All posts by Brian

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.

ABs at Juggernauts

Juggernauts use luck and power to sweep Bastards at Juggs home field.

Game 1 Santana vs Gio Gonzalez, Santana pitched a complete game for his first loss of the season. His 3 WP , 4 Walks to 10 strikeouts and 3 HR allowed ,really hurt his chances for the win . His second WP of the game came in the bottom of the fourth, Lowrie led off the inning with a single advanced to second on the WP and then Healy made a costly error to allow the juggs to get on the scoreboard first . Gennetts two run shot in bottom of fifth for a 3-0 lead . Juggs then add 1 in the sixth , but should have had 3 as Hicks 5 with runners on first and second was changed to a 7 . Top of the 6th bastards close the gap with back to back homers by Stanton and Sanchez. 4-2 now Juggs lead . Juggs add cushion tho in 7th and 8th with solo shots by Votto and Hicks . That’s all the juggs relievers needed to close out the game , Gonzalez went 5.1 innings no runs , only 1 hit and 1 walk with 4 ks for the win . 6-2.

Game 2 . Lance Lynn vs Alex Wood . Bastards score first inning, J Turner lead off single , Castro Fly ball RF Stanton HR turned back to a double , Sanchez walk bases full for Healy who hits into a potential DP but the juggs fielding 2 roll and Healy not having an S allows a FC score , runners first and third two outs and Wood Wiffs Ozuna to end the threat. Juggs bounce back tho with a Judge 2 run shot bottom of first . Wood gives up a run in the 4th and 6th . But the juggs 3 run 4th inning gave Wood all he needed to assure a win with K. Seagers clutch one out bases loaded double scoring 3 . Seager added a rbi double in bottom of 6th for insurance. Juggs win 6-3 Wood went 6 innings for the win Neschek gains a save . The bastards did have an opportunity in the 8th when Madson hit lead off Sanchez, Dee Gordon then in to pinch run , Gordon then is gunned down by Barnhart in a steal attempt.

Game 3 Hamels vs Carasco, hamels is pulled after 2.2 innings even tho he gave up no earned runs, it was Mauers two out error that loads the bases for a Delong 2 run single in bottom of 3rd. Which closes the gap with the Bastards big 3 run inning in the second inning. Carasco gives up a solo shot to Castro then a single to get chased out in the top of the 6th . Bastards lead 4-2 and bring out all the big guns to try and close out the game for a win and not get swept , Which they didn’t have happen to them the entire season last year . The juggs see Buesnitz, Jansen, Warren, Milner , and Wade Davis . Doesn’t look good for Juggs we are shut down completely for 5 innings, bottom off ninth Juggs losing Milner pitching to galvis to lead the inning. Juggs PH for Galvis with Khris (KRUSH ) Davis and Bam 66 homerun .now it’s 4-3 no outs Bastards favor still . Bastards pull Milner because schoop the next batter will be his 7th faced and schoop is a +4/-3 . Bastards bring in Davis to save the game . But , Boom 66 homer by Schoop tie game . Wow Juggs can’t believe it . Next up Smoak with his double ones but -3 vs righties, Juggs go with the power hitter and KABOOM a roll of 11 Homerun Juggs win , Juggs win we can’t believe it back to back to back for the win Incredible. And like I said at the very beginning super lucky Milner was a +41 and Davis +22 in power control

2017 World Series – Part 2

Last night the Speakers finished off the Bastards in true championship form by taking games 4 and 5. My team battled as usual; but, I was up against a steam roller of great rolling. but more importantly, better players.

Brian’s continued Draft success finally paid off as homegrown’s like Rizzo, Machado, Bryant, and even Mookie woke up in game 5 – as they all came through. Also the guys that were filtered in from THE ROLLING MATLOCKS were key in the series – Price, Kinsler and Cespedes.

At least the best drafter of young talent in our league picks last every round next year, but it probably won’t matter as splits are splits and stiffs are stiffs to some. I’m still bitter he said Cody Bellinger’s name the round I was finally taking him last year. Totally my fault, I waited too long. You can’t wait on Brian. He will pounce on the future!!!

I’ll wrap up with a story about him pouncing on a little known guy way, way back in the day by the name of Albert Pujols. A decent player, who oddly enough in this league only ever played for the Speakers. Well a former teammate of his on the Speakers, David ‘Big Papi’ Ortiz, played his final OOTL game last night.

Papi helped the Speakers win a title or two, as well as the Tsunami’s and the Bastards win theirs. Brian and I think that no player has won more in the OOTL than Big Papi. Well Big Papi and I congratulated the new Champ with this card.

