What Happened Last Night: Nats And Orioles Force Game 5s, Plus A Crapfest In Nashville
Glenn Davis 11:44 am, October 12th, 2012
There was a lot to choose from on TV last night. Maybe you watched playoff baseball all night and missed the Steelers and Titans. Maybe you watched the debate and missed out on sports entirely for a couple hours. 30 Rock and Always Sunny, those non-sports comedic temptresses, were on too. Point is, you probably missed something, so SportsGrid's here to help. Below, brief recaps if the major sports happenings of Thursday evening and night, so that even if you didn't see them happen you'll be faking your way through conversations about them in no time.
Nats beat Cards, force Game 5
Werthquake! Werth every penny! A Werth-er original! Use whatever terrible pun you like, because Jayson Werth's walk-off homer propelled the Nationals to a 2-1 win over the Cardinals and forced a decisive Game 5 later today. Here is that home run:
Now these are the extra-inning Orioles we've come to know and love. One night after succumbing to Raul Ibanez (a.k.a. Not A-Rod) in 12 innings, the O's (who won 16 straight extra-inning games before Wednesday) pulled out a 2-1 win in 13 innings to force a Game 5 today. The good news: they're still alive. The bad news: they'll face C.C. Sabathia, who dominated them in Game 1.
TV info for Game 5: TBS, 5 p.m.
Tigers beat A's, win Game 5
It was great and dramatic how the A's came back from the brink to force Game 5 against the Tigers, but as it turned out it was all only a way to prolong their demise. You see, they had to face Justin Verlander last night, and Justin Verlander is amazing at pitching baseballs. Verlander went the distance, surrendering just four hits and one walk while striking out 11 in a 6-0 Tiger victory. It's nice to have an ace. Well, either it's that Verlander is so good, or more proof that BILLY BEANE'S NEW-FANGLED 'MONEY-BALL' COMPUTER FORMULA CAN'T WIN WHEN IT COUNTS. You decide! (It's that Verlander's so good, though.)
Titans beat Steelers, Steelers don't seem to be that good
Yes, the NFL happened last night too. The Titans were 1-4 going into last night, while the Steelers were 2-2 (but 0-2 on the road). Well, those road woes continued for Mike Tomlin's squad, as the Titans prevailed 26-23 with a last-second field goal over a Steelers team that looks uncharacteristically mediocre. Their wins are over a Jets team in disarray and an Eagles team that has three wins by a combined total of four points, and they remain winless away from Heinz Field.
It could be argued the real loser last night, though, was anyone who watched last night's field-goal-fest (seven between the teams). In fact, some people went ahead and did argue that. Had some drama at the end, though, so not a total loss, we suppose.