Gonzalez homers in top fifth, Royals stun D-Backs with 2-0 win
Garrett Torres and Eddie 'Bumpy' Martinez were strategizing even before the first pitch of the game was thrown. Garrett intended to match up himself vs Oliver Avallone and Bumpy had to decide between Ryan Petrone or Freddy Gonzalez for game 1. Freddy was not feeling it so the Royals went with Ryan Petrone who was coming off a disappointing start to the season, after a loss to the Giants. The D-Backs meanwhile went with Kenny Stengel who pitched two innings week one vs the brewers and did not give up a hit.
The Royals manager reached out to HVWBL teammate Jason Paraskevas to get a scouting report on Stengel and the scouting report was correct. Big guy who can throw gas and pounds the zone. Stengel had a very good outing only allowing 1 hit to Nick Martinez through three innings but the Royals did manage 4 walks (three of them by Bumpy). As we entered the 4th inning, Manager Bumpy looked at the box score and saw that Ryan Petrone was turning in a hell of an outing himself against one of the most feared lineups in the league. Ryan pitched 3 innings allowing no hits and three walks. Being up in total bases 5-3 with the score 0-0 the Royals turned to the game over to Avallone to try to steal a win from the D-Backs. Avallone pitched the 4th inning allowing 1 walk. The D-Backs being down only 1 base turned to their ace (Devin Torres) for their half of the 4th.
The game could not get much closer than this. A 0-0 score and the Royals barely hanging on to a total base lead but in the 5th inning Freddy Gonzalez put the Royals ahead with a 2 run homer off Devin Torres. Avallone shut the door in the bottom of the 5th and the Royals earn their 4th win of the season. Royals 2 - D-Backs 0
Dodgers outlast Cardinals with 3-3 win on bases in extras
The Dodgers faced the Cardinals for the third time in two weeks and this time it came down to the last at bat. In their first meeting the Cardinals Rob Longiaru was able to stifle the Dodgers bats until a sixth inning solo home run by Johnny Costa. This time Longiaru wouldn't be as lucky when in the third Wiffman and Johnny Wiffs went yard back-to-back giving the Dodgers a 3-0 lead. Tim Trenary took the carpet for the Dodgers and though he allowed base runners every inning was able to work in and out of trouble through the first four innings. What looked like a sure win for the Dodgers suddenly came into doubt after a walk, an error and two out three run home run by Longiaru tied the game, In the sixth Trenary would have gotten through the inning unscathed but an unlikely Johnny Wiffs error allowed Tom Polly to reach first, Down 16-13 in bases the Dodgers would come back thanks to a Trenary single and Wiffman double for their fifth straight win of the season
Dodgers rally in the fifth to go to 6-0 on the season
Johnny Costa would take the carpet against the Astros Frank Kollias and traded zeros until a monster solo home run by the Gerard Fitzgerald. Kollias handled the Dodgers in the fourth. In the fifth Kollias would record the first out but a single by Trenary, Bevelacqua and Wiffman RBI double would tie the game. With two outs Trenary came through with what would be a game winning single. Dodgers 2/Astros 1
D-backs Comeback Late to Force Series Split
After a tough loss game 1 the Diamondbacks pitched Garret Torres against Oliver Avallone. Torres has been as consistent as it gets this season, but he got off to a rough start giving up a solo home run to Nick Martinez in the first inning. After pitching two innings in the first game, Oliver gave the Diamondbacks offense fits for most of the game. After hitting over .300 for the season last year the D-backs have been struggling immensely to find a balance offensively, striking out 8 times in 3 innings. Garret Torres, however, came in with a truly vintage performance and hit a solo home run in the 4th, carrying the boys in purple at the plate and on the mound. With a total base tie and a one hit lead going into the 6th, Torres willed the win by himself and struck out the side for his second win of the young season. It was a gutsy win over the new look and uppity Royals.
Expos sneak past the Brewers 1-0 on Bases in Six
The 2-2 expos would send Anthony Didio to the mound and after giving up a hit to Dakota Kenny in the first (199 in his career) Didio would toss 6 innings of shutout Wiffle. Dakota matched Didio 0 for 0 in what would be a pitchers duel. The expos would win on total base 8-1 for their 3rd win on the young season.
Wegerzn drives in two, Ks 14 on way to 5-2 Expos win
A-Bev would get the start in game 2 looking to even up the series, and in the bottom of the 2nd Joe Gallo stepped to the plate and took a Tyler 'T-Weg'Wegerzn pitch deep to left to give the brew crew a 2-1 lead. The expos bats would come alive stringing hits and walks together in both the 2nd and 3rd innings to tie the game at 2, and with a 5-10 game from Craig 'taco' Caras and a T-Weg HR the expos would add on 3 more runs as Ty would strike out 14 of 15 in his 2nd win of the year. Dakota Kenny would also collect his 200 career hit joining Bobby Daly as the only player in league history with 200 hits.