The previous blog gives the game-by-game on the Wildcard round, and now the 4 teams with byes - the Dodgers, Yankees, Astros and Nationals - take on the 4 wild card winners (al ads Scoresheets at the bottom).
Games 6 and 7 - Astros 7, Yankees 2 and Astros 8, Yankees 6
Zack Greinke gave up a 3-run Homer to Torres in the 1st inning, but finished 7 innings with a 5-3 lead to win Game 7 and send the Astros to the ALCS to face the Rays. Springer hit a 3-run Homer in the 5th to give the Astros the 5-3 lead in the 4th, and Altuve hit a 2-run Homer of Chapman for crucial insurance in the 7th. Pressly saved both game 6 and 7 - coming in for a strikeout with bases loaded in game 6 and then came in with a 7-6 lead in the 8th to hold onto an 8-6 win.
In game 6 Springer led off with a Homer, hit an rbi sac fly in the 2nd, and then hit a deep drive that centerfielder tauchmann misplayed into a triple to key a 4-run 7th inning.
Dodgers 9, Cubs 4. The Dodgers finally get to the Statis-Pro NL Cy Young winner. They rough up Kyle Hendricks, as Cody Bellinger and Joc Pederson each have 3 RBI's. LA rolls 9-4. Dodgers lead series 3-2.
Reds 7, Nats 5. Max Scherzer proves to be human. The Reds stun him with 3 HR's in first two innings. They build a 6-2 lead. Of course the bullpen gives it up, as Victor Robles 3-run HR caps the rally and ties it 6-6. But in the 8th, Freddy Galvis knocks a 2-out RBI single and the Reds shock the Nats 7-6. Cincinnati leads series 3-2.
Rays 4, A's 3 in 10 innings, win series 4-1. Rays beat A's 4 games to 1 with 4-3 win in 10 innings. Tsutsugo homered in top of 10th, then with both bullpens shot from 15 inning game 4, Rays 8th best reliever Loup struck out olson with men on the corners to end the game.
Yankees 4, Astros 3. Astros rough up chapman but he holds on for 4-3 win, and Yankees lead 3 games to 2. Cole wins, Verlander loses.
NLDS Game 2.
Cubs at Dodgers. Cubs try to continue magic and lead 2-1 after 5 innings. Then reality set in. The Dodgers led the Statis-Pro NL in home runs, but this time they do it with doubles. They crank out seven doubles in the game. Cubs bullpen lives up to its reputation. Seven different Dodgers record an RBI, as LA rolls 8-2. Series tied 1-1.
A's at Rays. The A's shocked the Rays Morton with 5 runs in the 1st inning, but Morton won the game. Martinez, who only starts against lefties, hit three homers in The first four innings, for the first 7 rbis for the Rays in a 9-6 win. The A's will have their Ace and No. 2 going up against the Rays 3 and 4 starters in the next two games as they try to rally from down 2 games to 0.
Yankees at Astros. Ford's 3rd Homer of the series capped a 3-run 2nd inning, and Paxson and the Yankees pen made it hold up, 3-2. Chapman below away the final three batters. Both he and Green will need to rest in Game 3 due to back-to-back appearances. Yankees lead 2 games to 0.
Game 1s of NLDS and ALDS
Cincinnati at Washington. Clearly angry he didn't win the Statis-Pro NL Cy Young, Max Scherzer takes it out on the Reds. A complete game 2-hit shutout. Didn't walk a batter and struck out 12. Solo homers from Thames and Soto were enough offense. Bauer the tough luck loser. Nats win opener 2-0.
A's at Rays. The Rays Meadows hit 2 HRs and a triple to lead a crazy 11-9 win in which the Rays never trailed, but their best bullpen in baseball gave up 7 runs in the final 4 innings. Rays lead 1 game to 0.
Cubs at Dodgers. Ian Happ tripled to help the Cubs scratch out a run in the 4th. After a subpar start in the wildcard round, Kyle Hendricks returned to his Statis-Pro Cy Young form. 8 1/3 scoreless against the mighty Dodgers lineup. New acquisition Andrew Chafin promptly loaded the bases but then got the final two outs. The Cubs magic continues as they win the opener 1-0.
Yankees at Astros. Verlander and Cole battled to a 2-1 Yankees lead at the 7th inning stretch when both left for the bullpen. The Yankees gloves destroyed them with an unearned run and 4 more runs that scored because of 3b urshela misplaying two easy cd chances into run scoring hits and the Astros led 8-2. And then ... Ford took pb 2-9 closer pressley deep for a grandslam to cap a 6-run 9th, and Torres hit his 3rd Homer of the game to give the Yankees a stunning 9-8 win in 10. We suspect the altitude of Jackson Hole Ford's first of 2 homers, but Torres blasted it as far as he could hit it (a 36 on a range of 27-36) off Verlander. Yanks lead 1 game to 0.