Monday, July 13, 2015

Let's Play 2012 World Series with Strat-O-Matic Game 1




In our next series I will be playing the 2012 World Series between the San Francisco Giants versus the Detroit Tigers in Strat-O-Matic. Last time I played out the 1927 World Series, you can click here for game 1. For this series I will be using the advanced rules.



I will be keeping the same lineups in my Strat games as were played in real life except for the additional players, I don't have that card pack for 2012. The biggest change will be the starting right fielder for the Tigers, in real life Avisail Garcia played but I will be using Brennan Boesch who played right for the Tigers for most of the season.

Game 1 of the 2012 World Series was played in San Francisco at AT&T Park.

Detroit Tigers Lineup:

1. CF Austin Jackson
2. 2B Omar Infante
3. 3B Miguel Cabrera
4. 1B Prince Fielder
5. LF Delmon Young
6. SS Jhonny Peralta
7. RF Brennan Boesch
8. C  Alex Avila
9. P  Justin Verlander

San Francisco Giants Lineup:

1. CF Angel Pagon
2. 2B Marco Scutaro
3. 3B Pablo Sandoval
4. C  Buster Posey
5. RF Hunter Pence
6. 1B Brandon Belt
7. LF Gregor Blanco
8. SS Brandon Crawford
9. P  Barry Zito

TOP OF THE FIRST:

Austin Jackson leads off the series with a big strike out. Omar Infante hits a pop up to short for the second out. Miguel Cabrera strikes out for the third out of the inning.

BOTTOM OF THE FIRST:

Angel Pagon leads off for the Giants with a single to left. Marco Scutaro swings and misses with a strike out for the first out. Pablo Sandoval hits a single to right advancing Pagon to third. Buster Posey smacks a double scoring 2 runs giving the Giants an early lead. Pence takes a walk giving the Giants runners on first and second with one out. Belt his a single loading the bases up. Gregor Blanco lines out to first for the second out. Crawford hits a grounder to short for the third out, the Giants lead the Tigers 2-0 after 1 inning of play.

TOP OF THE SECOND:

Prince Fielder lines out to second for the first out of the second inning. Delmon Young goes down swinging for the second out. Jhonny Peralta also strikes out for the third out giving Zito 4 strike outs in 2 innings.

BOTTOM OF THE THIRD:

Barry Zito strikes out for the first Giant out. Pagon grounds out to second followed by Scutaro who hits a double. Sandoval ends the inning by popping out to second.

TOP OF THE THIRD:

Boesch hits a single for the Tigers first hit of the series. Avila pops out to first followed by Verlander striking out for the second out. Jackson makes the third out with a fly out to right field.

BOTTOM OF THE THIRD:

Buster Posey leads off with a strike out followed by Pence who also strikes out for Verlander's 4th strike out. Belt ends the third by flying out to center field.

TOP OF THE FORTH:

Infante leads off with a walk, Cabrera hits a double giving the Tigers runners on second and third with no outs. Fielder grounds out to short without driving any of the runners in. Young flies out to center, Infante doesn't try to score. Jhonny Peralta walks loading up the bases. Boesch singles scoring 1 run. Alex Avila takes a mighty swing at a fast ball for a grand slam home run, the Tigers now lead 5-3. Verlander ends the inning grounding out to second.

BOTTOM OF THE FORTH:

Blanco grounds out to first followed by Crawford who hits a double. Zito goes down swinging for the second out of the inning. Pagon ends the inning with a groundout to second.

TOP OF THE FIFTH:

Jackson leads off with a double followed by Infante striking out. Cabera grounds out to second and Fielder grounds out to first for the last out.

BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH:

Scutaro leads off the bottom of the fifth by striking out. Sandoval hits a single to center. Buster Posey hits one back to the pitcher and Verlander bobbles the ball, both runners are safe. Hunter Pence walks loading the bases with one out. Brandon Belt smashes one to the center field fence legging out a triple scoring three runs giving the lead back to the Giants with a score of 6-5. At this point the Tigers replace Justin Verlander with Drew Smyly. Blanco hits next and drives in Belt with a single. Crawford makes the second out of the inning by flying out to center. Zito strikes out to end the inning.

TOP OF THE SIXTH:

Delmon Young leads off with a walk quickly followed by a second walk to Peralta. Boesch hits a grounder to second for a double play, Young makes it safely to third with two outs. Avila hits a single but Young doesn't try for home. Drew Smyly, in his first at bat of the series, strikes out ending the inning.

BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH:

Angel Pagon flies out to center for the first out. Scutaro smashes one to the left field fence but Young is able to catch it for the second out. Pablo Sandoval grounds out to second for the last out.

TOP OF THE SEVENTH:

Jackson grounds out to short for the first out. Infante hits a single for his first hit of the series. Cabrera walks giving the Tigers two runners and one out. The Giants pull Barry Zito and replace him with Jeremy Affeldt. Prince Fielder hits a single loading up the bases. Delmon Young grounds one to short and the Giants turn a double play to end the inning.

BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH:

Buster Posey flies out center followed by Pence who lines out to third for two quick outs. Brandon Belt strikes out for a 1-2-3 inning.

TOP OF THE EIGHTH:

Peralta leads off by going down swinging. Boesch grounds out to short and Avila flies out to right for the third out.

BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH:

Gregor Blanco goes down swinging for the first out. Crawford grounds out to second and Jeremy Affeldt strikes out for the third out.

TOP OF THE NINTH:

The Tigers go into the ninth losing by 2 runs. To start the top of the ninth the Tigers pinch hit Andy Dirks for Smyly and it was the correct call as Dirks hits a triple.  Austin Jackson hits a single scoring Dirks, the Tigers are within one run now. Omar Infante hits a grounder to short who flips it to second to get the lead runner. Miguel Cabrera strikes out for the Tigers second out. Prince Fielder hits one out to right and Hunter Pence drops the ball scoring Jackson tying the game at 6. Delmon Young ends the inning by grounding out to second.

BOTTOM OF THE NINTH:

Angel Pagon gets on base with a walk. Marco Scutaro strikes out for the first out. Pablo Sandoval hits a walk off triple winning the game for the Giants with a score of 8-7!

SUMMARY:

In my last series we compared the pitcher's stats to compare how the teams did in Strat. In the real game the Giants won 8-3 so in the Strat game the Giants won as well with the same amount of runs, the Tigers hit a few more in my game.

The Tiger pitchers in the real game gave up 11 hits, 1 walks, 8 strikes outs with an ERA of 9.00. In my Strat game the Tiger pitchers gave up 10 hits, 3 walks, 10 strike outs with an ERA of 7.00. As you can see the starts are pretty close with the hits off by only 1, walks by 2, strike outs by 2 and the ERA off by 2.00.

The Giants pitchers gave up in the real game 8 hits, 2 walks, 8 strike outs with an ERA of 3.00. In my game the Giants pitchers gave up 8 hits, 5 walks, 8 strike outs with an ERA of 6.33. Hits and strike outs were identical and in Strat they gave up 3 more walks and the ERA was 3.33 more but overall pretty close and the Giants won in both games.

Game one was a lot of fun and next week game 2 will be up for enjoyment. See you then!

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