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Stars and Speakers Celebrate

In honor of Kevin’s birthday, the Speakers hosted the 2nd period series, but traveled for the celebration. The Speakers further added to the celebration by totaling just ten hits … in the entire series!

Game 1 – Didi Gregorius can’t find the handle on Anthony Rendon’s grounder in the bottom of the 1st. David Dahl doubles with Rendon pulling up at 3rd. Javy Baez grounds out to plate the game’s first run … and only run!

Carlos Martinez fires a CG one-hitter, hitting Austin Barnes and walking 2. The no-no remained intact until Didi’s triple with 2 outs in the 7th. Carlos walks Matt Carpenter, but stops Ben Zobrist’s 7 to snuff out the threat.

The Speakers never could add on, getting just 2 more base runners into scoring position and collecting a total of 3 hits. (With Dylan Floro recording the only hit turned back with 2 away in the 6th and Whit Merrifield at 2nd, that means the Speakers rolled only 4 hit numbers in 8 innings.)

Martinez improves to 2-0. Morton suffers the tough loss.

Game 2 – Reynoldo Lopez allows more runs in the first 2 innings (8) than the Speakers score in the series (6). Lopez and friends hold the Stars, but will never, ever come back from 8 down.

Eugenio Suarez homers (11-1) to begin the game. He also makes the last out in the 2nd … and the 3rd. Matt Kemp and Gregorius go deep in the 2nd.

Kemp and Inciarte provide 6 of the Stars’ 15 hits. The Speakers sputter to score 2 with 2 outs in the 9th, but fall, 8-5. Lopez can’t repeat his stellar performance against The Plague and falls to 2-3 with a 5.68 ERA.

Game 3 – Another no-hitter alert … except this one is official! Jacob deGrom walks Anthony Rizzo to start the bottom of the 2nd. That’s the Speakers’ only base runner, never advancing a base.

The Speakers did roll 8 hits, but never rolled better than a 55 against the Grade 20 right hander. If anyone would ever get no-hit in OOTL, it would be the Speakers.

Miles Mikolas surrenders just 5 hits, but Joc Pederson leaves the yard in the 6th as the Stars win, 2-0. Mikolas is now 4-4 with a 2.97 ERA.

The Stars are now 5-1 against the Speakers this season. Happy Birthday, Kevin!

Manager Brian

Speakers Avoid The Plague

Game 1 – The Speakers use a 2-out Kenta Maeda wild pitch immediately followed by a James McCann passed ball to score Mookie Betts in the top of the 1st. Anthony Rizzo doubles the lead by connecting (2) to lead off the 4th.

A 2-out Betts walk precedes a pair of singles in the 5th. Manny Machado’s 9 plates Betts for a 3-0 lead. A pair of 2-run homers in the 8th by Javy Baez (5) and Juan Soto (3) put the opener out of reach, 7-0.

Reynoldo Lopez (2-2) goes the distance, allowing a Michael Brantley RP single in the 1st and a Paul Goldschmidt 7 to lead off the 8th. Lopez records just takeaways, facing only 31 batters.

Game 2 – Baez clubs #6 to lead off the 2nd. Brandon Nimmo answers in the bottom half with a 2-run double to put The Plague on the scoreboard for the first time in the series.

The Speakers manufacture the tying run in the 3rd on 2 walks, a Kyle Gibson wild pitch, and a Mitch Haniger sac fly. Nimmo loses a walk and a home run, but doubles home Max Kepler in the 4th for a 3-2 home team advantage.

The Plague holds the Speakers to a Haniger double (turned back by Gibson’s +14) the rest of the way. Goldy’s 2-run blast in the 8th clinches a 7-2 series-tying win, the first time The Plague have defeated the Speakers this season.

Mike Mikolas surrenders 10 hits in 6.2 IP and falls to 4-3.

Game 3 – Machado’s first error and Francisco Lindor’s 2-out RBI single give The Plague the early lead.

The Speakers answer immediately as Lindor boots a ball to begin the 2nd. Luis Severino uncorks a wild pitch, Cody Bellinger doubles home Baez for a 1-1 tie. However, the Speakers aren’t done.

Severino walks Omar Narvaez and Juan Soto with 1 away. Betts strokes a 2-run single (10), David Dahl singles home another (7), and with 2 outs, Rizzo clears the bases with a 2-run double. Speakers lead, 6-1.

