Thursday, March 12, 2015

George bracket: Cubs (69) defeat Cubs (09) in seven games

Game One: 09 Cubs 9, 69 Cubs 4
WP: Dempster (1-0)
LP: Jenkins (0-1)
HR: D Lee (1), Ramirez (1)

Game Two: 09 Cubs 7, 69 Cubs 5
WP: Lilly (1-0)
LP: Hands (0-1)
Save: Marmol (1)
HR: Soriano (1), Kessinger (1), Santo (1)

Game Three: 69 Cubs 10, 09 Cubs 6
WP: Holtzman (1-0)
LP: Zambrano (0-1)
HR: Hundley (1), Santo (2)

Game Four: 69 Cubs 6, 09 Cubs 2
WP: Jenkins (1-1)
LP: R Wells (0-1)
HR: Santo 2 (4), Bradley (1), Hickman (1)

Game Five: 09 Cubs 4, 69 Cubs 3
WP: Heilman (1-0)
LP: Regan (0-1)
HR: Fontenot (1)

Game Six: 69 Cubs 7, 09 Cubs 6
WP: Abernathy (1-0)
LP: Grabow (0-1)
Save: Regan (1)
HR: Fontenot (2), Banks (1), R Johnson (1)

Game Seven: 69 Cubs 12, 09 Cubs 1
WP: Jenkins (2-1)
LP: Zambrano (0-2)
HR: Santo (5), Bradley (2)

Four Hall of Famers were too many for the 2009 Cubs to handle. Billy Williams, Ron Santo and Ernie Banks combined to go 31-for-80 (.388) with 21 runs and 19 RBIs in the middle of the 1969 Cubs lineup, and Ferguson Jenkins tossed a pair of complete games.

Jenkins wasn't sharp in the opener, however. The 09 Cubs batted around in the second inning and got the Canadian out of the game after six innings, Dick Selma gave up a grand slam to Derrick Lee in the eighth to open the final margin.

Game Two was more of the crooked number same for the 09 Cubs. Alfonzo Soriano reached Bill Hands for a three-run homer in the first inning, and the 69 Cubs never caught up despite Ron Santo's answering two-run homer in the bottom of the inning and a three-run homer from Don Kessinger in the eighth.

The series moved to the 2009 version of Wrigley Field for Game Three, and the 69 Cubs picked up their first W with a five-run first inning. Randy Hundley hit a three-run homer off Carlos Zambrano. The 09 Cubs tied it in the fourth, batting around against Ken Holtzman, but the 69 Cubs broke the tie in the sixth (sac fly from pinch-hitter Willie Smth) and were never caught again.

Jenkins went on short rest in Game Four and went the distance, allowing just five hits (one a two-run homer by Milton Bradley). Santo hit a pair of homers, and Jim Hickman hit a three-run shot in the sixth.

Game Five had plenty of drama, Hands and Dempster dueled to a 1-1 tie through seven innings. After Dempster left for a pinch-hitter in an futile effort to break through in the bottom of the seventh, the 69 Cubs scored twice off Aaron Heilman and took a 3-1 lead into the ninth. Relief ace Phil Regan entered and didn't retire a man. Alfonso Soriano singled, Ryan Theriot singled, and Mike Fontenot homered for the walk-off win and a 3-2 series lead.

Game Six, played in the 1969 version of Wrigley, was higher scoring and nearly as dramatic. The 69 Cubs staked Holtzman to a 5-0 lead after four innings, with Banks contributing a three-run homer, but the 09 Cubs got a two-run shot from Reed Johnson in the fifth and picked up another run in the sixth to narrow the margin to 5-3. The 09 Cubs got two on with two out in the seventh, and Ted Abernathy relieved Holtzman. The left-handed hitting Fontenot pinch-hit -- and clubbed his second three-run homer in as many at-bats. But that was the high-water mark for the 09 Cubs. The 69 Cubs got two runs in the bottom of the eighth, and Regan closed it out to even the series.

Game Seven was a rout. Bradley opened the scoring with a first-inning homer off Jenkins, but the 69 Cubs tied it in the fourth and batted around in the fifth, getting homers from Don Young and Santo, then batted around again in the eighth, with Jenkins himself contributing a two-run single in the process. On the mound, Jenkins allowed just six hits and no runs after the Bradley homer.

Player of the series: Ron Santo was 15-for-26 with five homers and three doubles. He drove in 10 runs and scored 10.

Player availability: Glenn Beckert must miss the first game of the second round with an injury. Holtzman is eligible to pitch Game Two but with double penalty. Jenkins cannot pitch until Game Three.

Projected rotation: Hands-Selma-Jenkins-Hands-(Holtzman)-(Jenkins)-(Hands).

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