PS – If you’re an Utley, you might not want to read this…
Saturday night was very good for farmers all across Amalga. The Amalgam finished up their first sweep of the Slappers since 1947 with vicious hitting and clutch relief pitching, to move into a first-place tie. They have now won 5 of 6. At Ameriquest field on this night, a sickening 12 home runs were hit by the two teams in the two games. The true story must be told:
Game 1 –
Top 1 – With Zito on the mound for Happy, things started like this. Cabrera leadoff HR. Jeter walk, Alou 2-run HR. 3-0 Amalgam.
Bottom 2 – Pujols RBI single, then Vlad gives Slappers the lead with a 3-run jerk off Amalga starter Pettitte. 4-3 Slappers.
Top 3 – Edmonds leadoff homer off Zito, Cameron and Cabrera RBI singles, Zito is yanked, 6-4 Amalgam.
Bottom 3 – Lee solo HR off Pettitte, 6-5 Amalgam.
Top 4 – Sexson HR off Farnsworth, 7-5 Amalgam.
Top 5 – Cabrera 2-Run HR. Farnsworth hits showers. 9-5 Amalgam.
Bottom 6 – Pujols 2-Run HR off Zambrano (who is supposed to start in the nightcap, but for some reason pitching in relief here in game 1 instead – this is serious foreshadowing.) 9-7 Amalgam.
At this point, the game CHANGES. With all those homers being hit (8), 2 of the most pivotal plays come in the form of missed opportunites. Pujols gets thrown out at home in the 4th, and Lee grounds into a double play in the 5th with 2 men on. Fultz becomes the hero on the mound for Amalga, pitching 2.1 innings of 1 hit, 0 run relief ball for the WIN.
Remember game 1? 8 homers? The wind wasn’t even blowing out. This time it was. Remember Zambrano? He was supposed to pitch game 2 because my only other option is Johan Santana, who serves up gophers like it’s the McCulloughs backyard. Johan goes out there, and impresses for an inning before giving up back to back to back homers to Happy, and not even feeling bad about it. Fortunately, Cabrera is still excited from his game 1 HR’s, and simply ties up the game in the following inning with a 3-run bomb. Amalga would go up 6-3 on an RBI single by Alou and a 2-out, 2-run single by Helton, but the Slappers cut it to 6-5 on Vlad and Molina RBI’s in the 6th. Just like in the first game, pitching took over in the latter innings. Again the difference came on missed opportunites by Happy. Guerrero struck out with the bases loaded in the 7th, and the fastest man alive, Jose Reyes, pinch ran with no outs in the 8th, only to be thrown out stealing. They were only down 1 at the time, and never got another man on over the last couple innings. The Amalgam manufactured a crucial insurance run in the top of the 9th by pinch hitting Cameron, stealing 2nd, advnacing to 3rd on a fly ball out, and coming home on a sac fly. As usual, the Amalga bullpen saved the day. Called on early again, in the 4th inning, the allowed only 2 runs on 4 hits to the 24 batters they faced. Matt Wise got the save with 2 IP, allowing not a soul to reach base.