Monday, June 30, 2014

Zaps 3, Inmates 2

Game 1- The Zaps score nine runs in the third and fourth innings, outhit
the Inmates 16 to 8, and win the opener 10-5.
Game 2- Quintana silences the Zaps bats on four hits and cruises to a 4
to 1 triumph.
Game 3- Cole Hamels goes the distance backed by a 15 hit attack as the
Zaps take the third game 12-4.
Game 4- Utley has two solo shots and Miggy a three-run tater to back
Greinke strong start in a 5-1 Zaps victory.
Game5- In a wild getaway game the Inmates score two in the top of the
12th and hold off the home team in the bottom of the frame to head out
of town with a 12-11 nail biter.

Rhinos 5, FFTs 5

Rhinos and FFTs fought to a 5 - 5 season series tie today.  All games played via pc manager.

At Rhinoland

April 18:
Carlos Gomez slammed 2 homeruns and had 4 RBI and Chris Archer pitched a complete game as the RHINOS beat the reeling FFT'S 9 to 5.  Gomez enjoyed a fine evening at the plate.  He bombed a two-run dinger in the 3rd inning and clubbed a two-run home run in the 4th inning.  The victory was credited to Archer, who went the distance, allowing 5 runs. The loss was charged to Martin Perez.  He served up 3 gopher balls in 6 innings. 

April 19:
Second baseman Aaron Hill smashed 2 homeruns and had 3 RBI and Yusmeiro Petit delivered 6 solid innings as the FFT'S beat the RHINOS by the count of 5 to 0.  Hill had a good evening at the plate.  He blasted a two-run home run in the 2nd inning and smashed a bases-empty 'big-fly' in the 9th inning.  The FFTs had 6 hits for the game while the Rhinos had only 2.  The victory went to Petit who went 6 innings, allowing no runs. The losing pitcher was Matt Garza.  He served up 3 gopher balls in 9 innings.

April 20:
Tim Hudson dominated striking out 10 FFT batters and Troy Tulowitzki blasted 2 homeruns as the RHINOS won a dandy over the woeful FFT'S, 5 to 3.  The Rhinos had the winning rally in the bottom of the 9th inning plating 2 runs
using 2 hits.  Alex Gordon kicked off the action when he delivered a single.  Two outs later Robinson Cano came to bat and blasted a two-run home run making the Rhinos the victors to the delight of the home town faithful.  The win went to Hudson who allowed 3 runs in the game. Blake Parker was hit with the loss in relief.  Everyone seemed to enjoy the performance of Hudson - except the FFT batters.  FFT manager lamented, 'He just was 'on' tonight.
He was keeping our guys off balance all game.  A fine game by a good strikeout pitcher - makes it a fun game for the hometown fans - unfortunately we were the S&*$%#@*&$G visitors!'

At FFT GLP (Globe Life Park)

May 2:
Carlos Gomez cracked a homer and had 3 RBI at GLP as the RHINOS beat the FFT'S in 10 innings 6 to 3.
The game was deadlocked at 3 after nine full innings.  Gordon Beckham led off the 10th inning and started the rally when he laced a base-knock.  Joey Votto next to the plate and he banged out a single.  Two outs later Gomez came to bat and launched a three-run homer.  Alex Gordon came up and he delivered a one-base hit.  Matt Dominguez struck out, unable to help the rally.  Both teams finished the game with 11 hits.   Tyler Thornburg was the winner allowing no runs in 1 and 1/3 innings.  Fernando Rodney took the loss in relief.  His ERA ballooned from 1.93 to
2.50 as he allowed 2 runs in 4 innings.

May 3 Double Header:
Game 1
The FFT'S defeated the RHINOS by a score of 6 to 2 at the GLP.  The FFTs went ahead for good in the bottom of the 3rd inning scoring a single run on 2 hits.  That early scoring held up.  The FFTs managed 12 hits in their
victory.  Mike Leake got credit for the victory, pitching 7 innings and allowing 2 runs. Chris Capuano got the save, his 1st.  Trevor Cahill was given the loss.  He got hammered (during, and then after, the game), allowing 12 hits and 5 walks in 8 innings. 

Game 2:
Mike Napoli hit 2 doubles as the FFT'S swept the double header from the RHINOS winning game the night cap 3 to 2 at the GLP!  The FFTs delivered all the runs required in the 6th inning when they came up with 3 runs on 4 hits.  The key offensive moment was provided by Aaron Hill who made the crowd happy when he hit a single plating two runs.  
The win was credited to Chris Capuano who went 1 and 1/3 innings allowing no runs. Mariano Rivera recorded his 2nd save.  Matt Garza was hit with the loss.  He pitched 8 innings giving up 7 hits and 2 walks.

At Rhinoland:
June 13
Aaron Hill blasted a homerun and had 3 RBI at Big Horned Field as the FFT'S beat the RHINOS by the count of 6 to 1.  The FFTs took the lead for good in the 4th inning plating 2 runs using 3 hits. After an out was recorded, Mike Napoli initiated the scoring spurt when he doubled.  Hill came to the plate and blasted a two-run home run.  Jimmy
Rollins then singled.  Rollins then stole second base.  David Freese followed, but he was set down on strikes.  
Hiroki Kuroda got credit for the victory, pitching 5 and 2/3 innings and
allowing 1 run. The loss was charged to Trevor Cahill.  

June 14
Third baseman Matt Dominguez launched 2 homeruns and had 3 RBI and Tim Hudson pitched a complete game as the RHINOS beat the lifeless FFT'S by a score of 6 to 4.  Dominguez enjoyed a fine evening at the plate.  He smashed a solo-shot out of the park in the 2nd inning and lifted one out of the park for a two run home run in the 5th inning.  The game was a wild affair with the lead changing hands 5 times.  The victory was credited to Hudson who went the distance, allowing 4 runs. The loss was charged to Jeremy Hellickson.  

