Lead Story - 12/3/2020
Champlain Green Sox – 2054 World Series ChampionAfter losing the first two games, the Champlain Green Sox won 4 straight to beat the Santa Ana Claws 4 games to 2 to win the 2054 World Series.
The Green Sox jumped out early in Game 1, 3-0. The Claws narrowed the lead in the 5th on Ben Grieve’s 2 run homer, and took the lead for good in the 7th on Andre Dawson’s 2 RBI single giving the Claws the win 6-4.
The Green Sox once again took the early lead in Game 2, scoring on Rich Gedman’s 2nd inning Grand Slam. As in Game 1, the Claws fought back scoring 8 runs on 6 solo homers in the next 4 innings: Derrek Lee in the 3rd, Richie Hebner in the 5th… and in the 6th Ben Grieve, Derrek Lee, Ian Desmond, and Rob Wilfong hit back to back to back to back homers giving the Claws the win 8-7.
In Game 3, the Claws started fast scoring 3 runs in the top of the 1st behind Grieve’s 2 run triple. With their backs to the wall, the Green Sox responded quickly scoring on Mickey Morandini’s 2 run homer in the 1st, Gedman’s RBI single in the 2nd and Cal Ripken’s RBI grounder in the 3rd. The Green Sox would add single runs in the 6th, 7th and 8th to get their 1st win of the series, 8-5.
Pitching settled in in Game 4. Wilbur Wood and Ben Sheets both pitched complete games, Sheets struck out 7 allowing 3 runs on 8 hits, but Wood was a little better allowing 1 run on 7 hits. Cal Ripken and Wil Clark each hit solo homers and the Green Sox tied the Series with the 3-1 victory.
Frank Pastore took the mound in Game 5 allowing 1 run on 5 hits to give the Green Sox the Series lead 3 games to 2. Series MVP Juan Soto had 4 hits and 2 Home Runs; Ripken and Donaldson each hit solo homers in the 5-1 victory. In the Series, Soto hit .364 with a 1.455 OPS, 3 Doubles and 2 Home Runs.
Game 6 was a thriller. Jon Lester allowed 3 runs on 5 hits for the Green Sox and Hideo Nomo allowed 2 runs on 7 hits for the Claws. The Green Sox scored first in the 2nd on Donaldson’s RBI single. The Claws responded in the bottom half on Dale Murphy’s 2 run homer and took the lead 3-1 in the 3rd on a solo shot by Paul Goldschmidt. The Green Sox narrowed the lead in the 5th on Donaldson’s solo homer. With 1 out in the 9th, pinch hitter Dave Martinez tied the game with an RBI single sending the game into extra innings. In the top of the 10th, Morandini hit an RBI single and Edmonds’ sac fly gave the Green Sox the Championship with a 5-3 victory.
Derrek Lee led the Claws on offense hitting .412 with a 1.824 OPS and 4 Home Runs.
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