Monday, September 08, 2014

Defending Champs Dodgers Moves to Second Round

The defending champions Los Angeles Dodgers eliminated the #1 seed Kansas City Royals with a 4 games to 2 series win.  A recap of the series:

LA 4, KC 3 - In the 4th inning Los Angeles scored 2 runs. Matt Downs led off and got things going when he ripped a single.  After an out was recorded, Brent Lillibridge stepped up to the plate and he clubbed a two-run home run.  One out later, Cliff Pennington was a strikeout victim, unable to help out.  Kansas City threatened in the 9th but their rally came up short. 

The victory was credited to Matt Garza(1-0) who went 7 innings, allowing 2 runs. Garza got help from Santiago Casilla who was credited with his 1st save.  Cliff Lee(0-1) was the loser.  Despite taking the loss, he whiffed 10 batters in 7 innings. 

LA 4, KC 3 - Matt Joyce hit 2 doubles and had 2 RBI as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the
Kansas City Royals by a score of 4 to 3.

Los Angeles took the lead off Dan Haren in the first inning plating 2 runsusing 3 hits.  Jamey Carroll led off and he delivered a single.  After an out was recorded, Miguel Cabrera came to bat and singled.  Joyce then doubled. Kansas City had a chance in the 9th but they came up short. 

Tommy Hanson(1-0) picked up the victory, allowing 2 runs in 5 and 1/3 innings. Neftali Feliz gained credit for his 1st save.  Haren(0-1) was charged with the loss. 

LA 2, KC 1 (13) - Daniel Hudson went 7 solid innings at Dodger Stadium as the Los Angeles
Dodgers beat the Kansas City Royals in 13 innings by the count of 2 to 1.

Both teams were tied at 1 runs apiece after nine innings.  Los Angeles was victorious in the 13th inning.  After an out was recorded, Miguel Cabrera laced a base-hit.  After another out, Matt Downs came to the plate and doubled giving Los Angeles the victory and sending the 52,549 home-town fans home happy.  Los Angeles totaled 10 hits on the night. 

Neftali Feliz(1-0) went 2 innings allowing no runs for the win. Guillermo Moscoso(0-1) was the loser in relief.  He pitched 1 and 2/3 innings giving up 2 hits and 1 walk.

KC 8, LA 6 - The Kansas City Royals got by the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.  The
final score was 8 to 6.

Los Angeles was unable to recover after Kansas City went ahead in the top of the 7th inning plating an isolated run.  A wild affair, this game saw the lead change 5 times. 

The victory went to Guillermo Moscoso(1-1) who went 2 innings, allowing no runs. Moscoso got help from John Axford who was credited with his 1st save. Tyson Ross(0-1) was the losing pitcher in relief.  He surrendered 3 runs and 4 hits in 1 inning. 

KC 7, LA 0 - Left fielder Matt Holliday went yard and had 3 RBI and Dan Haren came through
with a solid 8 innings as the Kansas City Royals outscored the Los Angeles Dodgers 7 to 0.

Kansas City drew first blood jumping out to an early lead in the first inning plating 2 runs.  Joe Mauer started the inning off right when he drew a walk. Holliday followed and he doubled.  After an out was recorded, Ryan Zimmerman then would ground out.  Matt Garza then bounced one in the dirt for a wild pitch.  Jayson Werth got his turn next, but he was a strikeout victim.  That early run support was enough for Haren(1-1) and Kansas City.  Kansas City had 9 hits for the game and Los Angeles had 3. 

Garza(1-1) absorbed the loss. He pitched 6 innings allowing 4 hits and 1 walk.

LA 2, KC 0 (10) - Tommy Hanson whiffed 11 batters as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Kansas City Royals in 10 innings by a score of 2 to 0.

No runners had crossed home plate after the regulation nine.  Los Angeles won the game in the 10th inning.  Miguel Cabrera started the inning off right when he reached on an error.  After an out was recorded, Chris Heisey stepped in and he popped a two-run clout over the fence.  Geovany Soto followed, but he was set down on strikes.  Los Angeles had only 6 hits for the game. 

The winning pitcher was Hanson(2-0) who allowed no runs in 9 innings. Neftali Feliz was credited with his 2nd save.  The losing pitcher was Josh Tomlin(0-1).  He allowed just 6 hits and no walks in 9 and 1/3 innings.

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