August 26
The FFT'S readily handled the RHINOS by a score of 7 to 3 at the GLP.  Jeff Samardzija delivered a fine performance for the FFTs.  He allowed 4 hits and 6 walks in 6 and 2/3 innings.  Samardzija racked up 9 strikeouts.
C.C. Sabathia took the loss.  He surrendered 9 hits and 2 walks in 7 innings.

August 27
At the GLP the RHINOS easily handled the FFT'S by the score of 7 to 3. Tim Hudson earned his pay with a solid performance.  He went 7 and 2/3 innings and surrended up 11 hits and 2 walks.  Both teams ended up with 11 hits on the night.  Tyler Thornburg got the save, his 1st.  Vin Mazzaro absorbed the loss in relief.  He was unable to retire a batter and surrendered 3 hits and no walks.  

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Fungoes 11, Rhinos 3

These games played by Fungoman via computer manager.

First four games played at the Rhinodome:

Game 1:
Fungoes win 3-1.  Hosmer, Trout and Votto all homered.  Holland picks up the win and improves to 6-3 on the year. Robertson picked up his 5th save.  Archer takes the loss.

Game 2:
Fungoes win 4-3.  David Price picks up his 9th win for the Fungoes while Garza takes the loss.  Perkins picks up the save for the Fungoes.  Hosmer and Trout homer again for the Fungoes while Dominguez goes yard for the Rhinos.

Game 3:  
Rhinos score 5 in the third and 2 in the fourth and win it easy 7-2.  Hudson picks up the complete game win while Medlen takes the loss for the Fungoes.  Votto and Tulo both homer for the Rhinos.

Game 4:
Fungoes take and early 4-1 lead and hold on to win it 5-4.  Sabathia absorbs the loss for the Rhinos allowing 11 hits over 7 innings.  Redmond starts for the Fungoes but doesn't make it out of the 5th inning.  Santos goes 2 innings for the win.  Baker homers for the Fungoes while Votto, Cano, Gomez and Dominguez all hit solo homers for the Rhinos.

Games 5 - 7 are played at WTF.

Game 5:
Rhinos and Fungoes play all day and finally, in the 15th inning, Fungoes Daniel Murphy doubles in Brett Gardner for the 6-5 win.  Robertson throws 3 innings for the win while Thornburg goes 6 and 2/3 and takes the hard luck loss. Gomez finished up the scoring for the Rhinos with a 5th inning grand slam.  Trout homered for the Fungoes.

Game 6:
Fungoes win 6-4.  Price gets the win for the Fungoes while Cahill thakes the loss.  Robertson picks up the save. Votto mashes another homer for the Rhinos.

Game 7:
Fungoes score 4 in the 2nd inning, 5 in the 7th inning and 3 in the 8th a breeze to a 12-4 win.  Kershaw picks up his 12th win.  Cole takes the loss.  Salvador Perez hits the only homer of the game for the Fungoes.

Fungoes are now 55 - 22.

At Rhino Liner Park
Game 1:
CC Sabathia shuts down the Fungoes while throwing a complate game 5 hit shutout.  Rhinos win it 5-0.  Medlen takes the loss for the Fungoes.  Rhinos got all the runs they would need in the first.  Cano opened the inning for the Rhinos with a walk.  One out later, Votto hits a doubleplay ball to Zimmerman at 3rd.  Zimmerman throws the ball into rightfield for a 2-base error.  One pitch later, Tulo hits a grounder to Zimmerman who throws the ball into the stands allowing two runs to score.  Rhinos score two more to win it 4-0.

Game 2:
Fungoes score early and late to support Kershaw and win it 6-1.  Kershaw inproves to 13-2.  McCallister takes the loss for the Rhinos.  Carlos Quentin goes yard for the Fungoes.

Game 3:
Fungoes score 5 in the 1st inning and coast to an 8-5 win.  Price gets the win improving to 11-4.  Hudson takes it up the um, I mean, takes the loss for the Rhinos.  Trout, Rajai Davis, Tulo and Ellis all homer.

Games 4-7 played at WTF
Game 4:
911 game is all Fungoes as they win it 7-1.  Kershaw gets the win and is now 14-2.  Cahill takes the loss for the Rhinos.  Hosmer and Zimmerman both homer for the Fungoes.

Game 5: 
Fungoes pour it on winning 8-3.  Cishek picks up his first win in relief for the Fungoes.  Perkins gets the save. Hudson takes the loss.  Cano and Tulo both homer for the Rhinos.

Game 6:
Rhinos turn it around and beat up on Price winning 8-3.  McCallister gets the win for the Rhinos.  Trout hits his 12th homer for the Fungoes.

Game 7:
Last game of the season on the schedule is a good one for the Fungoes.  Medlen picks up a win improving to 9-4.  Cishek gets his 5th save.  CC Sabathia gets the loss.  Fungoes win it 8-4.  Votto homers in a losing effort.

Fungoes improve to 60 - 24 on the season.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Warpigs 6, Rhinos 4

Cards and dice...

@ Rhino Reserve

Gm1 - Warpigs win 5-4. Adam Wainwright gives up 3 homers, but is bailed out when Matt Wieters hits a 3-run homer in the 6th.

Gm2 - Warpigs win 3-2 in 12 innings. It was a rare extra inning win from the Pigs when Darwin Barney shocked the Rhinos with a 2-out, run-scoring single in the 12th. Tyler Lyons got the win, and Casey Fien recorded the save. Scott Van Slyke homered.

@ The BallPork

Gm3 - Warpigs win 4-1. The Rhinos made an uncharacteristic 4 errors, and Adam Wainwright shut down the Rhino bats, holding them to 2 hits. Melky Cabrera went 2-4 with a triple and an RBI.

