Wild Things hit 3 home runs off Nuke and knock off Wonderboy 5-4 in ten innings. In a game where Wonderboy got off running scoring 3 runs in the bottom of the first inning, it was surprising to see how this game turned out.
Juan Primo led off the game for Wonderboy with a double and Benny The Jet Rodriguez singled him in. After Roy Hobbs hit a double the red hot Jack Elliott reached on a error scoring the Jet. Bobby Rayburn drove in Hobbs with the third run in the bottom of the first giving Wonderboy the 3-0 lead.
Nuke does not often give up runs in bunches so Wild Things began to chip away starting with Pedro Cerrano’s solo HR in the top of the second inning. A key moment in this game came in the bottom of the fourth inning. With runners on first and second and two outs Elliott hit a single and The Jet was held at third. Elliott was visibky upset. Davis Birch drove in the fourth run on the next pitch but Roy Hobbs was held at third before Rayburn grounded out to end the inning.
With the score 4-1 Wonderboys in the top of the sixth inning Clue Heyward hit a triple and Cerrano drove him in with a single. However Nuke left the bases loaded without further damage.
Then in the top of the eight inning Roger Dorn hit a solo HR off Nuke making the score 4-3. The very next batter was Rube Baker who tied the game with a solo HR. Two batters later after a Mickey Scales double Nuke was removed from the game for Blackout Gatling. Willie Mays Hays hit a single but Scales was thrown out trying to score by Primo.
The game remained tied at four as we headed to the bottom of the ninth with hog Ellis pitching. The Jet and Hobbs opened the inning with back to back singles. Next came up Elliott and he hit a single but The Jet was thrown out trying to score by Kelly Leak. Jack shrugged his shoulders as Hog pitched out of the inning. In the 10th inning with Kit Keller on the mound, Dorn hit a double and after an error by Elliott moved to third and Scales drove him in with a sacrifice fly which proved to be the game winner.
Pop Fisher on this game. “Weird. Nuke does not blow leads like that. Give credit to them. We had several chances to blow the game open and we need to take advantage of that.”
When asked about Jack Elliott’s antics, “Jack is emotional. With Collins out, he is playing well. I won’t talk about what we discussed. But this is why players don’t coach.”
“Big Time Win. Gut check time for this team. We passed with flying colors.” Says Lou Brown.
Next up for Wild Things is a trip to play Brotherhood. Wonderboy has a home series vs Legendary.