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The ATL Divisional Playoffs

Toronto Blue JaysPittsburgh Pirates

Toronto vs Pittsburgh, The Series

by "Shakey" McGuiness
Legends League correspondent
Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball


Pittsburgh (ATL) - On a wet, windy day at the ball park in the city of steel, the hometown Bucs came away with an all important first game win against their Canuck opponents, the Toronto Blue Jays. The two starters were Curt Schilling and Lenny DykstraHenry KimbroLeague ERA Champ Stan Coveleski. Neither was around at the finish, as by that time, 20 hits and 12 runs had been cashed in. The Jays jumped out in front right away with a Dykstra triple followed by an Oh four bagger, but the Bucs came right back with a single run in the first, and then three in the second to claim the lead. The big blast was a Kimbro homerun that hugged the right field foul line all the way out. The Bucs never lost that lead, but the Jays threatened through out.

 The game finished with the Bucs' ace closer unexpectedly called to duty with runners on 1st and 2nd in the ninth and two down and the score 8-4. He gave up a single to Dysktra (again!) to load the sacks before getting Davey Concepcion on strikes, looking. The final difference might have been four runs, but the game was much closer than that. If this game is any indication, the series will be a hard fought one all the way.


9/26/2004, TOR05-PIT05, Forbes Field (1932-46)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB DP
2005 Blue Jays 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 9 2 7 1
2005 Pirates 1 3 0 1 1 0 1 1 x 8 11 0 8 0

Blue Jays AB R H BI D T HR BB K SB CS IW HP SH SF AVG PO A E PB
Dykstra cf 5 1 3 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .600 4 0 0 0
Jeter ss 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 1 0 1 0
Concepcion ss 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 2 0 0
Walker,L rf 4 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 1 0 1 0
Oh 1b 3 1 1 2 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 10 1 0 0
Baker,F 3b 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 0 1 0 0
Kelley lf 4 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 1 0 0 0
Alfonzo 2b 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 2 4 0 0
McGwire ph 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0
Gowdy c 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 4 0 0 1
Sosa ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0
Schilling p 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 1 0 0
Guerrero,V ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0
Ford p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 1 1 0 0
Harimoto ph 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0
35 4 9 4 2 2 1 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 24 10 2 1

Pirates AB R H BI D T HR BB K SB CS IW HP SH SF AVG PO A E PB
Kimbro cf 3 2 1 2 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .333 4 0 0 0
Lloyd ss 4 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .250 0 3 0 0
Hornsby 2b 4 0 2 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .500 0 3 0 0
McDougald 2b 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 1 0 0
Mize 1b 5 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .400 10 1 0 0
Delahanty,E rf 3 0 2 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .667 3 0 0 0
Burkett,Je lf 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 2 1 0 0
Francis 3b 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 0 1 0 0
Hartnett c 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 7 0 0 0
Coveleski p 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 1 0 0 0
Williams,Be ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0
Feller p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0
Franco,Jo p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0
Johnson,Ju ph 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 0 0
Nelson p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0
Percival p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0
33 8 11 8 4 1 1 4 4 0 0 1 0 2 1 27 10 0 0

Blue Jays INN H R ER BB K PCH STR BF HR IW HP WP DP ERA
Schilling L 0-1 6.0 9 6 5 2 4 106 67 30 1 0 0 0 1 7.50
Ford 2.0 2 2 1 2 0 28 14 10 0 1 0 0 0 4.50
8.0 11 8 6 4 4 134 81 40 1 1 0 0 1

Pirates INN H R ER BB K PCH STR BF HR IW HP WP DP ERA
Coveleski W 1-0 5.0 7 3 3 1 2 74 47 22 1 0 0 0 0 5.40
Feller H 1 2.0 1 1 1 0 3 30 19 7 0 0 0 0 0 4.50
Franco,Jo H 1 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 5 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Nelson 0.2 0 0 0 2 0 17 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Percival S 1 0.1 1 0 0 0 1 5 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
9.0 9 4 4 3 6 131 78 38 1 0 0 0 0

TOR: Concepcion inserted at ss in the 5th
Guerrero,V batted for Schilling in the 7th
McGwire batted for Alfonzo in the 9th
Sosa batted for Gowdy in the 9th
Harimoto batted for Ford in the 9th
PIT: Williams,Be batted for Coveleski in the 5th
Johnson,Ju batted for Franco,Jo in the 8th
McDougald inserted at 2b in the 9th

GWRBI: Kimbro
Temperature: 47, Field: wet, Sky: partly cloudy, Wind:
in from center at 8 MPH.
9/26/2004, TOR05-PIT05, Forbes Field (1932-46)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB DP
2005 Blue Jays 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 9 2 7 1
2005 Pirates 1 3 0 1 1 0 1 1 x 8 11 0 8 0

Score O Rnr BS Event
----- - --- -- -----

************** Top of the 1st inning, Blue Jays batting
0-0 0 --- 11 Dykstra lined a triple down the right field line (CBX)
0-0 0 --3 12 Jeter struck out (FCBS)
0-0 1 --3 22 Walker,L popped out to first (CFBBX)
0-0 2 --3 12 Oh homered deep to right, Dykstra scored (BFFX)
2-0 2 --- 00 Baker,F grounded a single up the middle (X)
2-0 2 1-- 32 Kelley flied out to right (BCBFFB>X)

************** Bottom of the 1st inning, Pirates batting
2-0 0 --- 31 Kimbro walked (BBBCB)
2-0 0 1-- 00 Lloyd grounded out to the mound, Kimbro to second (>X)
2-0 1 -2- 11 Gowdy allowed a passed ball, Kimbro to third (BFB)
2-0 1 --3 31 Hornsby doubled deep to right center, Kimbro scored
(BFB.BX)
2-1 1 -2- 21 Mize grounded out to first, Hornsby to third (BBCX)
2-1 2 --3 32 Delahanty,E walked (CBBFBB)
2-1 2 1-3 11 Burkett,Je grounded to short, forcing Delahanty,E at
second (BSX)

************** Top of the 2nd inning, Blue Jays batting
2-1 0 --- 32 Alfonzo flied out to right (BSSBBX)
2-1 1 --- 11 Gowdy grounded out to first (CBX)
2-1 2 --- 10 Schilling grounded out to second (BX)

************** Bottom of the 2nd inning, Pirates batting
2-1 0 --- 01 Francis lined a single to shallow right (SX)
2-1 0 1-- 22 Hartnett struck out (BFCBC)
2-1 1 1-- 01 Coveleski sacrifice bunted to first, Francis to second
(SbXb)
2-1 2 -2- 32 Kimbro homered deep down the right field line, Francis
scored (SBBBSX)
2-3 2 --- 00 Lloyd to first on an error by the shortstop Jeter (X)
2-3 2 1-- 11 Hornsby lined a double to right center, Lloyd scored (BCX)
2-4 2 -2- 00 Mize flied out to right (X)

************** Top of the 3rd inning, Blue Jays batting
2-4 0 --- 02 Dykstra grounded out to first (CFX)
2-4 1 --- 00 Jeter flied out to center (X)
2-4 2 --- 10 Walker,L lined a double to left center (BX)
2-4 2 -2- 31 Oh walked (BCBBB)
2-4 2 12- 12 Baker,F grounded a single up the middle, Walker,L scored,
Oh to second (FBFX)
3-4 2 12- 32 Kelley grounded out to short (BSBBF>F>F>X)