It was a perfect ending an OOTL career, World Series title run and another OOTL season. Congrats again Brian!!!

PS – I just remembered my little pep talk email I sent out prior to the playoffs starting. Man I’m stupid. Lol. Just kidding.

Manager Steve

2017 World Series – Part 1

So the Speakers and AB’s kicked off the OOTL World Series this afternoon.

Game 1 – Arrieta v Santana
Scoreless into the 4th the Speakers get hot as a Cargo single scores Machado and after a Simmons single the 4th consecutive 2 out hit of the inning, a triple, pushes the Speaker lead to 3-0. In the bottom of the 5th Toles plates two on a bases loaded single scoring Forsythe and Trout to cut lead to 3-2. And once again w/ 2 outs in the bottom of the 6th a double by Agone pushes Gardner across the plate to knot the game at 3-3.
In the eighth Gardner executes a perfect 66-0 2nd column 55-1 for a bunt for a hit, but fails to come around. The game goes extra frames and in the 11th the Speakers get a sac fly RBI of Jansen by Simmons to plate Machado to go ahead 4-3. In the bottom half of the 11th the AB’s coax two BB’s as Trout rolls an error number for the LF’er Cargo. Brian drops both dice and the red one is a 4 but the white one slides off the table. In the reroll Cargo drops a 61 which is F2 – single runner on second Stanton scores on the error and F runner Forsythe scores from 1st for a remarkable 5-4 AB’s win.
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Game 2 – Martinez v Scherzer
In the top of the 3rd RIZZO jacks a two run bomb to put the Speakers up 2-0. The game remains that way until the bottom of the 8th. After a leadoff BB by Forsythe, Trout follows with a 66-1 for a 2 run game tying HR. The game once again goes extra innings and with 2 outs in the 11th Cespedes rolls an RP for OF2 Stanton who proceeds to kick the ball to Lewisberry for a 4 base error and 3-2 Speakers lead. In the bottom of the 11th Agone greets Blanton with a lead off HR to tie the game as Joe’s +22 can’t turn it back. 2 outs later Forsythe coaxes back to back RP 2 balls to work a walk. Trout then rolls another 66-1 for a potential walkoff HR but this time Blanton turns it back with the +22. But Forsythe keeps motoring around third with a 46 or higher needed to cut down the game winner…Cargo to Simmons to Posey and Forsythe is out at home as a 63 was dropped!!!! Machado leads off the 12th with a HR off Jansen (+34) – manager Steve had contemplated bringing Bedrosian (+55) in but didn’t…Jansen dropped a 55…the Speakers hit another double in the inning so this move really meant nothing. The AB’s got a lead off BB from Ozuna in the 12th but did little after. Speakers win a classic 4-3 in 12 innings.
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Game 3 – Maeda v Price
A two out BB by Papi followed by a 66-1 from Stanton puts the AB’s up 2-0. But one out back to back doubles by Bryant and RIZZO saws that lead in half and after Cespedes Ks Cargo belts a 2 run HR for the early 3-2 Speakers lead. Cargo BB’s leading off the bottom of the 4th then scores on a Machado 2 run HR. Simmons doubles and later scores on a single by Kinsler as Stanton kicks the ball to Front St for a 6-2 Speakers lead. In the 5th a Simmons sac fly pushes it to 7-2 Speakers. Stanton hits a solo HR in the 6th for his 2nd jack of the game. But the Speakers add on in the 8th as Bryant’s 2 out single plates Kinsler to make it 8-3. Gattis does hit a 2 out 2 run HR in the 9th but Price goes the distance for the 8-5 win.
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So the series is off and running and is scheduled to resume Wednesday night, once again, on Carol Dr as Riegle Park has been prepped and decorated for Christmas.
A fun fact with this series is that the Speakers and AB franchise have met 2 other times. Once the Speakers won their 3rd title in 4 years finishing off an incredible run. The other was in last years semi finals. Both series won in 5 games by the Speakers. Will history stay the course or will the tide change for the AB’s? I guess we shall see.
But it’s been a crazy and great series so far.

Manager Steve

#2 ABs and #3 Browns

The Browns resumed their series against the Bastards today needing just one win to go to advance. They did not get it.

