Since I didn't go out last night and have foal watch tonight, its gonna be a 24 hour awake stretch. Which means lots of time on my hands, which means multiple posts in one day. I'm no larry, but I can keep this tourney rolling at a solid speed. All the first games are complete, so we'll start running the game twos out.
1919 (e-gus) vs. 1994 (U-God)
Results: 1994- 8, 1919-5
WP: Wilson Alvarez (1-0), LP: Eddie Cicotte (0-1), SV: Roberto Hernandez (1)
Awesome, I can't be swept out of the tournament. Sub-par fielding would prove to be the undoing of a deadball era team yet again. The Black Sox committed three errors, all but one of which resulted in a run. Cicotte went the distance even though he got hammered, which really makes me question this thing's use of bullpens (the game that Wiz won notwithstanding). The 94 Sox had runners on first and third when Julio Franco drove in Lance Johnson and moved Tim Raines to third on a single to right-center. Robin Ventura beat out a double-play, allowing Raines to come in (2-0). This proved to do nothing but piss the Black Sox off, as they would bat around the order in the next inning, scoring four runs of their own. The 94 squad did not take kindly to this and responded by putting up four more runs in the bottom half of the inning (6-4). They would score two more in the third and sixth innings, both on singles (8-4). The Black Sox scored their last run in the seventh on a fielder's choice, but Hernandez would come in for the eighth and record a two-inning save. Julio Franco wins player of the game for driving in three runs. Series tied 1-1.
2005 (joewho112) vs. 1983 (ryno/hoytsstash)
Results: 1983- 7, 2005- 3
WP:Richard Dotson (1-0), LP: Freddy Garcia (0-1), SV: Dennis Lamp (2)
HR: Greg Luzinski (1), Harold Baines (1)
The 2005 World Champs are on the ropes, and the 83 squad has not been making it pretty. In the bottom of the first, Rudy Law and Carlton Fisk got on. Kittle drove in Law and moved Fisk to third on a single. Greg Luzinski followed that with a single to score Fisk and move Kittle to third. Kittle would come home on a Baines sac fly, as JD's throw was too far up the third base line. They would tack two more on in the second, as would the 05 squad. In the third, Luzinski would take Garcia yard, ending Freddy's day early. Shingo was brought in only to give up a fence-scraping homer to Harold. The 2005 squad would score again in the ninth, and create a save situation that would allow Dennis Lamp to earn probably the easiest save of his career, as he threw a whopping four pitches to get one out. Harold Baines wins player of the game, going 2-3 with two driven in. 1983 leads series 2-0.
1964 (SoxMachine) vs. 1972 (winningugly)
Results: 1972- 3, 1964- 2
WP: Stan Bahnsen (1-0), LP: Juan Pizarro (0-1), SV: Terry Forster (1)
The second game in this series turned out to be much closer than the first. The 64 Squad drew first blood in the fourth when Tommy McCraw hit a bases loaded sac-fly to score J.C. Martin, who reached on an error by Pat Kelly. 64 would score again in the fifth, as Don Buford beat out the double play allowing Floyd Robinson to score from third. Everything would come undone in the bottom of the seventh. Dick Allen, Carlos May, and Bill Melton all drew walks to load the bases with 1 out. Pizarro promplty plunked Rich Morales in the knee, scoring Allen. Mike Andrews would then single home the final two runs of the game. Forster would come in to work two solid innings, allowing one hit and striking out three. Bahnsen wins player of the game for his seven inning, one earned run performance. Series tied 1-1.
1997 (KenWo) vs. 2008 (Catbrains)
Results: 1997- 6, 2008- 5
WP: Matt Karchner (1-0), LP: Matt Thornton (0-1), SV: Roberto Hernandez (1)
HR: Frank Thomas (1), Albert Belle (1), Jermaine Dye (1), Ken Griffey Jr. (1)
With James Baldwin on the mound, you had to expect a lot of hits being given up. Just not from both sides. Each team recorded fifteen hits in this batting practice of a game. Baldwin allowed 13 over 6.1 and Danks allowed 9 over 7. General Soreness lead off the third with a shot right into the Bullpen Sports Bar to put the 08 squad up one early. JD would deposit one into the Sox bullpen to lead of the fourth. Somehow, Paul Konerko miraculously beat out a double play that involved Jim Thome as the lead runner to wind up safe at first. A Griffey single would move him to third and a Crede single would bring him around (3-0). Quentin and Dye singles in the fifth resulted in runners ar first and third for Jim Thome. Thome lined a single to right to bring Q! home (4-0). Around this time, the 97 squad got sick of this crap and decided to actually play baseball. After the first two batters grounded out to first to start the sixth, Albert Belle hit a screaming line drive into the left-centerfield bleachers. Harold Baines and Mike Cameron singled and advanced to third and second on a Danks wild pitch. Dave Martinez would line one that dropped in front of the General, scoring both Baines and Cameron (4-3). Thome would score on a Griffey single in the seventh for what would be the 08 team's final run of the game (5-3). Easy Heat came in to hold the ninth for Bobby, but things didn't go as planned. Wow, I really got into this write-up. Frank Thomas hit a moon-shot to straight away centerfield to lead off the inning. Harold and Cameron wound up on third and second again for Dave Martinez to single them both home once more (6-5). Roberto Hernandez would come on in the ninth to make quick work of the 08 team and send the home fans home heartbroken. Dave Martinez wins player of the game for going 2-3 with four RBI. Series tied 1-1.
So I think I might start posting a picture of the player of the game. Let me know what you think. All-Time LHP will come after the first round of the Time Machine Tourney is done.