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Adam Wainwright: Adrian Gonzalez was doing Mickey Mouse stuff

Adam Wainwright may not have noticed some of Yasiel Puig’s antics after the Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder hit an RBI triple in the bottom of the fourth inning of Game 3 of the NLCS on Monday, but he did notice Adrian Gonzalez’s hyped reaction to an RBI double.

Gonzalez gave the Dodgers their first run of the series since the third inning of Game 1 by knocking an RBI double in the fourth. Gonzalez celebrated the hit like a guy who just gave his team their first lead in ages, and Wainwright took note. The St. Louis Cardinals pitcher must have been asked about Puig pimping an eventual triple, because he said this after the game.

“I didn’t see Puig’s reaction. I saw Adrian doing some Mickey Mouse stuff at second, but I didn’t see Puig,” Wainwright said, per OC Register reporter Pedro Moura.

I really wouldn’t call what Gonzalez did “Mickey Mouse stuff” because he reacted like most players would after delivering a huge hit in front of the home crowd in the playoffs. Gonzalez also noted that it’s the same celebration he has been doing all season.

“I did what I always do, but we are in L.A., so Mickey Mouse is only an hour away,” he said, per Moura.

That was a big run allowed by Wainwright, so it’s understandable why the ace pitcher would be perturbed. Maybe next time he shouldn’t shake off Yadier Molina two times and then he wouldn’t be in that situation.

Here’s a look at the “Mickey Mouse” gesture Gonzalez does:

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Fan captures incredible video of David Ortiz’s game-tying grand slam

David-Ortiz-grand-slam-fan-viewSports fans today are lucky enough to live in an era where the viewing experience at home almost rivals being at the stadium. Features like high definition have made many fans feel they are better off sitting at home than spending money on a ticket to the game and all that comes with it. The video you see above proves there are exceptions.

One of the best views of David Ortiz’s game-tying grand slam in the 8th inning of Game 2 of the ALCS on Sunday night came from a fan who was seated behind home plate. You can actually see the flight of the ball as it clears the bullpen wall. You can also just barely see Torii Hunter disappear into said bullpen. If you ask me, that beats the view us fans who were sitting at home got to see.

H/T Bill Simmons

Prince Fielder denied fan interference call, young fan waves at him (GIF)

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The Boston Red Sox pulled off an amazing comeback against the Detroit Tigers in Game 2 of the ALCS on Sunday night, thanks in large part to David Ortiz’s grand slam to tie the game in the 8th inning. Boston also may have gotten a little help from the umpires.

Before he slashed a game-winning single to left field in the 9th, Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a foul ball out of play down the first base line. Prince Fielder looked like he had a chance to secure the popup, but the Fenway Park fans did their job by winning the battle. As the photo above that @cjzero passed along shows, it was very close to being fan interference. This little guy was glad it wasn’t.

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“Hi, Mr. Fielder.”

The no-call gave Saltalamacchia another chance and he delivered. Even if Prince caught the ball, there would have been one out and the Red Sox would have still had a runner on third. There’s a solid chance they would have won anyway, but there’s also a decent chance the umpire would have called fan interference if the game was in Detroit. Plays like that are what makes home field advantage so important.

GIF via @cjzero

David Ortiz comes up clutch with huge grand slam (Video)

David Ortiz did it again for the Boston Red Sox. The man who has delivered so many clutch hits for the Sox throughout his career came through with what’s likely the team’s biggest home run of the season.

A day after the Red Sox were nearly no-hit by the Detroit Tigers in Game 1 of the ALCS, the team struggled again to put runs on the board. Boston was held hitless and scoreless through five innings and only had one run until the eighth. Then, down 5-1 in the eighth, they loaded the bases with two outs. The Tigers inserted Joaquin Benoit to face Ortiz, and he took the right-handed pitcher deep to right-center for a grand slam to tie the game at five.

The Sox of course went on to win Game 2 thanks to a walk-off RBI single from Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the ninth, completing a highly improbable comeback for a team that was down 5-0 in the sixth.

