Tigers 5, Yankees 3
Series tied 1-1
Heroes: Max Scherzer silenced the Yankee bats and his critics who claimed his inconsistencies suggested he couldn't pitch well under playoff pressure, by throwing 6 shutout innings, carrying a no-hitter through 5. On the offensive side, Miguel Cabrera knocked in the first 3 runs of the game, with a 2-run homer in the top of the first and an RBI single in the sixth.
Goat: Derek Jeter went 0-5, leaving 5 runners on base and making a defensive error that lead to the Tigers's 2-run 6th inning.
Surprise: Joe Girardi pinch hit for Brett Gardner with Eric Chavez in a situation similar to leading an ill-equipped gladiator out to slaughter in the coliseum.When I saw Chavez digging in, I actually thought, why wouldn't the Yankees pinch hit for him here? Lo and behold, they were using him as a pinch hitter. He looked so over-matched that I thought, at least a strikeout is better than a double play. Chavez had no chance the way Benoit was throwing strikes.
Outlook: Even if CC Sabathia wins the battle of the aces in Game 3 vs Verlander, we like Rick Porcello over A.J. Burnett and Doug Fister in a rematch win Ivan Nova. (Pick: Tigers in 5)
|The Yankees made it close in the end, but came up short.|
Brewers 9, Diamondbacks 4
Brewers lead 2-0
|Plate coverage, balance, eyes,|
power, ... Braun has it all.
Goat: Brad Ziegler entered a tie game in the 6th inning, with Jerry Hairston on second base. He opened his appearance by balking Jerry Jr over to 3rd, then things got worse, a lot worse: balk, walked Yuni Betancourt, made an error fielding a bunt, intentionally walked Mark Kotsay, single, single, single, taken out of the game without retiring a batter.
Surprise: Kirk Gibson left Ziegler out there for so long.
Outlook: Home field advantage may mean more than we give it credit, but the Brew Crew looks ready to wrap this series up sooner than later. (Pick: Brewers in 3)
|Upton wants to keep playing this year. #swag|
Cardinals 5, Phillies 4
Series tied 1-1
|Cliff Lee was outdueled|
by a few bullpen arms.
Goat: Tony LaRussa pushed Chris Carpenter to pitch on short rest, something Carp had never done before. It burned their best starter, taxed their bullpen, and may end up as a Pyrrhic victory.
Surprises: Cliff Lee seemed to be in his usual control the whole night, but after all, he gave up 5 earned runs and 12 hits. Vance Worley looked like a good piece for October.
Outlook: The Cardinals are a dangerous, experienced team, but the Philles are a much more polished team of legendary World Series heroes. (Pick: Phillies in 4)
There are a couple of AL games this evening, should be fun!