Tim Hudson’s pitching on 3 days rest, combined with Carl Everett’s and Mark McGwire’s power, propelled Smithfield to a win in game 6 of the World Series against Gary, and a 4-2 Series win.
Hudson was the first pitcher taken in the draft. It’s been an interesting year for the Hog ace. Including the regular season, this was only Hudson’s 2nd win in 15 starts. He only had one loss in all those starts. He went 5.1 innings in game 6, allowing just 4 hits and 1 earned run.
Things looked scary early for Hudson and Karren. After McGwire had hit a solo homer off Hairy starter Clemens in the top of the 1st, the Hogs defense made 2 errors in the bottom of the inning, and the Hairys had already scored a run and had the bases loaded with just 1 out. Charles Johnson grounded into a DP to end that threat prematurely, though. 1-1 after 1.
McGwire hit an RBI single in the 3rd to give the Hogs a 2-1 lead, but Jerry’s Gary Hairy Larry Walker, a surprise stud in the series, hit a game-tying homer in the 4th. 2-2 after 4.
In the 5th, Hog Everett came up with 2 men on and 2 out, Karren made a comment to Ockey about his huge 3-run homer in game 3, and then he did it again. He hit a Clemens pitch deep into the night to seriously change this game. Hudson pitched a 1-2-3 5th in his half of the inning. 5-2 Hogs after 5.
In the 6th, Grebeck hit an RBI double but was thrown out at third trying to stretch it. That guy had 3 errors in the series. Hudson was pulled in the bottom of the 6th as Karren worried about his pen blowing another one. But the Hairy couldn’t get it going. Ochoa was thrown out trying to steal in the inning, and slugger Charles Johnson had to leave the game after being hit by a pitch. 6-2 Hogs after 6.
In the 7th McGwire homered again, his 6th of the series, a 2-run shot, to extend the lead to 8-2. Ockey pulled out all the stops and brought in Cy Young winner and potential game 7 starter Woody Williams to try to will his team back into this thing. 8-2 Hogs after 7.
In the 8th, Karren brought in Benitez to close things down. He got the job done, even though he started allowing some hits in the 9th with 2 out. Garciappara grounded out, forcing Furcal at 2nd to end this game and give the Hogs the series win.
Props go to Jerry for his Champions league dynasty being extended this season. This guy’s overall record and streak of divisions titles is unprecedented in our history. The other guys just got hot at the wrong time for him, but Jerry certainly built the best team this year with an amazing draft and saavy managing all year long. A 34-15 record this year is mind-blowing to me and hasn’t yet been experienced by me, and it’s just another year like many before it for Jer. Thanks Jerry for a good, hard-fought series and your association in this fine sport.