Game 1: Ankiel outduels R. Martinez as Thunder trip Glovers

Pedro pitches Monkey past Flash

It’s what makes Garf a legend.

Who else would start his entire bench in Game 1 of the new season to get the “Sunday Special” lineup out of the way?

Featured imageIf he loses to Ramon Martinez, well, that’s what was supposed to happen and now he can focus on the rest of the week with his starters. But if he wins?!?!?! Legend.

It’s also what makes Rick Ankiel a legend… a MicroLeague legend. Get rocked in spring training and then pitch 7 2/3 innings with 10 strikeouts to lead the Rolling Thunder past the Golden Glovers 3-2. Of course.

Chuck Carr? The worst hitter in the game? Sure… 3 for 4. Rename one of his relievers after himself? Boom — 1 1/3 innings, three strikeouts and the save.

See ya in the World Series you glitch.

(P.S. Larry Walker stayed hot, going 2 for 2 with a home run and two RBI in the loss).

In the other game, Pedro Martinez pitched a complete game with 11 strikeouts to lead the Chunky Monkey over the Fort Lauderdale Flash 6-4.

Roberto Alomar, Todd Helton and Ken Griffey Jr. each homered for the Monkey.

Roger Clemens had 12 strikeouts in seven innings, but also allowed six earned runs to take the loss. Hanley Ramires and Sandy Alomar homered, while Dante Bichette had two RBI in the loss.

Thunder 3, Glovers 2

2015 THUNDER          AB   R   H  BI   
FRANCO          2B     5   0   1   0    
WEISS           SS     3   0   0   0    
STANTON         LF     5   0   0   0    
MURRAY          1B     2   1   0   0    
HAYES           3B     5   1   1   0    
BO BONDS        RF     5   1   1   1    
SANTIAGO         C     4   0   2   1    
CARR            CF     4   0   3   0    
ANKIEL           P     4   0   0   0    
GARFUNKEL        P     0   0   0   0    
           TOTALS     37   3   8   2    

2015 GLOVERS          AB   R   H  BI   
PIERRE          CF     4   0   0   0    
RIPKEN          SS     4   0   0   0    
WALKER          RF     4   1   2   2    
CASTILLA        3B     3   0   2   0    
GONZALEZ        LF     4   0   0   0    
P FIELDER       1B     3   0   1   0    
PENA             C     4   0   0   0    
LEMKE           2B     3   0   1   0    
R MARTINEZ       P     2   0   0   0    
CHARLTON         P     0   0   0   0    
MONDESI         PH     0   1   0   0    
ROCKER           P     0   0   0   0    
           TOTALS     31   2   6   2    

2015 THUNDER        IP  H  R ER BB SO   
ANKIEL          W  7.2  6  2  2  3 10   
GARFUNKEL       S  1.1  0  0  0  0  3   

2015 GLOVERS        IP  H  R ER BB SO   
R MARTINEZ      L  7.1  8  3  2  4  9   
CHARLTON           0.2  0  0  0  0  2   
ROCKER             1.0  0  0  0  0  2   

   E:P FIELDER,GONZALEZ,WALKER          
  DP:15 SG (1)                          
  2B:BO BONDS                           
  HR:WALKER                             
  SB:MURRAY,WEISS                       
  SH:WEISS                              

Monkey 6, Flash 4

2015 FLASH            AB   R   H  BI   
H RAMIREZ       SS     3   1   1   1    
BICHETTE        DH     3   0   1   2    
PUJOLS          1B     3   0   0   0    
ANDERSON        CF     3   0   0   0    
GUERRERO        LF     4   0   0   0    
A RAMIREZ       3B     4   0   0   0    
S ALOMAR         C     4   2   2   1    
MURPHY          RF     3   1   0   0    
B BOONE         2B     3   0   0   0    
           TOTALS     30   4   4   4    

2015 MONKEY           AB   R   H  BI   
R ALOMAR        2B     4   2   2   1    
HELTON          1B     4   1   1   1    
RAMIREZ         DH     3   0   0   0    
BAUTISTA        RF     3   0   1   1    
SOSA            LF     4   0   1   0    
GRIFFEY JR      CF     4   2   2   1    
TULOWITZKI      SS     4   0   0   0    
BELTRE          3B     3   1   1   0    
BENCH            C     4   0   1   2    
           TOTALS     33   6   9   6    

2015 FLASH          IP  H  R ER BB SO   
CLEMENS         L  7.0  9  6  6  3 12   
BENITEZ            1.0  0  0  0  0  3   

2015 MONKEY         IP  H  R ER BB SO   
P MARTINEZ      W  9.0  4  4  4  4 11   

  2B:BICHETTE,R ALOMAR,BENCH            
  HR:H RAMIREZ,S ALOMAR,R ALOMAR        
     HELTON,GRIFFEY JR                  
  SH:BICHETTE                           
 HBP:BELTRE(BY BENITEZ)                 
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