Tuesday’s events hint that the final five days of the 2021 Regular Season will be wild. A New York Yankees win and a Seattle Mariners win, all combined with the Baltimore Orioles 4-2 win over the Boston Red Sox have made the AL Wild Card race tighter.
Entering Wednesday’s games, the Yankees now hold a 2.0 game lead over the Red Sox for home field advantage in the Wild Card game. Where it tightens is the fact that the Mariners are now 0.5 games behind the Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays are 1.0 game behind Boston for the second Wild Card spot. It’s the little things.
ROY candidate Ryan Mountcastle’s (1 for 4, 1 Run Scored, 2 RBI) sixth inning homerun, his 32nd of the season, tied the game at 2 and Pedro Severino’s (3 for 4, 1 RBI) RBI single put the O’s in the lead.
Ryan McKenna’s (1 for 4, 1 RBI) eighth inning RBI single capped off the Orioles scoring.
Trey Mancini went 2 for 4 with a run scored.
Baltimore pitching took over on Tuesday. Starter Bruce Zimmermann made his return from the IL and tossed 4.0 innings, allowing 1 run (a Kyle Schwarber homer) on 2 hits with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts.
Winning pitcher Marcos Diplan allowed a Hunter Renfroe homerun and struck out 3 over 2.0 innings.
The combo of Joey Krehbiel (2.0 IP, 1 K) and Cole Sulser (1.0 IP) did the rest.
What will the Wild Card race look like after Wednesday?
2021 Record: 51-106
Next Game: Wed. Sept. 29 @ 7:05pm