So much for my ramblings yesterday about how playoff baseball brings out the best in pitching.
After an opening playoff day when the three games yielded a total of 14 runs, Cleveland scored a dozen all by itself, hammering the Yankees, 12-4; the Rockies rolled over the Phillies, 10-5; and the Diamondbacks handled the Cubs, 8-4. Arizona and Colorado lead their respective series, two games to none, in the NL, while Cleveland and Boston have 1-0 advantages in the AL.
No starting pitcher -- even among the big winners -- made it past the sixth inning. Arizona's Doug Davis went 5 2/3 innings, leaving with a six-run lead, and Cleveland's C.C. Sabathia scuffled through five innings, throwing 114 pitches as he walked an uncharacteristically high six batters. Most of the other starters punched out their time cards before the beer vendors had a chance to make their second rounds through the stands; neither pitcher in the Colorado-Philadelphia game made it through the fourth inning.
The Yankees' Alex Rodriguez got off to a so-so start. After the best season of his Hall of Fame-caliber career but still carrying the reputation for uninspired postseason performances, A-Rod was 0-for-2 with two walks.