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THE BLEACHER BUMS LEAGUE

PLAYOFF HEADQUARTERS

SO-CAL SHOWDOWN

GAME #1: Brad Radke of the Padres handled the Dodgers, going into the eighth, as Tony Gwynn lead the Padres, going 3-for-4 with 5 RBI and 2 home runs!
Game One Box Score

GAME #2: Willie Blair held off the Dodgers long enough to get to the Padres bullpen. Percival and Villone finished up the game, as the Padres took a 2-0 lead.
Game Two Box Score

GAME #3: The series shifted to LA, but the Padres stayed in control, taking a 3-0 lead in the series.
Game Three Box Score

GAME #4: The Dodgers were able to turn a seventh inning rally into a vicory, postponing the inevitable, as the series went to 3-1.
Game Four Box Score

GAME #5: Tony Gwynn hit 2 more home runs in game 5, as the Pads took the series, 4-1.
Game Five Box Score

Tony Gwynn was dubbed World Series MVP, as he hit .478 (11 for 23) with 4 home runs, a double, 10 RBI and 6 runs scored.

Pads squeak away with seventh game win

Recap provided by John Weber
GAME #6: Willie Blair vs. Francisco Cordova. Not exactly the starters you want out there with a season on the line, but both rose magnificently to the occasion. Both Blair and Cordova matched goose eggs...no score in the 9th...both starters only walked one batter...with two outs in the ninth, Jose Mesa stalks in with a man on...and gets a key strikeout to send the game into extra innings...we move to the 10th...Jason Kendall is hit with a pitch on the shoulder...is hurt and has to leave the game...Geoff Zaun was already used as a pinch-hitter, so Marty Cordova is tapped to pinch-run and catch next inning...Blair pitches out of the 10th...we move to the bottom of the 10th...Mesa still pitching...with two outs, Ken Caminiti walks...with Cordova unfamiliar with the cather's togs, Caminiti takes off for second...and makes it. F.P. Santangelo pinch-runs...Steve Finley sneaks a single up the middle (just the Pads' 5th hit), and San Diego escapes with a gut-wrenching 1-0 win. Willie Blair just allowed 1 hit and 1 walk...keeping the game safely away from my kerosene bullpen...
PIT     0 0 0  0 0 0  0 0 0  0    0  1  1   SP-Francisco Cordova
SD      0 0 0  0 0 0  0 0 0  1    1  5  0   SP-Willie Blair
WP- Willie Blair (1-0)
LP- Jose Mesa (0-1)
Home Runs- none.

GAME #7 - Rick Reed vs. Justin Thompson. This is it. Two changes for the Pirates. Geoff Zaun starts in place of the injured Jason Kendall, and Marty Cordova, last game's emergency catcher, gets a start for the bushed Darren Lewis (after a consult with the commissioner). The Pirates bang around alleged ace Rick Reed in the 3rd for 4 quick runs (three of them unearned thanks to a costly catchers' interference call on John Flaherty). Thompson keeps mowing the Pads down...until the 6th. Down 5-0 at this point, the Pads manage to tack three runs on the board, the big blow a two-run HR by Ken Caminiti. With Matt Karchner on the mound and the Pads in striking distance, Karchner demoralizes the home club by serving up a leadoff dinger to Garrett Anderson. The Pads rally again in the 7th, posting another run before Ron Mahay marches in to stop the festivities. It's now 6-4 as we move to the bottom of the 8th...Mahay still pitching...Tony Gwynn leads off with a single...Caminiti follows with an infield roller that turns into a hit. Tim Salmon waits patiently for his pitch...and waits out a walk. Wally Joyner steps up, hitting in the 5 hole, not his normal 3 hole, because of the tough Thompson starting today. The manager prays for Joyner to stay out of the double play. He does. Joyner hits a wicked shot way outta the park for a grand slam, and suddenly, San Diego has grabbed an unlikely 8-6 lead. Mahay settles down and gets the next three outs, but the damage is done. We move to the 9th...Karchner retires the first batter of the inning, but the call goes out to the bullpen for Trevor Hoffman, who blew a crucial extra-inning save in Pittsburgh...would he do it again? Or would he return to form. After retiring Garret Anderson for out number two, Chipper Jones dug in - and slammed the first pitch from Hoffman into the right field stands. Uh-oh. 8-7 with just one out in the 9th. Here we go again. Andres Gallarraga at bat, with the ability to tie it. The Big Cat hits a bullet at shortstop Jose Valentin, who throws it...about three inches. Safe. Pinch-runner Mike Cameron (who was cut by the Pads) enters, ready to swipe a base and get the tying run in scoring position. Chad Kreuter, he of the plus-4 arm, enters the game to try and stop Cameron. But it never happens. Shawn Green grounds out to second baseman Mark Lemke, and the Padres have edged the Pirates 8-7 in one of the wildest games I've ever been involved in. Hats off to David and the Pirates - this was, without a doubt, the toughest series of the year, and just one play in Games 6 or 7 could have turned this baby around for the Buccos.

