AFTER SPLIT IN THERWIL, GAMES THREE AND FOUR IN BERN FIND NO CHAMPION. SERIES TIED 2-2 HEADING TO A DECIDING GAME 5!10.10.2010
With their backs against the wall, Cardinal player/coach John Baum would need to find better success than his game two loss last weekend if his team had any chance. Things started out well, as after a 1-2-3 first for the Flyers, the Cards pushed a run across thanks to a throwing error by the Flyers third baseman with two outs. Two Cardinal errors led to the Flyers first scoring chance in the second inning, but they came away empty as Baum induced a 1-3 ground out to end the inning. The home team pushed the lead to 2-0 in the second inning, a Tinu Gygax two-out single plating Raphael Hanzi to extend the lead.
The Flyers got on the scoreboard in the third inning, scoring three runs thanks to a two-out, two run error on the centerfielder, and a two out single. The Cards, as it was for the whole weekend wouldn't back down, and tied it at 3-3 in their half of the third as Hanzi's two out infield single scored Baum. Another Cards run in the fourth gave the home team back the lead. But once again the Flyers answered, after a two-out infield single, the cleanup hitter for Therwil sent a first pitch slider over the right field fence for a two-run homer, giving the Flyers a 5-4 lead! The seventh inning saw the Cardinals once again take the lead back, scoring two times on three singles, leaving the score at 6-5. But the Flyers found a way to tie it up in the 8th. A one-out double led to a two-out game tying single, and this back and fourth game would stay tied until the ninth. The Flyers looked to take advantage of a lead off error by the Cards shortstop, loading the bases after a single and a walk, with only one out. The Flyers power hitting American catcher was the next batter, leaving the situation not looking good for the home team. But Baum got him to ground to thrid base where Angelo Rodriguez decided to try to turn two. The throw was right on to Raphael Hanzi...Hanzi went to turn what would be an inning ending double play when the runner came far from second to break up the double play. After taking Hanzi out, the umpire ruled the runner had interfered with the action of the fielder, thus by rule, the hitter is also out to end the inning! This kept the game tied, with the Cards coming up in the bottom of the ninth. Baum led the inning off harmelessly grounding a ball to third, where the fielder let loose a high throw that went out of play, landing Baum on second base with no outs. Johnny Perigos followed with a single, sending Baum to third, after the fourth intentional walk issued to Seth Suplin, Raphael Hanzi fought with two strikes til he got his pitch, driving in the winning "Walk Off" run with a single to right field!
Thanks you so much to all the fans that fought the cold all weekend to cheer us on! We need you in Basel even more next Saturday! Hope to see a lot of CARDS NATION dressed in Maroon and Black for the deciding game five! CARDS IN '10!