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Game 139: Damaso Garcia steals three bases and Rick Sutcliffe strikes out nine New York batters in seven innings of work as the Riders top the Mammoths 8-3 to open the series. Some tense moments in the ninth but Rich Gossage enters to strike out Julio Franco with the bases loaded to end it.

Game 140: Frank Tanana wins his 23rd game, holding the Riders to a single run in eight innings, as the Mammoths even the series with a 5-1 decision.

Game 141: Wayne Krenchicki's four hits are mostly wasted as the Mammoths win 7-2 behind Doyle Alexander, who wins his 21st of the season.

In a rare home-and-home event, the Riders head to New York for a rematch with the Mammoths.
12/9/2010 11:32 PM (edited)
Game 142: The Riders get a two-run double from Jeffrey Leonard in the eighth and Rich Gossage throws a scoreless ninth as Milwaukee takes the opener in New York, 6-4.

Game 143: New York's Rick Honeycutt throws a complete game 2-hitter as the Mammoths rout the Riders 11-0.

Game 144: Milwaukee finds its way back onto the scoreboard but the Rider bullpen has another forgettable day and the Mammoths take the series with a 10-7 win, scoring five times in the seventh and eighth innings.

It's off to Chicago.
12/11/2010 7:09 AM (edited)
Game 145: The Goats are too much for the Riders, taking the series opener by a 3-1 score. Bret Saberhagen gets his 30th save for Chicago, retiring the last Rider batter.

Game 146: Rich Gossage allows a leadoff home run to Wayne Gross in the ninth that ties the game, but escapes the inning without further damage (stranding runners at the corners) to send the game into extras. Another Rich, Gedman, who had hit a solo homer in the fifth and then a two-run homer in the seventh to give Milwaukee the lead, then effectively ends the game with a grand slam in the 10th. Riders win, 7-3.

Game 147: Rick Sutcliffe strikes out 10 and Rich Gossage comes through with a scoreless ninth as the Riders win 3-1.

Milwaukee returns home to face San Diego.
12/12/2010 7:07 AM (edited)
Game 148: Mike Smithson throws seven shutout innings and the Riders beat the Mariners 4-1. Smithson improves to 15-15. Rich Gossage, appearing for the third straight game, gets his 35th save.

Game 149: The Riders are held to four hits and the Mariners even the series with a 3-1 decision.

Game 150: Mike Marshall hits a third-inning grand slam and Rick Sutcliffe goes seven innings for his 14th win in a 6-2 victory over San Diego.

The Riders head to Cleveland to face the Saltdogs.
12/13/2010 6:52 AM (edited)
Game 151: Mike Marshall continues his power surge with two home runs and five RBI as the Riders double up the Saltdogs 10-5. Marshall now has 26 homers and 91 RBI.

Game 152: Damaso Garcia hits his 10th triple and Mark Gubicza goes eight innings as the Riders beat Cleveland 9-2. Gubicza evens his record at 11-11.

Game 153: Frank Viola allows three home runs and the Saltdogs salvage the series finale, 4-2.

The Riders head back home to face Atlanta.
12/13/2010 11:23 PM (edited)
Game 154: Mike Marshall drives in four more runs, giving him 97 for the season, and Rick Sutcliffe gets his 15th victory in a 13-4 whipping of Georgia Force.

Game 155: Phil Niekro has 15 losses this season, but the knuckler still mystifies the Rider batters; Atlanta gets home runs from Bob Brenly and Kevin McReynolds to help Niekro beat Milwaukee 4-2.

Game 156: Tim Raines steals three bases to reach 99 for the season and the Riders survive a wild ninth inning that includes two consecutive errors in the outfield after Rich Gossage enters to beat Atlanta 8-7. The two errors allow three runs in, but Gossage retires Kevin McReynolds to end it.

The Commandos are in town next.
12/14/2010 11:11 PM (edited)
Game 157: The Riders solve a knuckleballer! beating Joe Niekro 10-1. In the process, two players reach the century mark: Mike Marshall drives in two runs to reach 101 RBI for the season, and Tim Raines steals two bases to reach that same number. Frank Viola pitches seven brilliant innings and improves to 12-16.

Game 158
: Andy Van Slyke slides around the tag at home and scores the winning run in the 10th on Roy Smalley's single as the Riders beat Washington 4-3.

