Daryl McCorley (Jackson) and Gary Ramsey (Oakland) - plus their respective bullpens - hooked up in an epic pitching duel in Game 1. The teams were scoreless through four and a half; Omar Freeman walked leading off the Jackson 5th, stole second, got to third on a single, and scored on Geronimo Perez' sac fly. That was it for the scoring - Holes' relievers Rodriguez, Sosa and Diaz allowed just 2 walks over the last 3 innings to close out the 1-0 Jackson victory.
Wilfredo Feliz cracked a pair of 2-run homers - one in the big 7-run 5th - to pace a 12-4 Oakland win in Game 2. Danny Perisho had a pair of homers for Jackson.
Game 3 saw the much-anticipated matchup of Cy Young winners Johnny Collier and Gary Ramsey. Neither disappointed - Collier went 5 scoreless innings and Ramsey 6 and 2/3 scoreless - but the Surenos' 'pen came out on top this time. Oakland got 3 in their half of the 7th on a pair of singles, Joe Rivera's 2-run double, and Matty Marrero's pinch single. That was all they needed - Oakland goes up 2 game to one with a 3-0 win.
4-2 Surenos' win, and give the credit to the bullpen. Oakland starter Clyde Jackson was a little shaky - 2 runs in 3 and 2/3's of work. Andy Wilson entered the game in the 4th and started a parade of 4 Oakland relievers that held the Holes scoreless the rest of the way. Wilson's run-scoring single in the 4th turned out to be the game-winner. Erubiel Maduro hit his 10th homer of the playoffs for Oakland in the 1st. 3 games to 1 lead for the Surenos.
Jackson exploded for 5 runs in the 5th inning, and Daryl McCorley and Quilvio Rodriguez combined on a 2-hitter as the Holes rebounded to take Game 5, 5-1. Omar Freeman and Hector Rodriguez had 2-run homers in the big 5th inning. Oakland leads 3 games to 2.
The Series returns to Jackson for Game 6 in the pm2 cycle.