Tuesday, July 28, 2009

American League Playoff Recap

Here's a recap of the American League Playoffs:

In round 1, despite having 2 fewer wins, #4 Louisville dusted off #5 St. Louis in three straight. Louisville scored more runs in game 3 (11) than St. Louis did in the entire series (8) #6 Seattle knocked off #3 Monterrey 3 games to 2 in the other series. The road team won all 5 games.

Round 2 saw Louisville again take one of the AL titans (this time Milwaukee) to the brink of elimination and fail to get it done. The Legends had a 2 games to 1 lead before falling 3 games to 2. The other series saw Seattle win another deciding game 5 on the road to knock off Helena 3 games to 2.


This set up the perennial contenders against the upstarts. Game 1 saw Milwaukee's Harold Lewis hit 2 home runs off Cy Young winner Miguel Benitez in a 6-2 Milwaukee win.

Game 2 saw both bullpens melt down after good performances by the starters, but Quilvio Sanchez got the last out to earn a save in a 9-7 Seattle win. Seattle was up 9-3 in the ninth, but Milwaukee staged a 4-run rally to make it interesting.

In game 3, Luis Martinez, Harold Lewis, and Ray Buchanan all hit solo shots to lead the Manic Maulers to a 5-1 win in Seattle. Quinton Hughes went 6 strong innings to get the win.

Game 4 saw Quilvio Sanchez load the bases with 2 outs in the ninth with a 5-3 lead. Luis Martinez hit a clutch 2-out single to tie the game, and Milwaukee ended up winning the game with 4 runs (2-run homers by Lewis and Buchanan) in the 10th in a 9-6 win that was the pivotal game of the series.

After the back-breaking loss in game 4, Seattle had nothing left for game 5. They managed only 5 hits and starter Junior Bennett could not keep Milwaukee off the scoreboard. The 7-0 thrashing seemed like a foregone conclusion to the disappointed Seattle crowd. Still, they managed to cheer their team for their great season and unexpected playoff run. As for Milwaukee, they would move on to face Atlanta.

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