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1997 A.L. DIVISION SERIES #2

Flossmoor Flying Squirrels @ Detroit Stars

Detroit StarsPreview – FlossmoorTwo tough teams battle it out in what could be the best Division Series of them all.

GAME #1 – Darryl Kile 17-9 (2.42) vs. Greg Maddux 26-7 (2.18)

This one goes 11 Innings before the Flying Squirrels prevail.  Both starters pitched excellent and went 8.0 & 7.2 Inning respectfully.

GAME #2 – Ismael Valdes 14-6 (3.23) vs. David Cone 19-6 (2.66)

Another one-run game with Flossmoor holding on to win 4-3. The Squirrels got four runs in the third and make it hold up.

GAME #3 – Denny Neagle 22-6 (2.89) vs. Garrett Stephenson 8-7 (2.86)

The Stars get on the board in the series back in Detroit with a 6-2 win behind seven strong innings from Stephenson and a homer from Jeff Kent.

GAME #4 – Jimmy Key 15-10 (3.77) vs. Willie Blair 17-6 (4.12)

The Stars tie up the series at two games with another 6-2 win. Blair with 8 innings of one-run ball and Mondesi with a homer to even things up.

GAME #5 – Andy Ashby 13-9 (3.83) vs. Darryl Kile 17-9 (2.42)

Flossmoor wins pivotal game five 6-4 in 10 innings with Maddux coming out in relief to lock down the win. The series now shifts back to Flossmoor.

GAME #6 – Ismael Valdes 14-6 (3.23) vs. Greg Maddux 26-7 (2.18)

A crazy back and forth game sees both starters roughed up. Mo Vaughn hits three homers in the game for Detroit who pulls out the win 10-9 in 12 innings and forces game seven.

GAME #7 – Garrett Stephenson 8-7 (2.86) vs. David Cone 19-6 (2.66)

Both teams scrape a run across in the first inning and the Stars take a 2-1 lead in the top of the 3rd off Cone. But he shuts them down for the next five innings and strikes out 14 over 8 innings. Flossmoor is able to tie it up in the 6th and we head to extras at 2-2. Detroit gets one in the top of the 10th, but the Squirrels match it in the bottom of the inning.
We go to the bottom of the 11th still tied until a two-out single from Curtis Goodwin scores the winning run.
The fans in Flossmoor celebrate into the night as the Flying Squirrels head back to the ALCS.

Flossmoor wins a hard-fought series 4-3, with four of the games going to extra innings.
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