************** Bottom of the 3rd inning, Pirates batting
3-4 0 --- 00 Delahanty,E lined a single to left center (X)
3-4 0 1-- 12 Burkett,Je grounded into a double play, Baker,F to
Alfonzo to Oh (CFFBX)
3-4 2 --- 11 Francis flied out to center (CBX)

************** Top of the 4th inning, Blue Jays batting
3-4 0 --- 01 Alfonzo flied out to center (CX)
3-4 1 --- 11 Gowdy popped out to center (FBX)
3-4 2 --- 00 Schilling flied out to center (X)

************** Bottom of the 4th inning, Pirates batting
3-4 0 --- 00 Hartnett grounded a single up the middle (X)
3-4 0 1-- 02 Coveleski struck out on a fouled bunt (FbFbFb)
3-4 1 1-- 00 Kimbro flied out to center (X)
3-4 2 1-- 32 Lloyd tripled deep to right center, Hartnett scored
(BBBCF>X)
3-5 2 --3 12 Hornsby grounded out to second (CSBX)

************** Top of the 5th inning, Blue Jays batting
3-5 0 --- 00 Dykstra lined a double to right center (X)
3-5 0 -2- 10 Jeter lined out to right (BX)
3-5 1 -2- 00 Walker,L lined a single to left, Dykstra out at home,
Walker,L to second (X)
3-5 2 -2- 32 Oh struck out (CFBBBS)

************** Bottom of the 5th inning, Pirates batting
3-5 0 --- 01 Mize grounded a single between first and second (FX)
3-5 0 1-- 11 Delahanty,E lined a double to right center, Mize to third
(BCX)
Concepcion now playing shortstop
3-5 0 -23 21 Burkett,Je grounded out to short (BCBX)
3-5 1 -23 22 Francis reached on a fielder's choice to second, Mize
scored, Delahanty,E to third, Francis to first (BSBCFX)
3-6 1 1-3 00 Francis to second on defensive indifference (>B)
3-6 1 -23 22 Hartnett struck out (>B.BCSFS)
Williams,Be pinch hitting for Coveleski
3-6 2 -23 10 Williams,Be grounded out to short (BX)

************** Top of the 6th inning, Blue Jays batting
Feller now pitching
3-6 0 --- 32 Baker,F struck out (BBBCCFS)
3-6 1 --- 11 Kelley lined a triple down the first base line (SBX)
3-6 1 --3 11 Alfonzo grounded out to short, Kelley scored (CBX)
4-6 2 --- 12 Gowdy grounded out to short (CSBX)

************** Bottom of the 6th inning, Pirates batting
4-6 0 --- 22 Kimbro struck out (FCBBFS)
4-6 1 --- 11 Lloyd grounded out to second (SBX)
4-6 2 --- 22 Hornsby grounded out to second (BCFBFX)

************** Top of the 7th inning, Blue Jays batting
Guerrero,V pinch hitting for Schilling
4-6 0 --- 01 Guerrero,V grounded out to third (CX)
4-6 1 --- 32 Dykstra struck out (FBBBFS)
4-6 2 --- 22 Concepcion struck out (FBCBS)

************** Bottom of the 7th inning, Pirates batting
Ford now pitching
4-6 0 --- 00 Mize doubled deep to right, Mize to third on an error by
the right fielder Walker,L (X)
4-6 0 --3 00 Delahanty,E grounded out to the mound, Mize scored (X)
4-7 1 --- 10 Burkett,Je flied out to center (BX)
4-7 2 --- 22 Francis flied out to left (BbFbSBX)

************** Top of the 8th inning, Blue Jays batting
Franco,Jo now pitching
4-7 0 --- 00 Walker,L grounded out to second (X)
4-7 1 --- 20 Oh grounded out to second (BBX)
4-7 2 --- 00 Baker,F flied out to left (X)

************** Bottom of the 8th inning, Pirates batting
4-7 0 --- 31 Hartnett walked (CBBBB)
Johnson,Ju pinch hitting for Franco,Jo
4-7 0 1-- 11 Johnson,Ju lined a single to shallow center, Hartnett to
second (FBX)
4-7 0 12- 01 Kimbro sacrifice bunted to the mound, Hartnett to third,
Johnson,Ju to second (SbXb)
4-7 1 -23 30 Lloyd was walked intentionally (IIII)
4-7 1 123 11 Hornsby hit a sacrifice fly to center, Hartnett scored,
Johnson,Ju to third (CBX)
4-8 2 1-3 10 Mize grounded out to first (BX)

************** Top of the 9th inning, Blue Jays batting
McDougald now playing second base
Nelson now pitching
4-8 0 --- 32 Kelley flied out to left (BBCCBX)
McGwire pinch hitting for Alfonzo
4-8 1 --- 31 McGwire walked (BCBBB)
Sosa pinch hitting for Gowdy
4-8 1 1-- 10 Sosa grounded out to second, McGwire to second (BX)
Harimoto pinch hitting for Ford
4-8 2 -2- 30 Harimoto walked (BBBB)
Percival now pitching
4-8 2 12- 00 Dykstra lined a single to shallow right, McGwire to
third, Harimoto to second (X)
4-8 2 123 12 Concepcion struck out (CFBC)

Toronto Blue JaysPittsburgh Pirates
Game 2

Pittsburgh (ATL) The weather was a little better today for Game Two, the grass was still wet from intermittant showers, but the temp was noticably higher. This portended well for Pirate starter Randy Johnson; as the season warmed up, so had he. He finished by winning 9 of his last 10 decisions, good enough to come in 2nd in the victory parade among the league's hurlers. His opponent Kazuhisa Inao came in a little less heralded, with but  three ATL victories notched in his glove through 18 starts and 3 relief appearanes. But if you thought this wold be an easy "W" and an insurmountable 2-0 lead for the hometown nine, think again.

Randy JohnsonKazuhisa InaoAgain, the Jays break through in the first, although it could have been worse. Derek Jeter started the game off by coaxing a walk out if the big lefty. Joe Kelley, so maligned during a disappointing rookie season for the Jays, followed with a three bagger down the right field line. The Big Unit regained his composure from there, however and set aside Vlad Guerrero, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa - not a slouch among them - to end the threat. Things moved along peacefully until the bottom of the second, when it seemed that Gabby Hartnett had struck a decisive blow for the Buccos. Batting Champ Jesse Burkett started the party off with an opposite field two bagger and pesky Billy Francis worked a 5 pitch walk from Inao, bring the stocky receiver to the plate. Hartnett worked Inao to a full count, then launched a long homerun down the left field line to clear the bags and at the same time give the Bucs a big 3-1 lead. Inao then put aside the rest of the Pirate lineup easily enough, but it seemed the damage had been done.

It was the fifth inning that was Johnson's undoing, and really, it was his defense that let him, and the team (and by extension, the city) down. With one out and the score 3-2, Vlad was given a free pass, and then promptly allowed to proceed to second when the aforementioned Hartnett allowed a Johnson delivery to get by him. Normally reliable John Henry Lloyd then booted a routine chopper to short, and the speedy Guerrero came all the way home on it to tie the game, while the batter, Sosa, proceeded all the way to second as Lloyd chased the hot potato down. Homerun Baker, a lefty no less, then added to the Unit's misery by booming a two bagger into right, scoring Sosa and giving the Jays a lead. After Edgardo Alfonzo walked, Johnson recovered to whiff Hank Gowdy and seemingly get out of trouble, as Inao was up next. But the Japanese import crossed up that theory up by finding a hole between Lloyd and Francis, bringing home another run. 5-3, Jays.

