ALDS Game 1: Deja-vu.
Also, big fat major kudos go out to Doc Halladay for throwing only the 2nd no-hitter in post-season history. Of course the first was Don Larsen’s perfect game during the ’56 WS between the Yankees and the Dodgers. I hate the Phillies and hope they fall on their a$$es the rest of the way, but that took major stones, and good on him for that. It’s his 2nd no-hitter of the year, BTW. I guess everyone was right calling 2010 “The Year of the Pitcher”.
CC Sabathia is of course our ace and we live and die with the guy, so he started Game 1. He didn’t exactly have the best start possible, but thankfully the offense bailed him out. We won and all wins count so I’m not begrudging that, but I just wish that CC had a more dominant start, especially considering what Cliff Lee and Doc Halladay did yesterday. He gutted out 6 IP, giving up 3 ER on 5 H with 3 BB and 5K. Not a Sabathia-esque start by any means, but he got the win anyway. Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth. Our pen was stellar, though. 3 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K. Who is going to complain about that? Mo had to even pitch a 4-out save and did a great job (of course it’s October and this is Mo’s special time). Let’s do this again for Game 2.
It looked like the Twins finally had our number, as it took us what felt like forever to finally score a run. Waiting until the 6th inning to finally get off the schnide is going to get old and tiresome the further into the playoffs we hopefully go. That said, we got some great performances from several people. Mark went 2-5 with 2 RBI, which just happened to be the 2 RBI that gave us the lead in the 7th, Alex went 1-3, Robbie went 1-4 with an RBI, Jorge went 2-4 with an RBI and Grandy went 1-4 with 2 RBI. Nicely, nicely done. I hope much like the pitching, we get more of this in Game 2. Andy is going to need it.
Stars of the Game™