PIT     0 0 4  0 1 0  1 0 1    7 11  0   SP-Justin Thompson
SD      0 0 0  0 0 3  1 4 x    8  9  3   SP-Rick Reed
WP- Matt Karchner (1-0)
LP- Ron Mahay (0-2), BS 2
SV- Trevor Hoffman (2)
Home Runs- PIT-G. Anderson (1), C. Jones (1), SD-Joyner (3) (GS), Caminiti

Hollywood Dumps the Big Apples in Seven

GAME 6
NYY     0 0 0  5 1 3  1 0 0  10 15  1   SP-Tom Glavine
LA      0 1 0  0 0 0  0 3 4   8  8  0   SP-Scott Erickson
WP- Tom Glavine (2-0)
LP- Scott Erickson (0-2)
SV- Mariano Rivera(1)
Home Runs- LA-Bonds (1)(GS), Bonilla (1)

Series tied, 3-3

GAME 7
NYY     0 0 0  0 0 0  0 0 0   0  4  2   SP-Greg Maddux
LA      1 1 0  0 0 0  0 0 x   2  6  1   SP-Kirk Rueter
WP- Kirk Rueter (1-0)
LP- Greg Maddux (0-3)
SV- Ricky Bottalico (3)
Home Runs- Daulton (2)

LA wins series, 4-3

Bucs 1-up the Padres; Dodgers handle the Yanks

San Diego-Pittsburgh
The Pirates turned the table around on the Padres and have taken the series lead, 3-2.
Thanks to Dave for writing up the games for us.

Game 3 was decided in 11 innings on an RBI SF by Jason Kendall to score Mike Cameron, who after reaching 1st on Trevor Hoffman, stole 2nd and 3rd to then score on Kendall's SF. Game 3 was a real close, tight game, especially through the latter innings, as both teams bullpen were disasters and blowing saves. Neither Hoffman nor Mesa were very effective, although Mesa got screwed on an error by Jay Bell. Vey exciting game. Pirates win it in 11 7-6. But major damage was done as Andy Benes left due to an injury and will be out 10 days.

GAME 3                            R  H  E
SD     0 1 0  0 0 0  2 1 2  0 0   6 11  1   SP-Willie Blair
PIT    0 0 0  0 0 0  3 3 0  0 1   7 12  2   SP-Andy Benes
WP- Ron Mahay (1-1)
LP- Trevor Hoffman (0-1)
Home Runs- SD-Joyner (2) 1

San Diego leads series, 2-1

Game 4 belonged to Justin Thompson as he tossed a complete game 4-hit shutout in a 4-0 Pirate win. Chipper Jones' RBI grounder in 1st all Thompson needed although Dmitri Young hit a HR as well. Shawn Green and Garrett Anderson added rbi singles, too.

GAME 4                      R  H  E
SD     0 0 0  0 0 0  0 0 0  0  4  1   SP-Rick Reed
PIT    1 0 0  0 1 2  0 0 x  4  7  0   SP-Justin Thompson
WP-Justin Thompson (1-0)
LP-Rick Reed (1-1)
Home Runs- PIT-Dmitri Young

Series Tied, 2-2

Game 5 saw Chris Holt go 6 solid innings for his game/first playoff win. Backed by Garrett Anderson and several other Pirate players he was able to get a 6-4 win with some help from the bullpen this time (except for DeJean who gave up 1 run in 0 IP). Brad Radke knocked out of game in 3rd allowing 5 runs, 2 earned in 2.2 ip on 7 hits. Was surprised Radke was removed by the manager as he hadn't been downgraded due to the unearned runs.

GAME 5                      R  H  E
SD     2 0 0  1 0 0  0 1 0  4 11  2   SP-Brad Radke
PIT    1 0 4  0 0 0  1 0 x  6 10  1   SP-Chris Holt
WP-Chris Holt (1-0)
LP-Brad Radke (0-1)
SV-Jose Mesa (1)
Home Runs- None.

