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.
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.