Camden Home Opener
[Sorry for not having all the names, I only have my sheets ... but this is still an amazing story.]
"Welcome back. For those of you just joining in, the RockOrioles are up by one going into the ninth. The Orioles lost the first game of the series 4-1, and won the second 17-7. That game featured 17 batters in the fourth inning, and three pitchers (The '5 runs in an inning rule.') There's been terrible defence all around, which you'd expect from the Florida team."
"Yes, everyone remembers Scott's selection of Hanley "Error" Ramirez ..."
"True, but our boys have three (including 2 two-base errors), not to mention a passed ball."
"Still, Orioles are up by one, and we're safely in the bullpen. One of our starters may get the win. Pedro Feliciano is in for a long middle relief and gets the first batter. He walks the next batter ... The batter is pulled for a pinch hitter ... and now Brian is walking to the mound. Looks like they are going for Rivera. Now, scott is pulling the pinch hitter for a different pitch hitter! Not every day you see someone in the game for no plate appearances and no defence..."
"Trying to play that left vs right game. He's going to be hurting on defence, but this is the ninth."
"And it doesn't matter, Rivera gets the strikeout."
"We've got another pinch hitter... he hits an easy grounder to Orlando Hudson, and Hudson drops the ball! He completely muffs the play! The final out to end the game. Ooh, Hudson only had 12 errors last year and that's his second of the series."
"Rivera gives up a hit, two runs score! Oh, that error has hurt us. The RockOrioles escape without further damage, but we're down by one in the bottom of the ninth. Francoeur is pulled to put the Left Cliff Floyd in. Floyd hits slightly better ... Zambrano takes his leave after 8 IP to be replaced by downs. And he gets Floyd to strikeout looking."
"Next up is Orlando Cabrera. Downs was a LOOGY, so he gets pulled for Fredrick Rodriguez."
"And Cabrera smashes a shot down the right field line ... its sneaks into the corner ... he's easily into third. A triple! Next up is Hudson, he can redeem himself with a big hit ... but he strikes out. Next up is the DH Moises Alou ... and the manager pulls him!"
"Well, Alou isn't clutch at all. He's as bad as A-Rod" [Alou has 13 hit chances turn into out in clutch situations.] "In comes Mark DeFranco ... He hits a strong shot to Hanley Ramirez and Ramirez flubs it ! Cabrera scores, DeRosa is safe ... the scorer charges another error. Matt Holliday, who hasn't lived up to expectations of a first round draft pick, strikes out. We're playing extra innings."
Rivera gives up a walk (I believe), and the runner promptly steals 2nd. The hit sends a runner home, and FRod gives up a hit and walk, but in the other order, so the RockOrioles lose 6-5 (in 10).
How bad was the defence? Well, apart from each team dropping a game-winning play ...
- The Orioles scored 23 runs ... 11 earned.
- There were 3 multiple-base errors.
After this series Scott is 4-2, and I'm 3-3.