PSP season over
Vlad fell just short, finishing with 72 homers as we completed our season sweep of the A's to finish 125-37. He actually did get a hold of one, but it ran about 5 feet foul, and then he grounded out. Vlad hoped for one more chance in the bottom 8th, but the Angels' inning ended as Dallas McPherson flied out to deep center with Vlad on deck.
He hit .411 with 72 HR and 169 RBI, and finished second in the batting race to rookie shortstop Brandon Wood, who hit .461-52-159. Soriano chipped in 57 homers, Kotchman 35, and McPherson 27.
For the pitching, Bart came back strong with a 30-2 record, 1.53 ERA, 276 innings, 182 hits, 21 walks and 263 strikeouts. John Lackey was 25-4 with a 2.82 ERA and 235 strikeouts, Escobar was 18-6, and Santana 13-6. K-Rod saved 40 games in 42 chances, and Shields pitched 94 innings with a 3.15 ERA and even saved 9 games.
Next stop: Winning our second straight world series. Should be easy.