Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Buckeyes 3, Tweeners 2

Sidewinders 6, Goofs 1

5/30 SSWs win 6-0. Paxton and Darvish were ina pitcher's duel until the Snakes erupted for 5 runs in the 7th. 2 SSWs relievers completed the shutout.

5/31 SSWs win 3-2. Roark gets the complete game loss, Sale is the winner behind homers by Ortiz and Gregorius

6/1 Tanak beats Cueto 3-1 . Benoit with the save, Kang 2 run HR for the visitors

8/7/ SSWs win 5-4 when Belt singles home Hamilton in the 9th.

8/8 Snakes win 2-1. The SSWs manage only 2 hits but they were HRs by Grandal and Bruce. Sole run for the Goofs was on a Zunino passed ball. Goofs had runners on second and third with 2 outs in the 9th. Another catcher X was rolled but Grandal made the play to end the game. 

8/9 Cueto over Wright 5-1. Homers by Longoria and Gregorius

8/10 SSWs use 5 HRs to win 11-1. Lester over Tanaka.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

DVs 3, Warpigs 1

Games played via TeamViewer at the new DV park, Trump Towers.

April 10 - DVs win 5-2 - Brandon Moss homered, and Rick Porcello cruised through 8 innings, scattering 7 singles with only one walk. Kenley Jansen pitched the 9th inning for the save. J.T. Realmuto had 3 hits for the Pigs.

April 11 - Warpigs win 5-4 - Jarrett Parker and Chris Carter both homered in the 2nd inning to give the Warpigs an early lead, but the DVs were ahead 4-3 after 4 innings. Realmuto tied it up with an RBI single in the 7th inning, and then the DV defense broke down in the 8th. After a Logan Forsythe single, Chris Carter squeezed a grounder past Albert Pujols at 1b. Forsythe scampered to third on the single, and later scored the go ahead run on a passed ball. Alex Wilson pitched a perfect 6-up, 6-down to earn the save.

April 12 (game 1) - DVs win 9-4 - The DVs scored early and often, hitting 5 home runs along the way. Going yard were Corey Seager, Giancarlo Stanton, Brandon Moss (again), Brian McCann, and Dexter Fowler. Bartolo Colon overcame a 3-run first inning to earn the win. Starlin Castro went 3-4 with a homer for the Pigs.

April 12 (game 2) - DVs win 8-4. The DVs pounded Garrett Richards, getting homers from Seager (again) and Pujols. Stephen Strasburg was almost as bad as Richards, but hung around long enough to get the win. The game was still 6-4 in the bottom of the 8th when Seager went deep off of Francisco Liriano to thwart the Pigs' hopes.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Buckeyes 4, Tweeners 1

Buckeyes take 4 of 5 at home versus Tweeners.

4/7 Buckeyes 7 Tweeners 6 - Curtis Granderson was the hitting start with 2 homers and driving in 4. Kyle Ryan with the win in relief.
4/8 Tweeners 6 Buckeyes 1 - Robbie Ray gets the win giving up 1 run over 5 2/3
4/9 Buckeyes 3 Tweeners 2 - Justin Turner breaks a 2-2 tie with a solo homer in 8th. Phelps gets the win in relief
5/10 Buckeyes 7 Tweeners 3 - Buckeyes hit 4 homers. Two by Carlos Santana as Ervin Santana gets the win.
5/11 Buckeyes 4 Tweeners 3 - Young and Kinsler homer to get JA Happ a win. Phelps gets the save.