Game 5: Montgomery v Hamels. Trout led off with a double and Piscotty and Stanton both walked to load the bases. Sanchez walked to bring the first run in followed by an Ozuna RBI single. Longoria made it 3-0 with a sac fly. The Bastards added 2 more in the second and cruised to a 7-1 win. AB’s 7/7/2 Browns 1/5/0

Game 6: Hill v Scherzer. In his first 12 starts of the year covering the regular season and post season Rich Hill was 11-0 with a 1.56 ERA. The most runs he had allowed in a start was 4. In the first inning of Game 6 the AB’s got a lead off single from Trout and Piscotty followed with a base hit of his own. Ortiz popped up and Stanton struck out but this was a day where the AB’s got every big hit. Sanchez lined an RBI single and Ozuna walked to load the bases. Longoria rolled a homer which was turned back to a bases clearing double. Trout led off the 2nd with a double but was cut down at the plate on a Piscotty single by Fowler. AB’s 4/8/2 Browns 2/4/0

Game 7: Lester v Phelps. With 2-outs in the 1st the AB’s got back-to-back solo shots from Ortiz and Stanton. This time the Browns showed a bit of a fight getting a Single from Reddick followed by a 66 from Dozier… which, of course, was promptly turned back to a double. With 2nd & 3rd Abreu brought a run in with a ground out and Belt tied it with a Sac fly. But, it didn’t stay tied for very long. Ozuna opened the bottom of the 2nd with a single and Gattis made it 4-2. Dozier had another homer turned back in the 4th but after Ramirez doubled in the 6th Dozier’s third double of the day made it 4-3. In the 9th Reddick led off with a single and stole 2nd. But as with the rest of the day there was no getting a big hit for the Browns as Dozier, Abreu and Belt failed to get a hit or even a few productive outs. AB’s 4/7/0 Browns 3/6/0.

Congratulations to Steve and the Bastards. I’m sure the match up with Brian will be awesome.

Browns management will take the next week or two to decide if we will return for 2018.

#1 and #4 Go 20!

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day set the backdrop for the top seed Shooting Stars II to host the #4 Speakers. Shooting Stars II topped OOTL with 53 regular season wins.

The Speakers, fresh off a dramatic series against the Lemonheads, won 6 of the 10 meetings against the Stars this season. After losing the season opener, 15-10, the Speakers won 3. The Stars swept the 2nd Period series. The Speakers countered with an early 3rd Period sweep.

Game 1 – Jake Arrieta and Clayton Kershaw both dominate through 6. Arrieta allows 2 singles and a double — all in different innings. Kershaw surrenders a 2-out double and hits 2 Speakers. Neither starter sees a runner reach 3rd base.

Finally, with 1 out after the 7th inning stretch, Wilson Ramos picks on an Arrieta fastball and launches it out. Stars up 1-0.

Ian Kinsler doubles into the gap with 1 out in the 8th, but Kershaw whiffs both Dansby Swanson and Kris Bryant to preserve the slim 1-run lead.

Matt Belisle gets Yoenis Cespedes on a fly to right, then gives way to Aroldis Chapman after pinch hitter Mookie Betts is announced. Betts K’s. Anthony Rizzo flies to center to end the pitchers’ duel. Stars win, 1-0.

W – Kershaw (1-0); L – Arrieta (0-1); S – Chapman (1)

Game 2 – Jeremy Hellickson makes his Speakers’ post-season debut against Jacob deGrom. Dustin Pedroia greets Hellickson with a lead-off solo shot in the bottom of the 1st. Hellickson coughs up a hit in each of the next 4 innings, but no runner reaches 3rd.

The Speakers, still trying to spark their offense, leave runners in scoring position in the 3rd and 4th, but go 1-2-3 in the other 3 innings. Betts’ lead-off single in the 6th goes nowhere while Hellickson enjoys his first 1-2-3 inning in the bottom half.

The Speakers go in order in the 7th. With 2 away in the bottom half, Ender Inciarte singles (9). Hellickson departs for Adam Libertore. Pedroia lashes a hit-and-run single (7). Libertore strikes out Ryan Schimpf to end the threat.

The Speakers go in order in the 8th, still searching for their first run of the series. Pinch-hitter Yasmani Tomas doubles off Jeremy Jeffress to lead off the bottom of the inning. Pinch-runner Eduardo Nunez halts at 3rd on Matt Carpenter’s single (5).

With runners on 1st and 3rd, Jeffress strikes out Hunter Pence. Ramos grounds sharply to short. The Speakers turn a 6-4-3 twin killing to stop another Stars’ threat.

To this point, the Speakers have 6 hits and no runs through the first 17 innings of the series; and, only one Speaker runner has touched 3rd base.

Will Harris starts the 9th. David Dahl laces a double. Cespedes doubles him home to tie at 1-1. Rizzo connects on a 2-run home run. Manny Machado strikes out (8). Carlos Gonzalez doubles. Harris plunks Andrelton Simmons, then heads for the showers, now down 3-1.

Tyler Thornburg gives up RBI singles to Buster Posey (0-7) and Kinsler (5) before Thornburg retires the next 2 hitters.

