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aid. Hopefully theyre not hording the tickets for Patriots fans.Sea

in camera talk Fri Oct 18, 2019 7:33 am
by sakura698 • 435 Posts

PITTSBURGH -- Michael Wacha heard the chants. Blue Jays Jerseys China . Then again, when 40,000 people clad in black scream your name relentlessly for the better part of three hours, its kind of hard to miss. The goal was to rattle the St. Louis rookie, remind him that 22-year-old pitchers arent built to withstand the pressure of an elimination game. One problem. Wacha doesnt really do rattled. He doesnt do pressure, either. The louder PNC Park grew, the more unhittable Wacha became. "I kind of like it," Wacha said. "It kind of gives me adrenalin. I kind of use it in my favour." And the Pittsburgh Pirates -- not to mention anyone else he might face in the post-season -- "kind of" need to get used to it. Wacha took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning and the Cardinals showed off their October poise, edging the Pirates 2-1 Monday to force a winner-take-all Game 5 in the NL division series. St. Louis is 7-1 over the last three years with its season on the line. "I think you take high talent and high character people that are motivated and support each other, and they dont give up," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "Thats a tough combination." One the Pirates are still trying to master. Pedro Alvarez hit his third home run of the series, connecting with one out in the eighth for Pittsburghs only hit in Game 4. It wasnt enough for the Pirates to advance to the NL championship series for the first time in 21 years. "I guess thats why we play five," star centre-fielder Andrew McCutchen said. "Well be ready for the fifth one." The Pirates werent quite ready for the fourth one, not with the way Wacha was dealing. He walked two and struck out nine before giving way to the bullpen in the eighth. Matt Hollidays two-run homer off Charlie Morton in the sixth was all the offence required on a day the Cardinals tossed the first one-hitter in the clubs lengthy post-season history. Trevor Rosenthal worked around a two-out walk in the ninth, retiring McCutchen on a popup to shallow centre field for his first post-season save. "It was a good pitch for him," McCutchen said. "I wish it got a little more of the barrel. It would have been a great story." Instead, a taut series will head back to Busch Stadium. Game 5 will be Wednesday, with ace Adam Wainwright starting for the NL Central champion Cardinals and rookie Gerrit Cole going for the wild-card Pirates. Both pitchers won last week in the NLDS. The Cardinals finished with only three hits, and that was enough. Holliday got two of them, including his homer in the sixth after Morton walked big-hitting Carlos Beltran to start the inning. "You could go back and look at pitches over and over again and second guess yourself," Morton said. "I dont know where that pitch was. It was outer third somewhere, thigh-down and he went out and got it, hes strong." So was the 6-foot-6 kid on the one, the one barely a year removed from a standout college career at Texas A&M. Wacha didnt permit a runner until walking Russell Martin leading off the sixth. Wacha nearly no-hit the Washington Nationals in his last start on Sept. 24, surrendering only an infield single by Ryan Zimmerman with two outs in the ninth. Working so quickly the Pirates never had time to get settled, he breezed through Pittsburghs revamped lineup like he was in extended spring training. Mixing his fastball and changeup masterfully, Wacha overwhelmed the Pirates from the moment he stepped onto the mound. Alvarez got the fans at PNC Park roaring with his homer, and Wacha followed by walking Martin on four pitches. Carlos Martinez relieved and Gold Glove catcher Yadier Molina made a key play, throwing out pinch-runner Josh Harrison after a botched hit-and-run attempt. Martinez struck out Jose Tabata to end the eighth, and Rosenthal took over to begin the ninth. Neil Walker drew a two-out walk before McCutchen made the final out. "Thats what its all about," Rosenthal said. "Thats what you dream of, you dream of two outs in the bottom of the ninth, you know ... bases loaded, the best hitter up, and getting out of that spot." One the Cardinals rarely found themselves in on a day Wacha showed hes just a big a part of his teams present as he is its megawatt future. McCutchen came into the game hitting .538 in the post-season but looked at a 97 mph fastball for strike three in the first. Marlon Byrd, Pittsburghs most consistent player since being acquired from the Mets in late August, watched a full-count heater in the second that sent him walking back to the dugout in disbelief. It was a look repeated time and again by Byrd and the rest of his baffled teammates. Wacha struck out five of the first seven batters. "He went out and hit