Friday, October 5, 2007

Tribe rocks; Rockies roll; D-Backs rattle Cubs

Cleveland 12 NY Yankees 3 - C. C. Sabathia and a host of Cleveland hitters
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reminded all those pundits and prognosticators who prematurely crowned the Yankees the "best team in baseball" that pitching matters, especially in the playoffs.
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Chien-Ming Wang was hammered by the aggressive Cleveland batters, who pounded the NY starter for 9 hits and 8 runs over 4 2/3 innings. The Indians went up 3-1 after the first inning and 9-3 after 5 and routed the visitors, taking a 1-0 lead in the series. Four different Indians homered and Kenny Lofton drove in 4 runs with a double and a pair of singles. All of Lofton's hits came with two outs. Game two of the series is scheduled for 5:07 pm ET in Cleveland with Andy Pettitte taking the mound for the Yankees against Cleveland's Fausto Carmona. Colorado 10 Philadelphia 5 - Colorado's bats were busy, but with sluggers galore in the middle of their lineup, it was diminutive leadoff hitter Kaz Matsui - all 5' 10" of him - who did the most damage with a grand slam in the 4th inning and a run-scoring triple in the 6th, driving in five runs as the Rockies took a 2-0 lead in the series, sweeping the Phillies on their own turf. Troy Tulowitzki (right) and Matt Holliday hit back-to-back homers in the opening inning. It was Holliday's 2nd in as many days. The series heads to Denver on Saturday for game 3, and, if necessary, 4. Arizona 8 Chicago Cubs 4 - The Diamondbacks will be looking for the sweep when this best-of-five series heads to Chicago on Saturday. Arizona took a 2-0 lead after their hitters lit up Chicago starter Ted Lilly for 6 runs on 7 hits over 3 1/3 innings. Lilly didn't help himself any, issuing four bases on balls and only throwing 44 of his 79 pitches for strikes. Rookie Chris Young's (right) three-run third-inning homer in the second inning gave the Diamondbacks a 3-2 lead and Eric Byrnes tripled in Stephen Drew later in the inning. The Diamondbacks led the rest of the way, extending to an 8-2 lead by the 5th inning. Doug Davis earned the win, allowing all 4 runs in 5 2/3 innings of work. The Arizona bullpen shut out the Cubs the rest of the way and have not allowed a run over 5 1/3 innings.

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