Saturday, November 26, 2011

Major League Championship Series Game 2

Duane Garcia vs. Ruben Ramirez. This one is a pitching duel all the way. In the bottom of the 1st, Stan Marsh is hit by a pitch, and will be out until Game 6. Denver will substitute Clyde Frogg for rest of the game and series, but will hold the roster spot open so Stan can play if Denver reaches the World Series. Each pitcher is cruising through the first 4 innings, with no runs or hits on the scoreboard for either team. In the 5th, Shazeem Abdul Mustafa breaks up the no-hitter with a single to RF. With 2 outs, George Kird and Steve Werden work walks to load the bases. Duane Garcia then steps to the plate, and also works a walk. Portland leads 1-0. Hansel Wilson then grounds out to end the inning.

In the bottom of the 6th, Duane Garcia strikes out the side. He now has 9 strikeouts through 6 innings, and has not allowed a hit. In the bottom of the 7th, Clyde Frogg breaks up the no-hitter and the shutout with one swing, tying the game on a solo HR to right. Maldonado then walks, and Otto Tingley singes to RF to put runners at 1st and 2nd with no outs. After Gaedell strikes out, Vinnie Jones singles to LF to score Maldonado. Tingley tries for 3rd to draw the throw, and succeeds. The run scores, but Tingley is thrown out for the 2nd out. With 2 outs, Garcia is able to get P Ruben Ramirez to pop out to end the inning.

Garcia finishes the game 7-3-2-2-4-10, but leaves on a low point. Ramirez gets through the 8th, as neither team scores. Ramirez exits the game in the 9th, for Paul Williamson. Ramirez goes 8-1-1-1-3-7. Williamson pitches the 1-2-3 9th, and Denver takes Game 2 by the final score of 2-1.


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