4/30 WAH 4 8 0 VPS 5 10 0 F.Liriano (1-1) J.Zimmermann (1-2) Zaps score four in the first inning and Francisco Liriano goes seven strong innings before the bullpen seals the deal. 5/ 1 WAH 6 9 0 VPS 7 11 1 C.Kluber (1-0) D.Gee (0-1) The Wahoos led 6-1 after two innings, but can't score again as the Zap pen holds and allows the bats to chip away for another one run win. 7/23 WAH 12 14 0 VPS 13 18 1 D.Farquhar (1-2) T.Cingrani (0-1) In another one run game the Zaps had the winning rally in the 9th inning when they scored 5 runs on 5 hits. It was roller coaster of a game as the lead change hands 5 times. 7/24 WAH 3 8 0 VPS 5 11 1 J.Machi (4-1) H.Alvarez (1-1) Cabrera and Navarro batting fourth and fifth go five for seven with four RBI's and three runs scored to power the Zaps to another win. 7/25 WAH 4 8 1 VPS 1 3 1 J.Zimmermann (2-2) M.Scherzer (3-3) Jordan Zimmerman deals a complete game three-hitter to give the Hoos a win in the getaway game.
In the "Get me to 35 games" series, Stephen Strasburg and the Warpigs defeated Jeff Samardzija and the FFTs 3-1.
The FFTs scored in the first on yet another hit on an outfield-x. The Pigs scored 2 runs with 2 outs in the 6th. After the first two batters struck out, Yadier Molina singled and came all the way around to score on a double by Melky Cabrera. The throw from Jon Jay was cut to try and get Melky going for third (1-6), but the roll came up 4 and he was safe. Taking that base proved to be important when Melky then scored the go ahead run on a passed ball. Cody Ross homered off of Chris Capuano in the 7th for an insurance run. The FFTs loaded the bases in the 9th, but little-used Carlos Martinez came in to get Hunter Pence to bounce out to end the game. It was Martinez's first save.
FFTs 3 – Innmates 2 (Bapist Bowl): Inmates didn’t start threatening until Mariano entered the game. He got knocked out, but the LDMF lose.
Inmates 6 – FFTs 3 (Baptist Bowl): Cargo, Jones, and Beltre all tater for the Inmates. When they hit, we win. Simple.
FFTs 5 – Inmates 2 (Baptist Bowl): Pence, Freese, and Castillo tater for the FFTs. Leake allows three hits in 7 IP. Beltre distinguishes himself by making two errors on successive plays (not successive chances…plays).
Inmates 8 – FFTs 6 (BandBox): Ichiro hits a 3-run HR in the third to pull the FFTs ahead briefly, but Inmate lumber shows up as the Beakless Chicken Gang score 8 in three innings for the win.
FFTs 6 – Inmates 5 (BandBox): Ramos shows the world how to spontaneously combust. Leading 5-0 when he entered the game in the 6th with the bases loaded he tosses one pitch to Hill, who promptly hit it out of the county for a Grand Salami. No problem right? Inmates still lead 5-4. Until Pence comes up in the 7th with one on to chase a 69 mph Ramos fastball over the 593 foot sign in the Little League Park two miles away.
Inmates 8 – FFTs 2 (Baptist Bowl): A five-run Inmate 3rd off of Kuroda is all that was needed for the win.
Inmates 9 – FFTs 4 (Baptist Bowl): Four Inmates homered to lead the Baptist Bowl Choralaires into a frenzy of wishful thinking and a two game winning streak.
FFTs 6 – Inmates 4 (BandBox): Prince Fielder’s 3-run spud in the third put the FFTs ahead forever. Masterson and Rivera shut down the Inmate offense late.
FFTs 7 – Inmates 6 (11 Innings – BandBox): The Inmate Arson Squad is in top incendiary form. Grilli enters the game in the 9th ahead 6-5, only to walk two and allow a hit without recording an out (this earned a BS – blew himself – for the stat sheet). Simon holds things in check until receiving a text message from his squeeze du jour that his presence was required immediately. Always the obliging boyfriend, he tosses a meat-pitch to Fielder with two outs in the 11th to throw away the game.
Inmates 6 – FFTs 2 (BandBox): Cargo, Beltre, and Jones all homer. See game 2 description.
