MTAF Daily: Tigers Force Game 5, Brewers Tie Series, NBA Lockout and Crosby Cleared for Full Contact


For those of you still hanging in with baseball, you’ve seen some fabulous games this postseason and last night was no different.  The Milwaukee Brewers tied the NLCS with the St. Louis Cardinals at two games each and Detroit has forced game 6, winning behind their ace and the 2011 American League Cy Young award winner, Justin Verlander. 

Yes, I know he hasn’t been officially announced but COME ON.  It’s just a matter of minutes.

The NBA is still locked out and David Stern announced that if things weren’t settled by Tuesday, then the Christmas season games would be in jeopardy and Sidney Crosby has been cleared for full contact and this makes Pittsburgh Penguins fans very happy. I don’t know a thing about hockey but, since I was Tweeted last night about it and the fact that we need a hockey blogger, I thought I’d throw it in.  We’re all about making the fans happy. Well, except for Josh and Ryan. They frequently make Florida Gators and Sacramento Kings fans angry.

And by the way, we’re working on the hockey blogger and a few other writers. If you know anyone, point them our way.

So back to what I know:  baseball.   Last night in St. Louis, Milwaukee managed to end a three game post season losing streak on the road and an eight game road trip losing streak dating back to the 1982 World Series beating the Cardinals last night 4-2.  With the help of Ryan Braun, who has safely reached based in the first inning eight times in the post season, the Brewers have evened up the series and now have assurance that whatever happens in this series is going to happen on their home field of Miller Park, where the Brewers had the best home record in baseball.  Braun, who is hitting .471 with two homeruns and nine RBI’s in the post season, went 2-for-5 with an RBI last night.  Starter Randy Wolf ended his streak of 342 starts without a post season win – the longest in the majors –  allowing only two runs on six hits  while striking out six in seven innings of work to get the win.

The Cardinals had to rely heavily on their bullpen as starter Kyle Lohse failed to make it out of the fifth inning, allowing three runs on six hits, allowing three doubles and three runs to his last eight hitters.  Lohse was pitching on twelve days rest.

St.  Louis and Milwaukee will be back at it on Friday in St. Louis with the Cardinals sending Jaime Garcia to the mound to face Zack Greinke. Game six will be played in Milwaukee.

And in Detroit, the Tigers forced game 6 after Miguel Cabrera’s ground ball hit the bag and went over Adrian Beltre’s glove to allow the go ahead run to score in the sixth inning giving the Tigers the 7-5 win over the Texas Rangers. Texas starter, CJ Wilson became only the second pitcher in major league history to allow 3 homeruns twice in the postseason as Delmon Young pounded Wilson for two and Alex Avila added his own.  Tigers’ ace, Justin Verlander threw a career high 133 pitches in 7.1 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits with eight strike outs.  Victor Martinez, one of the many Tigers battling injuries this post season, hit a triple in the sixth inning to help the Tigers achieve the first natural cycle in postseason history.

Verlander’s long outing last night will give Detroit the pitching advantage going into Texas with a well rested bullpen on Saturday.

NBA: Still Locked Out

David Stern has announced that if there is not a resolution to the NBA dispute, the Christmas games will be in jeopardy.  Whatever.

Sidney Crosby Cleared for Full Contact

Every year, someone tries to get me to be excited about hockey and last night I got it from three sides.   I just can’t.  I don’t understand it. I can’t follow it on TV and all I know about it is that a bunch of great looking guys in a lot of pads skate around on ice hitting the little puck back and forth. Once in awhile they fight and when the puck sails into the net, there are horns and celebrations. 

See?  Hockey brings out the girl in me.   

That being said, though, I do know who Sidney Crosby is and his importance to the Pittsburgh Penguins.  I know that his being cleared for full contact after suffering concussion like symptoms is good news for the Penguins faithful.  No word on when he will be able to return to play but the fact that he has traded in his white helmet is one step closer to what Pittsburgh fans are hoping for.

Ok, so I might know something about hockey.  Our secret.

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