2018 ALCS CLEVELAND VS OAKLAND

Game 1. Cleveland 2 at Oakland 1.  Cleveland leads the best of seven series 1-0.   Francisco Lindor hit a homerun at Oakland Coliseum where the Cleveland Indians beat the Oakland A’s 2 to 1. Cleveland scored 2 runs in the top of the 5th inning. Yan Gomes kicked off the action when he hit a bases-empty home run. Two outs later Lindor stepped in and he ripped a solo home run. Both teams finished the game with 6 hits. Corey Kluber(3-0) was the winner allowing 1 run in 7 and 2/3 innings. Brad Hand gained credit for his 2nd save. Sean Manaea(2-1) was hit with the loss. He gave up 5 hits and 1 walk in 7 and 1/3 innings.

Game 2 Cleveland at Oakland. 

 

2018 NLCS CARDINALS- CUBS

Game 1. St.Louis 0 at Chicago Cubs 3 . Chicago leads the best of seven NLCS  one games to zero.  Kyle Hendricks had a strong outing as the Chicago (NL) Cubs defeated the St. Louis Cardinals by a score of 3 to 0 at Wrigley Field. In the bottom of the 2nd inning Chicago (NL) went on top for good scoring a single run on 3 base hits. That was all the offense they were to need. Chicago (NL) had 7 hits for the game and St. Louis had 4. Hendricks(1-1) got the win allowing no runs in 8 innings. Pedro Strop earned the save, his 5th. Miles Mikolas(2-2) was charged with the loss.

Game 2. St.Louis 5 at Chicago 12. Chicago leads the best of seven series 2-0.  The Chicago (NL) Cubs had very little trouble at Wrigley Field downing the St. Louis Cardinals. The score was 12 to 5. Javier Baez enjoyed a big day at the plate. He lofted a solo-blast ‘downtown’ in the 3rd inning, doubled knocking in a run in the 5th inning and lashed a single which scored a run in the 7th inning. Chicago (NL) had 14 hits for the afternoon. The win was credited to Jon Lester(2-0) who went 5 innings allowing 3 runs. Jack Flaherty(3-1) suffered the loss. He got hammered, allowing 7 hits and 2 walks in 4 and 1/3 innings.

Game 3. Chicago at St.Louis.

 

 

 

 

2018 alds Seattle vs Oakland

Game 1. Seattle 5 at Oakland 8. Stephen Piscotty touched them all and had 2 RBI at Oakland Coliseum as the red-hot Oakland A’s beat the Seattle Mariners by the count of 8 to 5.  Oakland brought 4 runs across the plate in the bottom of the 6th inning with
the help of 4 hits. The big moment was provided by Ramon Laureano who thrilled the crowd when he lifted one out of the park for a two run home run. A wild affair, this game saw the lead change 5 times.  Shawn Kelley(2-0) got the win allowing no runs in 2 and 2/3 innings. Blake Treinen recorded his 5th save. Adam Warren(0-2) was hit with the loss in  relief.

 

GAme 2. Seattle 9 at Oakland 4. Best of five series now tied 1-1 as we head back to Seattle. Kyle Seager cracked 2 homeruns and had 3 RBI as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Oakland A’s 9 to 4 at Oakland Coliseum. Seager had a big day against Oakland. He cracked a two-run shot in the 5th inning and ripped a solo home run in the 8th inning. Seattle had 10 hits overall, while Oakland had 6. James Pazos(3-0) got the win allowing no runs in 2 and 2/3 innings. Mike Fiers(2-1) took the loss. He was knocked around pretty good, giving up 6  runs in 4 and 2/3 innings.

Game 3. Oakland 10 at Seattle 0.   The Seattle Mariners pitching staff was overwhelmed by the Oakland A’s lineup who plated 10 runs while Edwin Jackson(2-0)with relief help whitewashed Seattle. Oakland jumped on top of Seattle in the top of the 2nd inning scoring 2 runners on 3 hits. That was all Jackson needed. For the game Oakland out-hit Seattle 12 to 4. Marco Gonzales(1-1) was given the loss. He was touched for 8 hits and 4 walks  in 4 and 1/3 innings.

Game 4. Oakland 3  at Seattle 1.  Oakland wins the best of five series 3-1.  Trevor Cahill had an impressive outing at SAFECO Field as the Oakland A’s beat the Seattle Mariners by the count of 3 to 1. Seattle found themselves trailing quickly as the Oakland bats came through in the first inning scoring one runner. Seattle made it exciting in the 9th, but they were unable to push the needed runs across. Cahill(1-0) picked up the victory, allowing no runs in 8 innings. Blake Treinen was credited with his 6th save. Wade Leblanc(1-1) was given the loss.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018 NLDS. St.Louis vs Colorado

GAme 1. St.Louis 7 at Colorado 0. 

