posted on Oct, 4 2006 @ 09:34 AM
The Oaklnad and Minnesota game turned out to be a fairly good one. Johan Santana pitched 8 innings giving up 5 hits, 2 ER's, and striking out 8. The
A's scored 2 in the 2nd inning when Frank Thomas led off the inning with a solo shot, later followed by a rbi double from Scutaro. In the 7th, White
homered for the Twins to cut it to a 2-1 lead. But after Santana was pulled in the 9th, Thomas led off that inning with his 2nd HR of the game to
give the A's a 3-1 lead. Torii Hunter then had a rbi groundout in the 9th, to cut it to 3-2. The next batter, White, then Flied out to center to end
Since the Twins couldn't get the win with Johan pitching, it just made it that much harder to win this series. As I said before, Thomas will be key
to the A's offense, and he was why the A's won today.
Oakland leads series 1-0
I was unable to catch the Cards game, as well as the highlights, so I'm not sure how the game flow of this one was. The Cards scored first when
Pujols hit a 2-run HR in the 4th inning, just after Piazza failed to catch a pop-up behind home plate by Pujols. The Cards later added another run in
the inning. The Cards then added 1 run in the next two innings to take a 5-0 lead. In the bottom of the 6th, Brian Giles hit a sacrifice fly to make
the score 5-1, which eventually became the final score.
I see this as being perhaps the Cards only win. I expected Carpenter to get the win, which he did, but now the cards don't have the pitching to match
the Padres. But if Pujols can produce like he did in game 1, then the Cards have a chance to easily take the series. He's going to have to carry his
team into the NLCS, otherwise, their season will end short of a title yet again.
St. Louis leads series 1-0
The Yankees and Tigers game was just as expected, an easy win. Jeter went 5-5 on the night with 2 2B's and a HR, and Abreu added 4 RBI's. In the
third inning, Abreu doubled to score 2 runs. Gary Sheffield then singled to score Abreu, followed by a Jason Giambi HR to make the lead 5-0. In the
5th inning, the Tigers made a small comeback when Monroe homered, Polanco had an rbi double, and Casey having a rbi double to make the score 5-3. But
in the bottom of the next inning, Abreu had a 2-run single to make the lead 7-3. Granderson then homered in the 7th to make the score 7-4, and Jeter
followed with a solo shot in the 8th to make the final score of 8-4.
This series should be fairly quick, but I do expect the Tigers to get at least one win out of it. I think it will be when Bonderman starts that the
Tigers will get their win.
New York leads series 1-0
Oakland @ Minnesota 1:09 PM ET on ESPN
Los Angeles @ New York 4:09 PM ET on ESPN
Detroit @ New York 8:09 PM ET on ESPN