Game 1 123 456 789 R H E NOTES Gulf Coast 000 000 000 - 0 6 0 W-Crim L-Stewart S-M.Davis West Coast 000 000 20x - 2 6 0 HR-none GW-Guillen The Labelers began their second campaign for making the World Series by sending rookie Shawn Hillegas to face Humidity ace workhorse Dave Stewart. Both teams threatened early: the Humidity opened the first with a Jody Reed single and Ron Oester walk; and opened the 5th with a Dwight Evans 3 bagger - both times the Humidity runners were denied home. Labeler runners reached scoring position three times in the first 3 innings without a score. It took an inning opening single by B.J. Surhoff, followed by an Ozzie Quillen triple to break the deadlock. When Labeler pitcher Rich Dotson walked pinch-hitter Dwayne Murphy to start the 8th, Manager Bill Samuels did not hesitate to summon his workhorse, Mark Davis for the save. Game 2 123 456 789 R H E NOTES Gulf Coast 030 030 010 - 7 11 1 W-Cadaret L-Crim S-Eckersley West Coast 000 123 000 - 6 14 0 HR-Pendleton,Redus,Bonds,C.James GW-Murphy The Labelers hoped to go 2 up when they sent Tom Candiotti to face Greg Mathews. The Labelers struggled in their only regular season shot at Mathews, today that was going to change, slowly. The Humidity jumped all over Candiotti in the second, with 2 outs and 1 man on Carlton Fisk singled and Terry Pendleton line a homerun for a 3-0 lead. The Humidity drove to a 5-run lead over Candiotti after 4-1/2 innings. Solo dingers by Chris James, Gary Redus and Barry Bonds sent the score to 6-3 and Mathews to the showers in the bottom of the 5th. A 3-run 6th for Samuels' Labelers evened the score at 6. As Chuck Crim won the opening game, he lost this one. With one out, Crim hit Fisk with his first pitch. Vince Coleman pinch-ran, promptly stole second and scored on Dwayne Murphy's pinch single. Dennis Eckersley closed out the last 2 innings for a save. Game 3 123 456 789 R H E NOTES West Coast 201 000 000 - 3 6 1 W-Eckersley L-Crim Gulf Coast 000 120 10x - 4 7 0 HR-Meyer GW-none After splitting the first two games of the SWBA playoff series, West Coast and Gulf Coast rolled into aging Comiskey Park for games 3, 4 and 5. Mike Dunne took the hill for the Labelers and southpaw Floyd Bannister was on the mound for the Humidity. Joey Meyer jumped on Floyd early with a two-run blast in the 1st. West Coast struck again in the 3rd. Gary Redus led off with a base hit and stole second. Wade Boggs followed that with a run scoring single to put the Labelers up 3-0. But the Labelers started to unwind in the 4th. Mike Greenwell led off with a walk and went to third on a single by Willie McGee. Greenwell then scored on a wild pitch by Dunne. Gulf Coast would tie it up in the following inning. Meyer booted a Jody Reed grounder to start the rally. Ron Oester followed with a single and Ken Phelps walked. Greenwell then blasted a double to score both runners. The Labelers loaded the bases in the 7th on Al Nipper. Manager Chris Yeager went to his ace early to put out the fire. Eck came through by fanning Meyer. Lester led the 7th off with a single and Vince Coleman pinch ran and stole second. With two down, Crim uncorked a wild pitch that scored Coleman from 3rd. Gulf Coast led 4-3. Eckersley finished the Labelers off for the wins as the Humidity took a 2-1 lead in the series. Game 4 123 456 789 R H E NOTES West Coast 102 010 200 - 6 13 2 W-Nichols L-Stewart S-M.Davis Gulf Coast 010 200 000 - 3 7 2 HR-Washington,McGee,Fisk GW-Bonds This game matched Gulf Coast ace Dave Stewart against spot starter Rod Nichols. Willie McGee hit a solo homer to tie the score at 1 in the 2nd. Claudell Washington put the Labelers back on top with a two-run clinger in the 3rd. Carlton Fisk answered him with a two-run shot of his own in the 4th. But the combination of Tony Gwynn and Wade Boggs proved too much as they combined for 7 hits and 5 runs to lead the Labelers to a 6-3 victory. Game 5 123 456 789 R H E NOTES West Coast 000 000 000 - 0 6 0 W-Rasmussen L--Candiotti Gulf Coast 102 000 00x - 3 5 0 S-Eckersley HR-Phelps GW-Evans Tom Candiotti and Dennis Rasmussen locked heads in a pitching duel. Rasmussen came out on top, combining with Dennis Eckersley for a 6-hit shutout. The Humidity scored in the first inning as Ken Phelps drew a 2-out walk. Mike Greenwell then singled as did Carlton Fisk to load the bases. Candiotti then walked Dwight Evans for the game winner. Phelps added insurance with a two-run shot in the 3rd. Game 6 123 456 789 0 R H E NOTES Gulf Coast 200 000 020 0 - 4 6 0 W-Honeycutt L-Nipper West Coast 010 110 010 1 - 5 10 2 HR-Redus,Bonds GW-Gwynn Gulf Coast jumped on Labeler starter Mike Dunne early scoring two runs via a walk, single, sacrifice fly and balk. The Labelers scratched back and took a 3-2 lead on Gary Redus' 5th inning dinger. Gulf Coast went up 4-3 as Vince Coleman singled, went to second on a wild pitch, went to third on Roberto Alomar's error and scored on Mark Davis' balk. Willie McGee then singled in Mike Greenwell. After Tony Gwynn doubled in the bottom of the 8th, Claudell Washington tied the game with a single. In the bottom of the 10th, Redus was hit by Al Nipper's offering, went to second on a ground ball to third and scored on Gwynn's single. Game 7 123 456 789 01 R H E NOTES Gulf Coast 000 100 000 02 - 3 13 0 W-Guante L-Honeycutt West Coast 000 100 000 00 - 1 6 1 HR-Hernandez GW-Hernandez Dave Stewart finally showed why he won 19 games in the regular season. He kept the Labelers quiet striking out 6 and allowing 3 hits in 6 innings before going to the showers with a 1-1 tie. The game went extra innings and Gulf Coast almost scored in the top of the 10th, but Dwight Evans was cut down by Ozzie Guillen's relay throw to the plate from Claudell Washington after Mike Greenwell's two-out single. The Humidity bullpen allowed only one single in the last 4.2 innings. Terry Pendleton led off the top of the 11th inning with a single. Keith Hernandez then brightened up an 0-4 day with a 2-run shot off game 6 winner Rick Honeycutt. The Labelers went down in order in the bottom half and the Gulf Coast Humidity advanced to the World Series.