Yankees, Nationals Take 1-0 Leads into Game 2

Jim McLennan

The Yankees and Nationals each beat their Wild Card opponent on Sunday, taking 1-0 series leads into their Game 2s this afternoon.

I'll try to be brief in recapping all of yesterday's action...

Athletics 4, Tigers 5 - A back-and-forth contest, this one. Both teams scored in the 1st and held there until the 7th. Oakland took a 2-1 lead, Detroit came back with two, Oakland came back with two in the 8th for a 4-3 lead, and Detroit tied it right back up. The Tigers won on a walk-off sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 9th. Tigers take 2-0 series lead.

Nationals 3, Cardinals 2 - This was really all game long. The Nats and Cards both scored in the 2nd, the Cards getting two runs to Washington's one, on Gio Gonzalez's one wild inning. Both teams had chances, but nothing happened until pinch-hitter Tyler Moore drove in two runs for Washington in the 8th to give them the lead, and they held on for the victory. Nationals take 1-0 series lead.

Yankees 7, Orioles 2 - Well, once this game got underway after a two and a half hour rain delay, it was very tight contest. The Yankees had tied it at 2-all in the 4th inning, and it remained that way until the top of the 9th, when New York broke it open with five runs off of closer Jim Johnson, starting with a solo home run by Russell Martin. CC Sabathia pitched 8 2/3rds innings for the win. Yankees take 1-0 series lead.

Reds 9, Giants 0 - Is there anything Diamondbacks fans like more than seeing the Giants blown out? The Giants didn't get their first hit off of Bronson Arroyo until two outs in the 5th, and by then, the Reds already had a 4-0 lead. Tim Lincecum pitched two scoreless innings in relief of Madison Bumgarner, but the three relievers who took over after him in the 8th allowed five more Cincinnati runs. (The fourth pitcher finally got the third out.) SF threatened to score in the 9th, but didn't, and the Giants are now on the brink of elimination going into enemy territory. Reds take 2-0 series lead.

Today's Games (Full Schedule)

NLDS Game 2: Washington Nationals @ St. Louis Cardinals, 1:37pm on TBS

ALDS Game 2: New York Yankees @ Baltimore Orioles, 5:07pm on TBS

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