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Voice-over pro. Former broadcaster. Current president of Harrisburg Senators Fan Club. My passion is "baseball" - the strategic nine-player game (without a DH) where each player must run, hit and field.

Shartlesville Browns at Unhinged Wahoos

If it weren’t for dingers they may still be playing.

Game 1: Tanaka v Kluber. Browns 4/6/0 Wahoos 3/8/1. Browns get all their runs on 3 homers from Brian Dozier
Game 2: Miranda v Porcello. Browns 2/4/0 Wahoos 1/5/0. Marte leads off the game with a homer. J. Rameriz ties it with a solo in the 7th and J. Abreu doubles in the winning run.
Game 3: Lester v Strasburg. Wahoos 2/6/0 Browns 0/6/1. Altuve hits a 2-run HR in the 6th. Browns have 1st & 3rd with no out in the 9th and Mann rolls a 64 to ax Seager at home on Rameriz fly out to center.

Browns wrap up the 2nd period vs the Lemonheads next weekend.

Lymebees at Lemonheads

Game 1; Fulmer vs Lugo; Lemonheads would start the scoring with 2 runs in 1st on singles and a walk, 2 run HR by Murphy in 2nd, single run in 4th, solo HR’s by Story and Lamb in 5th, Lymebees would get 2 run HR by Cabrera in 3rd, solo HR by Pederson in 5th and after 3 errors by Lemonheads in 8th Yelich would tie the game with a 2 run HR in 8th, Lemonheads would get the game winning hits off of Devenski with two out in 8th with back to back doubles by Davis and Turner. Lemonheads 8/13/3 Bees 7/5/1

Game 2; Syndergaard vs Odorizzi; Lemonheads would start the scoring in 1st with one run, after a lead off triple by Story Duvall hits a 2 run HR in 2nd and 2 more runs in 4th, Bees would get a 2 run HR by Polanco in 3rd and solo HR by Yelich in 7th as Lemonheads win 5-3. Lemonheads 5/9/2 Bees 3/4/0

Game 3; Hendricks vs Straily; Bees get a lead off triple by Polanco in 1st and he scores on a Cabrera ground out, Hosmer gets a two out double in 9th to score Yelich and Hendricks give up a two out double to Davis in 3rd for Lemonheads only base runner as Bees win 2-0. Bees 2/4/0 Lemonheads 0/1/0

Lymebees record at 20-31 despite just a -5 run difference for the year

John Ingiosi

Lymebees at The Plague

Lymebees vs Plague 7/24/2017

Game 1: Syndergaard vs Duffy; Beltre hits a solo HR for Bees in 2nd, Arcia circles the bases on a single Kepler error in center field in 3rd, Polanco starts 5th off with a solo HR and Bees add 3 more runs in the 5th, Bees get a run in 8th and 2 more runs in the 9th and Plague get a run in 9th to avoid the shut out as Bees win.
Bees 9/10/0, Plague 1/8/2

Game 2; Hendricks vs Fernandez; Hamilton leads off 1st for Plague with a double and steals 3rd and with one out LeMahieu gets him in on an infield ground out, Bees tie game in 7th on a Contreras solo HR, Plague get the winning run in bottom of 13th for a 2-1 win.
Plague 2/6/0, Bees 1/4/0

Game 3; McCullers vs Estrada; Plague get 2 runs in 4th and 3 more runs in 6th with solo HR by Kipnis and Lindor, Bees get a 2 run HR by Braun in 9th as Plague win the 5-2
Plague 5/5/0, Bees 2/6/0

Bees record at 19-29

Need to schedule away games with Lemonheads, Browns, Eliminators and home games with Stars and Wahoos

Not available this Saturday the 29th

John Ingiosi

At the Old Ball Game

My list of ballparks is somewhat extensive for a few reasons: my broadcasting career netted me occasional press seats; my recent medical software marketing position required travel with many evenings free; and, one of my best friends (whom I met while we were playing baseball) planned annual baseball vacations for us for nearly ten years. I’m hoping he and I can resurrect that tradition soon.

