Stealing Signals: Best In The West

Padres 7, Dodgers 5 – The result in this game really didn’t matter. I mention this score first because pictures of Manny Ramirez getting a beer bukakke are always funny, and really, the Dodgers wouldn’t be anywhere close to this without him. Depending on the Wild Card Winner, the Dodgers will head to either Chicago or Philadelphia for the Division Series.

Cardinals 12, Diamondbacks 3 – And Arizona allowed L.A. to have the awkward celebration of a divison title after a loss (but fitting considering the NL West’s mediocrity this year) by giving up four RBIs to Albert Pujols, homers to Pujols and Ryan Ludwick, and three hits to Felipe Lopez. Unless the Phillies’ Ryan Howard strikes out six times in the last few games, Mark Reynolds will hold a unique position: leading the league in both errors (35) and strikeouts (201) for a season.

Twins 7, White Sox 6 – Coming back from four runs down, Minnesota got the game into extra innings and Alexi Casilla drove in the game-winner in the 10th inning with a single to complete the sweep of the ChiSox.  Minny hosts Kansas City for the last three, and Chicago will host Cleveland.

Red Sox 6, Indians 1 – Jon Lester looks ready to go for the playoffs, throwing six no-hit innings on his way to a demolition of Cleveland. Essentially, the Sox have to win their next three and have Tampa lose its next three to get the AL East crown.

Tigers 7, Rays 4 – Scott Kazmir got shelled, giving up four lead-off solo home runs, from which Tampa really never recovered.  The Rays will finish up in Detroit, with the division title on the line.

Mets 7, Cubs 6 – A walk-off RBI single from Carlos Beltran holds the Mets in place in the Wild Card, moves them up to a game behind the Phillies, and keeps them from falling apart for now.

Brewers 5, Pirates 1 – The best of several walk-off finishes: Ryan Braun goes Operation Grandslam off of reliever Jesse Chavez.

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