Jump to content
The Official Site of the Montréal Canadiens
Canadiens de Montreal

MLB


roy_133
 Share

Recommended Posts

Tampa Bay wins the final playoff spot in the American League with a 5-2 win over Texas. They will play Cleveland in a one game set for the right to play Boston starting Friday night. The National League playoffs start tonight with Cincinnati at Pittsburgh for the right to play St. Louis with that series starting Thursday night.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Replies 3.2k
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

How about dem Indians? :o

They will be playing Tampa Bay tonight for the right to play Boston. They could end up playing Detroit, a team they beat only 4 times in 19 games, the main reason they finished second in the AL Central since they actually outplayed the other teams in the division compared to Detroit. Detroit, though, would need to get past Oakland, which will be no easy task. And Cleveland would need to get past Tampa Bay and Boston.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Pittsburgh wins the right to play St. Louis with a 6-2 win over Cincinnati. Marlon Byrd and Russell Martin had home runs for Pittsburgh. Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker could be heading for the unemployment line despite the fact the Reds have made the playoffs three of the last four years. Only problem is they failed to advance beyond the division series including last year when they led San Francisco 2-0, but fell in five games.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Tampa bay eliminates Cleveland with a 4-0 victory. A failure to hit in the clutch would prove to be the Indians' undoing as they stranded nine runners leaving a runner in each inning except the first, sixth, and ninth innings. Ryan Rayburn was left at second after a two out double in the second, Lonnie Chisenhall was left at first after one out, and Andrubal Cabrera grounded into an inning ending doubleplay in the fourth with the bases loaded. Cleveland's biggest missed opportunity came in the fifth when the top third of their lineup failed to bring in Yan Gomes from third with no outs. A final opportunity came in the seventh, but with two on and one out, Michael Borun grounded out and Nick Swisher went down on strikes.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Detroit begins its postseason tonight against Oakland at 9:37 P.M. Max Scherzer takes the ball for Detroit against Oakland's Bartolo Colon. Detroit, which scored a major league second best 796 runs, slumped down the stretch scoring two or fewer runs in 11 of its last 26 games and that included getting swept and no-hit on the final day by a Miami team that lost 100 games and scored a major league low 513 runs, will need to get its hitting in order. Miguel Cabrera, despite winning his third straight batting title with a .348 average had only two extra-base hits since August 26 while battling abdominal issues. Max Scherzer had no decisions in two starts against the A's with a 4.91 ERA, but did pitch six innings allowing only one run in Oakland.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Go A's!

Max Scherzer shuts down Oakland on two runs on three hits in seven innings of work in a 3-2 win over Oakland. Two of the hits were extra base shots by Yoenis Cespedes. The first was a one out triple in the second on a slider left over the plate and he would be stranded at third. The other was two run homer deep into the leftfield seats on a 95 MPH belthigh fastball that got too much of the plate. Oakland would also leave the tying run stranded in the eighth. Joaquin Benoit got the final four outs including striking out the side in order in the ninth. Detroit got all three of its runs in the first and will need to figure out how to score runs in the later innings.

Detroit leads the series 1-0.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Oakland wins a pitchers' duel with a walkoff RBI single by Steven Vogt in the bottom of the ninth 1-0. Vogt had struck out three times previously, including in the seventh on a 98 MPH fastball with runners at second and third. The A's missed another opportunity in the fifth after singles to start the inning. Josh Reddick popped a bunt attempt to third baseman Miguel Cabrera and the next batters went down on strikes, including Vogt for the second time.

Detroit missed its best chance in the fifth when they had runners on the corners with one out. Oakland starter Sonny Gray escaped that jam with a strike 'em out, throw 'em out inning ending double play. Gray pitched eight innings allowing only four hits while Justin Verlander allowed four hits in seven innings with 11 strikeouts.

