Category Archives: 2016 Second Period

Arrogant Bastards at Asian Tsunamis

Game 1
Salazar v Warren….Trout doubles in a run in the 1st.  Russell SAC’s in a run in the 4th.  Agone goes yard in the 6th for a 3-0 AB’s lead.  Craig then says its time to hit and proceeds to score 5 runs in the 6th and 3 in the 7th.  Grichuk had a big 2-out 2-run double followed by a 2-run HR by Davis; and, Bogaerts had a double in each inning driving in 3 total.  Final was 8-4 w/ the win to Warren and loss to Melancon.
Game 2
Hamels v Zimmermann…Big Papi knocked in a run on a 2nd inning ground out; and then Andrus singled in Gardner (pinch running for Stanton) in the 9th for the games only runs as the AB’s won 2-0.  Hamels got the win and Davis picked up a save as the Nami’s had a RISP in the 7th, 8th, and 9th – 7th and 8th were lead off doubles. Starting the 8th Cedeno +24 turned back a potential game tying HR.   Zimmermann took the tough loss.
Game 3
Miller v Nola….this game was a war to win the series.  Paulsen doubled in 2 in the 2nd for a 2-0 lead.  In the 3rd Panik got a bases loaded single and then Papi BB’d to force a 2-2 tie.  In the 6th the AB’s got a 2 RBI double from Stanton to go up 4-2.  In the bottom of the 6th w/ 2 outs, Miller (+32) failed to pull back a Davis 2-run HR and the game was tied at 4-4.  In the top of the 7th Howell (+31) pulled back a Papi HR to keep the score knotted at 4-4.  In the 10th Stanton sent a bomb outta the yard to put the AB’s back in front 5-4.  W/ 2 outs in the bottom of the 10th, Hundley rolled a 11-0 to tie the game once again at 5-5 off a now beleaguered Wade Davis.  In the top of the 11th, Martin led off w/ a 10 single (I believe), then Gardner singled and up stepped Mike Trout who deposited a 3-run HR that Pomeranz (+21) could not pull back.  Jansen came on in the bottom of the 11th for a 3 batter save for Davis while Pomeranz took the loss.

AB’s went 6 for 32 w/ RISP while the Nami’s went 8 for 31….as both teams had their opportunities.

AB’s after 54 games are now 29-25 as the try to grind through the 2nd period.  They are looking to schedule next week v the Stars, Bees or the Eliminators.  Good luck the rest of the way everyone.

Manager Steve

Unhinged Wahoos at Arrogant Bastards

I apologize but my AB’s insider has been on vacation and this will be brief….

Game 1
Bauer v Salazar….AB’s jump on Wahoos in the 1st and 3rd by rolling 8 after 8 after 8 to take a 6-1 lead.  An Arenado HR cuts the lead to 6-4 in the 6th, but Salazar notches a win w/ a Davis save as Bauer gets the L.  7-4.
Game 2
Norris v Miller…Marte has a partay w/ an RBI double in the 2nd.  Stanton jacks a solo HR in the 4th and Andrus doubles home Pillar in the 5th for a 2-1 AB’s lead.  Former Wahoo Abreu ties it w/ a HR in the 6th.  Blanco hits a 2nd column solo in the 7th to give the Wahoos the lead and Abreu HR’s again in the 8th.  The AB’s load the bases w/ 2 outs in the 9th for Trout but Miller K’s him to shut the door.  Norris gets the W and Miller takes the L.
Game 3
Strasburg v Karns….Two solo HR’s by Stanton are all that is needed as the AB’s take the series w/ a 2-0 victory.  Davis earned another save while Strasburg got the L.  Zobrist and Gomez killed each other in the bottom of the 5th inning.

Wahoo’s went 5 for 27 w/ RISP while the AB’s went 6 for 27.  Game 1 was extremely bizarre but so long ago to remember.

Manager Steve

The Plague at Speakers

Currently the top two teams, The Plague and Speakers have played two consecutive one-run games (both won by The Plague) following two blowouts (both won by the Speakers) during the 1st Period. Today’s action only solidifies how well these two squads match up.

Game 1 – Manager Ed’s team opens the proceedings with a 3-run 1st against David Price. Brett Lawrie’s 2-out 2-run double does the damage.

The Speakers answer with 3 straight singles (with a Scott Kazmir wild pitch in the middle) to get 2 back. That’s when both southpaws settle in.

Rajai Davis leads off the bottom of the 7th with a triple into the right field corner. Newcomer Ian Kinsler flies to Billy Hamilton in foul ground (65-35) as Davis races home for the 3-3 tie.

Both teams squander scoring opportunities, so rookie Francisco Lindor goes deep off Darren O’Day in the 11th for the game-winner, 4-3. Jonathon Papelbon sets down the Speakers in order to record the save.

W – Blaine Hardy; L – O’Day (0-1); S – Papelbon

Game 2 – The Plague score in the 1st again on Lorenzo Cain’s 2-out RBI single after Denard Span’s leadoff double. This time, the Speakers go 1-2-3 in the 1st; however, they bat around in the 2nd. 5 singles, a walk and Mike Mousatakas’ throwing error result in a 5-run inning.

The Plague storm back in the 4th, scoring 4 to tie. Doubles by Cain and Moustakas sandwich a Michael Brantley single and HBP. Span plates the tying run with a 2-out single.

