The playoff push is beginning to wind down as a couple of teams have fallen by the wayside and a few more are attempting to hang on for dear life. There were eight games which took place yesterday that had some type of playoff implications.
In the American League East race the New York Yankees were shut out by the Toronto Blue Jays 6-0 at the Rodgers Centre behind a poor performance from Ivan Nova in his second start after coming off of the disabled list. The Baltimore Orioles were idle on Thursday and now sit just one game behind the Yankees for first place in the division with each team having six games remaining.
In the AL Central the Chicago White Sox continue to watch their postseason hopes slip away as they lost to the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2. The White Sox have now lost eight of their last nine games and now have fallen behind the Detroit Tigers by two games in the division. The Tigers defeated the Kansas City Royals 5-4 as Doug Fister struck out an American League record nine consecutive batters during for Detroit in their victory.
In the AL West the Texas Rangers defeated the Oakland A’s 9-7 and have now taken a commanding four game lead with six left to play. The A’s still remain two games ahead of the Rays and Los Angeles Angels (who lost to the Seattle Mariners 9-4) for the second Wild Card slot.
In the race for the second National League Wild Card slot the St. Louis Cardinals were off but the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the San Diego Padres, 8-4 to move within three games of the Cards. While the Milwaukee Brewers lost to the Cincinnati Reds 2-1 and now sit four games behind St. Louis.