The New York Yankees were looking to close out the Baltimore Orioles last night in Game 4 of the ALDS. After the Orioles got on the board with a Nate McLouth solo home run in the fifth, the Yankees responded with a run of their own in the home half of the sixth to tie the game at 1-1. It would stay this way for a while. After seemingly no base runners or threats to mention, Orioles 3B Manny Machado lead off the bottom of the 13th with a double to right centerfield. J.J. Hardy battled David Phelps and, at times, took some pretty bad swings. But, with two strikes, Hardy drove a ball over leftfield Ichiro Suzuki’s head that one hopped the wall in left field which scored Machado to give the Orioles a 2-1 lead. Jim Johnson came in for the bottom of the 13th and closed the door on the Yankees to lock the series up at 2-2. More here.
The Oakland A’s and Detroit Tigers met in Game 5 with the A’s coming in having won two straight and the game at home. Unfortunately, the Tigers were throwing reigning AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander and he was on his game. Verlander, who struck out 11 in game 1, threw a complete game, shutout while striking out 11 A’s again in Game 5. The Tigers put up some runs for him in the process of his gem as they went on to win Game 5 by a score of 6-0. More here.
The Cincinnati Reds did not lose three straight games at home all year long. Yesterday, they were on the verge of losing three straight games at home in their first three postseason games at home. The Giants, who capitalized on a crucial Scott Rolen error in the 10th inning on Tuesday, were looking to continue with their momentum yesterday afternoon. The Giants scored two quick runs in the fifth inning then Buster Posey came up with the bases loaded and blasted a Mat Latos pitch into the left-centerfield seats to give the Giants a 6-0 lead. The Reds would chip away at the lead until they got it to 6-4 with runners on first and second and two outs with Scott Rolen at the plate. Poetic justice at its finest giving Rolen a chance to make up for his error but a Sergio Romo slider dodged Rolen’s bat as he struck out to endthe game and send San Francisco to the NLCS. More here.
The Cardinals were looking to close out the Washington Nationals in Game 4 yesterday. The Cardinals and Nationals, like the Yankees and Orioles, were knotted up at 1-1 heading into the ninth inning. After the Cardinals were retired quickly, Jayson Werth stepped to the plate to lead of the bottom of the ninth. After battling with Lance Lynn and working the count full and fouling off pitch after pitch, Lynn delivered the 13th pitch of the at-bat and Werth crushed it into the bullpen in left field for the walk-off winner to tie the series at 2-2 and force Game 5 tonight. More here.