All of a sudden, the Stars are down 5-1. JJ Hardy leads off with a single (9) off Bartolo Colon. Travis Jankowski strikes out. Inciarte hits a harmless fly out to right. Pedroia, enjoying a perfect day to this point, flies to left (4-5, D, HR, RBI, R) to knot the series at 1-1 with the Speakers heading home for the next 2 games.

W – Jeffress (1-0); L – Harris (0-1)

Game 3 – Jose Quintana and Carlos Martinez match up at Riegle Park. Both begin shaky outings. Carpenter triples home Pedroia in the 1st. Chris Young and Cespedes doubles tie at 1-1 in the bottom half.

The Speakers get Rajai Davis to 3rd (11, SB, 1-3) in the 2nd inning, but Thornburg takes over to strike out Young to end the inning. Bryant walks to lead off the bottom of the 3rd. After Cespedes and Rizzo K, Machado strokes a 2-run HR. Speakers up, 3-1.

The Stars leave a runner on 1st in the 2nd through 4th innings and can’t cash in on 2 base runners in the 5th. Martinez is pumped after wriggling out of that jam and retires the next 9 Stars.

Nunez boots a Davis grounder with 1 out in the bottom of the 6th. Posey grounds to short, sending Davis to 2nd with 2 away. Ramos commits a passed ball moving Davis to 3rd. Kinsler swings for the fences and clears the left field wall (6) for a commanding 5-1 lead.

With 2 outs in the 8th, Jonathon Villar singles (11). Keon Broxton works a walk, signaling the end of Martinez’s day (7.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 10 K).

Roberto Osuna prevents a Ramos walk. Then Ramos drives a double down the line to score a pair. Jarrod Dyson tries to walk, but is denied. Then he flies out to left to end the inning at 5-3.

Osuna returns in the 9th and is much more successful. Nunez flies to right. Both Jankowski and Inciarte whiff as the Speakers pocket a 5-3 victory and a 2-1 series advantage.

W – Martinez (1-0); L – Tyler Thornburg (0-1)

Game 4 will always be remembered in OOTL post-season history. Trevor Cahill and Joe Ross start well, but both will be long gone before this classic is decided.

The closest either team comes to an offensive threat is the Stars loading the bases with 2 outs in the 3rd. Ross calmly strikes out Aledmys Diaz to preserve the double shutout.

Chapman takes over for Cahill in the bottom of the 7th. Cespedes doubles with 1 out, marking the Speakers first hit of the game! Javier Baez, making his first series appearance, pinch hits for Gonzalez. Baez drives what initially looks like a 2-run homer, but Chapman (+51) brings it back to an RBI double. Baez would stay at 2nd as the inning ends.

Ross allows a lead-off single to Inciarte to begin the 8th. Nunez grounds him to 2nd. Pedroia doubles in the gap to re-tie the score at 1-1. Joe Blanton comes on and walks Diaz. Carpenter pops to short (8). Villar walks to load the sacks. Pence flies to left to prevent further damage. Game tied at 1-1.

Free baseball brings the fans much more than they could have ever anticipated. The 9th and 10th are uneventful.

Carpenter doubles (4) to start the 11th and to chase Libertore. Broxton pinch runs, but has to hold on Villar’s ground out to Machado. Pence is denied a walk by Jeffress, and then flies to shallow center. Broxton motors to 3rd on a Jeffress wild pitch. Ramos grounds weakly to 1st base to snuff another threat.

Top 12: Dyson doubles (0-6). Inciarte bunts him to 3rd. Nunez tries to squeeze him home, but Posey applies the tag and hangs on to record the huge 2nd out. Nunez then doubles (turned back HR!), but Brad Hand comes in to retire Pedroia on a pop to Simmons.

Bottom 12: Belisle plunks Rizzo. Davis pinch runs and steals 2nd. Two come-backers and a strike out send us to the 13th.

Diaz leads off with a double, the Stars third consecutive inning with a lead-off double. Osuna comes in to retire the next 3 batters in order. In the bottom half, Simmons reaches on Villar’s error, but is stranded at 2nd.

Colon comes on as the last Speaker in the pen. Dyson greets him with a 1-out single in the 14th, but Posey nails him trying to steal. Betts walks to start the bottom half, steals 2nd, and moves to 3rd on Davis’ sacrifice. Betts is caught attempting to steal home. Then Cespedes strikes out.

Both teams go 1-2-3 in the 15th. Francisco Cervelli, the Stars’ last first baseman, singles (9) to open the 16th. Villar doubles as Cervelli pulls up at 3rd. With the infield in, Pence pops up to Baez at 1st. (Infield deep would have been a DP!) Ramos pops to SS. Dyson grounds 3-1. Yet another threat averted.

