Friday, April 16, 2004

Let's just face the facts...these two games have been a LOT more exciting than anything the M's have going on. Thank you Mr. Sheffield! Next stop, the beautiful Bainbridge Field and Eagle Harbor Park.

Oh No !!!!

The VORP bullpen suffers a stunning collapse as the Bainbridge Bashers come backs from a 6 run deficit to defeat the VORP 10-9. I'm sure Mike will be posting the box score shortly. VORP started off the game by lighting up Barry Zito to the tune of 8 runs in the first 3 innings. Basher manager Houser lifted Zito for Contreras and VORP manager Metzger made the tactical blunder of the day. Metzger began lifting his right handed hitters in favor of his lefty mashers. Out went Ensberg, Nevin and Sanders, in came Koskie, Johnson and Nixon. The VORP lineup then proceeded to go stone cold for the next 6 innings. Estaban Loiaza pitched very well into the 8th inning when he was lifted after allowing a few base runners. The VORP bullpen then misfired on all cylinders and a procession of pitchers let Bainbridge first slap and then smash their way into the lead. The fatal blast was a 3 run homer by Sheffield off Borowski in the top of the 9th to give Bainbridge a 10-8 lead.

VORP managed to have a chance to win in the 9th, scoring 1 run and having runners on the corners when the game ended on a weak K by Trot Nixon. VORP had nothing left on the bench int he late innings as a direct consequence of their manager flipping the lineup too early in the contest. VORP manager Metzger was seen muttering "I overmanaged, Damn, damn, damn".

VORP ownership refused to give Metzger a vote of confidence after the game. "We should be up 2 games to 0 instead of tied 1-1 leaving our home field. I think we all know who is to blame."

Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Oh yeah !!!!!!

Jim Thome delivers a pinch hit 2 out, 3 run home run in the bottom of the 9th to lead the Kings of VORP over the Bashers in game 1 of the FSBL world series. VORP was lead by some absolutely brilliant managing as Metzger waited until the last minute to bring Thome into the game. With a single swing of the bat he justified his high draft position. Vorp got a great game out of BH Kim who was forced to throw 106 pitches because Metzger fell asleep in getting his bullpen up and warmed up.

Despite attempting to work every lefty-righty matchup in the book the Bashers manager was left a man short in the crucial 9th inning. Brian Fuentes 2 walks to Johnson and Bonds were critical for the VORP. Heredia and Mateo came in to K the next two batters setting up the last at bat for Thome. Despite his inability to hit left hand pitching Bashers manager Houser left in right hander Mateo to face Thome. The famous last words from manager Houser were "I'm not bringing in Hammond to face Thome." He may just get Grady Littled out of town for that decision if the Bashers fail to rebound from the amazing turn of events. Not since Kirk Gibson has baseball seen such an amazing turn of events.

Yea...so the world series has started...sorry I can't talk now I just suffered a Level II Stomach Punch. I'm sure John will be writing about it soon with absolutely no histrionics whatsoever.

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