The Phillies and Cardinals were in a wild one last night. Locked in a scoreless battle, pinch hitter Ben Francisco stepped in with two outs in the seventh and runners on first and second. Ben Francisco deposited the 1-0 pitch in the Phillies bullpen for a 3-0 lead. The Phils would give two back but hold on to win 3-2 and take a 2-1 series lead with Game 4 coming tonight at 6:07pm. More here.
The Rangers had the Rays on the brink of elimination in Game 4 at Tropicana Field. Ian Kinsler hit a homerun on the second pitch of the game. Adrian Beltre followed by hitting three solo home runs. He joins Adam Kennedy, George Brett, Reggie Jackson, Bob Robertson, and Babe Ruth as the only players to ever hit three home runs in a playoff game. The Rangers won 4-3 and eliminated the feel good Rays. More here.
The Brewers had the opportunity to sweep the Arizona Diamondbacks last night. Trailing 3-1 in the fifth with the bases loaded, Brewers pitcher Shaun Marcum could not get on the same page as catcher Jonathan Lucroy on which pitch to throw. After a Lucroy visit to the mound, Marcum still stepped off and showed visible frustration. When he went to look in for the sign, Lucroy just shrugged in confusion so Marcum threw a pitch of his choice and D’backs rookie Paul Goldschmidt hit a grand slam to break the game wide open. Brewers lead series 2-1 with Game 4 coming tonight.. More here.
The Yankees were on the brink of elimination last night as they sent A.J. Burnett to the mound to extend the season. Burnett got in trouble early but with two outs and the bases loaded, Curtis Granderson misplayed a ball in centerfield but recovered to make a fantastic leaping catch to get the Yankees out of the first unscathed. The Yankees got on the board in the third going up 2-0 but the Tigers answered in the fourth with a Victor Martinez solo homerun. The Yankees scored two in the fifth then blew it wide open with a sixth run eighth to win 10-1. Burnett when 5 2/3 innings and allowed only one run.The series is tied 2-2 with Game 5 coming Thursday night. More here.