Home teams held serve through the first weekend of league championship series play in the Major League Baseball playoffs.The Texas Rangers can thank their bullpen, and the weather, for their 1-0 series lead.
While the Milwaukee Brewers continued their “beast mode” play to win game one.
Texas Rangers v. Detroit Tigers (Rangers lead 1-0)
The Rangers happily waited out two rain delays to take game one. Just minutes after the clock struck midnight, Neftali Feliz struck out the final batter in a 3-2 victory.
Texas jumped on Justin Verlander, the presumptive Cy Young award winner, early with a couple second-inning runs. Nelson Cruz expanded the lead with a solo shot.
And then came the rain.
Detroit mounted a comeback in the fifth inning but the rain reared its head again, stifling the Tigers’ momentum and forcing Verlander out of the game.
Game two was postponed Sunday due to rain. Detroit’s Max Scherzer and Texas’ Derek Holland square off in Monday’s rescheduled game.
Milwaukee Brewers v. St. Louis Cardinals (Brewers lead 1-0)
The Brewers did a lot of talking prior to Sunday’s game one matchup.
But they backed it up by walking – or running – all over the bases.
Down 6-1 entering the last of the fifth inning, Milwaukee put up a six-spot on Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia and reliever Octavio Dotel en route to its 9-6 victory.
Braun homered in the first and hit a ground rule double in the pivotal fifth inning. Prince Fielder hit a two-run shot on the very next pitch to ultimately take the lead. But Yuniesky Betancourt set the Brewers crowd into a frenzy with a two-run homer of his own.
Game two is also set for Monday. St. Louis sends Edwin Jackson to the mound while Shaun Marcum take the hill for Milwaukee.
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