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.
The Shartlesville Browns completed their second season at 47-33 and made the playoffs for the first time in team history. After a fast start the ’17 Browns had a bad second period and stood at 30-33 after two. This was the same record they had at the end of the 2nd in ’16, but the ’17 Browns went 17-10 in the third whereas the ’16 Browns tanked in the 3rd going 10-17 to finish 40-50.
The key to the Browns playoff run can best be summed up by left handed pitching. The Browns lefty starters were 10-4 in 16 starts with a 2.33 ERA in the 3rd. Likewise, the trades Browns management made to better hit lefties paid huge dividends. In the 3rd the Browns saw modest overall rises in BA (+4 Points) OBP (+4) and SLG (+7) but that was heavily driven by stats against LHP: up 20 points in average, 22 in OBP and 27 in SLG in about a third of total at bats.
The stars of the 3rd Period further bear this point out. Jon Lester posted a 5-1 record with a 0.79 ERA and Rich Hill was right behind him at 3-0 with a 1.09 ERA in just 3 starts. At the plate it was the added ability to platoon brought by trades that helped the Browns thrive. Jose Reyes slashed .500/.541/.618 in 34 at bats against LHP. On the other side of the platoon Corey Seager blew up in the 3rd hitting .303 with 4 HR, 9 2B and 12 RBI. The other key platoon was in RF where Brandon Guyer (.355/.444.452) handled the lefties and Josh Reddick (.246/.316/.377) with 2 HR and 11 RBI against the RHP.
For the year the team MVP’s were Hill (10-0,1.72 ERA over 83.66 innings in 11 Starts) and Brian Dozier who slashed .224/.292/.463 with 18 bombs and 53 RBI. He was involved in nearly a quarter of all the runs scored by the Browns on the season (80/358).
On the season the Browns hit .216 with two outs while hitting 29 2-out homers and driving in 129 runs. With runners in scoring position the Browns slashed .269/.331/.457 but were only 9 for 35 with the bases loaded.
The Browns wrapped up their season at The Plague on Sunday.
Game 1: Tanaka v Darvish. The Browns opened the scoring in the 4th when Seager led off with a double and was knocked in on a Reddick single. The Browns went to the pen after 5 to bring in Montgomery despite Tanaka pitching well. Bregman greeted Monty with a leadoff dinger to tie it. In the top of the 7th Belt drew a leadoff walk and was pulled for Tomlinson as a pinch runner. Salvy Perez knocked him in with a double. Monty worked a 1-2-3 7th and Brad Ziegler retired all 6 batters he faced for the save. Montgomery got the win in relief. Browns 2/6/0 Plague 1/3/1
Game 2: Lester v Matz. Maybin legged out a 1-out triple in the 1st and came in to score on a single from Brandon Guyer. Sean Rodriguez led off the 2nd with a hommer to make it 2-0 but the Plague cut it to 2-1 with a Cain 2-out homer in the 3rd. Tomlinson worked a 2-out walk in the top of the 7th and Maybin plated him with his second triple of the game. With a 3-1 lead Lester gave up a hit and a walk to start the 6th so Matt Bush was summoned to douse the fire and go out of the 7th. But Bush gave up a 2-out triple in 8th so the sharts turned to Donnie Hart, who retied Goldschmidt (+7 vs LHP) to end the inning. The Browns padded the lead with back-to-back pinch hit doubles from Seager and Abreu in the top of the 9th. Hart (with only 2/3 of inning left in the season at this point) opened the 9th and also retired Prado (+14) and Lindor. Brad Zeigler got the last out to earn his 10th save, but the Browns decision to use Hart in this game would come at a heavy cost in game 3. Browns 4/11/0 Plague 1/6/3
