NLCS Game 1
Gold Country Gossamers @ Bertrand Island Carnies
Despite a 9 inning, 10 strike out performance from Pedro Martinez, the Ee-Yah Orators cough up a slim lead late, and ultimately lose to the Otherton Fishbiscuits in extra innings. Starter for the Biscuits Pete Alexander battled control issues but had excellent stuff, keeping his team in the game and ultimately left with the score tied 3-3.
In the bottom of the 8th star shortstop led of the inning with a triple and and two batters later scored on a Hank Aaron liner to center. Later in the 10th Wagner also started the game winning rally with a 1-out single off of Mike Myers. Ken Griffey Jr. then singled, forcing injured player/coach Hughie Jennings to make a pitching change. In came an inconsistent Ted Niedenfuer who gave up a long fly to Aaron, allowing Wagner to tag up to third. Fred Clarke won it on a roped single between first and second, scoring Wagner.
Earlier in the 5th, the Biscuits managed two pick off two Orator runners. Mike Moynahan, playing shortstop in place of Jennings, walked to lead off the inning. Jimmy Williams singled to put runners on second and third and setting up an improbable end to the inning. Alexander fired a first pitch fastball for a ball, and catcher Johnny Kling noticed Moynahan taking his time getting back to second between pitches. He fired, Moynahan never saw the throw, and was picked off standing up. After a strikeout of Larry Doby for the second out, Alexander took things into his own hands and picked Williams off of first before the first pitch to the next batter. It was an ugly inning to say the least.
With Martinez losing to the Fishbiscuits #4 starter, the Orators are seemingly in serious trouble. The Fishbiscuits, yet to name a Game 2 starter, will likely turn to Noodles Hahn on full rest rather than Addie Joss on short rest. Both are arguably better than the Orator #2 and #3 starters Larry Dierker and Deacon Phillippe.
Starting Pitchers Results
Martinez (EYO): 9.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 10 K
Alexander(OFB): 8.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 6 K