I’ll go into deeper depth in a subsequent entry, but here’s a wrap of yesterday’s games.
Texas Rangers fans have to be mortified by the Wiley Coyote-like drop-off-a-cliff as they were mauled by the host Oakland As, 12-5. Ian Kinsler was 1-5 and scored the Rangers’ first run. He also made an error (four of the As’ runs were unearned, including a dropped fly ball by All-Star Josh Hamilton which opened the floodgates for the As after the Rangers took a 5-1 lead after four innings). Scott Feldman did not appear in the game.
The NY Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox like a rug, capturing the AL East title with a 14-2 pasting. Danny Valencia flied out as a pinch hitter in the eight and remained in the game at third base. Ryan Lavarnway was 0-3 with a walk as the DH. Craig Breslow came on in the eight and allowed both of the runners put on base by his predecessor to score. The runs were not charged to Breslow’s account, which is a flaw in the system, since he didn’t really do his job in his 2/3 of an inning. Ryan Kalish did not appear in the game.
Ike Davis hit a solo shot for his 32nd home run of the year to help the NY Mets beat the host Miami Marlins, 4-2. He also doubled, walked, and scored twice.
Shades of Adam Greenberg. Mets outfielder Lucas Duda was hit in the head by a pitch from Marlins’ hurler Dan Jennings in the seventh inning. It was a Marlins’ pitcher who beaned Greenberg — then a member of the Chicago Cubs — back in 2005. Duda came out for a pinch runner. Here’s hoping there will be no lasting effects.
Ryan Braun was 1-4 with a run scored as the Milwaukee Brewers blew a 6-0 lead to lose to the visiting San Diego Padres, 7-6.
Sam Fuld played left, batted seventh, and went 0-3 as the Tampa Bay rays beat the visiting Baltimore Orioles, 4-1.
Kevin Youkilis did not play in the season finale for the Chicago White Sox, who beat the host Cleveland Indians, 9-0.
San Diego Padres pitcher Jason Marquis never made it back from the disabled list.