Thursday, November 26, 2009

World Series Tidbits

Even though the Warpigs had almost twice as many homers as the Buckeyes in the regular season, the Buckeyes outhomered the Pigs in the Series 10-6. And 3 of those 6 Pig homers came in the final game.

In another oddity, the Pigs(7) had more stolen bases than the Buckeyes(4). It's not all that odd, though; the Pigs and Buckeyes actually stole the same amount of bases in the regular season.

Rich Harden struck out 18 in 13 innings while going 2-0. He struck out 26 in 15 innings to go 2-0 in the Rhino series.

In the 6 game series, the Warpig starting pitchers threw 32 innings. The Buckeye starters threw only 11.

The Warpigs outhit the Buckeyes in all 6 games. Rafael Furcal had hits in every game, going 9/23. He only went 3/20 vs the Rhinos - and all three hits were in the first game.

Cody Ransom went 6-9 with 3 homers in the 12 playoff games. All of his homers were key, too. The first one was a 2-out, 9th inning, game tying blast against the Rhinos - sending the game to extra innings. The second one was a walk-off homer to end the 2nd round series vs the Rhinos. And his 3rd one came in the 7th inning of the final game of the World Series and gave the Pigs the lead for good. The weird thing is, despite the column of homers on his card, all three of his homers were on the pitchers' cards! He hit a 6-2 ballpark off of Cory Wade; then hit a 5-5 homer off Wade in game 6. Against the Buckeyes, Ransom hit a ballpark homer at 6-9 on Sergio Romo's card.

The Buckeyes' version of Cody Ransom was Ryan Shealy, and he had a weird end to his season. As the Buckeyes tried desperately to score a tying run in the final two innings of game 6, Shealy was on bench. But being the ONLY guy left on the bench, he could only pinch hit for DH or 1B. Plus, he only had 1 at bat remaining. The game - and series - ended with Shealy still sitting on the bench. It was reminiscent of the Fungoes' Jeff Baker not being able to get into the final game in 2007 when the Oilers clinched a first round series over the Fungi.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Warpigs are CHAMPS!

The Warpigs defeated the Buckeyes in 6 games to claim their 10th NASOMA title. The games were close and turned time after time on clutch hits and late inning homers.

Game 1: Buckeyes 8, Warpigs 7 - Just to show what kind of frustration lay ahead, the Buckeyes won the game despite trailing 7-0 in the 8th inning. But in that inning, the Buckeyes had a 3-run homer from Jack Cust off of Justin Duchscherer, then a game-tying grand slam by Jason Werth off of Joakim Soria followed by a solo shot by Jason Giambi off of George Sherrill.

Game 2: Warpigs 8, Buckeyes 2 - The Pigs lead 3-2 in the 6th when Brian Giles hit a 3-run double off of Darren Oliver. Rich Harden and four relievers struck out 15 Buckeye batters. The series moved on to the Buckeye Plateau.

Game 3: Warpigs 5, Buckeyes 4 - The Warpigs scored a run in each of the first four innings, but the Buckeyes countered with a 4 spot in the 2nd. Both bullpens settled down after that. In fact, the Buckeyes only had 4 hits, and ALL of them came in that 2nd inning. The winning run scored in the top of the 9th on a bases loaded walk to Cody Ransom. Joakim Soria got the Buckeyes out in the 9th for the save.

Game 4: Buckeyes 6, Warpigs 3 in 10 innings - An RBI double by Chipper Jones tied the game in the 7th, but Ryan Shealy ended it with a 3-run homer in the bottom of the 10th off of Russ Springer.

Game 5: Warpigs 9, Buckeyes 5 - Brian Giles was again the hitting star for the Pigs, going 4/5 with 2 RBI and 3 runs scored. Ryan Doumit added insurance runs in the 9th with a bases loaded, 2 out Omega hit off of Dan Wheeler. Rich Harden, the MVP of the Pigs' 2nd round series against the Rhinos, got the win - making him 4-0 in the post season. The series heads back to the BallPork.

Game 6: Warpigs 6, Buckeyes 5 - Homers by Albert Pujols and Manny Ramirez in the 3rd inning gave the Pigs an early lead, but they trailed 5-4 going to the 7th. Pujols then led off the 7th with a single off of Sergio Romo. After Chipper Jones struck out, Cody Ransom launched a Romo pitch into the left field seats to give the Warpigs the lead and, after Soria got the last 5 outs, the Higdon.

