The Slappers pulled into Yankee Stadium trying to avoid a sweep of this, the 2007 World Series. It was Perez vs Rusch who both left the game in the 5th inning and each manager turned the game over to their bullpen. Juan Rincon took over for the Moose and struck out 5 in 3.1 innings then left the game at a 3-3 tie in the 9th. Ron Mahay came in and seemed at first to have the stuff of champions, but with 2 out Helton hit a smash that bounced off the chest of 1B Hafner and the next batter, Melvin Mora smashed a grand salami deep down the left-field line to put the Slappers up for good. Edmonds was able hit ANOTHER hr (2nd of game) against the Slappers and scrape one more run before Benitez was able to close the game and put the 7-5 Slapper win in the books.
Edmonds has absolutely killed the Slappers this year hitting 8HR’s, scoring 11 Runs, and knocking in 19 RBI’s in the 9 games they have against each other.
The Beaver Moose opened the World Series with two road wins tonight, putting the Happy Slappers in a big ‘ol hole. Game 1 was all knotted at 2 runs apiece when Travis Hafner hit a pinch-hit two run homer, as the crowd second-guessed the Slappers manager for taking ace Johan Santana out of the game just moments earlier. The Moose hit 3 dingers in the game. Kiko Calero, the goat in each of the Moose’ last four regular season losses, cowboy’ed up big-time in the 8th and 9th for the save, and Beaver won it, 6-4. In game 2 Roger Clemens was shelled early, and Barry Bonds’ 3-run jack put the Moose up 6-0 in the 2nd inning. The score stayed 6-0 through 7 innings, as Curt Schilling struck out 11 in 6.1 innings of shutout ball. In the top of the 8th, with two outs, the Moose loaded the bases, and Jim Edmonds, the Slappers mortal enemy, hit a grand salami deep into the night to push the lead to 10-0. As the crowd headed for the exits, the Slappers proceeded to score 6 runs in the bottom of the inning to bring Happy within 4 runs heading into the 9th. The Moose couldn’t get anything going in their half of the inning, and in the bottom of the 9th the Slappers got two runners on base with just 1 out, but Mike Gonzalez finished out the inning fiercely for the save. Word has it Brian cussed more tonight than in any time since 1991. Game 3 before the holiday weekend?
Remember to get your 2 hitters and 2 pitchers submitted for MVP and Cy Young consideration.
During the offseason I am going to put together a career statistic page. This has to be done manually, so it will take some time, but they are fun to look at.