Saturday, February 2, 2008

Trying Not To Count Your Chickens

Silver King pitched again today for the 1888 Browns in VEB's All-Time Sim Tournament against the 2004 Cardinals. Up two games to nothing (after a gem by King in game one and a strong pitching performance by Icebox Chamberlain and the bullpen in game two), King took to the mound, once again dominated the 04's, and the Browns won 7-1. A complete game, two hits, one walk, and no earned runs-another Silver King masterpiece. The 04's got their one run on a walk and two errors in the fourth inning while the Browns were pounding Jeff Suppan for six runs over five innings. MV3 was a combined 2-12 in the game and Scott Rolen still doesn't have a hit in the series (maybe Tony should bench him). The 04's are folding like a cheap suit just like they did against Boston in the World Series. It looks like the 1888 Browns are heading to the round of sixteen.

Meanwhile, the 1885 Browns have their hands full with the 2000 Cards. The Browns won game won behind a strong performance by Bob Caruthers, who pitched a complete game and gave up only two runs on seven hits and a walk. Tip O'Neill and Yank Robinson were the hitting stars with three hits and two RBI apiece as the Browns pounded Darryl Kile for eight runs. In game two, the Browns were behind by three after seven but got to the Cards bullpen and tied the game in the eighth (hello, Heathcliff Slocumb). All is for naught as Dave Foutz gives up two in the tenth and the series is knotted at a game apiece. Rick Ankiel, btw, pitched reasonably well in game two, giving up only two runs on two hits and four walks. I didn't bother to go through the play by play and count his wild pitches.

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