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2/5/2011 10:31 PM (edited)
Game 52: Mark Gubicza walks NINE batters in 3.2 innings of work and Georgia Force strolls to a 5-3 victory.. Milwaukee's only runs come on Nick Esasky's sixth-inning home run.

Game 53: Tim Raines has four hits and Mike Marshall hits his 16th home run as the Riders overcome a four-run first by the Force to win 10-5.

Game 54: Tim Raines drives in five runs, the first two during a seven-run second inning, and Frank Viola gets his ninth win in a 12-4 victory over Georgia Force.

We're off to New York to face the East-leading Mammoths (39-15).
2/6/2011 11:25 PM (edited)
Game 55: Britt Burns allows only three hits over seven innings and Dennis Burtt throws two scoreless frames to preserve a 2-1 win in New York.

Game 56: Two homers bring in five seventh-inning runs to tie the score for Milwaukee, but the Mammoths score with none out in the bottom of the ninth, on a walk, steal, and double, to win it, 8-7.

Game 57: Another tight game but another one-run loss for the Riders, as they drop into a tie for the division lead after a 3-2 loss. The Riders never really threaten in the final innings.

We host Cleveland next.
2/8/2011 12:25 AM
Game 58: Bobby Grich triples and homers to lead the Saltdogs to a 9-6 win in the series opener. Milwaukee puts two men on base in the ninth but fails to score any.

Game 59: Bobby Grich hits a three-run homer to cap a four-run third inning and the Saltdogs hold on from there for a 5-4 win. The Riders don't even threaten in the ninth against beleaguered Cleveland closer Kent Tekulve (7+ ERA).

Game 60: Sammy Stewart throws three hitless innings of relief for his first save as the Riders avoid a sweep, beating Cleveland 6-2 in the series finale.

The team heads to Washington next to face the Commandos.
2/8/2011 11:49 PM (edited)
Game 61: Enos Cabell doubles home Andre Dawson, who had led off with a single and stolen second base, to lift the Commandos to a 3-2 victory over Milwaukee in 10 innings.

Game 62: The Commandos destroy Frank Viola, scoring seven times in the first two innings, and cruise to a 15-3 victory.

Game 63: Britt Burns throws eight shutout innings and the Riders avoid a sweep, beating Washington 5-1.

The Riders host Chicago next.
2/9/2011 11:44 PM (edited)
Game 64: The Riders fall behind 3-0 in the second but get 4.2 scoreless innings from the bullpen and rally late for a 6-3 win over the Goats. Rich Gossage pitches the ninth for his 11th save.

Game 65: Bill Madlock's second home run of the game, a three-run shot, caps a six-run seventh inning, and the Riders beat Chicago 8-3.

Game 66: Mike Marshall hits his 20th home run and Frank Viola pitches a complete game 5-hitter, improving to 10-5, as the Riders win 11-1.

We head to Minnesota to face the Lame Moose, who have passed the Goats for second in the division and are three back of us.
2/10/2011 11:28 PM (edited)
Game 67: Tim Raines steals four bases, Rich Gedman drives in four runs, and Tom Foley hits his first home run of the season as the Riders top the Lame Moose, 8-5. Rich Gossage strikes out Bob Horner to get the final out and earn his 12th save.

Game 68: Bill Madlock doubles and triples, driving in three, and the Spectres have a late scoring binge to take a 9-7 victory.

Game 69: Mike Smithson has a typical Mike Smithson start, and that launches the Moose on their way to a 13-3 victory over the Riders.

Milwaukee heads west to face San Diego next.
2/11/2011 11:11 PM (edited)
Game 70: Tom Foley homers and drives in three runs as the Riders top the Mariners 10-4 in the series opener.

Game 71: The Riders get five hits and three walks in the eighth frame, turning a 2-1 deficit into a 9-2 lead, and hold on for a 9-4 victory. Brian Fisher gets the win in relief, improving to 5-3.

Game 72: Mark Gubicza throws six scoreless innings and Andy Van Slyke hits his 10th home run as the Riders shut out the Mariners 4-0.

