Monday, October 8, 2012

Bronson Arroyo Sharp for Reds; C.C. Sabathia Dominates O's; Don Kelly Sends Detroit to 2-0 Lead over A's; Tyler Moore Downs Cardinals

Players of the Day for Sunday, October 7, 2012

American League

Don Kelly
ALDS: Detroit 5 Oakland 4 - Detroit took a 2-0 lead over Oakland in the best-of-five series when Don Kelly drove a ninth-inning, one-out ball to center field, his sac fly plating Omar Infante with the game-winning run.

Kelly's bases-loaded shot broke a 4-4 tie and sends the series to Oakland on Tuesday for game three, the A's facing elimination. Kelly scored the tying run on a wild pitch after being put in to run for Delmon Young in the eighth.

ALDS: NY Yankees 7 Baltimore 2 - C.C. Sabathia got all but the final out, working 8 2/3 innings in the opener of the ALDS in Baltimore.

C.C. Sabathia
Sabathia gave up two runs in the third, but otherwise was in control throughout, scattering eight hits and a walk while striking out seven. It was Sabathia's eighth post-season win against four losses dating back to 2001.

After the Orioles took a 2-1 lead, the Yankees tied the game on Mark Teixeira's single in the fourth, scoring Alex Rodriguez. Russell Martin opened the top of the ninth with a solo homer and the Yankees pild on four more runs in the innings, breaking a tight game wide open.

The series resumes Monday at Camden Yards at 8:07 pm EDT.

National League

Tyler Moore
NLDS: Washington 3 St. Louis 2 - Pinch hitting rookie Tyler Moore drove in a pair of runs in the top of the eighth, turning around a 2-1 deficit and providing the winning margin in game one of the best-of-five divisional series.

Gio Gonzalez was erratic for the Nationals, but, despite walking seven batters, he allowed only one over five full innings. The Cardinals scored their two runs in the third inning, on a wild pitch and a sac fly.

Game two is set for Monday at 4:37 pm EDT. Washington sends Jordan Zimmermann to the mound to face the Cardinals' Jaime Garcia.

Bronson Arroyo
NLDS: Cincinnati 9 San Francisco 0 - Bronson Arroyo pitched seven innings of one-hit ball and the Cincinnati hitters battered the Giants for 13 hits, taking a 2-0 lead in the divisional series.

Arroyo worked a perfect game into the fifth inning, giving up a two-out single to Brian Belt. His only other flaw was a two-out walk to Buster Posey in the seventh inning, before finishing up the frame by getting Hunter Pence on a harmless fly ball.

Ryan Hannigan drove in three runs with a pair of singles to pace the Reds' offense. San Francisco got only two hits off Arroyo and a pair of relievers.

Cincinnati will host game three on Tuesday, at 5:37 pm EDT and will also be the site of games four and five, if necessary.

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