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tournament diary, round 1: simmons v mcgee (cont)

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simmons (7) v mcgee (10)
the first three games of this series were chronicled way back when; three pretty dull affairs, two of them won by the cards' sweet-swinging catcher. mcgee has only 7 stolen bases so far, while simmons has only hit one homer --- but the teds have outscored the opposition 14 to 7.

full status report on the tournament at cardinal70's tournament page. conclusion of this series after the jump:

mcgee '90 simmons '77
mcgee '85 simmons '80
mcgee '96 simmons '73
mcgee '87 simmons '78
mcgee '97 simmons '75
mcgee '82 simmons '72
mcgee '84 simmons '79
mcgee '83 simmons '74
mcgee '88 simmons '76

GAME 4
a disastrous start for the willies --- two 1st-inning errors hand the simmonses 3 unearned runs. a homer in the 3d makes it 4-0 for the teds, who look poised to take a commanding 3 games to 1 series lead . . . . but not so fast. actually, fast is the operative word here; mcgee '88 swipes a base with two outs and scores on a single by '85; the latter steals and scores on a hit by '96. it's 4-2; a game again. another two-out steal and rbi makes it 4-3 after four innings. the simmons bats remain cold, but the mcgees' legs do likewise --- failed steals in the 5th and 7th innings remove the potential tying run from the basepaths. it's still 4-3 teds in the 8th when mvp mcgee --- the '85 vintage --- homers to tie the score. in the top of the 9th, the simmonses --- now scoreless for 5+ innings --- send '75 to bat with two on and two out; he can't deliver, grounding out to strand the runners. the same hitter comes to bat in the same situation two innings later, in the 11th --- two on, two out --- and raps a single. slow n chunky simmons '80 chugs around 3d, trying to score on the hit; he's out, and it isn't close. the mcgees, meanwhile, have only had one baserunner since the game-tying homer, and that guy got tossed stealing; 10 up, 10 down as '87 bats with two out and nobody on in the bottom of the 11th. he doubles, and '97 bloops one into no-man's land --- it falls, the runner scores, and the game is over. the simmonses put 18 men on base to the mcgees' 12 and win the total-base contest . . . and still lose. just like that it's a series again, even at 2s.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
simmons 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 13 0
mcgee 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 5 10 3

H/AB: simmons 13/48, mcgee 10/39
2B: simmons 2, mcgee 2 3B: mcgee 1 HR: simmons 1, mcgee 1
BB: simmons 2, mcgee 2 SO: simmons 7, mcgee 6
SB: mcgee 4 CS: mcgee 3

GAME 5
these two haven't exactly been tearing the cover off the ball --- or maybe they have been, comparatively speaking. the two sides combine to produce only five lonely singles and no runs in the first four and a half innings; zzzzzzz. . . . . in the 5th mcgee '84 leads off with a single and steals 2d; '83 lays down a bunt, and '88 doubles him home. it's a run! a steal (of 3d base) and another single net another tally; that'll be all out of the mcgees today. will it be enough? simmons answers with a solo homer in the 6th (by '77) and follows with a single; the heart of the order is coming up. but 10 consecutive outs ensue, and simmons only has 11 left to work with. simmons '78 breaks the skein with two outs in the 9th, bringing the lead run to the plate in the person of '75 . . . he grounds out. another dull game, another win for the willies; they're a game away from scoring the tournament's first upset.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
simmons 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 5 0
mcgee 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 x 2 8 0

H/AB: simmons 5/32, mcgee 8/30
2B: mcgee 1 HR: simmons 1
BB: mcgee 1 SO: simmons 5, mcgee 10
SB: mcgee 8 CS: mcgee 1 SH: mcgee

GAME 6
the mcgees pound out eight hits, four steals, and a triple in the first three innings --- how many runs you figure that'd be worth? i'd guess more than three, but it's all the willies put on the board; they lose a runner at the plate, which changes everything. the suboptimal yield keeps the simmonses in the game; they tie it 2-2 in the second on a two-run double, and again at 3-3 on a sac fly in the fifth. but that fly ball inaugurates another long drought by team ted --- 11 outs in a row. the mcgees aren't faring much better; when wizened '97 steps to the plate with the bases loaded and 2 out in the 7th inning of a 3-3 game, his team is just 2 for its last 12. leave it to the veteran: he clears the bases with a double, then comes around moments later on a two-run triple. of a great sudden it's 8-3 mcgee, and the teds are in dire straits. it's 10-3 when they bat in the 9th, and although three consecutive doubles pretty things up just a tad, this is a pretty disappointing series loss. the final score is 10-5; mcgee takes the series and advances to round 2 versus . . . oh god, versus the hornsbys.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
mcgee 1 1 1 0 0 0 5 2 0 10 16 1
simmons 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 5 9 0

H/AB: mcgee 16/42, simmons 9/34
2B: mcgee 2, simmons 6 3B: mcgee 2
BB: mcgee 3, simmons 2 SO: mcgee 8, simmons 3
SB: mcgee 7 CS: mcgee 1 SF: simmons