Monday, September 03, 2007

Arizona Advances

This was a great series of games. Arizona manages to advance by winning the series 4 games to 2. Barry Bonds was a huge factor and if SF's defense had not been so porous( 7 errors and many more balls that were not reached due to poor defensive range ratings) the results would have been much different. For complete box scores, click here.

Game 1@ Az: Pineiro outpitched Schilling as SF won 7-3. The big blow came in the 4-run 6th inning when Geoff Blum hit a 2 rbi triple.

Game 2@ Az: D'backs expected to rebound behind ace pitcher Randy Johnson. Unfortunately, the Unit gave up 7 runs in just 2 innings. The D'back offense was also busy, scoring 8 runs of their own in the 1st 2 innings. The pitching duel was 8-7 after 2! The score went back and forth until Arizona tacked on 6 more in the bottom of the 8th and came out on top 15-10.

The series moves to San Fran tied at 1 apiece.

Game 3@ SF: Finally a well pitched game as Lawrence and Ortiz both go deep into the game and allow just 1 run apiece. The D'backs take advantage of the SF bullpen in the top of the 8th when Jose Hernandez strokes a 2-run homerun. Shields and Shuey shut down San Fran and Arizona wins it 4-1.

Game 4@ SF: Curt Schilling performs a little better his 2nd time around in the series and outpitches Livan Hernandez enroute to a 6-5 victory and a 3-1 game series lead. Arizona built a 5-1 lead, San Fran picked away at the lead, but couldn't quite come all the way back.

Game 5@ SF: Joel Pineiro picked up his 2nd win of the series in the CG 4-hitter. Randy Johnson got hit hard again and finishes the 1st round of the playoffs with an e.r.a. just shy of 13! ouch! Barry Bonds hit a pair of homeruns, San Fran wins 5-2 and the series returns to Arizona with SF down 3 games to 2.

The series moves back to Arizona.

Game 6@ Az: Lawrence versus Weaver in a great game. Both starters went deep into the game and the score was tied at 2 after 9 innings. San Francisco struck for 2 in the top of the 11th and it looked like the series was going to a 7th game..........until Luis Gonzalez's game winning grand slam off of Rob Nen in the bottom half of the 11th wins it for Arizona and puts them into round 2 of the playoffs. Arizona wins game 6 by a score of 8-4.

Barry Bonds was a 1-man wrecking crew. He finished the series batting .435, with an obp of .519, a slugging % of 1.043 and an obs of 1.562.

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