All hitters with OPS greater than .850 eliminated
20 starts to be eligible to start
40 innings for relievers
February 8th, 2008 8:00pm
February 9th 2008 8:00am
Smithfield wins it all as they beat up Lackey for the 2nd time in the series. The Wheelers got a first inning 2-run homer off Hog starter Johnson and went up 2-0, but that’s all they’d get as Johnson, Ray, and Wagner shared in the job of allowing only 4 Wheeler hits in the game. Meamwhile, on offense, Lind and Valentin hit back to back homers in the 3rd to tie the game, then Valentin hit a 2-run jack in the 5th to put the Hogs up 4-2. The game remained that close until the 7th when Chipper hit an RBI double to chase Lackey, and Church hit a 3-run homer on the first pitch from reliever Cruz. Wagner pitches 2 perfect innings to close it and and the Hogs win 8-2. There were no ghey celebrations to note except for manager Karren’s downstairs in Logan. Tri-MVP honors were handed out to Johnson, who went 2-0 in the series with a 1.59 ERA and Chipper and Valentin who each homered 3 times in the series, each had a multi-homer game, and each won a game with one of their dingers. The Hog pitching staff came in hearing all about how great the New Mexico staff was all season long and in the playoffs, but they were the ones with the last laugh – ha ha – as they only allowed 10 runs in the 5 games in the series to finish with a team ERA of under 2.00.
I love this sport. Sweet season. Let’s do another.
I got only 3 hits against Jason Schmidt, who pitched 8.2 shutout innings, and gave way to Cruz, who got Man Ram to K with the tying run on base in the 9th.
This game was sick. Lefty Bedard was on the hill for the Hogs, and rightly Cook for the Wheelers. Both were dealing early. Neither team had a hit until the 4th, neither team had a run until the 9th! That’s right, we went into the 9th deadlocked at 0, thanks in large part to Wells and Holliday each robbing homers, literally going up and sticking their gloves over the wall, in the 8th and 9th innings. I finally got some runs in the 9th as I sent pr runner Coste from 2nd on a single… and… he scored! I got one more before the inning was over, and went into the bottom of the 9th up by 2. Enter Wagner, and enter weirdness. The computer decides to pinch hit for ICHIRO, .352 vs. lhp, and brings in Napoli, who is like .190 vs. lhp. I’m laughing, and loving it, but then he gets a stinking hit! Then they get an infield single, then an RBI single, and then a sac fly, and this thing is tied up, heading to the 10th. They fail to get the winning run across with 2 runners on in the 10th. In the 11th, pr Coste heads home AGAIN on a single from 2nd, and scores again! The dang Wheelers tied it up AGAIN in the bottom of the 11th though as they capitalized on a Chipper throwing error. In the 12th, Valentin goes yard for me, and puts me up 4-3. Finally I get a 1-2-3 inning and sneak out with the W. I used 8 pitchers in this thing, and feel like a lucky goat right now.
The Hogs almost gave this pivotal game 2 away, then Chipper Jones said “no”. After jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the first, highlighted by a Chipper 2-run homer, Smithfield finally started allowing runs to New Mexico in the middle of the game, and Johjima’s 2-run homer in the 7th gave the Wheelers a 4-3 lead. In the 8th, the Hogs tried to rally. They got runners on 1st and 3rd, then Jeter and Howard made two quick outs without getting that tying run in. It was all up to Chipper, who took Cruz’s pitch deep two right for the 3-run job to send the Hogs back ahead. Proctor pitched a perfect 9th for the save. Pivotal in this game, no pun intended, were the FOUR double plays turned by Smithfield. The Wheelers had 11 hits and 7 walks, but only got 4 runs. The Hogs got 10 hits, and, incredibly, NO walks, but 6 runs. I felt very lucky to win this one. But I think we may be on a roll. This is our 13th win in the last 15 games, and 7th in a row.