Stars (“New Bees”) Host Speakers

Last Monday (August 12th), the Speakers traveled to Lewisberry to close out the first half of the season against the Stars. However, the  series highlight turned out to be Manager Kevin’s new hobby: bees.

Bee-sides, neither team could muster much offense. The bats must also have been “hiving” in the Baker backyard.

Game 1 – Clayton Kershaw and a trio of relievers shut out the Speakers, who have runners at 2nd and 3rd with one out in the 1st. Kershaw whiffs both Cody Bellinger and Javy Baez to close the frame.

Jake Marisnick decides hitting with RISP is overrated and homers (11-1) in the 2nd off David Price. That 1-0 score holds up.

No Speaker reaches 3rd base again until the 9th. With two fast runners at 1st and 2nd and no outs, Baez grounds into a 6-4-3 DP. Kris Bryant fouls out to left to smother the mini-threat.

The Speakers out-hit the Stars 6-3. Anthony Rendon (3-4, 3 D) collects half of them.

W – Kershaw; L – Price (0-3); S – Nick Goody

Game 2 – Buster Posey and Rendon both reach with 1 out in the 1st. Bellinger launches a 3-run HR (8) as the Speakers dent the plate for the first time in the series.

Chase Anderson makes that one swing hold up by going the distance and shutting out the Stars, 3-0. The Stars get two on base twice in the middle innings, but Anderson takes away 3 hits and a walk during those frames to preserve the shutout. The Speakers never get another runner past 2nd.

W – Anderson (4-1); L – Quintana

Game 3 – Rendon singles home Mookie Betts following a triple to start the game. The Speakers string together 3 singles and a walk to plate a pair in the 2nd for — (in this series, at least) — a commanding 3-0 early advantage.

With 2 outs and nobody on in the 5th, Brent Suter throws wildly to 1st allowing Greg Bird to reach 2nd base. Ender Inciarte strokes the Stars’ first hit to put his team on the board for the first time in 19+ innings.

Betts’ third hit of the game leaves the yard (6) in the 7th to re-engage the Speakers’ 3-run lead, 4-1. Suter works around two more errors (Posey and Anthony Rizzo) until he gets the first 2 outs of the 9th.

That’s when Inciarte spanks his third hit of the game, a triple.  Dustin Pedroia singles home the run to bring the tying run to the plate.

The Speakers lift Suter in favor of Roberto Osuna. Matt Carpenter steps in as a pinch-hitter. Osuna prevents a walk (+43), which would bring the winning run to the plate. Carpenter finally hits a harmless fly ball to left to end the game, 4-2.

W – Suter (1-2); L – Dallas Keuchel; S – Osuna (2)

Afterward, all the buzz was about the Stars scoring just three runs, yet still squeezing a win out the series. The Speakers score in only 4 innings, but it’s good enough to swarm two victories to end the half on a sweet note.

Juggs Squeeze Lemonheads

At Juggs newly named Basher Stadium, Juggs get 3 hard fought home wins.

Game One was a tight 1-1 game until the bottom of the 12th. Chad Greene was in his fourth inning of relief when he walked Smoak to lead off. Schoop inch runs. A WP sends Schoop to second. Taylor Ks. Hicks flies to left. Lowrie gets the game-winning hit with an RBI double. Juggs win 2-1.

Juggs have five walks this game, part of the 20 we have for the series. Juggs got their first run in the first with 2 outs on back to back doubles by Donaldson and Gennett. Judge hit into a double play after Votto walked at the top of the inning.

Lemonheads scored their only run in the 6th. Albies hits a lead off single,  advances to second on a ground out, and then is singled home by JD Martinez. Lemonheads had first and third with one out and JD up again, but this time hits into a DP in the 8th.

Chad Greene took the loss  Swarzak gets the win.

Game Two saw Juggs in trouble early. Duvall hits a 3 run bomb for the Lemonheads in the top of the second. Juggs get one back in the bottom half. Juggs get to make it a one run game when Smoak hits a solo blast after his first inning double. Bottom of third, Lemonheads up 3-2.

Top of 4th, Lemonheads get 2 more runs. Bottom half, Juggs get another one back with when Taylor advances Votto to third with his double (homer turned back by Happ) and Molina gets an RBI ground out.

Bottom of 4 lemons up 5-3, But things don’t go well for the Lemonheads bullpen, which allowed five walks in 4 innings. Juggs score 3 of their next 5 runs from those walks, helped by Taylor’s 3 run homer in the bottom of the 8th.

Juggs end up winning 9-5. Lemonheads pitching allowed 8 walks this game. Taylor went 4 for 4, double, homer, 3 RBIs, 1 run scored. Robertson wins and Neshek saves for the Juggs. Gearrin took the loss.

In Game Three Lemonheads score their first 3 batters in the top of the first against Carrasco. But the Juggs respond with a two out two run homer by Donaldson.

It’s Lemonheads on top 3-2 until the bottom of the 6th when the walk bug gets the Lemonheads again: 3 BBs this inning, two score three runs total. Juggs up 5-3 now. Carrasco has completely settled down since the first inning and throws a CG victory, 7-3 Juggs. 7 more walks by Lemonheads pitchers this game. Pomeranz takes the loss.

Manager Tim

The Plague Invades Juggs

The Plague sweeps the Juggs at Juggs Park.

Game 1 final is 7-1. The Plague 15 hits; Juggs 3. Juggs then lose two one-run games.

Game 2 – The Plague win 1-0 with Severino’s CG shutout. K Davis, Barnhart and Judge each solo homer in the series.

