Archive for October 4th, 2011




First up it was the pivotal Game 3 between the Texas Rangers and the Tampa Bay Rays.  Now the series was in Tampa, and they were looking to gain the series advantage.  And remember, the first round is only best 3 out of 5 (strange for a sport that plays 162 games to get there and then it’s decided by only 3 losses.  But anyway… the Rays got off to a good start when Desmond Jennings hit a solo home run shot to give them the early lead.  Then, a clutch home run from Mike Napoli of the Rangers and another key single from Josh Hamilton gave the Rangers a 4-1 lead. The Rays gave a pretty decent rally, getting another homer from Desmond Jennings in the 8th inning to make it a one-run game.  But, in the end, the Rangers held on for the victory and a 2-1 lead in the series.  Texas 4, Tampa Bay 3.

Next up, it was yet another pivotal Game 3 between the New York Yankees and the Detroit Tigers with the series back in Detroit.  And the Tigers were saving their ace pitcher Justin Verlander for this one.  Then again, the Yanks put their big dog C.C. Sabathia on the mound.  The Yankees got out to an early 2-0 lead behind clutch hits from Curtis Granderson and Alex Rodriguez that drove in runs, but then Detroit turned on their engines and made it a 4-2 game.  But in the 7th, Brett Gardner hit a beautiful shot to drive in 2 RBIs and tie the game.  The Tigers, however, left Verlander on the mound and he was able to keep the Yankees in check.  All worth it because the Tigers got a solo home run from Dmitri Young in the 7th inning to give the Tigers a leg up… and that’s all they would need to take a 2-1 lead in the series.  Detroit 5, NY Yankees 4.


Finally, it was Monday Night Football between the Peyton Manning-less Indianapolis Colts and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  The Colts even made a change at QB, benching veteran Kerry Collins in favor of long-time back-up Curtis Painter.  Funniest thing is the Colts are used to Manning calling all the plays out there.  He’s basically their offensive coordinator.  With him in the box, head coach Jim Caldwell became more of a factor.  Surprisingly, the Colts put up a decent fight, getting 2 touchdowns from Pierre Garcon. The game was tied midway through the 4th quarter, but then Buccaneers running-back LeGarret Blount burst out a big run for a touchdown.  That was all they needed to ice the game and get out with a win.  The Bucs may finally be on the upswing.  Tampa Bay 24, Indianapolis 17.

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