Lead Story - 3/27/2020
Pensacola Raging Cats - 2050 World Series ChampionThe Pensacola Raging Cats beat the Wallace Ballers 4 games to 1 to win the 2050 World Series.
The Raging Cats took game 1, 6-3 on a complete game win by Hideo Nomo. Brett Butler and Albert Pujols opened the game for the Ballers with back to back homers. The Cats scored single runs in 4 of the first 5 innings, to hold a 4-2 lead. John Jaso put the game out of reach with a 2 run home run in the 8th.
The Ballers tied the series at 1-1 with a 5-4 game 2 victory. The Ballers jumped out to an early 5-0 lead in the game. Butler opened the game for the ballers with a solo shot, and widened the lead in the 3rd when Butler hit his 2nd home run of the game and Larry Walker followed with another 2 run shot. The Raging Cats fought back behind Joe Crede’s 3 run homer in the 5th inning, but fell short as the series moved to Pensacola.
Game 3 was an offensive thriller. The Raging Cats jumped out to an 8-2 lead, on Home Runs by Skip Schumaker, Dick Allen, and a bases clearing double by Schumaker in the 5th—Schumaker finished the game with 5 RBIs. The Ballers fought back with Home Runs by Rick Wilkins and Joe Morgan in the 7th, tying the game in the 8th on Albert Belle’s 2 run shot. Series MVP Johnny Grubb put the Raging Cats back on top with the game winning Home Run in the bottom of the 8th. The Cats took the victory 10-9, and the series lead 2 games to 1. Grubb finished the series batting .435 with a 1.826 OPS hitting 3 doubles and 4 home runs and 9 RBIs.
Curt Schilling took the mound in game 4 and held the Ballers to 1 run putting the Raging Cats in control of the Series 3 games to 1. The Ballers scored their only run taking an early lead in the 1st inning on an RBI single by Allen. The Cats took the lead for good in the 3rd inning when Grubb hit a 3 run Home Run, and a 6-1 victory.
The Ballers would not go down easily in game 5. Chris Carpenter held the Raging Cats to 1 run through 7 innings, holding a 2-1 lead behind a 4th inning 2 run homer by Walker. Nomo pitched another great game for the Cats, going 9 innings, striking out 13. The Cats tied the game in the 8th on back to back home runs by Grubb and Shawn Green. In the 10th, Grubb hit his 2nd home run of the game, giving the Cats the Championship with a 5-3 victory.
Joe Morgan led the Ballers on offense hitting .429 with a 1.381 OPS, with 3 doubles and 1 Home Run.
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