Bay Area Teams Stave off Elimination

Giants players celebrate after stealing Game 3 from the Reds.

There are multiple ways to interpret last nights Giants vs. Reds matchup. Conventional wisdom has us looking at the boxscore, we will see that the Reds have allowed 5 hits to the Giants the past 2 games, spanning over 19 innings, yet the Giants have managed to win 1 of those games. We also will notice the Giants have only scored 4 runs all series in 28 innings. Somehow they are still alive going into tonights game, with Barry Zito opposing Mike Leake. It is not an ideal situation for the Giants to be in, but they are a resilient bunch with some playoff experience and they will not go down without a fight. As witnessed last night, the Giants looked overmatched against Homer Bailey, Sean Marshall, and Aroldis Chapman through 9 innings. But in the 10th, they were able to captialize on a Scott Rolen error, and steal a win away from the Reds to keep their Pennant aspirations alive. Game 4 is tonight, and should be intense, as the Reds do not want to let this series go to 5. Expect them to try and get to Zito early.

Catch of the Postseason?

Oakland has fought through adversity all season, especially winning 3 straight to take the division from Texas last week. Last night was game 1 of a similar situation. 1 game to eliminate this Cinderella storyline, but nobody told this team it was time to go home yet. They jumped out to a 1-0 lead early, and right when Detroit thought they were going to tie it up an inning later, Coco Crisp made arguably the catch of the postseason. Later in the game, Oakland extended their lead to 2-0 on Seth Smith’s first career postseason homerun. After that, it was all Brett Anderson and the bullpen. Anderson, making his first start in over 3 weeks and only 7th since Tommy John Surgery, he baffled the Tigers through six innings, only throwing 80 pitches. This time, when the bullpen combo of Ryan Cook, Sean Doolittle, and Grant Balfour got the ball, they were not giving up any runs. All the emotion and intensity from these 3 can’t be matched late, and when Balfour recorded the final out, the Coliseum exploded. Next? Game 4 tonight. Max Scherzer vs. (rookie) A.J. Griffin. The Coliseum is going to be loud, they want that game 5!

Today we have a quadruple header ahead of us, with the respective pitching matchups:

Edwin Jackson (Washington Nationals) vs. Chris Carpenter (St. Louis Cardinals) 1pm ET

Barry Zito (San Francisco Giants) vs. Mike Leake (Cincinnati Reds) 4pm ET

Miguel Gonzalez (Baltimore Orioles) vs. Hiroki Kuroda (New York Yankees) 7:30pm ET

Max Scherzer (Detroit Tigers) vs. A.J. Griffin (Oakland A’s) 9:30pm ET

 

 

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