Future Warpig

Future Warpig JP Crawford rounds the bases after homering. Mostly, I just like his uniform.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Inmates 10, Rhinos 4

Inmates 4 – Rhinos 3 (Baptist Bowl): Syndergaard fanned 13 Inmates in seven innings, but a 3-run Inmate 1st put the Horned Wonders in a hole from the start. JDMart hit a two-run homer to lead the offense for the Inmates.
Inmates 6 – Rhinos 5 (Baptist Bowl): Another close game, with JDMart hitting a pair of taters, including the game-winner in the 8th. Madson lucked into the win; Bedrosian took the L.
Rhinos 9 – Inmates 5 (Baptist Bowl): The Rhinos out-slugged the Beakless Chicken Gang to hang on for the win. Story, Myers, and Gordon all homered for the bad guys.
Inmates 11 – Rhinos 1 (Rhino Preserve): Cole took it for the team, allowing 11 runs on 15 hits (including four taters) for the complete game loss. Zach Davies allowed a solo jack to Kemp in the 9th to lose the shutout.
Inmates 1 – Rhinos 0 (Rhino Preserve): A classic pitching duel between Manaea and Nola. Rizzo scored the only run of the game in the 4th for the Inmates.
Inmates 7 – Rhinos 6 (Rhino Preserve): A not-particularly-well-played game won by the Beakless Chicken Gang only because time ran out before the Rhinos could score enough.
Inmates 4 Rhinos 1 (Rhino Preserve): The Rhino misery continued compliments of Cargo, who hit a pair of homers and accounted for all of the Inmate runs. Only seven hits were allowed by both teams for the entire game; both Gray and Sanchez pitched CGs.
Inmates 7 – Rhinos 5 (Rhino Preserve): Rhino luck continued to suck as errors by Story and Lemahieu allowed four unearned runs to score for the Inmates. Kemp homered in a losing cause.
Inmates 5 – Rhinos 1 (10 innings – Rhino Preserve): The Inmates won their sixth straight in the 10th, scoring four runs to slam the door on the Pointed Proboscis. JDMart homered again.
Rhinos 7 – Inmates 6 (Rhino Preserve): Rhinos win! Rhinos win! A five-run 8th shocked the Inmates, giving the Rhinos a 1-6 record at home vs the Inmates.
Rhinos 11 – Inmates 5 (Baptist Bowl): The first half of a double-header featured one of the weirdest pitching performances in NASOMA history. The Rhinos scored a ten-spot off of Salazar in the 2nd, who allowed only three hits in five innings while striking out eight. The biggest issue was he walked fifteen fucking batters. Told that he needed to throw strikes he accommodated by allowing Kemp to hit a homer that still hasn’t re-entered the atmosphere. All told, Salazar threw 262 pitches during his stint. Ugly.
Inmates 7 – Rhinos 5 (11 innings – Baptist Bowl): The nightcap of the DH took the teams into the early morning hours until Valbuena hit a two-run jack in the bottom of the 11th to ice the game for the good guys.
Rhinos 14 – Inmates 6 (Baptist Bowl): Nothing but ugly. Four Rhinos tatered, Votto doubled three times, and the Inmates are bludgeoned.

Inmates 3 – Rhinos 1 (Baptist Bowl): Superlative Inmate pitching sends the Rhinos back to the zoo with their tenth loss of the day.

Rhinos 7, Wahoos 3

Wahoos took one in the shorts in a Teamviewer series with the Rhinos. The Rhinos outhomered us 26-9 and outscored us 55-37. I guess it could have been worse. I guess.

First 5 at the Rhino Reserve.
Game 1 
Wahoos win 10 innings, 3-2. Syndergaard went 10.2 innings and took the loss
Game 2
Rhinos win 3-2. Wahoos finally scored a pair in the ninth, as that 3-0 lead seemed like 30-0. Story homered twice and drove in all 3.
Game 3
Rhinos win again, 3-2. This time a Kris Bryant homer off Dellin Betances in the bottom of the 10th.
Game 4
Wahoos win 8-6 on the strength of a 4-run rally in the ninth.
Game 5
Rhinos win 11-6 behind 5 homers. Verlander and the bullpen all pooped the bed.

