The Astros’ all-time playoff home run leader, George Springer, proved once again why he is money when everything is on the line. His two-run, third inning homer was the difference in team bilbos’ 4-2 win over the Cody Blue and Gold.
As Springer said after the game, “Of course I hit the game-winning homer. It’s the playoffs, isn’t it? Hats off to GM bilbos for recognizing the importance of clutch. I’m proud to be on a winner.”
Number 1 overall draft pick Jeff Bagwell continued with his playoff woes for the Blue and Gold, striking out three times. In the ninth, with his team down by two runs, with two men on base and two outs, Bagwell sent his team home a loser by striking out to Larry Andersen. Andersen, of course, was the player the Astros traded to Boston in 1990 to acquire Bagwell from AAA.
After the game Bagwell was seen throwing his glove against his locker, shouting, “Damn, I even suck in computer generated playoff games.”
The other two runs scored by Team Bilbos came from first rounder Jose Altuve’s 2-run job in the seventh to break a 2 to 2 tie. He is second all-time behind Springer on the Astros all-time playoff home run list.
As he approached home plate, shirt tightly grasped, he reportedly told his teammates, “I told you I don’t need no trash cans. There are no trash cans in a sim game and I still hit home runs.”
Cody’s team came out of the blocks strong, with Moises Alou hitting a first inning solo home run off the Brick Red ace Roger Clemens. But Larry Dierker held the Blue and Gold lead after Springer’s dinger despite a lead-off Carlos Lee double in the fourth. However, Dierker doused that brush fire with three consecutive K’s to end the inning and his scoreless 2 -inning stint.
After two sharp innings by Danny Darwin, Mike Hampton surrendered the only other run allowed by Bilbo pitching, giving up two singles and two wild pitches in the seventh. However, he escaped further trouble by striking out two Blue and Golders. And although Hampton blew the save, he also got the win, as Altuve put the Astros back on top in the bottom half of the inning.
Jose Altuve and George Springer hitting home runs to win a playoff game. Sound familiar? Never underestimate the heart of a champion.
The Brick Red take on the much ballyhooed and over-hyped Hammer H’s on Sunday. Let’s see if cold mathematical calculation really can defeat heart and soul.
Stay tuned tomorrow as the Hatter Colt 45’s take on Theo’s Theta Rainbow’s.
See box score below.
After one game, the updated tournament bracket is as follows: