MLB Wild Card Live Blog: Keep Track of Important MLB Games Tonight Right Here
There are four major, major games tonight in major league baseball. These games will determine the final two playoff teams, with one wild card winner coming from each league.
In Baltimore, the Boston Red Sox put Jon Lester on the mound against Alfredo Simon.
In Tampa Bay, the Rays send David Price out against Dellin Betances of the Yankees.
In Atlanta, the Braves will throw Tim Hudson against Philadelphia's Joe Blanton.
Finally, St. Louis ace Chris Carpenter will do battle against Houston's Brett Myers.
It should be a really fun night of baseball around the league.
I hope you'll follow along with me this evening.
This is a continuation of my other article, found here.
OH MY GOD. The Rays have just won the American League Wild Card. This is a fact. Evan Longoria has hit a walkoff home run.
Ladies and gentlemen, we have craziness. The Baltimore Orioles have defeated the Boston Red Sox 4-3 on a bloop single that scored Nolan Reimold.
In St. Petersburg, a standing ovation.
Now, the one-game playoff is guaranteed.
And if the Rays can pull out the win, they will be heading to the playoffs. This is absolutely nuts.
The Rays escape a huge jam with some quality pitching by Jake McGee.
OH, and by the way, the Orioles just tied the Red Sox on a huge Nolan Reimold double. Unbelievable.
This has got to be the craziest last day of baseball ever. I mean it.
Guys, there is a reason Evan Longoria is the best defensive third baseman in baseball. He makes a tremendous play to tag out Greg Golson, retreating to third base. Now first and second with one out, a lot more managable.
The Red Sox appear on the verge of victory.
Uh oh. Yankees have runners on the corners and nobody out in St. Petersburg. Red alert time.
Leadoff man is on for New York, with Jake McGee coming in for the Rays.
In Baltimore, can we determine what exactly Papelbon thinks while he's about to throw?
Also, his command is not exactly on-point. He threw a lot of pitches last night. Think it might affect him?
Papelbon will face Adam Jones, Mark Reynolds, and Chris Davis. All of them are home run threats.
Two games left tonight, and the AL Wild Card is up for grabs.
The Red Sox, with the bases loaded and one out in the ninth inning, squander a huge chance. Ryan Lavarnway grounded into a inning-ended double play.
In Tampa Bay, two on and two outs for Desmond Jennings, who popped out to end the threat.
This could take a while.
The Atlanta Braves have been eliminated from postseason contention. A sad end to what was once a very promising season for this team.
The Phillies, the division champions, gave the Braves fits all year. It was only fitting that the Phillies knocked them out.
With that, we have our final NL playoff team—the St. Louis Cardinals.
One out, one on, and rookie Freddie Freeman is up. What a spot. Might overtake his teammate Kimbrel for Rookie of the Year if he hits a bomb here.
Just kidding. Kind of.
The Cardinals locker room was just shown, with champagne being prepared for the celebration that is just two Braves outs away.
Has a regular season game ever felt more like a playoff game?
David Herndon is the pitcher for Philadelphia. If he can get the save, the Braves are eliminated from the playoff picture.
The Braves will have the middle of their order, Jones, Uggla, and Freeman, up in the bottom of the 13th. Couldn't think of a better situation. Well, kind of.
Meanwhile, the Rays and Yankees will move to the bottom of the 11th inning.
The Phillies take the lead, 4-3, on a bloop single by Hunter Pence. It was literally a Texas Leaguer. Ouch.
Freddie Freeman was holding the runner on first, and had he not done so, might have had a shot at the ball.
Two on, two out for Hunter Pence in the Phillies-Braves game.
Red Sox and Orioles are now in the 9th.
Bard is in for Boston to face the heart of the Baltimore order.
The Rays were retired in the bottom of the tenth.
Wow. Johnny Damon almost just won the game for the Rays. A deep shot off a hanging curve that went foul.
Red Sox infielder Marco Scutaro was thrown out at home on a great relay by the Orioles to keep the deficit at 3-2. Bad mistake there.
Orioles have two innings left to score a run. They will likely face Bard and possibly Papelbon.
Scott Linebrink is in to work the 13th for the Braves. Incredible to think about Kimbrel's meltdown four innings ago.
Domonic Brown is up for Philly.
My heart is literally pounding. All of this games are just out of control.
Two on, two out for the Braves in the bottom of the 12th.
The batter is Martin Prado.
Farnsworth strikes out Austin Romine. The Rays will come in to hit in the bottom of the 10th with Upton, Longoria, and Russ Canzler.
Justin De Fratus is in the game to pitch for the Phillies.
Amazing stat from the Rays-Yankees game. The teams have used a combined 50 players in this game. That is unbelievable.
Alfredo Aceves has hit two of the first three batters he's faced for the Red Sox. Daniel Bard is warming for the Sox, but something is clearly not right with Aceves.
One man on and two out for the Yankees with Brett Gardner at the plate.
The Red Sox and Orioles game is back on, and surely the Red Sox are rattled after watching the Rays overcome a seven-run deficit.
Meanwhile, the Phillies and Braves are probably going to be playing all night.
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