Tuesday, July 28, 2009

World Series Recap- Season 6

So the World Series pitted the Milwaukee Manic Maulers, making their 4th straight World Series appearance, against the Atlanta Bandits, who were making their first appearance on this stage.


In game 1, neither James Morton nor Stephen Michaels pitched very well- both gave up 3 runs in failing to get out of the 6th. Michaels himself started the scoring in the 3rd by driving in Eric Baker with a single up the middle. Gregg Black stretched the lead out to 3-0 with a 2-run shot in the 5th, but Milwaukee came back in the 6th with 3 runs, as the first four batter reached base and an RBI groundout followed. It stayed 3-3 until the 9th, when Black hit his second homer of the game, a walkoff solo shot off Seth Faulk to send the Atlanta fans home happy after a 4-3 win by the home team.

In game 2, Woody Hiller held the Bandits to two solo shots (Jason Walker and Stan Starr). But Matty Eusebio was better, allowing only 1 run in a 2-1 Bandit win.

In game 3, Atlanta was still playing longball, hitting 3 home runs. Atlanta starter Fred Carter was good enough to win, and the bullpen was again great in a 6-4 victory. Atlanta took a commanding 3-0 lead. Would Milwaukee lay down and die?

In a word, no. Down 3-0 in the bottom of the ninth, Harold Lewis hit a 3-run shot off Tex Howell and Burt Stevenson drew a bases-loaded walk in the 10th to win a 4-3 decision and stave off elimination in game 4.

Game 5 saw a dominant performance from Milwaukee starter Woody Hiller. He went 8 innings, giving up 5 hits and no runs. Ray Buchanan drove in 4 in a 7-0 mauling to bring Milwaukee to within 3-2.

Game 6 saw Milwaukee's bullpen let the team down. Up 6-5 in the 9th, closer King Burns struck out the first two hitters, then allowed 3 straight hits to tie the game. After a pitching change, a walk loaded the bases for Carlton MacDougal, who singled for a walk-off, World Series ending hit. The Bandits won the game 7-6 and the series 4-2. Congrats to the Bandits and to all for a great season 6.

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