We expected some good pitching performances Sunday in the SSG Baseball playoffs, did some of us expect exceptional pitching performances on Sunday, err yes.
We start in the Senior Circuit and in the nations capital, the pitching match-up of the day between Wacha and Strasburg, 32 regular season wins & 423 strikeouts between them. Under the lights and with over 40,000 watching they were served up a gem with the home nine prevailing and taking game one with a 5-0 shutout of the Cardinals.
Strasburg threw eight shutout innings, allowing four hits and striking out nine, Wacha countered with seven innings pitched but allowed three runs and next Cardinal on the mound Choate allowed another two.Anthony Rendon and Wilmer Flores were the main tormentors of St Louis combining for four for seven, three runs and four driven in.
Over the west coast the Brewers surprised many keeping it scoreless in LA until the seventh when the Dodgers scored two runs needed for victory. Kershaw struck out fifteen Brewers, allowing just two hits, Petit scattered nine hits over six innings but took the loss.
In Boston the Red Sox trailed 4-2 with six outs left but home runs from Hanley Ramirez and Mike Napoli turned a potential loss and a split into a 2-0 lead heading out of Beantown and into Cleveland. Steven Wright threw seven strong innings, Morrow pitched well through five and two thirds but was let down by his bullpen.
Pineda outduels Sonny Gray in Oakland with runs at a premium with the Yankees winning 2-1 and they both head for the Bronx with the series tied at one. Pineda went seven and a third allowing one run on five hits while striking out three, Gray struck out eleven with six hits in six innings but Fernando Abad gets the loss after giving up wildcard game hero Yoilan Cerce scoring on a Gary Sanchez single.
Monday sees NL games only with the AL getting a travel day.
Cardinals v Nationals (Nationals lead series 1-0) Lackey (13-6, 3.27 ERA) v Zimmermann (18-4, 2.91 ERA)
Brewers v Dodgers: (Dodgers lead series 1-0) Greene (9-14, 3.27 ERA) v Greinke (15-12, 3.32 ERA)