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Game 103: A monumental collapse by the Rider bullpen sees the Blues score nine times over the final two innings to rally for an 11-5 win over Milwaukee.

Game 104: Bill Schroeder's passed ball allows the Blues to tie the score in the ninth, but the Riders get a run across in the bottom half for a 5-4 victory, with Mike Marshall singling home Tim Raines, who had singled with one down and then stolen second with two out.

Game 105: Dennis Burtt blows a save for the second straight game, allowing two runs in the eighth, but Mike Marshall saves the day again, blasting a three-run homer in the eighth off Tom Waddell to give Milwaukee a 9-7 win (Rich Gossage pitching the ninth for his 18th save).

Game 106: Mike Davis' three-run homer gives the Riders a 5-3 lead in the fourth, and they hold on from there for a 6-4 win. Frank Viola gets his 15th win, Rich Gossage his 19th save.

Milwaukee now hits the road again, visiting Pittsburgh and New York.
2/23/2011 6:51 AM (edited)
Game 107: Andy Van Slyke hits a pinch-hit, two-run homer and Rich Gossage gets the final out with Pittsburgh runners at the corners to save an 8-4 victory over the Dutchmen.

Game 108: The two teams play nearly enough baseball to fill a doubleheader as they go scoreless through seven innings of overtime. In the end, Pittsburgh's bullpen outlasts Milwaukee's, and Rick Sutcliffe allows a bases-loaded single to Paul Householder in the bottom of the 17th that gives the Dutchmen a 4-3 victory.

Game 109: Teddy Higuera throws eight shutout innings and the Katz defeat Milwaukee 3-0. A rare quality start from Mike Smithson is wasted.

Game 110: Kirk McCaskill and two New York relievers combine for a 3-hitter as Frank Viola suffers his 10th loss in a 6-1 defeat.

The Riders head home for two with Detroit before hitting the road again to St. Louis.
2/25/2011 1:01 AM (edited)
Game 111: Tim Raines, Rich Gedman, and Tom Foley drive in two runs each as the Riders edge the Wolverines 8-6. Rich Gossage gets his 21st save.

Game 112: Milwaukee walks nine batters, and the Wolverines collect 17 hits; it's a bad recipe and it leads to a 14-3 rout in favor of Detroit.

Game 113: Back on the road again, Milwaukee falls a run short in St. Louis, 5-4, getting the tying run to second with one down in the ninth but failing to advance it from there.

Game 114: Bill Madlock homers, doubles, and drives in five runs while Andy Van Slyke drives in four, and the Riders overcome a poor start from Frank Viola to beat the Cardinals 10-7.

Back home to face Kansas City and St. Louis, then a trip to Kansas City to close out interleague play.
2/25/2011 11:37 PM (edited)
Game 115: Kansas City gives Milwaukee the Blues, coming back from a 3-0 first inning deficit to beat the Riders 9-4, breaking the game open with four runs in the ninth.

Game 116: Jerry Mumphrey hits a three-run homer in the first inning and the Riders never look back, beating the Blues 4-2. Dennis Burtt pitches two scoreless innings and records his ninth save.

Game 117: Nick Esasky's three-run homer puts Milwaukee on top and starts a seven-run fifth that carries the day as Milwaukee beats the Cards 7-2 behind Mike Smithson, who records his 10th win of the season.

Game 118: The Riders are shut out by Nolan Ryan and Willie Hernandez while Frank Viola has a rough outing; Cards win 7-0.

Game 119: Tim Raines and Nick Esasky hit solo home runs and Dennis Burtt has another two-inning save as the Riders edge Kansas City 3-2.

Game 120: Another tight game goes Milwaukee's way as Rich Gossage pitches a perfect ninth to save a 2-1 win in KC. Mark Gubicza pitches into the sixth and gets the win, improving to 8-3.

The Riders resume AL play with a trip to Chicago to face the Goats.
2/27/2011 10:58 PM (edited)
Game 121: The Goats break the game open with three seventh-inning runs off Sammy Stewart and take the series opener, 6-2.

Game 122: Bill Madlock's error opens the door to a four-run eighth inning for Chicago, and the Goats come back to beat Milwaukee 6-5.

Game 123: The Riders salvage the series finale in style, hitting two home runs in a four-run first and then exploding for seven runs in the fifth. Britt Burns goes six innings for his 15th win. Final score: 12-4.

We host the second place Moose next. 
3/1/2011 6:43 AM (edited)
Game 124: Minnesota's Mike Boddicker is too much for the Riders in the opener, limiting Milwaukee to five hits as the Lame Moose win 3-1.

Game 125: Roy Smalley and Mike Davis hit solo homers in the seventh, snapping a 1-1 tie, and the Riders hold on for a 3-2 win. Dennis Burtt gets his 11th save.

Game 126: Frank Viola runs into trouble from the start, and the Riders trail 5-1 after three. The offense can't make up the lost ground, and Minnesota takes the series with a 7-4 win. Viola falls to 15-12.

The Riders head to San Diego to face the Clippers.
3/2/2011 6:35 AM (edited)
Game 127: Nick Esasky hits a three-run home run to cap a six-run first inning and the Riders go on to collect 20 hits in a 15-3 rout of San Diego. Esasky adds a solo homer later in the game, and four Riders collect at least three hits. Britt Burns takes over the team lead with his 16th win.

Game 128: Mark Gubicza throws five shutout innings and the Riders survive a disastrous relief appearance by Jim Gott as they hold off the Mariners, 9-5.