Gm4 - Warpigs win 2-1. Stephen Strasburg overcame a solo homer by Carlos Gomez to get the win. The go-ahead run scored in the bottom of the 8th when Melky Cabrera hit another triple, this time scoring Barney, who led off the inning with a single. Casey Fien got another save.

Gm5 - Warpigs win 2-1. Fernandez over Sabathia. Yoenis Cespedes hit a BP HR (1-4) in the 1st inning.

@ Rhino Reserve

Gm6 - Rhinos win 10-8. To keep from sacrificing Zack Wheeler to the Rhino bats, Jake Odorizzi made a spot start - his first of the year. The result wasn't that different. The two teams combined for 25 hits. And while the Pigs had more hits, the Rhinos had more runs.

Gm7 - Warpigs win 4-1. Fernandez wins again. Van Slyke hit a homer.

Gm8 - Rhinos win 12-2. The Rhino bats woke up, scoring 12 runs on 16 hits. Two Pig errors contributed to the problem. For the Pigs, Scott Van Slyke just missed a reverse cycle. He homered in the 1st, tripled in the 3rd, and doubled in the 6th. He needed a roll of 4-8 for the single in the 8th, but rolled 4-6.

@ The BallPork

Gm9 - Rhinos win 1-0 in 10 innings. A great pitching duel between Adam Wainwright and C.C. Sabathia.

Gm10 - Rhinos win 5-2. Two more Pig errors spelled doom for Strasburg.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Tweakers 3, Nads 2

Tweakers manage to win 3 of 5 vs. Hal and his Nads at the Hooverdome.
June 9 – Tweakers 6, Nads 4.  Shane Victorino had 2 doubles, a triple, and executed a successful squeeze bunt.  Gio left with the lead but couldn’t make it through 5.  Scorer’s decision gave the win to Dane de la Rosa, Avilan got the save, Miley the loss.
June 10 – Nads 3, Tweakers 2 (10 innings).  Tweakers could not solve Marco Estrada, and went to the 9th inning down 2-0.  We loaded the bases with 2 outs and Ryan Howard doubled to CF.  The dogpile was averted when Marlon Byrd was thrown out trying to score from 1st on a 1-11 chance.  All this so that Oswaldo Arcia could role the 1 and connect on the BP HR in the 10th.  W – Balfour, L – Smyly, S – Collmenter.
June 11 – Nads 4, Tweakers 2.  Another BP HR for the Nads (Dozier) but the key hit was a 2-out, 2-run double by Todd Frazier in the 8th.  Kuma actually outpitched Wilson, but neither factored in the decision.  W – Lecure, L – Avilan, S – Balfour.
August 23 – Tweakers 6, Nads 5 (12 innings).  Back and forth affair finally ended on a Ben Zobrist 2-out single.  Howard homered.  Dane de la Rosa picked up another win, Collmenter took the loss.
August 24 – Tweakers 5, Nads 3.  A total of 26 strikeouts, 14 of which notched by Iwakuma.  Byrd went 3 for 4 with 2 homers.  Dozier homered again.  W – Kuma, S – Gray, L – Wilson.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Tweakers 2, Warpigs 1

Netplayed. All games at the Hoover Dome.

Gm1 - Tweakers win 3-1. Gio over Strasburg.

Gm2 - Warpigs win 2-1. Fernandez over Iwakuma. Yonder Alonso singled in the winning run with 2 outs in the top of the 9th. Brandon "Babe" Crawford homered again.

Gm3 - Tweakers win 4-3 in 10 innings. Shane Victorino hit a pinch hit 3-run homer in the 8th inning to tie the game. The Warpigs fall again in extra innings.

Sidewinders 5, Warpigs 0


Gm1 - Snakes win 7-0. Chris Sale is good. The Pigs are not.

Gm2 - Snakes win 6-5 in 12 innings. Another extra inning loss for the Warpigs. Getting to extra innings was pretty improbable in the first place. Down 5-1 in the 8th, Ryan Flaherty homered to make it 5-2. Craig Kimbrel came on in the 9th for the save, but Brandon Crawford (of all people) hit a 3-run homer off of him to tie the game.

Gm3 - Snakes win 5-3. Dominic Brown hit a 3-run HR in the 1st, and Jay Bruce hit the game-winning 2-run HR in the 8th. In between, Michael Wacha threw 6 shutout relief innings for the Pigs, allowing only 2 hits.

Gm4 - Snakes win 6-1. Whatever.

Gm5 - Snakes win 3-0. Three unearned runs off of Adam Wainwright was enough.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Inmate Wedding (and a trade!)

This blog is not letting me successfully add photos right now, so I have added them to the NASOMA home page. The wedding was nice. At one point, I'm pretty sure Steve was referred to as "the wife" by the pastor. He misspoke, obviously. (Or did he?)

The FFTs, Fungoes, and Warpigs (and their better halves) were in attendance. And if I'm not mistaken, the wedding guest book indicates there may have been a handful of current and former Inmate players there, as well. Jeff Cermin - formerly the Necks - was the best man, but more importantly, got to meet the owner who took over his team (and renamed it the Fungoes) when he left NASOMA in 1988.

The Fungoes and FFTs made the first ever "Wedding Day Trade". The Fungoes sent Michael Choice to the FFTs for Sean Rodriguez.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Warpigs 2, Tweakers 0

Netplayed. Both games at The BallPork

Game 1 - Warpigs win 2-1. An excellent pitcher's duel between Shelby Miller and Adam Wainwright came down to another pitcher - Stephen Strasburg - stealing the spotlight. Miller had the Pigs shut out going into the bottom of the 8th, but Brandon Crawford led off the inning with a walk. Miller was replaced by Luis Avilan, but pinch hitter Cody Ross greeted him with a triple, tying the game. After an out, Strasburg was sent up to the plate where he executed a squeeze bunt, scoring Ross with the go-ahead run. Casey Fien finished off the Tweeners in the 9th for his 10th save. Pablo Sandoval homered for the Tweakers.

