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« on: 13 Oct 2006 11:56:11 PM »
American League Championship Series

Game 3

Baltimore limped back home for Game 3, looking to capitalize on the split they earned in Toronto.  This game featured a match-up of southpaws, with the Orioles sending Noah Lowry to the Hill, and the Blue Jays countering with Tom Glavine.

The Blue Jays got on the board early, with Iguchi drawing a leadoff walk, followed by J.D. Drew’s 2nd home run of the series.  Then things almost got completely out of hand for the home town team.  Chipper Jones reached on an error by Lopez, then advanced to 2nd on a passed ball by Laird.  Lowry then walked Konerko and Pascucci to load the bases with none out.  Lowry then threw 3 straight strikes to Mike Cameron, who grounded into a double play on the 3rd pitch to put the Jays up 3-0.  Lowry then flirted with walking Juan Uribe, putting him at a 3-1 count, before getting him to ground out to 3rd.

Glavine got 3 infield groundballs on 14 pitches to send the Blue Jays back to the plate in the 2nd inning, where they added some runs to the board.  Jason Dubois homered to left center to lead off the inning.  Iguchi then hit a 1 out double, but was later caught stealing 3rd with Drew at the plate.  With 2 outs and Iguchi erased, Drew and Jones hit back to back singles, followed by a Konerko RBI double to give the Jays an early 5 run lead.

Operating with a 5 man bullpen, the Orioles stuck with Lowry for 3 more innings, and he rewarded them by not allowing another run.  But on the pitching side of things, this was Glavine’s night.  He didn’t allow a hit until the 4th inning, when Mark Ellis hit a leadoff single.  That was followed by an Bay walk, but the next 3 batters were retired without advancing Ellis to 3rd.  In the 6th inning, the Orioles got their first extra base hit, when Bay hit a 1 out double.  Ortiz drove him in with a single, followed by a Miguel Tejada double play to end the inning.

Toronto tacked on an insurance run in the top of the 9th, then sent Glavine back out to pitch the 9th.  Tejada hit a leadoff double, then advanced to 3rd on a wild pitch.  Glavine then got Huff to ground out to 2nd, trading the run for an out.  With none on, 1 out, and a 2 run led, Glavine retired Lopez and Laird on 5 pitches to give the Blue Jays the win.  Glavine got the win, Lowry the loss.  Final Score – Toronto 6, Baltimore 2

Game 4

This game featured Mike Hampton for the Blue Jays, vs. Scott Baker for the Orioles.  While this wasn’t a must win game for the Orioles, they certainly didn’t want to drop a 2nd game at home, already facing a short pitching staff.  

Baker got into deep trouble in the 2nd inning when Paul Konerko hit a leadoff single, followed by a Mike Cameron bunt single.  Gerald Laird then allowed a passed ball, advancing both runners, and Baker poured a little more fuel on the fire by walking Iguchi to load the bases with none out.  Scott Baker took a deep breath and went to work.  First, he struck out Pete LaForest.  Then the Blue Jays attempted a squeeze play with Juan Uribe at the plate, but he bunted the ball too hard, allowing the Orioles to get the force out at home.  Baker then managed to dodge the bullet by getting Pascucci to fly out to center field to end the inning with no runs in, and putting the home crowd into a frenzy.

In the same inning, the Orioles led off the bottom half with a David Ortiz walk and a Miguel Tejada single.  Huff and Diaz followed them with singles of their own, each driving in a single run.  The Orioles continued dinking the ball left and right during the inning, and when the 3rd out was finally recorded, they had scored 4 runs off of 5 singles and a walk.

The Blue Jays chipped back into the lead over the next 2 innings, getting single runs in the 3rd and 4th.  They pulled even closer in the 8th inning, when Paul Konerko hit a double, advanced to 3rd on a groundout by Cameron, and scored on a groundout by Iguchi.  But the Orioles answered in the bottom half of the inning, with Jason Michaels scoring from 2nd on an RBI single by Tejada, putting the score at 5-3 through 8.

