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1945 BVL World Series

Prayers answered: Brick Church survives Cube comeback

BRICK CHURCH -- After Robinson Cano follows Randal Grichuk's Game 2 walk-off 2-run homer in the 12th, with a dramatic Game 3 Grand Slam in the ninth to erase an Indianapolis 3-2 lead, the Cubes are DOA before the first pitch of Game 4.

The prognosis is solid. No second opinions are needed. Brick Church is up 3-0. The Cubes are done. Someone, stick the fork in.

A fork isn't found just yet.

3 wins of their own
Known for never sticking to the same lineup game after game, manager
Rocky Balboa pencils in Ryan Braun at the No. 1 spot to face Brick Church lefty, James Paxton. Braun leads off with a homer. Of course he does.

Starter Gerrit Cole is shaky and lasts an inning. Five relievers, led by David Phelps, shut down the Foys. Indy avoids a second consecutive finals sweep with a 1-0 victory.

In Game 5, Ryan Braun scores the go-ahead tally when outfielder Ender Enciarte misplays Adrian Beltre's drive into a 2-base error. After he crosses home plate to loud cheers, Braun turns toward the Foys dugout, "You find that fork, fellows?" adding, "We ain't done."

At Brick Church, preparations are made for a Game 6 celebration. Policemen and their horses crowd behind the outfield gray wall. Corey Patterson, the first Foys chosen in the 1933 expansion draft, throws out the first pitch. A perfect strike. But the wild crowd is silenced in the third. Kole Calhoun pokes a 2-run big fly over the center field wall which causes a mild panic among the horses.

Rick Porcello is unhittable, mixing in speed balls and dandy change ups. He leaves in the 8th. Derek Law retires his two Foys, protects the 2-0 win. What was once a 3-0 lead for the Churchers is gone. Game 7, anyone?

It's good to go to Church
Evan Gattis rides the Cube tsunami, slams a 2-run shot in the 5th. Foys smell doom. But closer Jeurys Familia gets yanked in the 9th after allowing a walk and singles to Cameron Rupp, Ender Enciarte. Cubes, 2-1. Wilson Ramos fills the bases with a hit. Randall Grichuk ties the game with a SF RBI. Tony Barnette needs an out to extend the drama. Andrelton Simmons disappoints. Jason Heyward slides safely at home. Bedlam.
BVL WORLD SERIES
Year
Champ
Chump
Result
1903
Mighty Diamonds Joe Foys
4-3
1904
Brooklyn Bruisers Mighty Diamonds
4-2
1905
Mighty Diamonds New England Titans
4-1
1906
Mighty Diamonds New England Titans
4-1
1907
Mighty Diamonds New England Titans
4-2
1908
Mighty Diamonds New England Titans
4-0
1909
Joe Foys Mighty Diamonds
4-2
1910
Brooklyn Bruisers Wisconsin Whispers
4-1
1911
Mighty Diamonds New England Titans
4-2
1914
Mighty Diamonds Joe Foys
4-3
1915
Mighty Diamonds Joe Foys
4-1
1916
Joe Foys Mighty Diamonds
4-3
1917
Mighty Diamonds Wisconsin Whispers
4-0
1918
Brooklyn Bruisers Mighty Diamonds
4-1
1919
Brooklyn Bruisers Joe Foys
4-3
1920
Mighty Diamonds Brooklyn Bruisers
4-2
1921
New England Titans Mighty Diamonds
4-3
1922
Joe Foys Brooklyn Bruisers
4-3
1923
Joe Foys Indianapolis Cubes
4-2
1924
Joe Foys New England Titans
4-3
1925
Moisture Joe Foys
4-1
1926
Brooklyn Bruisers Joe Foys
4-3
1927
Indianapolis Cubes Mighty Hawks
4-2
1928
Joe Foys Battery Cannons
4-0
1929
Joe Foys Battery Cannons
4-3
1930
Joe Foys New York Knights
4-1
1931
Indianapolis Cubes New York Knights
4-3
1932
Joe Foys Banksville Bulldogs
4-3
1933
Indianapolis Cubes New York Knights
4-3
1934
New York Knights Indianapolis Cubes
4-2
1935
Brooklyn Bruisers New York Knights
4-3
1936
Tampico Stogies LES Con-men
4-0
1937
New York Knights Banksville Bulldogs
4-1
1938
Banksville Bulldogs LES Con-men
4-2
1939
Banksville Bulldogs Homestead Greys
4-3
1940
Indianapolis Cubes New York Knights
4-2
1941
Homestead Greys Banksville Bulldogs
4-3
1942
New York Knights Indianapolis Cubes
4-3
1943
Indianapolis Cubes Banksville Bulldogs
4-0
1944 New York Knights Indianapolis Cubes
4-0
1945
Brick Church Foys Indianapolis Cubes
4-3

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