Gm 1 @ Stanley Stadium - Sidewinders win 5-4 in 10 innings. David Wright hit a 2-out, 2-run single off of Casey Fien in the bottom of the 10th for the win. Brandon Crawford had homered in the top of the inning off of Aroldis Chapman to give the Pigs the lead. Melky Cabrera hit a 2-out, 2-run homer in the top of the 9th off of Craig Kimbrel to tie the game. Chapman got the win. Nick Tepesch (0-1) took the loss.
Gm 2 @ Stanley Stadium - Warpigs win 5-3. The Snakes led 2-1 into the 8th when the Pigs put together a rare rally. Alejandro De Aza homered to tie the game, and then Yoenis Cespedes blasted a 3-run shot to put the game out of reach. Adam Wainwright (3-2) went 7 for the win. Tyler Lyons recorded his first save. Somebody named Cody Allen - who won the right to suit up and play in a pre-game drawing among the paying customers - took the loss in relief.
Gm 3 @ The BallPork - Sidewinders win 7-5. Every Snake hit in this game (and in the SERIES!) came on chances of 1-4 or less. The Snakes had FIVE HITS on ss-x chances, and he is a 2, for cryin' out loud! David Wright homered twice (the first was HR 1-2, fly; the second was HR 1-4, fly - I ain't lyin'). The gritty Warpigs made it interesting with three in the 8th and two more in the 9th, but overcoming Kimbrel was too much to handle - especially for the league's worst hitting team. Jon Lester got the win.
Gm 4 @ The BallPork - Sidewinders win 1-0. Jake Peavy, Chapman, and Kimbrel were masterful, combining on a 1-hit shutout. The one hit, a single by Albert Pujols in the 5th, was followed immediately by a ss-x roll. Jhonny Peralta, A FUCKING FOUR, turned the 6-4-3 double play. The Snake run scored in the 8th when the 2e3 in CF for the Pigs let a ball drop for a single. Stephen Strasburg (2-3) struck out 10 in 7 innings, but took the loss.
Gm 5 @ The BallPork - Sidewinders win 2-1. Whatever. May luck continue to be with you when you play the DVs. May you forget to not trust a fart. May you fall into your brother's bush (again).
May 23 – Tweakers 1, Goofs 0. Felix allowed 7 free passes and hit a batter, but only 2 hits over 8.1 innings. Avilan got the final 2 outs. Captain Ben Zobrist homered for the game's only run. Lohse looshes.
May 24 – Tweakers 4, Goofs 1. Marlon Byrd 3 for 4 with a homer and 2 RBI. MadBum improves to 7-3, Romo gets his first save, Griffin the loss.
May 25 – Tweakers 4, Goofs 3. Ryan Howard twice drives in runs with 2 outs. Homers by Byrd and Alvarez. Yu takes the loss, Smyly picks up the win in relief of Shelby Miller, Avilan records his 5th save.
Game 1 - Drillers win 5-1 in 10 innings. Jose Fernandez had a 1-0 lead in the 9th when leftfielder Yoenis Cespedes (2e6) let a flyball drop for a single AND let it roll past him for a 2-base error, sending the tying run to 3rd. Brandon Belt immediately singled the runner home to tie the game. The Drillers, so glad Fernandez was gone, pounded reliever Tommy Milone (0-3) in the 10th. Ivan Nova threw three innings of shutout relief to get the win.
Game 2 - Warpigs win 3-2 in 11 innings. Alejandro De Aza hit a double off of Joe Nathan, driving in the winning run in the 11th. Michael Wacha (1-0), the 5th reliever of the game for the Pigs, got the win. Nova took the loss.
Game 3 - Warpigs win 2-0. Jose Fernandez (6-1) struck out 11 and allowed only 2 hits in 7 innings. Austin Jackson and De Aza had back-to-back 2-out RBI singles in the 7th for the only runs of the game. Casey Fien got the last 4 outs for his 4th save.
Game 4 - Drillers win 5-3. The Driller bats finally awoke for 10 hits. Evan Longoria went 3-3 with a walk and needed only a homer for the cycle. Cespedes helped make it close with a 2-run homer in the 7th, but the Driller bullpen held on. Patrick Corbin got the win; Joe Nathan the save. Adam Wainwright (2-2) took the loss.
