MLB 9 Innings provides a daily recap of the previous day’s events in Major League Baseball. You can see what is happening in the Majors in a quick glance. Included in today’s edition: Derek Jeter goes out in style in New York, the Giants clinch a spot in the post-season, a new GM in Arizona is announced, Phil Hughes gives up a chance at $500,000, the Kansas City Royals are close to breaking a 28-year playoff drought and much more.
First – Derek Jeter looked like his final game at Yankee Stadium was going to be ruined as the bullpen gave up three runs in the top of the ninth to the Baltimore Orioles to tie the game. Then Jeter came to the plate with one out and a runner on second base. The Yankees captain took the first offering from Evan Meeks and hit it the other way, scoring Antoan Richardson and giving New York the dramatic win. It was a fitting way for the long-time Yankees shortstop to end his brilliant career at home.
Second – The San Francisco Giants are finally post-season bound, as the Milwaukee Brewers lost to the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday afternoon, 5-3. The loss eliminated the Brewers and gave the Giants the final wild card berth without them even having to take the field. Three Brewers errors led to two unearned runs, which was the difference in the game.
Third – The Seattle Mariners kept their playoff chances alive with a 7-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. The victory snapped a five-game losing streak for the team. Logan Morrison hit two home runs in the win and closer Fernando Rodney collected his 47th save. Continue reading