Sunday, November 22, 2009

Warpigs are CHAMPS!

The Warpigs defeated the Buckeyes in 6 games to claim their 10th NASOMA title. The games were close and turned time after time on clutch hits and late inning homers.

Game 1: Buckeyes 8, Warpigs 7 - Just to show what kind of frustration lay ahead, the Buckeyes won the game despite trailing 7-0 in the 8th inning. But in that inning, the Buckeyes had a 3-run homer from Jack Cust off of Justin Duchscherer, then a game-tying grand slam by Jason Werth off of Joakim Soria followed by a solo shot by Jason Giambi off of George Sherrill.

Game 2: Warpigs 8, Buckeyes 2 - The Pigs lead 3-2 in the 6th when Brian Giles hit a 3-run double off of Darren Oliver. Rich Harden and four relievers struck out 15 Buckeye batters. The series moved on to the Buckeye Plateau.

Game 3: Warpigs 5, Buckeyes 4 - The Warpigs scored a run in each of the first four innings, but the Buckeyes countered with a 4 spot in the 2nd. Both bullpens settled down after that. In fact, the Buckeyes only had 4 hits, and ALL of them came in that 2nd inning. The winning run scored in the top of the 9th on a bases loaded walk to Cody Ransom. Joakim Soria got the Buckeyes out in the 9th for the save.

Game 4: Buckeyes 6, Warpigs 3 in 10 innings - An RBI double by Chipper Jones tied the game in the 7th, but Ryan Shealy ended it with a 3-run homer in the bottom of the 10th off of Russ Springer.

Game 5: Warpigs 9, Buckeyes 5 - Brian Giles was again the hitting star for the Pigs, going 4/5 with 2 RBI and 3 runs scored. Ryan Doumit added insurance runs in the 9th with a bases loaded, 2 out Omega hit off of Dan Wheeler. Rich Harden, the MVP of the Pigs' 2nd round series against the Rhinos, got the win - making him 4-0 in the post season. The series heads back to the BallPork.

Game 6: Warpigs 6, Buckeyes 5 - Homers by Albert Pujols and Manny Ramirez in the 3rd inning gave the Pigs an early lead, but they trailed 5-4 going to the 7th. Pujols then led off the 7th with a single off of Sergio Romo. After Chipper Jones struck out, Cody Ransom launched a Romo pitch into the left field seats to give the Warpigs the lead and, after Soria got the last 5 outs, the Higdon.

Albert Pujols, who went 9 for 26 with 2 homers and 7 RBI, gets the Series MVP. Others in the running were Rafael Furcal (9/23, 8 runs), Chipper Jones (10/26), Jason Bay (8/21, 4 RBI), Cody Ransom (4/7, 4 RBI), and Rich Harden. For the Buckeyes, I have no doubt that Jason Effin Werth would have to get some consideration.


Fungoes said...

Congrats Pigster!

DVs said...

Congratulations to the Warpigs- well deserved!

Norm said...

Moral victories for the Rhinos and Buckeyes taking the Pigs to 6 games. Pigman should be a unanimous choice as NASOMA Executive of the Year for putting together that team.

The Chief said...

Congratulations to the Pigs.

The HEAD INMATE said...

Congrats (once again) to the evil empire, as well as everyone else who made the play-offs. And beware! The Inmates will be fighting tooth and nail for a play-off spot again in 2010 after just missing (by only 22 games) the 6th spot in '09.