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2011_playoffs_nc_wildcard [2011/11/28 01:50]
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2011_playoffs_nc_wildcard [2014/12/02 21:15] (current)
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 The Knights were able to manufacture a run in the bottom of the inning, using an unlikely source. ​ Victor Martinez led off with a double to right center, took third on a weak grounder by Clint Barmes that David Wright had to charge, then scored on a very close play at the plate: ​ Shortstop Jamey Carroll was playing in, but couldn'​t transfer the ball quickly enough on a very weak grounder by Manny Ramirez. ​ No further damage was done in the inning, and Morin Heights still led, 5-3. The Knights were able to manufacture a run in the bottom of the inning, using an unlikely source. ​ Victor Martinez led off with a double to right center, took third on a weak grounder by Clint Barmes that David Wright had to charge, then scored on a very close play at the plate: ​ Shortstop Jamey Carroll was playing in, but couldn'​t transfer the ball quickly enough on a very weak grounder by Manny Ramirez. ​ No further damage was done in the inning, and Morin Heights still led, 5-3.
  
-In the bottom of the 8th, Morin Heights starter Jeff Weaver tired and was replaced with ace reliever Koji Uehara, but Uehara was immediately greeted with Ryan Zimmerman'​s fourth double of the day.  Uehara almost got out of the inning, getting Marlon Byrd to ground out and pinch hitter Matt Stairs to strike out, but Freddy Sanchez came through with his second RBI of the night, hitting a line drive just over third baseman David Wright'​s glove. ​ Victor Martinez then hit a wind-aided deep fly ball to right center that landed five rows into the seats for the go-ahead home run.  Evan Meek was able to get out of a jam with runners on first and second in the bottom of the 9th, and the Knights took the first game by a score of 6-5+In the bottom of the 8th, Morin Heights starter Jeff Weaver tired and was replaced with ace reliever Koji Uehara, but Uehara was immediately greeted with Ryan Zimmerman'​s fourth double of the day.  Uehara almost got out of the inning, getting Marlon Byrd to ground out and pinch hitter Matt Stairs to strike out, but Freddy Sanchez came through with his second RBI of the night, hitting a line drive just over third baseman David Wright'​s glove. ​ Victor Martinez then hit a wind-aided deep fly ball to right center that landed five rows into the seats for the go-ahead home run.  Evan Meek was able to get out of a jam with runners on first and second in the bottom of the 9th, and the Knights took the first game by a score of 6-5
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 Game 1 was merely a preview for what was to happen the following afternoon in a game that went fifteen innings, where half of the game was played in pleasant sunshine, and the other half in bitter cold. Game 1 was merely a preview for what was to happen the following afternoon in a game that went fifteen innings, where half of the game was played in pleasant sunshine, and the other half in bitter cold.
  
