The Twins were swept out of the playoffs on Saturday, and the Reds were swept out on Sunday. Those defending World Series participants do not mess around
Oh, and boy do I feel bad for Brooks Conrad. Yes, it was his mistake and his mistake only. But, really, if a manager asks Adam Dunn to play second in the ninth inning (with the lead!) of a playoff game and then Dunn makes an error, should we really be blaming Dunn or the manager stupid enough to leave him out there? Conrad and the Braves hope to make up for the miscues tonight.
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Braves vs. Giants
Cody Ross, San Francisco Giants – 19.77 seconds (Season average: 21.96 seconds): Ross ties up the game for the Giants with a solo shot in the top of the sixth. Derek Lowe is certainly doing his job tonight, but they’re going to need some runs to make due. Bumgarner isn’t exactly pitching poorly himself.
Brian McCann, Atlanta Braves – 19.83 seconds (Season average: 22.43 seconds): And on the first pitch in the bottom of the sixth, Brian McCann unties the game with a home run of his own. You know he was pumped up for this one – it was his first sub-twenty second trot of the year!