Game 5 - Warpigs win 3-0. Wily Peralta (2-5) and the entire bullpen shut out the Drillers for the second time. Austin Jackson hit 2 doubles and scored 2 runs. Wacha recorded his 2nd save.
First, an important announcement. In honor of the Magical Mystery Run of Cal's Cardiac Cats, the Tweeners will change their name for the remainder of this season and be known as the Logan County Tweakers. May 9 – Buckeyes 3, Tweakers 1. 2-run 1st inning homer by Ortiz off Shelby Miller and we never recovered. Dickey the win, Uehara the save. May 10 – Tweakers 1, Buckeyes 0. Buckeyes leave the bases loaded in the first, then load them again with no outs in the 6th, but Escobar's attempted squeeze is popped up into a DP. David Lough drives in the game's only run off Wandy. Gio gets the win, with 4 innings of help from Scheppers and Avilan. May 11 – Buckeyes 7, Tweakers 4. Buckeyes score 5 in the 3rd on bleeders and broken bats and we could not catch up. 16 hits for the Buckeyes, while Ben Zobrist gets half of the Tweakers' 8 hits. Miguel Gonzalez over Felix, another save for Koji. August 2 – Tweakers 3, Buckeyes 2. Zobrist stayed hot with a 2-run 1st inning homer, Buckeyes come back to tie it, then Wilin Rosario drove in the game winner in the 7th. W-MadBum, L-Dickey, S-Gray. August 3 – Tweakers 3, Buckeyes 0. Gonzalez vs. Gonzalez, Gio loses his no-hitter with 2 outs in the 6th but leads another combined shutout and gets the better of Miguel. Sonny Gray records his 9th save and lowers his ERA to 0.59.
All games played at The BallPork via NetPlay (which, by the way, went off without a hitch).
Game 1 - DVs win 6-4. The DVs start a 4-game stretch of hitting EVERY SINGLE CHANCE OF 1-7 OR LESS. NEVER MISSED ONE. I SHIT YOU NOT. Each team hit 3 homers, with the DVs getting the long ball from Matt Holliday, Mike Moustakas, and Ian Kinsler; and the Pigs getting a homer from Yadier Molina and two from Yoenis Cespedes, who didn't even enter the game until the 7th inning. Andrew Cashner went 6 innings for the win, easily outdueling Steven Strasburg (2-2).
Game 2 - Warpigs win 6-4. The DVs picked right up where they left off with two homers off of Jose Fernandez in the first two innings to go up 4-1, but a rare Pig offensive explosion in the bottom of the 2nd gave the good guys the lead for good. Austin Jackson did the honors with a 2-out, 3-run homer off of Jered Weaver. D.J. Lemahieu added an insurance homer in the 7th. Fernandez (5-1) got last inning help from Casey Fien, who induced a double play from the only batter he faced - pinch hitter Ramiro Pena - to end the game.
Game 3 - DVs win 1-0. Mat Latos, who can't possibly be this good, took a perfect game into the 5th and a no-hitter into the 7th. He allowed only a solid double to Yadier Molina in the complete game shutout. For the Warpigs, Adam Wainwright was busy throwing a different kind of shutout. When J.J. Hardy homered in the 7th (on a BP 1-4 roll!), it was the 10th hit for the DVs, but the first (and only) run. An example of Wainwright's night: With the game still scoreless in the 5th inning, Ian Kinsler led off with a ballpark single (1-2, of course). Hardy was called on to bunt him over, and beat it out for a hit. So now Leonys Martin tried to bunt, and he ALSO beat it out for a hit, loading the bases with no outs. Wainwright then strikes out both Allen Craig and Justin Morneau before getting Matt Holliday to pop up to end the inning. It was that kind of night.
Game 4 - Warpigs win 4-3. Coming into this game, Pig starter Wily Peralta had made 5 starts, going 0-5, and had had 7 total runs scored behind him. So when Michael Bourn tripled and scored in the first, Peralta was pretty pumped. So much so, that he flirted with a no-hitter/perfect game of his own for a few innings. J.J. Hardy, the 17th batter Peralta faced ended the quest for perfection with another home run (HR 1-7, fly). And when Justin Morneau clubbed a 2-run shot the following inning, the DVs had tied the game at 3 and put Peralta's bid for his first win in jeopardy. But a rare homer by Alejandro De Aza in the bottom of the 7th reclaimed the lead for the Pigs. Michael Wacha got the last out for his first ever save.
