Season 10 is now complete. Congratulations to the Trenton Fire of the American League for winning the World Series in 7 games. The Buffalo Blizzard had an incredible postseason, but came up short in Game 7 of the World Series.
World Series Highlights
Game 1 - Buffalo 7, Trenton 5
Trenton jumped to an early 3-0 lead off of starter JP Granados, but Trenton All-Star pitcher (and Cy Young Award winner) Andrew Baxter couldn't hold the lead, giving up 4 HR in 7 innings. Former all-star SS Rey Shigetoshi hita 3-R HR to give Buffalo the lead in the 5th, followed by a 2 R insurance HR by MVP Parker McIntire in the 7th. Horacio Guardado hit 2HRs in the game for the Blizzard, and 36 yr old Don Gonzales, signed as a free agent in the offseason, pitched the 9th to pick up the save.
Game 2 -Buffalo 5, Trenton 11
Despite back to back HRs by Parker McIntire and Horacio Guardado for an early Blizzard lead, it was all Trenton in this one, who tied the series 1-1. Blizzard starter Benito Manzanillo, another prominent offseason free agent acquisition, was chased after 4 1/3 with 8 H, 6 runs (4 Earned) and 2 walks. Trenton Fire Starter Stewart Pose improved his offseason record to 3-0 despite a shaky performance (6 IP, 6H, 4ER, 3 HRs). Buffalo suffered from poor defense, including 3 errors and one passed ball.
Game 3 - Trenton 0, Buffalo 4
The series moved to the NL and the icy Buffalo Blizzard home stadium, where the Fire were cooled in 7 shutout innings by starter Jorge Lee, giving Buffalo a 2-1 series lead. Horacio Guardado provided all the offense, hitting 2 HR's off of the Fire's Max Nunez, who threw a complete game in the losing cause.
Game 4 - Trenton 9, Buffalo 0
The Fire melted the Blizzard's hopes early on, with Game 1 starter and pitching ace Andrew Baxter coming back on short rest to shut down the powerful Buffalo offense. The Blizzard managed a total of 3 hits -all singles - while the Fire managed to hit 13, including homers by slumping CF Freddie Stokes and a pinch hit HR by DH Emmett Halter. Russell Leonard and leadoff man Jesus Pineda got 3 hits each for the Trenton Fire in tying the series at 2 a piece.
Game 5 - Trenton 0, Buffalo 3
Buffalo starter JP Granados redeemed himself from his game 1 woes, pitching 8 shutout innings despite allowing 10 hits to the Fire offense. Don Gonzales picked up his second save of the World Series, giving Buffalo a 3-2 series lead before moving back to the American League for the final 2 games.
Game 6 - Trenton 6, Buffalo 4
The Trenton Fire jumped to a decisive lead in the first, once again chasing Benito Manzanillo, who only lasted 2/3 of an inning this time (2/3 IP, 6H, 5 ER, 1HBP). Elston Brunson pitched well in relief of Manzanillo, keeping the Blizzard in the game. Despite attempting a comeback in the 5th, the Blizzard came up short against the pitching by Trenton's Max Nunez, Norberto Gonzalez and Kirk Heiserman. Heiserman pitched a perfect 9th for the save. The series gets tied 3-3 and on to Game 7.
Game 7 - Trenton 7, Buffalo 4
Starters Jorge Lee and Andrew Baxter came back on limited rest to face off in game 7 of the series. Despite a close game, in which Buffalo had a 4-2 lead by the 6th inning, Trenton exploded for 5runs in the 7th inning to take a lead they never gave up. The inning's highlight came on a 3-run blast by Russell Leonard off of reliever Carlos Gil. Gil, a crucial setup man for the Blizzard, had missed the previous games with an ingrown toenail. Closer Kirk Heiserman pitched 2 innings to get the save and sealed the Trenton Fire's first World Series win.