The Phillies season is officially over and, for the first time since 2002, the Phillies did not finish with a winning record. Cliff Lee started for the Phillies but, once again, did not get the run support again. Over the course of Lee’s 30 starts, the Phillies scored 75 runs in 211 innings. Lee allowed three runs on eight hits over six innings. The only run came from a Darin Ruf sacrifice fly that scored Carlos Ruiz. At the time of the RBI, over the previous four games the Nationals had scored 10 runs and Darin Ruf had driven in eight of them. The Phillies fell 5-1 and ended the season 81-81. More here.
Many eyes last night were on the Detroit Tigers as they took on the Kansas City Royals. Not because the game had any playoff implications at all but because Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera was looking to become the first Triple Crown winner since Carl Yastrzemski won it with the Red Sox in 1967. Well after going 0-for-2, Cabrera was pulled in the fourth inning but was able to secure the Triple Crown by leading the Majors with a .330 batting average, 44 homeruns, and 139 RBI. More here.
The Oakland Athletics have been storming back into the playoff hunt and, not only did they clinch a playoff berth, they were in the hunt for the AL West title as they chased down the Texas Rangers. Yesterday’s game was a winner-take-all game for the AL West title. The A’s got on the board first but gave up five runs in the third inning. They responded in the fourth inning with a six run inning of their own to take a two run lead. They would have another big inning in the eighth as they scored four runs to go up 12-5 which is how the game would win. The AL West title is the fifth for the A’s since 2000 which is tied with the Angels for the most over that span. More here.
The New York Yankees needed a win or an Orioles loss in order to clinch the AL East title. The Yankees got both. Evan Longoria paced the Tampa Bay Ray with three solo home runs last night as the A’s took down the Orioles 4-1. The Yankees exploded on their hated Red Sox 14-2 to sweep them out of New York and, even though the Orioles had already lost, clinch the AL East. More here.