Lead Story - 7/9/2019
San Diego Swinging Friars - Season 14 World ChampionsThe San Diego Swinging Friars defeated the Oakland Stompers 4 games to 2 in a terrific World Series. The Friars took an early 6-0 lead in game 1 with the long ball. Ryan Klesko hit a 3 run Homer in the 3rd, and Bobby Doerr followed with a 2 run shot in the 4th. The Stompers fought back with 3 runs in the 6th on Ralph Kiner’s 2 run Home Run, but could not catch the Friars who took the game 6-4.
Vida Blue and Dan Haren took the mound in game 2 and both pitched superbly. Blue gave up 2 runs in 7 1/3, but Haren pitched 6 shut out innings, striking out 6. Rocky Colavito hit the game winning, pinch hit Home Run in the 8th and the Swinging Friars had the win 2-1, and now had a 2-0 World Series lead.
The Series shifted to Oakland for game 3, and the Stompers were looking for some better luck at home. The game was a slugfest. The Friars took a 7-1 lead into the 6th, scoring every inning but the 2nd using timely hitting throughout the lineup. The Stompers came charging back with 2 runs in the 6th on Chuck Klein’s 2 run triple, and 4 runs in the 7th. The game was now tied 7-7. The Friars responded with 2 runs in the 8th on Scott Rolen’s RBI Double and Doerr’s Sac Fly. The Friars won the game 9-7, and now had a commanding 3-0 Series lead.
The Sompers needed help, and Addie Joss came to the rescue in game 4, striking out 8, allowing only 4 baserunners on 2 hits, and Frankie Frisch hit a solo home run in the 2nd and a RBI double in the 7th giving the Stompers life with a 4-0 victory. With their backs still against the wall, Jeff Tesreau followed with another 2 hitter in game 5 keeping the Stompers alive, and the Stompers offense seemed to also have new life in an 8-1 victory. The Stompers scored early and often led by Klein and Chipper Jones RBI doubles.
Back home at PETCO Park, the Friars sent game 2 winner Haren back to the mound to face Blue. The Stompers struck first in the top of the 3rd but the Friars stormed right back with 4 runs on a bases clearing triple by Ernie Banks. The Stompers did not give up, tying the game in the 7th on a 2 run single by Kiner and the game went to extra innings knotted up at 5. In the bottom of the 10th, Goldschmidt led off with a single, and after getting on base with a FC, Banks scored when pinch hitter and series MVP Ryan Klesko hit a 2 out, game winning double. In the Series Klesko drove in 7 runs on 2 doubles and 1 Home Run, finishing with a 1.267 OPS. Klein led the Stompers on offense batting .435, 1.478 OPS, with 3 doubles, 1 triple and 1 Home Run.