Crazy Sunday!

Rough Sunday for many teams. Sloppy play and sloppy weather marred 2 of the games, along with some late drama along with a blowout. Some sunday!

Just like this fly ball, the A’s postseason life is slipping away.

In the early game, the A’s didn’t seem to want to win the game. After a strong performance by Tommy Milone, the normally strong Oakland bullpen seemed to wilt. The three headed duo of Sean Doolittle, Ryan Cook, and Grant Balfour all gave up runs in their innings of relief, and even though the A’s were scoring in between this, they couldn’t escape Detroit with a victory. It’s unfortunate, because the A’s had their chances, and could have won, should have won and needed to win this game. If Coco Crisp had caught Miguel Cabrera’s short fly late in the game, it could have changed the outcome. Instead, Oakland is down 2-0 going home for the final possible 3 games. Over that span they will face Anibal Sanchez, Max Scherzer, and probably Justin Verlander again.Hey history has happened before, why won’t it happen again.

Game 1 of Washington vs. St. Louis

In the opener between Washington and St. Louis, neither team looked very impressive. Neither starter made it out of the 6th inning. Gio Gonzalez, making his postseason debut, only allowed one hit, but also he walked 7. Hopefully it is not indication of how the rest of this series should go. These two teams have very talented rotations, I fully expect there to be more pitchers duels. With only 4 players on the roster possessing postseason experience, they sure came out and played like veterans. Able to claw their way back and win this game late, on Tyler Moore’s bloop single in the 8th. Game 2 is this afternoon and hopefully, we can see one team take a definitive lead.

Russell Martin led the Yankees late charge in Baltimore in Game 1

Over in the first of the 2 evening games, we saw a true battle. After waiting through a long rain delay, the O’s vs. Yankees postseason rivalry was resumed and it was worth the wait. Buck Showalter, who in many eyes could walk away with Manager of the Year honors, is leading his Orioles against the heavily favored Yankees, but he definitely will not go down without a fight. After a tense game for the first 8 innings, the Yankees lit up Orioles closer Jim Johnson and hung 5 up in the 9th inning, to pull away in game 1. It was a huge spoiler, for a team hosting it’s first home playoff game in 15 years, when the likes of Cal Ripken Jr. roamed the infield for the team. Game 2 is tomorrow night, and you better believe, the O’s fans will be loud and ready to steal a game back from the Evil Empire.

Arroyo kicks it into high gear and sends the Reds back to Cincy up 2-0

Can’t say I am surprised with the outcome of the NLDS between the Reds and the Giants. Not to take anything away from the Giants, but the Reds have been a dominant team this season and they are hungry for the pennant. After getting a team effort to put away the Giants in game 1, Bronson Arroyo left the sellout crowd in San Francisco speechless with his dominant performance. He departed after 7 innings, only throwing 91 pitches, allowing 1 hit and no runs. It is a devastating blow to the Giants chances moving forward in this series. Going on the road, facing a 0-2 hole, the odds are not in their favor, but he have seen history happen before. Will it happen again? Who knows. Part of that unpredictability of baseball.

Today there are 2 pivotal games going on. Both home teams, the Orioles and Cardinals, are in must win situations, down a game in their respective series before going on the road for the potential final 3 games of the series. Look for both teams to make a statement and tie the series up. If not, it could be a short ending to the division series for either.

 

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