Before I provide some brief comments about last night's games, please join me in a moment of silence for the FOX executives who had totally banked on a ratings-driving Sox-Dodgers World Series that now looks all but impossible.
Rays 9, Red Sox 1: Bad day to be a champ, as both the Red Sox and the New York Giants got rocked. B.J. Upton (2-5, HR, 3 RBI) is certainly having a coming out party this postseason. And after years in the Tampa Bay wilderness followed by most of a year with a strange, strength-sapping illness, it was really good to see Rocco Baldelli contribute like that.
Phillies 7, Dodgers 5: A big schlub of a guy comes in and hits the game winning homer for the Phillies like its 1993 all over again or something. And remember when I said before the series that Shane Victorino can't carry them forever? Well, I suppose I was wrong about that. As for the Dodgers? This had to have been nearly back-breaking.
Note: I realize that these recaps have been a tad superficial for postseason games, but the fact is that unlike a mid-June tilt between two mediocre clubs, there is more in-depth coverage available elsewhere for playoff games than I could ever hope to provide here, so it's probably not worth trying in this format. If you're looking for more than this, allow me to suggest the contributions from my FanHouse compadres, who break down each playoff game before, during and after, in the form of previews, live chats, and post-facto analysis.