 The final was 7-4, and the Bucs did threaten in the ninth, bringing the tying run to the plate with two down, but Henry Kimbro, the Buc's dangerous leadoff batter, stranded them with a fly to the vast expanse that is center field at Forbes Field.

So the series moves to Canada tied 1-1, which can only be seen as a victory for the Jays. They had come back from the precipice, and now had captured the home field advantage.


9/27/2004, TOR05-PIT05, Forbes Field (1932-46)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB DP
2005 Blue Jays 1 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 2 7 9 3 11 0
2005 Pirates 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 7 2 15 0

Blue Jays AB R H BI D T HR BB K SB CS IW HP SH SF AVG PO A E PB
Jeter ss 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .143 2 1 1 0
Kelley lf 5 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .222 2 0 0 0
Guerrero,V rf 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 3 0 2 0
McGwire 1b 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 7 0 0 0
Oh ph 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 0 0 0 0
Sosa cf 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 3 0 0 0
Boone,Bo c 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 1 0 0 0
Baker,F 3b 5 2 2 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .444 0 1 0 0
Alfonzo 2b 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 1 4 0 0
White,F ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0
Gowdy c 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200 7 0 0 0
Dykstra ph 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .667 1 0 0 0
Inao p 3 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .667 0 1 0 0
Warneke p 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0
38 7 9 6 2 1 0 7 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 27 7 3 0

Pirates AB R H BI D T HR BB K SB CS IW HP SH SF AVG PO A E PB
Kimbro cf 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .125 1 0 0 0
Lloyd ss 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .167 0 4 1 0
Hornsby 2b 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .375 4 1 0 0
Mize 1b 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .400 10 0 1 0
Delahanty,E rf 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .333 2 0 0 0
Burkett,Je lf 5 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .111 0 0 0 0
Francis 3b 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .143 0 2 0 0
Hartnett c 5 1 2 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .375 10 0 0 1
Johnson,R p 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 3 0 0
Feller p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0
Williams,Be ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0
Nelson p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0
Oliver ph 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 0 0
Percival p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0
Perry,A ph 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0
36 4 7 3 1 0 1 9 8 0 0 0 1 0 0 27 10 2 1

Blue Jays INN H R ER BB K PCH STR BF HR IW HP WP DP ERA
Inao W 1-0 6.0 5 3 3 5 5 119 67 30 1 0 1 0 0 4.50
Warneke S 1 3.0 2 1 0 4 3 67 35 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
9.0 7 4 3 9 8 186 102 46 1 0 1 0 0

Pirates INN H R ER BB K PCH STR BF HR IW HP WP DP ERA
Johnson,R L 0-1 5.0 7 5 1 4 4 114 68 28 0 0 0 0 0 1.80
Feller 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 14 10 3 0 0 0 0 0 3.00
Nelson 2.0 0 0 0 1 3 29 18 7 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Percival 1.0 2 2 2 2 1 25 14 7 0 0 0 0 0 13.50
9.0 9 7 3 7 10 182 110 45 0 0 0 0 0

TOR: Oh batted for McGwire in the 9th
White,F batted for Alfonzo in the 9th
Dykstra batted for Gowdy in the 9th
Oh moved to 1b in the 9th
Boone,Bo inserted at c in the 9th
White,F moved to 2b in the 9th
Dykstra moved to cf in the 9th
PIT: Williams,Be batted for Feller in the 6th
Oliver batted for Nelson in the 8th
Perry,A batted for Percival in the 9th

GWRBI: Baker,F
Temperature: 60, Field: wet, Sky: partly cloudy, Wind:
left to right at 9 MPH.

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9/27/2004, TOR05-PIT05, Forbes Field (1932-46)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB DP
2005 Blue Jays 1 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 2 7 9 3 11 0
2005 Pirates 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 7 2 15 0

Score O Rnr BS Event
----- - --- -- -----

************** Top of the 1st inning, Blue Jays batting
0-0 0 --- 32 Jeter walked (CBBSBFFB)
0-0 0 1-- 10 Kelley lined a triple down the right field line, Jeter
scored (1BX)
1-0 0 --3 22 Guerrero,V grounded out to the mound (CBBFX)
1-0 1 --3 12 McGwire struck out (BCFC)
1-0 2 --3 00 Sosa flied out to center (X)

************** Bottom of the 1st inning, Pirates batting
1-0 0 --- 32 Kimbro grounded out to first (BBBCCX)
1-0 1 --- 01 Lloyd flied out to left (CX)
1-0 2 --- 32 Hornsby walked (BCBBCFB)
1-0 2 1-- 00 Mize lined a single to right center, Hornsby to third (X)
1-0 2 1-3 20 Delahanty,E grounded to third, forcing Mize at second
(BBX)

************** Top of the 2nd inning, Blue Jays batting
1-0 0 --- 32 Baker,F struck out (BBFBCS)
1-0 1 --- 11 Alfonzo grounded out to the mound (CBX)
1-0 2 --- 22 Gowdy lined a single between third and short (SSBBX)
1-0 2 1-- 11 Inao lined a single up the middle, Gowdy to second (BCX)
1-0 2 12- 22 Jeter grounded to short, forcing Inao at second (CCFBFBFX)

************** Bottom of the 2nd inning, Pirates batting
1-0 0 --- 20 Burkett,Je doubled deep to left (BBX)
1-0 0 -2- 31 Francis walked (BBBCB)
1-0 0 12- 32 Hartnett homered deep down the left-field line,
Burkett,Je scored, Francis scored (BSSFBBX)
1-3 0 --- 22 Johnson,R grounded out to second (SSBFFBX)
1-3 1 --- 00 Kimbro flied out to right (X)
1-3 2 --- 31 Lloyd walked (CBBBB)
1-3 2 1-- 01 Hornsby grounded out to the mound (CX)

************** Top of the 3rd inning, Blue Jays batting
1-3 0 --- 22 Kelley grounded out to second (CSBFFBX)
1-3 1 --- 12 Guerrero,V grounded out to short (BCFX)
1-3 2 --- 12 McGwire lined a single down the left field line (CFBX)
1-3 2 1-- 12 Sosa struck out (CBSC)

************** Bottom of the 3rd inning, Pirates batting
1-3 0 --- 22 Mize struck out (BBCCS)
1-3 1 --- 11 Delahanty,E was hit by a pitch (BCH)
1-3 1 1-- 01 Burkett,Je lined out to center (CX)
1-3 2 1-- 32 Francis grounded out to second (CSFBBB>X)

************** Top of the 4th inning, Blue Jays batting
1-3 0 --- 10 Baker,F to first on an error by the first baseman Mize
(BX)
1-3 0 1-- 00 Alfonzo grounded out to the mound, Baker,F to second (X)
1-3 1 -2- 31 Gowdy walked (BBCBB)
1-3 1 12- 12 Inao flied out to right (CBCX)
1-3 2 12- 22 Jeter lined a single between third and short, Baker,F
scored, Gowdy to second (BSBFX)
2-3 2 12- 20 Kelley grounded out to short (BBX)

************** Bottom of the 4th inning, Pirates batting
2-3 0 --- 11 Hartnett flied out to center (CBX)
2-3 1 --- 12 Johnson,R struck out (CCBS)
2-3 2 --- 20 Kimbro to first on an error by the right fielder
Guerrero,V (BBX)
2-3 2 1-- 32 Lloyd walked, Kimbro to second (BFCBB>B)
2-3 2 12- 01 Hornsby popped out to first (CX)

