THE PLAZA LIONS
The Lions Roar
Lions finished off the 2001 season by playing interdivisional rivals Cook County, Box
City, and Iowa. Plaza went 7-4 at home
against their rivals.
Plaza opened up the month of September by hosting Iowa. The Lions erupted for 6 runs in the bottom of the 6th inning to break open a 4-2 lead and went on for a 10-2 victory. Tom Glavine pitched 7 2/3 solid innings to pick up his 18th win. Kenny Rogers was hit hard for the Rubes to sustain the loss. Plaza was led by Jeff Kent who had 3 RBIs, and by Wil Cordero who went 3-3 with 2 RBIs. In game 2 of the series the 2 teams battled back and forth. Plaza ended up scoring 3 runs in the bottom of the 7th inning to go on to a 6-5 win. Paul Abbott picked up his 15th win allowing all 5 runs in 7 innings. Scott Sullivan absorbed the loss in relief. Armando Benitez shutout the Rubes in the top of the 9th inning to record the save. Jeff Kent hit the game winning pinch-hit triple in the bottom of the 7th to score Jeff Abbott. Iowa won game 3 by a score of 6-4 behind an outstanding performance by starting pitcher Jamey Wright. Wright went 7 shutout innings to record the win. Woody Williams took the loss for the Lions. Louis Gonzalez hit a 2 run shot for the Lions while Maglio Ordonez, Craig Paquette, and Christian Guzman smashes homeruns for the visiting Rubes. Plaza came back to win game 4 behind a solid outing by Gil Heredia. Gil pitched 8 solid inning allowing 2 runs and was relieved by Benitez in the 9th who picked up his 35th save. John Vanderwal and Kent both slugged 2 run homers to help the Lions record the win. John Snyder was hit with the loss for the Rubes.
Cook County followed Iowa into Plaza for a 4 game series with the Lions. Plaza won game 1 by a score of 9-5. Louis Castillo went 2-3 with 4 RBIs to help lead the Lions to their win. Tony Eusebio and Mark Grace also had 2 hits for Plaza. Chan Ho Park was tagged with the loss for the Maulers. Cook County scored 3 runs in the top of the 9th and tacked another run on in the top of the 10th to pick up an 8-7 win over the Lions. Armando Benitez suffered the loss as he allowed 4 runs in 1 IP. Mike Piazza hit 2 homeruns with 3 RBIs to pace the Maulers. Troy Glaus and Ken Griffey each knocked 2 runs in. Matt Williams had 3 RBIs to lead the Lions. In game 3, Plaza scored 7 runs in the bottom of the 7th inning and went on to a 10-6 win. Eddie Guardado picked up the win in relief. Kevin Brown absorbed the loss for Cook County. Mark Grace went 2-4 with a homerun and 3 RBIs to lead the Lions. Louis Castillo went 2-4, scoring 3 runs, and he stole 2 bases. The Maulers won game 4 by a score of 7-5. Scott Williamson picked up the win for Cook County and Woody Williams gave up 4 homeruns for the Lions to get the loss. Edgar Martinez went 2-5 with 3 RBIs for the Maulers. Steve Finley hit a 3 run homer for the Lions.
The defending Brassball champions Box City Parcelmen came to Plaza to finish out the season. In game 1, Plaza scored 4 runs in the top of the 1st inning and went on to a 12-6 win. Glavine picked up the win for the Lions. Finley banged out 2 homeruns and had 3 RBIs for Plaza and Vanderwal and Mike Lieberthal each had homeruns and 3RBIs as well. Plaza scored a 10-8 win in game 2. Wil Cordero went 5-5 with 3 RBIs and Rich Aurilia went 3-5 with 3RBIs. Vanderwal and Rusty Greer had 4 hits for the Lions. Mike Sweeny blasted 2 homeruns and Miguel Tejada hit a 2 run shot for the Parcelmen. Woody Williams got the win for the Lions and Alex Fernandez picked up the loss. Box City won game 3 by a score of 4-2 behind a solid outing from Pete Harnisch. Raul Casanova had 2 RBIs to help lead the Parcelmen to victory.