Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Rangers Able To Knock Rays Out, Tigers Aren't
Well, rejoice Red Sox fans! We were spared the heartbreak of losing in the first round by the Rays, who lost 4-3 yesterday and were eliminated. Former Red Sox Adrian Beltre (right) hit 3 home runs in a 3-4 day. Ian Kinsler added a homer as well to top the Rays and advance onto the ALCS. It wasn't so simple for the Tigers, though, as they fell 10-1 to the Yankees to tie the series at 2-2 and set up for a deciding Game 5. Alex Rodriguez and Brett Gardner lifted the Yanks on offense, as well as a stellar outing by A.J. Burnett on the mound; he allowed just a run in 5 2/3 innings. In the National League, the Phillies beat the Cardinals 3-2. In the 7th inning, Ben Francisco hit for the pitcher and delivered a pinch-hit 3-run homer to basically win the game for the Phillies despite a 4-5 day for Ryan Theriot of the Cardinals. The D-Backs held on, lifted by Paul Goldschmidt (2-4, 5 RBIs), they were able to beat the Brewers 8-1 and hold on with the series at 2-1. I'm just so glad the Rays are out!!!