Thursday, November 28, 2013

Dodgers Eliminate Yankees - Going to the Series

For the first time in their Millennium League history, the Los Angeles Dodgers are heading to the World Series.  Los Angeles defeated New York in a tense seven game series:

Game 1

Game Story

First baseman Miguel Cabrera smashed 2 homeruns as the Los Angeles Dodgers outscored the New York Yankees 4 to 0.
Los Angeles tallied 2 runs in the 4th inning.  Los Angeles finished with 6 hits while New York ended up with 2.  C.J. Wilson(3-0) went 6 and 1/3 innings allowing no runs for the victory. Tim Lincecum(1-1) absorbed the loss.  
What the Game Story doesn't tell you

I asked John for one piece of advice. He said don't let Miggy beat you. I don't listen.  Only 2 hits but NYA is not discouraged

Game 2

Game Story
Right fielder Carl Crawford hit one over the fence and Daniel Hudson didn't allow a hit until the 7th inning at Dodger Stadium where the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the New York Yankees 6 to 0.
Hudson(1-0) was on top of his game.  He didn't allow much, just 2 hits and 1 walk in 9 innings.  The right-handed Hudson lost his no-hit bid when Ichiro Suzuki singled with nobody out in the 7th inning.  Los Angeles managed 7 hits in their victory. 
Jorge De La Rosa(1-1) ended up with the loss.  Despite losing, he struckout 8 Los Angeles batters in 5 innings.
What the Game Story doesn't tell you

 ......4 hits in 2 games.  Wow this team is loaded. Hopefully some home cooking will help.

Game 3

Game Story
The New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers locked up in an exciting one-run game at Petco Park.  The final score was the New York Yankees 3, the Los Angeles Dodgers 2.
New York went ahead for good in the bottom of the 7th inning scoring one runner.  Los Angeles threatened in the 9th but New York was able to put down the rally. 
Ryan Franklin(1-0) allowed no runs in 1 and 1/3 innings, and picked up the victory. Mariano Rivera earned the save, his 4th.  Brandon Lyon(0-1) was the loser in relief. 

What the Game Story doesn't tell you

A hard fought game where the Dodgers and Yankees traded leads. Once the Yanks took the lead in the 7th it was Rivera time for 2 innings. They were not easy with 3 hits allowed in the 3 innings.  Mark made some great moves but NY just held on.

Cabrera came to the plate after going 4-4 with 2 runners on and 2 outs in the ninth. Rivera on the mound and the next batter behind was a L 9R so Rivera pitches to him and gets him to fly out WHEW!!!!!!

Game 4

Game Story

In the bottom of the 7th inning New York went on top for good as they scored 2 runs on 2 base hits.  The highlight belonged to Carlos Ruiz who brought a roar from the partisan Petco Park fans when he doubled scoring two base runners.  Los Angeles had a chance in the 9th but they came up short.
The victory was credited to Eric O'Flaherty(1-0) who went 1 inning, allowing no runs. O'Flaherty was helped out by Mariano Rivera who recorded his 5th save.  Brandon Lyon(0-2) was given the loss in relief. 

What the Game Story doesn't tell you

Where to start. Any runner that went for an extra base was thrown out, EXCEPT for a hit and run that missed and a 40% chance steal was safe.  That was the difference. LA got to Rivera in the 9th and on a 1-17 chance the tying run was thrown out at the plate on an amazing play by CHOOCH, AKA Carlos Ruiz.

With a trip back to LA guaranteed NYA started feeling good but the veteran Dodgers were still not worried.

Game 5

Game Story

The Los Angeles Dodgers came roaring back in the top of the ninth to spoil the anticipated celebration of the hometown fans.  The final score, was 4 to2.
Los Angeles won the game with a rally in the 9th inning when they tallied 4 runs on 1 hit.  The critical plate appearance was by Geovany Soto who silenced Petco Park as he quieted the crowd by clouting a Grand Slam.  Los Angeles won despite being out-hit by New York 6 hits to 2. 
The victory went to Neftali Feliz(1-0) who went 1 and 1/3 innings, allowing no runs. Dennys Reyes recorded his 1st save.  Eric O'Flaherty(1-1) was tagged with the loss in relief. 

What the story doesn't tell you

There was not a run till the 9th.  Lincecum got pulled in a 1 hitter after 7 to try to get some offense. The only other hit the Dodgers got was a GRAND SLAM by Soto, against a Righty. NYA fought back to get 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th, but came up short. The Dodgers fly home needing only 1 win to celebrate in front of their adoring fans and go to the World Series

Game 6

Game Story

Second baseman Robinson Cano homered and had 2 RBI as the New York Yankees topped the Los Angeles Dodgers by a score of 7 to 3 at Dodger Stadium.
Los Angeles was unable to claim the lead after New York went ahead in the topo f the 7th inning as they scored 3 runs on 2 base hits.  The highlight belonged to Cano who deflated the spirits of the home town crowd when he popped a two-run clout over the fence.  New York had 10 hits for the
afternoon while Los Angeles had 7. 
Ryan Franklin(2-0) was the winner allowing no runs in 1/3 of an inning. Javier Lopez(0-1) took the loss in relief.  He pitched 1/3 of an inning and surrendered 1 hit and no walks.

What the Game Story doesn't tell you

NYA had had NO homers in the first 5 games. Finally in the 7th inning of game 6 (after me realizing this had happened) Cano drives one deep to take the lead and Encarnacion hits one in the 8th to make the lead stick.  It all comes down to 1 game for the right to go to the World Series

Game 7

Game Story
Carl Crawford had 3 base hits and C.J. Wilson took a no-hitter into the 8th inning at Dodger Stadium as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the New York Yankees by the count of 6 to 3.
Wilson(4-0) pitched a solid game.  He was reached for 2 hits and 2 walks in 7 and 2/3 innings.  The left-handed Wilson lost a no-hitter when Carlos Beltran doubled with one out in the 8th inning.  New York could do no damage in the 9th. 
Neftali Feliz earned his 1st save.  Andy Pettitte(1-1) suffered the loss.  He pitched 4 and 2/3 innings giving up 4 hits and 3 walks.

What the Game Story doesn't tell you

A couple errors and some great hits and LA opened up a 6 game lead and had a no hitter through 7.  NYA doesn't give up and scores 3 in the 8th, However the Dodgers are too good and hold on to win the series.  Second game in the series where a team has more runs than hits.

Well played, managed and fun.

Batting Average
LAD .239
NYA .173


LAD 2.66
NYA 3.90


LAD 56
NYA 33

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