TSM Game of the Night

College of Sports Media Game of the Night:

It’s day two of the Hunt for October and there is still one more series to get underway. The Boston Red Sox easily took the AL Wild Card and open up postseason play on the road taking on the AL West champs, the Los Angeles Angels. On paper this series looks totally lopsided leaning towards the team from Beantown. This isn’t the first time these two teams have met in the ALDS and Boston owns a 9-1 record over LA. In fact this will be the third straight year the Sox and Halos have met in the first round of the playoffs and both times Boston jumped out to a 2-0 series lead. To take it a step further tonight’s starter for the Angels, John Lackey (11-8) has lost game one both times and he’s hoping the third time is a charm. Boston sends lefty John Lester (15-8) to the mound for this one.

There are also a couple of game twos going down today.

In the first game of their series the Cliff Lee went the distance as the Philadephia Phillies topped the Colorado Rockies 5-1. Lee was dominant as he struck out five, giving up only six hits and the one earned run. He becomes only the eighth Philly in history to go the distance in the postseason. Things don’t get much easier for the Rockies, they face Cole Hammels (10-11) in game two. Aaron Cook starts for Colorado (11-6).

In the other National League series the Los Angeles Dodgers took the St Louis Cardinals 5-3 in a game that featured a playoff record thirty runner left on base. Matt Kemp and Rafael Furcal led the offensive charge for LA. Furcal had three hits, a run and RBI. Kemp hit a two run bomb off Cards starter Chris Carpenter in the first inning.  It was the first home run Carpenter had given up in ten starts. For the Cards they’ll need better production from their superstar first baseman Albert Pujols. Pujols was 0-3 with two intentional walks. With a 1-0 series lead the Dodgers turn to Clayton Kershaw (8-8). St Louis counters with Adam Wainwright (19-8).

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