McElrath launches Grand Slam in fourth Giants win
Coming into week 11 the Dodgers had already secured the pennant and first round bye. With a Royals loss earlier in the day, the Giants secured a playoff spot but had a chance for the bye with the 2 seed. Game 1 Ryan McElrath would take the carpet for the Giants and pretty much continue what he's been doing all season. Getting guys out. In the bottom of the 1st The Dodgers went with Tim Trenary. The Giants were able to walk in a run in the 1st after a couple of walks and hits allowed by Trenary. With an early lead McElrath didn't look back, keeping the Dodgers scoreless and allowing only 1 hit. In the bottom of the 4th Ryan stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and delivered his 3rd grand slam of the year giving the Giants a 5-0 lead. McElrath sealed the deal in the 5th for a 5-0 game 1 win and his 10th win on the year.
Giants sweep Dodgers, Fisher & R. McElrath go yard
In between games 1 and 2, the Padres had swept the Royals meaning the Giants needed a game 2 win for the bye and 2nd seed. Johnny Costa took the mound for the Dodgers and got through the 1st with no damage. After throwing game 1, the Giants were unsure of sending an exhausted Ryan McElrath to the carpet who was battling a sickness on Sunday with the possibility of having to play the following week without the bye. The decision was made and Dave Fisher would make the start for the Giants. Fisher loaded the bases in the 1st, but was able to escape the jam without giving up a run. In the bottom of the 2nd the McElraths discussed the possibility of sending Ryan back out to the carpet if they were to take the lead at any point in the game. The next pitch Dave Fisher went yard. Giving the Giants a 1-0 lead. The next batter was Ryan McElrath who had just decided to return the the carpet given the lead. McElrath launched a massive home run to left field taking Costa back to back with Fisher for his 9th of the season. McElrath and the Giants could taste the bye and shut the Dodgers down into the 4th inning. In the top of the 5th R. McElrath drove in another run for his league leading 29th RBI of the year. With a 3-0 lead, McElrath closed the door in the 5th. Securing the bye for the Giants and earning his league leading 11th win on the carpet.
K-Von & Robles go back to back in 2-0 win
Coming into Week 11, the Padres were tied for second place in the standings (12-8) with the Giants, Diamondbacks, and the Expos. In order for the Padres to lock up a 1st round bye, they would need to sweep the Royals and then hope the Giants either lose a game to the Dodgers or give up 5 or more runs.
Game 1's pitching matchup featured rookie Frank Kollias of the Royals and Kyle VonSchleusingen of the Padres. After a scoreless 1st inning, the Padres would jump out to an early 2-0 lead in the 2nd with back-to-back home runs from K-Von and Jordan Robles. VonSchleusingen would shut down the Royals down the rest of the way and earn the victory by the final score of 2-0.
Robles 2b drives in run, Sean Ryan shuts out Royals for sweep
In Game 2, the Royals called on Gerard Fitzgerald to take the carpet, while the Padres summoned Sean Ryan, who previously shut out the Royals Week 9, but took the loss on a game decided on total bases. Fortunately, Game 2 would not be decided on total bases, as the Padres would score a run in the 3rd inning. Sean Ryan doubled, K-Von singled to set up 1st and 3rd, and Robles doubled to drive in Ryan for the only run of the game. Ryan would cruise through the rest of the game and once again shut out the Royals for the 2nd time this year. The Padres would pick up the series sweep and improve their final record to 14-8.
The Giants would sweep the Dodgers while allowing fewer than 5 runs to earn the second 1st round bye. The #3 seed Padres will battle the #6 seed Expos this Sunday, September 17th in a familiar 1st round matchup.
Weiner walks it off with a 2-run HR
The 2-18 Astros would take on the 11-9 Yankees. Yankees Greg Tyler and Astros bob Daly would exchange 0s through the entire game until in the bottom of the 5th Mike Weiner blasts a 2-run home run to win the game. Yankees head to 12-9. Tyler would pick up his 3rd win of the year.
Maniscalco drives in three as Yankees win way into postseason
Both pitchers would take the mound again until the 2nd inning. Yankees would send ace Mike Weiner and Astros would sent out # 2 Nick Santana. Santana would surrender 5 runs . That’s all Wiener would need. Sending the Yankees to there 2nd consecutive post season as the number 5 seed. September 17 the yanks will take on the 4th seed diamond backs in the Sexxiest showdown of the playoffs round 1.
Didio hold Cards scoreless, Petty drives in 3
After a heart breaking lose to the D-Backs in game 1 the expos would face off against the cardinals with a playoff spot on the line. Expos had the bases load in the first inning but Kevin Norris was able to get out of the inning not allowing a run. In the 2nd the expos would string a few walks and hits together to plate 2 to open the scoring. On the mound DiDio would be crafty, striking out 8 in 5 scoreless innings. In the 3rd rob Longiaru entered and would give up HR’s to Ty, and Petty in the 3rd and one to DiDio in the 4th before kris morse can in to close out the last frame. expos would go on to win 7-0 and claim the 6th spot in the playoffs.