Sunday, May 3, 2015

John bracket: Pirates (09) defeat Pirates (69) in seven games

Game One: 09 Pirates 6, 69 Pirates 3
WP: Duke (1-0)
LP: Marone (0-1)
Save: Capps (1)

Game Two: 69 Pirates 7, 09 Pirates 6
WP: Veale (1-0)
LP: Maholm (0-1)
Save: Moose (1)

Game Three: 09 Pirates 5, 69 Pirates 4
WP: Hanrahan (1-0)
LP: Lu Walker (0-1)
HR: Alley (1), An. LaRoche (1)
Save: Capps (2)

Game Four: 69 Pirates 3, 09 Pirates 1
WP: Blass (1-0)
LP: Morton (0-1)
HR: Stargell (1)
Save: Gibbon (1)

Game Five: 69 Pirates 2, 09 Pirates 0
WP: Bunning (1-0)
LP: Duke (1-1)
HR: Clemente (1)

Game Six: 09 Pirates 3, 69 Pirates 1
WP: Maholm (1-1)
LP: Veale (1-1)
Save: Hanrahan (1)

Game Seven: 09 Pirates 6, 69 Pirates 3
WP: Ohlendorf (1-0)
LP: Ellis (0-1)
HR: Doumit (1), Stargell (2)

The underdog 2009 Pirates -- losers of 99 games that season -- mixed and matched their way to a series win over their 1969 counterparts.

Game One, played in 1969's Forbes Field, went to the visitors. Willie Stargell twice drove home Roberto Clemente to give Jim Bunning the lead in the first and third innings, but Bunning gave up two runs in the fifth to give the 09 Pirates a 3-2 lead. Stargell and Carl Taylor opened the bottom of the sixth with back-to-back doubles to tie the game, but Zack Duke kept Taylor from advancing, and the 69 team never again got a man into scoring position. Luke Walker and Lou Marson threw three scoreless frames, but in the top of the ninth Willie Stargell committed a key error, and three unearned runs resulted.

The 69 Pirates bounced back with a seesaw win in Game Two. Stargell, who had three doubles in Game One, added three more in Game Two, driving in three runs in the process. Fred Patek had four hits, including a pair of doubles. Manny Sanguillen sustained an injury that kept him out until the final game of the series.

The series shifted to 2009 and PNC Park for the third game. The 09 team benefited from errors by Clemente, Matty Alou and losing pitcher Luke Walker for three unearned runs. Ross Ohlendorf spun seven shutout innings on two hits,but couldn't get through the eighth. The 69 Pirates tied the game at 4 in the eighth, but Walker and Alou's errors in the bottom of the inning set up the winner for the home team.

Steve Blass twice worked out of bases loaded jams in the first four innings of Game Four, and he scored the go-ahead run in the fifth inning.Joe Gibbon went two innings for the save.

Bunning was the story of Game Five, tossing a four-hit shutout. Clemente's first inning homer gave him all the runs he needed, but Bill Mazeroski singled home Taylor in the second, Duke and Jeff Karstens allowed no further runs, but Bunning faced only two batters over the minimum with the help of three double plays.

The 69 Pirates thus returned to their home park needing just one more win, but Lastings Milledge tripled home two runs in the first inning against Veale, and Paul Maholm and Joel Hanrahan combined to allow just one.

The decisive Game Seven also opened with the visitors putting up a crooked number in the first inning. Facing Dock Ellis, Andy LaRoche singled, Garrett Jones walked, Ryan Doumit doubled, Brandon Moss singled and Ramon Vazquez added a sac fly. The home team struck back quickly -- Alou and Al Oliver hit back-to-back doubles and Clemente singled, but Stargell bounced into a double play. Ohlendorf worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth to preserve the 3-2 lead as Ellie left for a pinch hitter, and reliever Marson promptly yielded a two-run homer to Doumit. Stargell's solo shot off Matt Capps in the ninth was too little, too late.

Player of the series: Willie Stargell's team lost, but the slugger went 11-for-28 with seven doubles and a pair of homers while driving in 10 runs.

Pitcher availability: The bullpen will be fully available. Neither Maholm nor Ohlendorf can start Game Two,

Projected rotation: Duke-Morton-Maholm-Ohlendorf-(Duke)-(Ian Snell)-(Maholm)

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