After being shut out by Chris Carpenter on Wednesday, Ross Detwiler looked to get a curly “W” and make a game 5. In the 2nd inning, Adam LaRoche got on a Kyle Lohse pitch and hit it fast. Fast enough and far enough to clear the batter’s eye in center field. LaRoche got to trot the bases and made a tie game. It stayed that way for a long time. Jordan Zimmermann, Tyler Clippard, and Drew Storen got 9 straight K’s out of relief. After Fernando Salas got a 1-2-3 8th, Lance Lynn was pitching in the 9th. Chad Tracy grounded out, and Werth was up. The TBS announcer said this: ” That ball is hit deep! Gone, Goodbye! To game 5 we go!”. Jayson Werth had just hitten a line drive home run, walking off, and forcing a game 5.
POSTSEASON ALL-AROUND NEWS
TIGERS 6 A’S O DETROIT>PITCHING>VERLANDER> THROWS A COMPLETE GAME SHUTOUT,TIGERS IN ALCS.
ORIOLES 2 YANKEES 1 BALTIMORE>BATTING> HARDY> HITS A RBI DOUBLE IN 13TH
GIANTS 6 REDS 4 SAN FRANCISCO>GENERAL>BOCHY>POSEY HITS SLAM, GIANTS IN NLCS.
CARDINALS 1 NATIONALS 2 WASHINGTON>BATTING>WERTH> WALK-OFF HOME RUN (1) IN 9TH INNING, FORCING GAME 5
DC playoff baseball returned on Wednesday since 1933 with a Nats-Cards game. Chris Carpenter pitched perfectly for the Big Hittin’ Birds, and Pete Kozma hit a three run homer to help open the door wide open for St. Louis. But the only 2 positive things about the game is that: First, hey, this was the Nats’ first playoff game since 1981 when they lost to the Dodgers in the NLCS. You know, they were the Expos back then. Second of all, the Presidents race presented by Geico was absolutely hilarious. Teddy came out the regular way, and then out of nowhere, Abe, George,and Tom ran out from the bullpen with a boom box, and South Korean rapper/singer PSY’s “Gangnam Style” and they did the dance. They restarted it, and when “Oppan Gangnam Style” came out, Teddy sprinted for the finish line, and he won. Nice way to cheer up the fans.
POSTSEASON NATS NEWS
ST LOUIS 8 WASHINGTON 0
W C.CARPENTER (1-0) L JACKSON (0-1)
WE GOT A CARICATURE OF MY BROTHER AND I AT THE GAME, AND WE HAD A GREAT TIME. OPPAN GAGNAM STYLE, GAGNAM STYLE, OP,OP,OP,OP OPPAN GAGNAM STYLE.
If you remember, just 2 years ago the Oakland Athletics were in 3rd place in the AL West (The AL West is a 4-team division). Now with the additions of Yoenis Cespedes, Derek Norris, Tom Milone, and Jarrod Parker, the Oakland A’s are a way different team. It led up to Game 162, when the AL West division was tied between the A’s and the Rangers, who were playing each other. The A’s got an offencive outburst and won the game, the ALDS, and the division. But the Tigers won game 1 and game 2 and travel to the o.co Coliseum on Monday.
OAKLAND 4 DETROIT 5
KELLY FLEW OUT TO SAC IN INFANTE.
If at 5:30 you were watching TBS, you saw the three non-strikes that K’d Matt Holliday to end the Game 1 and end the Cardinals’ threat to win. Tyler Moore was in T-Mode as he drove in 2 RBIs and got the eventual game winning RBI and Storen put aside his first Store of the Postseason. In 1 inning, Carlos Beltran hit a deep fly ball towards Jayson Werth and he went back and timed it perfectly, jumping up against the wall and making a leaping catch to rob him of a dinger. This shows you why the Nats got the best record in baseball. In the National League Division Series, the Nats lead 1-0.
POSTSEASON NATS NEWS
NATIONALS 3 CARDINALS 2
W MATTHEUS (1-0) L BOGGS (1-0) S STOREN (1)
PLAYER OF THE GAME= TYLER MOORE.
When Mike Rizzo traded his top 4 prospects for A’s starter Gio Gonzalez, he never knew he was getting a 21- game winner with the best curveball in the league. He led his club as the ace, and made his first-ever playoff appearance of his career. Remember my post “Gio Completo and Wain-o no Bueno”? Both Gonzalez and Adam Wainwright are pitching in gm. 1 of the Saint Louis and DC series. For the best fans in 2012, tune in to TBS at 3pm on this cold, rainy Sunday in DC.
