Category Archives: 2016 Third Period

Speakers at Shartlesville Browns

Game 1 – Neither David Price nor James Shields were sharp, resulting in a 4-4 tie after 4. Carlos Gonzalez (7) and Manny Machado (13) go back-to-back in the Speakers’ 2nd. Jose Iglesias (4-4, D, 2 RBI, R, SB) contributes all series for the Browns.

After an unearned run in the 4th, Machado slugs a 2-run homer (14) in the 6th and a sac fly in the 9th. The Speakers win 9-5 to spite Price allowing 11 hits. The Speakers record 10 safeties, 5 of which leave the park. Shields giftwraps 3 of them.

W – Price (7-5); L – Shields

Game 2 – Carlos Martinez and Johnny Cueto restore order, tossing zeroes through 6. In the 7th, Ian Kinsler doubles home a pair. The Browns storm back after the stretch as Iglesias doubles and scores.

With a slim 2-1 lead, Machado coaxes a walk off Cesar Ramos to start the 9th. Rajai Davis rattles a ball off the top of the fence for an RBI double and a big insurance run.

Brett Cecil plunks Jose Abreu to lead off the bottom half. Lucas Duda strokes a double. The Browns enjoy the tying runs at 2nd and 3rd with no outs.

Darren O’Day gets Iglesias on a 3-1 play–(only the second out he’s made this series)! Kyle Seager pops foul to Andrelton Simmons. With 2 away, pinch hitter Corey Seager flies out to center to end the game. 3-1, Speakers.

W – Martinez (8-3); L – Cueto; S – O’Day (3)

Game 3 – The strangest of the bunch, and possibly of the season. The Browns send 9 to the plate in the 1st with the first 5 reaching safely. When the dust clears, Corey Seager has a 2-run homer and the home team has a 4-0 lead.

Apparently oblivious to the concept of the shutdown inning, AJ Burnett promptly faces 11 Speakers in the 2nd inning. A Yoenis Cespedes 2-run double and 7 runs later, the Speakers lead 7-4 … after 1.5 innings!

Burnett recovers enough to retire his last 9 batters faced to end the 5th. The Browns offense responds with another 4-spot in the bottom of. Adam Jones connects for a Baltimore Special 3-run homer and Dexter Fowler’s 2-out RBI double accounts for the lead run.

The Browns pile on with a Harper 2-run HR in the 6th for a 10-7 lead. After Burnett and Tony Watson mow down 15 straight Speakers, Anthony Rizzo hits a solo shot (13) to start the 8th. With 2 on and 2 out, Kinsler singles off Koji Uehara to bring home the tying runs as Machado and Davis cross the plate.

After Harper’s homer, the Shartlesville bats go cold. Joe Blanton coughs up just a single in 1.2 IP to end the 8th.

At 10-10, Buster Posey singles (55-7) off Carlos Rodon to start the 9th. Mookie Betts pinch runs and steals 2nd. Cespedes makes the stolen base moot by launching a 2-run blast (7) for a 12-10 lead. Trevor Rosenthal sets down Kyle Seager, Adam Jones and Danny Espinosa in order in the bottom half to preserve the win.

W – Blanton (2-0); L – Rodon; S – Rosenthal (3)

Speakers at The Plague

The current #1 and #2 teams spontaneously filled a postseason void Wednesday evening in Oberlin. (No baseball? We’ll create our own baseball.)

Game 1 – After the Speakers scored 7 total runs in 3 games (and no more than 3 in a game) against the Lymebees, they rally for 4 in just the 3rd inning. Buster Posey’s 3-run double breaks a scoreless tie. Yoenis Cespedes follows with an RBI single.

AJ Pierzynski doubles home DJ LeMahieu in the 4th as The Plague close to 3-1. The Speakers answer back with a rare, patient Cespedes plate appearance: a bases loaded walk in the top of the 5th.

Mike Moustakas takes matters into his own hands with solos in both the 5th and 7th innings. Down 5-3 in the 9th, Lorenzo Cain triples to start the inning. Trevor Rosenthal comes in to face pinch hitter Matt Wieters, who lifts a sac fly to left (22-7, but would have been a 22-0 for Moustakas).

That’s as close as The Plague can get as Rosenthal retires Michael Brantley and Denard Span for a 5-4 Speakers win.

W – Luis Severino (3-0); L – Jose Fernandez (RIP)

Game 2 – Jake Arrieta surrenders an RBI double to Pierzynski and a Paul Goldschmidt sac fly. However, the Speakers 3-run 1st is all Arrieta would need to pocket an 8-2 final.

