BROTHERHOOD SWEEPS GIRL POWER IN A CLASSIC GAME
Girl Power comes up short in a classic baseball game 11-10 in 12 innings. Girl Power starting pitcher Becky Lynch lasted only 2 innings after giving up 7 runs. Brotherhood scored 5 runs in the top of the first inning before Lynch was able to record a single out. John Cena and Roman Reigns each had RBI hits. Big Show followed with a mammoth 3 run HR making it 5-0. Big Show then hit his second HR of the game, a 2 run shot in the second making it 7-0 before the Girls know what hit them. Asuka relieved Lynch in the third inning and after giving up a bases loaded walk to Big E in the 4th inning it looked like this game was going to be a rout.
However, for the second straight game the 4th inning is when the Girl Power bats woke up and they exploded. Nia Jax had a RBI double to get the scoring started. Brotherhood pitcher Robert Roods was struggling with his control as he gave up bases loaded walks to Dana Brooke and Ruby Riott making the score 8-3. Sasha Banks had a RBI hit followed by a sacrifice fly out by Naomi making further narrowing the score to 8-5. After Carmella singled to reload the bases Charlotte Flair drove in 2 runs with a base hit cutting the lead to 8-7. Manager Titus O’Neill finally had enough and replaced Roode with Chad Gable. He was rudely greeted by Nia Jax’s 3 run HR giving Girl Power a 10-8 lead. The Girl Power dugout erupted as the fans were going crazy. A 10 run inning suddenly has the Girls ahead as they try to win their first game on the young season.
After pitching a scoreless 5th and 6th inning Paige stuck with Asuka riding her gut and left Asuka in the game. After Lacey Evans booted a groundball off the bat if Jimmy Uso leading off the 7th inning it looked like Asuka would get out of the inning as she retired the next two batters. But Kofi Kingston had a RBI double and Alesiter Black drove in Kofi to tie the score at 10.
After giving up the HR to Jax, Chad Gable took control of the game with 4 scoreless innings handling the ball to Zack Ryder to start the 9th inning. Tamina also had 3 scoreless innings of her own starting with the 8th inning until Zelina Vega took the ball in the 11th. Zack Ryder responded with 3 scoreless innings in relief of Gable in the 9th inning.
Leading off the top of the 12th inning, Black hit a solo HR off his wife Vega to give the Brotherhood a 11-10 lead. Xavier Woods again struggled putting men on first and second with Carmella coming up to bat. It took a great play by Jimmy Uso to turn two on Carmella and ending the game.
Paige had this to say after the game. “I love how we fight and never give up. We need to figure out how to win these games. But we certainly proved we can play in this league.” When asked about sticking with Becky, Paige said “We trust The Man. She was not good today. She will make no excuses for herself. I tried to extend her to save the bullpen. But we still had the lead and need to close out games like this.” On having Asuka start the 7th inning, “She looked strong. She just had 2 great innings. If not for the error, we don’t lose the lead. We don’t blame each other. We win or lose as a team.” Finally, on the morale of the team after 3 losses. “We do not feel overmatched at all. We needed to prove we can play with the guys and we feel we have. Wins will come but they need to come soon.”
Titus on Girl Power. “They can play. No doubt about it. And they will get better.” On his team being resilient after blowing big leads. “We just continue to play. One bad inning can’t stop us. There are things we can improve on going forward.”
Next up for Brotherhood is a 3 game set against Wonderboy. Girl Power gets Wild Things.
BODEEN PITCHES WILD THINGS TO SERIES WIN
Sammy Bodeen pitched the second complete game of the season for Wild Things as they take the opening series with a 5-3 victory over Legendary. Willie Mays Hayes led off the game with a single and a stolen base setting up Kelly Leak’s RBI single giving Wild Things an early 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the 3rd inning Roger Dorn booted a ground ball hit by Shawn Michaels. Michaels then steals second base and two batters later Bodeen throws the ball away on an easy grounder allowing Legendary to tie the game.