Philadelphia – The Vet (My parents surprised me on my birthday in May with scheduled doubleheader tickets against the Expos. I remember the man sitting in front of us smoking a cigar.) I returned many times. In fact, before our daughter was born, Mindy and I enjoyed a weekend ticket plan. We’d fill in the gaps using my press credentials.

When I was even younger, I saw one Sunday game against the Giants at Connie Mack Stadium on a bus trip with relatives.

And, Citizens Bank Park. Much more fan friendly than The Vet.

Baltimore – Memorial Stadium. I recall attending a Monday Night Baseball telecast game where the A’s wore their yellow and green uniforms and the Orioles wore their orange tops.

And, Camden Yards – one of my favorite ballparks. It’s still a fun destination and as close to my home as Philly, without the horrendous traffic.

Washington, DC – Nationals Park is fun with lots of good food options. I recommend taking a bus trip or take the train to a day game. Trains only run until 11 PM, so you may have to miss an exciting ending or get stranded.
And RFK, the Nats’ home before the new park was ready.

Pittsburgh – PNC Park is my current favorite. There’s something very special about the rivers, the Clemente Bridge and the cityscape surrounding this gem.

New York – Yankee Stadium (the former), Shea Stadium and Citi Field. Mindy and I enjoyed a burger and a beer across the street from Yankee Stadium. We also saw an Old Timers’ Game there.

Boston – Fenway Park. There’s nothing like it or Yawkey Way and the surrounding pubs before a Sox game.

Toronto – I only saw one game at Rogers Centre, but I experienced both the roof on and off! About the 4th inning during a lazy, rainy Sunday afternoon game, I suddenly saw sunshine and shadows on the field. I couldn’t even hear the roof opening to a much brighter day.

Detroit – Comerica Park. There’s even a brick near the Tiger at the entrance with my name on it … in the players’ section, (except I’m not the former major leaguer, Brian Williams) I still got a photo of myself with that brick! Sadly, during that same trip, I visited the remains of Tiger Stadium and actually witnessed a wrecking ball crashing into the press box. I was surprised how close I could get. I still have a small piece of concrete from the site.

Cleveland – I still really like The Jake. It’s the only stadium where I paid for the standard tour. I especially enjoyed standing on the field, sitting in the Indians’ dugout and seeing the broadcast booths. My friend and I would stay at the Holiday Inn Express two blocks away. It was converted from an old bank and still operated the narrow elevators. Rooms featured spacious wood floors, heavy doors and ten-foot ceilings. Large windows provided a view into the outfield seating at the ballpark.

Cincinnati – Great American Ballpark surprised me. The river behind the park with passing riverboats sets off a fine baseball atmosphere.

Chicago – Wrigley Field. ‘Nuff said. Be sure to visit nearby pubs pre-game (and post-game before getting back on your train).

And Southside. The train takes you right there, too. And the original stadium’s home plate is marked in the parking lot. I saw the Yankees there.

Milwaukee – Miller Park, with the roof closed on a stifling Sunday afternoon. Fortunately, we visited a handy brew pub after the game before returning to our Chicago hotel. I also bought my daughter an Alcides Escobar shirt before he was cool. On a baseball vacation, my friend discovered we could hit Wrigley on Saturday, Miller Park on Sunday and the White Sox Monday. I love having friends who are as passionate about baseball as I am.

Minnesota – This is another well-designed ballpark. Although today’s hitters make even this park look small, it’s cavernous and beautiful.

Kansas City – I never realized how close you could get to those fountains in right field at Royals Stadium! Definitely leave time in your itinerary for the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and Buck O’Neil’s and Satchel Page’s grave sites. And don’t forget to sample authentic KC barbecue.