Game 2 - Warpigs win 5-1. Wily Peralta (7-13) went the distance, allowing only 3 hits. Yadier Molina went 3-4 with a pair of doubles and 2 RBI. MadBum took the loss. Brandon Crawford tied a team record with 3 sacrifice bunts.

Wahoos 2, Warpigs 2

Cards and Dice. All games played at the BallPork.

Game 1 - Warpigs win 2-1. With the help of a couple of timely double plays, Wily Peralta (6-13) goes 7 strong innings for the win. Casey Fien recorded his 9th save. Melky Cabrera went 3-3 and drove in both Pig runs.

Game 2 - Wahoos win 2-1 in 13 innings. Dustin Pedroia doubled home the winning run off of Tyler Lyons (0-2). Stephen Strasburg and Dillon Gee both ended up with no decisions after strong outings. Strasburg allowed only 2 hits in 9 innings, but one of them was a leadoff triple by Ian Desmond in the 5th.

Game 3 - Wahoos win 2-1 in 10 innings. Third straight 2-1 game between these two offensive juggernauts. Michael Bourn homered to lead off the bottom of the 1st, but the Pigs never came close to scoring again. Jose Fernandez, like Strasburg last game, allowed only 2 hits in 9 innings but didn't get a decision. Jordan Zimmermann pitched even better for the Wahoos, but also came away empty handed. The winning run scored on a ballpark homer (HR1-4) by Desmond off of Tommy Milone, who falls to 1-7. For those of you scoring at home, the Warpigs are now 0-10 in extra inning games.

Game 4 - Warpigs win 9-2. This game was 1-0 in the 5th and looked exactly like the first three games. But Bourn hit a 2-run homer in the 5th, and then the Pigs exploded for 6 runs in the 7th, capped off by a pinch hit grand slam by Austin Jackson. Adam Wainwright (12-4) was the beneficiary of the unusual run support. He struck out 11 in 6.2 innings. Michael Wacha got him out of a jam in the 7th when the score was still 3-2, and then hung around for his 7th save of the year.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Tweakers 4, Nads 1

Tweeners go 4-1 at NADS – game files, box scores and NAD CM attached – starters for NADS @ Tweeners below
Game 1 - TWEENERS bested the NADS 5 to 2 The biggest moment was provided by Chris Carter who deflated the crowd as he clubbed
a two-run home run.  For the game TWEENERS out-hit NADS 8 to 5. 
Game 2 - TWEENERS got by the NADS by the score of 4 to 1.TWEENERS jumped on top of NADS in the 2nd inning
scoring one runner.  That was all the offense they were to need.  TWEENERS out-hit NADS for the game, 10 hits to 5.
Game 3 - Hisashi Iwakuma came through with a solid 9 innings as the TWEENERS beat the NADS by a score of 2 to 1.
Game 4 - Miguel Montero went yard as the NADS beat the TWEENERS 4 to 3.
Game 5 - TWEENERS readily handled NADS by a score of 8 to 4 The key offensive moment was provided by Chris
Carter who deflated the spirits of the home town crowd when he lost the ball over the fence for three runs.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Nads 4, DVs 1

DVs go 1 -4 at the NADS - NADS out hit the DVS 51-42 and outscored them 36-29.
Game 1 - One run was the difference at Kauffman Stadium as the NADS defeated the DIAMONDVISION in 10 innings 3 to 2.

Game 2 - Brian McCann went yard and had 3 RBI as the DIAMONDVISION staged a comeback win over the NADS by the count of 7 to 6.
Game 3 - Nate McLouth cracked a homer as the NADS defeated the DIAMONDVISION by a score of 6 to 4.Wade Miley(4-4) pitched a solid game. He went 7 innings surrendering 5 hits and 2 walks.  Overall the NADS out-hit the DVs 11 to 6. 
Game 4 - Designated hitter Nick Punto had 2 base hits and 3 RBI and Jerry Blevins performed beautifully in relief as the NADS beat the DIAMONDVISION by the score of 12 to 11.

Game 5 - Right fielder Alex Rios had 2 base hits as the NADS beat the DIAMONDVISION 4 to 3.Doug Fister pitched a solid game. He went 7 and 2/3 innings allowing 5 hits and 2 walks The DVs made it exciting in the 9th, but they were unable to push the needed runs across.

One of the Best

Tony Gwynn, 1960-2014

Saturday, June 14, 2014

College Baseball

I've said it before, and I'll say it again... I don't understand college baseball.

Game 1 of the College World Series just started. UC-Irvine vs Texas. First inning, UC-Irvine gets their leadoff hitter on 2nd thanks to an error. The Anteater coach then calls on his #2 hitter to sacrifice the runner to third. He just gives away an out from a guy good enough to bat second on a CWS team. His bunt is successful and the runner goes to third - where he is stranded. We learn at this time that the #1 and #2 ranked teams in all of college baseball in terms of my sacrifice bunts are the two teams playing right now.

Bottom of the 1st. The Longhorn leadoff batter walks. The #2 hitter, of course, is asked to bunt him over. The starting pitcher for Irvine is pretty jittery, though, and walks him on 4 pitches. So now it's first and second, no outs, and Texas' best hitter is up against a guy struggling to find the strike zone. So what happens? He sacrifices the runners over on the first pitch - where they are stranded.

A quote from the UC-Irvine head coach: "I go in to every game wanting to win 1-0. And if I can't do that, I want to win 2-1."

I just don't understand college baseball.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Warpigs 5, Nads 5

Games netplayed today...

