Monday, October 3, 2011

Yesterday's Game Balls (MLB Postseason)

Two games into every series and we've got three out of the four series tied up at one game apiece. Here's a look at your top performers from the three games yesterday:

BREWERS 9 DIAMONDBACKS 4 - Milwaukee leads 2-0

In a game that featured four home runs, the biggest hit was a bunt. Brewers 2nd year catcher Jonathan Lucroy dropped down a perfect safety squeeze bunt scoring Jerry Hairston Jr. from third base giving the Brewers a 5-4 lead in the 6th. Diamondbacks pitcher Brad Ziegler simply fell apart after that allowing the next 4 hitters to reach base and before you knew it, it was 9-4 and the Brewers were able to cruise to a 2-0 lead in the series.

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CARDINALS 5 PHILLIES 4 - Series tied 1-1

If you had told me yesterday that Chris Carpenter would only last 3 innings and that the Cardinals would still win the game, there's no way I would have believed you. But the much maligned Cardinal bullpen came through in a big way in Game 2. Six different relievers combined to throw six shutout innings allowing just one hit and one hit batsman as St. Louis rallied from four runs down to even their series up at one game apiece. So this Game Ball goes out to relievers Fernando Salas, Octavio Dotel, Mark Rzepczynski, Mitchell Boggs, Arthur Rhodes and Jason Motte (pictured below).
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TIGERS 5 YANKEES 3 - Series tied 1-1.

Miguel Cabrera supplied the offense driving in 3 runs, but Max Scherzer was the story in New York yesterday. The 27 year old, making his first postseason appearance, didn't allow a hit until Robinson Cano singled with one out in the bottom of the 6th inning. All told he ended up throwing six scoreless innings allowing just two hits and four walks while striking out five giving the Tigers a huge lift as they head back to Detroit for Game 3.
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