NLCS Game 3: Giants 3, Phillies 0
The pitching performances this postseason has been something to watch. To quote a McDonald’s slogan—I’m lovin’ it. The Giants returned home to AT&T Park and greeted the fans with a three-hit shutout of the Phillies to take control of the series 2-games-to-1.

Matt Cain, one of the most underrated pitchers in the game, started for the Giants and mowed down the Phils for two hits and three walks through 7.0 innings of work. He struck out five batters, allowed no runs and picked up the victory. Javier Lopez pitched a scoreless eighth inning and closer Brian Wilson shut the door on Philadelphia in the ninth. The Phillies offense only had three hits…three measly singles.

The Giants offense only mustered five hits against Cole Hamels, but it was enough to scratch three runs out. Cody Ross and Aubrey Huff had back-to-back RBI singles in the fourth inning and Aaron Rowand scored in the sixth on a Chase Utley error to make it 3-0. Hamels struck out six batters, but only went 6.0 innings and allowed three runs on five hits.

Tonight, the Giants will turn to their rookie starter Madison Bumgarner against the Phillies Joe Blanton, who’s making his first start in the playoffs as his only appearance this year was 1.0 inning of work against Atlanta where he allowed two runs. This could be a huge game for Bumgarner and the Giants to go up 3-1 in the series with Roy Halladay scheduled to pitch against Lincecum in Game 5 before possibly returning to Philadelphia for Game 6 and 7.

ALCS Game 4: Rangers 10, Yankees 3
This is pretty much what I expected from an AJ Burnett start in the postseason. Burnett has not been a very good pitcher this year, and he showed it again Tuesday night as he was hit around for five runs as the Rangers eventually won the game 10-3 to move within one game of their first World Series berth ever.

The Rangers broke out the long ball in this one with Josh Hamilton blasting two home runs, Nelson Cruz hitting his fourth of the playoffs and ol’ Bengie Molina hitting a crucial three-run homer to give the Rangers the lead after a questionable intentional walk. With the Yankees leading 3-2 in the top of the sixth inning with one runner and two outs, Joe Girardi elected to intentionally walk David Murphy and let Burnett face Molina. Well, baseball 101 says you never put the go-ahead run on base. I understand where Girardi was going with this one considering Murphy homered off of Burnett in the regular season and Molina is 1-for-5 against Burnett, but sometimes you shouldn’t pull a Jim Leyland and over manage. For whatever reason, Molina has just been the hotter hitter in the playoffs so far. He hurt the Rays in the ALDS and last night, he hurt the Yankees by belting a three-run homer off Burnett to give the Rangers the lead in which they never looked back.

After Molina’s homer, the Rangers added two runs in the next inning and three runs in the ninth inning to put the game away. Rangers starter Tommy Hunter was not effective either as he only lasted 3.1 innings after allowing three runs and two home runs to Robinson Cano and Lance Berkman. Derek Holland ended up picking the win with 3.2 scoreless innings of relief.

The Rangers have outscored the Yankees 30-11 in the series through four games as their offense continues to pound Yankees pitching, especially late in the games. The Yankees will turn to their ace CC Sabathia to face CJ Wilson in a rematch of Game 1 in a win or go home situation today at 4 p.m.

Here’s hoping Wilson out duels Sabathia again and the Rangers hold on for the victory this time to send New Yorkers home dejected .

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