Monday, April 26, 2010

World Series Game 4 and 5 Recaps

by hurricane 384
Game 4 Recap
Anaheim @ Arizona
Down 3-0, Arizona needed someone to step up. That someone was Guy McMasters. Guy pitched 2.1 innings after watching Ivan Duran (0.2IP, 3H, 3ER) blow his second save of the post-season and watch his ERA shoot up to 12.91. Guy did not give up a run, while scattering 1 hit and 2 walks over his 2.1 innings. Arizona got a strong showing from starting pitcher Nick Wilson (6.0IP, 6H, 3ER, 1BB, 4K)as well as solid offensive outings from Bernie Ortiz (2-5, 2RBI), Shawn Tremie (2-4, HR, 2R, RBI), and Buddy Buckley (2-4, 2B, 2R, 2RBI). Ivan Wall hit his 2nd home run of the post-season. Anaheim was done in by some shoddy defense and Clinton Carr having an uncharacteristically bad day on the mound, going only 5.2 innings while giving up 8 hits, 5 runs (3 earned) walking 2 and striking out 4. Pablo Tavarez, the Game 1 hero who will now be known as the game 4 goat committed 2 costly errors, including an error in the 10th that helped Arizona score the game-winner. In addition to those errors, Tavarez recorded the infamous “golden sombrero”. Don’t get me wrong, there were some good performances from the Anaheim offense; Justin Boyd went 2 for 4 with a double, a homer, and 2 ribbies. Rafael Nieves was 2 for 5 with a homer and a couple RBI. Julian Cortes was 2 for 4 with 2 doubles, and a run scored.
Arizona wins, 7-6 (10 innings). Anaheim leads 3-1.

Game 5 Recap
Anaheim @ Arizona
With the Trojans looking for redemption and the Sun Devils for survival, we had every reason to believe that these two teams would go nose-to-nose in game 5. Unfortunately, what we got was an overmatched Arizona team struggle after the first inning. This game looked like it would be a tight game as Anaheim scored on the first of 2 Shawn Tremie (0-3, 2K) errors in the top half of the first and the Sun Devils answered with a run scoring single by David Sierra (1-3, RBI) in the bottom half. Unfortunately for Arizona fans, the 3 hits in the first would only be doubled by the time the 9th rolled around. Anaheim starter, Dick Bailey pitched brilliantly, scattering 6 hits, and one run over 8 innings while striking out 5. A three-run home run by Justin Boyd (3-5, 2R, 4RBI, HR) provided all that Bailey would need. Meanwhile, Don Martin just couldn’t get out of his own way. Martin walked 3, gave up 12 hits, in 7.2 innings, striking out 7 and allowing all 8 (4 unearned) of the Trojans’ runs. Tremie’s second error came in the second inning as he couldn’t handle a Larry Sedlacek (1-4, R) groundball and this ended up leading to Justin Boyd’s 3-run shot. Arizona’s six hits came from six different players (Koh, Buckley, Peterson, Sierra, Ortiz, and Murphy). The champagne and beer flowed freely in the Trojan clubhouse after Miguel Sanchez came on to preserve the victory with an inning of perfect ball, recording two strikeouts.

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