Denver at Florida, game 5
Game 5 turned out to be the most exciting game of the postseason so far. It started out as a strong pitchers duel between Chris Reyes and Denver ace Ruben Ramirez.
Mark Crawford doubled with 2 out in the first, then scored on an Alex Maldonado double. The score stayed at 1-0 until the 5th, when Gromit Peveto hit a 3 run homer. In the 6th, Mark Crawford walked, moved to second on a balk, and scored on a Clyde Frogg single.
In the 8th it was Crawford again, leading off with a double against lefty David Tejada. Florida brought in Darrell Tibbs to face Maldonado, and got him to strike out on a foul tip. At this point Big Cheese broke out the running game. Crawford stole 3rd, the first Denver stolen base in the entire playoffs. Penguins played the infield in, and Joey Renseller was able to sneak a ground ball through to tie the game. Renseller took off, Mitch Oakenshield made a diving stab off a line drive and threw to first for a double play. Troy Lewis held the
To the top 9th. Vince Jones reached on an error to lead off, and then stole second. Ozzie Gaedel grounded out, moving Jones to third. As pinch hitter Jason Polanco squared to try a suicide squeeze bunt, Grant Hansen threw inside and nailed him. The Penguins intentionally walked Alex Hamilton to loaded the bases. With the infield drawn in, Denny Berroa struck out. Only drawback to this was Mark Crawford waited on deck. Crawford lined a single, brought home two runs. He had a hand in all 5 Denver runs for the day. Maldonado was retired, and the Penguins would have one more chance.
Denver brought in the closer, Ryan Webb. Webb retired Crom before surrendering back to back singles to Kawasaki and Oakenshield. Kurt Scherman and Alphonso Soprano came in to run for them. Gromit was looking for a game winning 3 run homer, but his swing came up empty.
Florida was down to their last batter. Otto Tingley hit for Melvin Ortiz. Tingley drove a fastball the other way, past the glove of Maldonado. Scherman scored. Soprano raced around third. Tingley never stopped at second. Throw to the plate... SAFE! Tie game.
Pitcher's spot up next, Chad Macha came in to hit. Chad grounds one into the hole between 3rd and short. Ozzie Gaedel made a desperate dive, stopped the ball deep in the hole. He made a desperate throw to the plate, too late.
Penguins win 6-5, take a 3-2 series lead. Game 6 will send the series back to Denver.