Monday, September 08, 2014

Oakland Advances to Second Round

Todd Helton batted .412 with 5 RBIs's to help the A's advance with a deceptively close 4-1 series win over Houston.  

Game 1 : Houston 3-1 -  Astro ace Clayton Kershaw pitched 8 scoreless innings and Freddie Freeman smacked a 2-run HR.  Astro closer Ryan Madson walked in a run in the bottom of the 9th but managed to escape with the save.

Game 2 : Oakland 3-1 - Oakland scored 2 runs in the 7th to win it.

Game 3 : Oakland 7-3 - The game was tied 2-2 going into the 9th when each team scored a run to send the game into extra innings.  The A's scored 4 in the 10th to win it, with Austin Jackson's 2 run pinch hit single the winner.  A's OF Bryan Petersen went 5-6 while Astros iron gloved 3B Mark Reynolds put on an clinic on how not to play 3B.

Game 4 : Oakland 5-3 - The A's were leading 2-0 after 5 and scored 3 in the 8th to take a seemingly safe 5-0 lead but the Astros scored 1 in the 8th and 2 in the 9th before A's reliever Casey Janssen managed to finish it out.  Astros OF Josh Hamilton went 4-5.  Astros infielders Freddie Freeman and Ian Desmond committed costly errors that led to 3 Oakland runs. 

Game 5 : Oakland 2-1 - The A's scored a run in the top of the 9th to break a 1-1 tie and clinch the series.  With 2 outs and no one on Aramis Ramirez doubled, Todd Helton then singled home pinch runner Bryan Petersen. 

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