The Riders will host Georgia Force next.
2/12/2011 11:03 PM (edited)
Game 73: Nick Esasky is apparently unaware of the Riders' historical futility against knuckleballers; he homers twice off Phil Niekro and the Riders win the opener, 7-1.

Game 74: Frank Viola throws seven shutout innings and the Riders pound out 13 hits on the way to an 8-0 victory.

Game 75: Ray Burris handcuffs the Riders, who manage only three hits as they are shut out by Georgia Force, 6-0.

We host the Mammoths next; New York is still dominating the league at 57-18.
2/13/2011 10:36 PM (edited)
Game 76: A close game turns into a blowout late as the Mammoths explode for 11 runs over the seventh and eighth innings. Milwaukee finally gets the bats going in the ninth, scoring five, but falls far short in a 12-6 loss.

Game 77: The Mammoths get four hits from Harold Baines and double up the Riders, 10-5, with Doyle Alexander improving to 11-1 on the season. Mike Smithson takes the loss for Milwaukee, leaving in the third.

Game 78: New York puts another 10 runs on the board to sweep the Riders, winning the finale 10-4. Milwaukee gets 12 hits and three walks, but no extra base hits, and few clutch ones.

With the division lead down to four games over Minnesota, the Riders head to Cleveland to finish off the first half.
2/15/2011 12:44 AM (edited)
Game 79: Milwaukee loses its fifth straight game, allowing nine runs over the final three innings in Cleveland to lose, 9-5. Britt Burns throws five shutout innings but then has major problems in the sixth; Sammy Stewart faces five batters in the eighth without retiring any.

Game 80: Bill Madlock hits a home run to lead off the fourth inning, snapping a 2-2 tie, and later that inning singles home Tim Raines to make the score 9-2. From there the Riders hold on for an 11-6 win over the Saltdogs.

Game 81: Andy Van Slyke homers and drives in four runs while Mike Smithson pitches eight 4-hit innings to beat Cleveland 8-1.

Frank Viola, Bill Madlock, and Tim Raines make the AL All Star team, which almost doesn't seem like enough representation for a division leader.

NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS
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East  W-L  PCT GB MagN  L10  STRK Home Away Live Owner LIVE
Detroit Wolverines 48-33 0.593 - - 7-3 W2 21-18 27-15 0-0 dh0220  
Chicago Cougars 37-44 0.457 11 - 4-6 L3 16-26 21-18 0-0 occsid  
New York Katz 35-46 0.432 13 - 3-7 L3 19-26 16-20 0-0 kasprowitz  
Pittsburgh Flying Dutchmen 31-50 0.383 17 - 4-6 L2 16-23 15-27 0-0 Robin4  
West  W-L  PCT GB MagN  L10  STRK Home Away Live Owner LIVE
St. Louis Cards 48-33 0.593 - - 6-4 W4 29-13 19-20 0-0 Shaftmonster  
Oakland Zoo 47-34 0.580 1 - 9-1 W5 25-17 22-17 0-0 billingsby  
Houston Hooligans 42-39 0.519 6 - 4-6 W2 17-19 25-20 0-0 lefty1917  
Kansas City Blues 36-45 0.444 12 - 3-7 L2 16-23 20-22 0-0 ShackAttack  
AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS
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East  W-L  PCT GB MagN  L10  STRK Home Away Live Owner LIVE
New York Mammoths 61-20 0.753 - - 7-3 L1 24-15 37-5 0-0 Billcf7  
Washington Commandos 40-41 0.494 21 - 5-5 W1 19-23 21-18 0-0 occsid  
Cleveland Saltdogs 31-50 0.383 30 - 3-7 L2 16-26 15-24 0-0 kasprowitz  
Georgia Force of Atlanta 28-53 0.346 33 - 2-8 L3 10-29 18-24 0-0 smeric  
West  W-L  PCT GB MagN  L10  STRK Home Away Live Owner LIVE
Milwaukee Riders '85 48-33 0.593 - - 5-5 W2 20-19 28-14 0-0 kermit  
85 Minnesota Lame Moose 45-36 0.556 3 - 7-3 W3 19-23 26-13 0-0 CRTYonker  
Chicago Goats 85 43-38 0.531 5 - 7-3 W1 20-22 23-16 0-0 heybatr34
2/15/2011 10:51 PM
Milwaukee starts the second half at home, hosting Washington.

