Saturday, March 14, 2015

Tales from the GOATpen - County Series Game 2

As I've mentioned before, time seems to work a little differently in our alternate universe. While it's only been about 20 minutes for us, it's already a new day and time for Game 2 for TGTGP.

It's Shane Reynolds against Wandy Rodriguez in Game 2 of our County Series. The wind is blowing out to right at 15 mph, so we could see some fireworks tonight. Here are the lineups.

In the top of the first, after a leadoff walk by Craig Biggio, Jose Cruz sent a shot to deep center. Biggio was thrown out trying to score when Phil Garner's relay throw from Jimmy Wynn beat him to the plate. With Cruz then standing on 3rd, Shane Reynolds struck out Kevin Bass and got Glenn Davis to fly out to left, leaving Nacogdoches scoreless.

In the bottom of the first, after allowing back-to-back singles by Phil Garner and Greg Gross, Wandy Rodriguez struck out the side to keep Greenville off the board.

In the top of the 2nd, Mitch Melusky led off with a double. After retiring the next two batters, Shane Reynolds gave up a 2 out double to Andujar Cedeno, scoring Melusky and giving the Jar Binks a 1-0 lead.

In the bottom of the 3rd, Jimmy Wynn hit a monster 432 foot HR to dead center, tying the game at 1-1.

The back and forth nature of this series continued in the top of the 5th inning, as Andujar Cedeno sent a 364 foot shot over the left field wall to give Nacogdoches back their lead, 2-1.

In the bottom of the 5th, Phil Garner answered back by leading off with a 423 foot HR to center, tying the game back up, 2-2.

In the top of the 6th, Kevin Bass led off with a single to right. After stealing 2nd, Bass was advanced to 3rd on a Glenn Davis ground out. Mitch Melusky was intentionally walked to set up the double play with Doug Rader coming to the plate. Rader had other plans, though, as he sent the ball to left center for an RBI double, giving the Jar Binks back the lead, 3-2.

Tiring of the tit for tat scoring that has defined the series so far, Kevin Bass hit a 2 out homer in the top of the 7th to give Nacogdoches the first lead of more than one run in the series, 4-2.

After being pinch hit for in the bottom of the 7th by Billy Hatcher, Shane Reynolds gave way to reliever Mark Melancon for the 8th inning.

Derrick May pinch hit for Wandy Rodriguez in the top of the 9th and Jar Binks manager (Not Hank) Aaron brought in Jim Umbrich to close out the victory. Umbricht's 1-2-3 inning sealed the 4-2 win for Nacogdoches and gave them a 2 games to zero series lead over Greenville.