Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Playoffs Begin

The 1st round of playoffs has begun and here is a quick overview of the games.

In the NL, Colorado came out swinging against San Juan with 7 runs against San Juan starter Marc Daniels. It was just too much to overcome and San Juan's bullpen was stretched thin early on in the series after using 7 pitchers. For Colorado, leadoff hitter Alan Grimsley did damage early and often as he went 5-5 with a HR and 3 RBI.

In the second game, Buffalo hang on for the upset over #3 seed St. Louis. Alex Cruz did most of the damage with 5 RBI and Jacob Sung added 4 more. St. Louis came with 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th to bring the final to 10-9. After getting the 1st two batters on, St. Louis could not come through in the clutch.

Over in the AL, New Britain scored 2 in the bottom of the 8th to beat Burlington 3-2. New Britain's bullpen came up big with 3-2/3 innings of 2 hit ball. Ellis Thomas provided the big blow with a 2 run homer in the bottom of the 8th. Burlington wasted a very solid 7 innings from Vin Alvarez as he allowed one earned run and struck out 8.

The other AL matchup was just as tight, as Louisville struggled but defeated Scottsdale 3-1. The Sluggers only managed 4 hits with 2 of them going for extra bases. Tony Calles hit a solo shot and Bruce Grey added an RBI triple. Dave Caufield threw 8 innings of one run ball as he scattered 11 baserunners.

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