Sunday, April 12, 2015

Paul bracket: Pilots (69) defeat Brewers (09) in seven games

Game One: 69 Pilots 6, 09 Brewers 2
WP: Bouton (1-0)
LP: Gallardo (0-1)
HR: Mincher (1), Kennedy (1)

Game Two: 69 Pilots 4, 09 Brewers 1
WP: Brabender (1-0)
LP: Looper (0-1)
Save: Locker (1)
HR: Comer (1), P Fielder (1)

Game Three: 09 Brewers 9, 69 Pilots 6
WP: Suppan (1-0)
LP: Brunet (0-1)
Save: Hoffman (1)
HR: Braun (1). P Fielder 2 (3)

Game Four: 09 Brewers 5, 69 Pilots 4 (11 innings)
WP: Hoffman (1-0)
LP: Locker (0-1)
Save: Stetter (1)
HR: P Fielder (4), Comer (2)

Game Five: 09 Brewers 10, 69 Pilots 4
WP: Gallardo (1-1)
LP: Segui (0-1)
HR: Cameron (1), P Fielder (5), Whitaker (1)

Game Six: 69 Pilots 9. 09 Brewers 5
WP: O'Donohue (1-0)
LP: Narveson (0-1)
HR: Counsell (1)

Game Seven: 69 Pilots 9, 09 Brewers 3
WP: Gelnar (1-0)
LP:  Suppan (1-1)
HR: Hegan 2 (2)

The 1969 Seattle Pilots used six different starting pitchers and got only eight innings total from the one who started twice, but they still managed to beat the 2009 Milwaukee Brewers. The road team won every game.

The Pilots started nominal reliever Jim Bouton in the opener, and the knuckleballer gave them 6.6 innings of five-hit, two-run ball. John Kennedy and Don Mincher homered off Yovani Gallardo in the third inning, and the Pilots added three more runs in the fifth on four doubles (Bouton, Tommy Harper, Steve Hovley and Mincher). When Bouton loaded the bases in the seventh, John Gelnar got out of the jam, and he and Bob Locker wrapped the game up without allowing a hit.

The Pilots got another big third inning in Game Two. Wayne Comer capped a four-run outburst with a three-run homer off Brandon Looper. Gene Brabender allowed just two hits in five shutput innings; he left for a pinch-hitter in a failed attempt to add to the lead. Mike Marshall allowed one run in three innings of relief, and Locker handled the ninth.

The series moved to Seattle's old Sick's Stadium for Game Three, and Brewers stars Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder feasted in the bandbox. Braun went 4-for-5 with a homer and double and scored four times; Fielder hammered a pair of homers, singled and scored three times. The Pilots made the score respectable with a pair of three-run innings, but the Brewers lead was too big.

Game Four also went the Brewers' way, but not without a struggle. Pilots starter Marty Pattin was pulled after just two innings, and Marshall worked eight innings in relief, allowing one run while his teammates chipped away at the lead. Trevor Hoffman was entrusted with a 4-3 lead in the ninth, but the first four Pilots either singled or walked. Hoffman wriggled out of the jam with a tie, and the Brewers won when Mike Cameron tripled and Jason Kendall doubled in the 11th.

The Brewers completed their sweep of the games in Seattle by shelling Diego Segui for seven runs and adding three more against Steve Barber in Game Five. The Brewers returned to Milwaukee and Miller Park with a 3-2 series lead.

Brabender, making his second start for the Pilots, gave up three runs in three innings and was pulled for a pinch hitter in the fourth. Tommy Davis came through with an RBI double as the Pilots took a 5-3 lead. Bouton held the lead for two innings but gave up two runs in the sixth for a 5-5 tie. But the Pilots pounded out four runs on five hits and a walk in the eighth, and John O'Donohue and Locker combined for three hitless innings to send the series to a seventh game.

The Pilots took a 2-0 lead two batters into the game as Mike Hegan homered. They piled on six runs in the fifth inning to chase Jeff Suppan,with Hegan hitting a grand slam. Starter John Gelnar  allwed three runs, one unearned, in eight innings.

Player of the series: Hegan's .272 batting average isn't that impressive, but he had 10 RBIs and drew 10 walks for a .500 OBP.

Player availability: Jim Pagliaroni is injured; if active for the second round, he cannot play until Game Three. Gelnar cannot pitch until Game Three, and Brabender can start Game Two with penalty, Game Three without.

Projected rotation: There is no true rotation, Brabender will start Game Three and Game Seven should the series go that far. Game One and Game Two can go to any of Barber, Bouton, Brunet, Marshall, Pattin or Segui.

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