2042.4: Aztecs down Pikemen

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2042.4: Aztecs down Pikemen

Post by Rubaboo » Thu May 21, 2020 9:55 pm

In what might be the biggest upset of the Geoghegan Round of the 2042 BBA Playoffs, the Mexico City Aztecs have advanced through the Doubleday Series, by defeating the Rockville Pikemen in 5 games. The series went the distance, as the teams alternated wins throughout. The official series MVP was Aztec RF Fernando Moreno, who hit .333/.364/.571 with a homerun and 4 RBI, but it could just as easily have been Mexico City's rookie SP Shinsaku Ine, who posted a 2-0 line, pitching 14.2 innings, allowing 5 ER on 12 hits while striking out 12 against 3 walks. That's good for a 3.07 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP. Solid stuff from the kid. Here's the breakdown of how the games played out:

Game 1:
Mexico City 3, Rockville 0
The Aztecs got an exceptional 7.1 innings out of Shinsaku Ine, paying dividends on the gamble to start the rookie in Game 1. Gerard Wagner came on for 1.2 innings of work to close it out. No home runs for either team in the game, the Aztecs scored all their runs the old-fashioned way, Hsin Mei and Manny Collazo recording an RBI each. The Pikemen could record 6 hits in the game but couldn't push a runner across.
Player of the Game: Shinsaku Ine

Game 2:
Mexico City 1, Rockville 10.
The Pikemen would get their revenge in Game 2, nearly F.U.B.A.R.-ing the Aztecs. Rockville jumped on Aztec starter Scotty Pendleton early, putting 4 across in the 4th, and were in cruise control for the rest of the game. They would add 1 in the 3rd, 2 each in the 6th and 7th, and 1 in the 8th. The Aztecs would score a consolation run in the top of the 6th but were never a threat. One ball left the park of the bat Bing-de Zhao, a solo shot off of Pendleton in the 3rd, as the Pikemen stomped to a series evening win.
Player of the Game: Bing-de Zhao

Game 3:
Rockville scored a run in each of the first two innings in the rain in Mexico City, but wouldn't do any damage after that as Pedro Rocha settled in and went to work. The Aztecs, powered by series MVP Fernando Moreno's triple and homerun would score 2 off of starter Dave Martin in the 6th and 2 in the 8th off of Rockville uber-closer Danny Leach to take a 4-2 win and a 2-1 series lead.
Player of the Game: Pedro Rocha

Game 4:
Rockville battled sloppy conditions in Game 4 to take a 3-1 win. The teams had to wait out a rain delay of just over an hour in the 4th inning, with Rockville up 1-0 after a 3rd inning single off the bat of Wilson Alomar scored Felipe Mercado after a leadoff walk. Rockville was the first team back after it after the weather cleared, as Alomar hit a solo homerun in the 5th. He would add another in the 8th after the Aztecs put a run up in the bottom of the 6th. Alomar was responsible for all 3 Rockville runs and it would be all they'd need as Arthur Dempster pitched a solid 6.1 and Leach took over for an 8 out save and the Pikemen forced a deciding game 5 back in Maryland.
Player of the Game: Wilson Alomar

Game 5:
The Aztecs came out flying in the deciding Game 5, jumping on Rockville starter Dan Cannon, tagging him for two runs in each of the first three innings and chasing him before the end of the third. From there, Mexico City would ride Shinsaku Ine, who threw a strong 7.1 innings, as in game 1. Rockville would fight back, posing 2 runs of their own in the bottom of the third. The teams would both tally runs in the 5th inning before Rockville would put 2 on the board in the bottom half of the 8th to make it interesing at 7-5. The Aztecs would get a bit of insurance in the top of the 9th and Wagner would close the game and the series down with the Aztecs take the former 8-5 and the latter 3-2.
Player of the Game: Shinsaku Ine
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Re: 2042.4: Aztecs down Pikemen

Post by usnspecialist » Fri May 22, 2020 12:00 am

Thanks for making me look smart. It is a hard thing to do
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Re: 2042.4: Aztecs down Pikemen

Post by DugoutDesperado » Fri May 22, 2020 12:59 pm

Nice summary :)

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Re: 2042.4: Aztecs down Pikemen

Post by recte44 » Sat May 23, 2020 9:56 pm

That was one hell of a series.
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