his spots and it seemed like everything we were hitting, we were just missing, just missing," McCutchen said. Martin remained Pittsburghs lone baserunner until the eighth. Wacha fell behind 3-1 and Alvarez hit a 93 mph fastball at the knees onto the concourse in right-centre. The jolt, however, faded when Molina nailed Harrison at second minutes later to set up a 24th -- and final -- meeting between two teams that have been shadowing each other all summer and into the fall. NOTES: Wacha was the 19th overall pick in the 2012 draft. He earned his first major league win on June 11. ... A.J. Burnett pitched Game 1 for Pittsburgh, but manager Clint Hurdle picked Cole to move ahead and start Game 5. Cheap Blue Jays Jerseys .com) - The collective hearts of Chicago Bulls fans sank on Friday night when Derrick Rose went down with a leg injury against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Toronto Blue Jays Store .Boston beat the Nashville Predators 5-3 on Tuesday night and celebrated consecutive wins for the first time in more than a month. https://www.cheapbluejays.com/ . - Florida State has suspended Jameis Winston for the entire game against Clemson on Saturday, extending its initial punishment of one half after the quarterback made offensive and vulgar comments about female anatomy earlier this week.SEATTLE - After watching their team win with a series of improbable moves in the NFC championship game, Seahawks fans are hoping a similar kind of luck will get them Super Bowl tickets.Kevin Rempel-Cheuk is going to Arizona because he has a childhood friend who wanted to take the whole gang to the game.A few other fans will be lucky enough to win a trip from the Washington State Lottery or the online store of Seahawks star Richard Sherman. Meanwhile, Season ticket owners were put in a lottery for a chance to buy tickets for $950, including service charges.For the rest, tickets are available at the moment from a number of online sites for $2,500. Other packages are available from a NFL affiliate site starting at $5,000 and from an online retailer for $8,000 and up.Rempel-Cheuk and his wife Erin are huge Seahawks fans and named their 18-month-old daughter Bennett, though Erin Rempel-Cheuk says thats just a coincidence and had nothing to do with the fact that they met defensive end Michael Bennett while she was pregnant, and he is her favourite Seahawk.Erin and Bennett wont be travelling to Glendale, Arizona, with Kevin, but they will be watching the game with some of their friends.Im thinking about having a Super Bowl toddler party, she said.Paula Gardner of Maltby, Washington, who hasnt seen the Seahawks in person for years, will be cheering from her couch.I used to go when the games were affordable, she said, dismissing the idea of paying $2,500 to see the Super Bowl in person.I laugh at people who will pay that for the tickets to a sporting event thats not the Olympics, Gardner said. Even so, she didnt go to the 2010 Winter Olympics in nearby Vancouver. British Columbia.Im a cheap woman, the suburban mother of three admits.But she does loove her Seahawks, especially quarterback Russell Wilson. Fake Blue Jays Jerseys. Im old enough to be his mother. I just think hes cute, Gardner said.Wilson said hes been asked more than a hundred times for free tickets to the game. Since he only has about 15 to share, fans might want to try another approach.Sherman is giving away a pair of tickets and a trip to the game. He says thousands of people have entered his Super Bowl contest.Because everybody thinks they deserve it. Then some people call me an idiot for not selling it to them, the Seahawks cornerback said.He is expecting the team to have more fans at the game than it had last year at the Super Bowl in New Jersey.Its a two-hour flight (to Phoenix) versus a 5 1/2 or whatever it is to New York. So I think well have a lot more support, Sherman said. A lot of people who didnt get to go last year are chomping at the bit to go this year.Malcolm Smith, the MVP of last years game, also is looking forward to more Seahawks fans in Arizona.Weve done pretty well in Arizona before as far as fans travelling and making some noise, Smith said. Hopefully theyre not hording the tickets for Patriots fans.Season ticket holder Mary Reeder is excited to be going to her second Seahawks Super Bowl in a row, especially since she believes this years team is better than last years.Im a huge Seahawks fan, Reeder said. I went to the opening of the Kingdome and the first Seahawks game with my grandmother.Her advice for fans who want to go to the game: Dont buy a package, stay in a cheap motel, plan ahead for public transportation to and from the game, eat before you enter the stadium and take advantage of the free activities before and after the game.____AP Sports Writer Tim Booth contributed to this story. ' ' '

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