************** Top of the 5th inning, Blue Jays batting
2-3 0 --- 01 Guerrero,V grounded out to third (CX)
2-3 1 --- 31 McGwire walked (BFBBB)
2-3 1 1-- 11 Hartnett allowed a passed ball, McGwire to second (SBB)
2-3 1 -2- 22 McGwire scored, Sosa to second on an error by the
shortstop Lloyd (SBB.SX)
3-3 1 -2- 12 Baker,F doubled deep down the right field line, Sosa
scored (CSBX)
4-3 1 -2- 30 Alfonzo walked (BBBB)
4-3 1 12- 12 Gowdy struck out (CBFC)
4-3 2 12- 01 Inao grounded a single between third and short, Baker,F
scored, Alfonzo to second (CX)
5-3 2 12- 21 Jeter popped out to first (SBBX)

************** Bottom of the 5th inning, Pirates batting
5-3 0 --- 12 Mize lined a single down the right field line (FBFFX)
5-3 0 1-- 32 Delahanty,E struck out (FSBBBS)
5-3 1 1-- 10 Burkett,Je flied out to right (BX)
5-3 2 1-- 00 Francis grounded out to second (X)

************** Top of the 6th inning, Blue Jays batting
Feller now pitching
5-3 0 --- 32 Kelley struck out (SCBBBS)
5-3 1 --- 02 Guerrero,V popped out to second (FSX)
5-3 2 --- 12 McGwire struck out (BSFFS)

************** Bottom of the 6th inning, Pirates batting
5-3 0 --- 00 Hartnett grounded a single between third and short (X)
Williams,Be pinch hitting for Feller
5-3 0 1-- 12 Williams,Be grounded to short, forcing Hartnett at
second, Williams,Be to first (CSFBFX)
5-3 1 1-- 12 Kimbro struck out (BCFC)
5-3 2 1-- 31 Lloyd walked, Williams,Be to second (BBBCB)
5-3 2 12- 22 Hornsby struck out (CBBFS)

************** Top of the 7th inning, Blue Jays batting
Nelson now pitching
5-3 0 --- 12 Sosa grounded out to third (CBFX)
5-3 1 --- 00 Baker,F popped out to second (X)
5-3 2 --- 22 Alfonzo struck out (CCBFBFS)

************** Bottom of the 7th inning, Pirates batting
Warneke now pitching
5-3 0 --- 12 Mize struck out (BCFS)
5-3 1 --- 31 Delahanty,E walked (BBCBB)
5-3 1 1-- 10 Burkett,Je grounded to second, forcing Delahanty,E at
second, Burkett,Je to first (BX)
5-3 2 1-- 12 Francis struck out (BCFS)

************** Top of the 8th inning, Blue Jays batting
5-3 0 --- 31 Gowdy walked (BCBBB)
5-3 0 1-- 12 Warneke struck out (BCFS)
5-3 1 1-- 22 Jeter struck out (CCBBC)
5-3 2 1-- 11 Kelley lined out to right (BSX)

************** Bottom of the 8th inning, Pirates batting
5-3 0 --- 22 Hartnett grounded out to short (SBSFBX)
Oliver pinch hitting for Nelson
5-3 1 --- 20 Oliver lined a single to shallow right, Oliver to second
on an error by the right fielder Guerrero,V (BBX)
5-3 1 -2- 32 Kimbro walked (FFBBBB)
5-3 1 12- 11 Lloyd popped out to right (BCX)
5-3 2 12- 00 Hornsby lined a single to left, Oliver to third, Kimbro
to second (X)
5-3 2 123 11 Oliver scored, Kimbro to third, Hornsby to second, Mize
to first on an error by the shortstop Jeter (BCX)
5-4 2 123 12 Delahanty,E flied out to center (BCFX)

************** Top of the 9th inning, Blue Jays batting
Percival now pitching
5-4 0 --- 32 Guerrero,V walked (BFBBCB)
Oh pinch hitting for McGwire
5-4 0 1-- 30 Oh walked, Guerrero,V to second (BBBB)
5-4 0 12- 11 Sosa grounded to second, forcing Oh at second, Guerrero,V
to third, Sosa to first (BSX)
5-4 1 1-3 12 Baker,F lined a single to left center, Guerrero,V scored,
Sosa to third (CBSX)
White,F pinch hitting for Alfonzo
6-4 1 1-3 02 White,F struck out (CCS)
Dykstra pinch hitting for Gowdy
6-4 2 1-3 12 Dykstra doubled deep to left center, Sosa scored, Baker,F
to third (BSCX)
7-4 2 -23 00 Warneke grounded out to short (X)

************** Bottom of the 9th inning, Pirates batting
Oh moved to first base
Boone,Bo now playing catcher
White,F moved to second base
Dykstra moved to center field
7-4 0 --- 22 Burkett,Je struck out (BBFFS)
7-4 1 --- 31 Francis walked (BFBBB)
7-4 1 1-- 12 Hartnett flied out to left (FFBX)
Perry,A pinch hitting for Percival
7-4 2 1-- 32 Perry,A walked, Francis to second (FBBCB>B)
7-4 2 12- 32 Kimbro flied out to center (BBCFB>X)


Pittsburgh PiratesToronto Blue Jays
Game 3


Toronto (ATL) The city was abuzz, playoff baseball was here, in the Great White North! The East Division Champion Pirates were in town to take on the hometown favorites, those Toronto Blue Jays. Larry Jansen (12-9, 3.61), so clutch during the season, was to take on Ed Walsh (13-6, .3.32), proud owner of the first and only perfect game in the ATL's short history. It promised to be a good old fashioned pitcher's duel. It didn't work out that way.

Sadaharu OhJohnny MizeRight from the start, the Pittsburgh lumber company had their bats working. Kimbro singled. Lloyd tripled. 1-0, Pittsburgh. Hornsby grounded out to Jeter, but the speedster Kimbro scampered home. 2-0, Pittsburgh. Jansen wriggled out of further trouble, but the tone was set. In the bottom of the second Oh went deep again for the Jays - the Bucs had no answer for the Japanese slugger - making it a 1 run game. But that didn't last.

With one away in the third, Rajah Hornsby went shopping at the left center gap and came away with a nice shiny two bagger. But The Big Cat, John Mize, saw Raj's double and raised him two. Homerun - 4-1 Bucs. Big Ed Delahanty, seemingly finding his groove now that the playoffs have started, laced a single to right. Then The Crab, Jess Burkett, an excellent hitter but not exactly known for his power (10 HRs during the season - repectable, but not overly impressive), found the right field bleachers making it 6-1 Bucs. It was no longer a one run game. But these Jays don't give up, that's for sure.

Heading into the sixth, Walsh was cruising. His was the first good pitching performance from a starter on either team - so far. That was about to change. Isao Harimoto pinch hit for Gowdy and worked out a base on balls after being down 0-2. An out later, Nails, AKA Lenny Dystrka (again!) grounded a double over the third base bag. Jeter followed with a run scoring grounder. Then, on an 0-1 count, Larry Walker went yard, the crowd went ballistic, and we had a ball game again. 6-4, Bucs. When Oh tripled Eddie Walsh's fine effort had turned sour, although the Bucs still held a tenuous lead. Johnny Franco, the gritty New York kid, came in to pitch to Homerun Baker. He did his job, squelching the rally right there when Baker flew out harmlessly to Kimbro.

