Lead Story - 10/22/2021
Los Angeles Dodger Dogs - Season 23 World Series ChampionThe Los Angeles Dodger Dogs defeated the Tampa Bay Raymonds 4 games to 2 to win the Season 23 World Series. The Series was extremely close, with 2 games going to extra innings and the last 3 games each decided by one run.
The Series opened with an exciting first two games. The Dodger Dogs took the early lead in Game 1 on Chick Hafey’s 1st inning homer. The Raymonds tied it in the 3rd on Mickey Mantle’s sac fly. In the 6th the Dodgers scored to take the lead 2-1. The Raymonds responded in the 7th, but the Dodger Dogs nudged ahead 3-2. The Raymonds once again tied the game 3-3 in the top of the 8th, but the Dodgers took command in the bottom half scoring 4 runs on doubles by Nomar Garciaparra, Fred Lynn, Scot Rolen and Roberto Clemente. Dodger Dogs took the game 7-3.
Game 2 was a 16 inning marathon. The Raymonds scored first in the top of the 1st on Hack Wilson’s RBI single. The Dodgers scored 2 in the 4th behind Clemente’s solo Home Run, and expanded the lead to 3-1 in the 7th. The Raymonds tied the game, 3-3, in the 8th on Freddie Freeman’s sac fly sending the game to extra innings. In the 16th, Eddie Matthews put the Raymonds ahead with a sac fly scoring Freeman, and Mantle followed with a play at the plate to notch the Series at 1 game each with the 5-3 Raymonds victory.
Sid Fernandez took the mound for the Dodger Dogs in Game 3, and pitched a brilliant 1 hitter, shutting out the Raymonds. The Dodger Dogs scored in the 1st inning on solo Home Runs by Jackie Robinson and Garciaparra. Hafey added a run with a solo shot in the 3rd and the Dodgers took the Series lead with the 4-0 victory.
Game 4 was another battle. Fred Lynn put the Dodger Dogs on top with an RBI single in the 2nd inning. The Raymonds took the lead 2-1 in the 4th on Cal Ripken’s 2-RBI single. The Dodger Dogs responded to take the lead for good in the top of the 5th; Hafey singled in the tying run and scored the winning run on a ground out by Rolen. The Dodgers now had the Series lead 3 games to 1 with the 3-2 victory.
In Game 5, Ed Reulbach and Jeff Tesreau battled to a 1-1 tie into the 9th. Reulbach allowed 1 run on 3 hits for the Dodger Dogs, and Tesreau allowed 1 run on 4 hits for the Raymonds. Harper put the Raymonds on top with a solo Home Run in the 1st, and Hafey tied the game with a RBI single in the 3rd. The game went to extra innings, and the Raymonds got the victory 2-1, scoring the game winner in the 12th on Bryce Harper’s RBI double.
The pitching battle continued in Game 6 with Randy Johnson and Series MVP Jim Maloney squaring up. Maloney came out on top for the Dodger Dogs, holding the Raymonds scoreless through 8 on 3 hits. Randy Jonson held the Dodger Dogs to 8 hits, but gave up 2 runs in the 4th on Rolen’s 2 run Home Run. The Raymonds attempted to rally in the 9th scoring on Wilson’s solo homer, but Bryan Harvey closed the door, and the Dodgers took the Championship with the 2-1 victory.
MVP Jim Maloney took the MVP Award with the Game 6 win. Maloney pitched 16 innings in the series with a 1.687 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 2.81 K/9.
Jackie Robinson led the Dodger Dogs on offense with a .400 Avg., 1.040 OPS, 1 Home Run and 1 double.
Hack Wilson led the Raymonds on offense with a .240 Avg, .720 OPS, and 1 Home Run.
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