World Series Game 3
Bertrand Island Carnies @ Otherton Fishbiscuits
It was a wild, extra inning affair for Game 3 @ Otherton tonight. When the dust settled after two 9th inning comebacks, the Carnie defense crumbled in extra innings giving the Otherton Fishbiscuits an 8-7 win and a 2-1 lead in the ATB XIV World Series.
After both starters failed to complete three full innings of work, the bullpens settled down and the Fishbiscuits clung to a 6-4 lead heading to the 9th inning. Here the Carnie's rallied, singling four consecutive times on reliever Kent Tekulve. Two runs scored but in what ultimately could have proved to be the game winning run, Charlie Hollacher was gunned down at the plate when trying to home on a grounder to second. Still tied run after the singles barrage, Frank Thomas singled yet again giving the Carnies a 7-6 lead.
Then it got ugly for Bertrand Island.
Steve Howe came in to close it but gave up back to back 1-out singles to Honus Wagner and Ken Griffey Jr. Jeff Zimmerman relieved Howe, but after striking out Hank Aaron let in the game tying run on a Fred Clarke single to right. The game almost ended when Willie Randolph muffed an easier grounder to second and loading the bases. However, Zimmerman did get the last out sending the game into extra frames.
Randolph, normally a bench player, entered the game in the 8th after starter Ben Zobrist was lifted for a pinch hitter. Randolph, a man with good range but an iron glove, would impact the game again soon.
The Carnies went down in order in the 10th while the Biscuits immediately applied pressure yet again. With Zimmerman still pitching, Ray Dandridge singled to lead off and the next batter Jose Canseco hit a double play ball to second. Randolph bobbled it again, making his second error in two innings, and the Biscuits had runners on first and second with nobody out.
That was all for Zimmerman but it hardly mattered. Taylor Buchholz entered in relief, induced another double play ground ball to third, but Frank Baker made his second error of the night, and the bases were loaded. It was the Carnie's 6th error of the game.
After a liner to third for the 1st out, Griffey Jr ended the game on a single to left field.
Fred Carroll and Ned Williamson homered for the Carnies while earlier Hank Aaron socked two, and Griffey socked another home run for the Biscuits.
Game 4 is tomorrow night. Jerry Reuss (15-6, 3.45) takes the hill for the Carnies, but rumor has it the Fishbiscuits have yet to decide on Tommy Glavine (5-2, 3.59) or sending Game 1 starter Noodles Hahn (15-11, 3.18) back out.
Schmidt(BIC): 2.1 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 0 K
Stewart(OFB): 2.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 K