Monday, October 09, 2006

Postseason Recap: St. Louis, Softbank, advance.

Softbank 11, Seibu 3 (Game 2)
Softbank 6, Seibu 1 (Game3)

And so the evil Kaz Matsui-enabling bastards are vanquished in their home dome by the Softbank Hawks. After winning game one by a 1-0 result, Softbank's bats stepped up and creamed the weak non-Matsuzaka Seibu pitchers. Both games were close through the first couple of innings, then Softbank's superior bats won out on the poor Lions bullpen. It was 5-3 after seven in game two, and then Seibu launched a five run inning in the ninth to make it a laugher, keyed by home runs from Matsunaka and Zuleta. The big key that came out of game two? Never trust anyone named Ishii.

In game three, back-to-back walks in the eighth set up a huge three-run blast by Zuleta to put the game out of reach. Softbank will advance to the second stage of the PL to meet the #1 seed Nippon Ham Fighters. They will have to win three out of four to advance.

Cardinals 6, Padres 2 - Bochy's been ruining this series for the Padres faithful throughout, so it was only fitting that he ruined the one chance he had to get back into the game as well.

With runners on the corners and nobody out in the eighth, and TLR's platoon pitcher system fully in place, a lefty was brought in to turn around Josh Bard. Would Bochy respond by pinch-hitting with Mike Piazza? No, he would let Bard ground out, pinch-hit with Piazza AFTER the fact, and then lead us into a situation where TLR could bring in the right-hander to retire him. Well, at least San Diego fans have the Chargers.

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