Albert Pujols, who went 9 for 26 with 2 homers and 7 RBI, gets the Series MVP. Others in the running were Rafael Furcal (9/23, 8 runs), Chipper Jones (10/26), Jason Bay (8/21, 4 RBI), Cody Ransom (4/7, 4 RBI), and Rich Harden. For the Buckeyes, I have no doubt that Jason Effin Werth would have to get some consideration.

Pics from the Playoffs

The Playoff Owners (minus the Rhinos)


The Wahoos vs the Sidewinders


The newest Warpig fan

Saturday, November 21, 2009

2009 World Series

After a long, weird day (week, really) of playoffs, it comes down to this: the Warpigs and Buckeyes will square off in the World Series on Sunday evening at the PigSty.

This marks the 4th time the Pigs and Buckeyes have matched up in the World Series. The Buckeyes were victorious in 1990 and 1991; the Pigs exacted some revenge by winning in 1997.

This is the 13th World Series appearance for the Warpigs and the 11th for the Buckeyes. The two teams rank #1-2 in this category. They also rank #1-2 in World Series championships. The Warpigs lead with 9 titles. The Buckeyes have won 7.

Quotes from the Playoffs

Driller Dude (to Snakeman after the Sidewinders were beaten by the Wahoos): "At least I lost to the Rhinos."

Snakeman "I woke up at 5:00 for this shit?!?"

The Chief: "This case of beer looks like a rat got into it. Oh, it was Vince."

The Chief: "I should call the Inmates and ask him who to start this game."

Everybody at one time or another: "I'm just glad I'm not the DVs."

Buckeyes vs Wahoos - 2nd Round

Game 1: Wahoos 6, Buckeyes 0. Lohse and friends with the shutout.

Game 2: Buckeyes 5, Wahoos 4. Series tied and heading to the Reservation.

Game 3: Buckeyes 12, Wahoos 2. Buckeyes scored early and often.

Game 4: Wahoos 5, Buckeyes 3. The Wahoos even the series. There will be a short(?) break now.

To be continued...

Game 5: Wahoos 13, Buckeyes 12 in 10 innings. The series resumes out at the Buckeye house.

Game 6: Buckeyes 3, Wahoos 2. Buckeyes score in the bottom of the 9th for the walk off win. The series heads to yet another game 7.

Game 7: Buckeyes 5, Wahoos 0. On to the World Series.

Wahoos vs Sidewinders - 1st Round

The first round series is going on right now at the Pigsty. I'll update periodically.

Game 1 - Sidewinders 8, Wahoos 6. Both teams scored 3 in the first inning.

Game 2 - Wahoos 4, Sidewinders 0. Scott Baker with the complete game shutout.

Game 3 - Wahoos 10, Sidewinders 2. Thru the first three games, The Wahoos have scored 10 first inning runs. All of the runs in this game were scored in the first two innings.

Game 4 - Sidewinders 4, Wahoos 3. Series tied.

Game 5 - Wahoos 6, Sidewinders 3. Wahoos take a 3 games to 2 lead as the series heads back to the Snakepit.

Game 6 - Sidewinders 4, Wahoos 3. In what has become the longest (in time) series ever played in one sitting, the Snakes' Joe Mauer hit a 2-out single to score Aaron Hill from second. Scott Baker took his scoreless streak into the 7th inning before Carlos Beltran hit a game-tying 3-run homer.

Game 7 - Wahoos 7, Sidewinders 1. The Wahoos scored 5 runs in the first inning. Carlos Zambrano sucked... again. Gil Meche went the distance. The Wahoos move on to the second round.

Carlos Zambrano's 2-start totals: 1.2 innings. 8 hits. 7 walks. 11 earned runs.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Warpigs vs Rhinos - 2nd Round

The Warpigs moved on to the World Series by defeating the Rhinos in 6 games. The results...

Game 1: Warpigs win 2-0. Justin Duchscherer went 8 innings before giving way to the bullpen in the shutout victory. The Rhinos were held to 4 hits. The Pigs had only 6 hits, but 5 of them were by Rafael Furcal and Albert Pujols. Joakim Soria got the save for the Warpigs.

Game 2: Warpigs win 12-0. Rich Harden struck out 14 in 7 innings to lead the Warpigs to their second straight shutout victory. Brian Giles went 3-3 and drove in 3 runs. Manny Ramirez also had 3 RBI, and Brian Anderson, who had entered as a pinch runner in the 8-run 7th inning, added a homer in the 8th. Ben Sheets took the loss.

