Orioles 7, Tigers 6
The Baltimore Orioles just don’t seem to let it bother them. A team capable of scoring at any time did just that, knocking back four runs in the eight inning to secure a 7-6 win in front of the hometown crowd and going up 2-0 in the AL Divisional Playoffs yesterday. Down early, the Orioles just cut loose, starting with a Delmon Young double that gave them three when they needed it most.
Now the series will head to Detroit where the Tigers will have to win, and keep winning, to stay in this thing. Baltimore has exposed the weakness of the Tigers bullpen though, and unless someone in the rotation can step up, Detroit will be on the outside looking in come Sunday Night.
Giants 3, Nationals 2
And I thought the Nationals would roll right through this one. The San Francisco Giants had other ideas and stifled the Nationals bats yesterday. Jake Peavy put on a show, holding Washington scoreless through five innings, Hunter Strickland bailed the Tigers out with bases loaded, and now the Giants go back on Saturday to try and gain a 2-0 advantage before taking on Washington at home.
San Francisco has traditionally played well in October. Unless the Nationals, who have surprised everyone this season, can rekindle the fire, they’ll find themselves holding on to a good but ultimately disappointing season.Eric Drouant