World Series 16 Game by Game Recap

Game 1: Norfolk Tars at Chicago Billy Goats (Andre Sparks (13-3) vs Joaquin Valentin (14-2, 3.14 ERA)

Opening night in Chicago featured a matchup of the Tars' ace, Andre Sparks, against Joaquin Valentin. Sparks had pitched brilliantly in the post-season, but he appeared rusty at Wrigley Field, giving up 5 runs in the first inning, including a grand slam by Albert Bell. Although Norfolk tied it in the 3rd, the Tars' bullpen could not hold off the hometeam's attack. Valentin pitched well enough to win, despite giving up 9 hits and 6 runs in 7 innings.

Player of the Game: Albert Bell, SS, 2-4, 5 RBI, 2B, HR

Notable performances:
Ivan Pescado, RF, 2-5, 2 R, 2 SB

Final: Norfolk 6, Chicago 7
Chicago leads the series 1-0.

Game 2: Norfolk Tars at Chicago Billy Goats (Billy Fox (6-9, 4.34 ERA) vs Joaquin Gil (14-7, 3.54 ERA)

Game 2 in Chicago opened with Joaquin Gil on short rest and an even shorter leash. After a first inning where Gil gave up one hit and one walk, the Billy Goats' manager sent out Pedro Uribe in relief to start the 2nd. Uribe, who started 29 games in the regular season, pitched brilliantly in relief: 6 innings, 5 hits, 0 runs and 7 Ks en route to a combined shutout of the Norfolk offense. However, it was once again shortstop Albert Bell who would be the deciding player of this game, with a 2 run double in the 1st and a solo shot in the 3rd

Player of the Game: Albert Bell, SS, 2-4, 3 RBI, 2B, HR

Notable performances:
Pedro Uribe , RP, W, 6 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 7 K

Wilfredo Estrella, LF, 2-2, 2 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI

Final: Norfolk 0, Chicago 6
Chicago leads the series 2-0.

Game 3: Chicago Billy Goats at Norfolk Tars (Dave Lewis (11-6, 3.47 ERA) vs Gerardo Cedeno (22-9, 2.72 ERA)

The series moved to Norfolk with the Billy Goats leading 2-0. Chicago brought their Cy Young Winner to the mound, against Dave Lewis. The Tars threatened against Cedeno, with runners in scoring position in the 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th, but ever actually scoring. Dave Lewis actually outpitched Cedeno for the first 4 innings, but he was lifted for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the 4th, and the Tars bullpen could not hold off the caprine attack. Cedeno allowed 12 hits in 7 innings, but never allowed a run to score. Cedeno even showed that AL pitchers can hit, getting 2 hits and driving in 1 run to help his cause. The Tars hit two homeruns in the 9th, but it wasn't enough to catch up to the Billy Goats, who won the game with 7 runs.

Player of the Game: Shea Brooks, CF, 2-5, 3 RBI, HR, 2 R

Notable performances:
Gerardo Cedeno, SP, W, 7 IP, 12 H, 0 ER, 4 K ; 2-4 with 1 RBI

Kevin Rolls, 1B, 2-5, 2 RBI, HR, 2 R

Wilfredo Estrella, LF, 2-3, 2 BB, 1 R

Final: Chicago 7, Norfolk 2
Chicago leads the series 3-0.

Game 4: Chicago Billy Goats at Norfolk Tars (Joaquin Gil (14-7, 3.54 ERA) vs Juan Cueto (7-6, 3.45 ERA)

With a sweep on the line, Joaquin Gil returned to the mound for the Billy Goats, but the Tars were ready for a comeback, scoring 4 times in 7 innings. A change in the lineup brought Albert Moraga to the cleanup spot, where he came through with a 3-4 night and a homerun.

Player of the Game: Juan Cueto SP, W, 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB

Notable performances:
Albert Moraga, CF, 3-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2B, HR

Final: Chicago 2, Norfolk 4
Chicago leads the series 3-1.

Game 5: Chicago Billy Goats at Norfolk Tars (Andre Sparks (13-3) vs Joaquin Valentin (14-2, 3.14 ERA)

A rematch of Game 1 starters showed a refreshed Sparks pitching brilliantly during the first 4 innings, not allowing a single hit and only one runner reached base (on an error). The 5th inning was a different story. Following a leadoff homerun by the Goats' Albert Bell, Sparks seemed to unravel, and before the inning was over, the Goats scored 7 runs. Goat 1B Kevin Rolls hit a grandslam to chase Sparks. Sparks' counterpart, Joaquin Valentin pitched 6 innings, allowing 2 runs to earn the victory and give the Goats' the World Series title.

Player of the Game: Kevin Rolls, 1B, 1-5, 1R, HR, 4 RBI

Notable performances:
Albert Bell, ss, 3-4, 2 R, HR, 1 RBI

Joaquin Valentin, SP, W, 6IP, 6H, 2R, 1 BB, 4 K

Wilfredo Estrella, LF, 2-5, 2 RBI, 1 R

Anthony Mulholland, 3B, 3-4, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI

Final: Chicago 10, Norfolk 2

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