-As with the first game, both teams quickly responded after the other scored: ​ An RBI single by Kelly Johnson in the top of the third was met with an RBI single by Ryan Zimmerman in the botto of the third; an RBI single by Troy Glaus in the bottom of the fourth was met with an RBI single by Jamie Carroll in the top of the fifth. ​ The run in the fifth was controversial,​ not because of who got the hit, but who gave it up:  Knight'​s manager Noel Steere decided to remove Carpenter after only four innings of work, deciding to rely on a very talented bullpen to get the last fifteen outs, beginning with the final pitcher of Game 1, Evan Meek.  At first, it looked like a brilliant decision, as Meek's stuff clearly looked better than Carpenter'​s (first two rolls would have been IFR and 1b on Carpenter'​s card), but the odd behavior of batted balls in Knight'​s field caused what appeared to be a lazy fly ball to carry to the wall for a double for Ramon Hernandez, followed by a hard liner  +As with the first game, both teams quickly responded after the other scored: ​ An RBI single by Kelly Johnson in the top of the third was met with an RBI single by Ryan Zimmerman in the botto of the third; an RBI single by Troy Glaus in the bottom of the fourth was met with an RBI single by Jamie Carroll in the top of the fifth. ​ The run in the fifth was controversial,​ not because of who got the hit, but who gave it up:  Knight'​s manager Noel Steere decided to remove Carpenter after only four innings of work, deciding to rely on a very talented bullpen to get the last fifteen outs, beginning with the final pitcher of Game 1, Evan Meek.  At first, it looked like a brilliant decision, as Meek's stuff clearly looked better than Carpenter'​s (first two rolls would have been IFR and 1b on Carpenter'​s card), but the odd behavior of batted balls in Knight'​s field caused what appeared to be a lazy fly ball to carry to the wall for a double for Ramon Hernandez, followed by a hard liner to left for Carroll for the tying run.
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 Meek would have further trouble in the top of the sixth, giving up back to back singles to lead off the frame, but Alfonso Soriano would come in to put out the fire.  Things would briefly settle down until the bottom of the 7th, when the Knights broke through on Wilson with a floating double by Ramirez, followed by a grounder into left by Zimmerman. ​ Wilson had dominated the middle frames up to that point, retiring 9 in a row, but he lost his command, walking the next two batters and forcing a pitching change by Jocelyn Labbe, who showed immense confidence in his bullpen by going back to Game 1 goat Koji Uehara. ​ Uehara almost failed again, giving up a hard line drive to Freddy Sanchez, but Carroll got a glove on it, picked up the ball as it skittered away, and stepped on second base for the forceout to end the inning. Meek would have further trouble in the top of the sixth, giving up back to back singles to lead off the frame, but Alfonso Soriano would come in to put out the fire.  Things would briefly settle down until the bottom of the 7th, when the Knights broke through on Wilson with a floating double by Ramirez, followed by a grounder into left by Zimmerman. ​ Wilson had dominated the middle frames up to that point, retiring 9 in a row, but he lost his command, walking the next two batters and forcing a pitching change by Jocelyn Labbe, who showed immense confidence in his bullpen by going back to Game 1 goat Koji Uehara. ​ Uehara almost failed again, giving up a hard line drive to Freddy Sanchez, but Carroll got a glove on it, picked up the ball as it skittered away, and stepped on second base for the forceout to end the inning.
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 These pitching heroics took the game into the 15th, but it was only a matter of time before the Blues bats came alive. ​ Carl Crawford hit a floating single with one out, easily stole second, but it would prove unnecessary as Cory Hart drilled a 2-0 pitch to right center for a two-run home run.  Hernandez came unglued, giving up a walk to Jim Edmonds before being replaced by the Knights'​ final reliever, 40 year old Elmer Dessens, who's age had caught up with him the day before when he was reportedly unable to go (GEEZER rating). ​ Dessens prevented further damage, but the Knights'​ were in dire straits, down 5-3. These pitching heroics took the game into the 15th, but it was only a matter of time before the Blues bats came alive. ​ Carl Crawford hit a floating single with one out, easily stole second, but it would prove unnecessary as Cory Hart drilled a 2-0 pitch to right center for a two-run home run.  Hernandez came unglued, giving up a walk to Jim Edmonds before being replaced by the Knights'​ final reliever, 40 year old Elmer Dessens, who's age had caught up with him the day before when he was reportedly unable to go (GEEZER rating). ​ Dessens prevented further damage, but the Knights'​ were in dire straits, down 5-3.
  
-McClendon came out to finish the game, facing Sanchez to start the inning. ​ Despite already pitching 3 2/3 innings, McClendon was still on top of his game, but Sanchez kept fouling off good pitches (2 WP&PB checks), and eventually drew the walk.  McClendon was able to strike out Ryan Ludwick, but at that point had pitched 4 innings, so Labbe decided to have Kevin Gregg finish out the game.  Gregg is an extreme ground ball pitcher, especially to right handers, so it seemed like a good opportunity to get a double play to end the game.  Marlon Byrd thwarted that plan with a double to the right field wall, which put the Blues in a precarious position. ​ With two more right handers to follow, Labbe decided to put the winning run on first by walking Lance Berkman. ​ The plan almost worked, with Chris Duncan striking out for the second out of the inning, but the Knights'​ weakest hitter, Clint Barmes, managed to come through with a line drive to center field to score Sanchez and Byrd +McClendon came out to finish the game, facing Sanchez to start the inning. ​ Despite already pitching 3 2/3 innings, McClendon was still on top of his game, but Sanchez kept fouling off good pitches (2 WP&PB checks), and eventually drew the walk.  McClendon was able to strike out Ryan Ludwick, but at that point had pitched 4 innings, so Labbe decided to have Kevin Gregg finish out the game.  Gregg is an extreme ground ball pitcher, especially to right handers, so it seemed like a good opportunity to get a double play to end the game.  Marlon Byrd thwarted that plan with a double to the right field wall, which put the Blues in a precarious position. ​ With two more right handers to follow, Labbe decided to put the winning run on first by walking Lance Berkman. ​ The plan almost worked, with Chris Duncan striking out for the second out of the inning, but the Knights'​ weakest hitter, Clint Barmes, managed to come through with a line drive to center field to score Sanchez and Byrd and tie the game.  Zimmerman then worked the count to 2-1 before getting good wood on an inside fastball, grounding the ball between third and short, allowing pinch runner Cameron Maybin to score the winning run, ending a thrilling and exhausting game. 
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-tie the game.  Zimmerman then worked the count to 2-1 before getting good wood on an inside fastball, grounding the ball between third and short, allowing pinch runner Cameron Maybin to score the winning run, ending a thrilling and exhausting game.+
  
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