BET À DAY
The three teams drafted in the American quietly begin to distance themselves from their pursuers, but the Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays and Seattle Mariners continue to pile up the wins at a pace frantic in this playoff fight. Wednesday afternoon at T-Mobile Park, they added another win, this time by a score of 6 to 1 against the San Diego Padres.
It was with the help of the long ball that the crowd favorites triumphed. Julio Rodriguez and Eugenio Suarez, in the first inning, started the ball rolling with one- and two-run home runs respectively. Carlos Santana, with a three-point strike in the fifth inning, hit the other one.
Going back to Rodriguez, his out-of-bounds strike was his 26th of the season, which he also stole a cushion for the 25th time of the campaign in the win. He thus became only the third rookie in major league history to hit 25 home runs and steal as many bases in the same season. The last to accomplish the feat is none other than Mike Trout, in 2012. Chris Young was the first, in 2007.
Coming back to the game, starting pitcher Luis Castillo (7-5) also did an outstanding job. In six innings of work, he struck out nine opponents, allowing no runs on four hits and one walk. In the opposing camp, Mike Clevinger (5-7) saw the loss added to his record, he who allowed all six opposition points, in five innings on the mound.
The race in the Central is in full swing
On the side of the weak Central section of the American, the Guardians increased their lead at the top with a victory of 5 to 3 against the Los Angeles Angels, in Cleveland.
A two-run homer from Jose Ramirez, at the end of the eighth inning, finally played a decisive role in favor of the home team.
On the mound for the Guardians, Cal Quantrill put in a strong showing, putting six opponents to the dust in seven innings of work. However, he allowed all three runs, on eight hits, and was ultimately not involved in the decision. Rather, it was reliever Trevor Stephan (5-4) who took the win, while James Karinchak signed his third save of the season.
For their part, the White Sox did not have was able to score a single run against the Colorado Rockies and they lost 3-0 in Chicago.
The crowd favorites still had eight hits in the game, including seven against starting pitcher Kyle Freeland (9-9). The latter still did just enough to prevent his opponents from scoring in six and two-thirds innings, passing five of them in the mitt.
In the standings, the Guardians (76- 65) – who have a worse record than the three teams drafted in the American – hold a four-game priority over the White Sox and thus have an automatic ticket to the playoffs, by virtue of their first place in the Central Division .