The last time Pedro Martinez started a postseason game? October 26th, 2004. Look- it's not as though there's any Red Sox games coming up this weekend....humor me.
While 99% of Americans were watching Kanye West being his usual douchebag self or Jay Cutler make his inauspicious regular-season debut for the Bears, I was watching Pedro throw eight innings and 130 pitches worth of shutout baseball on Sunday Night Baseball against the Mets. I was thinking what a bargain he turned out to be for the Phillies and wondering how he'd look in the postseason. This afternoon, I got my answer- just about flawless. It also bordered on the surreal to see Manny Ramierez batting against Pedro (let alone in Dodger Stadium with Pedro in a Phillies uniform and Manny in Dodger blue). Pedro went seven innings and threw 87 pitches before manager Charlie Manuel pulled him. However, Juan Pierre would score the tying run in the bottom of the 8th, heading home on a fielder's choice and throwing error by Chase utley off a Russel Martin ground ball. Andre Ethier had the go-ahead RBI after he drew a bases-loaded 2-out walk in the 8th and Jonathan Broxton would close out the top of the 9th for the Dodgers.
The NLCS heads back to Philly tied 1-1.
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The Yankees took a 1-0 series lead on the Angels in a game where the temperature was a brisk 45 degrees and 17 MPH wind gusts made it feel even cooler. The go-ahead run came in the top of the 1st inning when Chone Figgins and Erick Aybar- each assuming the other was going to play it- allowed a Hideki Matsui popup to land on the outfield grass with two outs and Johnny Damon running in from second. Yankees starter CC Sabathia went eight innings allowing four hits and one run and Mariano Rivera closed out the game.
Meanwhile, across the Hudson River the Scarlet Nights of Rutgers hosted the Pittsburgh Panthers. The Panthers were winless against the Scarlett Knights since 2004, but that changed Friday thanks in part to freshman running back Dion Lewis running for 180 yeards and two TDs against Rutgers with Pitt winning it by a final of 24-17, bringing their overall record to 6-1.
Marc Savard scored twice and Michael Ryder notched his second goal of the season as the Boston Bruins topped the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas by a final score of 3-0. Tim Thomas stopped 27 shots on goal for his first shutout of the year. I caught the game towards the end of the second period- I really dug how they kept the pressure on Stars goalie Marty Turco and were keeping the puck in the Stars' end, even though Dallas was on the power play.
This brings the Bruins overall record to 3-3-0. They face the financially beleaguered (but currently a respectable 4-2-0) Phoenix Coyotes tomorrow night at the Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, AZ.