Thursday, October 13, 2022

Yankees Rained Out, then GW-HR in Statis-Pro Deciding Game

We planned to play the Yankees Game 3 playoff game against the White Sox while watching their real playoff game vs. Cleveland. 

While the real game was postponed, the Statis-Pro game was a classic. During the season we limit relievers to pitching any part of the max innings on their card, but in the playoffs we let them go until their SR or RR stamina run out. That resulted in all PB 2-9 or PB 2-8 for both teams the entire game, except for one batter faced by a PB 2-7 that hit the game winning HR.

Bad defense allowed early runs, then great defense saved late runs.

Judge and Stanton led off for the Yankees with back to back doubles for a 1-0 lead.

Bad Defense

In the 3rd Donaldson his a deep drive on a z-play that most outfielders would have caught, but Sheets let it get back hom for an RBI double - 2-0.

In the 5th the White Sox loaded the bases and hit a grounder most shortstops could have played for an inning ending out. But Torres let it get through for a 2-run single to tie the game.

Great Defense

The same thing would have happened to the Yankees when Sheets almost made up for his defensive lapse with a drive to center field that would have scored Engle from second, but CD5 Bader grabbed it to keep the score tied 2-2 through 7 innings. Bader was acquired from the Cardinals during the season, and if Hicks were still in centerfield it would have been a double.

In the 8th Bader gunned Pollock down trying to go 1st to 3rd. In the bottom of the 8th after a leadoff double by Rizzo, shortstop Garcia robbed Donaldson of a go-ahead single with a clutch defense diving catch and double play.

A PB 2-7 pitcher - and walk off

Hendriks worked out of jams in the 7th and 8th, but that left Graveman to pitch the 9th inning. He left a pitch in the batters card to start the 9th and Torres drilled it out for winning homer for the 3-2 win and two one series win.

The Yankees now play the Guardians - the same match up the real team faces.

The Astros took a 2 games to 0 lead over Seattle in real baseball, but in Statis-Pro they will now play the Blue Jays.

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