World Series S19 rolled around as a battle between the two best records in the Majors: the 110 win Helena Handbaskets and their American League counterparts, the 108 win Chicago Billy Goats. The Billy Goats, the defending World Series champions, appeared poised to defend after sweeping Trenton in the League Championship Series and beating Washington 3-1 in the Division Championship Series. Helena came off of a tough 7-Game series with last season's NL champions, the Colorado Colorado Crush.
Game 1: Chicago Billy Goats at Helena Handbaskets (Gerardo Cedeno (18-8, 2.91 ERA in regular season) vs Julian Flores(21-6, 3.22 ERA in regular season))
The World Series opened in Helena, with Flores, the NL Cy Young winner matching nicely against Chicago's Cedeno, who had been lights out with a 3-0 record in the postseason. Helena struck early, with Joaquin Vega's solo shot in the 2nd inning, but Cedeno shut them down the rest of the way, silencing the Handbaskets at the rhythm of 10 strikeouts in 8 innings. Chicago's regular season 2B, Albert Bell, started at shortstop despite only starting there in 5 games during the regular season and was the engine behind their offense. Bell drove in 4 runs, including a 2-run homerun in the 6th.
Final Score: Chicago 7, Helena 1.
Player of the Game: Albert Bell, with 3 hits in 5 at bats and 4 RBI
Alberto Cedeno threw 8 solid innings, allowing 1 earned run and striking 10.
Game 2: Chicago Billy Goats at Helena Handbaskets: (Joaquin Gil (21-4, 2.71 ERA in regular season) vs Alex Morlan (13-4, 2.48 ERA in regular season))
In an incredible pitching matchup, AL Cy Young winner Gil faced off against NL Rookie of the Year Morlan. Unfortunately, the Billy Goats' offense took off early, battering the 21 year old Helena rookie for 5 runs in the first inning and never looked back. Joaquin Gil pitched 7 solid innings.
Final Score: Chicago 8, Helena 3
Player of the Game: Joaquin Gil, pitched 7 innings, allowed 1 run, earned the win
Albert Bell, got 3 more hits in 5 at bats, including a homerun
Game 3: Helena Handbaskets at Chicago Billy Goats: (Tomas Gonzales (15-8, 3.99 ERA in regular season) vs Joaquin Valentin (18-8, 4.27 ERA in regular season))
With the series shifting to Chicago, the game was a scoreless pitching duel for 8 innings, and tied at 1 for 11 innings. In the 11th inning, Billy Goat ss Albert Bell made his only hit of the night count, blasting a walk-off 3 run homerun off of Junior Otanez.
Player of the Game: Albert Bell, 3-run walkoff home run
Final Score: Helena 1, Chicago 4
Game 4: Helena Handbaskets at Chicago Billy Goats (Brian Wang (14-8, 3.65 ERA in regular season) vs Gerardo Cedeno (18-8, 2.91 ERA in regular season))
Gerardo Cedeno tossed a gem, with a 4 hit, complete game shutout of the Helena offense to clinch the World Series title for the Billy Goats. Ivan Pescado, Thom Monroe and Albert Bell each homered. Bell drove in 3 runs in 2 hits, stole a base and scored.
Final Score: Helena 0, Chicago 7.
Player of the Game: Alberto Cedeno threw a complete game shutout, 4 hits, 4 strikeouts, 0 walks.
Albert Bell, with 2 hits in 3 at bats and 3 RBI, SB
Chicago swept Helena and won the S19 World Series.