You know, nothing comes easy. Having clawed their way back into the game, the Jays were dealt back to back blows in the 7th and 8th frames. Hard throwing lefty Curt Simmons came in and was rudely greeted by the Bucs. In the seventh Mize tripled home Lloyd, who had singled, and Delahanty knocked in Big Jawn with a base knock. An inning later Pop Lloyd was again in the middle of things, legging out an infield hit that scored pinch hitter Judy Johnson. 9-4, Bucs. But ... nothing comes easy.

Rapid Robert Feller was the odd man out of the Buc rotation, even though he won 15 games. But you could say he's a good sort to have in your pen for the playoffs. But you might also say the Jays were not overly impressed. In the 8th, after two quick outs Larry Walker coaxed a base on balls out of Feller's sometimes wild right arm. Oh did the same. Uh-oh. McGwire pinch hit for Baker, and the righty on righty move paid off, as the Bash Brother bashed a two bagger down the left field line, scoring Walker. Joe Kelley continued his fine post season hitting by booming a triple over Kimbro's head in center, scoring everybody. 9-7, Bucs. Feller recovered to get Frank White on a grounder, but we had a game ... again.

In the bottom of the ninth Troy Percival was called upon to do his magic. During the season he was untouchable. Really untouchable. 70 innings, 28 hits. That works out to a .123 batting average against. That's umm, pretty good. Righties hit a "robust" .071 against him. Untouchable. But he'd been touched up quite a bit already by these Jays once, and that surely weighed on his mind. If he blew this save, well, lets say momentum just might be on the Jays' side. And they did attack Percival pretty good, but Vlad Guerrero grounded into a pretty 3-6-3 DP after Bob Boone had led off with a single. that really put the pressure on. But the Jays weren't done yet. Not when there's still a single out left in the game. Dystrka walked. Concepcion lined a double to right, but Delahanty carries a powerful arm out there and there was no reason to take chances here. Not with Larry Walker coming to bat. But Percival bore down, and Walker flew out on a 2-2 fastball to end the game.

Bucs win, 9-7 to take a 2-1 lead in the series. Nothing comes easy. Tomorrow it will be ex-Jay David Cone (7-5, 3.00) vs. Mike Moore (7-6, 3.71). Would this be the Jays' last hurrah, or will they take it to the full five? Stay tuned ..




9/29/2004, PIT05-TOR05, Exhibition Stadium (1977-88)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB DP
2005 Pirates 2 0 4 0 0 0 2 1 0 9 17 0 7 1
2005 Blue Jays 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 3 0 7 8 0 5 0

Pirates AB R H BI D T HR BB K SB CS IW HP SH SF AVG PO A E PB
Kimbro cf 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 .250 2 0 0 0
Lloyd ss 5 2 3 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .364 2 7 0 0
Hornsby 2b 5 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .308 0 4 0 0
Mize 1b 5 2 3 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .467 14 1 0 0
Delahanty,E rf 5 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .364 0 0 0 0
Burkett,Je lf 5 1 3 2 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .286 4 0 0 0
Francis 3b 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .091 0 2 0 0
Feller p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 1 0 0
Carey ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0
Percival p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0
Hartnett c 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .417 5 0 0 0
Walsh p 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0
Franco,Jo p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0
Johnson,Ju 3b 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 0 0
42 9 17 9 3 2 2 0 4 1 1 0 0 1 0 27 15 0 0

Blue Jays AB R H BI D T HR BB K SB CS IW HP SH SF AVG PO A E PB
Dykstra cf 4 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 1 0 0 0
Jeter ss 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .091 1 6 0 0
Concepcion ss 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 0 0 0 0
Walker,L rf 4 2 1 2 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .375 2 0 0 0
Oh 1b 3 2 2 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 10 3 0 0
Baker,F 3b 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 0 0 0 0
McGwire ph 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 0 0 0 0
Alfonzo 3b 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0
Kelley lf 3 0 1 2 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 4 0 0 0
White,F 2b 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 2 4 0 0
Gowdy c 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .167 2 1 0 0
Harimoto ph 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0
Boone,Bo c 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 2 0 0 0
Jansen p 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 2 1 0 0
Sosa ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0
Simmons,C p 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 1 1 0 0
Guerrero,V ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0
34 7 8 7 3 2 2 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 27 16 0 0

Pirates INN H R ER BB K PCH STR BF HR IW HP WP DP ERA
Walsh W 1-0 5.2 4 4 4 1 4 78 51 22 2 0 0 0 0 6.35
Franco,Jo H 2 0.1 0 0 0 1 0 6 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Feller H 2 2.0 2 3 3 2 0 35 17 10 0 0 0 0 0 7.20
Percival S 2 1.0 2 0 0 1 0 24 11 5 0 0 0 0 1 7.71
9.0 8 7 7 5 4 143 81 39 2 0 0 0 1

Blue Jays INN H R ER BB K PCH STR BF HR IW HP WP DP ERA
Jansen L 0-1 6.0 11 6 6 0 2 98 60 28 2 0 0 0 0 9.00
Simmons,C 3.0 6 3 3 0 2 55 38 15 0 0 0 0 0 9.00
9.0 17 9 9 0 4 153 98 43 2 0 0 0 0

PIT: Johnson,Ju inserted at 3b in the 7th
Carey batted for Feller in the 9th
TOR: Harimoto batted for Gowdy in the 6th
Sosa batted for Jansen in the 6th
Boone,Bo inserted at c in the 7th
McGwire batted for Baker,F in the 8th
Alfonzo inserted at 3b in the 9th
Concepcion inserted at ss in the 9th
Guerrero,V batted for Simmons,C in the 9th

GWRBI: Lloyd
Temperature: 53, Sky: cloudy, Wind: out to right at 9 MPH.

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9/29/2004, PIT05-TOR05, Exhibition Stadium (1977-88)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB DP
2005 Pirates 2 0 4 0 0 0 2 1 0 9 17 0 7 1
2005 Blue Jays 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 3 0 7 8 0 5 0

Score O Rnr BS Event
----- - --- -- -----

************** Top of the 1st inning, Pirates batting
0-0 0 --- 32 Kimbro lined a single to shallow right (BBCBFX)
0-0 0 1-- 12 Lloyd lined a triple down the right field line, Kimbro
scored (B>FCX)
1-0 0 --3 21 Hornsby grounded out to short, Lloyd scored (SBBX)
2-0 1 --- 00 Mize lined a double down the left field line (X)
2-0 1 -2- 12 Delahanty,E struck out (C+2CBC)
2-0 2 -2- 00 Burkett,Je grounded out to first (X)

************** Bottom of the 1st inning, Blue Jays batting
2-0 0 --- 00 Dykstra grounded out to third (X)
2-0 1 --- 10 Jeter grounded out to third (BX)
2-0 2 --- 12 Walker,L struck out (BFFS)

************** Top of the 2nd inning, Pirates batting
2-0 0 --- 01 Francis flied out to left (FX)
2-0 1 --- 01 Hartnett grounded a single up the middle (CX)
2-0 1 1-- 32 Walsh grounded out to second, Hartnett to second (BCCBBFX)
2-0 2 -2- 20 Kimbro grounded out to second (BBX)