A good team immediately responds and Wild Things did just that. With runners on first and second Edge returns the favor and allows Pedro Cerrano to reach base on a ball he threw in the dirt to Jim Duggan loading the bases. Chris Jericho then gets Roger Dorn to ground into a double play scoring Darryl Palmer giving Wild Things a 2-1 lead. Rube Baker followed with a 2 run HR to extend the lead to 4-1.
Meanwhile Bodeen was in total control for the remainder of the game shutting down Legendary with ease. In the top of the 8th inning Hayes and Leak connected once again in a carbon copy of the top of the first giving Wild Things a 5-1 lead. Bodeen retired the first two batters in the 9th inning before walking Michaels and giving up a HR to CM Punk. But he was able to close out the game and give Wild Things an opening series win.
Wild Things Lou Brown says “We believe we have the best starting pitching in the league not Wonderboy. But our bullpen is really good too. You will see that playout during the season.”
Legendary Manager Michael Hayes comments” We got shut down by two really good pitchers and really had one good inning against the other starter. We need to get better.”
Next up for Wild Things is Girl Power while Legendary faces the Outlaws.
OUTLAWS AVOID THE SWEEP WITH 10 INNING VICTORY OVER WONDERBOY
The Outlaws shocked Wonderboy rallying to tie the game in the 9th and winning in walk off fashion in the 10th inning to avoid the sweep.
The Wonderboys got off to another fast start when Benjamin Franklin Rodriguez “The Jet” led off the game with a walk and scored ahead of Bobby Rayburn’s 2 run HR. Legendary came back with 2 runs in the bottom of the 2nd inning on RBI hits by Luke Harper and Fandango. Wonderboys as we have seen already this year come right back when The Jet hit a HR leading off the 3rd inning.
Things got crazy in the bottom of the 5th inning with Wonderboys holding a 3-2 lead. Fandango leads off the inning with his second double of the game. Next up is Lio Rush who drives him in to tie the game up. Wonderboy starting pitcher Steve Nebraska was on the ropes but Pop Fisher kept him in the game. Rush was thrown out trying to steal second base by Dottie Henson. The very next pitch Sami Zayn hits a double that would have scored Rush. You can see the anger on Co Manager Shane McMahon. After a Kevin Owens fly out Lashley hits a base hit and he was thrown out trying to score by Davis Birch. The anger has now turned to steam as Nebraska was let off the hook.
Juan Primo leads off the 6th inning with a single and stolen base and was driven in by Bobby Rayburn giving Wonderboys the 4-3 lead. Legendary starting pitcher Randy Orton was not sharp today either as he gave up 4 runs in 6 innings. Andrade was brought into the game in the 7th and after pitching a 123 inning he gives up a double to Primo Leading off the 8th inning. A couple of batters later Davis Birch drives him in to give Wonderboys a 5-3 lead. As we head to the bottom of the 9th inning Jim Bowers is in the game to close it out. Bray Wyatt leads off the 9th with a single. After a strikeout Bowers then walks both Brock Lesnar and Luke Harper to load the bases. After getting Fandango to pop up for the second out of the inning it brings up Rush who’s base running mistake cost The Outlaws a run. Primo drops a fly ball hit by Rush and 2 runs scored tying up the game. Bowers has now blown his second game of the season.
After Shelton Benjamin held Wonderboys scoreless in the top of the 10th inning, Kit Keller is now in the game to pitch for Wonderboys. After getting the first two batters out, Wyatt hits a triple. Elias then reached on a walk. The next batter is Brock Lesnar who hits a ground ball to Tanner Boyle who boots it allowing The Outlaws to win the game and avoid the sweep.
Shane McMahon said after the game “We really needed that. We made mistakes and then capitalized on their mistakes. We still need to be better.” Meanwhile Pop Fisher obviously had a different take. “We gave this one away on many levels. That stinks.” When asked about the status of Jim Bowers as the closer he had this to say, “Jim is still my guy. He did walk two guys today but if we play defense we are not having this conversation.” Jim Bowers had this to say,” I can’t put people on base with walks. Primo always makes that play. It was just one of those days. I will be fine.”
Next up for Wonderboy is Brotherhood. Outlaws will face Legendary