Morning Six Pack

Morning Six Pack: Three beers for Hanley!

Three Beers: Hanley Ramirez, Boston Red Sox

Hanley Ramirez crushed three home runs last night to lead the Red Sox to an 11-7 win over the Giants in Fenway. Ramirez was 3 for 4 with 6 RBI’s. To add to the fun (and part of the reason he gets THREE, not two beers) is that Ramirez was drilled by an Albert Suarez fastball after hitting his first two home runs. Ramirez was not pleased, and stared at Suarez as he walked to first base. When Ramirez came back to bat the next time around, he took Suarez yard over the Monster. Baseball is a great game.

One Beer: Michael Pineda, New York Yankees

How about Michael Pineda? The Yankees needed to get hot after the break and he helped the Bombers take the third game of an important AL East series by a score of 5 to 0. Pineda went six innings, only giving up five hits and striking out eight. Pineda has had a long history of injuries and inconsistency since coming over from Seattle, but he stepped up in a big way on Wednesday. The Yankees are only six back of the Orioles in the AL East and maybe all of the Andrew Miller trade talk will cool down now that the team from the Bronx is back in the race.

One Beer: Trea Turner, Washington Nationals

At 23, we at BoT don’t know if Trea Turner has moved on from Keystone Light or Natty Ice, but we would like to think so. The young prospect has played well over the last few days and highlighted an 8-1 Nats win over the Dodgers by stealing home last night in the bottom of the 6th. With Turner on third, the Dodgers seemed to have Danny Espinosa picked off at first. In the midst of the run down, Turner used his electric speed to swipe home to give the Nats a 7-1 lead and Espinosa a free pass to second. There is a lot of talk around Turner and a potential move to CF, but Manager Dusty Baker (over the course of like a million years) has shown that he trusts veterans over young players.

One Beer: Seung Hwan Oh, St. Louis Cardinals

Oh notched two saves yesterday for the St. Louis Cardinals as they took both games of their double header with the San Diego Padres. Oh pitched an inning in each game and struck out two batters. The Cards are seven games behind the Cubs in the NL Central but now find themselves only one game behind the Miami Marlins for the 2nd wildcard spot.

Other scores from around MLB

Reds 6 v. Braves 3

Twins 4 @ Tigers 1

Indians 11 @ Royals 4

Cubs 6 v. Mets 2

Rays 11 @ Rockies 3

Astros 7 @ A’s 0

Mariners 6 v. White Sox 5 (11 innings)

Blue Jays 10 @ Diamondbacks 4

Nationals 8 v. Dodgers 1

Phillies 4 v. Marlins 1

Brewers 9 @ Pirates 5

Angels 7 v. Rangers 4

Morning Six Pack: Respecting the grit from Tuesday night

Earning a prestigious pop from the Morning Six Pack isn’t just about walk-off’s and rare performances. It can also be about hustle and grit too.

Two beers: Jameson Taillon, Pirates

Taillon took a comebacker off the bat of Hernan Perez to the head, and stayed in the game. The rookie pitched well, only giving up one earned over six innings and striking out three. The kid needs a couple cold ones.

One beer: Marcus Semien, Athletics

Semien scored from second on an infield single to win the game in the bottom of the tenth by catching Carlos Correa sleeping. Correa fielded a ground ball off the bat of Josh Reddick and drifted into shallow left without checking on Semien at third. Semien scooted home to win the game for the A’s. Coco Crisp, the centerfielder for the A’s, was thrown out in the bottom of the ninth between second and third when he was jogging (home run trot style) because he thought he had hit one out when he really only hit a double. Semien showed the vet how to do it right just one inning later.

One beer: Albert Pujols, Angels

Two three-run homers? Give this man a beverage!

One beer: Christian Yelich, Marlins

Yelich drove in both of the Marlins runs in their 10 inning win against the Phils.

One beer: Joe Girardi, Yankees

Girardi challenged his team before the last game of the series against the Red Sox, labeling the game as a “must-win” and the boys have responded. The Yankees have won three in a row and are looking more like buyers than sellers, much to the chagrin of every team that wants Andrew Miller.