************** Bottom of the 2nd inning, Blue Jays batting
2-0 0 --- 22 Oh homered deep to right (BFSFBX)
2-1 0 --- 20 Baker,F popped out to first (BBX)
2-1 1 --- 00 Kelley grounded out to short (X)
2-1 2 --- 12 White,F struck out (CSBC)

************** Top of the 3rd inning, Pirates batting
2-1 0 --- 32 Lloyd grounded out to second (BFBSBX)
2-1 1 --- 21 Hornsby doubled deep to left center (CBBX)
2-1 1 -2- 01 Mize homered deep to right, Hornsby scored (CX)
4-1 1 --- 32 Delahanty,E lined a single to right center (FSBBBX)
4-1 1 1-- 20 Burkett,Je homered deep to right, Delahanty,E scored (BBX)
6-1 1 --- 00 Francis flied out to left (X)
6-1 2 --- 10 Hartnett lined a single to shallow center (BX)
6-1 2 1-- 11 Walsh grounded to short, forcing Hartnett at second (BFX)

************** Bottom of the 3rd inning, Blue Jays batting
6-1 0 --- 00 Gowdy grounded out to short (X)
6-1 1 --- 22 Jansen struck out (BSBSS)
6-1 2 --- 10 Dykstra grounded out to second (BX)

************** Top of the 4th inning, Pirates batting
6-1 0 --- 01 Kimbro flied out to center (CX)
6-1 1 --- 22 Lloyd struck out (FFBBFFS)
6-1 2 --- 12 Hornsby grounded out to first (CBFX)

************** Bottom of the 4th inning, Blue Jays batting
6-1 0 --- 12 Jeter grounded out to short (BCSX)
6-1 1 --- 22 Walker,L grounded out to second (SSBBX)
6-1 2 --- 11 Oh grounded out to short (BSX)

************** Top of the 5th inning, Pirates batting
6-1 0 --- 10 Mize grounded out to first (BX)
6-1 1 --- 31 Delahanty,E flied out to left (BCBBX)
6-1 2 --- 21 Burkett,Je lined a single to left center (BFBX)
6-1 2 1-- 00 Burkett,Je stole second (>B)
6-1 2 -2- 22 Francis grounded out to the mound (>B.BFSX)

************** Bottom of the 5th inning, Blue Jays batting
6-1 0 --- 12 Baker,F grounded out to short (CBFX)
6-1 1 --- 12 Kelley struck out (BCCFS)
6-1 2 --- 12 White,F flied out to left (CFBX)

************** Top of the 6th inning, Pirates batting
6-1 0 --- 11 Hartnett lined out to right (FBX)
6-1 1 --- 01 Walsh grounded out to short (CX)
6-1 2 --- 10 Kimbro reached on an infield single to third (BX)
6-1 2 1-- 00 Kimbro was caught stealing second (>B)

************** Bottom of the 6th inning, Blue Jays batting
Harimoto pinch hitting for Gowdy
6-1 0 --- 32 Harimoto walked (SSBBBFB)
Sosa pinch hitting for Jansen
6-1 0 1-- 00 Sosa flied out to left (X)
6-1 1 1-- 22 Dykstra grounded a double down the third base line,
Harimoto to third (CBSBFFX)
6-1 1 -23 21 Jeter grounded out to second, Harimoto scored, Dykstra to
third (FBBX)
6-2 2 --3 01 Walker,L homered deep to right, Dykstra scored (CX)
6-4 2 --- 20 Oh lined a triple to right center (BBX)
Franco,Jo now pitching
6-4 2 --3 01 Baker,F flied out to center (FX)

************** Top of the 7th inning, Pirates batting
Boone,Bo now playing catcher
Simmons,C now pitching
6-4 0 --- 11 Lloyd lined a single up the middle (FBX)
6-4 0 1-- 12 Hornsby grounded out to short, Lloyd to second (BFFX)
6-4 1 -2- 22 Mize lined a triple down the right field line, Lloyd
scored (CCFBBX)
7-4 1 --3 20 Delahanty,E lined a single to shallow center, Mize scored
(BBX)
8-4 1 1-- 22 Burkett,Je lined a single to shallow left, Delahanty,E to
second (BSFBX)
8-4 1 12- 11 Francis grounded out to second, Delahanty,E to third,
Burkett,Je to second (BCX)
8-4 2 -23 12 Hartnett grounded out to short (BCCX)

************** Bottom of the 7th inning, Blue Jays batting
8-4 0 --- 30 Kelley walked (BBBB)
Feller now pitching
Johnson,Ju now playing third base
8-4 0 1-- 12 White,F popped out to the catcher (CSBX)
8-4 1 1-- 32 Boone,Bo grounded to second, forcing Kelley at second,
Boone,Bo to first (BBSBSX)
8-4 2 1-- 00 Simmons,C grounded out to the mound (X)

************** Top of the 8th inning, Pirates batting
8-4 0 --- 12 Johnson,Ju lined a double to left center (FBCFX)
8-4 0 -2- 00 Kimbro sacrifice bunted to the mound, Johnson,Ju to third
(Xb)
8-4 1 --3 00 Lloyd reached on an infield single to third, Johnson,Ju
scored (X)
9-4 1 1-- 12 Hornsby struck out (FSBS)
9-4 2 1-- 21 Mize flied out to right (BBCX)

************** Bottom of the 8th inning, Blue Jays batting
9-4 0 --- 32 Dykstra popped out to left (BBCBCX)
9-4 1 --- 01 Jeter flied out to center (FX)
9-4 2 --- 31 Walker,L walked (BSBBB)
9-4 2 1-- 31 Oh walked, Walker,L to second (BBBCB)
McGwire pinch hitting for Baker,F
9-4 2 12- 10 McGwire grounded a double down the third base line,
Walker,L scored, Oh to third (BX)
9-5 2 -23 20 Kelley tripled deep to left center, Oh scored, McGwire
scored (BBX)
9-7 2 --3 00 White,F grounded out to short (X)

************** Top of the 9th inning, Pirates batting
Alfonzo now playing third base
Concepcion now playing shortstop
9-7 0 --- 01 Delahanty,E lined out to left (SX)
9-7 1 --- 02 Burkett,Je struck out (CSFS)
Carey pinch hitting for Feller
9-7 2 --- 32 Carey grounded out to first (BBBCFX)

************** Bottom of the 9th inning, Blue Jays batting
Percival now pitching
9-7 0 --- 31 Boone,Bo grounded a single up the middle (BBBCX)
Guerrero,V pinch hitting for Simmons,C
9-7 0 1-- 32 Guerrero,V grounded into a double play, Mize to Lloyd to
Mize (BBFCBX)
9-7 2 --- 30 Dykstra walked (BBBB)
9-7 2 1-- 11 Concepcion lined a double to right center, Dykstra to
third (BSX)
9-7 2 -23 22 Walker,L flied out to left (BSFFBX)




Pittsburgh PiratesToronto Blue Jays
Game 4


Toronto (AP) The Jays came into this game facing elimination. On the hill for the opposition was David Cone, a tough competitor and owner of a wicked fastball with serious late movement, So things could have been better right from jump street. But when Jesse "The Crab" Burkett boomed a base loaded double into the right center gap in the first inning, giving the Bucs a 3-0 lead ... well, things looked downright awful. Except there's no "give" in these guys. So nobody in either dugout was surprised when in the bottom of the frame the Jays loaded the sacks full for  Joe Kelley, AKA "the resurgent one." And on one in either dugout was surprised when he cleared those same bags with a very loud triple to tie the game. This was gonna be one of those games.

