10/09/09 3:00 AM ET
Day of drama, intrigue in City of Angels
L.A. teams win playoff games on same day; Rox top Phils
By Mark Newman / MLB.com
Two Los Angeles teams playing a postseason home game on the same day, and not only that but winning. Neither ever happened before.
Slash playing the National Anthem and "God Bless America" on his guitar.
The Angels actually beating the Red Sox in an American League Division Series game.
The Red Sox being shut out in the playoffs. It was the first time since Game 2 of the 1995 Division Series against Cleveland.
Matt Holliday going from hero in the second inning (home run) to goat in the ninth (bumble-and-stumble).
All four Division Series starting with the home team winning. The Angels' victory over the Red Sox made it 4-for-4 for the first time since the Division Series was introduced in 1995.
Colorado winning at Philadelphia. Heading into the third day of the postseason, that's the only breakthrough for a road team so far.
A forecast of possible snow showers when the Rockies and Phillies get to Coors Field for Saturday's Game 3.
Cole Hamels, unbeatable when the 2008 postseason ended, being beaten by the visiting Rockies in his first appearance of this one -- and then bolting in the seventh inning to the hospital to be with wife Heidi after she went into labor.
Yorvit Torrealba hitting his first homer since May 6 -- a two-run bomb off Hamels that gave the Rockies a lead they would not surrender. "Everybody was surprised. I forgot when the last time I hit a home run was. [My teammates] don't even believe it," Torrealba said. "I don't even believe it myself, I'm telling you. I'm being honest, I forgot when was the last time I hit one."
Albert Pujols and Manny Ramirez going a combined 128 consecutive at-bats without a home run.
Bobby Abreu walking four times.
The Cardinals losing a Game 2 in the NLDS. They had been 7-0 in those games.
The Cardinals losing back-to-back games started by their top two Cy Young Award candidates, Chris Carpenter (Game 1) and Adam Wainwright (Game 2).
A pitching performance like Wainwright's ... wasted. Ryan Franklin came in for the save in the ninth, and Mark Loretta beat him with a walk-off hit.
Walk-off hits in a Dodger playoff game. In fact, this was the first one since one of the greatest moments in baseball history -- Kirk Gibson's miracle homer in 1988. In both cases, No. 23 scored the winning run. Loretta brought home Casey Blake.
A 21-year-old pitcher making an outstanding start for the Dodgers, right where Gibson hit that homer in the same year Clayton Kershaw was born.
Dennis Eckersley in the TBS studio having fun with the Gibson highlight video, talking about it as producers showed a spliced version that shows Gibson hitting the ball to right, and then the right fielder catching it while the Eck celebrated a victory. Talking about Holliday's gaffe -- whether it was lost in the lights or not -- Eckersley said: "I know how he feels. ... if you are a big star in this game, you are going to have both sides happen to you."
You are seeing a little bit of everything right now in the postseason, and we are just getting started. The Twins and Yankees play Game 2 of their ALDS starting at 6:07 p.m. ET today, with New York trying to take a 2-0 lead at home. That game will be followed at 9:37 ET by Game 2 of the Red Sox-Angels series in Anaheim. All Division Series games are on TBS.
Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.