Sunday, October 5, 2008

MLB Playoff Daily

MLB Playoff News and Notes from October 4th, 2008

1. Of the 17 teams to fall behind 0-2 in an NLDS, the Brewers are the fourth to force a Game 4, joining the 1995 Rockies, 2004 Dodgers and '06 Padres. None of those teams forced a fifth game.

2.The middle-of-the-order trio of Chase Utley, Howard and Pat Burrell went 3-for-11 with one RBI on Saturday. They are 4-for-28 with eight strikeouts in the first three games.

3.Dave Bush and the Milwaukee bullpen kept the playoffs alive for the Brewers, with Bush allowing one run in 5 1/3 innings and four relievers combining for shutout ball the rest of the way.

4. J.J. Hardy had three hits, including an RBI single in the two-run first, after which Milwaukee never trailed.

5. Victorino's interference into Craig Counsell on a routine double play hit by pedro feliz caused the Phils a run in the top of the ninth inning, in which Ryan Howard would have scored.

6.This obstruction was off of rule 2.0 from the Major League in which it says if a runner, batter, or batter - runner is out, then, all players must return to their previous base.

7. Alfonso Soriano was 0-for-5, bringing him to 3-for-28 in his two postseason series in Chicago. Ramirez was 0-for-3, making him a light-running 2-for-32 in the playoffs since the Cubs climbed within one victory of meeting Torre's Yankees in the 2003 World Series.

8. Derek Lee remained RBI - less as a member of the Cubs during the postseason even after hitting for two doubles in the Cub's loss last night.

9. The Cubs now have lost nine consecutive playoff games—a low in their century-long history of lows.

10. The Cubs become the ninth team in the last 14 seasons to lead their league in victories and not advance past the first round.

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