Los Angeles-New York
The Yankees had a chance to move ahead of the Dodgers, but couldn't handle the Dodgers' mighty offense at home.

GAME 3                      R  H  E
LA     1 0 0  0 0 5  0 7 0 13 12  0   SP-Kirk Rueter
NYY    2 0 1  0 2 0  0 0 1  6 15  0   SP-Jimmy Key
WP-Scott Radinsky (1-0)
LP-Jimmy Key (0-1)
Home Runs- LA-Piazza 1, Burnitz 1, NY-Valentin 1, Kent 1

Los Angeles leads series, 2-1

GAME 4                      R  H  E
LA     1 0 0  0 0 0  0 2 0  3 11  2   SP-Ramon Martinez
NYY    0 3 3  0 2 2  0 1 x 11 12  0   SP-Livan Hernandez
WP-Hernanez (1-0)
LP-Ramon Martinez (0-1)
Home Runs- NYY-Delgado 1

Series tied, 2-2

GAME 5                      R  H  E
LA     0 0 0  0 0 0  0 0 1  1  3  0   SP-Ismael Valdes
NYY    0 0 0  0 0 0  0 0 0  0  3  0   SP-Greg Maddux
WP-Ismael Valdes (2-0)
LP-Greg Maddux (0-2)
SV-Ricky Bottalico (2)
Home Runs- LA-Piazza (1) 2

Los Angeles leads series, 3-2

Semifinal Series Take Off

San Diego-Pittsburgh
The Pads took care of the Bucs in the first two at San Diego. The series now shifts to Pittsburgh, where Dave will be looking for three in a row at home.

GAME 1                       R  H  E
PIT    0 2 1  0 0 1  0 0 0   4  7  2   SP-Justin Thompson
SD     1 0 1  1 0 0  1 3 x   7 10  0   SP-Rick Reed
WP- Rick Reed (1-0)
LP- Ron Mahay (0-1)
SV- Trevor Hoffman (1)
Home Runs- PIT-Galarraga (2) 2, SD-Joyner 1

San Diego leads series, 1-0

GAME 2                       R  H  E
PIT    0 4 0  2 1 0  0 0 0   7  9  1   SP-Chris Holt
SD     3 0 0  1 1 2  2 3 x  12 17  1   SP-Brad Radke
WP- Mike Cather (1-0)
LP- Joe Crawford (0-1)
Home Runs- SD-Joyner (1) 2, Finley 1

San Diego leads series, 2-0

Los Angeles-New York Yankees
The Dodgers split with the Yankees at home, sparking the long-time rivalry. The Yankees appear to have the edge now, as the series shifts back to the Big Apple for 3 games.

GAME 1                       R  H  E
NYY    0 0 0  0 0 0  0 0 0   0  3  0   SP-Greg Maddux
LA     0 0 1  0 0 2  0 0 x   3 10  0   SP-Ismael Valdes
WP- Ismael Valdes (1-0)
LP- Greg Maddux (0-1)
SV- Ricky Bottalico (1)
Home Runs- LA-Mondesi 1, Daulton 1

Los Angeles leads series, 1-0

GAME 2                       R  H  E
NYY    0 0 0  2 0 0  2 1     5  6  1   SP-Tom Glavine
LA     0 0 0  0 0 0  0 Rain  0  5  1   SP-Scott Erickson
WP- Tom Glavine (1-0)
LP- Scott Erickson (0-1)
Home Runs- NYY-O'Neill 1

Series tied, 1-1

PLAYOFF FILE CYCLE AND NAMING CONVENTIONS

On Saturday, March 27, the assistant commissioner (AC), Larry Korb, will send out the initial Playoff C-file, c-pllu01.alp ("pl"="playoff", "lu"=lineup, "01"=playoff game series #01)to the playoff contenders. Lineups for the visiting teams are due to the AC, Larry Korb, by 8 p.m., EST Sunday night. The f-files will be named, f-pxxx01, where "xxx" represents the team's abbreviation.

On Sunday, March 28, the AC will send out the PLAY c-file, c-plpg01.alp to the home teams. Results are due back on TUESDAY night at 8 p.m. A results c-file, c-plrs01 will go out to all playoff teams on Tuesday night at 9 p.m. Lineups for visitors are due by WEDNESDAY night at 8 p.m. New c-file, c-plpg02, will be sent out Wednesday night at 9 p.m. Results due FRIDAY night at 8 p.m.

further scheduling will be announced as the playoffs progress.

Any questions on this site, contact Larry Korb

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