The first day of an historic postseason is in the books, as the first ever “wild card” round exhilarated millions watching at home. Who won? Who has to win tomorrow to remain?
Yankees Dominate in Cleveland
Whenever you go up against the reigning triple crown and put a spark into the radar gun, you know you had a fantastic night on the clay. Yet, for Gerrit Cole and the Yankees, it was more than just his dynamic fastball gassing seemingly every Cleveland hitter other than Josh Naylor (scoring both of the Cleveland runs, as well as hitting a homerun). The Yankees were destroying anything Shane Bieber threw their way. Bieber looked off of his games and had very questionable battles, such as giving Gleyber Torres six straight secondary pitches and then throwing everybody else first pitch fastballs. Overall in the game, the Yankees hit three two-run homeruns (Judge, Torres, Gardner). Tomorrow’s game will be on ESPN at 7 EST, featuring Masahiro Tanaka vs Carlos Carrasco.
Twins Lose 17th Straight Postseason Game
The Twins historic woes continued, even though they had Houston on the ropes at home. While leaving the bases loaded in the first, they struck on Zack Greinke in the third. That was it until a George Springer single in the 7th tied it. In the 9th? The bases became loaded with two outs following a Jorge Polanco error and Sergio walked in the go ahead run. Michael Brantley then delivered the dagger. If the Twins streak extends to 18, they will go home. Tomorrow, they have Jose Berrios on the mound. The Astros game two starter made a relief outing today and is thus unavailable for tomorrow. Their starter is to be determined. The game is 1 PM EST on ESPN 2.
Just once, I want one of these games on ESPN 8, the Ocho! (No Dodgeball fans? Nevermind).
Giolito Flirts with History
The White Sox also won 4-1, as Lucas Giolito carried a perfect game into the 7th inning in his postseason debut before Athletics Tommy LaStella’s single broke it up. Adam Engel got the scoring started on a solo homerun. Jose Abreu hit a two run homerun in his long-anticipated postseason debut, capping what he hopes is a year he wins the American League’s Most Valuable Player Award. Yasmani Grandal also went yard. Game Two is at 3:10 EST, as Dallas Keuchel takes on Chris Bassitt on ESPN.
Rays Take Game One
Blake Snell carried a no hitter through five, making this the first day we’ve ever seen two pitchers go five or more no hit innings on the same day in postseason history. When Robbie Ray took over for Matt Shoemaker who was brilliant, he gave up a leadoff triple to Randy Arozarena. Arozarena scored on a wild pitch. Manuel Margot added the insurance, as he tied his regular season homerun total when he hit a two run homerun to drive in Joey Wendle to make it 3-0. The AL East Champions had strong relief outings from Nick Anderson, Peter Fairbanks and Diego Castillo in their 3-1 victory. Game 2 is on TBS at 4 PM EST tomorrow.
The National League playoffs begin tomorrow. The Cubs and Marlins play on ABC at 2 EST, while the Braves and Reds start at noon on ESPN. Also on ESPN is the Brewers vs Dodgers at 10 PM. ESPN 2 is hosting Padres vs Cardinals at 5 PM.
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