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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.

The Plague vs. Speakers

Game 1 – Yu Darvish blanks the hapless Speakers on four hits. The Plague, meanwhile, strike for 3 in the 1st, 2 in the 4th and another pair in the 7th for a 7-0 shellacking.

W – Darvish, L – Chris Archer (1-1)

Game 2 – Anthony Rendon leads off the game with a solo HR to score the Speakers first run of the series. In the 2nd, Carlos Gonzalez doubles following a Yoenis Cespedes triple. Andrelton Simmons connects off Jose Fernandez in the 5th, his 3rd yet first HR since Opening Day. Albert Pujols homers in the 6th.

The Plague finally reach Felix Hernandez in the bottom of the 6th. Jason Kipnis doubles, Denard Span triples him home and Billy Hamilton lifts a sac fly to center. In the 9th, Simmons singles home Gonzalez (who had doubled) to close out a highly unexpected 6-2 Speakers win.

W – Hernandez (2-3), L – Fernandez

Game 3 – Danny Santana’s 2-out RBI single breaks a scoreless tie in the bottom of the 5th. The Speakers hold that 1-0 lead until the inevitable 8th. With 1 out, Billy Hamilton walks (RP 28). After Hamilton swipes 2nd, Span doubles him home. With 2 outs, Torii Hunter singles home Span for a 2-1 win. The Plague moundsmen retire the final 11 Speakers consecutively.

W – Henderson Alvarez, L – Jesse Hahn (0-2)

Game 4 – Michael Brantley’s double play ground ball scores Span for The Plague to take a 1-0 1st inning lead. A strikeout/passed ball helps the Speakers score 4 (3 unearned) in the 2nd inning. Jason Heyward’s 1st HR, Gonzalez’s double, Rendon’s 2-run double and Yasiel Puig’s RBI single provide extremely rare highlights.

The Speakers’ much anticipated nightmare surfaces in the 5th as Jordan Zimmermann (+42) walks a pair. Hamilton naturally makes him pay with a 2-out 2-run double. Brantley rubs salt in the gaping wound with an RBI single to tie the score at 4-4.

Fast forward to the top of the 12th when Paul Goldschmidt hits a game-winning 2-run HR, 6-4. Following Heyward’s 2-out bases empty double in the 3rd, the Speakers total three weak singles over the next 9 innings.

W – Aaron Sanchez, L – Jeremy Affeldt (0-1), S – Jonathon Papelbon

Sad refrain: The Speakers scored in only 2 of 30 innings of these 3 losses, totaling 2 ER of “offense”, against 13, 12 & 10 starting pitchers. Through 1/5th of the season, the Speakers have been shut out 4 times, are 2-9 in games decided by 1 or 2 runs, and are 0-4 in extra innings. Our scouts are poised to research the first selection of the 2016 Rookie Draft.

Lemonheads vs. Lymebees

Game 1; Greinke vs Bumgarner; Lemonheads get a solo HR by Desmond in the 4th, 2 solo HRs by Martinez and Desmond in the 4th and a single run in 5th. Bees get 3 runs in the 3rd and 3 runs in the 4th to win 6-4.

Game 2; Liriano vs Gray; Gray pitches a complete game 3-hit shutout. The Bees score 2 runs in the 1st, 3 runs in the 5th, 2 runs in the 6th and one run in the 8th to win 8-0.

Game 3; Gonzalez vs Chen; Bees get a solo HR by Braun in the 3rd, a 3-run HR by Cano in the 4th followed by solo HRs by Castro and Ruiz and another solo HR by Castro in the 6th. Lemonheads get single runs in the 6th and 9th. Bees win 8-2.

Game 4; Wheeler vs ; Lemonheads get a run in the 2nd. Bees get 2 runs in the 3rd and 4 runs in the 4th. Lemonheads get 4 runs in the 5th and tie the game in the 7th. Bees get an unearned run in the top of the 10th. Lemonheads get a leadoff walk and, with 2 outs, pinch hitter Martinez hits a game winning 2-run HR off of Holland. Lemonheads win 8-7.

