I don’t really do write ups much but this one got messy. John and I hooked up yesterday for a morning series, a break for lunch and finished up w/ a series in the afternoon.
Game 1 – 12-2 AB’s Stanton, Healy, Castro and Sanchez (2) hit HR’s and Sanchez drives in 5 as Lynn tosses a complete game. A -13 gift HR loses the shutout for Lynn in 9th.
Game 2 – 6-3 AB’s series gets weird in the 8th as Sanchez and Mauer run each other over trying for a foul ball. Mauer has to leave the game and Sanchez is out for 3 games.
Game 3 – Bees 3-2 Stanton HR in 1st is countered by an Olson 2 run bomb in bottom half. Mauer drives in a run in 2nd. But in the 5th Mauer runs over Grandal on another foul pop. Mauer leaves game and Grandal is out for 1 game. The AB’s now have no catchers for game 3 or the first game of next series. Kevin Pillar raises his hand to volunteer to throw the gear on. Cano knocks in go ahead run in 7th for Bees as the AB’s kick up a fuss in 9th with 2 outs and a man on 1st they hit and run w/ Gardner who gets in the 2nd column but rolls a single and Andrus grounds out to end it.
Game 4 – Bees win 3-2 Manager Steve implores an old softball strategy as Joe Mauer knows how to catch but rather than downgrade two positions he leaves Mauer at 1st and Ryon Healy is the next man up to catch. Zunino HR in 3rd is countered by 2 solo’s from Turner and Ozuna in 7th. Jansen comes on in 9th but yields a 44-0 single to Upton who steals 2nd then Cano doubles Upton in and scores on a wild throw by Jansen.
Game 5 – AB’s 3-1 Ozuna (2) and Gardner drive in the runs as Lance Lynn goes 6 innings for his 2nd win of the day. Grandal survives the entire game at catcher.
Game 6 – AB’s 2-0 as Mad Max hurls a CG gem (helped by John’s rolling ice cubes). Trout scores both runs after reaching on 2 errors. Scores a run on another error and the other on a Stanton double. Sanchez survives the entire game behind the dish.
The Bees only get 26 hits on the day. But the cheesesteaks at Mother’s Subs were good and so was the company.
The AB’s are now 9-6 on the young season with no games scheduled this weekend.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.