Next 5 at The Reservation
Game 6
Syndergaard and company prove too much in a 5-1 victory. Can't score at our own park. This looks rough.
Game 7
Estrada pitches great and the Wahoos hold on for a 5-2 win.
Game 8
Wahoos touch Syndergaard. Rhinos maul Verlander. Rhinos win, 9-6.
Game 9
Jose Fernandez pitches like a dead guy. Rhinos run off with a 9-2 win.
Game 10
Reyes and Devenski too tough for a lagging Wahoos offense. Rhinos win, 5-2.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Sidewinders 3, DVs 2

Sidewinders ride a 1.80 ERA and outscored them 22-11 to take 3 of 5 vs. the DiamondVision via Team Viewer (which seemed to have some issues – FYI)

Skyscrapers 3, DVs 2

Plenty of offense in this 5 game series (the last game had 6 total runs- the rest were 10 or more) – and the Skyscrapers had enough pitching to take 3 of 5 at the DVs.

Demerit Update

The Killer Bees and Sidewinders were the only ones falling short of 40 games played by May 7th. These were the first two demerits earned this year. Way to go, Mullen brothers! Leading the way!

Posting Comments

Two recent spam comments have been posted to Big Innings. I deleted them and have now changed the settings for comments so that it has to be approved by me before being posted. I had used this setting before, but had taken it off hoping it would spur more dialogue by you guys. It didn't. And assuming y'all weren't interested in buying online furniture from Singapore, I have shut that down.

A better option might be to limit comments to only members of this blog. I'll check that out.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Mavs 6, Skyscrapers 1

The Skyscrapers roll in to the wide open spaces of Midlothian to play seven games in the Rastadome vs. the Mavs. 
May 30th:  Grienke vs. Hellickson – and as if it could get any worse the Mavs have to rest Harper, Gyorko and Castellanos due to at bat problems thank goodness it is Tequila Body Shot Night sponsored by Betty’s Brothel or no one would be at the game.  It is 4-0 after three as once again Carlos Correa let two base hits go through and the Skyscrapers hit two taters.  The Mavs battle back to tie it after Chris Davis’s second two out RBI double in the bottom of the fifth and suddenly fans are paying attention at the body bar.  Paul Goldschmidt hits a triple 1 with no one out to lead off the eighth.  Grounder to first.  Intentional walk to Kipnis because Givens is abysmal against lefties.  Oh good, he walks the next righty.  Bases loaded, one out.  2-6 K to Anthony Rendon.   Dickerson up the Mavs counter with K-Rod.  5-7 grounder to first and the Skyscrapers manager Joe Pepitone is seen heading to the body bar.  In his inebrieated state, Pepitone brings in Steve Cishek after Davis hits his third double of the game.  Cishek gives up a 6-5 single to Kolten Wong (because the Godless heathen is weak against righties).  Mavs win 5-4.  The Grumpy’s Bail Bonds Player of the Game goes to Chris Davis who went 3-3 with 3 RBI’s and scored the winning run.

May31st: Cory Kluber vs.  Carlos Martinez.  Wow Harper and Gyorko are out of the lineup again although it appears that some of the Body Shot Girls from the night before may have more to do with this than rest.  Throwing out the first pitch is the 2015 Grumpy’s Bail Bonds “Bond Girl” – the 2015 calendar is still available by the way  Brad Miller hits a 3-6 three run homer in the bottom of the third sending Bernice Brewer down the slide.  Justin Upton hits a 3-10 ballpark tater sending her down the slide again in the bottom of the seventh.  Russell Martin hits a 1-11 ballpark tater in the top of the eighth.  Brad Miller wins the Betty’s Brothel Blow of the Game and six Mav pitchers combine to allow four hits.  5-1 Mavs.

June 1st:  Well-known neo-Nazi Max Scherzer vs. the beloved inventor of the Everclear Margarita Carlos Carrasco.  Today’s give away is clean urine samples from the good folks at NORML.  Scherzer has a no-hitter until the fifth.  Three singles and two walks later and the first run crosses home plate (credit Mavs incredible base running decisions for that math).  Correa hits a two star single to plate two more.  3-0 going to the sixth.  The Skyscrapers push home a run on a Kipnis ground out in the eighth but it is too little, too late.  The Mavs win 4-1 worsening their draft position.

