Monthly Archives: October 2016

World Series Game 5

The Cleveland Indians were primed to win their first World Series since 1948.   The Chicago Cubs were trying to force a game six.  The Indians scored first on a home run from Jose Ramirez in the top of the second inning.   Then in the bottom of the 4th inning, the Cubs scored 3 runs. Kris Bryant tied the game on a solo home run, Addison Russell got an infield single scoring Anthony Rizzo, and David Ross got a sacrifice fly.   Francisco Lindor cut the Cubs lead to 3-2 with a single scoring Rajai Davis.   Cubs manager Joe Maddon brought in closer Aroldis Chapman in the 7th inning to close the game out.   Both bullpens were able to keep the game at 3-2 Cubs leading going into the top of the 9th inning.  Chapman got the Indians out in order and the Cubs win the game 3-2.     The Indians still lead the series 3 games to 2 going into Tuesday’s night game six at Progressive Field.   The Cubs will send Jake Arrieta who had a great game two.   The Indians will send Josh Tomlin on short rest to win the World Series and first pitch will be 8:00 P.M.

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World Series Game 4

The Cleveland Indians show its long ball capability with two big home runs.  Carlos Santana hit one in the 2nd inning to tie the game.    Then in the seventh inning,  Jason Kipnis hit a 3-run homer to increase the lead to 7-1.    Corey Kluber gave one run in 6th innings of outstanding pitching, plus deliver a RBI single to help out the cause.   The Indians bullpen gave up one run in the last three innings, and that equal a Cleveland 7-2 win.   It means that the Indians have a 3-1 series lead.   They can clinch their first World Series title since 1954 tomorrow night.    The Cubs hitting has gone into a slump, and they have to get out of it.

Trevor Bauer goes for the Indians against Jon Lester tomorrow night for game five at Wrigley Field with first pitch at 8:00 P.M.

World Series Game 3

Wrigley Field played host to its first World Series game in 71 years.   The wind was blowing out and there was a chance of a high scoring game.   Instead, it was a pitching duel between the Cubs Kyle Hendricks and the Indians Josh Tomlin.   Both pitchers were good this evening, and the bullpens were outstanding.   The only run of the game was in the top of the 7th inning.  Coco Crisp, who was pitch hitting for Andrew Miller got a single scoring  Michael Martinez to give the Indians a 1-0 victory.  That win gives Cleveland a 2 to 1 series lead going to game 4 on Saturday night.

This win made it possible for Cleveland to start Cory Kluber to start on three days rest against Cubs starter John Lackey.   This is a must win game for the Cubs because they don’t want to go down 3-1 going into Sunday night.

 

 

World Series Game 2

Cubs starter Jake Arrieta held the Indians to 1 run for 5.2 innings.  Kyle Schwarber, who came back from a knee injury that he suffered in April went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI.  Ben Zobrist also went 2 for 4, with 1 RBI.   The game started an hour early due to a possible rain delay and it might have played a factor.   Indians starter Trevor Bauer gave up 6 hits and 2 runs in 3.2 innings.   The Cubs broke the game open with a 3-run 5th inning and was able to win game two 5-1.   The series is tied at one going into game three Friday night at Wrigley Field with first pitch at  8:00 p.m. Kyle Hendricks who was outstanding in game six of the NLCS starting for the Cubs.  Josh Tomlin who was outstanding in the postseason will pitch for the Indians.  The next three games will be in a National League park means no DH.   What will happen to Carlos Santana in the next three games?    Santana could start at 1st base and Mike Napoli could be on the bench.