Kolten Wong went deep and had 3 RBI at Coors Field as the St. Louis Cardinals  beat the Colorado Rockies 7 to 0.  In the top of the 3rd inning St. Louis went on top for good with 2 runs on 2  hits.  Wong got things going when he ripped a solo home run.  Miles Mikolas
dug into the batters box next, but he struck out.  Matt Carpenter then  smashed a bases-empty 'big-fly'.  That was all the runs Mikolas(2-0) needed. St. Louis had 11 hits for the game and Colorado had 5.   German Marquez(2-1) was the loser.  He surrended 3 homeruns in his 5 and 1/3  innings.

GAme 2. St.Louis 4 at Colorado 7 ...Trevor Story connected with a 'big fly' as the Colorado Rockies beat the St.Louis Cardinals by a score of 7 to 4.  St. Louis was unable to claim the lead after Colorado went ahead in the 2nd
inning when they came up with 3 runs on 3 hits.  The key at-bat was by Kyle Freeland who made the crowd happy when he doubled plating two runs.  Colorado totaled 9 hits on the night. Freeland(2-1) got the win allowing 4 runs in 6 innings. Freeland got help from
Wade Davis who earned his 2nd save.  Michael Wacha(1-1) ended up with the loss.  He gave up 6 hits and 2 walks in 5 innings.  

Game 3. Colorado 0 at St.Louis 2. Jack Flaherty(3-0) and Tyler Anderson(1-2) treated the St. Louis fans to a fine pitching duel at Busch Stadium. The St. Louis Cardinals eventually emerged as victors over the Colorado Rockies by the score of 2 to
0. Flaherty was in control of the game from the outset. He didn't give up much, just 3 hits and 3 walks in 6 and 2/3 innings. Flaherty chalked up 8 strikeouts reducing his ERA from 1.29 to 0.87. Both teams' bats went to
sleep after the 3rd inning with no runs scored after that point.Jordan Hicks earned the save, his 2nd.

Game 4. Colorado 1 at St.Louis 0. Excellent pitching match up in this one tonight and it was one for the ages to force a fifth and deciding game in the best of five series.  In a game for the baseball purist, German Marquez(3-1) and Miles Mikolas(2-1)
squared off in a tense pitching duel, Colorado Rockies finally emerged victorious over St. Louis Cardinals, 1 to 0. Marquez was in control of the game from the outset. He allowed only 3 hits and 3 walks in 7 innings lowering his ERA from 3.32 to 2.42. Colorado had
only 5 hits for the game. Wade Davis earned his 3rd save.

GAme 5. St.Louis 4 at Colorado 1. Jose Martinez hit 2 doubles and Daniel Poncedeleon came through with a solid 4 and one third innings as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Colorado Rockies by the score of 5 to 1 at Coors Field.
 St. Louis came up with 3 runs in the top of the 3rd inning with the help of 3 hits.  They would prove to be the difference in the contest.  Both teams' bats went to sleep after the 4th inning with no runs scored after that point.
 The win went to Poncedeleon(1-0) who allowed no runs in 4 and 1/3 innings. Kyle Freeland(2-2) was tagged with the loss.  He allowed St. Louis 5 runs in 3 and 1/3 innings of work.  

ST.LOUIS CARDINALS WIN THE BEST OF FIVE SERIES 3-2

 

Strat18 playoffs. Cleveland at Tampa Bay

Game 1. Cleveland 2 at Tampa Bay 1.  Blake Snell does a masterful job of pitching and limits the Indians to no runs over 8 2/3. Enrique Romo is brought in to get the last out against Edwin Encarnacion with a 1-0 Tampa lead and a runner on first. Romo gives  up a two run shot to Encarnacion and the Indians shock the Rays in game 1.