Mateo went to the mound for his 2nd inning of work for the Orioles, trying to nail down the win and tie the series.  With 1 out, Val Pascucci hit a double, bringing up Ryan Klesko as the tying run.  Klesko swung at the first pitch, grounding out to shortstop, with Pascucci advancing to 3rd with Drew at the plate.  With 2 outs, the Orioles pitched around Drew, eventually walking him to bring up Chipper Jones.  Jones checked his swing on the first pitch for a called strike.  He then took ball 1.  On the 3rd pitch, he hit a routine ball to shortstop, ending the game.  Baker got the win, Hoffman a hold, Mateo the save, and Hampton the loss.  Final Score – Baltimore 5, Toronto 3

National League Championship Series

Game 3

The Giants sent NLDS hero Zach Greinke to the hill to start Game 3, countered by Tim Hudson’s first start of the playoffs.  The Cardinals didn’t waste any time welcoming Greinke to the NLCS.  Even though they led DMBO with 255 home runs this season, the Cardinals didn’t hit a single one in the 1st inning – yet they still ran up the score.  After walks to Walker and Bonds, Pujols, Edmonds, and Branyan each hit 1 run singles.  Greinke struck out Brian McCann on 3 pitches, then allowed 2 more RBI singles, these to Maicer Izturis and Mark Loretta.  Hudson was struck out for the 2nd out of the inning, followed by a – you guessed it – RBI single, this one by Larry Walker in his 2nd at-bat of the inning.  The Giants pulled Greinke from the game, going with Bob Keppel who walked Bonds, then got Pujols to ground out to end the inning with the Giants trailing 6-0.

Russ Branyan homered in the 2nd inning, and Curtis Granderson did the same in the 3rd inning, putting the score at 7-1 Cardinals after 3.  That’s where the score stayed until late in the game.  Barry Bonds hit an RBI single in the 8th, while Ryan Shealy hit a leadoff homer in the bottom of the 9th.  Overall, however, the Cardinals held the Giants to just 7 hits and 1 walk on the day.  The biggest news to come out of this game, however, was Brian McCann pulling his hamstring on a routine fly ball in the 7th inning, ending his season and leaving the Cardinals with just 1 catcher on their roster for the remainder of the NLCS.  Hudson got the win, Greinke the loss.  Final Score – St. Louis 8, San Francisco 2

Game 4

The Giants started Doug Davis today, looking to even this series back up.  The Cardinals countered with late season acquisition Freddy Garcia.  

The Giants got on the board first, with Curtis Granderson’s 2nd home run in as many days in the 1st inning.  The Cardinals answered with 2 runs in the top of the 3rd inning, getting RBI’s from Edmonds and Pujols.  The score stayed at 2-1 for a few innings, as both starters really were pitching great.

The Giants took the lead back in the 6th inning, sparked by a Doug Davis leadoff single.  With Davis at 1st and 1 out, Curtis Granderson hit a triple, with Davis coming in to score the tying run.  Eric Chavez drove in Granderson with a 1 out triple to put the score at 3-2 Giants.

Garcia went back to the mound in the 7th inning, still trailing by 1 run.  He retired Hall and Davis quickly, bringing up Brady Clark.  Garcia got Clark to ground out to Loretta, who committed his 3rd error of the series, allowing Clark to reach.  (Loretta led all DMBO 2nd baseman in fielding percentage in 2006.)  The Cardinals brought in Todd Williams to face lefty Curtis Granderson, who managed to reach base on yet another Cardinal error, this one by Jamie Carroll at 3rd.  Williams, visibly upset, then gave up a Francoeur RBI single, a Shealy 2 run double, and a Guillen RIB single, blowing the game open for the home team.

Trailing by 5 runs, the Cardinals trying to get back into the game in the 9th inning.  With Jose Capellan on the mound, the Cardinals got a leadoff walk from Albert Pujols, followed by a Mark Loretta single.  Even though the lead was still 5 runs, San Francisco went to Turnbow before things got out of hand.  He got 2 quick outs before walking Larry Walker, bringing Branyan to the plate.  On an 0-1 pitch, Branyan hit a groundball to 2nd base to end the inning and the game.  Davis got the win, Garcia the loss.  Final Score – San Francisco 7, St. Louis 2

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« Reply #1 on: 14 Oct 2006 12:23:34 AM »
League files and box scores have been posted to the web.

The Giants have no profile changes for game 5...Beckett is starter.

Ready to play when Robb is ready.  I will be away and out of communication until Sunday evening.  Looks as if we have two competitive series!
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« Reply #2 on: 14 Oct 2006 12:38:15 PM »
No changes for O's.

Bonderman in game 5
J Kennedy in game 6


Looks like we are going to go down to the wire.

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« Reply #3 on: 14 Oct 2006 6:15:20 PM »
No changes for the Jays - Martinez in game 5.

Tracy, given how closely we've played each other all year (and for the last 3 years), I'm not surprised it's a tight series. Down to a best-of-3 now, and it could go any way. Can't wait to see how it ends up!

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