Bottom 16: Kinsler singles (7) with 1 away. Enter Brian Flynn, the Stars’ final available reliever. Bryant walks. Young pinch hits and lines out to Nunez (8). Davis whiffs.

Colon walks Inciarte to open the 17th inning. Ender steals 2nd, but Nunez lines into a Kinsler unassisted DP.

While the Speakers’ bats quiet into a 12-in-a-row outage, Cervelli strokes another single (8) with 1 out in the 18th. Villar singles (11), but Pence grounds into a 1-6-3 double play to erase another threat against the tiring Colon.

Both teams mercifully go 1-2-3 in the 19th. The Stars repeat that pattern in the 20th.

Cespedes hits a one-hopper to the mound to begin the bottom half. Baez walks. As Baez breaks for 2nd, Machado singles (8) against Flynn (now base grade 11). With 1st and 3rd and 1 out, Simmons slaps an RBI single (8) to send the Riegle Park fans home happy.

The Speakers prevail, 2-1 in 20 innings, while getting out-hit 14-6. We wonder how many fans on the East Coast stayed up for the conclusion of this game.

W – Colon (6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 BB, 3 K, 22 BF)(1-0); L – Flynn (4 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 16 BF + 4 from Game 3)(0-1)

Game 5 – With both pens in tatters, Kershaw and Arrieta would be counted on to go deep into this one as play returns to the Stars’ home park.

Swanson starts fast with a double. Bryant loses a chance to walk, but then doubles home Swanson. Kershaw turns back a home run (+35).

The Stars offense finally gets back in gear in the 4th. Carpenter’s lead-off walk turns into the game’s first run. Villar singles (11). Arrieta uncorks a wild pitch. Ramos and Broxton each lift a sac fly to center.

Jankowski walks to begin the 5th. Pedroia doubles him home.

Inciarte, who enters defensively, doubles to start the 7th. Pedroia doubles him home to give Kershaw a 4-1 lead.

Broxton walks to lead off the 8th. With Broxton on the move, Dyson singles (10). On another hit-and-run, Nunez swings through the pitch and Jett Bandy throws through. Kinsler steps forward and throws to 3rd to nab Broxton diving back. Nunez grounds to Simmons, moving Dyson to 2nd. Inciarte provides the clutch RBI single (7) to complete the scoring.

In two starts, Kershaw (17 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 25 K) totally dominates and wins twice. Speakers up 3 games to 2 and heading back home for another potential clincher. Both teams get some bullpen arms rested.

W – Kershaw (2-0); L – Arrieta (0-2)

Game 6 – deGrom and Hellickson each set the opponents down in order through 2. Villar singles (9) leading off the 3rd. Jankowski singles (10). Inciarte flies to shallow left. Pedroia walks to load the bases. Schimpf grounds into a 4-6-3 DP.

With 1 out in the bottom of the inning, Posey singles (7). Kinsler strikes out. Dahl singles (10). deGrom gives way to Chapman to face Betts, who rips a 2-run double (turned back HR). The Speakers take the early lead, 2-0.

Hellickson retires 9 straight Stars following the big double play to end the 3rd. Simmons gets a 2-out single (0-7) with Rizzo on base in the 4th, but the Speakers come up empty as Posey flies out to LF.

Diaz starts the Stars’ 7th with a single (7). Hellickson out; Hand in. Tomas pinch hits and forces Hand to bobble a spinning two-hopper for an E-1. Hand hits Pence with a pitch and departs with the bases juiced. Jeffress gets Ramos on a 4-6-3 DP with a run scoring. Jeffress walks Villar, but Jankowski pops up to end the inning with the score, 2-1, Speakers.

With their backs against the wall, the Stars try to keep their season alive in the 9th. Nunez doubles (turned back HR). Tomas misses 2 bunt attempts, but then successfully sacrifices Nunez to 3rd. Pence laces an RBI single (7) to knot the score at 2-2 and hang a blown save on Jeffress. Blanton comes in to get Ramos and Villar to close out the inning.

Machado doubles (5) off Belisle to lead off the bottom half. Gonzalez singles (9) to short right. Machado pulls up at 3rd with no outs. Davis pinch runs at 3rd as Thornburg takes the hill to save the Stars’ season. Thornburg strikes out Simmons. Posey steps in and ends the game and series (66-0-6) with a walk-off RBI single. Speakers win 3-2 and take the series, 4-2.

W – Blanton (1-0); L – Belisle (0-1)