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Game 1: 'Brittle Brad' Bergesen @ Tommy Hunter
The first run of the game came on a Godzilla solo-shot in the top of the 4th, giving my squad a 1-0 lead. 2 more runs were brought across in the top of the 5th, on a Kurt (Not Asian) Suzuki RBI double, immediately followed by a Jason Bartlett RBI single. Torto up, 3-naught. Nick fought back in the bottom of the same frame, getting a run the hard way by advancing the 'Korean Delight', Shin Soo-Choo all the way around to home after a leadoff single thru a series of well placed ground ball outs and a Asdrubal Cabrera single, to close the gap to 3-1. Nick was quick with the hook on Hunter, and yanked him after just 4+ innings of work. My squad added one more unearned run with 2-outs in the 6th, when Marco Scutaro made a wild throw to let Mike Lowell on base. Ryan Sweeny then drove Old Man Lowell across home on a triple into the gap. Bergesen was dealing all game, uncharacteristically striking out 7 in 8 innings, while only yielding 5 hits. Matt Thornton came in to close the 9th.
Torto wins 4-1
WP - B.Bergesen
S - M.Thornton
HR - H.Matsui
SB - J.Bartlett 2
Game 2: Matt Garza @ James Shields
Solid pitching (or poor hitting) continued in Game 2. I jumped out to a early 3-run lead, on 5 straight singles from the 3 thru 7 hitters. Garza was pitching a gem until the 6th when he gave up a 3-run shot to Jason Kubel. All knotted up 3-3 in the 8th, Jason Bartlett hit a solo jack to break the tie. More drama in the bottom of the 8th, when Denard Span led off with a single, and then proceeded to break up a double play on an Adam Lind groundball, slamming into Bartlett and injuring him for 3 games. Garza then walked Texeiera and officially 'tired', came out of the game. David Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrdsma came in for the final inning and 2/3rds, retiring the final five batters, striking out 3 of them.
Torto wins 4-3
WP - Garza
LP - F.Francisco
S - D.Aardsma
HR - J.Kubel, J.Bartlett
Game 3: Roy 'Doc' Halladay @ Jake Peavy
Lights out pitching in this one. Halladay fresh off a complete game shutout vs. Keither, was ready to pitch another one. Peavy didn't give an inch either, though, with a 0-0 tie going into the top of the 7th. The tie was broken NL-style, with Orlando Cabrera (filling in for the injured Bartlett) successfully bunting over men on 2nd and 3rd. The Light Hitting Gerry Laird then uncharacteristically hit a 2-out RBI single to score another run. Two runs would be all that was needed for Halladay to get the win. Peavy also went the distance in the loss.
Torto wins 2-0
WP - R.Halladay
LP - J.Peavy
Torto sweeps the series 3-0.
It was nice to see my team do what I actually drafted it to do - win with good pitching and defense. And even nicer to pull myself back into relevance with the sweep, putting my record at 10 - 11, and pushing Nick behind me in the standings. Were Keith not able to completely dominate me this season, I might actually be looking at an over-500 record.
***Record alert*** - Roy Halladay has now pitched 18 straight scoreless innings, and in his 5 starts this season, 4 have been complete games, and 3 of those shutouts. Ridiculously impressive. Now I've surely jinxed him for a 5-run 1st inning his next start.