Nationals with surprise sweep of Cardinals

On a night where we saw another two teams advance to their respective championship series the Nationals surprisingly completed a sweep of their NL Central rivals St Louis. Surprising after both teams amassed the same number of wins in the season (95) and many thought this series would have gone to five games, it didn’t

Max Scherzer threw for just over seven innings, allowing just four hit and striking out seven before leaving for the Nationals bullpen to give some concern as the Cardinals halved the Nationals lead to 2-1, Washington hung on. 3B Anthony Rendon was named series MVP hitting .455 with two home runs and five driven in.

The NL series many thought would be a sweep is still ongoing after the Brewers bats showed up for game three, but left it late. Trailing 2-1 after eight strong innings from Ryu, the ball was handed to Jansen who had posted a 0.93 ERA with 27 saves in the regular season. Davis was struck out,Ramirez critically was hit by a 0-1 pitch, Lind went down on three pitches swinging, leaving Jean Segura to knock a 1-0 pitch into the Milwaukee faithful in the stands for a dramatic 3-2 Milwaukee win.

In the AL the Yankees and A’s have had an equally close series with each game decided by one run, this was different the winning margin was two runs. Trailing 2-0 the Yankees rallied late to clinch the series 3-1 with a 5-3 scoreline sending home the majority of 51,647  crowd happy. Outfielder Carlos Quentin was named Series MVP hitting .353 with three home runs with six driven in.

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP

Los Angeles Dodgers v Milwaukee Brewers: Johnny Cueto (0-0, 0.00 ERA) v Yusmeiro Petit (0-1, 3.00 ERA)

Cueto’s first appearance in the post season, his last outing he allowed four runs against the Padres early October. Petit was the unlucky loser in game one to Kershaw (but who isn’t!)

 

PLAY BALL!

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