Detroit Stars - 2057 World Series ChampionIn the most dramatic World Series on record, the Detroit Stars defeated the Blue Ridge Drifters 4 games to 3 to win the 2057 Championship. The Drifters won the first 3 games, looking to sweep the series, but the Stars fought back winning the last 4 games. 6 of the 7 games were decided by only 1 run. If there wasn’t enough drama in the first 6 games, Game 7 was one for the ages, going 21 innings. Stories must start at the beginning, so here we go…..
Game 1 to Blue Ridge. The scoring started early, and the Drifters built on a 1st inning 2-1 lead, scoring on back to back 5th inning home runs by Freddie Freeman and David Wright. The Stars fought back tying the score 4-4, into the bottom of the 8th, when Ronald Acuna’s pinch hit RBI single gave the Drifters the 5-4 victory. Jonathan Papelbon shut the door in the 9th, earning the win.
Game 2 to Blue Ridge. Johan Santana and Mike Soroka battled it out for 8 innings pitching nearly perfect games. Santana came out on top for the Drifters, shutting out the Stars, allowing only 1 hit and 1 walk. The game was decided in the 8th when the Drifters scored 2 unearned runs. As he did in the first, Acuna’s pinch hit, this time a RBI double, won the game following an error by Youkilis, giving the Drifters the win 2-0.
Game 3 to Blue Ridge. The Drifters took the early lead on Nomar Garciaparra’s 1st inning solo Home Run, and built a 3-0 advantage in the 6th on Wright’s solo home run. Wade Boggs tied the game with a 2 RBI double in the bottom of the 6th. The Drifters answered back in the top of the 7th, on Feeman’s 3 run home run to take the lead 6-3. Doug DeCinces cut the lead to 6-5 in the bottom of the 7th with a 2 run homer. Rich Gedman gave the Drifters an insurance run with a solo homer in the 8th giving the Drifters the victory 7-6 and a commanding 3 games to none World Series lead.
Game 4 to Detroit in 11 innings. The Drifters looked to be in great shape taking a 4-1 lead into the 5th. Boggs cut the lead with a RBI single, and Richie Zisk tied it with a 2 run double. With the score tied 4-4, the game went into extra innings. In the top of the 11th, Ben Zorbist broke the tie with a solo Home Run. With 2 outs in the bottom of the 11th, the Jose Altuve hit a 2 run double keeping the Stars alive with a dramatic 6-5 victory.
Game 5 to Detroit. The Drifters once again took the early lead scoring 2 in the first. In the bottom of the 4th, the Stars took the lead for good on Zisk’s 3 run Home Run. Altuve added to the lead in the 5th with a RBI double, and the Stars held on for the win 4-3.
Game 6 to Detroit. Soroka and Santana faced off again, but this time Soroka came out on top, allowing 1 run on 7 hits, holding the Drifters scoreless into the 8th. The Stars scored first, on Youkilis’s 2nd inning solo homer, and added a run in the 5th on Frank Catalanotto’s RBI single. The Drifters narrowed the lead in the 8th, but Soroka pitched out of the jam, earning the win with the 2-1 victory.
Game 7 to Detroit in 21 innings. First 3 games to Blue Ridge, Second 3 games to Detroit. Blue Ridge 23 runs, Detroit 22 runs. Game 7 was set up to be another dramatic one, and all that can be said is HOLY COW. The Drifters took the lead, 2-0 scoring on solo homers by Cal Ripken in the 2nd and Garciaparra in the 3rd. In the top of the 4th the Stars broke out on top scoring 4 runs on a leadoff homer by Mike Trout and a 3 run double by Catalanotto. The Drifters tied the game in the bottom of the 4th on solo homers by Freeman and Wright. The score remained tied at 4 as the game went into extra innings. Fast forward to the 18th. After 14 scoreless innings, Doug DeCinces broke the drought with a leadoff home run, giving the Stars the temporary lead. The Drifters tied the game in the bottom of the 18th on Bryan Reynolds’ RBI double. Fast forward to the 21st inning. Mike Trout opened the inning with a double, and after advancing to 3rd, Marcus Giles ground ball, throw to the plate. Trout safe at home. Stars take the win and the World Series 6-5. Game, Set, Match, WOW.
Series MVP goes to Mike Trout with a Home Run and 2 doubles and the game winning run in game 7. Trout only batted .167 for the Series, but his game 7 performance gives him the award.
Freeman led the Drifters on offense batting .300 with 2 doubles and 3 home runs for the series.