Tuesday, October 13, 2015

MLB Playoffs (NLDS): Cubs Finish Off Cardinals, Head To Championship Series; Dodgers Hold Off Mets, Force Game Five Back In LA

Both National League divisional playoff series continued on Tuesday.

At Chicago:

Kyle Schwarber, Anthony Rizzo, and Javier Baez each homered as the Chicago Cubs defeated the visiting St. Louis Cardinals 6-4 and won their divisional playoff series three games to one to advance to their first National League Championship Series since 2003 (they last won the pennant in 1945).  It marked the first time that the Cubbies ever clinched a post-season series at Wrigley Field and only the second time they won a playoff series since 1908, when they last won the World Series.

At New York:

Clayton Kershaw pitched seven strong innings while his one-out single set the stage for a three-run third inning (highlighted by Justin Turner's two-run single against his former team) as the Los Angeles Dodgers leveled their divisional playoff series with the New York Mets with a 3-1 road win in game four.

The series, now deadlocked at two games apiece, will be decided in Los Angeles on Thursday.

Monday, October 12, 2015

MLB Playoffs (NLDS): Cubs, Mets Slug Their Way To 2-1 Series Leads

Both National League divisional playoff series resumed on Monday.
At Chicago:

Jorge Soler, Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber, Starlin Castro, Anthony Rizzo, and Dexter Fowler each hit a home run as the Chicago Cubs set a single-game post-season record with six round-trippers en route to a game-three 8-6 home victory over the St. Louis Cardinals for a two-games-to-one divisional playoff series lead.

The Cubs can close out the team that had Major League Baseball's best record this past regular season with a game-four home win at Wrigley Field on Tuesday.

At New York:

In the first-ever playoff game at Citi Field, Curtis Granderson registered five runs batted in thanks to a pair of doubles that bounced off the wall while Travis d'Arnaud and Yoenis Cespedes each homered as the New York Mets overpowered the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers 13-7 in game three of their divisional playoff series for a two-games-to-one series advantage.

The Mets can close out the Dodgers with a home win in game four on Tuesday night.

Coaching Casualties

At Maryland and Southern Cal.

MLB Playoffs (ALDS): Royals, Blue Jays Win In Texas, Force Game 5s Back Home

Both American League divisional playoff series continued on Monday.

At Houston:

The Kansas City Royals scored seven runs in the last two innings as they battled back from a four-run deficit to upend the Houston Astros 9-6 on the road in game four of their divisional playoff series, which is deadlocked at two games apiece and will be decided at Kansas City on Wednesday.

At Arlington, Texas:

Josh Donaldson, Chris Colabello, and Kevin Pillard each delivered a homer as the Toronto Blue Jays doubled up the Texas Rangers 8-4 on the road in game four to square their divisional playoff series at two games apiece.

The series will be decided on Wednesday in Toronto.

The Ol' Ball Coach............

Calls it quits.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Giants Pull Out Late Victory Over Niners

At East Rutherford, New Jersey:

Eli Manning completed 41 of 54 passes for 441 yards and three touchdowns, including the 12-yard game winner to Larry Donnell with 21 seconds remaining (completing an 82-yard scoring drive) on Sunday night as the New York Giants (3-2) pulled out a 30-27 home victory over the San Francisco 49ers (1-4) and took over top spot in the NFC's East Division.

MLB Playofs (ALDS): Astros Top Royals To Take 2-1 Series Lead; Blue Jays Stay Alive

Both American League divisional playoff series continued on Sunday.

At Houston:

Dallas Keuchel pitched seven innings of five-hit baseball while Chris Carter hit a home run as the Houston Astros, in their first post-season home game in 10 years, defeated the visiting Kansas City Royals 4-2 in game three of their divisional playoff series.

The Astros, who now lead two games to one, can eliminate the defending American League champs with a home win in game four on Monday.

At Arlington, Texas:

Troy Tulowitzki drove in four runs, three of them on a sixth-inning home run, as the Toronto Blue Jays avoided elimination with a 5-1 road win over the Texas Rangers in game three of their divisional playoff series.  It was the Blue Jays' first post-season game victory since winning the 1993 World Series.

The Rangers, who still lead the series two games to one, can finish off Toronto with a home win in game four on Monday.

Ducks' Support In Both Polls Evaporates After Home Defeat To Cougs

After blowing a ten-point fourth quarter lead at home, then dropping a double-overtime Saturday contest to Washington State, the Oregon Ducks saw their support in both the Associated Press and  USA Today/Amway Coaches college football polls disappear.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

MLF Playoffs (NLDS): Cubs, Dodgers Square Respective Series At One Game Apiece

Both National League divisional playoff series continued on Saturday.

At St. Louis:

Jorge Soler delivered a two-run homer to cap off a five-run second inning as the Chicago Cubs leveled their divisional playoff series with the St. Louis Cardinals at a game apiece following their 6-3 game-two road triumph.

