WOW. What a night. There are no words to describe what happened tonight for the Wildcard chase. There were four games going on for the Wildcard tonight: Phillies vs Braves, Yankees vs Rays, Red Sox vs Orioles and Cardinals vs Astros.
Although this game meant nothing for the Phillies, they battled it out with the Braves like they always do until the 13th inning. Blanton was the starter for this game with Hamels coming in to relieve hoping to get his 15th win on the season, but Uggla homered to put the Braves up 3-2. They held that lead until the ninth inning when Kimbrel came to close it out, but he blew his eighth game of the season by loading the bases.The Phillies scored the winning run on a shallow blooper by Hunter Pence to score Brian Schneider. Phillies did win their 102nd game which is a franchise record. Charlie Manuel becomes the Phillies most winning manager with 646 wins.
Yankees vs Rays. This was a GREAT game. Yankees were up 5-0 after two innings thanks to a Grand Slam by Mark Texiera. In the eighth the bases were loaded for the Rays, Sam Fuld drew a bases loaded walk to send home the Rays first run. Sean Rodriguez then got HBP to send another run home. B.J. Upton hits a sac fly to make it 7-3. With two outs Evan Longoria comes up to bat and hits his 30th home run, a three run homer to make it 7-6. Pinch-hitter Dan Johnson comes up in the bottom of the ninth with two outs. Johnson homered to make it 7-7, a tie game!! Onto extras. With one out in the 12th Evan Longoria came up to bat yet again, he hit a 2-2 pitch off Scott Proctor for a walk off home run. RAYS WIN 8-7.
After an 86 minute rain delay it was 3-2 Red Sox heading into the ninth inning with the Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon on the mound to close it out. Papelbon gives up a double to Reimond and blows a save to make it a 3-3 tie. Robert Andino then singled to win it for the Orioles, 4-3. Red Sox were eliminated after the Rays won.
Cardinals shutout the Astros 8-0. Carpenter pitched his fourth complete game and second shutout of the year. He didn’t allow a hit until the fourth, walked one and struck out 11. It was his 33rd complete game and 15th shutout of his career. Since the Braves lost, the Cardinals clinched the NL Wildcard and will be playing the Phillies in the NLDS on Saturday.
Best night by far this season! Bring on the Postseason!