The Warpigs and Bees hooked up on TeamViewer tonight for 7 games, and the highlight of the night was a no-hitter in the last game by one of the least likely Pigs.
@ The BallPork
April 4th - Warpigs win 5-4. Opening day at the BallPork! The Bees struck first with 3 runs in the 2nd inning, the last 2 coming on a home run by Alejandro De Aza. They scored again in the 4th on a solo shot by Neil Walker. But the Pigs exploded in the bottom of the 4th with 5 runs on 5 hits. The go ahead run scored when Freddy Freeman booted a 2-out grounder with a runner at third. And that was it - neither team scored again. Mike Leake (9-6) got the win with relief help from Brandon Maurer, who earned his 7th save. Jordan Zimmermann took the loss. Jake Lamb was the unlikely hitting star for the Warpigs, going 2-4 with a double and 2 RBI. De Aza went 4-4 for the Bees.
April 5th - Warpigs win 4-0. Michael Wacha and three relievers combined on the 1-hit shutout of the Bees. A leadoff single by Jhonny Peralta in the 2nd inning was the lone hit for the Bees. The game was knotted at 0 going to the bottom of the 8th, but the Pigs strung together 5 hits and a walk (along with 2 stolen bases) in the inning. The first run scored on a single by Prince Fielder. Lorenzo Cain, Jason Kipnis, and Ian Kinsler also drove in runs in the inning. Brandon Maurer (3-2) was the beneficiary of the sudden offense, earning the win. Neither Wacha nor the Bees' Alex Wood allowed a run, but neither figured in the decision. Darrin Ruf was 3-3 for the Pigs, and ironically, Fielder was pinch-hitting for Ruf when he knocked in the first run of the game.
April 6th - Warpigs win 6-4. The Bees jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the 3rd inning, two of the runs coming when Yangervis Solarte hit a bases-loaded double. The Pigs roared back with a 4-spot in the 6th. Kipnis singled in the first run, and Kinsler greeted reliever Steve Geltz with a 3-run homer to left. In the top of the 8th, the Bees tied it with a Maikel Franco homer off of Antonio Bastardo. (For those of you keeping score at home, the homer was on a 3-4 roll - the same damn roll on which Bastardo surrendered a game-tying home run against the Inmates two days ago. WTH!) In the bottom of the inning, Ian Kinsler doubled with 2-outs and Prince Fielder on first base. Big Daddy had to outrun the throw from the outfield to score the go-ahead run, belly-flopping onto the plate... SAFE! Martin Prado added an insurance run by singling home Kinsler. Pedro Strop (4-4) got the win, with Maurer earning his 8th save.
@ The Beehive
May 17th - Warpigs win 7-0. Garrett Richards (11-7) went the distance, scattering 7 hits. Darrin Ruf and A.J. Pollock both homered off of Alex Wood.
May 18th - Killer Bees win 6-3. The Bees finally broke thru with 4 doubles, 2 triples, and 2 homers (Freddy Freeman and Robinson Chirinos). Julio Tehran gave up single runs in each of the first 3 innings, but the Pig bats turned quiet after that. Liam Hendriks went the final 2 innings for the save. Fielder had 3 hits for the Pigs. Kipnis homered. Mike Leake (9-7) took the loss. Jimmy Rollins went 4-4 for the Bees, and as Mike Leake said afterward, "If Jimmy Rollins goes 4-4 against you, you don't deserve to win."
Back @ The BallPork
June 28th - Warpigs win 3-2 in 13 innings. The Bees scored 2 runs in the 2nd inning when Gregory Polanco homered following a LoCain error in RF. The game stayed 2-0 until the 9th. Alex Wood pitched well again, scrambling out of several messes, but Liam Hendriks couldn't repeat his success from the day before. In the bottom of the 9th, Pollock tied the game with a dramatic 2-run homer off of Hendriks. In the bottom of the 12th inning, Fielder led off with a triple (the big boy can run!), but some deft and clever managing by the Beeboy that included 2 intentional walks left Prince at third. In the 13th, however, Kipnis doubled and Pollock singled him home for the walk-off victory. Josh Tomlin had a great outing, allowing only 3 hits with no walks in 9 innings. He struck out 9. Bastardo (4-2) got the win. Pollock had 4 hits.
June 29th - Warpigs win 2-0. For the third time in the 30-year Warpig history, a Pig hurler tossed a no-hitter. The unlikely ace was Jake Peavy (7-2). who struck out 8, walking no one. The only base runner reached on a dropped fly ball in LF. Ender Inciarte made up for the error by going 3-4 with a home run that broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the 7th, allowing everyone in the park to concentrate on the gem being tossed by Peavy. The box score is below, and when it says the tension was mounting every inning, it really was. The Beeboy was pro enough to not try to jinx it, but I'd be remiss if I didn't pass along his quote from BEFORE the game. He was arranging his lineup, and decided on playing a LF-4, a ss-4, and a RF-5. His comment... "We're going all offense this game."
The Bees rolled 14 times on the hitters' cards and 14 times on Peavy's. There were only 4 x-chances rolled (one each to LF, SS, 2b, and pitcher - all were 1's except Peavy). Oddly, there was only ONE split chance rolled, and that was a ballpark HR chance (1-2) by Franco. He rolled the 10.