Comments – And so the Gold experiment reaches its conclusion. Thank you, Stu McCorkindale, for a rewarding experience.
Marty Fiehl – (Reporting on the last Gold World Series) When last we left off, the series was TIED at 2 games apiece.
We resumed action on TeamViewer this morning, with Bob B. checking in occasionally from a TeamViewer phone app that seemed to work ok.
Starrucca comes with 30 game winner Tex Hughson, Grade 15z, and Mimosa musters Carpenter, Grade 9z. Big edge to Starrucca.
Two errors by Mimosa lead to two early runs for Starr......unearned ones, but we'll take what we can get.
Carpenter on the mound for Mimosa would bend.......but he wouldn't break. He only allows one more Starr run, while the Mirthies would chip away with two single runs.
Thru 6 innings; Starr held a 3-2 lead.
Bot 7....Mimosa gets two runners on, then little Marty Marion pounds the wall with a shot in the gap, and his double brings in TWO big Mimosa runs, giving them the surprise 4-3 Lead. Just like that;
And as if Larry wrote the script for this one, he goes to his pen for the Final Two innings, Ace Adams. He "Aces" the next six hitters, giving us squat! And Mimosa wins game 5 to take the very crucial 3/2 game lead in the series. He now gets TWO tries to win just ONE game!
Starr puts C. Davis on the mound, Gr 16z, and we're feeling confident with him.
Larry ponders for a while, which of 3 options he has as his starting pitcher.
Decides on giving Hal Newhouser his second start of the series. Hal was WILD last time out; maybe he's calmed it down a bit. And his lefthandedness plays well against the Ainspans predominantly lefthanded hitters.
And then it happened. Ol’ Fate stepped in. Mojo. Mr. Momentum. These are the Breaks. Ju Ju....whatever you want to call it, the thing you have no control over no matter WHAT kind of team you put together or build.
Bot 2..........Hal Newhouser gets the first batter, and then grabs his shoulder. Trainer comes out, and Hal is sent to the locker room for the next 7 days, which is the end of the season, which is the end of Gold.
So, after all the agonizing over whom to start, Newhouser mucks things up for Larry.
Mimosa will need about 7 innings of relief in this one.
Spans get two base hits, with two outs, the pitcher, Curt Davis steps up to the plate. And HE takes matters into his own hands by lacking a double in the gap and scores both runners! Huge 2-run lead.
Bot 6......Spans pitcher, Curt Davis steps to the plate again, this time with one runner on. He hits a foul popup, and the firstbaseman and catcher COLLIDE!!!! Oh, it doesn't look good! Mimosas Ernie Lombardi is lost for 5 games, the season, the rest of Gold...........and Mickey Vernon just goes down for the day. But It’s not what the Mirthmakers needed when trying to put away the series.
It wasn't to be today, as the three major injuries don't leave enough talent to score much. Ainspans WIN this one 6-1 and tie up the series!
It all comes down to this, the FINAL game of Tcba Gold.
The Winner does something with the plaque..........the Loser now has more time for Tcba Yesterday and Today.
Whitt Wyatt (15z) on the mound for Starrucca…while Mimosa goes with Wolf (Gr 10), and about three studly bullpenners waiting in the wings for a do or die effort!
Pitchers are doing their jobs, and its scoreless heading into the bot of the 5th when Starrucca pushes across the first run of the game!
They follow it up with two more when Valo hits a 2-run triple! Starr now up 3-0 and Curt Davis is tossing a shutout.
Mimosa chips in with a run in the 7th and another run in the top of the 8th…the last one being a hit and run triple by McCoskey…who smells the bread at home, runs thru the coaches sign at 3b, and gets THROWN OUT at home !! He might have tied the game up if he held up at third and got driven in…………but his ambition outran his feet……or something like that.
BUT, it’s still a real close game now, 3-2 Spans, and Mimosa will get three more at bats to try and tie things up in the 9th inning.
But first: we have to play the bottom of the 8th………….and the Spans are batting………Mimosa brings in the Ace in the pen, Ace Adams, to try and make sure the game stays at a 1 run affair, to give them a chance to come back in the ninth………….
And here’s where the Mirthmakers fate gets sealed:
Starrucca starts a streak of SEVEN batters in a row, in which they either get a HIT, a WALK, or get on base via an error! 7 in a row. Needless to say; Mimosa was unable to prevent any scoring during this run.
THREE errors by the Mirthies in this streak, THREE.
It was simply amazing. And then there were three hits versus a grade 18*.
The Mimosa season all turned to crappola in one inning; the bottom of the 8th inning. It didn’t stop until we had an 8-2 lead!
Top 9...Curt Davis is still pitching for Starrucca, and he retires the Mirthmakers without any trouble in the 9th.
Starrucca wins what was a great game thru most of it, until the ugly error filled 8th inning for Mexicali.
Starrucca wins the series and the Championship, but Larry did a great job managing Mimosa this season, and he handled those bungled fielding plays like a pro. I would have been swearing with NEW swear words that I just made up!
Mimosa battled a 121 Win Team (Starrucca) right to the very, very end, without giving ground. Hats off to their fine season, and a fun Playoff series! I fully enjoyed it.
AND the complete GOLD experience that we’ve all had a ball with for the last 23 seasons or so!
23 seasons? Amazing.