After the first both Cone and Mike Moore, the Jays starter, settled down. But in the fourth, the Pirates dynamic duo - Henry Kimbro and Pop Lloyd did it again. Kimbro, having reached base on a fielder's choice, scored (which is what he seems to do best) on a Lloyd double. That gave the Bucs the lead again. In the fifth Big Ed Delahanty doubled home John Mize, doubling the lead to 2 runs, 5-3. The Jays closed the gap to a single run in the bottom of the frame when Kelley (who else) singled Walker home.

But the sixth was a turning point for the Buccos. Kimbro and Lloyd were involved, of course. Moore was still on the mound when, with one down, "Motoneta" Kimbro laced a single to right. Pop was next, and he launched a shot that split Walker and Dysktra for three bags, chasing Moore and restoring the lead to 2 runs. Lon Warneke came in and pitching carefully, walked Raj Hornsby on 5 pitches. But Johnny Mize lofted a fly to Walker that was deep enough for Scooter to scamper home on, and it was now 7-4, Bucs. Meanwhile, the Pirate relievers were doing a job on the Jays. Franco, Shantz and then Nelson held the hard charging Jays in check until the ninth. A good team effort from the pen, as had been the case all series.

Jeff Nelson began the bottom of the ninth atop the hill, staring down "Nails" Dysktra. Lenny flew out to Delahanty for out number one. Sosa pinch hit for light hitting second sacker Frank White next. Sammy bounced one to Lloyd for out number two. Then came Larry Walker. The burly right fielder jumped on the first pitch and sent it far and deep to right center, banging off the top of the wall and sending it rolling around until Kimbro finally came up with it. By then the speedy Canuck was standing at third base. Triple.

Now to the plate strode Saddaharu Oh, the Japanese HR machine. The Bucs would take no chances with this man. The call to the pen was made. Bring in the Unit. Percival had been used extensively the past couple of games, and his arm was feeling a bit tender. Randy Johnson was fresh--and left handed, as was Oh.

First pitch was a fastball, low and outside. Ball one. Foul. Foul. Foul. Low and outside again. 2-2 now, man on third, tying run on deck in the person of Frank "Homerun" Baker, another lefty. This was Unit's game all the way. Oh liked the next pitch: it looked like a fastball coming in, but at the last second it spiraled down at an alarming rate and he could only top it directly to Mize at first. The Big Cat snared it, jogged to first  and raised in arms in victory. Bedlam ensued for the Steel City nine, while the Toronto boys trudged off the field. Winners of the first ATL DCS, the Pittsburgh  Pirates!

Afterwards, Lloyd talked a bit about the series.. "People are gonna look at it and say, hey, the Bucs won in four. That must've been easy. No sir. That team over there," he pointed to the Toronto clubhouse, "that team has some real gamers playing for them. I'd go to war with them any day. They've got a lot to be proud of. But so do we. That was one heck of a series, and I'm proud of these guys for coming through like they did! No prime time egos, no prima donnas, just hard working ball players. We just get the job done. I don't care who we play next, I only care that we ARE gonna play!"



9/30/2004, PIT05-TOR05, Exhibition Stadium (1977-88)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB DP
2005 Pirates 3 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 7 10 0 8 2
2005 Blue Jays 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 9 2 9 1

Pirates AB R H BI D T HR BB K SB CS IW HP SH SF AVG PO A E PB
Kimbro cf 4 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 3 0 0 0
Lloyd ss 4 2 3 2 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .467 3 3 0 0
Hornsby 2b 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .235 1 2 0 0
McDougald 2b 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0
Mize 1b 3 2 2 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .500 9 1 0 0
Delahanty,E rf 4 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 4 0 0 0
Burkett,Je lf 5 0 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .368 0 0 0 0
Francis 3b 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .071 0 2 0 0
Hartnett c 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 6 1 0 0
Cone p 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0
Williams,Be ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0
Franco,Jo p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 1 0 0 0
Oliver ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 0 0 0 0
Shantz p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0
Nelson p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0
Johnson,R p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0
34 7 10 7 5 1 0 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 27 9 0 0

Blue Jays AB R H BI D T HR BB K SB CS IW HP SH SF AVG PO A E PB
Dykstra cf 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .357 4 1 0 0
Jeter ss 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .071 3 1 1 0
White,F 2b 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 2 0 0
Sosa ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0
Walker,L rf 4 2 3 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 2 0 0 0
Oh 1b 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 7 2 0 0
Baker,F 3b 4 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .438 2 0 0 0
Kelley lf 4 0 2 4 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .313 1 0 0 0
Gowdy c 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .125 4 0 1 0
McGwire ph 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 0 0 0 0
Boone,Bo c 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 2 0 0 0
Alfonzo 2b 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 3 0 0
Concepcion ph 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200 1 2 0 0
Moore,MW p 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 0 0 0 0
Warneke p 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0
Guerrero,V ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0
Nen p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 1 0 0 0
34 4 9 4 1 2 0 6 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 27 11 2 0

Pirates INN H R ER BB K PCH STR BF HR IW HP WP DP ERA
Cone W 1-0 5.0 8 4 4 4 4 96 53 26 0 0 0 0 1 7.20
Franco,Jo H 3 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 13 7 3 0 0 0 0 1 0.00
Shantz H 1 0.2 0 0 0 1 0 11 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Nelson H 1 2.0 1 0 0 0 1 19 14 7 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Johnson,R S 1 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 6 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.69
9.0 9 4 4 6 5 145 81 40 0 0 0 0 2

Blue Jays INN H R ER BB K PCH STR BF HR IW HP WP DP ERA
Moore,MW L 0-1 5.1 9 7 5 5 5 123 74 29 0 0 0 1 1 8.44
Warneke 2.2 1 0 0 1 1 31 17 10 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Nen 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 13 9 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
9.0 10 7 5 6 6 167 100 42 0 0 0 1 1

PIT: Williams,Be batted for Cone in the 6th
Oliver batted for Franco,Jo in the 7th
McDougald inserted at 2b in the 9th
TOR: McGwire batted for Gowdy in the 5th
Concepcion batted for Alfonzo in the 5th
White,F inserted at 2b in the 6th
Boone,Bo inserted at c in the 6th
Concepcion moved to ss in the 6th
Guerrero,V batted for Warneke in the 8th
Sosa batted for White,F in the 9th

GWRBI: Lloyd
Temperature: 57, Sky: clear, Wind: in from right at 4 MPH.

