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Shooting Stars II at Birds of Pray

G-1 Stars take 5-1 lead on a Morneau solo & 3 RBIs from D. Navarro. Birds score 4 in the bottom of the 6th on a 2-run triple by Davis & RBIs from Markakis & Altuve for a 5-5 tie. Birds get a walk-off double in the 11th from J. Schafer for the 6-5 win.

G-2 Stars get 4th inning RBIs from Pence & Kemp for a 2-1 lead. 8th inning back-to-back doubles by Frazier & Pence increase their lead to 3-1. Birds get a 9th inning double from Molina with 1 out, but AJ Ramos comes in to get the final 2 outs & save the Stars 3-2 win.

G-3 C.Crisp leads off the 1st with a homer. Birds tie in the 3rd on an RBI double by Altuve. Stars get a 6th inning double by Frazier for a 2-1 lead. Birds tie in the 8th on a SF by Markakis driving in an unearned run. In the 9th, Stars use a 2-out walk and an RBI double from Navarro for a 3-2 win.

The teams combined for 3 homers in the series, with 2 gifts.
D. Navarro had 4 RBIs in the series for the Stars.
Bird played 35 one-run games in the first 70 (50%), going 16-19.
Birds C. Davis hit .230 – 4 homers & 12 RBIs in the 1st Period; and, .115 with 1 homer & 8 RBIs in the 2nd Period.

Shooting Stars II at Speakers

Game 1 – Justin Morneau’s 4th inning solo shot scores the only run of the game. The Speakers collect another grand total of 3 hits, waste a great outing by Bud Norris and fall by shutout for the 10th time this season.
W – Dallas Keuchel; L – Norris (2-4)

Game 2 – Alex Wood walks 3 in the 1st. With 2 outs, 1 run in and the bases juiced, Matt Kemp strokes a 3-run triple. Michael Cuddyer 2-out 2-run double in the 2nd makes it 6-0 Stars. The Speakers specialize in solo homers when the game’s out of reach, so Jason Heyward (2) and Anthony Rendon (8) contribute to the 6-3 loss.
W – Jered Weaver; L – Wood (3-2); S – Mike Fiers

Game 3 – Buster Posey’s RBI single and Scott Van Slyke’s (6) 3-run blast in the 1st are rendered meaningless. Michael McKenry and Angel Pagan homer in a 4-run Stars 5th. In the bottom half, Rendon’s RBI double knots the game at 6-6 and becomes the final hit for either team. Both pens blank the opposition. Jhonny Peralta’s bobble at short on Albert Pujols’ grounder (he specializes in 6-3 or more effectively 6-4-3 ground balls) starts the bottom of the 9th. Yoenis Cespedes pinch runs at 2nd and Andrelton Simmons bunts him to 3rd. After a Heyward intentional pass, Buster Posey lifts a fly to deep left. Coco Crisp catches the ball, but can’t throw out Cespedes with the winning run.
W – Jeurys Familia (3-3); L – Buddy Carlyle

Shooting Stars II at Lymebees

Game 1; Degrom vs Wheeler; Stars get a 2-run HR by Kemp in the 1st inning and score 4. Bees get 1 run back in the 2nd. Stars get a solo HR by Crisp in the 5th. Bees get single runs in the 5th and 6th. Bees manage to load the bases in the 9th with two outs, but Braun would strike out. Stars win 5-3.

Game 2; Beckett vs Gray; Stars score 3 runs in the 4th on doubles by Kemp and Pence. Stars get a 2-run HR by Crisp in the 7th. Stars get 2 more runs in the 8th. Bees would get their only run in the 9th as Stars win easily 7-1.

Game 3: Keuchel vs Hendricks; Bees would score first with 3 runs in the 1st and 2 runs in the 3rd. Stars get 3 runs in the 4th and 1 run in the 8th, but Bees would hold on to win 5-4.

Lymebees record at 31-21.

Speakers vs. Shooting Stars II

The Christians and lions theme rolls on:

Game 1 – Mookie Betts singles to lead off the game. Buster Posey’s home run becomes an RBI double, and then he’s nailed at the plate after a deep fly out to Matt Kemp in right. Significant? Of course!

Coco Crisp coaxes a walk to lead off the 8th. After a pair of Stars ground out, Todd Frazier singles to tie the score at 1-1.

Since the Speakers only wait around for the opponent to score in extra frames, they go quietly (1-2-3) in the 10th. However, Angel Pagan walks with one out in the bottom half. Justin Morneau, who should immediately be enshrined in Cooperstown based on this series alone, smokes a 2-run HR for a 3-1 Stars’ win.

