, 6 H, 1 R). Bonderman has been pitching well of late, with a 1-0 record with a 0.90 ERA over his last 3 starts. Joe Blanton had a career high 11 strikeouts in a no-decision for the Angels. He is still tied with Cole Hamels for the major league lead in losses, with his 1-10 record. Josh Hamilton grounded into 3 double plays, the 2nd time in his career with more than 2 (June 18, 2010 vs. Boston).

Matt Rea – Multi-Sport Contributor – TitleTown Sports Network

East W L PCT GB WCGB L10 STRK HOME ROAD LAST GAME NEXT GAME
Boston 44 29 .603 6-4 W2 23-14 21-15 6/18 vs TB, W 3-1 6/19 vs TB, 7:10 PM
Baltimore 41 31 .569 2.5 +1.5 7-3 W1 20-15 21-16 6/18 @ DET, W 5-2 6/19 @ DET, 1:08 PM
NY Yankees 38 31 .551 4.0 4-6 W1 19-13 19-18 6/16 @ LAA, W 6-5 6/19 vs LAD, 1:05 PM
Tampa Bay 36 35 .507 7.0 3.0 2-8 L3 21-16 15-19 6/18 @ BOS, L 1-3 6/19 @ BOS, 7:10 PM
Toronto 34 36 .486 8.5 4.5 8-2 W7 18-17 16-19 6/18 vs COL, W 8-3 6/19 vs COL, 7:07 PM
Central W L PCT GB WCGB L10 STRK HOME ROAD LAST GAME NEXT GAME
Detroit 39 30 .565 6-4 L1 23-11 16-19 6/18 vs BAL, L 2-5 6/19 vs BAL, 1:08 PM
Cleveland 35 35 .500 4.5 3.5 5-5 W1 21-14 14-21 6/18 vs KC, W 4-3 6/19 vs KC, 7:05 PM
Kansas City 34 35 .493 5.0 4.0 7-3 L1 17-16 17-19 6/18 @ CLE, L 3-4 6/19 @ CLE, 7:05 PM
Minnesota 31 36 .463 7.0 6.0 5-5 W1 17-17 14-19 6/18 vs CWS, W 7-5 6/19 vs CWS, 8:10 PM
Chi White Sox 29 39 .426 9.5 8.5 4-6 L1 16-14 13-25 6/18 @ MIN, L 5-7 6/19 @ MIN, 8:10 PM
West W L PCT GB WCGB L10 STRK HOME ROAD LAST GAME NEXT GAME
Oakland 43 30 .589 5-5 W1 22-12 21-18 6/18 @ TEX, W 6-2 6/19 @ TEX, 8:05 PM
Texas 39 32 .549 3.0 3-7 L1 20-15 19-17 6/18 vs OAK, L 2-6 6/19 vs OAK, 8:05 PM
Seattle 32 40 .444 10.5 7.5 5-5 W1 18-17 14-23 6/18 @ LAA, W 3-2 6/19 @ LAA, 10:05 PM
LA Angels 31 40 .437 11.0 8.0 4-6 L1 18-20 13-20 6/18 vs SEA, L 2-3 6/19 vs SEA, 10:05 PM
Houston 27 45 .375 15.5 12.5 5-5 W1 14-24 13-21 6/18 vs MIL, W 10-1 6/19 vs MIL, 8:10 PM

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