Alan Trammell and the Marauders would like to congratulate the Quakes on their incredible playoff run and on an outstanding season. MCM 4-1 SDQ Game 5 MCM 0 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 3 9 SDQ 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 3 W - Wunsch L - Ponson Things did not go well for San Diego early, as they had a runner thrown out at the plate in the 1st and had a runner caught stealing in the 2nd. The Marauders big guns did major damage in the middle innings, as Ken Griffey hit a deep homer in the 4th, Frank Thomas doubled in two runs in the 5th and was followed up two batters later by a towering 3-run blast off the bat of Mike Piazza. The Quakes looked like they might get right back in it when Alex Ochoa dropped a fly ball in the 5th, cutting the lead to 6-2 with two men on and Barry Bonds on deck. However, Mariano Rivera came in and got Chad Kreuter to hit into a 1-6-3 double-play ending the rally. San Diego scratched another run off Rivera in the 6th, but the Marauders sealed the victory in the 9th with consecutive RBI singles from Kapler, Sojo, and Renteria. Robb Nen was mobbed by his teammates after striking out Luis Alicea and Carlos Guillen in the bottom of the 9th. Game 4 MCM 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 SDQ 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 1 x 6 W - McKnight L - James A few bold Motor City fans brought brooms with them to San Diego, but it was not to be as Tony McKnight shut down the Motor City bats in a complete game victory. At first it looked like the story of the game would be the other starting pitcher, Tim Wakefield, as he held the Quakes hitless for the first 5 innings. However, Terrence Long led off the 6th with a double and the quick hook finally failed Marauder manager Alan Trammell. Mike James immediately allowed an RBI single by Kevin Elster, followed soon after by a 2-run double from nemesis Damion Miller which put the Quakes ahead 3-2. San Diego tacked on insurance runs in the 7th and 8th, but they weren't necessary because the only runs McKnight would surrender came on a 2-run homer by Ben Grieve in the 4th. McKnight at one point retired 12 in a row, and only allowed 4 hits the entire game. Game 3 MCM 5 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 10 SDQ 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 2 0 7 W - Ramsay L - Person S - Nen The Marauders jumped all over Quakes starter Rob Person, with the first 6 batters reaching base safely. Mike Piazza hit a 2-run shot and Gabe Kapler had a 2-run double which sent Person packing. The Marauders got a couple of 2-out RBI singles to tack on runs in the 2nd and 3rd. What looked like a blowout suddenly became a ballgame when Shane Reynolds suddenly lost it in the bottom of the 4th. Instead of becoming the third out, Terrence Long was awarded first base on catcher's interference, and Reynolds could not recover as he allowed hits to the next three batter before being pulled. Damian Miller rudely greeted reliever Mike James with a 2-run shot and all of a sudden it was 7-5 Motor City. The Marauders quickly answered in the top of the 5th, as the first three batters singled off Brett Tomko and Felix Rodriguez allowed a couple more runs to score before getting out of the inning. Robb Nen struggled to get the final four outs of the game, giving up an RBI single in the 8th and walking two in the 9th, but retired Long on a sharp grounder to first base to end the game. Game 2 SDQ 3 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 6 MCM 2 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 1 7 W - Nen L - Jimenez This time the Motor City starting pitcher failed to get out of the 1st inning, as Dan Reichert was pulled after retiring one of the first five batters. Barry Bonds had an RBI double, and Todd Helton followed that up with a 2-run homer. The Marauders struck back in their half of the first, taking advantage of a Helton miscue and scoring two runs on a bases-loaded single by Fernando Tatis (who later homered in the 3rd to tie the game). The game see-sawed back and forth, with Jermaine Dye hitting homers in the 4th and 6th, each time putting San Diego in the lead only to see the Maruders answer with runs of their own. In the bottom of the 9th, Tatis led off with a single (his 4th hit of the game) and Luis Sojo followed that up with a hit-and-run single which put the winning run on third base. San Diego then intentionally walked Terrell Lowery, bringing in the infield and outfield while hoping that Matt Mantei could get a clutch strikeout. However, Ken Griffey worked the count and drew a game-ending walk to give the Marauders a 2-0 lead in the series. Game 1 SDQ 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 MCM 3 3 0 0 0 0 5 1 x 12 W - McElroy L - Gomes Both starters got knocked around early and failed to finish the 2nd inning. Dave Hansen tripled in 2 runs in the first, and Damian Miller sent Marauders starter Shane Reynolds to the showers with a 2-run double in the second. The Marauders got a 3-run homer by Ken Griffey in the first, and a 2-run shot by Edgar Renteria in the second to knock out San Diego starter Tony McKnight. Frank Thomas greeted reliever Wayne Gomes with a homer to right-center, giving the Marauders a 6-5 lead. The Maruders broke the game open in the bottom of the 7th, as Matt Mantei could not retire a batter before being pulled and his replacement Jose Jimenez yielded three RBI singles. Motor City used 6 relievers, allowing only 1 run on 4 hits over the final 7 innings.
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