Red Sox nation will be seeing Robert Andino in their nightmares for a long.time. The Orioles 2nd baseman stroked a single to left in the bottom of the 9th last night to give the Birds a 4-3 win over Boston. The walk off win helped eliminate Boston from the Wild Card spot. About 3 minutes after Andino's game winner the Rays beat the Yankees 8-7 on Evan Longoria's 12th inning solo homer to capture the final A-L playoff spot. Tampa trailed the Yanks by 7 runs in the 6th inning but rallied with 6 in the 8th and forced the extra innings. Tampa caught the Red Sox after trailing by 9 games on September 1st. The Red Sox become the first team in baseball history to fail to make the playoffs after leading by those 9 games.
The National League collapse happened in Atlanta when the Braves blew a 1 run lead in the 9th and then lost 4-3 to the Phils in 13 while the Cards beat the Astros 8-0 to make up a 10 and a half game deficit in the final 5 weeks of the season.
Amazing stuff yesterday evening. One can only hope that the post-season is just as good. The A-L divisional series sees the Tigers take on the Yankees and the Rays battle the Rangers. In the N-L--the Phils host the Cards while the D-backs battle Milwaukee. I like the Tigers and Rays and the Phils and Brewers in the first round of the playoffs.
Penn State over Indiana (Sat 10:30a on WSBA)
#7 Wisconsin over #8 Nebraska
9ers beat the Eagles (Sun 12n on 96.1 WSOX)
Texans beat the Steelers
Ravens top the Jets (Sun WSBA 7:50p)
Last Week--5-1 Overall 15-6