Sunday, April 16, 2017

Warpigs 4, FFTs 3

Cards and Dice

All games played at the BallPork.

April 13 - Warpigs 4, FFTs 0 - Adam Wainwright was the star, tossing a complete game shutout. Waino scattered 6 hits and used 3 double play grounders to escape a couple of jams. Jeff Samardzija took the loss for the FFTs. The low-scoring first game would be a sign of things to come.

April 14 - Warpigs 4, FFTs 3 - Oddly enough, Adam Wainwright took center stage in back-to-back games. The Pigs entered the bottom of the 8th trailing 3-1, but 3 consecutive walks started the inning. Logan Forsythe then stepped in and grounded into a DP, closing the score to 3-2 with the tying run at 3rd. Then things got strange... Jake Lamb was called on to pinch hit for Yasmany Tomas, which in turn prompted the FFTs to bring in Danny Duffy. The Pigs were almost out of options. Almost. Lamb was called back for a pinch hitter for the pinch hitter: Adam Wainwright. Waino rolls 2-3... gone! His second homer of the year! Raisel Iglesias has an easy 9th and the Pigs win 4-3.

April 15 - FFTs 3, Warpigs 2 - Miguel Cabrera and Adrian Beltre hit solo homers in the 2nd inning - the first earned runs scored by the FFTs against the Pig starters. Tomas tied it up in the 6th with a 2-run shot off of Drew Pomeranz, but Joc Pederson doubled in Nelson Cruz in the 7th for the deciding run. Wainwright tried to be the hero again, pinch hitting with the bases loaded in the 8th inning, but he went down on strikes.

September 14 - FFTs 5, Warpigs 2 - In game 1 of a double header, Robinson Cano went 3-5 with a homer and a double. He drove in 3. Troy Tulowitzki also had 3 hits. Tomas hit another 2-run homer for the Pig runs. Drew Pomeranz went 5.2 innings for the win. Wainwright took the loss.

September 14 - FFTs 2, Warpigs 0 - To be fair, this was the second game of a double header, and the BallPork has no lights. The players raced against the oncoming darkness, and the results were predictable. Mike Leake allowed only 4 hits while striking out 11. At one point, he had a string of 7 consecutive K's. Carlos Rodon, who has no business in organized ball, also took advantage of the gloamin'. The first 2 batters he faced got hits and scored (the light was still good at that point), but Rodon dominated the rest of the way, striking out 11 in 8 innings. With Iglesias whiffing 2 in his 1 inning, it meant there were 24 total strikeouts. Only 4 players in the starting lineups did NOT strike out, and one of those was Chris Carter. Now, that's funny.

September 15 - Warpigs 4, FFTs 1 - The suddenly free-swinging Pigs struck out another 13 times this game against Rich Hill and friends, but Anthony Desclafani was masterful, allowing only an unearned run over his 7 innings. Hunter Pence homered early, and Logan Forstythe hit a 2-run shot late in the win. Alex Wilson went the final 2 innings for his 3rd save of the year.

September 16 - Warpigs 4, FFTs 3 - Is it possible for a 4-3 game to be a blowout? Can a team coast to a 4-3 win? Before this game, I would have said no. Samardzija was sent to the showers early. He faced only 7 batters, but gave up the cycle. Last seen, Smarj, Sam Dyson, and Jake Diekman were alone in the clubhouse performing a circle jerk. Ender Inciarte went 2-3 with 2 doubles, and Jake Lamb homered. Logan Forsythe set a Warpig team record, getting hit by a pitch in 3 consecutive plate appearances. Archie Bradley got his 2nd win of the year; Iglesias earned the save.

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