Lymebees record at 9-7.

Lemonheads vs. Birds of Pray

G-1 After scoring 34 runs in 12 games, the Bird bats finally came alive. The Birds pounded out 11 runs on 17 hits to back T. Ross’s 4-hitter in an 11-0 win. R.Gennett was 4-6 with 3 RBIs & C. Davis 4-5 with 2 RBIs. Ross walked 2 & struck out 11.

G-2 C. McHugh returned the favor for the Lemonheads with a 3-hit shutout. Heads got all the runs they needed in the 1st on RBIs from J. Loney (SF) & a N. Walker single. McHugh K’ed 13 & walked 3 in a 3-0 win.

G-3 Falling behind 1-0 in the 3rd on a C. Blackmon single, Birds tied it in the 7th on an unearned run. Heads got a lead off homer from K. Calhoun in the 8th for 2-1 lead, but Birds scored 2 in the 8th on a double by N. Cruz off Benoit. Birds win 3-2. Tanaka 8 IP, 0 BB, 6 Ks. Shoemaker 7 IP, 0 BB, 10 Ks and 0 earned runs.

G-4 Birds got a 3-run (gift) HR from JJ Hardy in the 1st & a solo (gift) HR by Davis in the 5th, both off of C. Young (-26), to lead the Birds to an 8-5 win. Heads got a 2-run HR from J.D. Martinez & and 2 RBIs from Loney.

The Plague vs. Birds of Pray

G-1 The first batter for The Plague reached on an error, then back to back doubles by B. Hamilton & T. Hunter gave H. Alvarez all the support he needed as he threw a 2-hit shutout in The Plague’s 5-0 win. Montero added a 2 run double for The Plague.

G-2 Birds scored 2 unearned runs in the 2nd. McCann homered to increase the lead to 4-2, and the Birds held on for a 4-3 win. Betances threw 2 innings for the save. The Plague got RBI triples from Goldschmidt (2 r) & Span (1 r). Teheran went 7 innings for the win.

G-3 Birds pounded out 14 hits to score 9 runs & beat the Plague 9-6. Hardy homered & doubled twice, driving in 3. Gordon & Bradley each had 2 RBIs. Brantley doubled twice, driving in 2 for The Plague. The Plague got homers from Span, Santana & Moustakas.

G-4 Y. Darvish threw a 1 hitter & The Plague got an RBI single in the 6th from M. Brantley for a 1-0 win & 2nd shutout of the series. Birds only hit was a Headley double in the 5th.
Birds drew no walks in the first 3 games.

Plague 6-6, Birds 8-4.

Birds of Pray vs. Arrogant Bastards

G-1 Carlos Carrasco scattered 6 hits in a complete game shutout, & J. Altuve doubled in the only run in the 3rd to give Birds 1-0 win. Bastards Scherzer went 7.1 & gave up 6 hits in the loss.

G-2 Bastards took a 2-0 lead in the 2nd on RBI singles by Longoria & Andrus. Birds tied it in the 5th on single by Lagares & SF by Markakis. Birds took the lead in the 7th on Solano solo HR, then got 2 insurance runs in the 8th when W. Davis issued a HBP & BB with the bases loaded. Birds win 5-2.

G-3 Bastards again take 2-0 lead in the 3rd on M.Trout 2r HR. Birds get 1 back on a Solano 5th inning double & tie game in the bottom of the 9th on a Markakis single. Game stayed tied until bottom 13 when Birds got 3 straight singles off of C.Allen, with J.Shafer getting the walk-off in 3-2 win.

G-4 Birds get single runs in the 4th & 5th (unearned), & Bastards get runs in the 8th (Holliday) & 9th (Utley) to tie @ 2-2. Bastards then got the winning run in the 10th on a B. Gardner solo for 3-2 win.

Birds have now played 4 extra inning games in 8 games, & recorded 3 shutouts. Mgr Steve was ejected in the 4th inning of game 1 on a disputed double play hit into by D. Ortiz (Big Poopy) with 1 out & runners on 1st & 2nd.