Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Nick vs. Fish – Vlad Makes His Presence Felt

Nick and I knocked out the final series of the regular AL season at Keith’s house. As usual, runs were hard to come by:

Game 1: Danks at Romero
Fish would take an early lead in the 1st inning with a double by Morneau and RBI single by Vlad Guerrero. Michael Young hit a solo home run in the top of the second, to be answered by Nick in the bottom of the frame as B Gardner walked and was singled in by Valbuena. A similar inning occurred in the bottom of the 4th when Gardner walked and Kinsler drove him home with an RBI single. This would be all the scoring that would occur until the top of the 13th inning when Vlad Guerrero hit a solo home run on a deep drive to center (needed to roll greater than 92, in which a 97 was rolled). Fuentes came on to provide the save. Fish wins 3-2.
Win – Thornton
Loss – O’Day
Save – Fuentes

Game 2: Gonzalez at Peavy
Nick got the game started with a baseball single from Kinsler and worked his way around to score on bases loaded walk by Brett Gardner. Fish tied the game in the top of the 7th inning on a solo home run from Vlad Guerrero. Nick would take the lead in the bottom of the 7th on a two run double by Valbuena. In the top of the 8th, Michael Young hit a solo home run and DeJesus scored on a two out CLUTCH double by Alex Rios. This game went into extra innings as well, and the 11th inning was Nick’s undoing, Rios was hit by a pitch, Morneau had a single, Guerrero had an RBI single, Drew bounced into a fielder’s choice, and Michael Young hit a three run home run. Fish wins 7-3.
Win – Soria
Loss – Bard
Save – Thornton

Game 3: Buehrle at Guthrie
Drinky Cabrera hit a solo home run in the bottom of the 1st, to be answered by Michael Young’s solo home run in the top 2nd. Bautista would take over the game with two home runs, a two run home run in the bottom of the 4th and a three run home run in the bottom of the 8th. Nick wins 6-1.
Win – Guthrie
Loss - Buehrle

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

No Herpes Here! Spencer vs. Fish

Since I'm typing this at work, it's going to be a quick synopsis of the six games that went down in Miltonburg, WI

Game 1 Cliff Lee @ Dallas "Clark" Braden

RBI's from Justin Morneau, Rob Cano, Alex "His name is" Rios and Razor Ramon Santiago were greater than the two solo HRs Spencer got from Derek Jeter and Yunelly the Fly Felly.

W - Braden CG, 3H, 2ER, 5K, 4W
L - Lee 7.0, 11H, 4ER, 1W, 5K

GAME 2 Cla Bucholtz @ John Danks

Powered by HRs from Benji Molina and A-ROID, Spencer's bats came alive in this game.

W - Bucholtz 7+, 4H, 2ER, 4W, 4K
L - Danks 3.0, 4H, 4ER, 4W, 2K
S - Guerrier 2.0, 3H, ER, K

GAME 3 Mexican Mafia Matt Garza @ Gio "Metro" Gonzalez

Great pitchers duel here. RBI singles from Ben Molina and Nick "By Crackie" Markakis were all Spencer needed as Mexian Mafia Garza shut Fish down over 8.2 IP allowing only a solo bomb from Robin Cano. Chris Perez mopped up for the save.

W - Garza 8.2, 5H, 1ER, 1W, 7K
L - Gonzalez 7.2, 3H, 2ER, 3W, 5K
S - Perez, 0.1

GAME 4 Trev "Making a Mountain out of a" Cahill @ Dan "The Man" Haren

Back at Spencer's Fenway Park, Fish put Spency to nigh-nigh. Cahill and Joakim "not Noah" Soria held Spencer to four hits and a Robin Cano RBI single in the 9th does Spencer in.

W - Cahill 7.2, 4H, 3W, 6K
L - Haren 8+, 6H, 1ER, 3W, 6K
S - Soria, 1.1, K, W

GAME 5 Dave Price "is Right" @ Brett Cecil

Tied 4-4 after regulation, Derek Jeter's RBI-double in the 10th won the game for Spencer

W - J. Benoit 3.0, 2H, 3K
L - Aardsma 0.2, 2H, K, ER

GAME 6 Dallas "Who Shot JR?" Braden @ Clifford Lee

Rematch of the aces saw Spencer knock around Braden this time. SPENCER WINS 4-1 as A-ROD and "B-ROB" Brian Roberts both had 2 RBIs apiece. Cliff Lee scattered just five hits over 8 innings allowing just a Vladdy HR, and Chris Perez struck-out the side in the 9th for the save.

W - Lee 8.0, 5H, ER, 3W, 6K
L - Braden, CG, 9H, 4ER, 8K
S - Perez 1.0, W, 3K

Good hard-fought series. SPENCER takes 4 of 6 games