Monday, October 15, 2012

Carlos Beltran, David Freese Pace Cardinals; Anibal Sanchez Hurls Tigers to 3-0 Win, 2-0 Lead over NY

Players of the Day for Sunday, October 14, 2012

American League

Sanchez: 7IP 3H 0ER
ALCS: Detroit 3 NY Yankees 0 - Detroit's Anibal Sanchez and the Yankees' Hiroki Kuroda locked into a lengthy pitcher's duel in game two of the ALCS, and, even though Kuroda worked longer - 7 2/3 innings compared to Sanchez's 7.0 - and struck out 11, it was Sanchez who was more masterful from the mound, allowing just three hits, walking three and striking out seven before turning the ball over to Phil Coke for two innings of scoreless relief.

Kuroda had been perfect through five, but Jhonny Peralta singled to open the sixth and the Tigers scored the game's first run when Delmon Young hit into a fielder's choice with one out, scoring Quentin Berry from third.

The Tigers tacked on two more with two out in the eighth, chasing Kuroda and working through four relievers in the frame.

David Freese
The Tigers have a 2-0 lead in the series with the scene shifting to Detroit for three games, including a game five, if necessary. Game three begins at 8:07 pn EDT on Tuesday.

National League

Carlos Beltran
NLCS: St. Louis 6 San Francisco 4 - St. Louis wasted little time showing the Giants that their hitters could handle anything the San Francisco pitching staff could cook up, scoring two runs in the second and four more in the fourth, all off Giants' starter Madison Bumgarner, who lasted only 3 2/3 innings, giving up all six runs on eight hits.

Cardinal starter Lance Lynn didn't fare much better, working the same 3 2/3 innings, but only allowing four runs before taking an early shower.

The St. Louis and Giant bullpens were both spot on, allowing just one hit between them - Marco Sucaro's leadoff single in the fifth - from the fifth inning onward.

David Freese and Carlos Beltran each connected for two-run homers to highlight the St. Louis attack, leading to a 1-0 lead in the series, with game two scheduled for Monday night at 8:07 pm in San Francisco.

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