The Goose is Loose

October 13, 2022

By: Carlos Alvarez

Goose Morning,

Ducks on the pond… Fowl ball… Wednesday night in the NLDS brought out all the baseball puns. Yes, it was a day full of sports action, but the spotlight belonged to the goose who wandered into Dodger Stadium and broke the internet. I\’ve seen squirrels in the end zone and bats in the rafters, but a goose on the diamond is a first.

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The Goose is Loose in Game 2


Braves Blank Phillies & Padres Fight Back Against Dodgers to Square Up NLDS Series Despite Unexpected Goose Chase


Game 2 of the NLDS saw bounce-back performances from the Braves and Padres on Wednesday night. No sweeps will be had in the National League this round. But there was an unexpected guest at Dodger Stadium — a goose on the loose! It’s anyone’s guess where each series is heading now that we\’re all knotted up at 1-1. All we learned on Wednesday is that the internet loves when animals interrupt sports. Now, here\’s baseball:


Gm 2: Braves def. Phillies (3-0)

The Braves bounced back in Atlanta to square things up with the Phillies thanks to a three-run sixth inning that made the difference in a defensive battle. Phillies’ ace Zack Wheeler gave up all three runs in the sixth before his night ended. Braves’ bats from Matt Olson, Austin Riley and Travis d’Arnaud delivered the RBIs in succession. Atlanta starter Kyle Wright was brilliant, delivering six Ks and just two hits over six innings en route to the shutout. It was Philly’s first loss of the postseason. Series Tied (1-1)


Gm 2: Padres def. Dodgers (5-3)

The Padres used a late-game takeover to swipe Game 2 in Los Angeles. The Dodgers started hot with solo home runs in each of the first three innings by Freddie Freeman (1st), Max Muncy (2nd) and Trea Turner (3rd). The game was tied 3-3 before the Padres went ahead in the sixth and Jake Cronenworth delivered the knockout punch with a home run in the eighth. Both Yu Darvish (SD) and Clayton Kershaw (LAD) gave up three runs each in five innings of work. Series Tied (1-1)


Tonight’s Schedule (ALDS)

Gm 2: Mariners at Astros (3:37 pm ET)

Gm 2: Guardians at Yankees (7:37 pm ET)


Additional Storylines

MLB: Dodgers Drop Game 2 as Missed Chances Pile Up

CBS Sports: Atlanta Ties NLDS Behind Bats of Olson, Riley, d’Arnaud

FOX Sports: A Goose is on the Loose at Dodgers Stadium (Video)



Matchday 4: Salah Spectacular


Mo Salah Nets Hat Trick in 6 Minutes for Liverpool; Bayern Munich & Napoli Secure Knockout Spots


Another afternoon of soccer widened the gap in the UEFA Champions League Group Stage. Two teams are through to the Round of 16 — Napoli and Bayern Munich — after dominating wins. Meanwhile, Liverpool pounded Rangers (7-1) behind Mohamed Salah’s hat-trick in a six-minute window to put the Reds in control and one point from the knockout stage. Tottenham secured a crucial victory to take the lead in Group D, and Barcelona’s draw means the Spanish juggernauts are on the brink of elimination. Two matches remain to determine the knockouts.


Matchday 4 Highlights

Liverpool def. Rangers (7-1)

Napoli def. Ajax (4-2)

Bayern def. Viktoria Plzen (4-2)

Tottenham def. Eintracht Frankfurt (3-2)

FC Porto def. Leverkusen (3-0)

Marseille def. Sporting (2-0)

Barcelona draw Inter (3-3)

Club Bruge draw Atletico Madrid (0-0)


Matchday 5: Tuesday & Wednesday (Oct. 25-26)


Additional Storylines

The Guardian: Mo Salah’s Hat Trick Puts Gloss on Liverpool’s 7-1 Demolition of Rangers

SI: Barcelona Risked It All Only to End Up on Brink of Early Champions League Elimination



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Avalanche Begin Stanley Cup Defense With Win Over Blackhawks (5-2)


The return of hockey came Tuesday night with a pair of NHL openers, but five more games took the ice on Wednesday. Among them, a celebration for the defending Stanley Cup champions was the highlight. Four months after the Colorado Avalanche won their third Stanley Cup, they raised a banner to launch the 2022-23 campaign and picked up right where they left off. The Avs got two goals apiece from Artturi Lehkonen and Valeri Nichushkin as they blitzed the Blackhawks with four power-play goals in a 5-2 win. Hockey is back. So are the champs. Let’s play 81 more between now and April.


Watch: Avalanche Pound Blackhawks in Opener (5-2)


Other NHL Highlights

Bruins def. Capitals (5-2)

Hurricanes def. Blue Jackets (4-1)

Canadiens def. Maple Leafs (4-3)

Ducks def. Kraken (5-4, OT)

Oilers def. Canucks (5-3)


Additional Storylines

ESPN: ‘Special Night’: Avalanche Raise 3rd Stanley Cup Banner

NHL: Connor McDavid Passes 700 Career Points in Oilers’ Win



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