Thursday, September 29, 2011

Playoff Matchups Decided After Incredible Night of Baseball

What a night of baseball! I can't remember having so much fun watching baseball games that didn't involve the Tigers.  The Tigers actually did play tonight beating the Indians 5-4 to finish the season 95-67.  Shortly thereafter, The Rangers beat the Angels 3-1 on a two-run homer by Mike Napoli in the ninth to clinch the second seed in the playoffs.  This means the Tigers will face the Yankees in the first round of the playoffs.  Game one will be at Yankee Stadium Friday night at 8:37 with Justin Verlander facing CC Sabathia. 

The other American League match-up will be Tampa Bay versus the Rangers.  In one of the most amazing comebacks of all time, the Rays defeated the Yankees 8-7 on a walk-off homer by Evan Longoria in the twelfth inning.  The Rays were down 7-0 in the eighth but scored six in the bottom of the inning and eventually tied it on a pinch hit homer by Dan Johnson in the ninth.

Meanwhile, the Red Sox completed their historic collapse when Jonathan Pabelbon blew a save in the bottom of the ninth.  The Orioles won 4-3 on a walk-off single by Robert Andino.  The combination of the Ray win and the Red Sox loss gave the Rays the wildcard.  

Finally, the Braves completed their own epic collapse losing to the Phillies 4-3 in 13 innings.  Philadelphia scored a run in the ninth to tie the game and another in the 13th to win it.  The Cardinals earlier beat the Astros 8-0 and captured the wildcard when the Braves lost.  So, the two National League matchups are: Phillies versus Cardinals and Brewers versus Diamondbacks.

It was quite a night of baseball.  It's going to be hard for the playoffs to top this in terms of baseball drama. 

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