@ The BallSac

Gm1 - Warpigs win 2-1. Yadier Molina and Yoenis Cespedes had back-to-back RBI singles in the 6th inning. Stephen Strasburg (7-3) went 6 innings for the win. Michael Wacha got a 2-inning save and was bailed out in the 8th when A.J. Pollock threw out the tying run at the plate.

Gm2 - Nads win 7-6 in 12 innings. Kurt Suzuki doubled off of Wacha in the 12th inning for the walk off win. The game had been extended in dramatic fashion in the top of the 9th when Ryan Flaherty hit a 2-out, 2-run homer to tie the game. Anthony Swarzak pitched well in relief for the win.

Gm3 - Warpigs win 4-2. Cespedes hit 2 solo homers. Adam Wainwright (10-3) went 7 innings for the win. Wacha got the save.

@ The BallPork

Gm4 - Nads win 3-2. All those coming to the park for the glamour showdown between Ryan Flaherty and Juan Fucking Lagares were not disappointed. Lagares broke up a 0-0 game in the top of the 9th with a 3-run shot off of Tommy Milone. That homer took the shine off of another Ryan Flaherty homer, a 2-run shot in the bottom of the 9th that had the Nads all tensed up.

Gm5 - Nads win 4-3. Adrian Gonzalez homered off of Wainwright in the 8th to break up a 3-3 tie. Juan Fucking Lagares came up big again, hitting a 2-run triple in the 4th inning. The Pigs loaded the bases in the 9th, but came up empty.

@ The BallSac

Gm6 - Warpigs win 3-1. Strasburg (8-3) gave up singles to the first two batters of the game, but allowed only one more single the rest of the game. The complete game, 3-hit win was aided by 14 Pig hits.

Gm7 - Nads win 4-3 in 10 innings. Adrian Gonzalez hit a walk off double in the 10th. The Warpigs are now 0-8 in extra inning games.

@ The BallPork

Gm8 - Warpigs win 2-0. Wily Peralta (5-13) continues to pitch well and was finally rewarded with a win. Casey Fien recorded his 8th save, and Yoenis Cespedes homered.

Gm9 - Nads win 6-3. This was the only Nad win over the Pigs that wasn't a 1-run victory. Alex Rios was 3-5 with 3 RBI.

Gm10 - Warpigs win 10-0. The Nads seemed to be sagging down the stretch. The Pigs had 11 extra base hits, and NONE of them were homers. Wainwright (11-4) got back in the win column.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Booting Up

Here's a stat oddity that happened during the Warpig/Inmate series. Thru the first 58+ games of this season, the Warpigs had not commited an error at shortstop - this despite a 2e18 manning the position for all but 1 inning of 1 game. *We had also not made an error by a pitcher. The streak was almost 59 games long - a total of 527.2 innings without an error at shortstop or pitcher. Then, with 1 out in the 7th inning of game 59, Brandon Crawford booted a grounder. The following batter rolled pitcher-x and Tommy Milone made our first pitcher error. Back to back batters, and both streaks were over.

* I don't know the record for number of games/innings for going errorless at shortstop - probably that year Cal Ripken had the low e-rating they created just for him. I do know, however, the record for consecutive games/innings without an error by a pitcher. It is 2,641 games and 25,065 innings by the Killer Bees. The streak is currently active.

Warpigs 3, Zaps 2

Games played @ The BallPork...

Game 1 - Warpigs win 8-2. Yoenis Cespedes goes 4-4 to lead the Pig offense. Zack Wheeler gets an early hook (because he sucks), and Casey Fien is awarded the win in relief. Jon Niese takes the loss.

Game 2 - Zaps win 9-1. The Zaps had 13 hits: a homer (by Russell Martin) and 12 singles. They also walked 9 times. News flash: Max Scherzer is pretty good. Wily Peralta is not. Here's an interesting look at a pitcher's progression thru the Zap batting order.
  • Peralta's 1st time thru the lineup: Zap hitters go 0-8 with 1 walk. They can't figure him out.
  • Peralta's 2nd time thru the lineup: Zap hitters go 5-8 with a homer and 1 walk. They figured him out.
  • Peralta's 3rd time thru the lineup: Zap hitters go 1-3 with FOUR walks. Wily learns his lesson and stops throwing strikes.
Game 3 - Warpigs win 8-2. This game was 2-2 into the bottom of the 6th when Yadier Molina hit a 2-run double and Yonder Alonso followed with a 2-run homer off of Cole Hamels. Darwin Barney added a homer in the 7th. Peralta pitched better this game, but Tommy Milone gets the win in relief. Michael Bourn and Cody Ross both had 3 hits. Jose Reyes had 3 hits for the Zaps.

Game 4 - Zaps win 3-2. Wheeler had his best game of the year, going 8 innings and giving up only 6 hits and a walk. But another Zack - Greinke - outpitched him and won the game.

Game 5 - Warpigs win 13-3. Francisco Liriano took one for the team, going the distance but allowing 13 hits. Adam Wainwright (9-3) went 5 innings to get the win. Milone threw the last 3 for his first save. Cody Ross and Cespedes both homered for the Pigs. And as this was the first day of full rosters, Nick Castellanos made his MLB debut with a pinch-hit, RBI single.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Inmates 7, Warpigs 3

Have you ever lost a game in extra innings when your left fielder fell down after making a catch, allowing the winning run to tag up and score FROM SECOND?

The Inmates can write his own damn game stories.

The only good that came out of this, is that HE is the one about to have his life turned upside down. That alone makes me laugh.

I hate Strat.

And now for something completely different...

