Saturday, March 14, 2015

Tales from the GOATpen - County Series Game 4

After losing 11-0 in Game 3, Nacogdoches looks to Larry Dierker to lead them to victory. As for Greenville, they're counting on Mike Cuellar to help them even the series on the road.

Both teams are ready, let's look at the lineups and get started.

In the top of the 1st, Greenville again jumped on the board when a two out single by Curt Blefary scored Jimmy Wynn.

In the top of the second, Phil Garner singled with one out. Mitch Melusky then committed a 2-base throwing error on a Clint Barmes nubber, putting runners at 2nd and 3rd for Mike Cuellar, whose sac fly extended the lead to 2-0.

In the bottom of the 3rd, Kevin Bass delivered a 2-run double to left, scoring Larry Dierker and Craig Biggio, who had both reached on infield singles, to tie the game up at 2-2. Doug Rader followed that up a couple batters later with a 2-out single to score Bass and give Nacogdoches a 3-2 lead.

In the bottom of the 5th, Kevin Bass again delivered, hitting a 447 foot homer to dead center, scoring Jose Cruz and extending the Jar Binks lead to 5-2. Glenn Davis then made it back-to-back homers with a solo shot to right, his first hit of the series, making it 6-2 Nacogdoches. Greenville manager The Batguy gave Cuellar the hook and brought in Dan Schatzeder to stop the bleeding.

Greenville started trying to chip away at the Nacogdoches lead when Curt Blefary followed up a Jimmy Wynn double with an RBI single, making the score 6-3.

Schatzeder held off Nacogdoches for 1.2 innings before giving way to pinch hitter Billy Hatcher in the 7th. To start the 8th, Greenville turned to Mark Melancon to hold off the Jar Binks attack while they tried to mount a comeback.

In the top of the 8th Greg Gross led off with a single and made it to third when the next batter, Bill Spiers, also singled. Jimmy Wynn grounded into a double play, but Gross was able to score, cutting the lead to 6-4.

And that's how the scoreboard looked at the end of the game. Nacogdoches takes a 3-1 lead in the series with a chance to take home the trophy at home tomorrow night.