Wednesday, August 15, 2012

No other way to put it.  You guys need more Billy the Marlin in your life.
Despite the fact that I enjoy the smooth stylings of his voice, it's high-time we got the leering mug of Michael McDonald off the top of our website.  Plus I'm sick of remembering that my team didn't show up for the AL world series.  So here's a rare series update from my solid Marlins squad:

Torto @ Carlo (as played by a very hungover Mario)

Game 1: R.Halladay at Z.Greinke
Not surprisingly, this was a pitchers duel, basically won on two mistake pitches hung by Greinke.  A Stanton solo HR in the 7th, and a 2-run blast by The Prince were enough to get Halladay another W in this, his 5th complete game of the season.
Torto W 3-2

Game 2: I.Kennedy at A.Sanchez
Yet another pitchers duel, all the Marlins could muster in this one was a solo jack by Jimmy Rollins in the top of the 3rd.  Carlo's squad tied it with a solo HR from Aramis Ramirez in the 6th.  Into extras, the wheels came off for Matt Belisle in the bottom of the 10th, giving up a lead off single, and after 1 out, back-to-back walks.  Tyler Clippard was brought in and got the 2nd out, but then yielded a walk-off single to Neil Walker.
Carlo W 2-1

Game 3: J.Collmenter at M.Leake
Runs were hard to come by again for both squads, as solid pitching reigned supreme.  An RBI-single by The Heisey in the top of the 1st was all the Marlins could generate in run support for the young Collmenter.  Carlo's squad answered with an Aramis Ramirez sac fly in the bottom of the frame.  He added on with a Ronny Paulino RBI triple in the 5th, and that would be all that is needed. Marlin Mike Stanton was injured midway through this game in an outfield collision, but only for 3 games. Carlo did lose A-Ram for 8 games, and Mike Leake for his next start in this one.
Carlo W 2-1
Superior pitching/incompetent hitting clearly defined this entire series.

Fast forward a few weeks later, Goldy swung out to the WB for our final series of the NL season. 

Torto @ Goldy (but played at Torto's house)

Game 1: H.Kuroda @ T.Lincecum
Quick start out the gate for the Marlins, with a leadoff Jimmy Rollins HR followed by a Chris Heisey RBI double.  An RBI double by The Prince made it 3-0 in the top of the 5th, but Goldy got one back in the 5th, scoring Shane Victorino from 3rd on a ground ball.  An Omar Infante RBI single provided an insurance run in the 8th, and Latroy Hawkins and Sergio Romo combined for the hold/save combo.
Torto W 4-1

Game 2: J.Saunders @ S.Marcum
The ultimate pitching duel here (this with my crap #5 lefty starter) - tied ought-ought in the 7th, Joe Saunders got into a bit of trouble allowing a pair of singles, and reaching the limit of his endurance.  Tyler Clippard came in with 1 out and inheiriting 2 baserunners.  He proceeded to walk the bases loaded, and then issue a bases loaded walk to Jerry Hairston Jr. (of all guys!?!).  This was the only run scored the rest of the way, and Kensley Jansen came in for the 8th and 9th for the old school save, striking out 5 of 7 batters faced.
Goldy W 1-0

Game 3: R.Halladay @ T.Hanson
Another tight one in the rubber match, which found Halladay going the full 9, but dueling ginger Tommy Hansen and friends to a 3-3 stalemate.  Into extra innings, both teams had their opportunities, with Goldy loading the bases with 2-outs in the 10th, and Torto putting 5 total baserunners on over the 10th and 11th.  Then it went pretty quiet until the top of the 14th, when Mike Stanton (fresh off of injury), hit a lead off double.  Things looked promising, but The Heisey flied out, then Ianetta (the Beretta) walked, followed by a Miguel Cairo ground out to 3rd, forcing out Stanton.  With 2-outs, Omar Infante clutched up and put a base clearing double of the outfield wall (on Bill Bray's card).  Torto brought in Romo to close it out, and he slammed the door 1-2-3.
Torto W 5-3 in 14 innings

Solid series, but Goldy just didn't have enough offensive firepower to get by my now seemingly power-drained team. 


  1. Good work Torto - moving the chains of the PTP season. Although I do need to side with Goldy on the Michael McDonald love - I greatly enjoy his work with the Doobie Brothers:

  2. Oh, don't get me wrong - I also enjoy the blue-eyed soul of Mr. Michael McDonald, I just needed to dissociate him from my world series loss.

    That's what a fool believes, anyways.


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