October 6, 2011
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The Texas Rangers, fresh off an elimination of the Rays, can sit at home while six teams fight to move onto the League Championship Series.
The Yanks forced a fifth game on Tuesday while the Cardinals and Diamondbacks, with their backs seemingly on the ropes, punched back at the Phillies and Brewers respectively. The NLDS Game 5’s will be tomorrow.
So, who will move on and who will go home? Detroit’s Doug Fister and Yankee rookie Ivan Nova have the weight of their seasons lying firmly on their shoulders. Tonight, those two will duel at 8:07 ET.
For the Diamondbacks, their ace Ian Kennedy will face Brewers #2 Yovani Gollardo at 5:07 ET. Kennedy was lit up in his Game 1 start and Gollardo cruised to a Game 2 win. Arizona won both Games 3 and 4 at home, forcing the series to return to Milwaukee.
The Phils and Cards traded blows. Roy Halladay and Chris Carpenter will match up once again. If you remember, Halladay gave up a three-run homer to Lance Berkman in Game 1 before settling down. Carpenter proceeded to implode in the 4th inning and his night ended drastically.
Tune in to TBS (shameless plug for an awful sports broadcasting station) for the games
October 4, 2011
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Texas' Adrian Beltre hits one of his three homers in Game 4. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)
The Texas Rangers finished off the Tampa Bay Rays earlier today.
After getting blown out in Game 1 in their home park, the Rangers took the next three games to win their series, advancing to the ALDS while waiting for the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers to finish their series. The Tigers currently hold a 2-1 series lead with Game 4 tonight at 8:37.
Today’s Game 4 win was a thriller. Adrian Beltre, acquired this off season as a free agent, continued his tear from the regular season. The third baseman slugged three homers, his third providing the most important run when Tampa Bay cut the lead in half in the 9th inning.
The Rays, trailing 4-2 going into their final three outs, got a run back with one out when Casey Kotchman drove in Nelson Cruz. But the Rangers closer Neftali Feliz got the next two outs rather easily and the Rangers moved on.