The ST Louis Cardinals squared off against the Atlanta Braves in the National League Wild Card game. One of them will face the Nationals in the NLDS. One’s season will come to a close. But if specific one does, it will end a hall-of-fame career. Chipper Jones may leave Turner Field tonight. So in the 8th inning, Andrelton Simmons popped a fly ball to left field. SS Pete Kozma called off Matt Holliday. There was a buzzing crowd, and I think he heard Holliday call him off. He didn’t, and the left field ump pulled up a fist, calling the infield fly rule. Fredi Gonzalez saw the blown call immediately, and started to argue. Then the Atlanta fans threw bottles and cans on the outfield, and it took the grounds crew 18 minutes to pick everything up, and the blown call was costly.
SAINT LOUIS 6 ATLANTA 3 ST LOUIS PLAYS WASHINGTON IN THE NLDS STARTING SUNDAY ON TBS.
BALTIMORE 5 TEXAS RANGERS 1 BALTIMORE PLAYS NEW YORK IN THE ALDS STARTING SUNDAY ON TBS.
- The 2012 regular season slid in to home plate with the A’s and the Rangers squaring off and an Orioles must-win vs. the Rays. But since the Phillies are in the town, there will be a summary of all three.
- Darin Ruf of the Phils flew out and scored Carlos Ruiz.
- Off Cliff Lee, the Z-man did what he did 24 times before in 2012, trotting.
- Tyler Moore hit a double and scored Morse.
- Tyler Moore struck back, hitting his 10th homer of the year.
- Michael Morse did extend-o arms and hit his 18th big fly of 2012.
And then Michael Martinez flew out to Corey Brown to end the game and the Phillies’ season.
- Brandon Moss of the Oakland A’s hit a double off the Rangers’ Ryan Dempster
- Adrian Beltre singles and scores Ian Kinsler.
- Michael Young scored Josh Hamilton on a two-bagger.
- Derek Norris homered for the 7th time as an A.
And then when Michael Young flew out, Grant Balfour did a yes dance.
P.S. The Yankees won the AL East on a 14-2 win over the Red Sox and a O’s loss to the Rays due to 3 Longoria big flies
Back on July 9, 2005, the Chicago Cubs’ Adam Greenberg got hit in the head with a pitch by Valerio De Los Santos of the then Florida Marlins. The trainers ran out, and Greenberg had a concussion. Walks and errors by fielders don’t count as at-bats, so he didn’t get an official at bat that day. But Greenberg wanted to have an at-bat. So he signed a one at-bat contract and he used it on Tuesday. The only stumbling block was that he was facing Cy Young candidate R.A. Dickey. He struck out. But in a post-game press conference, he said he wanted a jersey with a number on it. He didn’t need a homer, of course. But if he got a hit, that hit would be very important to baseball history.
PHLLIES @ NATS
WSH 4 PHI 2
WASHINGTON> PITCHING> GORZELANNY/GONZALEZ GIO GONZALEZ WAS SCRATCHED FROM TUESDAY’S START BECAUSE HE’LL TAKE THE MOUND ON GAME 1 OF THE NLDS.
WASHINGTON>OFFENSE>LAROCHE ADAM REACHED 100 RBI WITH A HOME RUN LAST NIGHT.
PHILADELPHIA>OFFENSE>RUF> SECOND CAREER HR OFF TOM GORZELANNY.
Players on the Nationals have gotten a Gatorade shower a number of times, but none of them have gotten to spray champagne and beer on another player’s head. That is the playoff clinching celebration. The funny thing is, the Phillies defeated the Nationals, 2-0. During the broadcast on MASN and NatsHD the Atlanta vs. Pittsburgh scores were updated. If the Braves lost, the Nats would take home the National League East division crown . So we’re in the playoffs! My parents even woke me up at 10 pm to tell me we won the division. And my family is going to the 1st playoff home game, predicted to be on October 10th.
PITTSBURGH, PA PNC PARK. ATLANTA BRAVES @ PITTSBURGH PIRATES
ATL 1 PIT 2
WASHINGTON, D.C. NATIONALS PARK. PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES @ WASHINGTON NATIONALS
PHI 2 WAS 0