Monday, July 13, 2009

Bulldog Sweep!

After 6 consecutive NL East titles, and 3 trips to the NLCS in 6 years, mike1184 and the Burlington Bulldgos finally won the ultimate prize, sweeping the 6th seeded Baltimore Dead Homies and mr_orange in the World Series. The Burlington pitching came up big, holding Baltimore to 11 total runs in the 4 games. By contrast, the Dead Homies had been held under 4 runs only 4 times in their other 15 playoff contents this season.

The series started out with an exciting game that saw Baltimore starter Rico Lecuona tire, walking the first two hitters in the 9th while holding a 3-run lead. Lecuona had allowed only 1 hit and 1 walk up to that point. Closer Wolf McGuire was called in to save the day after Lecuona allowed a run-scoring double. After a walk to load the bases, the wolf-man was touched for a walk-off grand slam by Orlando Guillen.

Game two was another barn-burner with a 10th inning game-winner that followed a costly error by P Jonathan Cone. The demoralized Dead Homies put up a solid fight in their return home, but were no match for the vaunted Burlington pitching staff as Edgardo Merced threw a gem. The sweep was complete after Burlington jumped to a 4-run lead with Iago Scott on the mound and finished off the Homies 7-3.

The win capped a meteoric rise for series MVP Orlando Guillen. Guillen was signed out of the Dominican Republic in season 10 and jumped straight to AA. After clubbing 63 HR's at AAA, he became the Bulldog's 3B and managed 39 HR's while finishing 4th in the NL Rookie of the Year voting and winning both the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards.

Burlington celebrated with colorado bulldogs for everyone. The little-known drink is becoming popular with Burlington fans. It's made by combining the ingredients for a white-russian (vodka, kahula, and cream) with a splash of coke.

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