Game 82: Nick Esasky hits a three-run homer in the first and that's really all Frank Viola needs as the Riders win 6-2. Viola improves to 13-6.

Game 83
: Mike Davis hits a two-run homer in the first; Tom Foley adds a two-run single in the third; and Britt Burns pitches into the seventh allowing only one run as the Riders win again, 5-2.

Game 84: Milwaukee rallies for seven runs in the eighth inning, turning a two-run deficit into a 9-4 win that gives them a sweep of the Commandos.

The interleague portion of the schedule comes next; Milwaukee starts with home series against Houston and Oakland.
2/17/2011 6:36 AM (edited)
Game 85: Houston's Phil Bradley hits a grand slam and Hooligan starter LaMarr Hoyt is very efficient with his pitches (no walks in 7.2 innings) as the Riders fall, 8-2.

Game 86: Andy Van Slyke hits a sixth-inning grand slam that snaps a 5-5 tie, and the Riders hold on for a 9-5 victory over the Hooligans.

Game 87: Milwaukee gets the better of former division opponent Oakland, scoring twice in the eighth to snap a 5-5 tie and getting a scoreless inning from Rich Gossage to preserve the lead. Gossage earns his 15th save.

Game 88: Oakland''s Dave LaPoint walks none and strikes out six in a complete game, 7-2 victory over the Riders.

Milwaukee now heads out on a road trip to Kansas City and Chicago.
2/18/2011 11:22 PM (edited)
Game 89: Mike Smithson has another rough outing and the Riders are nearly helpless against KC reliever Roger McDowell, who allows only one hits over 3.1 innings of work. It all adds up to an 8-2 loss for Milwaukee.

Game 90: Milwaukee evens things up with the Blues, outhitting Kansas City 13-5 for a 5-1 victory behind Frank Viola (14-6).

Game 91: Mike Marshall snaps a 2-2 tie with a two-out, RBI double in the seventh, and that sparks the Riders, who score five insurance runs over the final two innings to score an 8-2 victory over the Cougars.

Game 92: Mike Marshall hits a two-run homer and a two-run triple as the Riders defeat Chicago 6-2 behind Mark Gubicza (6-2).

The Riders return home to face Pittsburgh and New York.
2/19/2011 11:27 PM (edited)
Game 93: Nick Esasky and Bill Schroeder go deep and the Riders overcome four unearned Dutchmen runs in the second inning to rally for a 7-5 win.

Game 94: Frank White hits a three-run homer in the first and the Riders never really recover, dropping a 5-2 decision to the Dutchmen.

Game 95: Britt Burns and a couple of relievers allow only six hits to New York and the Riders top the Katz 6-2 in the series opener.

Game 96: New York roughs up Mark Gubicza, Jim Gott, and Sammy Stewart, scoring four off each, and holds off a furious Milwaukee rally to win 12-9. Mike Davis and Rich Gedman, each one representing the tying run, are retired with men at the corners in the ninth to end it.

Milwaukee now heads on a three-city road trip to Detroit, Houston, and Oakland.
2/22/2011 12:16 AM (edited)
Game   97: Mike Smithson allows only four hits over seven innings and Dennis Burtt throws two scoreless frames to preserve a 4-2 win in Detroit.

Game   98: Milwaukee gets nothing going on offense until the ninth, and their rally falls short as the Wolverines take a 3-2 victory. Nick Esasky strikes out to end it with the tying run at third.

Game   99: The Riders get three early runs off Houston starter Bryn Smith but nothing thereafter.. the Hooligans rally back and take the opener, 5-3.

Game 100: Both Dennis Burtt and Rich Gossage allow runs in the late innings, but the Riders outscore the Hooligans 3-2 over those frames to earn a 5-4 victory and a series split.

Game 101: The Riders manage only five hits and waste a good outing by Mike Smithson, losing to the Zoo 2-1.

Game 102: The Milwaukee bats are silent again as Oakland takes a 3-0 win to sweep the series.

The Riders return home to face Kansas City and Chicago.
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