Last Night's Playoff Games
San Francisco 2, Washington 1 (18 innings) - San Francisco leads series 2-0
LA Dodgers 3, St. Louis 2 - series tied 1-1
To this point there have been few postseason games that you could classify as boring, and yesterday's slate of games was as exciting as any to this point. In Los Angeles, Matt Kemp went deep in the eighth inning to break a 2-2 tie, and the Dodgers got a split at home against the Cardinals.
Meanwhile, the Nationals looked poised to get a split of their own, taking a 1-0 lead into the ninth with Jordan Zimmermann seemingly in total control. But after a two-out walk, Washington manager Matt Williams took Zimmermann out of the game in favor of Drew Storen. Buster Posey singled, and Pablo Sandoval doubled home the tying run (and almost the go-ahead run, as Posey was out on a bang-bang play at the plate).
The game went to extra innings, with neither team managing many scoring opportunities. In the bottom of the 10th, LGFT Asdrubal Cabrera took two borderline strikes to strike out after getting ahead in the count 3-1. After strike three, Cabrera snapped, slamming his bat and his helmet in front of home plate umpire Vic Carapazzi. He was quickly ejected, with Matt Williams get the heave-ho 30 seconds later.
Yusmeiro Petit came on in the 12th and pitched six scoreless innings for the Giants, which not only set things up for the bottom of the 18th (Bruce Bochy had Hunter Strickland available to close the game) but kept most of the rest of the bullpen in good shape for the rest of the series. Brandon Belt finally broke the tie with a home run off Tanner Roark in the 18th, Strickland finished off the Nats in the bottom of the inning, and now the Giants lead 2-0 heading back to San Francisco with staff ace Madison Bumgarner set to pitch Game 3.
Other MLB News
In what was impeccable timing ,the Library of Congress has restored and released recently-found footage of the 1924 World Series, to date the only time a Washington club has won the World Series. And coincidentally, their World Series victory was over the (New York) Giants.
Film footage of pre-WWII baseball games is extremely rare because (1) not many movies were shot at baseball games because it was expensive, and (2) the film stock used at that time (nitrate) is very unstable unless stored correctly, so many films have been lost to the ravages of time. So to find footage of Game 7 of the 1924 World Series was quite a piece of fortune.
Game 7 of the World Series was quite a game for several different reasons. The Senators tied the score with two runs in the bottom of the eighth, and won the game with a bad-hop single in the bottom of the 12th, the first time Game 7 of a World Series was won on a walk-off hit*. Walter Johnson, who was in the last stages of his legendary career, pitched the last four innings of the game.
*The others: 1960, 1991, 1997 (gulp), and 2001
Here's hoping that footage of the 1920 World Series is sitting in somebody's attic just waiting to be found.