True to form, the starters each go at least 7 IP, then hand the tie to their respective pens. Today, the Speakers pen doesn’t allow a baserunner from the 8th to the end.

The Plague’s Blaine Boyer surrenders Manny Machado’s leadoff double in the 13th. Chris Young bunts Machado to 3rd (rolling a 33-0!). Joe Smith comes in to face Rajai, who singles in the hole (51-9) to walk off 6-5, knotting the season series at 3-3.

W – Brett Cecil (2-1); L – Boyer

Game 3 – Yet again, The Plague scores on a 2-out RBI single in the 1st, this time by AJ Pierzynski. Kris Bryant answers with a solo shot (7), the Speakers only HR of the series, in the 4th.

Again, chances to score for both teams come up empty until Span strokes a solo homer in the 7th. The Speakers get the tying run to 2nd in the 8th, but The Plague’s tough pen holds to complete the dramatic 2-1 finish.

W – Felipe Rivero; L – Carlos Martinez (6-2); S – Papelbon

Speakers at Shartlesville Browns

Let’s face it: The Shartlesville Browns are not meant to be a winning team. Consistently throughout the season when they’ve clawed their way to within site of being .500 they’ve crapped the bed. The Sharts were 2 games under when the Speakers came to town today:

Game 1: Shields v Harvey. The Speakers struck first when Cespedes doubled and was driven in on a Bryant 3B. Bryant made it 2-0 with an RBI ground out in the top of the 3rd. The Browns tied it up in the bottom of the 3rd when Iglesias dropped a 66 to get into the second column followed by an 11 for his first homer of the year. The Speakers 5th inning proved decisive as they used 2 walks, 3 singles and a sac-fly to move ahead 5-2. Matt Harvey earned the win and Darren O’Day got a one out save, marking his 3rd save against the Browns in the last 7 games.

Game 2: Burnett v Archer. The Sharts did all their damage in the 2nd as new Brown Jose Abreu led off with a single followed by a K. Seager walk. With one out Morales drove in a run with a single before Danny Espinosa delivered a 2-run double to put the Browns up 3-0. The Browns would ground into more double plays (2) than hits (1) off Archer the rest of the way. The Sharts pitching staff made the lead stand up, allowing just one unearned run as Burnett got the win and Tony Watson got a 2 inning save. Archer was a tough luck, complete game loser.

Game 3: Hahn v Gallardo. After the Speakers went 3 up, 3 down in the 1st, they plated 2 in the second and batted around while scoring 4 in the 3rd. That chased Gallardo as Carlos Rodon was summoned from the pen to start the 4th. He settled things down, going 4 1/3 and allowing only a solo homer to Gonzalez. Two other relievers also kept the Speakers from inflicting more damage, but all that did was help to lower the pen’s ERA. Hahn baffled the Browns, going the distance for a 4 hit shutout; walking just one while striking out 7 along the way.


The Browns wrap up the 2nd period at 30-33. The Speakers improved to 31-20.

For the series the Browns slashed .172/.226/.256. and had only 4 extra base hits.

The Speakers outhit the Browns 28-15.

New Browns Jose Abreu (3) and Adam Jones (2) accounted for a third of the Browns hits.

The Browns had only 3 multi-hit innings in the series: The 3rd in Game 1 and the 2nd in Games 2 and 3.

The Browns are now 4-3 vs the Speakers this year.

Fact: The way I roll I could have the ’27 Yankees card set and still hit .200.

Second Period stats will be out soon.

Speakers at Asian Tsunamis

Game 1 – Kris Bryant doubles home a 2-out 1st inning run for the Speakers. This would be Bryant’s only hit of the series.

From the 9-hole, in his first plate appearance as a Speaker, Ian Kinsler homers off Adam Warren. The Speakers tack on 4 more in the 4th, highlighted by Kinsler’s 2-run double.

Meanwhile, 7 hits through the first 4 innings leave the Tsunamis with a ton of stranded base runners and zero runs against Matt Harvey. Kinsler (4-4, D, HR, 4-RBI, 2-R debut) and Manny Machado add RBI singles in the 6th and 7th, respectively, for a commanding 8-0 lead.

Finally, with 2 outs in the 9th, the ATs’ Miguel Cabrera ropes a 3-run HR to dent the scoreboard. Harvey calmly whiffs Jung Ho Kang to claim the CG 8-3 victory, scattering 13 hits.

W – Harvey (5-3); L – Warren

Game 2 – Yoenis Cespedes finds a gap for a 2nd inning 2-run double and an early 3-0 lead for David Price. Anthony Rizzo’s RBI single in the 7th would be the only other run of the game. Price goes the distance, twirling a 3-hit shutout, 4-0.

W – Price (4-3); L – Gio Gonzalez

Game 3 – Clayton Kershaw turns the tables, pitching a 5-hit CG shutout at the Speakers. The Tsunamis bat around in the 2nd to chase Carlos Martinez, who suffers his first loss of the season.

Xander Bogaerts and Kang each contribute 2 singles to the cause. Bogaerts chips in a pair of RBIs to prevent the sweep. Javier Baez (3-4) earns the majority of the Speakers 5 singles.

W – Kershaw; L – Martinez (6-1)