St. Louis – The latest iteration of Busch leaves a perfect view of The Arch beyond the outfield. For some reason, I had difficulty navigating the place. (Honest, I only had one beer at Mike Shannon’s.) Maybe it still required some finishing touches, but I ran into a couple of dead ends at the bottom of stairwells. The shops/restaurants beyond left field weren’t built yet in 2013. I like that they marked the base line of the former Busch along the third base side outside the current park.

Los Angeles – Dodger Stadium may be old, but it’s fun. (Yes, I had a Dodger Dog.) Unlike some of the locals, I stayed for the entire game and witnessed an inside-the-park homer.

San Francisco – Candlestick Park. I’m showing my age, but I saw a Dodgers’ game here. I got sunburned in my seat, yet was freezing in the stiff winds on the concourse.
I’d love to see a game at the new park, which looks amazing.

I’ve been fortunate enough to eye-witness two no-hitters: Roy Halladay against the Reds in the playoffs at CBP; and, Jordan Zimmermann wrapping up the regular season at Nationals Park when Steven Souza, Jr. made the game-ending, diving grab in left center field.

I think that leaves a dozen current parks that I haven’t visited. My bucket list includes some Arizona Fall League action and the Midnight Sun Game in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Only because a current colleague asked, I compiled a list of 32 minor league parks (including affiliated and independent) where I’ve seen at least one game. I guess that gives me more writing material.

Brian Williams

Speakers at Browns

The Speakers came downtown to face the Browns yesterday.

Game 1: Tanaka v Martinez. The Browns got out to an early lead when Peraza was hit by a pitch leading off the game and came around to score on an Abreu 2-out RBI single. The advantage was pushed to 3-0 in the second when Belt and Calhoun walked and were plated on RBI singles (once again with 2 outs) by Reddick and Dozier. Dozier added a solo homer in the bottom of the 8th and Cargo got one back in the top of the 9th with a dinger of his own off Donnie Hart. Tanaka got the win, Martinez took a CG loss. Browns 4/7/0 Speakers 1/4/0

Game 2: Cueto v Price. The Speakers got right to work in the 1st as Cespedis doubled followed by a Rizzo double and a Machado single to make it 2-0. It could have been worse for the Browns since Cargo was picked off first prior to Cespedis’ double and Machado’s rolled a homer which was turned back. The Brown got the 2 runs right back in the bottom of the 1st as Maybin led off with a double and Guyer got hit. Abreu drove in Maybin with a single and Guyer came all the way around to score on a Cespedis error. Then the bats went quiet as both teams combined for 3 hits over the next 4 1/2 innings. The Sharts got the next run with some small ball in the 6th. Ramirez worked a 1-out walk and moved to 3rd on Seager’s hit-and-run single. Belt brought Ramirez in with ground out to make it 3-2. Cueto improves to 4-5 while Price went the distance in the loss. Nate Jones got 5 outs for his 3rd save. Browns 3/5/1 Speakers 2/5/1

Game 3: Montgomery v Hellickson. The Speakers opened the scoring once again with a C. Young RBI single plating R. Davis in the 1st. Jose Ramirez got a gifted HR (vs a -12) in the 2nd and Reddick socked a solo shot in the 3rd to put the Sharts up 2-1. Cespedis doubled in the 4th and came around to score on a Seager error one batter later to tie things up at 2. The Browns pulled away with a Seager two-run double in the 5th and two more runs thanks to doubles from Dozier and Belt with a Ramirez triple sandwiched in between in the 7th. Montgomery (3-1) was the winner while Hellickson took the loss. Browns 6/12/1 Speakers 2/3/1

Notes:
Shartlesville slashed .261/.353/.435 in the series and batted .276 with 2 outs and .292 with RISP.

The Browns are now 17-13 in games started by right handers and 9-12 against southpaw starters.

A. Recker grounded out with the bases loaded in the 5th inning of game 3. The Browns are now 7-24 (.292/.333/.542) with the bases loaded including a HR, 2B and a 3B along with a walk, a HBP and 2 Sac Flies.

Manager Tony