Saturday, October 9, 2010

Finally A Tied Series!

Atlanta Braves 5 - San Francisco Giants 4, 11 innings
Series tied, 1-1

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For a while it looked like the Giants were on their way to another win and we were going to have a team up 2-0 in all 4 LDS series.

But Bobby Cox came to the rescue, via another questionable call by umpire, Paul Emmel. The same Emmel who called rookie catcher Buster Posey safe at second base in Game 1 on a stolen base attempt. Posey, who was clearly out by a mile, would eventually score the game's only run.

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Cox didn't argue the Game 1 play because as he said, it was difficult to see from the dugout. But I'm sure after the game he saw the replay and saw what the rest of the world saw. So in the second inning of Game 2 when Alex Gonzalez appeared to be safe at first on a bang-bang play, Emmel punched him out and Cox vehemently argued the call.

It appeared as if Cox was arguing Emmel's Game 1 blunder coupled with Game 2's blunder. Of course, Emmel proceeded to eject Cox from the game. Cox holds the major league record for ejections with 158 during the regular-season. He has now been tossed from 3 playoff games also in his career.

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But the ejection gave the Braves a spark. They battled back from a 4-0 deficit and eventually won the game 5-4 in 11 innings. Kyle Farnsworth provided the clutch late-inning pitching and Rick Ankiel's dramatic home run in the 11th inning won the game.

But give an assist to Cox.

The one thing Cox could never be accused of, is not protecting his team and his players.

The old-timer deserves a lot of credit.

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