Saturday, May 30, 2015

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

Game One: 09 Dodgers 6, 69 Dodgers 5
WP: Broxton (1-0)
LP: Brewer (0-1)
HR: Kemp (1), W. Davis (1), Loney (1)

Game Two: 69 Dodgers 2, 09 Dodgers 0
WP: Singer (1-0)
LP: Garland (0-1)

Game Three: 09 Dodgers 9, 69 Dodgers 0
WP: Billingsley (1-0)
LP: Sutton (0-1)
HR: Billingsley (1), Loney (2)

Game Four: 09 Dodgers 3, 69 Dodgers 2 (12 innings)
WP: Broxton (2-0)
LP: Brewer (0-2)
HR: Blake (1), Kosco (1)

Game Five: 69 Dodgers 3, 09 Dodgers 2
WP: Brewer (1-2)
LP: Belsario (0-1)
HR: Blake (2)

Game Six: 69 Dodgers 2, 09 Dodgers 0
WP: Sutton (1-1)
LP: Garland (0-2)
Save: Brewer (1)
HR: Kosco (2)

Game Seven: 69 Dodgers 3, 09 Dodgers 1
WP: Osteen (1-0)
LP: Billingsley (0-1)
Save: Brewer (1)
HR: Sizemore (1)

The 1969 Dodgers were outscored 21-17, but won four close games to upset the favored 2009 Dodgers.

The opener in the 2009 version of Dodger Stadium proved the highest scoring tilt of the series. Andy Kosco and Jeff Torborg each singled home runs in the top of the second off Randy Wolf, and the 69ers added another in the third on two singles and a sac fly. But the 09ers had it evened by the end of the fourth, with a pair of RBI outs by Casey Blake and two runs scored by Manny Ramirez. Matt Kemp homered in the fifth off Claude Osteen , and James Loney added a solor shot off Don Drysdale n the eighth to make it 5-3. Willie Davis tied the game with a two-run homer in the top of the ninth against Jonathan Broxton, but in the bottom of the inning Juan Pierre singled, stole second. took third on a wild pitch and scored on Kemp's single.

Bill Singer responded with a one-hitter in Game Two. Russell Martin's leadoff double in the third inning was the only man the 09 Dodgers got into scoring position. Singer faced just two men over the maximum; he hit Andre Either with a pitch in the first inning and walked Either in the seventh but got a double play from Loney. Tom Haller had a pair of RBI hits in the fourth and seventh innings.

The series moved to 1969 for Game Three, and the visitors romped on a pair of homers and some shoddy outfield defense by the home squad. Chad Billingsley not only threw a four-hit shutout, he homered off Don Sutton in the second inning and added a pair of singles. Davis and Bill Russell dropped back-to-back fly balls in a three-run third inning, and Loney hit a three-run homer to cap a four-run ninth off Al McBean.

The 09 Dodgers appeared to have the series under control after winning the 12-inning Game Four. Blake and Kosco traded solo homers, The 69 Dodgers took a 2-1 lead when Blake, playing first base for the injured Loney, booted a two-out grounder, but Kemp doubled home Orlando Hudson with two outs in the ninth off Osteen to tie it. Ramirez doubled home Kemp in the 12th to make a winner of Broxton.

The 09 Dodgers took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning of Game Five when. with two outs, Singer hit Either with a pitch and Blake homered. That 2-0 lead lasted into the eighth, when Manny Mota hit a one-out single and Wes Parker doubled off Ramon Troncoso. Jim Lefebvre's groundball scored Mota and moved Parker to third. Parker then scored on a Troncoso wild pitch.

Ronald Belisaro got the call for the bottom of the ninth. Tommy Hutton, pinch-hitting for Torborg, walked to open the frame, and another pinch-hitter, Haller, doubled him home for the winner.

Kosco was Game Six's pinch-hit hero. Sutton and Jon Garland matched shutout innings into the eighth. Bill Sudakis doubled in the top of the eighth, and with two outs Kosco pinch-hit for Sutton and hammered his second homer of the series. Jim Brewer completed the five-hit shutout, and the series was evened. (Garland allowed just two runs in his two starts but got zero run support.)

Game Seven matched Osteen and Billingsley. Ted Sizemore hit an unlikely two-run homer off Billingsley in the third inning for a 2-0 lead. Pierre's fifth inning sac fly scored Rafael Furcal to make it 2-, but the 09 Dodgers didn't get another man into scoring position until Kemp and Ramirez hit back-to-back singles with two out in the eighth. Pete Mikkelson relieved Osteen at that point and got Blake to ground out. Kosco doubled home Mota in the top of the ninth to add an insurance run, and Brewer nailed it down in the ninth.

Player of the series: Singer allowed just two runs in 14 innings over two starts, but we'll go with platoon outfielder Kosco, who was 7-for-15 with two homers, a double, five RBIs and three runs scored.

Player availability: Brewer pitched six innings in the final fout games. Even with two off days mixed in, don't use him for more than an inning in Game One, and if he pitches in that one, sit him in Game Two.

Projected rotation: Singer-Sutton-Osteen-Singer-(Sutton)-(Osteen)-(Singer)

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