There are some crazy aspects of the grand slam that must be examined. First off, look at how close Torii Hunter was to robbing Ortiz’s grand slam:

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Was Mark Ellis tagged out by Yadier Molina at home?

Was Mark Ellis ever actually tagged out by Yadier Molina during Game 1 of the NLDS between the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday? I’m not 100% sure, but I think home plate umpire Gerry Davis made the right call.

The Dodgers had men on first and third with one out in the top of the 10th inning with the game tied at two. Michael Young, who entered the game as a replacement for Adrian Gonzalez (who was pulled for pinch runner Dee Gordon in the eighth), was batting and hit a fly ball to shallow right field. Carlos Beltran made the catch and fired a perfect one-hopper home. Ellis attempted to tag up from third and collided with Molina, who held onto the ball. Ellis was called out.

There was a question about whether or not Molina actually tagged Ellis. Multiple replay angles still could not provide a definitive answer.

Below are two replay angles and two freeze frames:

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Justin Verlander says he was ‘running on fumes’ after eighth

Justin VerlanderJustin Verlander polished off the Oakland Athletics for the fourth straight time in the playoffs, allowing just two hits and one walk over eight scoreless innings in a 3-0 Game 5 ALDS win on Thursday. With the way Verlander was rolling — he had a perfect game through five and no-hitter through six — many wondered why manager Jim Leyland would lift him before the ninth and risk putting the game in the hands of the bullpen. Verlander had thrown 111 pitches, which is a lot, but the ace has thrown more than that many times in the past.

After the game, Verlander said he admitted to his coaches that he didn’t have much left after the eighth, but that he still wanted to pitch the ninth.

“I told them, ‘I’m running on fumes here, but send me back out there and let’s see what happens if I get three up and three down.’ Jim (Leyland) told me we don’t want to bring in our closer with men on base and a sticky situation (if I let a runner on) and they take me out. So that made sense to me and (Joaquin) Benoit’s been great all year,” Verlander told TBS’ David Aldridge after the game.

Aldridge also asked if that was the best command Verlander ever had of his pitches — which seemed like a pretty unlikely possibility given that Verlander has thrown no-hitters before — and the pitcher said it wasn’t quite his best.

“Not the best ever, but it felt good out there. It’s the first time in a while my changeup’s felt really good. Obviously this lineup with a bunch of left-handed hitters, that was a big pitch for me.”

Verlander has now thrown 30 consecutive scoreless innings in the playoffs against the A’s. Does he own them in the postseason or what? You almost have to feel badly for Oakland. So much for those Kate Upton cutouts serving as a distraction to the pitcher, huh?

Yoenis Cespedes breaks up Justin Verlander no-hitter with single (Video)

Justin Verlander was looking to become just the third pitcher in MLB history to throw a no-hitter in the postseason, but his bid came up short after he allowed a single to Yoenis Cespedes with two outs in the seventh of Game 5 of the ALDS on Thursday.

Yoenis CespedesVerlander retired the first two batters of the seventh, but he fell behind 1-0 to Cespedes and allowed a hard ground ball up the middle for a hit. Verlander wanted to go outside to Cespedes and hit his spot on the corner, but the Cuban outfielder delivered a shot up the middle for the hit. You can’t really complain about losing a no-hitter on such a clean shot.

After giving up the hit, Verlander struck out Seth Smith to end the inning.

Verlander actually had a perfect game going until the sixth when he walked Josh Reddick.

Verlander has thrown two no-hitters in his MLB career and was looking for his third. His first came in 2007 against the Milwaukee Brewers, and the other came in 2011 against the Toronto Blue Jays, when he walked one batter and faced the minimum of 27.

To show his level of dominance against the A’s, we’ll share this stat via Elias Sports Bureau: Verlander’s 30 consecutive scoreless innings against the A’s in the playoffs is a postseason record for any pitcher against one team.

Verlander allowed a run in the first inning of Game 1 of the 2012 ALDS against the A’s and then shut them out the next six innings. He pitched a 9-inning complete game shutout against the A’s in Game 5 of the 2012 ALDS. He went seven scoreless in Game 2 of the 2013 ALDS, and eight more scoreless in Game 5 of the 2013 ALDS.