Saturday, October 30, 2010
Congrats to Nationals coach Jim Colquhoun on a great season ... this was a hard-fought series, but Angels' bats were a little too much in the end.
Anaheim 3, Washington 2
The only low-scoring game of the series. Endy Chavez's 2-run single sparked a 3-run second for the Angels. The Nationals stranded the bases loaded in the 7th, and Joe Nathan completed the save in the 9th.
Washington 10, Anaheim 7
The Angels blew a 5-1 lead in the wildest game of the series. Carlos Beltran, who finished with 5 RBIs, hit his second HR, a 3-run blast, in the 12th. The Nationals, who tied it when Beltran and Scott Rolen homered in the 8th, appeared to have the game sewn up in the 11th after Matt Holliday's 2-run shot. But Alfonso Soriano extended the game with a 2-out, 2-run HR in the bottom half.
Anaheim 9, Washington 5
The Angels snapped a 2-2 with three in the 3rd on a 2-run HR by Mark Teixeira and a solo blast by Carlos Delgado. They added three in the 7th and one in the 8th for enough cushion to absorb a 3-run Nationals 9th.
Anaheim 8, Washington 5
Josh Barfield homered twice as the Angels took a commanding 3-1 series lead. The Nationals had taken a 4-3 lead in the third on homers by Rolen and Beltran (who again hit two). But a Barfield homer triggered a 5-run 5th that also featured RBIs by Teixeira, Troy Glaus, Maicer Izturis, and Chavez.
Anaheim 8, Washington 5
Bengie Molina homered in his first three at-bats, driving in 5 runs to spark the series clincher. A 2-run HR by Holliday pulled the Nationals within two runs (7-5) in the 5th, but Soriano added an insurance run with an RBI double in the 8th, and Tim Saito closed it out with a 2-inning save.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
MIN 5, ATL 1 - Santana fires a two-hitter while fanning nine; Ortiz drives in three runs.
MIN 7, ATL 3 - Halladay goes the distance while Braves' John Smoltz gives up 10 hits and 7 runs in 4 innings.
ATL 13, MIN 1 - Lackey fires five-hitter; Braves score 10 runs in 5th inning - Harang takes the loss. Atlanta's 13 runs were scored off only 7 hits.
MIN 3, ATL 2 - Santana strikes out 13 in 8+ innings; David Ortiz hits his 5th post season homer.
MIN 3, ATL 2 - Carlos Lee hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the 8th to break a 1-1 tie. Halladay scattered nine hits for the win.
The Twins will be making their first appearance in the Millennium World Series and will play the winner of the Anaheim-Washington match.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Atlanta starter Mike Mussina was the series MVP by winning both of his starts -- including a 7-0 Game 5 shutout win -- while posting a sparkling 0.55 ERA over 16 innings of work.
Braves closer Brian Fuentes recorded a pair of saves, and Jorge Posada hit a robust .400 for the series.
It's now on to the second round, where the matchups will be as follows:
(4) Minnesota vs. (1) Atlanta
(3) Washington vs. (2) Anaheim
Monday, October 11, 2010
David Ortiz hit 3 homers and drove in 9 runs to help the Minnesota Twins to an exciting playoff series win over the Seattle Mariners. A recap of the games:
MIN 6, SEA 1 - Johan Santana fired a complete game while fanning 10
MIN 3, SEA 2 (13) - An Ichiro triple and a Tony Graffanino single in the bottom of the 13th gave the Twins the win
SEA 4, MIN 3 - Series moves to Seattle's Camden Yards for the third game and the hometown fans were not disapointed as Jose Reyes hit a walk-off double in the bottom of the ninth
SEA 6, MIN 5 (10) - Another one run thriller as Seattle rallied from an early 5-2 deficit and won the game with another walk-off double in the bottom of the tenth - this time, the hero was Ryan Zimmerman
MIN 7, SEA 6 - The Twins scored the winning run in the top of the tenth off two costly Mariners errors and a single by Carlos Lee to stun the Seattle fans.
MIN 5, SEA 1 - David Ortiz hit a two run homer and Aaron Harang fired a complete game as the Twins closed out Seattle in front of their hometown fans at Tropicana Field.
The Twins now await the winner of the Atlanta-Arizona playoff series......
Saturday, October 09, 2010
Seattle (AP) - The Twins and Mariners are all deadlocked at two games a piece in their quarter final playoff series. Game 5 will be played at Seattle's home stadium Camden Yards....
The “Pennsylvania Daily Number Evening” lottery (http://www.palottery.state.pa.us/) on subsequent nights (7PM EST) will be used to decide who gets the #1 and #2 picks in the first round only. If the second pick yields the same result as the first night, then a third night’s lottery drawing will be used. The remaining 10 teams will draft in reverse order of record. So, the team with the poorest record can do no worst than pick third in the first round.
2007 Lottery Drawing Chances:
000 to 249 – Houston (47-115)
250 to 449 – New York (57-105)
450 to 604 – San Francisco (59-103)
605 to 724 – Pittsburgh (63-99)
725 to 814 – Los Angeles (66-96)
815 to 879 – Boston (69-93)
880 to 924 – Cleveland (70-92)
925 to 954 – St. Louis (73-89)
955 to 974 – Philadelphia (86-76, 5-1 vs. Florida in tie-breaker)
975 to 986 – Florida (86-76)
987 to 994 – Kansas City (87-75, 31-29 runs scored vs. Oakland in tie-breaker)
995 to 999 – Oakland (87-75)
(Click here for a history of previous lottery numbers selected.)
Toronto 8, Anaheim 2 (The Blue Jays hit four home runs, including two by Vernon Wells, to roll in the opener. Wells finished 3-for-5 with 4 RBIs)
Anaheim 7, Toronto 5 (Carlos Delgado snapped a 5-all tie with a 2-run HR in the 7th, then Joe Nathan fanned Preston Wilson with the bases loaded and 2 outs in the 9th)
Anaheim 3, Toronto 2 (The Angels finally broke through against Bronson Arroyo in the 6th when Mike Lamb slugged a 2-run HR and Nick Markakis added a solo shot. Ryan Howard made it close with a HR off Nathan in the 9th)
Anaheim 11, Toronto 4 (Troy Glaus hit 2 HRs, Alfonso Soriano went 4-for-4 and Mark Teixeira added 3 RBIs)
Anaheim 4, Toronto 2 (Soriano snapped a 1-1 tie with a HR in the 7th. Endy Chavez and Corey Patterson added RBI singles in the 8th and 9th before Nathan completed a shaky save despite another 9th-inning HR by Howard)
Friday, October 01, 2010
Clemens didn't allow an earned run in 11 innings of work, and won the decisive fifth game. Closer Trevor Hoffman was just as dominant, picking up three saves.
Overall, the Nationals posted a 1.84 ERA against the hard-luck Sox.