I had some good luck late in the season to force a deciding game for first but sometimes that 1/36 chance goes against you.
Some quick notes
AB’s shut out their opponent 9 times and was shutout 10 times
AB’s go 17-9 in one run games
That’s all I’ll give up at this time
I accomplished my goal of a 5th straight playoff appearance with my highest finish in that stretch.
After a slow start, not pulling the plug on one deal and pulling it on another the team came together In the middle part of the season.
Good luck to Tony, Brian, Kevin and Bob in the playoffs. It’s down to 5 for the title.
Game 1; Santana vs Hendricks; Santana goes 6.1 Innings of shut out ball followed by 1.2 innings of the same by Briton, Hendricks goes 9 innings giving up no runs on 2 hits, Davis comes in to pitch the 9th and walks Braun, Bees hit and run with Beltre batting gets Braun to second with one out and Zunino doubles in the only run for 1-0 Bees win.
Game 2; Scherzer vs Fulmer; Bastards get a run in 3rd, Bees get a solo HR by Hosmer in bottom of 3rd, Bees get another run in 4th, Bastards get 2 runs in the 5th to retake the lead, Bees come back in the bottom of 5th with 2 runs to go ahead and hold for a 4-3 Bees win.
Game 3; Hamels vs Bumgarner; Bastards get a solo HR by Piscotty in first and score a second run in the inning and get a solo HR by Gattis in 2nd inning, Bees get a 2 run HR by Polanco in 4th, Ortiz hit a solo HR in 8th to end the scoring as Bastards win this one 4-2.
Bees record at 36-45 and playing Brian this Thursday evening with 2 series left to schedule.
The Brown headed north to take on the Arrogant Bastards last night.
Game 1: Lester v Santana. The AB’s got 2-out baserunners in the 1st, 3rd and 5th off Lester, but couldn’t deliver the next big hit. Meanwhile the Sharts got lead off hits in the 1st, 3rd and 7th but likewise couldn’t deliver a run. Big Papi led off the bottom of the 7th with a double and was lifted for a pinch runner in Dee Gordon. But 3 successive flyballs to the outfield failed to advance Gordon even one base. Still scoreless in the top of the 9th, Maybin reached on an E4 and Seager doubled to make it 2nd & 3rd with no out. Ramirez then hit a ball to center and both runners tagged. Seager was thrown out at 3rd but Maybin scored what would be the only run of the game. Zeigler Worked a 1-2-3 9th for the save. Browns 1/4/0 AB’s 0/3/1
Game 2: Rodon v Hamels. The Slug-Fest of the series. The Brown scored 4 runs on 7 hits including 3 homers (Calhoun, Reyes & Belt) and were still crushed by the AB’s thanks to homers from Trout, Gattis, Andrus and Piscotty. AB’s 9/9/0 Browns 4/7/0
Game 3: Cueto v Scherzer. The Browns opened the scoring with a Seager solo shot in the 1st. The AB’s came right back with a 2 run job from Papi in the bottom half. The Browns drew even in the 3rd when Ramirez worked a 2-out walk and Dozier doubled him home. In the home half of the 7th back-to-back singles to open the frame chased Cueto. With 1st & 3rd and no outs, pinch-hitter Saladino hit one to RF to score Pillar and break the deadlock, the roll needed to get him at home was 54, so naturally I rolled 53. The Browns gave it a shot in the 9th against Britton when Abreu smacked a 2-out double, but again we couldn’t get the next big hit as Belt k’d with the tying run in scoring position. AB’s 3/7/0 Browns 2/3/0
Next up for the Sharts is a Trip to Hustontown to take on the Bees on 10/22, but we will try to play at lest 2 other series before then.
Way back on March 19th, the ABs and Speakers clashed on Carol Drive.
Game 1 – Mookie Betts homers twice (3, 4) and knocks an RBI double in his first three trips to the plate. That’s all Carlos Martinez needs (7.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB) to pick up a 5-1 win.
Martinez turns away Evan Longoria’s homer in the 2nd and strands the bases loaded in the 5th. Roughned Odor chips in 3 singles (one on a hit-and-run 5 for an RBI).
W – C. Martinez (2-0); L – Danny Salazar
Game 2 – The ABs only manage 5 hits, but Kenta Maeda holds serve (8 IP, 5 H, 10 K). A scoreless tie reaches the 10th inning.
Joe Blanton strikes out Kevin Pillar to begin the bottom half. Tyler Saladino bunts for a hit. Addison Russell singles (9) to put the winning run at 2nd. Mike Trout pops to short.
With 2 away, Blanton loses Brett Gardner to load the bases. Stephen Piscotty attempts to walk, but Blanton denies him (+21). Piscotty then rolls another 14 for a walk off walk!
Bastards win 1-0. No Speaker makes it to 3rd base through 10 innings.
W – Brad Brach; L – Blanton (0-2)
Game 3 – With 2 on and 1 out in the 3rd, the Speakers break their scoreless streak. Kris Bryant’s 2-run triple gives the home team the early advantage.
Anthony Rendon walks with 2 outs in the 4th. Buster Posey reaches on Trout’s miscue in center, putting runners at 2nd and 3rd. Max Scherzer plunks Betts to load the bases; and then, he uncorks a run-scoring wild pitch. Speakers lead 3-0.
Jeremy Hellickson keeps the ABs at bay, except one innings gets away from the veteran. Russell doubles with 1 out in the 5th. Joe Panik pops to short for the 2nd out, but Trout’s 2nd hit of the series (11) scores Russell.
A rattled Hellickson balks and proceeds to walk Gardner and David Ortiz. Bases jammed. Giancarlo Stanton tries to walk for an RBI, but Hellickson (+26) turns it away and finally gets a 4-6 fielder’s choice to end the tense situation.
Bryant doubles to lead off the 7th. Carlos Gonzalez grounds out, moving Bryant to 3rd. Manny Machado lifts a fly ball to Stanton. Bryant breaks for the plate, but Stanton’s throw is on the money for a 9-2 double play!
Elvis Andrus starts the 9th with the ABs’ only other hit, a bunt single against Jeremy Jeffress. Evan Gattis promptly grounds into a tailor-made double play to erase the threat. Adrian Gonzalez grounds to short to bring down the curtain on a 3-1 Speakers’ win.
W – Hellickson (3-0, 7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 10 K); L – Scherzer; S – Jeffress (1)
Game 4 – Ervin Santana and Joe Ross lock horns for 4 scoreless innings. Longoria starts the ABs’ 5th with a double that injures Bryant in right field.
With 1 out, Russell doubles in Longoria. With 2 away, Panik singles home Russell. 2-0 ABs.
Another pair of extra base hits start the ABs’ 6th. Gonzalez doubles and Stanton triples him home. Longoria singles (5) in Stanton for a commanding 4-0 lead.
The Speakers have chances against Santana, but can only manage back-to-back doubles (Rizzo and Machado) to start the bottom of the 6th. They would leave 6 RISP and go 2-13 in those situations.
ABs take the finale to salvage a split, 4-1.
W – Santana; L – Ross (0-1); S – Kenley Jansen