Sunday, June 29, 2008

It's D-Backs and Cards in World Series!

Arizona's Magglio Ordonez had three home runs and nine RBI's to help lead the D-Backs to a four games to one series win over the Cleveland Indians. This was defending league champs Arizona's fifth straight series win and they are now 9-1 (33-18 overall) in playoff series - an incredible record and best in the league. Arizona now faces St. Louis for the League Championship. A recap of the games:

Game 1 (Arizona 11, Cleveland 6) -Arizona chases Mark Prior early after scoring 5 runs. Cleveland gets within a run later in the game, but Arizona piles on a bunch more to make it a confortable game 1 victory.

Game 2 (Cleveland 4, Arizona 3) - Cleveland up 4-0 after 8 innings, thanks to home runs from Manny Ramirez and Geoff Jenkins. The 9th turned into a nail bitter, with Arizona scoring 3 but they leave the tying run on 2nd base.

Game 3 (Arizona 7, Cleveland 5) - Arizona was up 7-1 after 7, Mantei made it interesting in the 9th, but too little too late for Cleveland.

Game 4 (Arizona 10, Cleveland 0) - Prior again is terrible. On top of his pitching performance he committed an error and 2 wild pitches, Lawrence in his typical Jeckyl/Hide role throws the complete game shut out after not going 5 innings in game #1.

Game 5 (Arizona 2, Cleveland 1) - Tight one all the way through, aggressive Cleveland base running cost them in the late innings (Lofton pinch ran in the 8th, didn't get lead with 95% chance so stole with 70% chance and was thrown out. Randa leads off the 9th with a walk and is picked off.

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