Prof: Sorry, you guys. Kinda dropped the ball on this weekend’s playoff posts. I wasn’t feeling well, and then Saturday was my birthday, AND I had to work. But I’m here for y’all today. Just two games, but boy howdy, what games. Let’s get started.
Braves 3, Cardinals 1 (NLDS Game 3) – Prof: THESE KIDS CAME TO PLAY!!! They don’t give up. It looked like St. Louis was going to win this one and get the series lead. Matt Carpenter had hit a sac fly in the second for a run, and Adam Wainwright had pitched very well, not allowing any Atlanta runs. On the Braves side, Mike Soroka also pitched very well – he had seven K, and only the one run. It was pretty clean on both sides. Things were looking bleak for the young Braves, until the ninth inning. Now, during previous games, Carlos Martinez was weird about Ronald Acuna’s existence, and complained about him a lot. So for Braves fans, it’s a sweet type of karma that he was the one who got rattled, and Acuna didn’t even have anything to do with it. Dansby Swanson, he of the sweet swing and even sweeter hair, had an RBI double to tie it up. Then next up was Adam Duvall. Duvall has been The Man in this series for Atlanta, and he kept right on being The Man. A timely single off Martinez, and two Braves scored. So it was up to the shaky Atlanta bullpen to pull off this impressive rally, and they did. Mark Melancon went out there and did work, and the baby Braves stunned the Cardinals in the Lou, taking a 2-1 lead in the NLDS. Are these wild eyed youngsters and upstarts going to break the Devil Magic? Only time will tell.
Dodgers 10, Nationals 4 – Scouts: Things were looking pretty good for Washington for a spell. Juan Soto got to Hyun-Jin Ryu early with a two-run home run in the first. Anibal Sanchez was cruzing across 5, allowing just a solo homer to Max Muncy in the 5th. And then the bullpen came in. A bullpen that’s been a source of frustration for Washington all season long. Patrick Corbin was called in from the pen and immediately allowed 6 runs, recording just a pair of outs. Russell Martin doubled in a pair of runs, Enrique Hernandez doubled in two more, and finally Justin Turner homered in the final three to complete the 7-run 6th that pretty much ended things for Washington. Sure they came back for two more in the bottom of the frame, but even still the 4 run gap at that time was too much for the Nats to cover. Washington gets one more game at home, with their backs against the wall, they will have to take the next two to stay alive. Max Scherzer will be on the bump facing Rich Hill for game 4.