MLB Playoffs

Let’s start by catching you up on the action from yesterday’s quadruple-header. In the opening tilt, the Giants broke open the scoring with six runs in the fifth inning–including this monster grand slam from Buster Posey–and held on to win 6-4, eliminating the Reds from the postseason. After losing the first two games at home, the Giants didn’t look like they’d make it to the NLCS. To get there, they accomplished what no other team has ever done in a five game series, winning back-to-back-back elimination games.

The Cardinals and Nationals were the next game of the afternoon, and Washington pulled off the victory on the back of Jayson Werth’s walk-off homer. The 2-1 victory forces a decisive Game 5 today. Altogether now: “Go Nats!”

The Orioles and Yankees staged another extra-innings war; this one lasting thirteen innings before Baltimore could push across the winning run. The 2-1 win tied up that series as well, so you’ll get to enjoy two elimination games today. (Again, “Go Nats!”) A sad subplot from this series came to light today, as news broke that Yankees manager (and former Cubs catcher) Joe Girardi’s father passed away last week prior to the ALDS. Girardi had tried to keep it quiet and focus on the games. He plans to bury his father next week after the series is over. Hats off to him for trying to keep his personal pain from distracting from the task at hand.

The final game of the night was the elimination game between the Tigers and the A’s. It didn’t have any of the late-inning dramatics or fireworks of the earlier games, but it was no less exciting. Detroit won 6-0 behind a dominant performance from Justin Verlander, who set a new MLB record for strikeouts in a postseason series with twenty-two. Verlander’s complete game shutout was a masterpiece, as he struck out eleven batters, surrendering only four hits and single walk on an economic 122 pitches. (And congratulations to Chet, Josephine, and all the rest of you Tigers fans out there.)

Elsewhere

You might have passed on the night’s MLB action and opted instead for football, as the Steelers and Titans faces off in Nashville. For those of you who didn’t watch, the Titans won on a 40-yard field goal as time expired.

However, you might have skipped all the evening’s sporting events and watched the debate between Vice Presidential Candidates Joe Biden and Paul Ryan. I’ll spare you from all but the briefest recap here–it happened, it was long, and it was underwhelming–but consider the topic open if you’d like to comment below.

Speaking of abrupt transitions, who else has fond memories Marty McFly’s blacked-out Toyota truck in Back to the Future. Sure, the DeLorean was the star, but discerning viewers (i.e., me) always had a soft spot for the 4×4 that represented his new, less slackerish life. So it’s wonderful news that the original has been located and is being painstakingly restored to its former glory. And apparently, like so many young stars in Hollywood, its had some rough years–possibly including some work as a drug mule.

Just a heads up for all you amateur gourmets out there: if a dove crashes into your home and dies, by all means, feel free to cook and eat it. Just don’t post your culinary escapades online, because apparently that kind of thing is frowned upon–especially during dove season. (Also, who else didn’t know “dove season” was a thing?)

And finally, today from the not-so-great-ideas department, Michael Vick is a dog owner again.

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