Fresh off of Andy Pettitte’s brilliant performance versus the Orioles last night, let’s dive into Game Seven of the simulated series. Before we get into the deciding game, let’s review the series:
Game One: 1927 Wins in a Rout
Game Two: 1998 Evens the Series at One
Game Three: 1927 Wins a Tight One to Re-Take the Series Lead
Game Four: 1927 Wins Again, One Game Closer to Series Victory
Game Five: 1998 Avoided Elimination with a 5-4 Win
Game Six: 1998 Wins a Barn-Burner to Force Seventh Game
So, all tied at three here we go. David Wells takes the mound for the visiting 1998 team once again and Urban Shocker goes for the 1927 Yankees. The lineups:
1 Bob Meusel LF
2 Earle Combs CF
3 Babe Ruth RF
4 Lou Gehrig 1B
5 Tony Lazzeri 2B
6 Pat Collins C
7 Mark Koenig SS
8 Joe Dugan 3B
So, despite jumping out to an early 2-0 lead, the 1998 team fell to the 1927 team, 3-2. The 1998 team got a run in the top of the first on an RBI single form Tino Martinez and another run in the third, thanks to a Martinez sacrifice fly. That’s all they would get off of Urban Shocker, who went 6 innings, gave up 7 hits, walked 3 and struck out 1. Wilcy Moore picked up a the save, allowing just a hit and a walk over the final three innings of the ball game.
The 1927 team tied the game in the bottom of the fourth on a two run homer by catcher Pat Collins that plated himself and Babe Ruth. The very next inning, Earle Combs drove Bob Meusel in with a single for the game winner.
David Wells pitched well for the 1998 team, going 7 innings, allowing 6 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks, and striking out 4, but he still took the loss. Graeme Lloyd pitched 1 perfect inning as well.
Paul O’Neill collected three hits in the loss; he was the only player on either team to record multiple hits…Ruth and Gehrig were each 1-3 with a walk…Both pitchers went hitless…Tim Raines left 5 men on base…Full Box Score