Game 3: Rhinos win 3-2 in 11 innings. The Rhinos finally scored their first run of the series in the 6th inning, but it was Hanley Ramirez who got the Rhinos into the win column. Ramirez homered in the 9th and the 11th, both off of Russ Springer. C.C. Sabathia went 2 innings for the win.

Game 4: Rhinos win 7-5 in 12 innings. Another extra inning game - another win for the Rhinos. Both teams hit 4 homers. The Pigs' Cody Ransom hit a 2-out homer in the top of the 9th to extend the game, but Alex Rodriguez hit a 2-run walk off homer in the 12th inning (his second HR of the game) to even up the series at 2 games apiece.

Game 5: Warpigs win 10-5. The Pigs pounded the Rhino pitching for 10 runs on 14 hits. Rich Harden allowed 2 runs on 3 hits and struck out 12 in 8 innings for the win.

Game 6: Warpigs win 4-2 in 11 innings. Cliff Lee took a no-hitter into the 6th inning, but it took a Cody Ransom walk off 2-run homer in the 11th inning to send the Warpigs to the World Series.

Rhinos vs Drillers - 1st Round

The 6th seeded Rhinos upended the #3 seed Drillers in 7 games. Here are the results...

Game 1: Drillers win 8-4. Tim Lincecum beat Ben Sheets. Vladimir Guerrero homered and drove in 3

Game 2: Rhinos win 4-3. Andre Ethier singled off of Manny Delcarmen to drive in the game deciding run in the top of the 9th. Joey Devine got the win; Octavio Dotel took the loss. Both Troy Tulowitzki and B.J. Upton homered for the Rhinos.

Game 3: Rhinos win 5-2. The Rhinos scored 3 first inning runs off of Jamey Shields and then held on. Cory Wade got the win in relief. C.C. Sabathia went 3 innings for the save. Geovanny Soto homered.

Game 4: Drillers win 4-3. This time it was the Drillers with the 3-run first inning. Kevin Slowey got the win with Joe Nathan earning the save. Oliver Perez took the loss. Carlos Lee homered for the Drillers.

Game 5: Rhinos win 6-5 in 14 innings. In the turning point of the series, the Drillers' Tim Lincecum entered the 9th inning with a 1-hit shutout and a 5-0 lead. The Rhinos then exploded for 5 ninth inning runs, the final four coming on a 2-out grand slam by Ryan Braun off of Nathan. the Rhinos won in the 14th with B.J. Upton getting the game-winning hit. C.C. Sabathia got the win while Dave Bush took the loss.

Game 6: Drillers win 7-4. The Drillers evened up the series in a hurry by pounding A.J. Burnett for 7 first inning runs. Dan Haren earned the win, and Joe Nathan got the save.

Game 7: Rhinos win 2-1. An exciting game 7 pitcher's duel between Jamey Shields and Matt Garza was decided in the 8th inning when Hanley Ramirez followed a walk to Alex Rodriguez with a 2-run homer off of Hong-Chih Kuo. Joey Devine and Cory Wade finished off the Drillers to send the Rhinos to the 2nd round.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The Snake

Had dinner tonight at Ton's Mongolian Grill. Funny stuff on the Chinese calendar placemats...

The Snake's mortal enemy is the Boar.

and...

The Snake loves the Cock.

Friday, November 06, 2009

Playoff Info and a New Address

The 2009 NASOMA Playoffs will take place at the Pigsty on Saturday, November 21st. The first round features the 3rd seeded and NERDD champion Drillers against the #6 seed Rhinos and the AWD champs and 4th seeded Sidewinders against the #5 seed Wahoos. The Driller/Rhino series may take place earlier. I'll post results as they happen.

The second round will have the winners from the first round meeting the 2nd seeded Buckeyes (MFD champs) and the top-seeded Warpigs, who won the BUD. If things go as usual, the World Series will be Saturday night.

Everyone is invited to come on by. There will be food and drink and maybe a food outing that night.

Also, you need to send (or give) the Snakeman $28 for your 1/16th contribution to get the Snakes on a Plane.

And finally, the Fungoes have a new home. He and Mrs. Fungo have moved out of the rat race and into the country. His new address and new phone number will be posted in the usual hidden place on the website. His cell phone number will, I assume, stay the same.

Maybe we can get him to post some pictures on the Peanut Gallery.

That's all for now.