August 11th:  Greinke wearing a tasteful Dior gown takes the mound against Hellickson sporting a chic Kate Spade ensemble in our annual Cross-Dresser game.  The Skyscrapers score first with a Rendon two run homer coming despite a broken heel in the top of the second.  Chris Davis sent Bernice Brewer down the slide (thankfully still dressed in her cutoffs and tank top) in the bottom of the second to cut the lead in half.  But Goldy launched a 5-5 homer 1-12 to get the run back in the top of the third.  Goldy blasts a two run homer on a 6-5 off Buchholz and the rout is on.  The Mavs take their purses and head home as the Skyscrapers win 6-1.  Goldy wins the Grumpy’s Bail Bonds Player of the Game going 2 for 4 with two homers and three RBI’s.

August 8th:  Kluber vs. Martinez in Occupy Wall Street Remembrance Day.  Anthony Rendon doubles home Jason Kipnis who was on via a 1-2 HBP for the first run in the top of the second.  A spontaneous protest tent camp has sprung up in left field which really can only help Dickerson and Upton (4 and 3 respectively).  The Mavs push home the tying run in the fourth with a walk, the second error of the series by Kipnis (he appears mesmerized by Bernice Brewer’s parabolic splendor), a passed ball by Martin and a grounder.  Chris Davis sends the ever ready Bernice Brewer down the slide with a 3-10 straight out homer in the bottom of the sixth, 2-1 Mavs.  Manny Machado strikes out with the bases loaded in the top of the seventh.  Via a pinch hit in the seventh the Skyscrapers are now playing an all 40 outfield.  Sure enough CF X leads to a run.  Followed by Davis sending Bernice back down the slide.  5-1 Mavs and more homers are hit later.  Mavs win 10-1.  Davis earns the Grumpy’s Bail Bonds Player of the Game hitting two homers and driving in three.

August 9th:  Scherzer vs. Cookie Carrasco.  Davis sends Bernice down the slide in the bottom of the second.  Apparently his gift from ARod arrived for this series.  Dickerson hits a 6-5 homer off Cookie with a man on in the fourth.  At this point I’d like to point out that Bautista after 4 X-chart tries has yet to give up a hit.  On the other hand Russell Martin has missed two ballpark taters (1-17 here).  Strange series.  With the Skyscrapers up 3-1 and Ryan Dull in Brad Miller leads off the ninth sending Bernice down the slide.  But Dull strikes out Gyorko.  But wait, Lucroy nails a 1-6 triple 1-4.  Who can run for him?  No one because the genius Mavs already used their back up catcher as a pinch hitter.  The Mavs pinch hit their last bench player, Tommy Joseph, who rolls a 3-7 double 1-9.  Since the Mavs are going to lose their DH anyway Carlos Martinez comes in to run for Joseph.  And now that the game is tied, Pepitone brings in Herrera.  Herrera strikes out Heyward (who doesn’t), Pepitone walks Correa to get to Bradley.  But Herrera walks Bradley.  Pepitone brings in Cishek to fan Castellanos.  Extra innings again.  Oh boy.  Bush shuts down the Scrapers in the top of the tenth.  Chris Davis walks.  Miller singles him to third.  And then Cishek sends the ball past Martin to the fence.  Mavs win 4-3.

August 10th:  Getaway game for the Skyscrapers and believe me they have the bus running.  Cole Hamels against Jake Odorizzi.  Jake has allowed 12 homers in 50 innings so far so it is souvenir baseball day in left field.  Manny Machado hits the first one in the third with a runner on.  Goldschmidt hits the next one with no one on in the fifth.  Triple and an error on a Bautista X (finally got that jerk) leads to the Mavs first run in the bottom of the fifth.  A Valencia walk and a Correa homer later and the game is tied.  Odorizzi gives up a lead off double and Mychael Givens gives up a run scoring single to Rendon.  Scrapers 4-3 after five and half.  Dickerson homered off Strickland to add an insurance run in the top of the eighth.  The Mavs, down two going to the bottom of the ninth, rally and tie it on a two out double by pinchhitter Nick Castellanos off of Ryan Dull.  Oh goody.  Extra innings.  Bush shuts down the Scrapers in the top of the tenth and Justin Upton rolls a 3-6 homer.  Mavs win 6-5 in ten.  Upton earns the Betty’s Brothel Blow of the Game with the game winning home run.

