Thursday, March 11, 2010

Fish at Keith: Molinas Collide!

Greetings boys. We had a doozy up in Madison this evening - here's the details for you hard-core mugs still following along:

Game 1: Oswalt vs. Gallardo
Well-pitched ballgame...for awhile. Ryan Braun's two-run job in the 3rd put Fish up 2-0 until the bottom of the 5th, when Andy McCutchen came in following a leadoff triple to make the score 2-1. Things got real bad after that, as Fish drove in 7 runs in the final four innings to drub Keith 9-1. Mid-season pickup Willie Harris led the way for Fish, surprisingly, with 3 RBI's.

Fish wins 9-1
WP - Oswalt
LP - Gallardo

Game 2: Kuroda vs. Cueto
Here's a couple of pitchers who won't be getting a call from the Hall of Fame anytime soon. Fish jumped out to a 3-1 lead after 3, scoring a run in each inning - highlighted by a Benji Molina solo jack to lead off the 2nd. My squad warmed up from there, however, knocking in 3 runs each in the 4th and the 5th led by Ryan Zimmerman (HR in the 4th, 1B in the 5th) and the red-hot Andy McCutcheon (3B in the 4th, HR in 5th). Kuroda fell apart, Ryan Madsen came in and was promptly shelled.

Keith wins 8-5
WP - Cueto
LP - Kuroda

Game 3: Hammel vs. Santana

I know we hate lefties, but you had to like Santana going into this one. He pitched well, but things got weird before it was all said and done. Keith took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the 2nd on a Zimmerman double, a Hunter "is he wearing any under-" Pence triple and a Yadie Molina RBI. A Pujols "don't forget about me" solo job in the bottom of the 6th gave Keith a 3-0 lead before Fish raised hell in the top of the 7th, driving in 4 runs to take the lead by one. Keith came back with three more runs - both teams playing station-to-station NL baseball at this point - sending it to the top of the 8th 6-4.

Things got nuts in the 8th, with Fish bringing in 2 runs in the midst of a punches-thrown, bench-clearing brawl ignited by Yadie Molina and Brad Hawpe (both ejected). The two runs was enough to tie the game, however, and fans got themselves a little free baseball after neither team was able to score in the remainder of the 8th and throughout the 9th.

Rubber bands, glue and mirrors allowed this game to go 15 innings, despite Fish leaving Furcal on 3rd in the 11th, Hammel (yeah, his 6th pitcher) on 3rd in the 13th, and Keith having Pence gunned down at the plate and leaving Ibanez on 3rd in the 13th. The game finally ended, 7-6, with Brendan Ryan driving in Ibanez in the bottom of the 15th.

Keith wins 7-6
WP - Moylan
LP - Thatcher

Keith wins series 2-1


  1. Nice recap Keith. Enjoyed the read. Nothing like a 15 inning marathon to end a rubber match.

    And for the record, I don't hate lefties. I just hate that they are not as effective as they should be in our small league.

  2. good job in the spoiler role, buddy. Keep knocking Fish down a peg


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