XBL: St. Cloud 5 Memphis 1

The St. Cloud Cyclones continued their improbable march towards the XBL crown Wednesday night against the home-team Memphis Dawgs. Ted Lilly went the full nine for the Cyclones, allowing only one run and five hits. Four of the five Cyclone runs came off the long ball. Eliezer Alfonzo hit two solo shots, both as a result of Park Effect Deeps! Jose Contreras also went the distance for Memphis. He nothced 11 strikeouts, but the three homers he gave up put the game beyond the reach of the anemic Memphis offense. So devastating was the loss for the Dawgs, that rumors were flying that team would be disbanded after only one season in the XBL.

St. Cloud: Gomez (0 games)
Memphis: none

The Commish avenged his previous 1973 loss to the Cardinals, when his 1972 Yankees won a nail-biting victory over the ’72 Cardinals at Yankee Stadium. Johnny Callison hit a walk-off solo homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to lead the Yanks to a 5-4 victory.

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XBL: St. Cloud 9 Memphis 5

St. Cloud (Cain) at Memphis (Redman)

The St. Cloud Cyclones blew into Memphis and handed the Dawgs their third straight loss. The Cyclones broke a 2-2 tie in the fifth on a lead-off home run by Pedro Feliz and four more hits to put them ahead by three. Mark Teahen homered in the sixth to get the Dawgs to within two. St. Cloud exploded for four runs in the top of the ninth, half of them after a crucial error by Dawgs third baseman Teahen. Memphis threatened in the bottom of the ninth, scoring two, but went down with the tying run in the on-deck circle.

Final: St. Cloud 9 Memphis 5

Redman (7) L
Nelson (2)

St. Cloud
Cain (8.2) W
Ryan (0.1) S


PS. After the XBL game the Dawgs manager got one back on the Commish, when his 1973 Cardinals defeated the 1973 Yankees 7-0, behind a complete-game shutout by Bob Gibson.

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