Saturday, November 21, 2009

Indians Roll, Omar Vizquel Shines

Omar Vizquel doubled home the winning run in a wild 13-12 playoff game #2 propelling the Indians to a series win over Toronto. Vizquel batted .412 in the series while scoring six runs. This was the Blue Jays first post season series in Millennium Legue action. A recap of the series:

Game 1 - Toronto (Carpenter) at Cleveland (Patterson)
Toronto enters the bottom of the 9th with a 1 run margin. After pinch hitter Ryan Sheely reaches base on a single followed by a single from Lofton, Chris Carpenter gives it up to Derrick Turnbow. He gets a key strikeout of Mark Ellis but is unable to pick up the save. Jason Bay doubles to bring home the tying and game-winning run. Final 5-4 Cleveland.

Game 2 - Toronto (Sabathia) at Cleveland (Colon)
A crazy game. Teams combine for 30 hits, 25 runs and 9 home runs. Cleveland had a comfortable 11-0 lead after 3 thanks to 2 home runs from Manny Ramirez including a grand slam. But Toronto doesn't give up and chips away at the lead. A grand slam in the 9th from Milton Bradley ties it up at 12 a piece. In the bottom of the 9th, Brian McCann singles and Kenny Lofton comes in to pinch run. A double from Omar Vizquel brings home the game winner in another walk-off moment. Final 13-12 Cleveland.

Game 3 - Cleveland (Rogers) at Toronto (Arroyo)
Arroyo dominates and shuts down the Cleveland offense. He goes 6 innings of 2 hit ball, allowing only a single run on a Jason Bay solo shot. Papelbon and Turnbow come out of the pen to hold onto the 3-1 win for Toronto.

Game 4 - Cleveland (Prior) at Toronto (Maroth)
Cleveland's bats come alive again, belting 5 home runs including 2 from Tony Clark. Mark Prior pitches well, going 7 innings allowing 5 hits and 3 runs while striking out 11. Final 9-3 Cleveland.

Game 5 - Cleveland (Patterson) at Toronto (Lilly)
A pitching duel until the 6th. Cleveland has a big inning, scoring 10 runs which would end up being all the scoring for both teams. Cleveland closes out the series with the 10-0 victory. Geoff Jenkins slugged a grand slam in the 6th to lead the offense.

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