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9/30/2004, PIT05-TOR05, Exhibition Stadium (1977-88)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB DP
2005 Pirates 3 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 7 10 0 8 2
2005 Blue Jays 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 9 2 9 1

Score O Rnr BS Event
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************** Top of the 1st inning, Pirates batting
0-0 0 --- 30 Kimbro walked (BBBB)
0-0 0 1-- 22 Lloyd lined a double down the right field line, Kimbro to
third (>FFBBX)
0-0 0 -23 02 Hornsby struck out (SSS)
0-0 1 -23 32 Mize lined a single to right, Kimbro scored, Lloyd to
third (BBBCFX)
1-0 1 1-3 11 Delahanty,E reached on catcher's interference, Mize to
second, Delahanty,E to first on an error by the catcher
Gowdy (BFX)
1-0 1 123 00 Burkett,Je doubled deep down the right field line, Lloyd
scored, Mize scored, Delahanty,E to third (X)
3-0 1 -23 32 Francis walked (FBCFBFBB)
3-0 1 123 22 Hartnett grounded into a double play, Alfonzo to Jeter to
Oh (CBBFX)

************** Bottom of the 1st inning, Blue Jays batting
3-0 0 --- 20 Dykstra flied out to center (BBX)
3-0 1 --- 22 Jeter struck out (BBSSC)
3-0 2 --- 10 Walker,L doubled deep to right center (BX)
3-0 2 -2- 30 Oh walked (BBBB)
3-0 2 12- 31 Baker,F lined a single between first and second, Walker,L
to third, Oh to second (BCBBX)
3-0 2 123 20 Kelley tripled deep to right center, Walker,L scored, Oh
scored, Baker,F scored (BBX)
3-3 2 --3 32 Gowdy grounded out to second (BBCCFBFX)

************** Top of the 2nd inning, Pirates batting
3-3 0 --- 12 Cone flied out to left (BFFX)
3-3 1 --- 22 Kimbro struck out (BFCFBS)
3-3 2 --- 31 Lloyd walked (BBBCB)
3-3 2 1-- 11 Hornsby grounded out to second (CBX)

************** Bottom of the 2nd inning, Blue Jays batting
3-3 0 --- 32 Alfonzo struck out (BBFFBS)
3-3 1 --- 12 Moore,MW grounded out to second (CFBX)
3-3 2 --- 12 Dykstra grounded out to third (SFBX)

************** Top of the 3rd inning, Pirates batting
3-3 0 --- 31 Mize walked (CBBBB)
3-3 0 1-- 22 Delahanty,E grounded to first, forcing Mize at second,
Delahanty,E to first (FCBBFX)
3-3 1 1-- 22 Burkett,Je lined out to center (CBSBFFX)
3-3 2 1-- 21 Francis popped out to first (CBBX)

************** Bottom of the 3rd inning, Blue Jays batting
3-3 0 --- 00 Jeter grounded out to first (X)
3-3 1 --- 00 Walker,L grounded out to first (X)
3-3 2 --- 30 Oh walked (BBBB)
3-3 2 1-- 11 Baker,F grounded a single between first and second, Oh to
second (BFX)
3-3 2 12- 22 Kelley struck out (BCFFBS)

************** Top of the 4th inning, Pirates batting
3-3 0 --- 32 Hartnett walked (CBCBFFBB)
3-3 0 1-- 02 Cone struck out on a fouled bunt (FbFbFb)
3-3 1 1-- 01 Kimbro grounded to short, forcing Hartnett at second,
Kimbro to second on an error by the shortstop Jeter (FX)
3-3 2 -2- 00 Lloyd doubled deep to left, Kimbro scored (X)
4-3 2 -2- 00 Hornsby popped out to third (X)

************** Bottom of the 4th inning, Blue Jays batting
4-3 0 --- 12 Gowdy struck out (CCBS)
4-3 1 --- 31 Alfonzo walked (CBBBB)
4-3 1 1-- 01 Moore,MW lined a single to shallow right, Alfonzo to
second (CX)
4-3 1 12- 00 Dykstra popped out to short (X)
4-3 2 12- 02 Jeter grounded to short, forcing Moore,MW at second (CFX)

************** Top of the 5th inning, Pirates batting
4-3 0 --- 12 Mize grounded a double down the third base line (CCBX)
4-3 0 -2- 01 Delahanty,E lined a double to right center, Mize scored,
Delahanty,E out at third (FX)
5-3 1 --- 21 Burkett,Je lined a single to right center (BCBX)
5-3 1 1-- 01 Moore,MW threw a wild pitch, Burkett,Je to second (>FB)
5-3 1 -2- 12 Francis struck out (>FB.FC)
5-3 2 -2- 32 Hartnett flied out to center (BFFBFBX)

************** Bottom of the 5th inning, Blue Jays batting
5-3 0 --- 11 Walker,L grounded a single between first and second (CBX)
5-3 0 1-- 01 Oh lined out to center (CX)
5-3 1 1-- 12 Baker,F reached on an infield single to second, Walker,L
to second (SBFX)
5-3 1 12- 21 Kelley singled down the right field line, Walker,L
scored, Baker,F to third (BSBX)
McGwire pinch hitting for Gowdy
5-4 1 1-3 32 McGwire walked, Kelley to second (CBBBCB)
Concepcion pinch hitting for Alfonzo
5-4 1 123 11 Concepcion grounded into a double play, Francis to
Hartnett to Mize (BSX)

************** Top of the 6th inning, Pirates batting
White,F now playing second base
Boone,Bo now playing catcher
Concepcion moved to shortstop
Williams,Be pinch hitting for Cone
5-4 0 --- 12 Williams,Be struck out (BSSS)
5-4 1 --- 12 Kimbro lined a single to right center (CBSX)
5-4 1 1-- 21 Lloyd tripled deep to right center, Kimbro scored (FBBX)
Warneke now pitching
6-4 1 --3 31 Hornsby walked (CBBBB)
6-4 1 1-3 21 Mize hit a sacrifice fly to right, Lloyd scored (BBCX)
7-4 2 1-- 31 Delahanty,E flied out to center (BBCBX)

************** Bottom of the 6th inning, Blue Jays batting
Franco,Jo now pitching
7-4 0 --- 21 Warneke flied out to right (CBBX)
7-4 1 --- 32 Dykstra walked (BBCFBB)
7-4 1 1-- 02 White,F grounded into a double play, Mize to Lloyd to
Franco,Jo (CFX)

************** Top of the 7th inning, Pirates batting
7-4 0 --- 00 Burkett,Je grounded a single up the middle (X)
7-4 0 1-- 00 Francis grounded out to short, Burkett,Je to second (>X)
7-4 1 -2- 22 Hartnett struck out (SCFBFBC)
Oliver pinch hitting for Franco,Jo
7-4 2 -2- 11 Oliver flied out to right (FBX)

************** Bottom of the 7th inning, Blue Jays batting
Shantz now pitching
7-4 0 --- 30 Walker,L walked (BBBB)
7-4 0 1-- 10 Oh flied out to right (BX)
7-4 1 1-- 31 Baker,F flied out to right (BCBBX)
Nelson now pitching
7-4 2 1-- 22 Kelley struck out (BBSSS)

************** Top of the 8th inning, Pirates batting
7-4 0 --- 00 Kimbro grounded out to second (X)
7-4 1 --- 00 Lloyd grounded out to second (X)
7-4 2 --- 20 Hornsby flied out to center (BBX)

************** Bottom of the 8th inning, Blue Jays batting
7-4 0 --- 11 Boone,Bo flied out to center (CBX)
7-4 1 --- 00 Concepcion popped out to first (X)
Guerrero,V pinch hitting for Warneke
7-4 2 --- 02 Guerrero,V popped out to short (FFX)

************** Top of the 9th inning, Pirates batting
Nen now pitching
7-4 0 --- 22 Mize grounded out to first (BCBCX)
7-4 1 --- 22 Delahanty,E lined out to short (BCFBFX)
7-4 2 --- 01 Burkett,Je grounded out to short (CX)

************** Bottom of the 9th inning, Blue Jays batting
McDougald now playing second base
7-4 0 --- 01 Dykstra flied out to right (CX)
Sosa pinch hitting for White,F
7-4 1 --- 21 Sosa grounded out to short (SBBX)
7-4 2 --- 00 Walker,L tripled deep to right center (X)
Johnson,R now pitching
7-4 2 --3 22 Oh grounded out to first (BFFFBX)




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