Inmates 7 – Warpigs 3 (Inmate version):
Inmates 5 – Warpigs 2 (Baptist Bowl): Jones hits a pair of homers, Quintana outduels Fernandez. Garden-variety, Bb game with nothing spectacular or unusual happening.
Inmates 4 – Warpigs 3 (12 Innings – Baptist Bowl): Salazar and Strasburg duel to a 3-3 tie with Salazar K’ing 10 in 8 innings while allowing only three hits (including a 3-run tater). Bizarreness starts to creep into the events as both Pig leftfielders make 2-base errors which result in unearned Inmate runs - - the last of which scored in the bottom of the 12th after a two-out walk-off double by Beltre.
Warpigs 7 – Inmates 2 (Baptist Bowl): What is apparently a totally expected outcome – Parker pitches poorly and the Pigs jump in his shit – has a pair of unusual Inmate innings. In the 3rd, Peralta walks four Inmates (including Beltre with the bases juiced) but the Inmates can only manage one run when Jones misses a BP homer chance with two outs. Then in the 7th the Inmates manage four consecutive singles only to have Sanchez hit into a double-fucking-play with the bases loaded to end the inning. Again, lots of thunder with no rain as the LDMF score just once in the inning.
Inmates 4 – Warpigs 1 (BallPork): Despite scoring 7 runs in game three of the series the Pigs really don’t hit very well. Yadier lives in the 2 column (shades of Mike Trout), and the Porkers once again cannot solve Quintana. More semi-weird shit: Parra begins a stretch where he starts the Inmate 1st inning with an extra-base hit in 4 of 5 games. Peralta is hit hard in the first two innings.
Inmates 13 – Warpigs 10 (BallPork): Wheeler gets pummeled, allowing nine runs on nine hits and three walks in 1 2/3 innings. Parker is the Inmate starter, however, so the Porcine Pounders make it a game anyway before running out of innings.
Warpigs 6 – Inmates 4 (Baptist Bowl): The Pigs finally solve Quintana. Altuve hits into a DFP after the Inmates score two in the 9th, ending the game.
Inmates 3 – Warpigs 1 (Baptist Bowl): Peralta and Parker pitch in very un-Parker and Peralta-like fashion, engaging in a pitcher’s duel. A Rizzo 3-run tater is all the scoring the Inmates get and need.
Warpigs 5 – Inmates 3 (BallPork): The last Bb game, although Peralta does pitch OK.
Inmates 5 – Warpigs 4 (10 Innings – BallPork): Inmates get 16 hits but generate very little offense. Wheeler is yanked in the 1st.  Jump to the bottom of the 9th: The Warpig 20-sided die misses a 1-15 HR with a runner on (settling for a triple), but get a 1-3 single one batter later to send the game into extra innings. It didn’t matter. A Segura single scores Rizzo in the 10th for the Inmate win to keep both teams on the emotional rollercoaster.
Inmates 5 – Warpigs 4 (10 Innings – BallPork): Same type of stuff in the series finale. Inmates head into the bottom of the 9th with Grilli on the hill and a 4-3 lead. He strikes out the side!...but not before allowing a game-tying homer to send the game into extra innings. Move to the Inmate 10th for final weirdness: Sogard and Pierzynski both single with one out, putting Inmates on first and second. Satin hits a flyball lf x, which winds up being an F1 with a rare play – the fielder catches the ball but is dazed after running into wall. Both runners tag and advance two bases. Sogard scores the winning run, Grilli doesn’t fuck up the last of the 10th, and the Inmates win again.
Postscript: This is not a prototypical Pig team. The starting pitching is good for the first three rotation spots, but the bullpen is only OK. There is no offense. Yadier’s card is scary, but he lives in the 2 column.

Monday, June 09, 2014

Tweakers 4, Mavs 1

A very entertaining 5 game set at the Hooverdome vs. Hal and his Mavs.

6/13 – Tweakers 11, Mavs 3.  Guthrie and MadBum both looked sharp at the outset, so the Hooverdome grounds crew tweaked the ventilation system to generate some offense.  J. Upton and Chili Davis went yard to give the Mavs a 2-0 lead, but the Tweakers then cranked out homers by Zobrist, Lind, Venable, and Lough – 2 by Lough, and he would have been a 3rd off Guthrie’s card but for the fact he is “weak”.  Dane de la Rosa gets the 3 inning save.  Mavs’ 3rd run was also via long-ball (Gattis).

6/14 – Mavs 8, Tweakers 4.  May have been the most enjoyable game of the series, with lots of chess moves, until Mavs broke it open late.  All 6 bench players for the Tweakers pinch-hit, and we ditched our DH, to no avail.  W – Bailey, L – Miller, S – Ross.

6/15 – Tweakers 1, Mavs 0.  Pitchers’ duel of Buchholz vs. Iwakuma did not disappoint.  Buchholz was removed after 6 innings, but Kuma threw 10 shutout innings (with no decision).  In the bottom of the 11th, Robbie Ross came in to throw one pitch to Shane Victorino.  Ball game.  Vulture victory to Scheppers.

8/26 – Tweakers 5, Mavs 4.  Guthrie vs. Bumgarner again.  Da Mavs struck first with a 4 run 2nd, but would not score again.  Meanwhile, Tweakers get 2 in the 3rd on another Victorino homer, and single runs in the 5th and 7th to tie it.  Bottom of the 9th, Zack Cozart is hit by a pitch with one out; Shane lays down a bunt and beats it out; and after a Byrd whiff, Captain Ben Zobrist comes through with a game-winning single off Ross.  W – Avilan, L – Doolittle.

8/27 – Tweakers 3, Mavs 1.  Bailey vs. Miller again.  Tweakers get 2 in the 1st on a bases-loaded walk and a sac fly.  Mavs get a run in the 2nd, then Venable homers in the bottom half to complete the scoring.  W – Miller, L – Bailey, S – Gray.