In Game 3 Juggs have a chance to salvage a win in bottom of the 9th. After only having 4 hits up to the 9th inning, Juggs get 3 in a row off Rivero (Grade 25* lefty).

Down 3-2 Juggs lead off with Michael Taylor. He rolls a 33-5 double, but Taylor’s +1 vs. lefties makes Rivero Grade 24, which makes a 5 a single (7). Taylor on first, no outs. Schoop up, hit-and-run. On a 14 roll, Taylor successfully steals 2nd. Schoop’s next roll is a 22-0 going deep. We hope, but no: a second column single is rolled (7)! A 28 is Taylor’s number to score (54 or less on the dice and he is safe). Juggs make a hasty and devastating decision to send him. Taylor is gunned down by Buxton at the plate when Ed rolls a 63!

One out and Schoop on first. Molina then singles. (Ugh.) 1st and 2nd, one out. Kyle Seager pinch hits for Freddy Galvis and flies to right. Votto now up. Juggs think they have a chance, but Votto’s line drive is snagged by Lemahieu.

Juggs strand 9 runners. In the bottom of the 7th Votto hits into a double play with one out, runners on 1st and 3rd. Votto goes 0 for 5 this game with that GIDP and 2 Ks. The Juggs manager is very disappointed with Juggs’ hitting in the series. Votto only 2 for 12 and Judge didn’t hit until Game 3.

The Plague’s first-baseman goes 1 for 4 with a 2 run dinger. Goldschmidt homers once all three games. The Plague only have 3 homers the whole series.

Will play Steve on Saturday.

Manager Tim

Speakers, Juggs Play 18

Game one saw Juggs score 4 runs in the 1st inning. Peralta lead off single, Votto homer, 2-1 Juggs. Then Judge singled, but Gennett grounds into a double play. With 2 outs Khris Davis doubles and Lowrie doubles right behind him. Then Seager’s RBI single on a rare play that sees him making the third out trying for 2nd. Juggs 4-1 after first inning! But let’s rewind to the top of the 1st. We forgot to mention that the Speakers started the game with a Mookie Betts double off Juggs starter Gio Gonzalez. Then Rendon walks, Posey hits a deep fly to right were Judge makes an over-the-head catch and then guns down Betts at third while he tried to advance on the pop fly. Juggs save a run with that out as Rizzo then doubles in Rendon. Bryant pops out to the catcher to end the inning.

After the 1st inning Juggs don’t score another run for 17 innings as they lose in the 18th when Miguel Castro gives up a 2-run homer to Betts. Speakers scored 2 more in the top of the 4th and tying run in top of the 6th, all against Gonzalez.

Both teams used 5 relievers in the game. Juggs had 1st and 3rd with one out in the 2nd inning when Votto hit what should have been a sac fly to right field. But Brian and I used the APBA booklet this series. And guess what? Luke Weaver, an (XY) pitcher, turns that fly ball into a strike out. (I like it!)

The Juggs also had runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs in the bottom of the 5th when Judge lined into a double play. UGH! What was Votto thinking on 2nd? He wasn’t being forced. Stay on the bag! After that the Juggs never came close to scoring except two lead off infield errors by the Speakers. Juggs Lose game one 6-4.

W – Brandon Kintzler (1-0); L – Castro

Game two – Juggs love the lefties and spank Suter in his CG for a 6-2 win . Chacin also had a CG for the win and much needed rest for both bullpens. Donaldson, who is killing the ball since being traded to a winning team (lol), went 3-3 with a single, double, home run, 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored, plus a walk.

W – Joulys Chacin; L – Brent Suter (0-2)

Game 3 – Juggs lose a heart breaker as they hit starter Chase Anderson for 12 hits but still lose. Miguel Castro again gives up a dinger, in the top of 9th this time to Machado. Votto, Judge and Smoak get shut down in the bottom of 9th. Speakers win 5-4.

W – Brad Hand (4-0); L – Castro; S – Juan Nicasio (1)

Speakers win 2 of 3 at Juggernauts. I really enjoyed the Booklet; was very easy to adapt to.

Manager Tim

Bees and Plague Double Up

Game 1; Darvish vs Snell; Plague score twice in 3rd, Bees get 3 run HR by Pham in bottom of 3rd and add one run in 5th, Plague get a 2 out 2 run double by Santana in 6th to tie, Bees get solo HR by Upton in 7th, Plague a two out 2 run HR by Goldschmidt in 8th as Plague win 6-5

Game 2; Nola vs Bumgarner; Plague score single runs in 3rd, 4th and 5th innings and Bees manage just a single run in 4th as Plague win 3-1

Game 3; Duffy vs Gray; Bees get bases loaded in first on walk, single, walk and then get another walk for a run but that would be all, Plague get solo HR by Goldie in 4th, Bees get a Hosmer solo HR in 5th, Plague score single runs in 6th and 7th, Bees tie game in 8th, Plague get unearned run in 10th for win, Plague win 4-3

Game 4; Nelson vs Hendricks; Plague get a unearned run in first on 2 walks, PB, fielders choice scoring run and both pitchers go the distance giving up 2 hits, Plague win 1-0

Game 5: Nola vs Ray; Bees get solo HR by Zunino in 6th, 5 more runs in 7th and Ray goes the distance for a Bees win 6-0

Game 6; Duffy vs Bumgarner; Both teams score 1 run in 1st and 2 run in 2nd, Plague get a solo HR by Bregman in 5th, Bees tie game in 8th and with 2 out in bottom of 10th Contreras hits a walk off HR for a Bees win 5-4, after last two games both bullpens were used heavily in this one.

Bees record at 27-18 and still need to schedule Lemonheads and Speakers.

Manager John