Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Tuesday's Top Perfomers - MLB Postseason

Four more games on the slate, but only one team has advanced to the next round. And that means, MORE BASEBALL TO COME! In case you missed it:

RANGERS 4 RAYS 3 - Texas wins series 3-1

We already hit this one up a little bit earlier. The story of Game 4 was Adrian Beltre turning in what is being deemed a 'Ruthian' performance. After going just 1 for 11 in the first three games of the series, and having not homered in 42 at bats against the Rays staff this year, Beltre homered in the 2nd, 4th and 7th innings, becoming just the 6th player in baseball history to hit three home runs in a playoff game. While Beltre certainly wasn't the only contributor tonight for the Rangers, saying he put the team on his back wouldn't be an understatement. The 32 year old Beltre, who is in his 14th Major League Season, is playing in just his second postseason and had never hit a postseason home run before today.
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PHILLIES 3 CARDINALS 2 - Philadelphia leads series 2-1

The last time Ben Francisco hit a home run before today was May 25th against the Cincinnati Reds. But stepping in as a pinch-hitter for Cole Hamels in the top of the 7th with 2 men on, Francisco hammered a 1-0 fastball from Jaime Garcia 405 feet to left centerfield to break a scoreless tie and send the Phillies to a 3-2 win and a 2-1 lead in this best of 5 series. It was just Francisco's 2nd hit in 19 career postseason at bats.
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YANKEES 10 TIGERS 1 - Series tied 2-2

A.J. Burnett came up with a huge start after what's been a disappointing year, but my Game Ball goes to Curtis Granderson who made two just ridiculous catches in centerfield robbing David Kelly with the bases loaded in the bottom of the first, and taking extra bases away from Jhonny Peralta in the 6th when the Tigers were still within striking distance. The former Tiger also delivered an rbi double as the Yankees forced the series back to New York for Game 5.
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DIAMONDBACKS 8 BREWERS 1 - Milwaukee leads series 2-1

24 year old rookie first baseman Paul Goldschmidt played in just 48 games for Arizona this season so you may not have heard of him if you don't follow the NL West very closely. You'll probably know who he is after this series. Goldschmidt followed his solo home run in Game 2 with a grand slam off Shaun Marcum and 5 runs batted in in Game 3 as the Diamondbacks staved off elimination and will give the Arizona fans at least one more home game.
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