Game 129: San Diego's Jerry Reuss, 6-14 entering the game, throws eight 5-hit innings and San Diego shuts out the Riders 9-0.

Milwaukee returns home to face Atlanta.
3/2/2011 10:28 PM (edited)
Game 130: Frank Viola gets back into the win column with six solid innings as the Riders defeat Georgia Force, 5-2. Rich Gedman and Nick Esasky hit home runs for the victors.

Game 131: Nick Esasky hits his 20th home run and Rich Gossage survives a walk and a single in the ninth as the Riders edge Atlanta 5-3.

Game 132: Atlanta avoids a sweep, pounding out 15 hits against four Milwaukee pitchers on the way to an 8-2 win. Phil Niekro throws a complete game to even his record at 10-10.

We're off to New York to face the Mammoths.
3/4/2011 12:38 AM (edited)
Game 133: Two Milwaukee errors lead to four unearned Mammoth runs, which, perhaps not surprisingly, ends up the margin of defeat, as New York topples the Riders 8-4 to open the series.

Game 134: Bill Madlock has five of Milwaukee's 18 hits and Frank Viola wins his second straight start, 8-4 over the Mammoths, improving to 17-12.

Game 135: Milwaukee drops the finale, 9-7, but only after scoring six late runs. Too little, too late; the tying run is stranded at first at game's end.

We're off to Cleveland next.
3/4/2011 11:37 PM (edited)
Game 136: Mark Gubicza throws six shutout innings; Brian Fisher and Rich Gossage add three more, and Nick Esasky's home run is enough to beat the Saltdogs, 1-0. Gubicza improves to 10-5.

Game 137: Milwaukee scores six times in the first on six hits, but Mike Smithson has another meltdown and the Riders convert 12 hits after that frame into only three runs as they lose a 10-9 slugfest.

Game 138: This one isn't even a contest; Bill Gullickson throws six scoreless innings for Cleveland as the Saltdogs embarrass the Riders 12-0. Frank Viola's winning streak comes to a crashing halt.

The Riders maintain a seven game lead in the division despite stumbling here, and head to Washington next.
3/5/2011 11:42 PM (edited)
Game 139: Nick Esasky hits his second double of the game with one out in the 10th, then races home to score on Roy Smalley's single, providing the winning run in a 2-1 victory. Brian Fisher throws two scoreless innings of relief for the win; Rich Gossage throws a clean 10th for his 25th save.

Game 140: Ernie Whitt hits a three-run homer off Mark Gubicza in the first inning, and that stands up for a 3-1 Washington victory. The Commandos get only four hits on the day but the Rider offense is shackled by Walt Terrell and two relievers.

Game 141: Rich Gedman is the offensive star with a homer and four RBI, but nearly everyone contributes as the Riders break open a close game with a flurry of late-inning runs, ending the series with a 13-1 rout of the Commandos.

In an odd scheduling twist, we now return home to face these same Commandos.
3/6/2011 11:24 PM (edited)
Game 142: Frank Viola throws seven shutout innings for his 18th win of the season as Milwaukee opens the home version of the Washington series with a 6-0 win.

Game 143: Washington scores five times in the first three innings and the Riders never catch back up, falling just short with two runs in the ninth to make the final score 6-5. Andy Van Slyke hits a two-run shot with none out in the ninth but the Riders don't get another baserunner.

Game 144: Walt Terrell gets us in this one, as the Riders collect 11 hits without a run to show for it, losing the series finale 8-0.

We head to Minnesota to face the Lame Moose, who have fallen behind Chicago in the division race and trail by nine.
3/7/2011 11:29 PM (edited)
Game 145: Kirk Gibson's two-run homer keys a four-run first off Mike Smithson and the Riders never catch up, losing the opener 6-4 despite outhitting the Moose 13-11.

Game 146: Tim Raines, Andy Van Slyke and Roy Smalley hit home runs to back Frank Viola, who gets his 19th win in a 6-4 victory over Minnesota.

Game 147: Minnesota edges the Riders 10-9 to take the series, answering Milwaukee's three-run 10th with three of their own off Rich Gossage (his fourth blown save) and then scoring off Bert Roberge in the 11th to win it.

The Riders host San Diego next.
3/9/2011 12:23 AM (edited)
Game 148: Mark Gubicza throws six shutout innings at the Clippers and the Riders open the series with a 5-1 win. Tim Raines and Rich Gedman drive in two runs each.

Game 149: Mike Marshall is one of six Riders with three hits, but the only one with six RBI, as the Milwaukee routs the Clippers 15-5. Brian Fisher pitches three 1-hit innings to earn his first save of the season.

Game 150: Frank Viola gets his 20th win as the Riders beat San Diego 10-2 to finish a series sweep. Nick Esasky homers and drives in four.

The Riders head to Atlanta to face Georgia Force. Their magic number to clinch the division title is down to five.
3/10/2011 12:30 AM (edited)
Game 151: Mike Davis drives in three runs from the leadoff spot and three Riders have three hits each as Milwaukee downs Georgia Force 6-1. Britt Burns gets his 17th win.

Game 152: Andy Van Slyke hits two home runs and Jim Gott throws 4.1 scoreless innings as the Riders top Atlanta 10-2.

Game 153: Lloyd Moseby hits a grand slam off Mike Smithson in the fifth and pretty much ends the game; Milwaukee scores only once after that and loses 7-4.

The Riders host New York next.
3/10/2011 11:57 PM (edited)
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