May 8, 2006
The preseason Barnstorming Tour continues with the 14 American League teams and the Houston Astros of the National League continuing their tour of the Major Leagues. Here are the recaps for today's games:
Seattle Mariners Legends @ Baltimore Orioles
The Mariners Legends had complete control the entire game. They could not have asked for a better outing than what Bullet Joe Rogan gave them. Rogan pitched a marvelous eight innings, allowing no runs, and giving up just one hit while striking out eleven. However, not only did Rogan pitch; he was also asked to DH for the Mariners Legends due to his superb hitting. He did not disappoint, going three-for-five and helping himself out by hitting a two-run homerun in the fifth inning. Rogan also had help from Edgar Martinez who hit a bases clearing double in the second inning, giving the Mariners Legends an early 4-0 lead. Ichiro and Ken Griffey Jr. also added two RBI each. For the Orioles they missed the leadership of Brian Roberts and couldn't get anything going offensively. The O's put together a good ninth inning, getting four hits off Todd Worell, but only scored one run off a single by Melvin Mora. The Mariners Legends won 10-1.
Tampa Bay Devil Rays Legends @ Boston Red Sox
The Devil Rays Legends and Red Sox team put together a tough pitching duel. Tim Keefe and David Wells both pitched fantastic games, both going seven innings and only allowing one run. Keefe struck out six and allowed four hits while Wells struck out five and only allowed a solo homerun to Fred McGriff as the lone hit. The game was tied at one in the ninth inning before Sammy T. Hughes pinch hit for the DH spot, and Hughes hit an unlikely two-run homerun, scoring Martin Dihigo. After the game Hughes said, "I found a pitch in my hot spot and took it for a ride." The Red Sox rallied in the bottom of the ninth, when they had bases loaded and two outs and Coco Crisp hit a single into left field scoring Kevin Youkilis from third, but when Mike Lowell tried to score from second, Jimmy Sheckard fired it to home, throwing out Mike Lowell by five feet. The Devil Rays Legends won 3-2.
Texas Rangers Legends @ Chicago White Sox
The White Sox played a sloppy game defensively, committing three errors in the fifth inning, allowing the Rangers Legends to score all five of their runs. The White Sox had a one-run lead going into the fifth after Paul Konerko hit a booming solo homerun in the first off Red Faber. However, Faber did regroup after that first inning and pitched six straight scoreless innings while striking out nine. The Rangers Legends had a poor offensive performance. No Rangers Legends hitter had more than one hit, and as a team they only collected four hits. Alex Rodriguez did lead off the fifth inning with a solo home run and Ivan Rodriguez followed with a single, but those were the two lone hits that inning, even though they scored five runs, due to the three White Sox errors. The Rangers Legends won 5-1.
Toronto Blue Jays Legends @ Cleveland Indians
Cliff Lee was hot and struck out Blue Jay Legend after Blue Jay Legend after Blue Jay Legend. Cliff Lee was on fire this afternoon, pitching a complete game shutout, allowing four hits and striking out 13. Lee's fastball was on point today and the Blue Jays Legends couldn't even come close to touching his famous slider and curveball. The Blue Jays Legends were no match for him. The only Blue Jays Legend who had a good game offensively was Carlos Delgado, who went two-for-four, with two singles. However, John Clarkson, pitched a superb game as well going eight solid innings, striking out seven and only allowing one run. Grady Sizemore had an RBI triple in the seventh for the lone run of the game. The Indians won 1-0.
Arizona Diamondbacks Legends @ Detroit Tigers
Curt Shilling pitched seven strong innings, allowing two runs, five hits while striking out six. Curt Shilling got some offensive help from Roberto Alomar, who hit for the cycle and collected all four RBI for the D-backs Legends. Alomar singled in the first, had a two-run triple in the fourth, a two-run homerun in the sixth and a double in the ninth. Gregg Olson earned the save after a one-two-three inning in the ninth. The Diamondbacks Legends won 4-3.
Atlanta Braves Legends @ Houston Astros
This matchup and game lived up to all the hype. Two of the greatest pitchers in MLB history going up against each other in one of the best pitching duels of the preseason. Pettite and Sphan both pitched eight strong innings. Pettite struck out eight, and only allowed one run on two hits, while Spahn struck out 10 Astros and only allowed three hits. This game was a pure pitching duel however it was decided by an RBI single in the seventh by Johnny Mize and a solo homerun by Hank Aaron off the great closer Brad Lidge. The Braves Legends won 1-0.
Chicago Cubs Legends @ Kansas City Royals
Fergie Jenkins pitched well for the Cubs Legends, pitching six innings with six strikeouts, four hits and only allowing two runs. However, it was the bullpen for the Cubs Legends that struggled. The Cubs Legends bullpen pitched three innings, allowing eight runs on 10 hits. Joe Mays pitched very poorly for the Royals, going six innings and allowing nine earned runs. The Cubs Legends had an offensive explosion in the fourth inning scoring six runs. Ernie Banks, Sammy Sosa, and Ron Santo each hit a two-run homerun in the fourth. Lou Brock also scored five runs, reaching base every time he was up, going three-for-three with two walks and two stolen bases. The Cubs Legends won 11-10.