Buckeyes 4, Sidewinders 1

Games played at Stanley vs CM.

5/5 Cabrera drives in 4 and the Buckeyes win10-1. Asher with the win and Bauer with 3 IP save

5/6  Buckeyes score 5 runs off Miller in the 8th and 9th to win 6-3. Granderson with 3 run HR in 9th

7/17 Buckeyes win 3-1 behind 5 Buckeye doubles and Asher's 6 shutout innings. Bruce breaks up the shutout with a solo shot in the 9th

7/18 Sale beats Maeda 7-2

7/19 Buckeyes win 3-1 with the help of 7 shutout innings by Happ and the SSWs grounding into 5 double plays. Grandal solo shot in 9th breaks up the shutout.

Buckeyes 4, Sidewinders 1

Buckeyes take 4 of 5 at home versus Snakes.

6/16 Buckeyes 5 SSW 3 -  A Cabrera goes 4 for 4 and Steve Pearce drives in 3 with 3 hits including a homer. Blanton is unable to hold the lead for Lester. Schugel gets the win in relief.
6/17 Buckeyes 2 SSW 1 - Maeda and Cueto locked up in a pitching duel. Trumbo with a walkoff solo homer in 9th to break the 1-1 tie.

8/23 Buckeyes 8 SSW 6 - Buckeyes rock Moore for 5 runs over 3 2/3. Ninth inning 4 run rally by Snakes not enough. Kiermeir drives in 3 and Pearce collects 3 more hits.
8/24 Buckeyes 8 SSW 1 - Ramirez and Pearce both homer as Buckeyes touch Sale for 6 runs over 5 1/3.
8/25 SSW 7 Buckeyes 1 - Ls all the way with a complete game 2 hitter. Snakes bang out 4 home runs to salvage the final game.

Sidewinders 3, Skyscrapers 2

At SSWs vs CM.

6/4 NY 2-5 hitters get 12 hits in 19 ABs powering a 9-3 victory. Gausman get the win and Moore is the loser

6/5 Kipnis hits a 2 run HR off of Cody Allen in the10th for a 3-1 NY win

8/21 Saunders hits a solo shot off of Duke in the bottom of the 9th for 9-8 SSWs victory. Snakes get 9 runs on 4 hits(3 HR),10 walks and 2 HBP. 

8/22 #1 Sale beats Gausman 5-1, Miller with 2 inning save,Longoria 3 runHR

         #2  Cueto beats Greinke 6-2

Buckeyes 3, Skyscrapers 1

Buckeyes take 3 of 4 at home versus Skyscrapers

9/14 (1) - Buckeyes 10 Sky 9 - G Sanchez came off the bench with a pinch hit bases loaded walk off single for the 10-9 win. 9 home runs in the game with Machado hitting 2 and A.Cabrera hitting 3. Both Scherzer and Happ get roughed up.

9/14 (2) - Buckeyes 17 Sky 9 - Ervin Santana gets his 11th win as the Buckeyes slug 5 homers. Two homers by Gattis who drives in 7.

9/15 - Buckeyes 5 Sky 4 - Cabrera hits another homer and Trumbo drives in 2 to support Kenta Maeda.

9/16 - Sky 5 Buckeyes 2 - Scrapers salvage game 4 with 3 homers (Machado, Kipnis, and Rendon). Greinke pitches well for the win.

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Skyscrapers 3, Goofs 2

Scrapers take 3 of 5 at Goofs

5/5 Sky 6 Goofs 5
5/6 Goofs 4 Sky 3 (11 innings)

7/17 Sky 6 Goofs 1
7/18 Goofs 3 Sky 2
7/19 Sky 6 Goofs 3

Questions That Came Up Today

During the Pig/Wahoo series (played with cards and dice), a few questions arose.

1. The first came about simply because we have come to depend too much on Hal to tell us stuff, like what happens when a non-asterisk base stealer wants to steal 2b after failing to get his lead.

