Alan Trammell and the Marauders would like to congratulate San Jose on a fine season, and an incredible series. MCM 4-1 SJC Game 5 MCM 4 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 9 MCM 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 2 1 0 0 0 7 W - Lopez L - Wall This time it was the Marauders who jumped out to an early lead. The first 6 batters reached base against Bruce Chen, with the last of four runs scoring when Dmitri Young's deep drive was caught just short of the fence in left center for a sac fly. Enrique Wilson, who had a 2-run single in the 1st, knocked Chen out of the game in the second with a solo shot. To this point in the series, the Marauders bullpen had pitched 23.2 IP and allowed only 6 earned runs, so it appeared as though the season was over for SJC. Instead, the Canusis knocked around the MCM pen for 7 runs over the final 5 innings of regulation. Robb Nen was victimized by a 2-run dinger in the 8th by Geoff Jenkins but had recovered to get within one out of closing out the game. Corey Koskie then hit an unbelievable (Nen 28 DF #'s, Koskie Fr power, rolled 93!) home run to tie the game end force extra innings. San Jose had a chance to win in the 10th but Jeff Frye popped into a double-play on a squeeze bunt attempt. The Marauders won it once again off their former teammate Wall, as Ryan Klesko had a clutch 2-out single to score Piazza and Ochoa. Game 4 MCM 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 3 1 7 SJC 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 W - Wunsch L - Wall S - Nen Tim Wakefield's knuckleball wasn't working for him, as the first three batters walked and Todd Pratt followed that up with a 2-run single. Wakefield then managed to get two outs, before Geoff Jenkins took him deep and put the Marauders in a quick 5-0 hole. Manager Alan Trammell once again went to the bullpen early and hoped that the Marauders bats could scrape up enough runs to make it a game. MCM did manage to get a few runs off of Dave Burba, but trailed 5-3 going into the 8th inning. After Edgar Renteria singled, Rick Wong called on bullpen ace (and former Marauder) Donne Wall to face the meat of the order. Wall walked Frank Thomas, but got Ryan Klesko to fly out, before pitching to Mike Piazza who had gone 0-for-4 to that point. This time however, Piazza came through with his biggest hit of the season, a deep drive to left center which cleared the bases and put the Marauders ahead. MCM tacked on an insurance run in the 9th on an Alex Ochoa homer, and Robb Nen closed out the game for his second save of the series. Game 3 MCM 0 4 4 0 0 0 1 1 1 11 SJC 1 0 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 6 W - Rivera L - Gardner MCM jumped out to a big lead, as they capitalized on two early bases-loaded opportunities. In the second, Tyler Houston doubled down the right field line to clear the bases, later scoring on an RBI single by Quilvio Veras, and in the third Ben Grieve sent Mark Gardner to the showers by hitting a grand slam. San Jose clawed back into the game, with a Jay Payton double scoring two and knocking Shane Reynolds out of the game in the 4th. The Canusis got two more in the 5th off reliever Mike James, but five Marauders relievers combined to shut out SJC over the last 4 innings. Game 2: SJC 000 110 000 - 2 6 1 MCM 110 010 00x - 3 5 0 The Marauders got right to work, as seven of the first 11 batters reached base, sending SJC starter Dave Burba to an early exit. Bruce Chen got Mike Piazza to ground into a bases-loaded double play to end the 2nd inning and hold the deficit to two runs. A Todd Pratt sacrifice fly and Barry Larkin homerun tied the score, but the Marauders loaded the bases and scored on an Alex Ochoa warning track out. In a turnaround from game 1, both relief corps held down the offenses the rest of the way this time, the one big threat coming on a Rickey Henderson pinch-walk that eventually culminated in a failed attempted steal of home to end the 8th. Game 1: SJC 000 120 300 - 6 13 0 MCM 000 001 210 - 4 12 3 Jamey Wright was the surprise starter for SJC, but he had been the only Canusis starter with regular-season success against the heavily favored Marauders. Wright scattered four hits and four walks to shut out the vaunted MCM offense for five innings. Shane Reynolds allowed only a solo run in his short 3.2 start for MCM. The relievers did not fare as well. Chuck McElroy surrendered back-to-back doubles to Jeromy Burnitz and Barry Larkin in the 5th, and Mark McGwire followed with an RBI single. Mariano Rivera surrendered three runs in the 7th, aided by two MCM errors, while four different SJC relievers allowed runs to score, and SJC escaped only by stranding eight MCM runners (six in scoring position) over the last four innings. Larkin and Cory Koskie had three hits apiece for the Canusis. Alex Ochoa and Quilvio Veras had three hits each for the Marauders.
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