M’s avoid a four game sweep in the Bronx via a nail-biter shutout . . .
It was scoreless until the 8th when Segar hit a ground rule double scoring Toro. Then, an unfortunate dust up when Kelenic got tossed after jawing with the ump on a strikeout call for the second out (Servias also got run). Raleigh came through after that to score Haniger (Segar was thrown out at home for the 3rd out) to make it 2-0, where it would stay.
Sure, it would have been nice to at least have a split vs the Yanks but, to get this last one, especially in such tense fashion, should make for a much happier flight home – with a day off before the home stand vs Texas and Toronto.
Funny that the M’s run differential has been pretty pathetic all season – this road trip was +7 but only equated to
ON the MOUND
a few too many pitches for Kikuchi to get to a QS (Yanks worked the count ALL series) but FIVE scoreless in the Bronx not exactly sneeze-worthy: 5IP-4H-0R-0ER-3BB-6SO
Sadler saw just three batters (single, HBP, popup) before being replaced by Sewald – who Servias commented “flipped the momentum” – he got the next two batters out to end the 6th and then retired the side in order in the 7th and ended up with the W
enter Steckenrider for two full innings of ONE hit NO runs NO walks and TWO strikeouts for the save
AT the PLATE
Obviously not a lot of offense – on either side . . . each team had only SIX hits and only ONE extra base hit (both doubles) and left a TON on base (M’s 9 / Y’s 11)
IN the FIELD and ON THE BASES
overall GREAT defense (from hot shots on the hot corner to leaping, diving outfield snares)