Game 3: Montgomery v Duffy. The Browns brought Montgomery back on 1 day of rest after his relief stint in game 1, it was the first of many mistakes in this game by the Sharts. But that all came later. First, the Browns got an unearned run in the 1st, 2 runs in the 2nd and 3 unearned runs in the 3rd, including a Fowler HR, to stake Monty to a 6-0 lead and chase Duffy. In the 3rd the Plague loaded the bases with no outs on 2 singles and a walk. They then got a Sac Fly, a single and a triple to cut the lead to 6-4. Fowler led off the 6th and Tomlinson walked but then there was a rare-play rain delay. After the delay Dozier made it 7-4 with an RBI single. Montgomery gave up a leadoff homer to Pado in the 6th but got out of the inning still up 7-5. Bush and Strop kept the Plague off the board in the 7th and 8th but with Hart not available the Browns turned to Zeigler for the 3rd in the game in a row in the 9th. Lindor singled and Wieters got a 31 hitting-and- running to make it 1st and 3rd. Escobar pinch ran for Wieters and swiped 2nd before Buxton tied it up with a single of Cody Allen. Allen got the next 3 out with Buxton on 2nd after he also took 2nd. The Browns went 1-2-3 in the 10th. In the bottom half, Allen issued a 1-out walk and Tony Watson gave up a walk off 2-run jack to Lindor. Plague 9/11/3 Browns 7/7/0.
Browns finish up 47-43.
After making 37 errors in the first 36 games the Browns made just 28 in the last 54.
Full season stats and observations will be sent out later this week.
Game 1: Hill v Happ. The Browns loaded the bases in the bottom of the 1st with Reyes single, Ramirez getting plunked and Dozier working a 2 out walk. Brandon Guyer hit a ball to left where former Brown Trea Turner booted it, allowing 2 unearned runs to score. The Browns pushed the lead to 3-0 in the 3rd when Fowler doubled and Maybin singled him in. Murphy made it 3-1 with a solo homer in the Browns added another unearned run in the 4th to close out the scoring. Hill finished his season 10-0 in 11 Starts with a 1.72 ERA and 101 K’s in 83.66 IP. Browns 4/5/1 Lemonheads 1/4/3
Game 2: Paxton v Kennedy. The Browns score a run on and infield hit in the bottom of the 1st but end up both Abreu and Belt K’d with the bases loaded. The Lemonheads pushed ahead in the top of the 2nd as Martinez reached on a Seager Error and came around on a Boegarts 2-run shot. Reddick led off the 3rd with a homer to tie it and the Sharts pushed ahead when Dozier reached on a 2-out E9 and scored on an Abreu single. But the Sharts handed the lead right back in the next inning when Duvall reached on an E4, Owings doubled to make it 2nd and 3rd and Walker drove them both in with a single. They added an insurance run on a solo homer in the 8th. Lemonheads 5/7/1 Browns 3/5/2
Game 3: Cueto v Pomeranz Crazy game. The Heads plate 3 runs in the 2nd on 4 hits and an error and get 3 more in the 3rd on homers from Martinez and Lamb. The Browns got 2 back on a homer from Reyes in the bottom of the 3rd. Boegarts made it 7-1 with a solo in the 4th. In the Browns 5th Calhoun, Ruiz and Maybin all walked with no outs. After Reyes K’d Correy Seager doubled in 2 and Abreu followed with an RBI single to make it 7-5. Murphy made it 8-5 with a lead off dinger in the 7th but the Browns battled back again. Ruiz ledoff the bottom of the 7th with a double and Maybin had a homer turned back to plate him. Abreu drove Maybin in to cut the lead to 8-7 but Dozier and S. Rodriguez both K’d with runners on 1st and 2nd. The Browns got 1st and 2nd again in the 9th but Dozier flew out to end it. Lemonheads 8/10/1 Browns 7/10/10
The Browns go to 45-42 and will look to wrap up the season sometime prior to Thanksgiving against the Plauge.
Notes: 5 of Hill’s 10 wins came as the only win in a Brown series loss.
The Browns improve to 13-7 all time against the Lemon heads, but are 1-4 in 1 run games.