Start with a 2 game set at FFTs: 4/8 – Tweeners 7, FFTs 1. Top of the 2nd, none on and 2 out, Napoli boots a grounder, and Tweeners go on to score 5 in the inning. Iwakuma the win, Perez takes the loss. 4/9 – Tweeners 4, FFTs 1. Top of the 6th, tie game, 2 outs, Lind on first, Howard doubles into the corner. We wave Lind home 1-12, Hal opts to throw out the trailing Howard and allows what will be the winning run to score. Felix outpitches Hiroki. Ichiro pinch runs in the 8th, stays in to play 3B in the 9th. then 3 at The Hooverdome: 5/20 – Tweeners 3, FFTs 0. FFTs outhit us 7-5, but MadBum and friends combine for the shutout. An 8th inning 2-run homer by the Panda gave us some breathing room. Quality start/loss for Mike Leake. 5/21 – Tweeners 3, FFTs 1. With one out in the 8th, Pence is on 2nd, and Napoli is the tying run at the plate. CF(X), Venable makes the catch, Pence attempts to advance on the F2 and is called out at 3rd. Iwakuma evens his record at 4-4, Scheppers records his 2nd save. Hal says Hellickson's record is now 0-10, and he hasn't even heard about those Snakes' games. 5/22 – Tweeners 10, FFTs 2. FFTs take an early 2-0 lead, Tweeners get 3 in the 4th, then we bust it open in the 5th, starting with a BP HR for Venable (requires the 1 in the Hooverdome), and capped by a Panda grand slam (he also rolled a 1, although it was a 1-7 chance). Gio over Hiroki. Tweeners head back on the road: 7/1 – FFTs 4, Tweeners 2. FFTs finally break through, thanks to a Fielder 3-run homer in the first. Tweeners only managed 3 hits, but threatened a couple of times, and had the tying run at the plate in the 9th, but Mariano nailed it down. Hiroki over Hisashi. 7/2 – Tweeners 6, FFTs 0. MadBum and friends again with the combined shutout, Panda 3 for 4 with a HR, Byrd drives in 3. Samardzija didn't have his best stuff. 7/3 – Tweeners 2, FFTs 1. Gio Gonzalez(3-1) and Mike Leake(0-9) locked horns in a pitcher's duel with Gonzalez and the NORM TWEENERS coming out on top of the pitiful TERRY FFT'S 2 to 1.
TERRY was unable to climb back into it after NORM went ahead for good in the 2nd inning plating one baserunner. Homers by Adam Lind and Nelson Cruz led to the Tweeners victory. Luis Avilan was perfect in relief and got the save, his 1st.
With the win NORM now has a record of 19-14. TERRY continued their losing ways and their record is now 11-47, worst in the division. They are 1-9 in their last ten games.
then back home:
8/13 – FFTs 7, Tweeners 6. Tweeners take a 5-2 lead into the 9th, but Schep gets torched for 4 runs. Tweeners then get 1 in the bottom half to force overtime. TERRY ended up winning it in the 13th inning. After two were out Ichiro Suzuki tripled. Welington Castillo next to the plate and he drew a walk. Martin Prado then lined a base-hit. NORM had 18 hits in the game while TERRY had 14, but TERRY had the more timely hits.
Vin Mazzaro(2-1) was the winner allowing no runs in 1 and 2/3 innings. Drew Smyly(1-1) was the loser in relief. For TERRY the victory was a welcome one, indeed. They had been struggling in their last ten games with a disappointing 2-8 record. With the loss NORM now has a record of 19-15.
8/14 – Tweeners 7, FFTs 5. In a tight game it was the NORM TWEENERS 7, the lifeless TERRY FFT'S 5 at The Hooverdome.
NORM scored 4 runs in the 7th inning with the help of 5 hits. They would prove to be the difference in the contest. NORM banged out 13 hits on the afternoon.
Sergio Romo(1-0) went 2 and 1/3 innings allowing no runs for the victory. Romo was helped out by Sonny Gray who recorded his 7th save. Mike Leake(0-10) was the losing pitcher. He pitched 6 innings giving up 9 hits and 1 walk.