Cincinnati Reds Legends @ Los Angeles Angels
The Angels gave the Reds Legends a great fight but saw their upset win drift away when the Reds Legends scored four runs in the ninth inning to take a 6-3 lead and ice the game. In the ninth inning, Barry Larkin (two-for-four, two RBI) led off with a double to left field. Joe Morgan then followed with an RBI single to right before Johnny Bench drove Morgan in with a two-run shot to deep centerfield off Scot Shields who relieved Jeff Weaver in the ninth.
Colorado Rockies Legends @ Minnesota Twins
The Twins took down the Rockies Legends behind the bat and glove of catcher Joe Mauer. Mauer went four-for-five and accounted for three RBI and another run scored for the Twins. Mauer drove in two runs in the fifth inning with a double and two more runs with an eighth inning triple. Joe McGinnity pitched seven innings for the Rockies Legends, allowing two earned runs while striking out six and allowing five hits. Brad Radke went seven strong innings and only allowed one earned run. The Rockies Legends put together a ninth inning rally, scoring two runs on a Todd Helton double but Joe Nathan came in to retire the side. The Twins won 5-3.
Florida Marlins Legends @ New York Yankees
Robinson Cano was a true hero for the Yankees today as this game ended dramatically. After a 0-0 deadlock going into the eighth inning, the Marlins Legends offense started to wake up. Kyle Farnswoth came in to pitch the eighth inning after Shawn Chacon pitched seven scoreless innings. Tim Raines led the eighth inning off with a double and was later driven in by a single from Highpockets Hudspeth. Hudspeth was then driven in on a two-run homerun by Mike Scioscia. Miguel Cairo led the inning off with a double and then Hideki Matsui worked a walk. After Matsui drew the walk, Jeff Shaw also walked Jorge Posada to load the bases for Robinson Cano. With a 2-2 count, Shaw threw Cano a fastball which Cano crushed to deep left field for a walk off grand slam. The Yankees won 4-3.
Los Angeles Dodgers Legends @ Oakland Athletics
Don Sutton and the Dodgers Legends dominated the Oakland Athletics. Duke Snider and Roy Campanella combined to drive in four RBI, while Jackie Robinson and Cristobal Torriente stole three bases and scored all four of those runs. Steve Garvey added a two-run homerun to top things off in the eighth. The only blemish for Sutton was an RBI double off the bat of Marco Scutaro in the seventh. The Dodgers Legends won 5-1.
Milwaukee Brewers Legends @ Seattle Mariners
Virgil Trucks and Joel Pineiro were both ineffective in this matchup as the two starters gave up a combined 24 hits and nine runs through six innings. Trucks of the Brewers Legends came out with the lead after a three-run shot by Eddie Mathews in the top of the sixth. Paul Molitor went five-for-five with two doubles and an RBI as well. Don McMahon blew the lead as the Mariners tied it up on a Raul Ibanez double before turning it over to Rollie Fingers in the ninth. Fingers came into the game with a one run lead thanks to a Red Schoendienst sacrifice fly, scoring Robin Yount in the ninth. Fingers held the Mariners hitless in the ninth to record the save. The Brewers Legends won 6-5.
New York Mets Legends @ Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Pedro dominated the Devil Rays giving up just one run on two hits while racking up 12 strikeouts. Carl Crawford produced the lone run for the Devil Rays when he hit a single, stole second, advanced to third on a ground out and scored on a sac fly. Seth McClung kept pace with Pedro through five innings, but struggled in the sixth, giving up three runs on back-to-back doubles by Keith Hernandez and Jeff Kent, followed by a two-run homerun to Mike Piazza. The Mets Legends won 3-1.
Philadelphia Phillies Legends @ Texas Rangers
The Phillies Legends were all over Adam Eaton in this game, tagging him for six runs through six innings. The big blow came in the fourth when Sadaharu Oh and Mike Schmidt hit back-to-back homeruns. Oh would add two more RBI with a two-run double in the sixth for a total of four RBI in this game. Eddie Plank held the Rangers scoreless through eight innings before Bobby Thigpen closed out the ninth inning. The Phillies Legends won 6-0.
Pittsburgh Pirates Legends @ Toronto Blue JaysThe Pirates Legends looked like they were participating in the homerun derby as they launched a combined five homeruns in this game. Josh Gibson lifted two homeruns for four RBI. Honus Wagner went five-for-six with a homerun and two doubles. Willie Stargell and Buck Leonard each added solo homeruns, while Roberto Clemente scored five runs. Wilbur Wood looked relaxed with the huge lead, holding the Blue Jays to just one run through eight innings. The Pirates Legends won 11-1.