Gold Country Gossamers @ Bertrand Island Carnies
The Bertrand Island Carnies come away with a nail biter victory in Game 1 of the ALCS. In a classic pitchers duel, Carl Hubbell and Danny Haren went to to toe, each lasting into the 7th inning and each giving up just 1 run.
First base power hitter Johnny Mize was the hero. Hitting 33 home runs in 343 at bats against right handed pitching during the regular season, Mize was brought in to face Sergio Romo with a runner on in the bottom of the 9th. On Romo's first pitch Mize ended the game with a blast over the right field fence.
If not for the walk-off home run, the wrap-up story might have surrounded a timely triple play in the third. Scoreless, Ozzie Smith led off the inning with a hit by pitch, on a ball that frankly, he could have easily avoided but chose not too. Fred Carroll followed with a single and Ben Zobrist presently drilled a ball to towards second basemen Cupid Childs. Childs lunged and caught the liner running towards second, stepped on the bag, and tossed the ball to first for the triple play.
The Gossamers had a few chances as well, and outhit the Carnies 10-8. They left 8 runners on base and grounded into three double plays to end several threats. In the 7th Haren was knocked out of the game after yielding three hits, the last of which was a 2-bagger by pinch hitter Mike Epstein. With runners at the corners and one out, with one run already it, it was a great scoring opportunity for the visitors but new reliever Steve Howe induced Bill Dahlen to hit a grounder to first. Triple play hero Childs unadvisedly tried for home, but Dale Alexander easily threw him out at the plate.
Tex Hughson (17-10, 2.90) will face Curt Schilling (19-9, 3.34) Tuesday night in another great pitching match-up. There will be no games tomorrow as I am not available to run them.
Starting Pitchers Results
Hubbel (GCG): 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
Haren (BIC) : 6.1 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K