I pre-played the 2017 Wild Card games and, if they’re anything like what happens in the real games, we’re in for two exciting games.
In the American League, Minnesota chased New York started Luis Severino after just 4 innings of work, as he allowed 6 runs and 3 long balls.
New York stayed in the chase, however, and tailed just 7-5 heading into the bottom of the 9th and facing Minnesota closer Matt Belisle.
With two outs and a man on, Aaron Judge stepped up to the plate… and delivered with a game-tying home run, his 2nd of the game.
Gary Sanchez followed up with another home run, given New York a dramatic walk-off victory.
A high-scoring, 8-7 contest wasn’t what you’d expect given the two starting pitchers, but stranger things have happened…
In the National League, Jon Gray dominated Arizona through 6 innings and Charlie Blackmon hit a pair of home runs to spot Colorado a 5-0 lead heading into the bottom of the 7th.
That’s when the wheels came off Gray, who allowed three straight base runners and turn to the bullpen.
Although Pat Neshek retired all three batters he faced, the inning ended with the lead down to 5-2.
Jake McGee faced five batters in the 8th and four reached base as Arizona picked up another two runs to make it a 5-4 game.
In the bottom of the 9th, closer Greg Holland had a man on 1st and two outs when he walked J.D. Martinez and then allowed a game-tying base hit to Jake Lamb.
Next up, A.J. Pollock who also singled, scoring Martinez to end the game.
Two walk-off wins in the bottom of the 9th!
Unless you have the heartbreaking role of being a fan of a team on the losing side of things, you can’t really ask for much more excitement in two playoff games.
Enjoy the postseason, everybody! I’ll be back with more soon.