After the Daily Dish, I will award six beers to some combination of players who excelled on (or maybe even OFF) the field the night before. The more impressive their performance, the more beer they will get!
Two Beers: Adam Lind, Seattle Mariners- Lind’s pinch-hit, walk-off ,three run home run against White Sox Closer David Robertson capped an epic comeback with two outs in the bottom of the ninth in Seattle last night. The Mariners were down three runs with only one out remaining when Kyle Seager blooped an RBI single to center. Then, a manly man named Adam Lind, who could probably drink both of these beers in the same amount of time that it took his home run to clear the fence last night, ended the game in dramatic fashion. Lind, an Indiana native who spent his first nine years in Toronto and last year in Milwaukee, is having a solid year for the boys in the northwest. Lind has 14 home runs and is hitting .230. Two beers for Lind.
One Beer: Jarrod Dyson, Kansas City Royals– Dyson’s grand slam in the bottom of the eighth came after the Royals had stormed back to take a 3 to 2 lead in the inning. Dyson’s granny capped a seven run inning and provided all the insurance the Royals needed to take a game from the first place Indians. The win moves the Royals to within seven games of the Indians and 4 games of the second wild card spot in the AL.
One Beer: Mike Leake, St. Louis Cardinals– Leake was stellar last night against the Padres, going six innings and striking out 11 while only allowing one earned run. Leake picked up his seventh win of the year and will need to provide the Cardinals with quality innings down the stretch if they want to remain in playoff contention.
One Beer: Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox– This one could have gone to Jose Fernandez, but his team won. Chris Sale NEEDS this beer. Sale was dominant last night over eight innings, allowing just one hit and striking out six Mariners. Robertson blew his chance at becoming the first 15-game winner in the bigs and we at Baseball on Tap just feel bad for the guy. While his name has come up in trade rumors, Sale recently told the Boston Herald’s Evan Drellich that “I plan on being here forever.” The White Sox have a team option on Sale through the 2019 season, so it would be hard to imagine that they would trade their ace unless they want to enter a full-blow rebuild period. For this morning, all Chris Sale can do is shake his head and enjoy a brew.
One Beer: Matt Boyd, Detroit Tigers– Boyd was strong over six innings last night and picked up his first win of the 2016 season. Boyd only allowed three hits, one walk and struck out seven. The Tigers are inching back into the AL Central race and are only 2.5 games behind the Blue Jays for the second wild card spot.