Vogt's single came against in a drawn in infield after two inning opening singles and two walks.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Detroit wastes any semblance of an offense with a poor outing by Anibal Sanchez who last only 4 1/3 innings allowing five runs on eight hits, three of them on longballs, Josh Reddick on a slider in the fourth, Brandon Moss on a hanging changeup deep into the right field seats in the fifth and Seth Smith on a sinker later in the inning. All of that came after Detroit had erased a 3-0 deficit with a three run fourth. Unless Detroit can start hitting, especially in the later innings, their season will realistically be over this week. Yesterday was a case in point, where a team with a good offense, pitching and especially a good bullpen will give Detroit problems.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

A faltering Oakland bullpen and pair of late inning rallies allow Detroit to even the ALDS series at 2-2 with an 8-6 win. Detroit was actually five innings away from being no-hit out of the playoffs when Prince Fielder and Victor Martinez opened the fifth with singles. Jhonny Peralta sent a fastball into the left center bullpen off Oakland starter Dan Straily to tie the score at 3-3. Max Scherzer relieved to start the seventh and gave up the go ahead run before pulling an escape act in the eighth. After loading the bases with no outs, Scherzer struck out the next two hitters on changeups before Alberto Callaspo sent a screaming line drive into the left centerfield gap that Austin Jackson ran down. That came after Victor Martinez's home run on a fastball gave Detroit the lead back at 5-4. The Tigers would add three more in the bottom half of the eighth. Austin Jackson, who previously had been 1-for-14 in the series with 10 strikeouts, blooped an RBI single that brought in what proved to be the winning run as closer Joaquin Benoit would allow two runs in the ninth before striking out Oakland's final hitter.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Winner take all game tonight between Oakland and Detroit at 8:00 P.M. Justin Verlander gets the ball for Detroit against Sonny Gray. Detroit will need to solve Gray's curveball, continue hitting in the late innings, and its bullpen will need to come through for them to have a realistic chance to move on.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Justin Verlander takes a no-hitter into the seventh inning and shuts down Oakland on two hits in 3-0 win. A's starter Sonny Gray struggled with command of his fastball as he left one belt high and over the plate to Miguel Cabrera who launched it into the left field seats. Gray also had an ineffective curveball.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Verlander actually took a perfect game into the sixth before issuing a one out walk to Josh Reddick. Verlander's bit for a no-hitter ended with two outs in the seventh when Yoenis Cespedes laced a single into left field on a 95 MPH fastball. Oakland would get only one other baserunner against Verlander who extended a post season record of 30 scoreless innings against one. Closer Joaquin Benoit allowed one hit and plunked another in the ninth before getting the final out on a fly to right.

Oakland has now lost its last six winner-take-all game fives and is now 1-12 in potential clinching games since 2000 and set a five game series record for strikeouts with 57.

Detroit moves on to play Boston for the first time in postseason play tomorrow night.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Anibal Sanchez combines with four relievers to come within two outs of the first combined no-hitter in postseason history in a 1-0 win over Boston. Daniel Nava got Boston's only hit on s two strike single. Sanchez used a mid-90s fastball, a slider, curveball, and a changeup to shut down a Red Sox that led the majors in runs scored. His one problem was a lack of command on his pitches which resulted in six walks and being pulled after six innings. Sanchez would also become the first pitcher to strike out four hitters in an inning in postseason play since the Cubs' Orvall Overall in Game 5 of the 1908 World Series when he struck out Jacoby Ellsbury looking and Shane Victorino reached first on a wild pitch third strike that skipped under Alex Avila's glove to the backstop. The next two batters struck out swinging as did Victorino.

Detroit also matched the most strikeouts in a postseason game since Bob Gibson of the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of the 1968 World Series and the San Diego Padres combined to strike out 17 Houston batters in the 1998 NCLS. Detroit leads the series 1-0.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

A bullpen meltdown results in 6-5 loss of what was 5-0 Detroit lead in the sixth inning. Max Scherzer pitched the first seven innings allowing only one run on two hits and striking out 13 and had Boston hitters befuddled. A series of relievers would allow Boston to load the bases in the eighth and closer Joaquin Benoit unloaded them by hanging a changeup over the middle of the plate to David Ortiz who sent it into the Boston bullpen to tie the game. It was also the latest inning in which a game tying grand slam occurred. The winning run came when Jonny Gomes reached on an infield single and continued to second on a wild throw by Jose Iglesias. Gomes went to third on a wild pitch by Rick Porcello and scored on a line drive single by Jarrod Saltalamacchia through the left side.

Our concern once again is which bullpen will show up for the remainder of the series.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
 Share

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...