The First Snow and Ice World Series - Richard Deyerle
Tigers Vs. Roadrunners
Game 1 - Like the ice, a lot of greasy action highlighted game 1. The Tigers started the scoring in the second with a slippery 1 to 2 triple by hard-hitting National Leaguer Todd Ritchie. Barry Larkin's ribbie grounder made it 1 to 0. Jim fired back with homers by Preston Wilson, Phil Nevin and David Segui in the third (1 to 6, 1 to 11 and 1 to 3 homers) to take a 4 to 1 lead and chase Ritchie. A bases loaded walk by Melvin Mora made it 4 to 2 Ruinners before a three run fifth prompted by a Mike Piazza triple made it 5 to 4 Tigers in the fifth. Phil Nevin cracked his second homer to tie it at 5 after five. Two walks, three singles and a wild pitch chased Zito and Looper prodded the Tigers to an 8 to 5 lead. Final Tigers 9 Roadrunners 6. Tigers used seven pithcers and were outhomered four to zip.
Game 2 - Down 1 to 0 in the fifth, Bill Mueller singles in a run and the Tigers move ahead 2 to 1 on a wild pitch by Ortiz. An run scoring single by McLemore and a double play grounder push the Tigers in front 4 to 1. Homers by Cliff Floyd and Preston Wilson were not enough as the Tigers edged the Runners 4 to 3. Sasaki earned the save.
Game 3 - Moving back to the Tigerdome, a comedy of errors ensued. Mike Piazza's throwing error helped the Runners to a 1 to 0 lead. The Tigers used solo shots by Kent, Barry Bonds and Richie Sexson to pull ahead 3 to 1 by the sixth. A critical error by reliable E5 Mags Ordonez opened the floodgates for a four run Runner seventh, all unearned. Preston Wilson homered to end the carnage. The tigers could not muster a rally and lost 6 to 4. Kim with the save.
Game 4 - Whose name is forever tinged with real-life pitching tragedy. It has to be Kim. Homers by Ordonez and Edgar, offset by bombs by Floyd and Nwvin yielded an early 6 to 4 Tiger lead. In the sixth inning the Tigers loaded the bases with no outs. With the infield in Richie Sexson rips a grounder to iron gloved 4e32 Phil Nevin. The result - a home to first double play and no Tiger runs. Another Ordonez error helped the Runners score two in the seventh to tie. Finally, the mighty Kim appears in the eighth. With one out and a runner on, Jim decides to intentionally walk Bonds. Another wild pitch moves the runners up and Edgar strikes out for the second out. Richie Sexson (thank you Don) steps up and blasts a three run majestic shot over the Tigers short left field porch. Mike Piazza adds a solo for good measure and the Tigers win 10 to 6.
Game 5 - Barry Bonds erased an early deficit with a three run third inning homer. Gregg Zaun and Jeff Kent added blasts of their own as the Tigers pounded the Runners 9 to 2. Who predicted the 4 to 1 Tigers victory? Please let us know. (editors note... it was yours truly Mike Parker) Jim, as always was a good sport, win or lose. On to the draft!!!!!