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WS Game 4. SF evens it up.

Hunter Pence had 3 hits and 3 RBI, and the Giants’ bullpen tossed 6 1/3 innings of scoreless relief after starter Ryan Vogelsong was knocked out in the third. Down 4-1 after 2 1/2, San Francisco came back to win 11-4 and even the World Series at two games apiece with Game 5 Sunday night.

Pablo Sandoval, seeking to become only the fourth player to win two WS MVPs in his career (Koufax, Gibson, Reggie Jackson; Sandoval won it in 2012), chipped in with two hits and two rbi.

I find it funny that there was talk over the Internet yesterday about the Giants possibly watering down the basepaths in order to slow down Kansas City’s running game. Heck, they did it in 1962 to try to slow down Maury Wills. It isn’t new… especially in San Francisco.

WS Game 1: SF, 7-1.

Maybe after winning eight straight postseason games, KC was due for a loss. In any case, the game was basically over six batters in. Pedro Sandoval doubled in a run (another potential run was thrown out at the plate on the play) and Hunter Pence followed with a 2-run HR to put the San Francisco Giants up 3-0 in the top of the first. That would be all that Madison Baumgarner would need as the Giants defeated the Kansas City Royals 7-1 in Game 1 of the World Series.

Baumgarner gave up just one run on three hits in seven innings of work.

KC’s James Shields has had a rough postseason. He passed a kidney stone the other day and it may have affected his pitching. Shades of the 1980 WS when George Brett had hemorrhoids. Shields is a free agent after the season and his postseason troubles are not helping him.

Meanwhile, Yankees prospect Greg Bird, a 1B who was in High A/Double A this year, was named a player of the week in the Arizona Fall League. He’s had a great start there so far.

 

WS Gm 2: Tigers bats silenced. Giants go up 2-0.

The Giants hit just 103 HR all year. By contrast, the Yanks hit 245. Only one Giant had 20 HR. By contrast, the Yanks had five. But the Yanks got swept in the ALCS and the Giants are up 2-0 in the WS.

It comes down to clutch hitting, and so far we’ve seen some by the Giants PITCHERS this postseason.

Don’t you get tired of someone cutting for the fences with two strikes on him instead of choking up, shortening his swing, and just trying to make contact? Joe DiMaggio struck out 369 times in his whole CAREER (to go with 361 HR). Curtis Granderson struck out 195 times THIS SEASON (then added 16 more in the postseason when he went 3 for 30).

The Tigers must have watched the Yankees too much while sweeping them in the ALCS for tonight they looked like them. 0 runs on 2 hits while losing 2-0. In the second, Prince Fielder was HBP and Delmon Young doubled. Fielder was sent and was thrown out at home. I could only imagine what might have happened had the huge Fielder barreled into Posey. Part of Posey would have been in the lower deck. The other part in the upper deck.

Hunter Pence scored one run and drove in the other. One run scored on a DP ball, the other on a SF.

Not exactly pretty, but the runs scored. Which was better than what the Yanks did most of the year with RISP.

So SF holds serve, winning both of the first two games in SF. Now it’s time to see if the Tigers hold serve in their ballpark.

In Yankees’ news, CC had surgery on a bone spur in his pitching elbow. He’s expected to be fine for spring training 2013.

Game 103. Soriano back, Yanks fall 4-2.

Soriano is back. Garrison sent down.

Yanks 61-41, 2 1/2 back of Boston in AL East. 2nd place, 5 up for the wild card spot over the Angels.  OPS+ 108, ERA+ 120.
Three games worse than the Pythagorean record.

Gardner LF .285-4-21  32sb/42att OPS+ 109
Jeter SS .268-4-34  11/14  86   3017 hits
Granderson CF .266-28-77  19/28   146
Teixeira 1B .243-28-76  2/3  125
Cano 2B .290-16-63  6/7  120
Swisher RF .260-12-56  2/4  115
Chavez 3B .306-0-7  0/0  122   11 for 36
Posada DH .229-9-29  0/2  85
Martin C .224-10-39  8/9  87

Burnett P  8-8  4.21   ERA+ 99

 The Yanks and Orioles have a day/night DH tomorrow. They have another in Baltimore on 8-27. So naturally, it’s raining and tonight’s game is not starting on time.

The game starts 1 1/2 hours late.

Yankees lose 4-2. Every hit AJ gave up cost him.

In the 2nd, a walk and a 2-run HR by Reynolds.

In the 4th, back to back doubles by Vlad & Lee , 3-0.

Lee HR in the 6th, 4-0. Teix HR (29) makes it 4-1 after 6.

Cano & Swish back to back doubles in the 9th make it 4-2, the final.

A couple bad hits at the wrong spots (and 2 HR balls) cost AJ tonight. 8 IP, 4 r, 4 er, 5 h, 2 walks, 10 K. 2 of the 5 H HR. AJ 8-9, 4.23.

Ayala a scoreless IP. ERA 1.42.

Busy, sorry no minor league report today.

The Phils made a big deal, getting Hunter Pence from Houston for two prospects & two PTBNL.