October 11, 2012
Tater Trot Tracker
Division Series: Raul's Big Night
The one uninteresting game was the early matchup between Washington and St. Louis. The Cards continued along their second year of being ignored in the playoffs by beating the Nationals 8-0 to take a two-games-to-one lead. In the process, Pete Kozma hit his first posteason home run. Cincinnati and San Francisco squared off in Great American Ballpark, with the Giants winning 8-3. Home runs from Angel Pagan, Gregor Blanco, Pablo Sandoval and Ryan Ludwick (his second of the playoffs) kept that game entertaining.
But then we get to the nightcaps, with the Yankees beating the Orioles only after Raul Ibanez a) pinch-hit for Alex Rodriguez in the bottom of the ninth b) hit a home run in that at-bat to tie the game up and c) hit another home run in his next at-bat in the 12th inning to win it. There was mayhem in New York that Oakland tried to copy only three hours later with their own walkoff victory (after being down 2-0 in the ninth inning). Prince Fielder hit the only home run in Oakland, but it seemed like a big one at the time.
And we get to do it all again today! October is the best.
Pablo Sandoval..23.82 Ryan Flaherty...22.39 Prince Fielder..21.46 Raul Ibanez #2..20.59 Manny Machado...20.32 Gregor Blanco...20.12 Pete Kozma......19.67 Raul Ibanez #1..19.39 Angel Pagan.....18.19 Ryan Ludwick....17.97