Here’s the latest edition of Rant and Rise for October 15, 2012:
The Tigers could not have asked to be in a better position heading back to Detroit after a crucial 3-0 win over the Yankees on Sunday to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the ALCS. Anibal Sanchez led the way for Detroit by pitching seven strong innings–allowing just three hits and striking out seven batters.
Of course, the hottest topic from this game was the controversial call surrounding Omar Infante in the eighth inning when he was ruled safe during a play at second base when the replay clearly showed he was out. Even though this play didn’t have a direct impact on the outcome of the game, it still brings up an interesting debate about using more instant replay in the majors.
It’s hard to believe the magic displayed by the Cardinals over the last few weeks, but they continue to make a strong case when it comes to representing the National League in the World Series after a big 6-4 Game 1 win against the Giants on Sunday. Carlos Beltran and David Freese led the way for the Cardinals’ offense as they each hit two-run home runs and Madison Bumgarner couldn’t even make it through four innings as he allowed six runs off eight hits and recorded just two strike outs.
For a team in desperate need of a big win–the Packers came through on Sunday thanks to a 42-24 win over the previously undefeated Texans. Aaron Rodgers displayed one of the best performances of his career after completing 24 of 37 passes for 338 yards and a career high six touchdowns–three of which were thrown to Jordy Nelson.
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