Two Bay Area teams played like champions yesterday, unfortunately due to the Blogger service outage I was unable to post about it.
The San Jose Sharks of the NHL put to bed the Detroit Red Wings in an exciting, tension-filled game 7 of their semi-final series. As a Sharks fan I was simply on pins and needles hoping.........Praying that they wouldn't blow the 3-2 lead in the final minutes of the game. I cursed, I pounded and eventually I exhaled as the Sharkies repelled the final Red Wing assault to advance to the Conference championship round against the Vancouver Canucks.
Earlier in the day the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants behind pitcher Matt Cain added two runs to a one run lead in the bottom of the 7th. Their division rival, the Arizona Diamondbacks, came up in the top of the 8th and made the torture tense by scoring two runs of their own to make it 3-2.
Giants defense and pitching kept the torture to a low roar as Javier Lopez replaced Sergio Romo in the 9th with two on and one out. Lopez the sidewinder, struck out two in Brian Wilson fashion to secure himself a save and the team a sixth straight win at home.
Play of the day goes to outfielder Nate Schierholtz who not only went 3-4 batting, but threw out Arizona's Gerardo Parra as he tried going for two on what actually would've been a double against any other outfielder but Shierholtz.
The Champs had back-to-back series sweeps in winning eight of their last ten games. They also sit atop the NL West division with a one game lead over the Colorado Rockies.