Ross Stripling retires the next 7 hitters, but Lindor triples in the 4th and Kevin Kiermaier lofts a sac fly to right. The Speakers continue to add on as Dahl deposits a 2-run HR (2) over the fence in right in the 6th.

After stranding a pair in the 5th, The Plague take advantage of an Andrelton Simmons error with 1 out in the 6th. Kiermaier follows with a 2-run blast to match Dahl.

The Speakers pen squashes any hope of a comeback. Speakers win, 8-4, as Edwin Diaz sets down The Plague in order. Ross Stripling improves to 2-1. Speakers take the series, 2-1, and climb back to .500, 15-15.

Manager Brian

Speakers Host Juggs

Speakers get some revenge on Juggs . Speakers win first 2 easily. Game 1 Mikolas goes the distance for speakers first win of series gives up 5 hits and only 1 run . Speakers win game 5-1 . But Gennett keeps hitting streak alive at 7 games . Gennett 2/3 rbi , 2b. Homer turned back. Hicks scored on the double. Speakers had 11 hits . 9 hitter Simmons 3/3 , 2 runs , 2b. Haniger 2 run homer. Neither team made an error. Voit makes debut for Juggs and goes 0-4 with a k . Sabathia loss. Game 2 .speakers win a close game 4-2 . Wood gets the loss price the win . Juggs had 4 hits and an error. Voit finally gets a hit on his 8th plate appearance of series a solo homer in top of 9th .  Speakers had 10 hits . Simmons again in the ninth spot reaches base every plate appearance. Single, walk, HBP , error . Juggs have one error speakers none .  Gennett hitting streak snapped with a PH out.Game 3 : juggs finally start hitting. Generate 12 hits for a 7-3 win . Juggs pull starter minor after only 2 innings. Minor gave up a two run homer to Machado in bottom of second. Gave speakers a 2-1 lead . Juggs Muncy had solo homerun in top of second. Top of 3rd smith singles gets to 2nd on Iglesias 6-3 out . Voit then singles him in . Game tied 2-2 . Bottom of 3rd Betts lead off single, minor pulled for Chavez . Chavez goes 4.1 for the win . Hirano finished last 2.2 innings of game . Speakers manage only one more run in bottom of 7th . Springer Has a career day for the record books . First at bat walk . Then Springer hits three consecutive homers all 66-1. Top 4th , top 5th , top 8th , last at bat in 9th rolled a 63 . Top of 9th Jordan Hicks turned back , consecutive homers by Iglesias and Voit . Voit 2/5 2rbi, 2b. Speakers had 7 hits in the loss and an error. Juggs currently 17-13 record

Manager Tim

Speakers Muted

Speakers go mute at Basher stadium. Juggs End first quarter with a surprising pair of wins.”” against best team in the league “ says manager Tim . The Speakers are the team I pick to win it all he also says . Game 1 has a pair of lefties wood for Juggs price for speakers , and it’s a pitching dual the whole game . Price will get a complete game win and shutout. Price allowed only 3 hits and one walk in his win .he also recorded 11 strikeouts. Top of 3rd Rizzo singles off of wood , Merrifield and Bryant both strikeout. Betts singles. And then haniger rbi single scores Rizzo for only run of game . Wood went 6.2 innings allowed 6 hits one earned run one walk 8 ks. Chavez finished game for Juggs 2.1 IP no hits one walk 2 k. No errors this game .  Game 2 .Gonzales starts for Juggs . Martinez for speakers. Speakers strike first blood in top of 3rd . Posey walk, Rizzo HBP, merrifield single to load bases . Bryant rolls a 27 result 3b easy double play, but not for Muncy a (3) fielding 3 runner on 3rd scores only force out at 3rd made . Butt luckily Betts pops to catcher and Haniger k to end inning. Speaker 1-0. Juggs answer back when smith gets a one out single, Peralta hit and run . Runners on corners one out Votto sac fly to center scores smith . Ties game . Top 4th belligerents one out double will score when posey gets a two out single. Rizzo gets HBP again. Merrifield flyout to end inning. Speakers up 2-1. Bottom 4th Juggs score twice thanks to a haniger error to leadoff batter hicks, Gennett single, Dejong line to 2nd. One out runners first and second . Error Baez SS to fill bases . Smith single (15/11) two runs score . Peralta hits into double play to end inning. Juggs up 3-2 . Top of 5th Gonzales hits his third batter Bryant. Gonzales pulled . OH in to face Mookie . Boom first pitch gone 2 run homer . Two singles an error and a sac fly will get speakers another run that inning. Speakers up 5-3 . Speakers will hold that lead going into bottom of 9th Iglesias will PH for Dejong. To face lefty Rogers , Rogers pulled for righty Diaz , flyout Center . But Molina gets a 6 double. Lowrie PR for Molina one out runner on second. Smith gets his second 11 single of game runners first and third one out .manager Tim contemplating to steal or H&R . Manager Brian takes this moment to change pitchers . Brings in lefty hand . Forcing manager Tim to PH for Peralta with Judge . Smith steals second . For a better hitting position for judge 8’s are good now . But boom 11 roll for 0 second column roll 15=1 , Hand +13 can’t stop it . 3 run homer Juggs WIN.

