Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Red Sox advance, Tigers force Game 5

The Boston Red Sox continued their worst to first march with a 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday night, completing a 3-1 series victory in the process. The Red Sox will host the winner of other ALDS series between the Detroit Tigers and Oakland Athletics. The Tigers rallied twice in Tuesday’s game to force a Game 5 showdown in Oakland.

Boston Red Sox (3) at Tampa Bay Rays (1) – Red Sox win series 3-1
  • The Red Sox offense was held in check, but they did just enough to win and showed they do not need the long ball to succeed.
  • Boston’s Jake Peavy was very good – 5.2 IP, 5 H, 0 BB, 1 ER and 3 K
  • The Rays used a playoff record-tying nine pitchers
  • Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson was removed after one clean inning and loading the bases in the second. Jamey Wright got the Rays out of the inning without allowing a run.
  • Rays third baseman and offensive game-changer, Evan Longoria hit just .143 in the series, though he did homer in Game 3.
  • Jacoby Ellsbury led the Red Sox with nine hits, seven runs and four stolen bases.
Oakland Athletics (6) at Detroit Tigers (8) – Series tied 2-2
  • Athletics starter Dan Straily held the Tigers hitless through the first four innings, and then he allowed two straight singles and a three-run homer to Johnny Peralta to open the fifth.
  • The A’s had leads of 3-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth and 4-3 going into the bottom of the seventh.
  • A’s shortstop Jed Lowrie recorded his first two hits of the series, including a two-run home run in the fifth.
  • Game 1 starter Max Scherzer earned the win in relief – he tossed two innings of one run ball. He got out of his own created bases-loaded jam in the eighth by striking out two batters and inducing a soft liner to center.
  • Seth Smith struck out as the tying run with two outs in the ninth.
  • Justin Verlander will start Game 5 for the Tigers. The A’s have not named a starter as of this writing.
Today’s Game
Pittsburgh Pirates at St. Louis Cardinals – Series tied 2-2

Pirates – Gerrit Cole (Game 2 stats – W, 6 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 ERand 6 K)
Cardinals – Adam Wainwright(Game 1 stats – W, 7 IP, 3 H, 0 BB, 1 ERand 9 K)

I've got to stick with my original prediction here (Cards in five) and much of it has to do with Waino on the mound. That said, it would not shock me in the least if the Bucs figured out a way to win. It should be a great finish to the series.

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