At Los Angeles:

The Los Angeles Dodgers used a four-run seventh inning to came from behind and upend the New York Mets 5-2 in game two and square their divisional playoff series at one game apiece.

Cougs Knock Off Ducks In Eugene In 2OT

At Eugene, Oregon:

Quarterback Luke Falk threw for 505 yards and five touchdowns on Saturday, including one in the second overtime period to River Cracraft that ended in the arms of Robert Lewis for a four-yard TD as the Washington State Cougars (3-2 overall, 1-1 in Pac-12 play) knocked off the Oregon Ducks (3-3, 1-2) 45-38 on the road to snap an eight-game losing streak against the Ducks.

Wildcats Devour Beavers In Tucson

At Tucson, Arizona:

Quarterback Anu Solomon completed 17 of 30 passes for 276 yards while Jared Baker ran for 123 yards (70 on one play) and Orlando Bradford ran for 83 more yards and scored three touchdowns on Saturday as the Arizona Wildcats (4-2 overall, 1-2 in Pac-12 play) demolished the visiting Oregon State Beavers (2-3, 0-2) 44-7.

Friday, October 09, 2015

MLB Playoffs (NLDS): Cardinals, Mets Take Series Openers

Both Natinal League (best-of-five) divisional playoff series opened on Friday.

At St. Louis:

John Lackey gave up but two hits in 7 1/3 shutout innings while Tommy Pham and Stephen Piscotty each homered as the St. Louis Cardinals stifled the visiting Chicago Cubs 4-0 in the opening game of their divisional playoff series.

At Los Angeles:

Over the course of seven shutout innings, Jacob deGrom struck out 13 batters while Daniel Murphy homered off Clayton Kershaw as the New York Mets, in their first playoff game since 2006,  knocked off the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1 in the opening contest of their divisional playoff series.

Ti-Cats Too Much For Riders

At Hamilton, Ontario:

Rookie quarterback Jeff Mathews completed 22 of 33 passes for 385 yards and three touchdowns as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (9-5) downed the visiting Saskatchewan Roughriders (2-13) 30-15 in Friday Canadian Football League action.  The win placed the Ti-Cats in sole possession of first place in the CFL's Eastern Division while the defeat all but officially eliminated the Riders, who have had a rotten season,  from playoff contention.

MLB Playoffs (ALDS): Rangers Top Blue Jays In 14 Innings, Take 2-0 Series Lead; Royals Rally To Top Astros And Square Series At 1-1

Both American League divisional playoff series continued on Friday.

At Toronto:

Hanser Alberto lined a tiebreaking single to center field in the 14th inning as the Texas Rangers stretched their divisional playoff series lead to two games to none following their 6-4 road victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

At Kansas City:

Ben Zobrist delivered a seventh-inning single that produced the game-winning run as the Kansas City Royals, who ended up surrendering no more runs after giving up four in the first three innings, came back to square their series at one game apiece with their game-two 5-4 home victory over the Houston Astros, for the first win for a home team in this year's Major League Baseball post-season.

Buying Food (1950)

From the Centron Corporation (via Young America Films), here's a 1950 film, entitled "Buying Food," about smart shopping habits and tips.

You'd Rather Fight Than Switch?

Here's a Tareyton cigarettes TV commercial from 1967---in Living Color!  Makes you feel old, doesn't it?

Thursday, October 08, 2015

MLB Playoffs: Rangers, Astros Take AL Divisional Playoff Series Openers On Road

Both American League divisional playoff series (best of three) opened on Thursday.

At Toronto:

In the first Major League Baseball playoff game to be played in Canada since 1993, Robinson Chirinos hit a two-run homer while Rougned Odor added a solo shot as the Texas Rangers ruined the Toronto Blue Jays' first post-season contest in 22 years 5-3 in the opening game of their divisional playoff series.

At Kansas City, Missouri:

Kendrys Morales hit a pair of home runs while Collin McHugh pitched six innings of four-hit baseball as the Houston Astros knocked off the Kansas City Royals 5-2 on the road in game one of their divisional playoff series.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

MLB Playoffs: Jake Arrieta Handcuffs Bucs Bats As Cubs Take NL Wild-Card Game To Get Shot At Cardinals

At Pittsburgh:

Jake Arrieta pitched a complete-game four-hit 11-strikeout shutout (his club's first CG shutout in post-season play in 70 years) while Kyle Schwarber had an RBI single in the first inning and a two-run homer in the fourth as the Chicago Cubs won a playoff game for the first time since 2003 with a 4-0 road domination of the Pittsburgh Pirates in Wednesday's National League Wild-Card game.

The Cubs will open their National League divisional playoff series (best-of-five) against the Cardinals in St. Louis on Friday.