Friday, September 19, 2014

Hudson Leads Oakland into World Series

In a close series Oakland beat Los Angeles in 7 games to advance to the World Series.  Most of the games were suspenseful with many pitching changes and pinch hitters.  A's CF Austin Jackson had one of the greatest defensive performances in baseball history in game 5.  Overall the A's defense was excellent, they did not commit an error in the series and their OF's robbed LA of 4 HR's. 
CO-MVP's - Matt Kemp and Tim Hudson.  Kemp went only 8-31 at the plate but hit 3 HR's, had 5 SB's and was usually in the middle of A's rallies.  Hudson went 2-1, pitching 20 1/3 innings and giving up 4 runs while hurling a one-hit gem in game 7.  Austin Jackson almost deserves MVP solely for his incredible game 5 but didn't do much the rest of the series. 
For the Dodgers Daniel Hudson was very good in both of his starts.  LA star Miguel Cabrera underperformed, going 4-26 with 2 HR's and committing 2 costly errors in LA's game 7 meltdown. 
Game 1: LA 3-1   The Dodgers took game 1 thanks to the pitching and hitting of C.J. Wilson.  Wilson had 2 RBI singles along with giving up 2 runs in 6 innings.  Both team's hurlers combined to walk 14 hitters, leading to both managers griping about Mike Everett's umpiring skills. 
Game 2: Oakland 9-2    A.J. Ellis smacked a pinch hit grand slam to break open a close game.  Brandon Beachy pitched 7 shutout innings while LA SP Matt Garza allowed 14 base runners and 5 runs in 5 2/3.
Game 3: LA 4-3    The Dodgers regained the series lead with a walk off win.  Oakland lead 3-2 going into the 8th but LA scored single runs in the 8th and 9th with Brent Morel's RBI single off of Casey Janssen setting off the LA celebration. 
Game 4: Oakland 3-1    Matt Kemp homered in the 1st inning to give the A's a lead they would not give up.  SP's Tim Hudson and C.J. Wilson each pitched 6 innings and gave up only one run but Hudson got the win. 
Game 5: Oakland 5-3    Oakland scored 3 runs in the 9th for a comeback win in pivotal game 5.  The A's carried a 2-1 lead into the 8th when Dodger OF Matt Joyce hit a rare HR off of a left-handed pitcher (Erik Bedard) to tie the game.  However, LA pitcher Tyson Ross was wild in the 9th, walking 2 and throwing a wild pitch before giving up RBI singles to Matt Kemp and Aramis Ramirez.  The story of the game was Austin Jackson.  The A's CF jumped over the Dodger Stadium fence to rob 3 HR's from LA and saved another run with a diving catch.  To top it off he added an RBI triple and an important sac bunt.  After the game A's manager Jack Mudd said that A-Jax deserved at least a small vanilla ice cream cone for his efforts.    
Game 6:  LA 4-1    The Dodgers stayed alive thanks to a 4 run 1st and Daniel Hudson's excellent pitching performance.  Miguel Cabrera blasted a 3 run HR off of Brandon Beachy, D. Hudson went 7 1/3 and gave up only an unearned run.
Game 7:  Oakland 8-0   Game 7 was ironically the only game of the series that had no drama.  A's hurler Tim Hudson threw 8 shutout innings while allowing only a single by Matt Joyce in the 6th.  Matt Kemp hit a 3 run HR to key a 7 run 3rd for the A's, who were assisted by LA 1B Miguel Cabrera's 2 errors. 

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