Bottom of the 11th in a recent Gold Sox-Crows Contest

************** Bottom of the 11th inning, Crows batting
5-5 0 — 10 Pierzynski grounded a double down the third base line (BX)
5-5 0 -2- 30 Cabrera was walked intentionally (IIII)
5-5 0 12- 01 Grudzielanek grounded out to third, Pierzynski to third,
Cabrera to second (Fb>X)
5-5 1 -23 30 Mientkiewicz was walked intentionally (IIII)
5-5 1 123 00 Sanders continues to bat after the third baseman Boone
dropped a foul popup for an error (XF)
5-5 1 123 12 Sanders homered, Pierzynski scored, Cabrera scored,
Mientkiewicz scored (XF.BSFX)

Hogs and Hairys go head to head and split ‘em

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).

3-0 Hairys.

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.

7-5 Hogs.

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.

Hogs and 3-Wheelers split

Who knew this Correa guy was so good? In our opener, he moved to 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA after allowing no earned runs in 7 innings against me. My boy Pujols, who is hot, both physically and how he’s been playing, had a couple of hits and an RBI for me, but the entire rest of my team only got 3 other hits. For New Mexico, Loretta, Lee, and Phillips all had a couple of hits and at least one RBI in the easy win, with Lee going yard. Curt Young got the loss for me, despite pitching somewhat well. He came in with a .90 ERA, and left with a 1.72 ERA. In the end, a 7-1 win for the 3-Wheelers

For those interested, I lost my ace Eric Show to an injury recently for about a week, and my already weak staff is much weaker for a while. I sent winless Honeycutt to the mound with his 7.71 ERA, and he pitched like a stud horse. He allowed only 2 runs in 7 innings. NM had Gubicza on the hill, and he threw 37 pitches in the first inning, an inning where I scored 4 runs, 3 of them on a Pujols 3-run homer. Man, he’s good. So after going up 4-0, we cruised the rest of the way, with Righetti finishing up a 5-2 Hogs win with his 1st save. Pu is in top 5 in BA, HR, and RBI, hits, OBP…

Tale of Hogs and Sox split

Game 1 – Nolan (1-0, 5.40) for me and President Palmer (0-1, 9.00) for South Bend. Neither pitches great, but the Sox defense gives up several unearned runs to make their task even tougher. It’s 3-3 in the 5th when I decide to uncork 9 straight runs over the next several innings, highlighted by a Pujols 3-run jack that broke the game open and a Valentin 2-run jack that closed the refrigerator door. My bullpen pitches 4.1 scoreless innings. 12-3 Hogs.

Game 2 – My BOY, Eric Show (2-0, 1.17) vs THEIR boy, Teddy Higuera (2-0, 2.60), in a battle of perhaps the league’s 2 best pitchers so far. Higuera DOMINATED this game, going the distance, throwing 141 pitches, allowing only 3 hits, getting 10 K’s, and shutting me out. He’s now 3-0 with a 1.17 ERA on the year. Bonds and Giambi went yard for the Sox in their 5-0 win. Pujols collected 2 of my 3 hits in the loss. Delgado K’d 4 times for me. Ouch.

Tale of Hogs and Scorps recent split

Having one 4 in a row, fresh off the infamous Hairys series and sitting at 6-2, the Hogs took on the division rival Scorps. Game 1 featured Darwin for Scottsdale (1-0, 7.71) against Curt Young (1-0, 0.00) for Smithfield. The Scorps got on the board first, a Guillen solo homer in the 2nd. That’s all Young would give up, but he only went 4.1 IP, as Williams came on in the 5th after Young gave up back to back singles. Frank pitched like a man possessed, allowing only a hit and no runs in 2.2 relief innings, with 4 K’s to boot. But the Hogs couldn’t get on the board. Going into the 8th, it was still 1-0 Scorps. Mora hit a game-tying RBI single in the 8th, scoring Koskie, as Darwin stayed in and kept raising that pitch count. In the 9th, Darwin stayed in again, and allowed pinch runner DaVanon to score on a Podsednik single. Thigpen pitched his 2nd perfect inning in a row in the 9th for his 2nd win. 2-1 Hogs in late comeback fashion.

Game 2 was all about the Scorps getting a mean on and killing me. Coming into this game I had the best ERA in the league, for about 5 minutes, until this one started. When it was over I think my ERA was like 6th in the league. I had a 3-0 lead in the 3rd, then my starter Honeycutt, who came in with a 7.20 ERA, decided he wanted to exit with an even higher ERA. He allowed a 3 run homer to Sheff, my first reliever, Trujillo (who is NOT good) allowed a 3 run homer to Renteria, and my last reliever (LaCoss) allowed a grand slam to Helms AND a 2-run shot to Young. So, my pitchers did ok except for those 4 pitches and the 8 other runners on base that scored on those homerballs. If it weren’t for those 12 runs, I’d have only lost 6-5. My boy Delgado had an interesting game. He scored a run and had 2 RBI’s, all without getting a hit. 18-5 Scorps in a waste of a decent half hour.