AL Recap 6/23/13

Pedro Hernandez stepped up and helped the Twins avoid the sweep, beat the Indians, 5-3.

Pedro Hernandez stepped up and helped the Twins avoid the sweep, beat the Indians, 5-3.

MIN (34-38) Hernandez (3-1, 5.54)  @  CLE (38-36) Carrasco (0-3, 7.78)

W: Hernandez (3-1)   L: Carrasco (0-3)   S: Perkins (19)

The Twins avoid the sweep, and took the finale against the Indians, beating them 5-3. Pedro Hernandez gave them 5 solid innings, allowing 3 hits and 2 runs. Hernandez was not originally the starter for this game. Mike Pelfrey was scratched due to a strained back. He did struggle throwing 45 of 85 pitches for balls, and did walk 6, but got out of most of the trouble he got into. Drew Stubbs hit the only home run (6) in the game off of Casey Fien. Indians starter Carlos Carrasco remained winless, and has not won since June 29,2011. Glen Perkins pitched the 9th for his 19th save on the year.

Josh Johnson picked up his first win of the season, and the Blue Jays won their 11th straight.

Josh Johnson picked up his first win of the season, and the Blue Jays won their 11th straight.

BAL (42-34) Garcia (3-5, 5.77)  @  TOR (38-36) Johnson (1-2, 4.60)

W: Johnson (1-2)   L: Garcia (3-5)

The Blue Jays have now won 11 straight games. They are just climbing up in the division, and the AL East is starting to get tight. All 5 teams are now within 5 games of each other. 2 weeks ago the Jays were 11 games back, but they have caught fire on offense, and the pitching has been more solid. Edwin Encarnacion homered (21) and drove in 4 runs (63). Colby Rasmus also homered (14) in the 7th inning. The Blue Jays finished off the 3 game sweep of the Orioles with a 13-5 victory. The Blue Jays are now 28-15 since a 10-21 start. They have swept 3 straight series for the first time since 1998. The Blue Jays starters have comprised a 2.25 ERA over their winning streak. Josh Johnson pitched 6 innings, and allowed 4 runs, while striking out 5. He is 1-1 with a 2.84 ERA over his last 4 starts, since coming off the DL. Ryan O’Flaherty hit 2 homers (5) in the losing effort.

Chris Archer pitched 6 innings, allowing 1 run, and the Rays beat the Yankees 3-1.

Chris Archer pitched 6 innings, allowing 1 run, and the Rays beat the Yankees 3-1.

TB (39-37) Archer (2-3, 4.21)  @  NYY (41-34) Nova (2-2, 4.91)

W: Archer (2-3)   L: Nova (2-2)   S: Rodney (15)

The Rays earned a split in the series with the Yankees after a 3-1 win over the Yankees. The Rays blew the last game after the bullpen surrendered lots of runs. Joe Maddon stuck to his main 3 guys of Jake McGee, Joel Peralta, and Fernando Rodney to close out the game. Chris Archer gave the Rays 6 innings, giving up 6 hits, 1 run, and striking out 4. James Loney delivered a 2-run single with 2 outs in the 7th. Fernando Rodney struck out the side, and picked up his 15th save in 20 opportunities. The Rays had 2 hit batters, Demond Jennings and Ben Zobrist, who both scored on Loney’s single to take the lead in the 7th. Loney had 3 hits in total in the game. The Rays win kept them in a tie with the Blue Jays for 4th in the division.

David Lough and Elliot Johnson score the winning runs on an error, and the Royals beat the White Sox 7-6.

David Lough and Elliot Johnson score the winning runs on an error, and the Royals beat the White Sox 7-6.

CHW (31-42) Axelrod (3-4, 4.57)  @  KC (35-38) Shields (2-6, 2.92)

W: Hochevar (1-1)   L: Crain (2-2)   S: Holland (16)

The Royals came from behind to beat the White Sox 7-6. The White Sox came from behind in the 7th on a 2-run double (6) by Gordon Beckham. That put the Sox ahead 6-4. That lead was short-lived, as Jesse Crain allowed a run for the first time after 29 consecutive scoreless innings. Crain gave up singles to Mike Moustakas and David Lough to start the bottom of the 8th. That was followed up by an error by Crain on a sac bunt by Elliot Johnson. Crain struck out the next two batters with the bases-loaded, but walked Alex Gordon to make it a 6-5 game. The next batter was Alcides Escobar, and he hit a grounder to Alexei Ramirez, who booted the ball, allowing 2 runs to score, and give the Royals a 7-6 lead. Greg Holland finished off the game with a perfect 9th for his 16th save in 18 tries.

Kendrys Morales delivers a walk-off 3-run homer, and the Mariners beat the  Athletics 6-3 in 10 innings.

Kendrys Morales delivers a walk-off 3-run homer, and the Mariners beat the Athletics 6-3 in 10 innings.

OAK (44-34) Parker (6-6, 4.27)  @  SEA (34-43) Bonderman (1-1, 3.30)

W: Perez (2-1)   L: Balfour (0-1)

It took extra innings, but the Mariners took it in walk-off style. Kendrys Morales hit a 3-run homer (9) to lead the M’s past the A’s 6-3 in 10 innings. The last time Morales’ hit a walk off was May 29, 2010, he broke his ankle jumping into the mob that awaited him at home plate. This time, there was no leap, and for good reason. Morales did not start, he came in as a pinch-hitter for Brendan Ryan. Raul Ibanez hit 2 home runs (17) as the DH in the game. Grant Balfour got the loss, his first since June 29, 2012. He struck out Mike Zunino, but Zunino reached as the 3rd strike was a wild pitch. Michael Saunders then singled, and Morales hit the 3-run bomb. Oliver Perez pitched 2 shutout innings, 11 straight scoreless, for his 2nd win on the year. Brandon Moss hit a solo homer (14) to tie the game at 3 in the 8th, blowing the game for Bonderman, who pitched 5.1 innings, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits. Jarrod Parker still has his 4 game winning streak alive, with a no-decision.

Ian Kinsler collected 2 hits, including the go-ahead single in the 7th inning, and the Rangers sweep the Cardinals after a 2-1 win.

Ian Kinsler collected 2 hits, including the go-ahead single in the 7th inning, and the Rangers sweep the Cardinals after a 2-1 win.

TEX (44-32) Tepesch (3-6, 4.60)  @  STL (47-29) Wainwright (10-5, 2.31)

W: Ross (4-1)   L: Wainwright (10-5)   S: Nathan (25)

The Rangers completed the sweep against the #1 team in baseball. The Rangers came back to win 2-1. Ian Kinsler knocked in the go-ahead run, on a 7th inning single. The game was delayed 2 hours and 59 minutes due to rain. The Rangers swept this rematch of the 2011 World Series. Texas rookie starter Nick Tepesch allowed only 1 run on 4 hits in 5.2 innings. Wainwright fell short of becoming the first NL pitcher to 11 wins, going for 6.2 innings, and 2 runs, with 6 strikeouts. Matt Carpenter opened the scoring in the 6th with a leadoff homer (6). That would be the only runs of the game for the Cardinals. Robbie Ross got the last out of the 6th, and picked up his 4th win of the year. Joe Nathan allowed 2 hits in the 9th, but picked up his 25th save on 26 chances.

Matt Rea – Multi-Sport Contributor – TitleTown Network

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