In a great finish the Cleveland Indians came back in the top of the ninth and held on to win over the Tampa Bay Rays by a score of 2 to 1 at Tropicana Field. Cleveland scored the decisive runs in a big 9th inning plating 2 runs. After two outs Melky Cabrera jump-started the rally as he drew a walk. Allen got a great jump and stole second easily. Edwin Encarnacion then clubbed a two-run home run. Neither team was able to score until the 7th inning. The winning pitcher was Adam Cimber(1-0) who allowed no runs in 1/3 of an inning. Cimber was helped out by Cody Allen who recorded his 3rd save. Sergio Romo(0-1) was the loser in relief. Kevin Cash was understandably not very talkative after his team’s tough loss. He quickly showered and changed and when asked about the game had a terse, yet polite response, ‘Hey fellows, that game was a heart-breaker to lose. Our guys gave it their all and played well – fate just wasn’t smilin’ on us tonight’

Game 2. Cleveland 6 at Tampa Bay  4 (16 INNINGS)  This one was a doozy as it went 16 innings in a classic pitching duel in extra innings. The Cleveland Indians got by the Tampa Bay Rays in 16 innings at Tropicana Field. The final score was 6 to 4. Both teams were tied at 4 runs apiece after nine innings. Cleveland won the game in the 16th inning. Leonys Martin opened up the inning nicely when he ripped a base-knock. Francisco Lindor stepped up to the plate and he drew a walk. Michael Brantley then drew a walk to load the bases. Melky Cabrera followed and he lined a base-hit driving in two more baserunners. Cabrera took second on the throw. The Tampa Bay batters didn’t put up a fight in the bottom of the 16th. Cody Allen(1-0) picked up the victory, allowing no runs in 1 and 2/3 innings. Yonny Chirinos(0-2) was charged with the loss in relief. He gave up 4 hits and 3 walks in 4 and 2/3 innings.

Game 3. Tampa Bay 1 at Cleveland  3.  Carlos Carrasco(3-0) and Tyler Glasnow(1-1) dueled it out with Carrasco and the Cleveland Indians coming out on top of the Tampa Bay Rays by the score of 3 to 1. Cleveland claimed the early lead in the first inning plating one baserunner.  Both teams ended up with 7 hits on the night.   Brad Hand recorded the save, his 1st.

CLEVELAND WINS THE BEST OF FIVE SERIES 3-0 AND ADVANCES TO THE AMERICAN LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES 

NLDS 2018 Strat… Braves vs Cubs

 It was an amazing offensive display in Wrigley Field where the Chicago (NL)
Cubs beat the Atlanta Braves by the score of 12 to 11 in.
 
Chicago (NL) won the game with an offensive outburst in the 8th inning showing
no mercy on Atlanta as they plated 7 runs on 6 hits.  The key offensive
moment was provided by Ben Zobrist who thrilled the crowd when he doubled
plating two runs.  Atlanta had a chance in the 9th but they came up short.
 
The winning pitcher was Pedro Strop(1-0) who allowed no runs in 2/3 of an
inning. Shane Carle(0-1) was charged with the loss in relief.  He pitched 1
and 1/3 innings giving up 2 hits and no walks.

 GAme 3.  Chicago 8 at Atlanta 3.  Cubbies now lead the best of five series 2-1 .
Javier Baez had 4 hits and 2 RBI at SunTrust Park where the Chicago (NL) Cubs
beat the Atlanta Braves by the score of 8 to 5.
 
Cole Hamels(2-1) earned his pay with a solid performance for Chicago (NL).  He
allowed 4 hits and 2 walks in 6 innings lowering his ERA from 5.40 to 4.44.
Hamels got help from Pedro Strop who pitched a perfect ninth and was credited
with his 3rd save.  
 
Sean Newcomb(1-1) was tagged with the loss.  His biggest problem was control
as he allowed 5 walks in 2 and 1/3 innings.

STRAT NLDS

GAme 1.   Atlanta 7 at Cubbies 4.. 

The Atlanta Braves came roaring back in the top of the ninth to spoil the
anticipated celebration of the hometown fans.  The final score,, was 7 to
4.
 
Atlanta erupted with the game winning runs in the top of the 9th inning when
they tallied 4 runs on 5 hits.  Both teams ended up with 12 hits on the
night.  
 
The victory went to A.J. Minter(1-1) who went 1/3 of an inning, allowing no
runs. Arodys Vizcaino recorded the save, his 3rd.  Brandon Morrow(0-1) was
the losing pitcher in relief.  He surrendered 3 runs and 3 hits in 1/3 of an
inning.  
 
Brian Snitker was very happy after the game, 'It's great to come back and win
it in your last at bats! Our guys just wouldn't give up.  And did you see the
fans - one minute they're laughing and screaming down all sorts of
unprintable stuff at our guys - the next minute - SILENCE! Yes sir, a very
enjoyable win tonight!'