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9/9 ml Gameday: EL-NDCS Game 4
Posted 09 September 2006 - 08:21 AM
EL: Portland (http://www.sonsofsam...ok/external.png) center right no-repeat; padding-right: 13px; border-bottom: 1px dotted #3366BB; color: #3366BB; cursor:pointer; text-decoration:none;" class="wiki">Frank Brooks) vs. Trenton (Matt DeSalvo) [6:05pm]
Posted 09 September 2006 - 09:07 PM
With two out and a man at second, Randy Ruiz hits a single to right off Barry Hertzler and Brandon Moss guns down the runner at home!
Tied 3-3, mid 9th
If Portland wins, they go the EL championship finals. If they lose, they go to Trenton for the deciding game 5.
Bottom 9th (Patterson pitching)
De Renne singles
Ellsbury grounds out 3-1
Top 10th (Hertzler pitching)
Matsui (1/2, 2BB) grounds out 4-3
Duncan grounds out 5-3
Christian grounds out 6-3
Bottom 10th coming up
VDB (hitting for Jimenez) grounds out to 1B
MOSS HITS A WALK-OFF HOME RUN!!!!!!!
Edited by amfox1, 09 September 2006 - 09:30 PM.
Posted 09 September 2006 - 09:34 PM
Posted 09 September 2006 - 09:35 PM
Wow, what a game for Moss.
Posted 09 September 2006 - 09:38 PM
Frank Brooks went the first 6 innings, giving up 6 hits, 3 walks and a HBP, allowing 3 runs (all in the 2nd) while striking out 5. Mike Bumatay went 2/3rds of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk, striking out one. Brett Evert went the next 1 1/3rd innings, giving up a HBP and striking out one. Barry Hertzler went the final 2 innings, giving up a hit and a walk.
Brandon Moss had the big hit, going 2/5 with a Walk-Off HR in the 10th. Moss also knocked down a runner at home earlier in the game. Brian Myrow went 2/4 with a double and a HR. Chris Durbin, Luis Jimenez and Keoni de Renne each went 1/4; Jimenez with a double, Durbin with a triple. George Kottaras went 0/1 with 3 walks. Dusty Brown went 0/3 with a HBP. Matt Van der Bosch went 0/1 (and scored the game tieing run as an 8th inning Pinch Runner). David Bacani went 0/4. Jacoby Ellsbury went 0/5.
Posted 09 September 2006 - 09:51 PM
Posted 09 September 2006 - 10:08 PM
The championship series will apparently start on the road on Tuesday. Any chance that Buchholz (or even Bowden) will be promoted for the finals to get a taste of AA?
I believe they will reward Hansack, Hottovy and Dobies for their work down the stretch. I'd let Clay go home - he got his playoff game and left on a good note.
Akron is a very good team - much better than Trenton. They've won two of the last three titles. If Altoona wins, it could be interesting. Root for Altoona tomorrow.
Posted 10 September 2006 - 08:15 AM
With Brandon Moss batting in the bottom of the 10th inning, the count ran to 3-0. Everyone on the Portland Sea Dogs, including Moss, thought the same thing:
It could happen again.
Portland Manager Todd Claus peered in at Moss.
"I saw him take a deep breath," Claus said. "I was thinking, 'come on Mossie, get the head (of the bat) out' and he sure did."
Moss took one mighty swing at a fastball right down the middle and launched it into the right-field pavilion, a walk-off homer that gave the Sea Dogs the Eastern League Northern Division championship with a 4-3 victory over the Trenton Thunder on Saturday night before 4,807 fans at Hadlock Field.
It was the second consecutive game that Moss had homered on a 3-0 pitch.
The Hero - Brandon Moss
Outside of Hadlock Field before the game, they were giving away Saturday's edition of the Press Herald, wrapped inside a poster featuring a big, goofy picture of a grinning, cross-eyed Brandon Moss above the words: Sea Dog Of The Year.
Impossible though it seemed, Moss ended the evening with an even wider smile - matched by the delirious teammates who met him at home plate after his walk-off home run with one out in the 10th inning gave the Sea Dogs a 4-3 victory and catapulted them into the Eastern League championship series for the second year in a row.
"He's the guy we want up there when the game's on the line," said Sea Dogs Manager Todd Claus.
The comment from Claus came two hours before the game, after explaining how Moss had bounced back from another awful April (.178 batting average, after a .209 mark the previous April) to finish among the top 10 hitters in the Eastern League.
By season's end, Moss led the league with 36 doubles and was second in runs batted in (43) and hits (145).
Posted 10 September 2006 - 08:21 AM
Posted 10 September 2006 - 08:58 AM
Posted 10 September 2006 - 01:01 PM
Posted 10 September 2006 - 03:43 PM
I understand not promoting I am an Idiot and even moreso with Bowden. However, I would love to see B. Cox and even Masterson promoted to strengthen the bullpen and give those guys a chance to see what they can do against AA hitters.
I'd still like to see Phil Seibel added to the Portland roster, assuming he's healthy. He only got 15 innings in at AAA, missing most of August due to injury. He pitched the most at Portland this year, so saying he's a part of that team is not a stretch and his work at Portland in May, June and July is a big part of why the Sea Dogs made the playoffs anyway. So both he and the team would seem to benefit from giving him a chance to pitch in the playoffs.
I'd also like to see Masterson or Bryce Cox promoted, or, how about, Mike James, the Wilmington closer, reward a 25 year-old for a good season.
Posted 10 September 2006 - 06:57 PM
Posted 10 September 2006 - 07:47 PM
EDIT: Make it 5-2, mid 8th
It's a final. 5-2. Akron vs. Portland, beginning Tuesday
Edited by amfox1, 10 September 2006 - 09:20 PM.
Posted 11 September 2006 - 11:12 AM