Game 3 speakers at Juggs . Juggs pitch their 3rd lefty ,Minor. Minor will get a complete game win behind a 17 hit 12 run offense. Minor had a shutout till the 9th , when Mookie Betts hit a lead off Homer. The only run for the Speakers, who only had 4 hits this game . Minor 9ip 4 hits 1er 2bb 6k. Gennett went 5 for 5 with 3 runs , 1 rbi , and 3 doubles. Molina was 1 /4 with a 3 run homer and a sac fly rbi for 4 rbi. Smith was 3/6 2 runs scored and a rbi. Peralta 3/5 one run and a double. Juggs had no walks in the first 5 innings. But then had 3 in the 6th and 2 in the 7th off of starter Eovaldi +41 control. Manager Brian made Eovaldi eat this game for a complete game loss . Juggs are extremely happy to get two wins in this series. Finish Quarter 13-11 .

Manager Tim

Stars (“New Bees”) Host Speakers

Last Monday (August 12th), the Speakers traveled to Lewisberry to close out the first half of the season against the Stars. However, the  series highlight turned out to be Manager Kevin’s new hobby: bees.

Bee-sides, neither team could muster much offense. The bats must also have been “hiving” in the Baker backyard.

Game 1 – Clayton Kershaw and a trio of relievers shut out the Speakers, who have runners at 2nd and 3rd with one out in the 1st. Kershaw whiffs both Cody Bellinger and Javy Baez to close the frame.

Jake Marisnick decides hitting with RISP is overrated and homers (11-1) in the 2nd off David Price. That 1-0 score holds up.

No Speaker reaches 3rd base again until the 9th. With two fast runners at 1st and 2nd and no outs, Baez grounds into a 6-4-3 DP. Kris Bryant fouls out to left to smother the mini-threat.

The Speakers out-hit the Stars 6-3. Anthony Rendon (3-4, 3 D) collects half of them.

W – Kershaw; L – Price (0-3); S – Nick Goody

Game 2 – Buster Posey and Rendon both reach with 1 out in the 1st. Bellinger launches a 3-run HR (8) as the Speakers dent the plate for the first time in the series.

Chase Anderson makes that one swing hold up by going the distance and shutting out the Stars, 3-0. The Stars get two on base twice in the middle innings, but Anderson takes away 3 hits and a walk during those frames to preserve the shutout. The Speakers never get another runner past 2nd.

W – Anderson (4-1); L – Quintana

Game 3 – Rendon singles home Mookie Betts following a triple to start the game. The Speakers string together 3 singles and a walk to plate a pair in the 2nd for — (in this series, at least) — a commanding 3-0 early advantage.

With 2 outs and nobody on in the 5th, Brent Suter throws wildly to 1st allowing Greg Bird to reach 2nd base. Ender Inciarte strokes the Stars’ first hit to put his team on the board for the first time in 19+ innings.

Betts’ third hit of the game leaves the yard (6) in the 7th to re-engage the Speakers’ 3-run lead, 4-1. Suter works around two more errors (Posey and Anthony Rizzo) until he gets the first 2 outs of the 9th.

That’s when Inciarte spanks his third hit of the game, a triple.  Dustin Pedroia singles home the run to bring the tying run to the plate.

The Speakers lift Suter in favor of Roberto Osuna. Matt Carpenter steps in as a pinch-hitter. Osuna prevents a walk (+43), which would bring the winning run to the plate. Carpenter finally hits a harmless fly ball to left to end the game, 4-2.

W – Suter (1-2); L – Dallas Keuchel; S – Osuna (2)

Afterward, all the buzz was about the Stars scoring just three runs, yet still squeezing a win out the series. The Speakers score in only 4 innings, but it’s good enough to swarm two victories to end the half on a sweet note.