The MLB playoffs began this weekend and, with the exception of a single series, a trip to both league championship series remains very much up for grabs. For those of you wallowing over the demise of the NFL’s “Dream Team” or yet another Tony Romo heartbreaker, here is what you missed:
Tampa Bay Rays v. Texas Rangers (Series tied 1-1)
In just his second career start, 22-year-old Rays pitcher Matt Moore befuddled Rangers hitters, allowing two hits over seven innings. Kelly Shoppach provided some unlikely offence, homering twice, in the 9-0 romp.
The Rangers’ bats awoke in game two as Texas knocked around “Big Game” James Shields. Down 3-0 early, the Rangers responded with five fourth-inning runs. Mitch Moreland provided the final piece of insurance with an eighth-inning blast to win 8-6 and tie the series at one game apiece.
Detroit Tigers v. New York Yankees (Series tied 1-1)
It took two days and four starting pitchers to complete game one. After rain suspended Friday’s nights game in the second inning, Ivan Nova replaced CC Sabathia and pitched brilliantly into the ninth inning of a 9-3 victory. Robinson Cano broke a close game wide open with a sixth-inning grand slam.
Miguel Cabrera’s bat and Max Scherzer’s arm sent home a disappointed, rain-soaked Yankees crowd Sunday. Cabrera recorded three RBIs and Scherzer took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning of their 5-3 victory. The Yankees staged a furious ninth-inning rally, sending the potential game-winning run to the plate, before Curtis Granderson grounded out to end the game.
Arizona Diamondbacks v. Milwaukee Brewers (Milwaukee leads series 2-0)
Brewers ace Yovani Gallardo dominated the Diamondbacks and became just the fifth pitcher in NLDS history to pitch at least eight innings while recording nine strikeouts and allowing one run or fewer. Prince Fielder sealed the Brewers 4-1 victory with a late two-run homer.
Milwaukee used their entire offensive repertoire Sunday to take a 2-0 series lead in their 9-4 victory. Ryan Braun hit a two-run homer and Jonathan Lucroy – “Mr. Squeeze” to his teammates – successfully dropped a safety squeeze bunt to plate the game-winning run.
St. Louis Cardinals v. Philadelphia Phillies (Series tied 1-1)
Despite an early 3-0 deficit, Ryan Howard and the Phillies offence bailed out Roy Halladay’s initial struggles. Howard hit a three-run shot to give his team their first lead in the sixth inning. The offence scored 10 runs between the sixth and eighth innings and Halladay retired his final 21 batters in an 11-6 victory.
Up 4-0 through two innings and with Cliff Lee on the mound, the Phillies looked well on their way to a 2-0 series lead. But the feisty Cardinals fought back and Albert Pujols hit a game-winning seventh-inning RBI for the 5-4 victory. Chris Carpenter lasted just three innings, but the Cardinals bullpen combined for six innings of one-hit ball to return to St. Louis tied 1-1.
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