World Series Game 1

Corey Kluber pitched 6 innings of shutout ball and struck out 9 during the game.  Roberto Perez hit two home runs, driving in 4 runs.  That combination led the Cleveland Indians to a 6-0 win over the Chicago Cubs in-game one of the World Series.    I was surprised that Indians Manager Terry Francona would lift Kluber in the seventh, but Andrew Miller and Cody Allen held the Cubs to three hits in the last three innings.   Cubs pitcher John Lester pitched good but gave up three runs in 5.2 innings.    This was the game the Indians had to win because if they lost the first two games it would have been tough to come back.  Tomorrow night game 2 will start at 7:08 P.M. because of the possibility of rain.   Jake Arrieta will start for the Cubs.  While Trevor Bauer will take the hill for the Indians.   Bauer suffered an injury to his right pinkie and left game three of the ALCS against Toronto after two-third of an inning.   Bauer will have to pitch great against Arrieta or this series is tied going into game three on Friday night at Wrigley Field.

From The Pitch The Interview

I had a chance to watch Hope Solo’s interview on Swedish television.   She explained her coward comments very well.    U.S Soccer overreacted to her comments by termination, of her contract, plus a 6-month suspension.    In the past, Solo has been outspoken about many issues.   During the interview, she has said it is her greatest strength and weakness.  Solo hinted that she could play in Europe and maybe in Sweden.   Solo had right shoulder replacement surgery and it could be a while before she plays again.    As for returning to the U.S Women National Team when her suspension is done in February.  That could happen, and as far fighting for equal pay Solo will be a part of that.

The USWNT Collective Bargaining Agreement expires on December 31 and they have meetings, tomorrow and November 1st to get an agreement done.

I Wouldn’t Quit

Sometimes athletes have to retire due to injuries or they want to move into another phase of life.   In my case, that is something I will never do because I love sports too much.  Even with latest domestic violence issue involving New York Giants kicker Josh Brown.    Even with no on-air opportunities or meeting someone in the business.   It is frustrating, to say the least.   However, if I would have quit a long time ago I would be looking down the road saying if I only tried.   I don’t want that to happen to me, and by the way, I have a new website and it at steel4orce1.bandzoogle.com

NFL Week 8

Here are my picks for NFL Week 8.    Baltimore, Los Angeles, Miami, New York Giants, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco have byes.

Tennessee beat Jacksonville

Cincinnati beat Washington

Kansas City beat Indianapolis

Oakland beat Tampa Bay

Seattle beat New Orleans

Houston beat Detroit

NY Jets beat Cleveland

Green Bay beat Atlanta

New England beat Buffalo

Denver beat San Diego

Arizona beat Carolina

Dallas beat Philadelphia

Minnesota beat Chicago

From The Pitch Minn Moments

This afternoon at U.S Bank Stadium in Minneapolis,  Minnesota, U.S Women’s National Soccer team took on Switzerland.  The U.S came out in a 3-5-2 formation, but Sandrine Mauron scored in the 2nd minute to give the Swiss a 1-0 lead.  However, that goal sparked the U.S  team.   The  team got quality scoring chances the rest of the 1st half, and Carli Lloyd tied the game at 1 in the 25th minute.   That was the score going into halftime.    Lloyd scored her 2nd of the game in the 51st minute to give the U.S a 2-1 lead.  Then two minutes later, Christen Press increased the lead to 3-1.

Crystal Dunn scored in the 63rd minute after taking a great pass from Lynn Williams to increased the lead to 4-1.   Then in the 82nd minute,  Kealia Ohai scored in her national team debut to make the final score  5-1 U.S.  I was impressed with the young players in these past two games.  I expected more young players to get their opportunities when they take on Romania in two international friendlies next month.

Week 7 Vs Patriots

It was a day of missed opportunities for the Pittsburgh Steelers in a 27-16 loss to the New England Patriots.   It was not converting two Patriots turnovers into points.    It was not making key defensive stops.     It was not stopping LeGarrette Blount who had over 100 yards rushing and two touchdowns.     It was kicking a 54-yard field goal instead of going for it on 4th and 2.    Chris Boswell missed two field goals and you can’t miss opportunities against the Patriots.   Too many points were left on the field today and games are lost in the NFL because of it.   After the bye week, the Steelers go to M&T Bank  to take on the Baltimore Ravens on November 6th with the kickoff at 1:00 P.M.