And we're back under the dome in Nacogdoches where the local Andujar Jar Binks look to game 2 winner Wandy Rodriguez to help them take the Astros County Series with a win tonight. Shane Reynolds takes the hill again for Greenville.
Before we look at tonight's lineups, a bit of scary news. Huffman SeanBerry Shortcake catcher Milt May is shaken but ok after he was involved in a scary car accident last night. The car, which was completely totaled when May smashed into a highway barrier, was a custom-built luxury Rolls Royce valued at half a million dollars.
May angrily declined to take questions as he limped out of the hospital following the incident, but his publicist released the following statement: "Milt is happy to be home and knows how lucky he is to have escaped nearly unhurt. He will be more careful in the future." No further information was available as to the cause of the accident, and an investigation is ongoing.
Now let's get back to the action with tonight's lineups.
Nacogdoches struck first in the bottom of the 1st. Craig Biggio led off with a single. Two batters later, Kevin Bass moved him to 3rd with a single of his own. Glenn Davis then lifted a fly to shallow right. Biggio tagged up and, in an incredibly close play, scored. The throw from Greg Gross was so good that at first the ump actually lifted his fist, then changed his mind and signaled safe.
The score remained 1-0 for a few inning until, leading off the bottom of the 4th inning, Mitch Melusky smacked a home run down the left field line to give Nacogdoches a 2-0 lead.
The Jar Binks added another when Jose Cruz hit one out to right in the 5th.
In the bottom of the 7th, Kevin Bass continued his amazing Series by hitting a homerun 447 feet to dead center, scoring Jose Cruz, who had doubled one batter before, and giving the Jar Binks a 5-0 lead.
Dan Schatzeder then came on to pitch the 8th for Greenville, who were starting to feel the Series slipping away. Doug Rader added to the feeling of impeding doom by smacking a 413 foot home run, giving Nacogdoches a 6-0 lead.
Phil Garner stepped to the plate in the top of the 9th trying to spark his Master Bateman teammates to rally with the Series coming down to this last inning. Wandy Rodriguez remained on the mound for the Andujar Jar Binks, looking to complete the game, the shutout, and the Series. Garner struck out on 3 pitches, bringing up Greg Gross. With the count full, Gross walked. Jimmy Wynn strode to the plate and flared the first pitch he saw to right, where Kevin Bass was waiting for out number two. Joe Ferguson kept the season alive with a double to left, moving Gross to 3rd. Justin Maxwell then turned on a 3-1 pitch to deep right field...where it landed safely in the glove of Kevin Bass, clinching the County Series for Nacogdoches.
Congratulations to the Nacogdoches Andujar Jar Binks for winning the ultimate challenge of Astros history.