Game 159: Milwaukee scores its second straight 4-3 win as Rich Gedman's eighth inning homer gives the Riders a lead and Rich Gossage shuts the door in the ninth, earning his 37th save.

The Riders will close the season at Minnesota, which is no doubt resting its players having clinched the division several series ago.
12/15/2010 11:23 PM (edited)
Game 160: The Riders even their record at 80-80 as Rich Gedman drives in three runs and the Milwaukee bullpen throws three scoreless innings to ensure a 6-5 win. Tim Raines steals two more bases, giving him 105 for the season.

Game 161: Mark Gubicza throws six scoreless innings and Rich Gossage comes through again with a scoreless ninth, earning his 39th save in a 4-3 win. The Riders ensure themselves of a .500 season with their 81st win.

Game 162: The Riders conclude a remarkable stretch run with a 10-4 win over the Lame Ducks, finishing with a winning record at 82-80. Rick Sutcliffe gets his 16th win of the season.
12/16/2010 11:42 PM (edited)
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San Diego Mariners 76-86 0.469 18 - 6-4 W1 33-48 43-38 0-0 lastinspace2
12/16/2010 11:42 PM
In the 1985 player draft, Milwaukee has the sixth pick.

In the first round, the selection is pitcher Zane Smith.

Catcher Matt Nokes joins the team in round 2.

Reliever Brian Fisher is selected in round 3.

Reliever Stew Cliburn is the round 4 selection.
1/17/2011 10:47 PM (edited)
And we're ready to go!
1/17/2011 10:47 PM
1/19/2011 6:57 AM
The Riders start the season at Chicago.

Game 1: The opener is a wild one, and hopefully not an omen of things to come. The Goats take an 8-0 lead in the fifth, batting Mike Smithson around, but the Riders cut the deficit in half in the top of the sixth. No matter, Chicago answers with four of their own in the bottom half. Milwaukee does make up some ground in the seventh, scoring three times to Chicago's one, then explodes for seven runs in the eighth to take a 14-13 lead. Nick Esasky's three-run homer is the highlight of the inning. Rick Sutcliffe allows only a one-out walk in the eighth, and Rich Gossage enters the game in the ninth still clinging to a one-run lead. Brian Downing: walk. Jim Morrison: single. Thad Bosley: single. Uh oh. Chris Brown comes to the plate. BOOOM. Grand slam. Goats win, 17-14.

Game 2: Results are much better on Day Two, as the Riders duplicate the 14-run effort of the opener while allowing 10 fewer runs, sending the manager home happy with a 14-7 victory. Damaso Garcia has five hits for Milwaukee; Tim Raines hits one of the Riders' four home runs.

Game 3
: Nick Esasky hits two home runs, including a two-run shot that sparks a five-run ninth, as the Riders take their first series of the season, beating the Goats 8-2.

The home opener will be against Minnesota.
1/19/2011 11:34 PM (edited)
Game 4: Mark Gubicza takes the mound for the home opener and promptly allows a two-run homer to Kirk Gibson in the first, then another to Juan Samuel in the second. But Nick Esasky blasts a three-run homer in the third that puts Milwaukee on top, and they hold on for a 6-5 win despite another shaky outing from Rich Gossage (who nonetheless earns his first save of the season).

Game 5: Mike Smithson throws seven 2-hit innings and Rich Gossage pitches a clean inning for the first time this year, nailing down a 2-1 victory over Minnesota.

Game 6: Frank Viola allows four runs in the first; two Rider errors send home two unearned runs in the ninth. In between, the pitchers are clean, but it's enough for Minnesota to salvage the series finale, 6-4.

San Diego is in town next.
1/20/2011 11:26 PM (edited)
Game 7: Damaso Garcia hits a three-run homer to cap a five-run second inning and Jim Gott throws four scoreless innings in relief of Britt Burns as the Riders top the Clippers 9-2.

Game 8: The Riders send the game to extras with a run in the eighth, but after a 3.2 inning outing by starter Mark Gubicza, the bullpen is already strained. No surprise, then, that the Clippers outlast Milwaukee, winning it 5-3 after a two-run 12th.

Game 9: Milwaukee suffers consecutive losses for the first time this season as Mike Smithson is battered by San Diego batters and the Rider lineup proves inept at driving home runs, turning 15 hits into only six tallies. San Diego wins 9-6.

The Riders, having faced their division opponents so far, now travel to Atlanta to play Georgia Force.
1/22/2011 7:03 AM (edited)
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