Dodgers sweep Cubs Hiroki Kuroda (9-10) in the regular season blanked the Chicago Cubs for 6 1/3 innings Saturday as the Dodgers completed a three-game sweep to advances to the NLCS. The Cubs won who 97 games fielded one of the most talented teams in recent memory but failed to get the job done. All-Stars Alfonso Soriano, Derek Lee and Aramis Ramirez struggled and the pitching staff which was among the league‚Äôs best could slow down the Dodgers bats. The Milwaukee Brewers stayed alive as Dave Bush surrendered one run in 5 1/3 innings as the Brewers beat the Phillies 4-1. Jeff Suppan takes the mound for the Brewers today to help force a decisive 5th game. C.C. Sabathia is expected to start in Game 5 if the Brewers are able to win today Game Time 1:07 ET MIL Jeff Suppan (10-10) vs Joe Blanton (9-12) ‚ÄìPhillies lead 2-1
Tampa Bay Rays 6 ‚Äì Chicago White Sox 4 Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria hit two home runs and drove in three RBI‚Äôs to lead the Rays to a 6-4 win over the Chicago White Sox. The rookie homered in his first two at-bats and the young Rays playing in front of a sellout crowd won their first post season game in the franchise‚Äôs first ever post season appearance game. The Rays continue their dominance at home where they had the league’s best record. Game 2 is Friday. Tampa Bay’s Scott Kazmir (12-8) faces Mark Buehrle (15-12).
Boston 4 ‚Äì Anaheim 1 The Anaheim Angels were 8-1 against the Boston Red Sox during the regular season but none of that matters now. Jason Bay playing in his first post season game ever hit a two run homerun in the 6th inning and the Red Sox beat the Angels 4-1 Wednesday night. Bay brought the Sox back from a 1-0 deficit and they got a strong start from pitcher Jon Lester allowed only 1 unearned run in seven innings.
LA Dodgers 7 – Chicago Cubs 2 The Dodgers stole game 1 in Chicago with clutch hits and strong pitching. James Loney not Manny Ramirez carried the Dodgers offense tonight hitting a grand slam in the 5th inning off of Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster. Dempster a 14 game winner at Wrigley Field struggled with his command walking seven batters. The Dodgers got a strong performance from veteran Derek Lowe. Lowe pitched six innings striking out six. The Manny Ramirez effect continues in LA. The Cubs tried to pitch away from Ramirez but it still didn‚Äôt matter. Ramirez hit a 7th inning home run on a pitch that was down at his ankles. Ramirez is one of the top 5 hitters in the past twenty years. The Cubs are now in a must-win situation in Game 2 Key Stat of the Night Alfonso Soriano ‚Äì Derek Lee ‚Äì Aramis Ramirez wentRead More »
Philadelphia 3 – Milwaukee 1 Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels stifled the Brewers Wednesday afternoon, allowing two hits, striking out nine in eight innings. Hamels retired the Brewers first 14 batters and led Philadelphia to their first playoff win since 1993. The Brewers making their first postseason appearance since 1982, played well but a miscue from centerfielder Mike Cameron, rattled 22 year old pitcher Yovani Gallardo who only lasted four innings. Hamels was brilliant using off-speed pitches to make it a long day for hitters Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun. The Brewers will look to rebound Thursday afternoon when ace C.C. Sabathia takes the mound for his fourth consecutive start on three days‚Äô rest. Brett Myers (10-13) will be the Phillies Game 2 Starter
Chicago Cubs (97 ‚Äì 64) vs LA Dodgers (84 ‚Äì 78) Chicago Starters Game 1 Starter ‚Äì Ryan Dempster (17 ‚Äì 6) Game 2 Starter ‚Äì Carlos Zambrono (13 ‚Äì 6) Game 3 Starter ‚Äì Rich Harden (10 ‚Äì 2) Game 4 TBD Starter ‚Äì Ted Lilly (17 ‚Äì 9) LA Starters Game 1 Starter ‚Äì Derek Lowe (14 ‚Äì 11) Game 2 Starter ‚Äì Chad Billingsley (16 ‚Äì 10) Game 3 Starter ‚Äì Hiroki Kuroda (9- 10) Scouting Report Hitting ‚Äì Edge Chicago Cubs Pitching ‚Äì Edge Chicago Cubs Bullpen ‚Äì Edge LA Dodgers
Philadelphia Phillies (92 ‚Äì 70) vs Milwaukee Brewers (90 ‚Äì 72) Philadelphia Starters Game 1 Starters ‚Äì Cole Hamels (14 ‚Äì 10) Game 2 Starter ‚Äì Brett Meyers (10 ‚Äì 13) Game 3 Starter ‚Äì Jamie Moyer (16 ‚Äì 7) Milwaukee Starters Game 1 Starter – Yovani Gallardo (0-0) Game 2 Starter ‚Äì C.C. Sabathia (17 ‚Äì 10) Game 3 Starter ‚Äì Dave Bush ( 9 ‚Äì 10) Scouting Report Hitting ‚Äì Even Starting pitching ‚Äì Edge Philadelphia Bullpen ‚Äì Edge Philadelphia
Free Preview: Inside Access The 2008 season is over for the Pirates and just like the last 16 years it is a season they would like to forget. The Pirates won their season finale today 6-1 to finish the season 67-95. Now it is time to look ahead to the off-season and some quick hits on a few players the Pirates may target.
Update: The Pirates and Pedro Alvarez have agreed to¬†the¬†4-year contract and Alvarez will report to Bradenton to start his pro career.¬† The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that according to multiple sources the Pirates and Pedro Alvarez have agreed upon a new four-year major league contract worth $6,355,000. The bonus will be $6 million spread over four years as opposed to the original deal that was to have the bonus be spread over two years. When Alvarez is on the major league roster, he will make $400,000, $500,000, $550,000 and $700,000 per year. His minor league salary will be considerably less at $87,500 per year. Terms of a major league contract maintain that Alvarez will have to be placed on the 40-man roster once he passes a physical and signs the contract. Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette