MLB wrap: Playoff teams prepping for late-inning postseason drama

In the MLB playoffs teams have to be ready for anything. They have to be able to take a punch and deliver one when the game is on the line. Plenty of teams got practice in that department Saturday.The Yankees, Indians and Cardinals all posted walk-off wins while the Astros delivered one of the craziest come-from-behind victories of the season.In New York, the Yankees locked up a playoff spot with a 3-2 win over the Orioles onan Aaron Hicks walk-off double in the 11th inning.#CLINCHED in walk-off fashion.Your favorite team is headed to the #WildCard. pic.twitter.com/BcxjNXKIWh MLB (@MLB) September 23, 2018In St. Louis, Tyler O’Neill didn’t just deliver a walk-off home run in a 5-4 win over the Giants, but he also got the Cardinals one game closer to the top wild https://www.bravesedges.com/atlanta-braves/tyler-flowers-jersey -card spot in the National League as the Brewers fell to the Pirates 3-0.Game over thanks to @toneill21 pic.twitter.com/UCcuEQoeIy St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) September 22, 2018Michael Brantley sent Indians fans home happy with an 11th inning RBI single giving Cleveland a 5-4 win over the Red Sox and alsopreventingBoston from locking up home field in the American League playoffs.Smooth in the clutch.#RallyTogether pic.twitter.com/ULH3glnehJ Cleveland Indians (@Indians) September 23, 2018But the most dramatic late-inning surge came in Houston. The Astros held a 1-0 lead going into the eighth inning, but Hector Rondon blew the save, Joe Smith gave up a three-run homer to Mike Trout and Houston’s night was over as they trailed 5-1 going into the bottom of the eighth.Except that it wasn’t over because Houston scored nine runs this is not a typo nine runs in the bottom of the eighth and took a 10-5 lead into the ninth they would not give back. The inning took https://www.bravesedges.com/atlanta-braves/greg-maddux-jersey more than an hour to play and Houston made Cleveland’s win even better as they are still mathematically alive for home field in the AL.The playoffs are not decided yet. Not even close. And the late-inning drama in Saturday’s games proves that in spades.Studs of the NightBraves starter Mike Foltynewicz took a no-hitter into the sixth inning of a 5-3 win over the Phillies which gave Atlanta its first division title since 2013. The righty finished the game with 7 1/2 innings of two-hit, two-run ball with five strikeouts.Mariners starter Marco Gonzales threw six innings of one-hit, no-run ball in a 13-0 win over the Rangers.Dud of the NightDiamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin gave up five hits, four walks and four runs in three innings of work in a 5-1 lo s to the Rockies. Colorado moved to within 3 1/2 games of the first wild-card spot in the NL. They are 1 1/2 games back of the Cardinals for the second spot.HighlightJavy Baez somehow made this stop in the hole and then inexplicaply nailed the runner. This is the reason he could win Dansby Swanson Jersey the MVP with an OBP in the .330 range.Just absurd, @javy23baez. pic.twitter.com/FqNULHgRdu MLB (@MLB) September 22, 2018What’s NextRed Sox (105-50) at Indians (86-68) 7:00 p.m. ET Only one thing can be decided in the playoffs Sunday, the Red Sox can lock up home field throughout the AL postseason with a win over the Indians. However, Cleveland has one of the best lineups in baseball and Boston doesn’t even have a starter listed yet. This makes for an interesting game.

In the MLB playoffs teams have to be ready for anything. They have to be able to take a punch and deliver one when the game is on the line. Plenty of teams got practice in that department Saturday.The Yankees, Indians and Cardinals all posted walk-off wins while the Astros delivered one of the craziest come-from-behind victories of the season.In New York, the Yankees locked up a playoff spot with a 3-2 win over the Orioles onan Aaron Hicks walk-off double in the 11th inning.#CLINCHED in walk-off fashion.Your favorite team is headed to the #WildCard. pic.twitter.com/BcxjNXKIWh MLB (@MLB) September 23, 2018In St. Louis, Tyler O’Neill didn’t just deliver a walk-off home run in a 5-4 win over the Giants, but he also got the Cardinals one game closer to the top wild https://www.bravesedges.com/atlanta-braves/tyler-flowers-jersey -card spot in the National League as the Brewers fell to the Pirates 3-0.Game over thanks to @toneill21 pic.twitter.com/UCcuEQoeIy St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) September 22, 2018Michael Brantley sent Indians fans home happy with an 11th inning RBI single giving Cleveland a 5-4 win over the Red Sox and alsopreventingBoston from locking up home field in the American League playoffs.Smooth in the clutch.#RallyTogether pic.twitter.com/ULH3glnehJ Cleveland Indians (@Indians) September 23, 2018But the most dramatic late-inning surge came in Houston. The Astros held a 1-0 lead going into the eighth inning, but Hector Rondon blew the save, Joe Smith gave up a three-run homer to Mike Trout and Houston’s night was over as they trailed 5-1 going into the bottom of the eighth.Except that it wasn’t over because Houston scored nine runs this is not a typo nine runs in the bottom of the eighth and took a 10-5 lead into the ninth they would not give back. The inning took https://www.bravesedges.com/atlanta-braves/greg-maddux-jersey more than an hour to play and Houston made Cleveland’s win even better as they are still mathematically alive for home field in the AL.The playoffs are not decided yet. Not even close. And the late-inning drama in Saturday’s games proves that in spades.Studs of the NightBraves starter Mike Foltynewicz took a no-hitter into the sixth inning of a 5-3 win over the Phillies which gave Atlanta its first division title since 2013. The righty finished the game with 7 1/2 innings of two-hit, two-run ball with five strikeouts.Mariners starter Marco Gonzales threw six innings of one-hit, no-run ball in a 13-0 win over the Rangers.Dud of the NightDiamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin gave up five hits, four walks and four runs in three innings of work in a 5-1 lo s to the Rockies. Colorado moved to within 3 1/2 games of the first wild-card spot in the NL. They are 1 1/2 games back of the Cardinals for the second spot.HighlightJavy Baez somehow made this stop in the hole and then inexplicaply nailed the runner. This is the reason he could win Dansby Swanson Jersey the MVP with an OBP in the .330 range.Just absurd, @javy23baez. pic.twitter.com/FqNULHgRdu MLB (@MLB) September 22, 2018What’s NextRed Sox (105-50) at Indians (86-68) 7:00 p.m. ET Only one thing can be decided in the playoffs Sunday, the Red Sox can lock up home field throughout the AL postseason with a win over the Indians. However, Cleveland has one of the best lineups in baseball and Boston doesn’t even have a starter listed yet. This makes for an interesting game.

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