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Warpigs 5, Goofs 0

The Goofs had some trouble scoring at the BallPork, getting outscored 37-2 in the 5 games.

Gm1 - Warpigs win 20-0. 20 runs on 23 hits, and Hyun-Jin Ryu was there for most of them. Stephen Strasburg (5-3) was pulled with a 12-0 lead after 5 innings. Yoenis Cespedes, Cody Ross, and Albert Pujols homered for the Pigs.

Gm2 - Warpigs win 3-0. A.J. Griffin held the Pigs to 2 hits, but both were homers on 5-8. Jose Fernandez (7-2) went the distance, allowing only 4 singles.

Gm3 - Warpigs win 8-1. The Goofs finally scored after 23.1 scoreless innings. Even that run almost didn't happen. The Goofs had the bases loaded with 1-out in the 6th and rolled ss-x, but Brandon Crawford couldn't turn the double play. Ryan Flaherty hit his first HR of the year. Zack Wheeler (2-5) got the win. His other win was against the Goofs at the Princess Palace. Ryu took another beating.

Gm4 - Warpigs win 3-1. It was the marquee match-up of Strasburg and Yu Darvish. Both starters gave up a home run, but the one off of Darvish came with 2 runners on. Michael Bourn pinch hit the 3-run homer with 2 outs in the 4th inning. Brett Lawrie stole 3 bases. Strasburg (6-3) got the win. Michael Wacha got his 3rd save. Shin-Soo Choo homered for the Goofs.

Gm5 - Warpigs win 3-0. Adam Wainwright (7-3) took a no-hitter into the 7th inning. Wacha got save 4. Austin Jackson went 3-4 with 2 triples.

Things You Thought Might Never Happen...

The Tweeners winning the World Series? Sure.

The Nads making the playoffs? It could happen.

But this?!? Never.

Friday, June 06, 2014

Buckeyes 3, DVs 2

Buckeyes and DVs finish up a series with just about every crazy thing that could happen as the Bucks win 3 of 5- games 1-3 @ Bucks and last 2 @ DVs.
Game 1 = DVs come from behind scoring 4 runs after the 7th inning to win 6-3
Game 2 = The craziness starts as DVs lead 10-1 after 3 innings, then hang on by their shoestring to win 11-10. We couldn’t get connected via the official netplay, so using the desktop sharing tool would have allowed an EQA – which the DVs almost suggested after the 4th inning. Not sure if that would or would not have been a good idea.
Game 3 = After the preceding fireworks, both teams struggle as the Buckeyes eke out a 1-0 win
Game 4 = Nothing like a 3-3 game in the third inning to keep your attention, unless it’s still 3-3 THIRTEEEN FREAKIN INNINGS LATER! Both teams had inserted their last pitchers (Johnson in the 11th for the Bucks, Ryan Cook in the 14th for the DVs), so in the 17th, the Buckeyes open the whole case of whoop ass, with 10 runs on 12 hits as the DVs sit by helplessly flickin’ the bean into oblivion as the Buckeyes win 13-3 in 17 innings. Cook’s ERA goes from 2.73 to 4.86 while Johnson pitches 6 innings without getting tired. Buckeyes total 26 hits on 74 at bats, while striking out 21 times and didn’t hit a homer, but David Ortiz did steal his second base of the series. Talk about Buckeye mystique. The box score said it lasted 5:15 – and that’s about what it felt like.
Game 5 = DVs just want to get the hell to bed with a 6-3 Buckeye win.

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Mavs 2, DVs 0

Aug. 23rd  September call ups a week early.  Ozzie Smith had a quick hook for Latos as he left in the fifth having given up one run.  Addison Reed, Ozzie’s anointed successor, let the game get away giving up three runs including a squeeze bunt by old DV killer Elvis.  But the Chico’s Bail Bonds player of the game goes to Howard, not Howie, Kendrick.  HK47 goes 3 for 3 with 2 RBI.  Mavs win 5-1.

Aug. 24th:  Single to left M. Holliday couldn’t get it.  Moustakas chokes in the clutch.  Stop me if you heard it before.  Meanwhile the Mavs load the bases for Elvis.  Both managers are extremely frustrated.  Finally the Mavs break through with a 1-3 Upton triple with the bases loaded.  Ozzie Smith is heard swearing.  And Elvis is up again for the second straight inning with two runners in scoring position and two outs.  The Ghost of Bob Marley swears.  Leonys Martin misses a home run 1-9.  Ozzie Smith drinks a beer.  Bryce Harper hits a one out triple 1-4 fly.  Ozzie Smith calls for a bottle of Jack Daniels and a hooker.  Country Breakfast scores him on a Stanton X fly out.  Geovanny Soto scores on a two out single.  1-8 chance.  Ozzie Smith lights a crack pipe.  Justin Upton hits a 3 run 1-7 ballpark homer.  Ozzie Smith hunts for his Colt revolver.  Mavs win 9-0.  Upton wins the Betty’s Brothel Blow of the game (actually two) for the bases loaded triple and the three run homer.

Tweeners 3, Mavs 2

5/2:  The Tweeners miss four ballpark HR’s.  Mavs get one plus a 1-11 by Davis.  King Felix throws a 5-hitter and takes a loss.  The Chico’s Bail Bonds player of the game is Eggs Ackley, mostly so I could say that although he did have two of the five hits and turned a critical DP.  3-0 Mavs

5/3, Game 1 of the Day / Night Double Header because the Mavs are a small market team and need the revenue:  Zach Cozart in the clutch just isn’t a pretty site.  He strands two critical runners in the top of the second.  Meanwhile Marlin Byrd lets a double drop in and throws the ball into the stands and everyone scores.  Then Hal pulls Gio with two out in the second in a 3-2 game.  Will Venable chokes in the clutch in the fifth.  The Tweeners lack the will to win in game one.  Until the top of the ninth.  Ryan Howard hits a homer 1-9 fly off of Sean Doolittle.  And then as luck would have it, defensive replacement Eggs Ackley bats in the bottom of the tenth with the outfield in, the infield in and Sonny Gray calmly saying to himself “it’s only Dustin Ackley” and he gets him on a weak grounder.  Finally in the twelfth because of innings pitched problems the Mavs bring in Garrett Richards and end the game.  Howard wins the Betty’s Brothel Blow of the Game for the two out homer to tie the game in the top of the ninth.  6-5 Tweeners in 12.

