Game 1 – Ojeda and Trujillo on the mound. Hog Trujillo brings 10+ ERA into the game, and his first 3 batters faced do this: walk, walk, Homer (by Helton).
Trujillo nuts up and pitches a scoreless 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th, however, to keep the Hogs in the game. In the 5th Smithfield goes ape-nuts on Ojeda. The Hogs get 5 runs, highlighted by a Pujols 2-run single and a Cabrera 2-run homer.
5-3 Hogs now.
In the 6th, Belliard pinch hits for Jerry, and hits an RBI triple, then is lifted for Lofton, who speeds home on a groundout.
5-5 tie now.
Next inning, Pujols and Podsednik race home on 2 different RBI singles.
Bottom of the inning, Helton, 2-run homer.
Tied at 7-7.
8th inning, Stewart and Helton RBI singles (6 RBI in the game now for that beast).
Hairys up 9-7.
9th inning, an error by unrated Manny at 3rd puts winning run Delgado at the plate with 2 on and 2 out. He’s the man I want up there in that situation, and…he…is… struck out by Bruce Hurst. HAIRYS WIN.
Game 2 – Tudor, who I worked for 13 runs last time we played, pitches 4 no-hit innings against me to start this game. Jerry takes a 1-0 lead into the 5th, when the Hogs hitters get a mean on and start going wild. Smithfield scores 2 in the 5th, 2 in the 6th, and 2 in the 7th to take a 6-1 lead. Nolan Ryan is pitching great for me so far and even hit an RBI single to help the cause. I thought that lead was comfortable, until Hairy Giles hits a 3-run jack off my reliever Lucas, who’d just come in one batter earlier. Retard. Now it’s 6-4, so I bring in Thigpen, who’s warm. I took too long bring in my best relievers in the previous game, and I don’t want that to happen this time. It doesn’t matter, because in the top of the 8th we push the lead to 11-4, thanks in large part to Mora’s 3-run monster. Controversy struck in the 9th as I lifted Thigpen for a pinch hitter since the game was no longer close. Nixon, the pinch hitter, goes yard and is followed by DaVanon, who does the same. Piling it on? Or logical late-game substitutions? It depends on who you ask. This rivalry has had it’s share of intensity over many recent big games these last couple seasons. 14-4 Hogs when the dust settles.