SSG Baseball Play-offs : what happened this weekend

We saw the start of the NLCS featuring the Dodgers and Nationals with the dream matchups involving Kershaw, Greinke, Strasburg, Zimmermann et al (not forgetting Scherzer as well!)

Saturday, game one saw Clayton v Stephen, thirty five wins between them during the regular season. Kershaw was dealing from the start on his way to fourteen strikeouts, Strasburg on the other hand could not keep up with Clayton and was tagged for eight hits and all five of the Dodgers’ run total.

Justin Turner went deep in the third off Strasburg and drove in two, Kershaw helped himself driving in another two Dodgers as LA take game one 5-1 in front of 55,326.

 

Sunday, game two, another day, another great pitching matchup. Washington sent out Zimmermann (18-4 on the regular season) v Greinke (15-12). A pitching duel ensued, both went eight innings, only four strikeouts were posted in those innings but Washington out hit the Dodgers seven to one. After an Adrian Gonzalez home run the Nationals hit back with home runs from Flores and Ramos, and with a RBI from Robinson gave Washington a 3-1 victory in LA in front of 55,234, (what did those two people think was more important to NOT attend this game!)

 

Sunday was a travel day for the ALCS combatants, but Saturday saw Boston take a 2-0 lead in the series as the home town team came from behind again and posted runs on the New York bullpen, trailing 2-0 they finally were able to get something going against Nova and he left with  Boston winning 3-2.

New York got runs in the eighth against the Boston bullpen to lead again 4-3, but could not hold the lead as Swihart drove in the Panda, then in the ninth Sandoval drove in Pedroia for the winning run. Sandoval went three for five driving in the winning run, Jackie Bradley Jr drove in three, Boston wins 5-4.

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