Monday, October 6, 2014

MLB Playoffs, Day 4

Here's a musical tribute to the Orioles and Royals, two powerhouses of my youth who are apparently going to play for the American League Championship.  I haven't seen the Royals on TV since they had Bo Jackson, so this is exciting.

Yesterday, the Orioles went to Detroit and closed out the Tigers 2-1, thanks to a great pitching performance from someone named Bud Norris, who held the Tigers scoreless for 6 1/3 inning before turning the game over to Baltimore's bullpen.  So Detroit's streak of three consecutive appearances in the ALCS has come to an end.  Baltimore will be in the ALCS for the first time since 1997.

In Kansas City, the Los Angeles Angels -- who were one of the great teams in baseball history for much of the season -- went out with a whimper, not a bang.  The formerly hapless Royals jumped all over the Angels, winning 8-3.  The Angels finally got home runs from their big guns -- Mike Trout and Albert Pujols -- but it was too little, too late.  So the Royals are in the ALCS for the first time since 1985.

American League Championship Series:
Kansas City beat Los Angeles 3-0
Baltimore beat Detroit 3-0

National League Championship Series:
San Francisco leads Washington 2-0
Los Angeles and St. Louis are tied 1-1

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