The Speakers tag Jaime Garcia with 8 runs and 14 hits. Posey knocks in 3, including his 6th homer. Cespedes drills his 6th in the 9th for icing. Anthony Rizzo (4-5, D, RBI, 2 R) slotted between them in the batting order. Even his one out was a turned-back hit number.

W – Arrieta (2-0); L – Garcia

Game 3 – Through the first 4 innings, The Plague have 7 hits; the Speakers total 8. The Plague lead where it counts, 5-2, thanks to Rizzo’s 1st inning error leading to 3 huge unearned runs.

Goldschmidt hits a pair of 2-run homers for The Plague while Carlos Gonzalez lines his 6th of the season, a solo blast, for the visitors. The Plague avert the sweep, 6-2, to maintain a 2 game margin in the standings.

W – Marco Estrada; L – Matt Harvey (6-6)

Shartlesville Browns at Eliminators

The Browns hosted their first series at their new Pine St. digs, even though the Eliminators were the home team:

Game 1: Shields v Smyly. The Eliminators got on the board first in the 5th behind a Donaldson 2-out 2-run double and an Ethier single to take a 3-0 lead. It would prove to be more than enough offense. The Eliminators added two more runs in the 6th and Smyly went the distance striking out 13 in a 4-hit complete game giving up just an RBI single to Iglesias. Eliminators win 5-1.

Game 2: Wacha v Ventura. The surprise MVP of this game was Ventura who worked around 7 hits and 3 walks to record a complete game shutout. The Eliminators won on the power of a 2-run homer from Donaldson in the 1st and a solo shot from Freeman in the 2nd. Eliminators win 3-0.

Game 3: Paxton v Volquez. In keeping with the way the Browns win games, all their runs came in one inning. In the 2nd they sent 11 men to the plate, scoring 6 runs on 3 hits, 3 walks, an error and a HBP. The Eliminators got one back in the bottom of the 2nd, but Paxton and 4 relievers shut them out from there to get the win 6-1.

The Browns slashed .206/.293/.268 in their first series without a homer. Corey Seager got his first OOTL hit while going 1 for 3 with two walks, a run scored and an RBI.

The Browns fall to 37-41 and will play the Speakers next week.

Speakers at Lymebees

Game 1: Arrieta vs Syndergaard: Speakers get a HR by Rizzo in the 1st and would add another run in the 7th and 9th. Arrieta goes into the 9th giving up just two walks, but with 2 outs, Hosmer singles (22-7) to break up his no-hit bid. Speakers win 3-0.

Game 2: Harvey vs Hendricks: Speakers get on the board first, scoring 2 runs in the 4th. Bees come back in the bottom of the 4th, scoring 3 with Beltre hitting a 2-run HR. Bees add 2 more runs in the 7th, 1 run in the 8th and go on to win 6-2.

Game 3: Price vs Bumgarner: Bees would get on the board in the 4th. After 2 2-out walks, Beltre singles in a run. Bees get a 2-run double from Hosmer in the 5th. Speakers get single runs in the 8th and 9th. Bees get a solo HR by Hosmer and 2-run HR by Beltre in the 8th. Bees win 6-2.

Lymebees record is at 44-34.

John Ingiosi

Lymebees at The Plague

Game 1; Hendricks vs Sanchez; The Plague gets a leadoff HR by Hamilton in the 1st with Goldy adding another on a single. The Plague get a 2-out double in the 2nd by Kipnis to score Hamilton. Bees get a 2-out 2-run double by Lind in the 6th. Bees would get a couple of walks in the 7th, but do not score again as The Plague wins, 3-2.

Game 2; Bumgarner vs Kazmir; Bees get a 2-out 2-run double by Tulowitzki in the 2nd, a 3-run HR by Braun in the 3rd, and another run by the Bees in the 5th. The Plague score 1 run in the bottom of the 5th. Bees score another run in the 6th. Lindor hits a 2-run HR for The Plague in the bottom of the 6th. Bees add 2 runs in the 9th and win 9-3.

Game 3; Gray vs Ramirez; The Plague get a 2-run HR by Cain in the 2nd. Bees tie the game in the 7th with a 2-run HR by Tulowitzki. The Plague get a 2-out walk and steal of second by Cain, followed with an RBI single by Moustakas. Bees get a 2-out walk to Valbuena in the 9th and pinch run Braun, who gets thrown out on a 65 roll to end the game. The Plague wins again, 3-2.

Lymebees record at 42-33.

John Ingiosi