Marlins 4, Mets 2 – I actually think a loss like last year’s (where Tom Glavine got walloped) would have been easier to take rather than watching Scott Schoeneweis and Luis Ayala give up two solo home runs to the Marlins in the eighth inning; today was the inevitable confirmation of the sinking ship tha the Metros’ bullpen had been all year. Billy Wagner was able to keep it afloat some nights, but the bullpen is what ultimately cost Willie Randolph his job. I’m not quite sure how Omar Minaya got a four-year extension as general manager (I would have gone with two), but he needs to scrap this bullpen and start over, because Jerry Manuel had one hand tied behind his back with the detritus in it. Yes, Mets fans can and should also place a bit of blame on both Jose Reyes and David Wright for not hitting well at points down the stretch (Carlos Delgado had been damn near superhuman and Carlos Beltran at least looked like he was putting in max effort and his two run homer kept the team in the game), but there is plenty to build on if we can get rid of the cans of gasoline when CitiField opens.
Brewers 3, Cubs 1 – Somehow, this is the way it was supposed to be for Milwaukee. Bringing out CC Sabathia once again on short rest results in a four-hit complete game, topped off with an 8th inning home-run by Ryan Braun. Brewers fans are so starved for post-season baseball; they’ve not gone to the playoffs since the year I was born. In that time, they’ve had Hall of Famers finish out their careers, switch leagues, and had to learn how to win with a very young team. They’ll probably be whipped by the Phillies in 4 games, but at least they got there.
White Sox 5, Indians 1 – Mark Buehrle will not let the South Siders go quietly. Facing a must win situation, he threw seven great innings and got four double plays turned behind him. Paul Konerko homered for the fourth time in the last three games, and the ChiSox offense benefitted when likely Cy Young winner Cliff Lee was scratched.
Twins 6, Royals 0 – And Minnesota will sit and wait, a half-game up, as the White Sox host Detroit tomorrow. Scott Baker threw seven shutout innings, bolstered by a two-run single from Delmon Young and a two-run triple from Joe Mauer.
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