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« on: 8 Oct 2006 12:02:57 PM »
DMBO NLDS – Game 5

San Francisco at New York

This great series shifted back to New York for a winner take all Game 5.  Today’s starters were a re-match of Game 1, in which Zach Duke pitched 7 shutout innings for the Mets, while Zach Greinke pitched 9 shutout innings for the Giants in the win.

Both pitchers started out hot, with Duke getting 2 strikeouts and 1 double play over the 1st 2 innings, and Greinke matching him with the same.  New York finally scored on a Zach in the 3rd inning when Orlando Palmeiro drew a 2 out walk, followed by a Ruben Gotay home run.  Luis Gonzalez followed the homer with an infield single before Derrek Lee hit a first pitch into centerfield, where is was caught for the out.

Desperate for some runs, the Giants managed to do some manufacturing in the 5th inning.  Carlos Guillen led off with a single and advanced to 2nd on a Doug Mirabelli passed ball.  Ryan Freel doubled him home to put the Giants on top, but they weren’t quite done yet.  Kelly Shoppach was hit by a 1-1 pitch, bringing up Greinke with none out and runners on 1st and 2nd.  He promptly bunted both runners into scoring position to give Brady Clark a chance.  While he didn’t get the hit the Giants were hoping for, he still tied the game on a ground-out to short.  Curtis Granderson then grounded out to 1st, but the score was tied at 2.

Neither team put much together until the Giants came up in the 8th.  Curtis Granderson led off the inning with a double.  Granderson then made a major mistake, allowing himself to get picked of by Braden Looper, who had entered the game to get the last out in the 7th.  The pick-off came back to haunt the Giants, as Ryan Shealy hit a 2 out single, followed by an Eric Chavez double.  The Mets walked Guillen, then brought in Cliff Politte to face pinch hitter Andy LaRoche.  LaRochoe took ball 1 before grounding out to 2nd base, stranding the bases loaded.  Similarly, the Mets put runners on 1st and 2nd in the bottom of the 8th with 2 outs, but Bucky Jacobsen hit a ground ball to 2nd to end the inning.

The Giants made more noise in the top of the 9th, with Shoppach hitting a leadoff single, and Brady Clark a 1 out walk.  With runners on 1st and 2nd, Mirabelli allowed his 2nd passed ball of the game, putting runners at 2nd and 3rd with 1 out, and bringing up Curtis Granderson, looking to redeem himself for getting picked off last inning.  Granderson hit a groundball to shortstop, and Cesar Izturis threw home, getting Shoppach at the plate.  Francoeur then struck out to end the inning.  The Mets then went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the 9th to give us the 3rd extra inning game in this series.

After close calls in the last 2 innings, the Giants hoped to put some runs across the plate in the 10th.  Shealy walked, followed by an Eric Chavez infield single.  Kevin Gregg relieved Aaron Heilman and put Carlos Guillen into an 0-2 count before giving up an RBI single.  Eric Chavez was thrown out at home on a Chulk groundball before Shoppach walked to load the bases with 1 out.  Jose Hernandez lined out to centerfield, looking to get the Mtes out of the inning with just a 1 run deficit.  However, Gregg threw a wild pitch to score a run, followed by a Brady Clark 2 run single, giving the Giants a 6-2 lead heading into the bottom of the 10th.

The Mets got their crowd right back into the game in the bottom of the inning, when Ichiro hit a leadoff single, followed by an Orlando Palmeiro home run to put New York down 2 runs with no outs.  Grabow relieved Chulk and gave up a 1st pitch double to Gotay, putting the crowd into a frenzy.  The heart of the order was going to come to the plate as the tying run with no outs.  Luis Gonzalez grounded a 1-1 pitch to short for the 1st out.  Derrek Lee struck out on three pitches for the 2nd out.  And Carlos Beltran hit a 1-2 pitch into right field, but it was caught for the 3rd and final out.  Final Score – San Francisco 6, New York 4


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« Reply #1 on: 8 Oct 2006 12:04:30 PM »
I released the results a day early - I figured no one would be upset with that, since the Mets and Giants were ready to go.

Games 1 of the LCS will start on Wednesday.  Look for a schedule in general discussion.

Brian (Mets)

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« Reply #2 on: 8 Oct 2006 2:21:41 PM »
Congrats to the Giants, great series!

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« Reply #3 on: 8 Oct 2006 3:01:42 PM »
Pretty obvious these two teams were evenly matched!  We both had considerably better road records than home records during the regular season, and the visiting team won all five games in the series.  Well played, Mets.  

Thanks, Robb, for playing the game early.  More time to study dragon slaying.
-Bruce (Giants)