Dustin Pedroia was on first with Garrett Richards on the mound. Pedrioa's steal numbers are (13-6). Richards is a +9 hold, leaving the catcher's arm moot. Pedroia rolled for his lead (1-18), but didn't get it. We were then confused as to what his secondary number would be. Turns out, the battery combo doesn't change. In this case, it's still +5 (max); it just now applies to the second number (1-11).

Note: For the record, the FFTs and Tweeners responded with the correct ruling. The Snakes and Buckeyes got it wrong. Glad others were confused, too.

Another Note: The Chief decided not to go, instead just hitting a home run. The bastard.

2. Question 2 - and the reason I am writing this post - has to do with using pitchers to hit. There were three scenarios, I believe, that came up and left us curious.

Scenario A: Francisco Liriano is part of the PigPen, but he also is a capable hitter (#8NL). If Liriano pinch hits in the top of the 7th for the shortstop, can he then come in to pitch the bottom of the 7th. The new SS would go to the DH's spot, and the DH would be lost. Sounds, okay, right? Unusual, but legal. I think. And would it matter if the guy he pinch hit for was the DH?

Scenario B: What if Liriano starts the game as the DH? Can he, at some point, take the field as the pitcher? The DH would be lost, of course, but it's legal, right?

Scenario C: In a move I know is legal, Adam Wainwright (#7NR) was the starting pitcher, but we decided to let him hit for himself and eschew the DH. Again, not a normal move, but completely legal. (The things we do to try to get N-power hitters into the games at The Reservation.)

I bring this up because I tried to recreate these moves on the computer tonight - and NONE of them is possible. The only way a pitcher can hit AND pitch in the same game is to first lose the DH (which can't be done in the initial setup at the start of the game). And even then, the pitcher must either already BE pitching in the game, or he must come in after the DH is lost. If he has already hit - even though he's still in the lineup at the moment - there is no way to drag him to the pitcher spot.

By the way, I checked and Wainwright had 62 AB last year (so 68 possible ABs for the Pigs), and Liriano had 42 (46 total). We ARE keeping track.

Wahoos 6, Warpigs 1

Cards and dice at the Pigsty. The Wahoos vault back into 1st place in the BUD.

The first 5 games were played at SGP's Reservation. Who the hell schedules a 5-game series? Reminds me of college baseball with a game Friday night, a triple header on Saturday, and a game Sunday morning before getting on the bus to head back home.

April 16 - Wahoos win 5-4. The Wahoos, thanks mainly to the fact that Joe Ross sucks, scored 5 runs in the 1st inning before bagging up their bats. The Warpigs also only scored in one inning, with a 4-run 6th. Logan Forsythe missed a 1-12 grand slam on Tyler Thornburg's card that would have given the Pigs the lead. This was as close as the Pigs would get to a win until after the bus ride back home.

April 17 - Wahoos win 9-4. Jake Lamb had a double, a homer, and 2 walks. If I'm not mistaken, the next best Pig went 0-4 with 3 Ks. This could have been worse... the Wahoos hit into 6 double plays.

April 18 - Wahoos win 16-1. The Weekend at Bernies guy who was propped up on the mound struck out 18. The Hoos had 19 hits, 7 walks, and 1 hit batter. Pig pitchers will suffer fines in the Kangaroo Court for only hitting one batter. Oh, and we made 4 errors. No really, this is fun.

April 19 - Wahoos win 9-1. Such fun.

April 20 - Wahoos win 8-1. Such fucking fun.

The last two games took place in Hooterville at The BallPork. Thank God.

May 30 - Warpigs win 6-5. With the game tied 5-5, Hunter Pence hit a walkoff solo homer with 2 outs in the 9th inning. It was Pence's 2nd homer of the game. Pigs win! Pigs win!

May 31 - Wahoos win 5-2. The Warpigs had only 4 hits - all doubles. Some guy named Mike Foltynewicz pitched like Jake Arrieta, but it helps when the opposing team makes 25 of their 27 outs in the 5-column.