Playoffs and Controversy, going hand in hand

Game 2 of the ALCS, aka day 1 of the Yankees playoff push without Jeter, something no fan imagined 24 hours before.

With the majority of the Yankees lineup slumping, it was going to be tough to find offense, especially the way the Tigers starters had been pitching so far, runs were coming few and far between. With Hiroki Kuroda on the mound, the Yankees needed a huge start out of the veteran and he responded. It wasn’t until the 7th inning that the Tigers were able to break through and break the scoring open.

The following inning is when the controversy came. With Omar Infante at first base, Austin Jackson singled to right field and Infante rounded the base widely. Nick Swisher then promptly threw behind him, and Cano slapped on the tag. Everyone in the stadium and the millions watching all knew he was out, except one problem, umpire Jeff Nelson called him safe.

This blown call is sparking much controversy, calling out for Instant Replay

After arguments from both Robinson Cano and Joe Girardi, with the latter getting the manager tossed from the game, Nelson didn’t change his decision and the Tigers went on to add 2 more runs later in the frame. Aided by the struggles of the Yankee offense, many boo’s came from the Yankee faithful and it was not a good sign for the American League’s #1 seed. Down 2-0, going to Detroit, what will they do. Their captain is out for the postseason, and they have yet to face Justin Verlander who is pitching at the top of his game. But hey, the Tigers went up 2-0 on the Oakland A’s and had the series extended to the 5th game, so who knows what the Yankees will do. All I know is they are in trouble.

In the nightcap, we jumped out west for game 1 of the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants NLCS matchup. It was all part of the ridiculous day in San Francisco, with the 49ers hosting the New York Giants in the afternoon, followed immediately by game 1 of the NLCS. Unfortunately for the 49ers, they were blown out at home by Eli Manning and the Giants, looking overmatched all game. Game 1 of the NLCS was supposed to be redemption. Especially with the Giants only ever losing one opening game of the NLCS ever, oh it was to these same Cardinals too. Game 1 started quickly and with a bang. The Cardinals jumped out to a 6-0 lead 4 innings in, backed by home runs from David Freese and Carlos Beltran, only to have the Giants answer back with a 4 spot back in the bottom half of the 4th inning. That would be the closest the Giants would get to tying this game, with the 6 different Cardinals relievers shutting them down the remainder of the game. It was unfortunate day for the city of San Francisco, with both the Giants and 49ers losing on such a beautiful fall afternoon. There is hope for the Giants though. Ryan Vogelsong opposes Chris Carpenter in game 2 tonight, with a chance for the Giants to even the series before heading to St. Louis for 3 games.

Carlos Beltran is all smiles after hitting his 14th career postseason home run

The League Championship Series is in full swing. The intensity is there, and so far the road teams have dominated the 3 games. Could become a sweep, or for all we know the series could just get more interesting from here on out. Tune in!

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