I love that the way to "simplify" the nomenclature has made it more complex. Awesome. Oh, and the home team switches now. So DH swaps are happening.
1994 (U-God) vs. 1919 (e-gus)
Results: 1994- 10, 1919- 6
WP: Jason Bere (1-0), LP: Red Faber (0-1)
HR: Frank Thomas 2 (2)
1994 Frank Thomas has woken up. Feel pity for the Black Sox pitching staff. Fourteen of the runs came in two innings. Frank hit his first homer in the first inning, a solo-shot to center. The game would pretty much end in the top of the second, as the Strike-Sox put up an eight-spot, knocking Red Faber out after 1.2 innings pitched. There would be no more scoring til the bottom of the sixth, when the Black Sox would attempt to fight back, knocking six in (9-6). Frank Thomas would book-end the scoring by hitting his second homer in the eighth. Now, the site wants me to give Lance Johnson the PotG for his four htis, but screw that. Frank went yard twice, went 2-5, drove in three and scored two. 1994 leads series 2-1.
1983 (ryno/hoysstash) vs. 2005 (joewho112)
Results: 1983- 5, 2005- 1
WP: Floyd Bannister (1-0), LP: Jose Contreras (0-1)
And we have our first sweep and elimination of the tourney. Surprisingly, it was of our most recent World Series Champs. They only managed to score seven runs over three games, which would not be enough to top the 1983 team. Like they did in all of 2005, the Sox got on the board quickly as Crede singled in Rowand for their sole run. In the fourth, Scott Fletcher would single in Fisk and Kittle (2-1). Wimpy wouls do the same with Rudy Law in the fifth. Law would score again in the seventh on a Ron Kittle single. Vance Law would beat out the double-play to plate Harold Baines for the fifth and final run. Floyd Bannister wins PotG for pitching eight strong innings, with five hits and six strikeouts. 1983 wins series 3-0.
1972 (winningugly) vs. 1964 (SoxMachine)
Results: 1964- 6, 1972- 5
WP: Fred Talbot (1-0), LP: Terry Forster (0-1)
In what would become the longest game of the first round, the 64 team would walk-off in the eleventh. 94 scored first in the first on two doubles and a single, plating two. A Tom Bradley single would plate Rick Reichardt for WU's boys in the top of the second (2-1). The lead would be extended in the third when Dave Nicholson singled in Floyd Robinson. The 72 squad would tie it up by the seventh, with Dick Allen scoring in the sixth and driving one in in the seventh. The score would remain tied until the eleventh, when Dick Allen would drive in two more putting 72 on top 5-3. Terry Forster would be brought in for the save, only to give up two walks and three singles, giving up the three necessary runs for the 64 team to pull of the come-behind. Ron Hansen wins PotG for going 2-6 with two RBI, including the game-winning run. 1964 leads series 2-1.
2008 (Catbrains) vs. 1997 (KenWo)
Results: 1997- 5, 2008- 4
WP: Doug Drabek (1-0), LP: Gavin Floyd (0-1), SV: Roberto Hernandez (2)
HR: Carlos Quentin (2), Paul Konerko 2 (2)
Despite outhitting and outslugging the 97 squad, Pale Hose 8 could not overcome KenWo's mighty boys. 08 drew first blood in the fourth on a Carlos Qunetin solo-shot. the 97 team would respond in the bottom half of the inning with five runs. Robin Ventura would leadoff with a walk, Frank would single, and Baines would walk to load the bases. Floyd would walk Cameron to score the tying run. A Dave Martinez single would drive in Thomas and Baines. Ozzie Guillen would double in Cameron and Martinez to end the route. Masset would be brought in the stop the bleeding and managed to do so. Paul Konerko would hit one out in the fifth to try and close the gap (5-2). A small rally would take place in the ninth as Konerko went yard again, with a two run shot this time. The General would double, forcing Roberto Hernandez to come in and strike Alexei Ramirez out on three pitches. 1997 leads series 2-1.