1961 Rules!

The ’61 Yankees have overcome a 3-0 deficit to advance to the finals.

Apparently, I should never try to predict simulation baseball again.

Now the 1946 Red Sox and Ted Williams are up next- it should be a treat.

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Round 2 – Semis – Red Sox

The 1946 Red Sox have a 3-2 lead in the Red Sox. The gem of the series so far is Tim Wakefield’s no-hitter in game 4. If it weren’t a simulation, it would have been the 3rd playoff no-hitter in MLB history.

Now back to chipping ice off my roof.

Game Recaps:

Game 3 – Pedro Martinez (1-2) vs. Mickey Harris (1-0)

With the 1946 Sox leading 2-0 and going home Mickey Harris took the ball and threw a gem. Harris gave up five hits over nine innings and shutout the 2004 Sox 5-0. Ted Williams hit a homer in the sixth but Harris was the story today. Pedro Martinez took his third loss of the YRRS and the offense sputtered again leaving the ’04 Sox at the brink of elimination.

Game 4 – Tim Wakefield (1-1) vs. Dave Ferris (2-0)

When knuckleballer Tim Wakefield pitches you never know what you will get. Today Wakefield issued six walks, but zero hits! A no-hitter! Wakefield had quite the active knuckleball today and finally the ’04 Sox bats seemed to wake up. Bill Mueller had 3 RBI and Johnny Damon added two more in the 6-0 win. Just what 2004 needed.

Game 5 – Derek Lowe (2-0) vs. Joe Dobson (1-0)

Leading three games to two, the 1946 Sox scored first in the bottom of the second on a two out single by Bobby Doerr and a run scoring double by Pinky Higgins. They added another run an inning later when Johnny Pesky set the table with a double, Ted Williams walked, and Rudy York walked to load the bases for Doerr. Doerr also walked, bringing in Pesky. Lowe avoided further damage by getting Higgins to fly out to end the inning. Down two to nothing the ’04 Sox broke through in the top of the fifth. Varitek led off with a walk, went to second on a single by Bellhorn, both advanced when Damon walked loading them up for Orlando Cabrera. Cabrera hit a grounder to third that handcuffed Higgins so much that his only play was to first, scoring Varitek. The next pitch to Manny Ramirez was a wild pitch scoring Bellhorn. After a called strike, Dobson’s 1-1 pitch to Manny was yanked out over the green monster in left for a 4-2 lead. In the bottom of the 6th, 1946 bounced back to tie the game at 4-4. The key hit was a two run double by Johnny Pesky. With the season hanging in the balance and a 4-4 game in the top of the 9th, the 2004 Sox came to bat against Catfish Metkovich. Jason Varitek bounced out to short leading off. Mark Bellhorn singled past third and Dave Roberts walked moving Bellhorn to second. Orlando Cabrera pushed the count to 3-2 before earning a walk to load the bases with one out for Manny Ramirez. On a 2-1 pitch, Manny popped out to short left. David Ortiz picked up his teammate with a 1-1 blast to right center into the home team’s bullpen for a grand slam! 2004 Sox stayed alive with a 8-4 win

1946 RedSox 3 games to 2 lead on the 2004 RedSox

Thursday, April 24th, 2008: Wakefield King of Fling with No-Hitter

The 1) Boston 04 Red Sox 04 relied on no-hit stuff from Tim Wakefield to defeat the 6) Boston 46 Red Sox 46 6-0 at Fenway Park.

“It’s quite a thrill,” a candid Wakefield told the media afterward, “This is a top-notch league. A no-hitter against any team in the league is something special. I can’t believe I did it.”

To get his name logged in the records, he stopped 6) Boston 46 cold, with no hits, surrendering 6 walks and fanning 1 batters, facing only 32 batters.

Wakefield said in a postgame interview, “Games like this are something special. They don’t come around very often, if ever. I knew from the fifth inning that I had a no-hitter working. I just tried to get it out of my mind, but you just can’t. They have too many scoreboards in the park. They are everywhere you look.”

In a jovial mood, his manager kiddingly told the reporters, “He definitely made it easy for me today. I didn’t have any great decisions to make like I usually have to do. Didn’t even have to come up with a pinch hitter. I love it when my pitchers pitch a no-hitter.”

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008: Harris Twirls Red Sox 46 to Shutout Victory

It was not a good day at the plate for Red Sox 04 hitters. Most of them came up empty against Mickey Harris of the 6) Boston 46 Red Sox 46. He held them to 5 hits and blanked 1) Boston 04 5-0. Harris also chalked up 4 strikeouts and no walks in the game at Fenway Park.

The Semis Continue- Yankees

Excuse the lateness of this post, but something happened to my entry from last night.

Anyway, the 1961 Yankees are still alive, having rallied from a 3-0 deficit to make it 3-2. They still have a lot of work to do, but with Maris hitting 12 homers in 17 games, you have to think he might carry them into the finals by himself.

Check out the details here and check back tonight for a report on the finals.

The Semi Finals – Red Sox

1946 Red Sox vs. the 2004 Red Sox:

Game 1 – Box Score

Faulty relief from close Keith Foulke, led to a late came comeback by the 1946 Red Sox. Foulke came into the top of the 9th with a 5-4 lead and gave up a walk and then home run to Bobby Doerr. blmeanie aptly noticed that the Red Sox put in Dave Roberts as a pinch runner and who scored the 2004 Red Sox 5th (and final) run.

Game 2 – Box Score

A stellar outing by Curt Schilling wasn’t enough to overcome his offense’s lack of production. With Manny Ramirez hitting just .259 in the playoffs, they just aren’t scoring enough. Interestingly, Ted Williams went 0-5 with a walk. Bet he didn’t do that much in his career.

The 1946 team’s Tex Hughson pitched 8 strong innings and Bob Klingler and Earl Johnson pitched 4 innings of no-run ball in this 12-inning game.

Bullpen woes again undid the 2004 Red Sox as Keith Foulke allowed 3 hits, 1 bb and 1 ER in 2 IP. Alan Embree posted the same line ultimately surrendering the go-ahead run. Foulke registered his 3 blown save of the playoffs and has a 7.94 ERA.

So, no surprise, the 2004 Red Sox find themselves in a 0-2 hole. Familiar territory. The 1946 Red Sox have been grinding out wins and will be home for the next 2 games (same home I know…).