5/3, Game 2:  The nightcap was a little more conventional.  Howard goes deep again.  Rat bastard.  But Evan Gattis does too and the Tweeners leave ten runners on base.  MadBum goes the distance in the loss.  I guess because Hal burned through five relievers in game one.  Chico’s Bail Bonds player of the game goes to Howard, not Howie, Kendrick who went two for four (both doubles) and turned in what Hal claimed was a web gem.  And no one argues with Hal.  6-3 Mavs

7/26:  In what was billed as a cruel mismatch in the local press, Jeremy Guthrie took the mound armed with his usual assortment of batting practice pitches against King Felix.  Yan Gomes hits a triple 1 in the fifth and Felix has all he needs.  Felix has 11 strikeouts through five innings.  The Mavs are checking media guides like crazy  14 through 6 innings, could a record be in the works?  Well no, because after two strikeouts in the seventh, King Felix walks three and Hal comes and gets him.  Throwing a 1 hitter with four walks at the time and the aforementioned 16 strikeouts.  No doubt who the player of the game is.  5-0 Tweeners

7/27:  Will Venable of the Tweeners finally gets a BP HR.  But Evan Gattis gets his second of the series.  And then Adam Lind gets one.  And Zobrist tags one off of Homer Allowed Bailey’s card but MadBum faltered and the Mavs rallied.  Tweeners suffered a two out Elvis triple driving in pinch runner Yovanni Gallardo.  In the top of the ninth the gutsy Tweeners hit a one out double.  Steal third and score on a squeeze play.  In the top of the 12th the Mavs have to bring in Robbie Ross for the previously discussed innings problem.  Escaping the 12th, Ross gets tired rather quickly in the 13th and now we’re down to Garrett Richards.  Richards almost escapes the jam but can’t get to a come backer and the Tweeners win as Richards walks in the lead run.  Ryan Howard gets three more hits and wins the Chico’s Bail Bonds player of the game.

Fungoes 5, DVs 2

The Fungoes cuff around the DiamondVision via netplay with a dominant all around performance.
First 3 at “Deadball Era Park at WTF”
Game 1 – Fungoes win 8-1 as Perez and Quentin hit home runs as gravity was momentarily turned down while the home team batted.
Game 2 – DVs use 6 relievers to grind out a 4-1 win
Game 3 – Former (and eventually future) DV Kershaw and Cishek combine to 3 hit the hapless DVs 2-0. Interestingly the DV manager points out to Clayton that when he’s a DV, he’ll be allowed to get the complete game shutout. The congratulatory cake sent to the Fungoe clubhouse read: “Good luck in arbitration”
Next 2 at DV land
Game 4 – Home sweet home as the DVs score more runs by the 5th inning than they had to that point in the series, coasting to a 9-1 win
Game 5 – Pivotal game as a Murphy (David? Donnie? Dale? – who knows) doubles in the 12th for the tie breaking run, then a scratch single adds an insurance run for a 3-1 Fungoes win
Last 2 back at the Fungoes park which re-creates Saturn’s gravity level:
Game 6 – Omar Moreno and FP Santangelo throw out first pitches in a ceremony to pay homage to a team that will hit more triples than homers, as Fungoes sew it up by the 3rd inning as the demoralized DVs lose 6-2
Game 7 – In the “Get me the hell out of this place bobblehead give-away day” – Holland and 4 relievers shut down the DVs 2-0.
Fungoes start thinking about which wall to hang the Higdon on, while DVs stumble to 34-38 – YES the FFTs ARE still in it.

Buckeyes 4, Nads 1

Buckeyes take 4 of 5 in final games at Buckeyes.

Game 1 - Nads 6 Buckeyes 3 - Fister gets the win. Nads hit 4 HR's. Florimon hits 2 and Dozier and Adams each hit one to lead the way.
Game 2 - Buckeyes 4 Nads 3 - Smoak and Rasmus homer for Buckeyes. Koji notches his 31st save in relief of Wood.

Game 3 - Buckeyes 7 Nads 6 - Yuni Escobar's 3 run HR in the 8th off Balfour was the difference. Nads made it interesting with a run in 9th but fall short.
Game 4 - Buckeyes 4 Nads 3 - Big Papi's 2 run single and ARods HR was the offense.
Game 5 - Buckeyes 10 Nads 9 - Buckeyes withstand a furious Nad rally as they score 3 in 8th and 4 in 9th to nearly come all the way back from 10-2 deficit. Koji has to come in and get the save. Lowrie has 4 hits and Big Papi drives in 4.

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Wahoos 2, Nads 1

Game 1 - Chris Iannetta hit one over the fence as the WAHOOS beat the NADS by the score of 6 to 3 The WAHOOS scored 5 runs in the 4th inning when they had 5 base hits.
Game 2 – Wahoos win 5-4. The victory went to Mark Melancon(1-0) who went 3 and 1/3 innings, allowing no runs. Chris Tillman(4-5) ended up with the loss.  He allowed 5 runs and 7 hits in 6 innings
Game 3 - Left fielder Nate McLouth lofted one into the 'cheap seats' and had 2 RBI as the NADS beat the WAHOOS by the score of 4 to 1.