W – Dallas Keuchel, L – Chris Archer (1-2)

Game 2 – Anthony Rizzo’s solo (3) in the 2nd gives the Speakers another early lead. Rizzo’s 4th inning single (with two outs and nobody on) stands as the Speakers’ only other hit until the 9th.

Meanwhile, the Stars bunch three singles and a Morneau sac fly off Felix Hernandez in the 5th to tie. The second of those singles gets through Rizzo. Even the SABR-matricians have lost count as to how many “12” singles the Speakers’ 1B4s have coughed up already this season.

Morneau’s 2-out RBI single in the 7th should have been enough. However, the Speaker bats double their hit output in the 9th as Andrelton Simmons singles and Posey drives a game-winning 2-out 2-run HR (his 2nd) for a 3-2 lead.

Jeremy Affeldt walks Matt Carpenter with one out in the bottom half. Pinch-runner Brock Holt steals 2nd and 3rd, but is tagged out on a whiffed suicide squeeze. Morneau then grounds out to short to end it.

W – Hernandez (3-3), L – Doug Fister, S – Affeldt (1)

Game 3 – Anthony Rendon’s error scores Pagan for a 1st inning Stars’ lead. Morneau’s RBI double scores Crisp in the 3rd to make it 2-0.

In the bottom half, Rizzo singles home Howie Kendrick following a double to cut the lead in half. Kolten Wong’s 2-out RBI single scores Scott Van Slyke in the 4th for a 2-2 tie.

Van Slyke (3-4, 2B, HR, RBI, 2-R) homers in the 6th for a 3-2 Speaker advantage. The Speakers’ offense then decides that scoring 3-runs is too much work, so they take the rest of the game off.

Crisp waltzes home with the tying run in the 8th after his triple and Pagan’s fly out to left. Hunter Pence homers to start the 9th for the game-winner, since the Speakers traditionally go 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

W – Shawn Tolleson, L – Jordan Zimmermann (3-2), S – Zach Putnam

Game 4 – The Stars drub Bud Norris for 4 in the 1st, 2 more in the 2nd and 14 runs/18 hits overall. Following the 14-4 slaughter, Norris commented, “I feel more beat up than last year’s intruder at the Stars’ offices. Can’t recall when I’ve had this much fun.” I’m sure his 8.10 ERA is an indication. Not to mention a dozen HRs allowed in 5 starts.

Morneau (4-4, 2-HR, 4-RBI, 3-R, BB, sac fly) leads the way while Frazier plates 5, including a 1st inning bases loaded triple before Norris records a single out. Todd also homers in the 8th going back-to-back with Pence. Dioner Navarro also homers for good measure.

Piling on insult, Rendon is ejected in the 2nd following a called third strike, forcing Manny Machado to take the field, already down 6-0. He tried to tell the manager about his sore knee, but was refuted.

W – Lance Lynn, L – Norris (0-3)

Crisp’s series: 6-18, 4-0s rolled, D, 2-T, 2-BB. Morneau: 10-17, 5-0s rolled, D, 3-HR, 9-RBI, 5-R, 2-BB). Speakers hitters combined had less than 6 hits in two of the games.

Brids of Pray vs. Shooting Stars II

G-1 Scooter Gennett homered in the 1st, and the Birds got 2 in the 2nd on RBIs from Headley & Markakis to take 3-0 lead. Stars tied the game in the 3rd on an RBI from Frazier & a 2-run double by Pence. It remained tied until the 11th when the Birds got a leadoff walk from Carlyle, a stolen base, and an RBI double by Molina for a 4-3 win. Birds got 6 innings of no-hit ball from their pen.

G-2 Birds got a 6th inning solo from M. Cabrera, & the Stars tied it in the 7th on a Pence solo. In the 11th, the Birds again turned a leadoff walk, by Chapman, into a run, when S. Gennett doubled for a 2-1 win. Birds’ Worley 8 IP, 4 hits. Stars’ Lynn, 10 IP, 5 hits. This was the Stars 3rd consecutive extra-inning loss.

G-3 Stars got 3 RBIs from Kemp, 3 RBIs from Peralta, including a homer, & a 4-5 game with a homer & 4 RBIs from Frazier in an 11-0 rout of the Birds. deGrom 9 innings, 2 hits.

G-4 Stars got a 2-run homer from Morneau in the 5th to take a 4-0 lead, & Fiers threw a 3-hitter to give the Stars a 4-1 win & series split.