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World Series, Game 1
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DMBO 2005 World Series

Minnesota Twins at St. Louis Cardinals

Game 1

The 4th Fall Classic in DMBO will be a re-match of the 1987 World Series, in which the Minnesota Twins defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in 7 games, with the home team winning each game of the series.  In this series, the Cardinals will have home field advantage due to the National League winning the inter-league series.

The game 1 pitching pairings were Mark Buehrle for the Cardinals against Kris Benson of the Twins.  Buehrle went 18-4 with a 2.92 ERA for the Cardinals after being acquired in an early summer trade from the Chicago White Sox.  In the 2005 playoffs, Buehrle has made 4 starts and is 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA over 28 innings.  Benson was 10-8 on the year with a 4.69 ERA and has made 2 starts in the 2005 playoffs, going 0-1 with a 4.20 ERA over 15 innings.

Both pitchers started off getting the job done, with neither team managing a base runner over the first 2 innings.  In fact, over the first 3 innings, the Twins only got one ball out of the infield.  With 1 out in the bottom of the 3rd inning, Geoff Jenkins hit an 0-2 fastball for a double, and was followed by an improbable Mark Buehrle RBI single, giving the Cardinals a 1-0 lead.  The Cardinals added to their lead in the 4th inning, scoring 2 runs on doubles by Albert Pujols, Mark Loretta, and Brian Daubach.  

In the top of the 5th, trailing 3-0, the Twins finally got a hit off of Buehrle when Reed Johnson hit a leadoff single, followed by a Justin Morneau double, putting runners at 2nd and 3rd with none out.  Wiki Gonzalez then allowed a passed ball, putting Johnson across the plate and Morneau at 3rd, still with no outs.  Jay Payton then worked the count to 2-1 before hitting a fly ball into shallow right field.  Geoff Jenkins made the catch and fired a strike to home plate, nailing the runner for the double play and keeping the run off the board.  The score was 3-1 St. Louis heading into the bottom of the 5th.

The Cardinals scored another run in the 5th inning, but did more damage in the 6th.  With Rick Bauer now pitching, St. Louis got a leadoff double from Daubach, who advanced to 3rd on a sacrifice fly.  Geoff Jenkins was intentionally walked to get to Mark Buehrle, but Buehrle came through for the 2nd time in the game, grounding a single between 1st and 2nd to drive in another run.  Both Jenkins and Buehrle ended up scoring on a Jim Edmonds double, giving the Cardinals a 7-1 lead after 6.

The Twins threatened in the 7th inning, getting back to back singles to lead off the inning.  But Morneua, Payton, and Mauer couldn’t get the runners home, stranding them at 2nd and 3rd in the inning.  Similarly, the Twins put together a 2 out rally in the 8th inning with a Furcal single and a Ford double, but the runners were stranded at 2nd and 3rd when Beltre flied out to right field.

The Cardinals loaded the bases in the bottom of the 8th inning with 2 outs and Albert Pujols at the plate.  With the count at 0-2, Pujols reached on an infield single to the shortstop, giving the Cardinals a 8-1 lead.  Eric Chavez then grounded out to 2nd to end the inning with the damage minimized, but time short.

In the top of the 9th, Buehrle took the mound to try to finish the game.  Reed Johnson flied out to left.  Justin Morneau reached base and advanced to 2nd on a throwing error by Mark Buehrle.  But following Morneau, Payton and Mauer both flied out to center field to end the game, giving the Cardinals the 8-1 lead.  Buehrle got the win, Benson the loss.  Grant Balfour of the Twins was injured in the game and will be unavailable for the next 6 days.