Every time Chicago scored a run or registered a key out
, it sounded like they were playing in front of the Cubs faithful at Wrigley Field.
Hideki Okajima was inserted into a bases-loaded situation and got a key out
, Papelbon was in flame-throwing October mode, and manager Terry Francona shuffled his relievers in and out of the game just like it was the postseason.
"Those girls can flat out hit the ball hard, and I thought Janelle kept them off balance changing speeds, mixing speeds and getting key outs
"What Matt has been able to do is show that mentality and get key outs
even though he creates some of his own problems," Horton said.
Waits points to one of his own Seattle relievers, Tom Wilhelmsen, as an example of a pitcher with elite stuff who has recorded key outs
in earlier innings.
And remember, someone could emerge from nowhere -- Brandon Finnegan was in college at this time last year, and wound up getting key outs
in the World Series.
: Manuel Almunia (released), Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad), Denilson (Sao Paulo, loan), Joel Campbell (Real Betis, loan), Robin van Persie (Manchester United), Kyle Bartley (Swansea), Ryo Miyaichi (Wigan, loan) Key man: Mikael Arteta.
Joba Chamberlain got two key outs
and Girardi went to a well-rested Rivera in the eighth.
Faced with a one-out, bases-loaded situation in the seventh inning, reliever Dan Naulty recorded the game's key outs
"We know that even earlier in the season, when he didn't have his best stuff or his best command, he was grinding, he was eating up some innings, and getting some key outs
in certain situations and minimizing damage."
Despite the opportunity to thrive in Don Pellum's defense, Heard can't help but wonder if he could get some key outs
for George Horton against Oregon State this weekend.
Cabrera hit .262 with two homers and seven RBIs in 11 postseason games, and made a couple of key outs
in Detroit's six-game loss to Boston in the AL championship series.