Post-season life evidently begins at 40. In Detroit. Coming into this post-season, soon to be 42-year-old Kenny Rogers had appeared in nine playoff games and gone 0-3 with a 8.85 ERA. And all of the sudden he's unhittable. After beating the Yankees with 7 2/3 shutout innings last week, Rogers came up big again yesterday as he held the A's to two hits in 7 1/3 scoreless innings.
Detroit beat the A's 3-0 last night to take a three games to none lead in the ALCS. They got a two-run single from Polanco in the first and a solo home run from Craig Monroe in the fifth. Polanco is 6-for-12 in the series after going 7-for-17 in the four games with the Yankees.
The Tigers have now won six straight games since dropping game one to the Yankees in the ALDS.
For the A's, Frank Thomas went 0-for-2 and is now 0-for-10 with four strikeouts in the ALCS after going 5-for-10 with two home runs against the Twins in the ALDS. Mark Kiger made his major-league debut during the game.
Jeremy Bonderman faces Dan Haren this afternoon.
In the NLCS the Cardinals needed a big performance from their ace and they didn't get one. Chris Carpenter allowed five runs in five innings and left the game with his team trailing 5-4. St Louis would get out with a win anyway. The Cards tied the game at 6-6 in the seventh and scored three in the ninth to win 9-6 and tie the series at a game apiece.
So Taguchi led off the ninth with a home run off of Billy Wagner. Wagner would also allow an RBI-double to Scott Spiezio and an RBI-single to Juan Encarnacion. Billy the Kid was charged with three runs on four hits and got just two outs.
Carlos Delgado was 2-for-5 with two home runs and four RBI for the Mets. Jose Reyes was 3-for-4 with a double.
Spiezio started at third for the hurting Rolen and was 2-for-4 with a walk and three RBI.
Game three is tonight in St Louis.
In Arizona Fall League action, the Big Catci fell again to the piglike hoofed mammals (the Peoria Javelinas), losing 9-8 in ten innings to drop their record to 1-3. Zack Segovia threw two more perfect innings, striking out one. Kyle Kendrick saw his first action and allowed two runs on three hits and a walk in two innings. Kendrick turned 22 in August and spent this season at Clearwater and Lakewood. Between the two the righty made 27 starts and went 12-9 with a 3.17 ERA. He allowed 117 hits and 37 walks in 130 innings but struck out just 79.
The Phillies traded infielder Bobby Scales to the Baltimore Orioles for future considerations. Scales just turned 29. At Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre this season he hit 291/369/451 with seven home runs in 357 at-bats.