The wild-card round officially started on Tuesday, with activity continuing throughout the day. All four first-round series are underway, with eight teams attempting to win Game 1 of their respective best-of-three series.
In the American League, the Rangers shut out the Rays in Game 1 at Tampa Bay, winning 4-0. Texas’ Jordan Montgomery threw seven scoreless innings, striking out six batters, to help the Rangers advance to the ALDS.
Meanwhile, the AL Central champion Twins upset the sixth-seeded Blue Jays in the playoffs for Minnesota’s first victory since 2004 and first at home since 2002 — before current manager Rocco Baldelli had even made his MLB debut as a player.
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In the National League, the NL Central-winning Brewers took an early 3-0 lead, but the No. 6 seed Diamondbacks responded quickly with home runs from Corbin Carroll and Ketel Marte to cap a 6-3 comeback. Meanwhile, the Phillies dominated at home, racing out to a series lead with a 4- 1 victory against the Marlins.
Is this the 27-year-old Evan Longoria or the 37-year-old Evan Longoria? With this incredible diving catch, the experienced veteran prevented what would have been two runs for Milwaukee. So much for Old Man Time.
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo sent in Kevin Ginkel to throw the eighth inning, and he made light work of the Brewers, striking out three. Ginkel let his emotions run wild following the last putout.
In the sixth inning, the Blue Jays were able to put two runners on base, allowing Kevin Kiermaier to score on a single to left. The base hit trimmed the Twins’ advantage to 3-1 and put an end to starter Pablo Lopez’s day after 5 2/3 innings.
After Kiermaier’s single, the Blue Jays had an opportunity to add some more runs, but Michael A. Taylor made an outstanding catch in center field, stopping Chapman from scoring an extra-base hit that would’ve certainly knotted the game.
Rays star In the fifth inning, Taylor Glasnow got himself into even more difficulty. After allowing runners to reach base, Glasnow hit a wild pitch that scored Corey Seager from third base, giving the Rangers a 2-0 lead.
Seager hits two home runs, with some assistance from the Rays.
The Rangers’ advantage was doubled in the sixth inning when Seager blasted a single to center that Jose Siri couldn’t catch on the fly. The hit resulted in one run being scored, but a second run was scored when Siri’s throw to third fell in the dugout, giving the Rangers a 4-0 advantage.