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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.

Speakers, Juggs Play 18

Game one saw Juggs score 4 runs in the 1st inning. Peralta lead off single, Votto homer, 2-1 Juggs. Then Judge singled, but Gennett grounds into a double play. With 2 outs Khris Davis doubles and Lowrie doubles right behind him. Then Seager’s RBI single on a rare play that sees him making the third out trying for 2nd. Juggs 4-1 after first inning! But let’s rewind to the top of the 1st. We forgot to mention that the Speakers started the game with a Mookie Betts double off Juggs starter Gio Gonzalez. Then Rendon walks, Posey hits a deep fly to right were Judge makes an over-the-head catch and then guns down Betts at third while he tried to advance on the pop fly. Juggs save a run with that out as Rizzo then doubles in Rendon. Bryant pops out to the catcher to end the inning.

After the 1st inning Juggs don’t score another run for 17 innings as they lose in the 18th when Miguel Castro gives up a 2-run homer to Betts. Speakers scored 2 more in the top of the 4th and tying run in top of the 6th, all against Gonzalez.

Both teams used 5 relievers in the game. Juggs had 1st and 3rd with one out in the 2nd inning when Votto hit what should have been a sac fly to right field. But Brian and I used the APBA booklet this series. And guess what? Luke Weaver, an (XY) pitcher, turns that fly ball into a strike out. (I like it!)

The Juggs also had runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs in the bottom of the 5th when Judge lined into a double play. UGH! What was Votto thinking on 2nd? He wasn’t being forced. Stay on the bag! After that the Juggs never came close to scoring except two lead off infield errors by the Speakers. Juggs Lose game one 6-4.

W – Brandon Kintzler (1-0); L – Castro

Game two – Juggs love the lefties and spank Suter in his CG for a 6-2 win . Chacin also had a CG for the win and much needed rest for both bullpens. Donaldson, who is killing the ball since being traded to a winning team (lol), went 3-3 with a single, double, home run, 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored, plus a walk.

W – Joulys Chacin; L – Brent Suter (0-2)

Game 3 – Juggs lose a heart breaker as they hit starter Chase Anderson for 12 hits but still lose. Miguel Castro again gives up a dinger, in the top of 9th this time to Machado. Votto, Judge and Smoak get shut down in the bottom of 9th. Speakers win 5-4.

W – Brad Hand (4-0); L – Castro; S – Juan Nicasio (1)

Speakers win 2 of 3 at Juggernauts. I really enjoyed the Booklet; was very easy to adapt to.

Manager Tim

Both Managers Label Teams “Pathetic”

Game 1:  Heads 4  Speakers 3  17-innings

A walk-off JT Realmuto solo blast in the 17th inning wins it.  Matt Harvey was elected to eat it.

Game 2:  Speakers 8  Heads 2

Chase Anderson tosses a 2-hitter but loses the shutout in the 9th on a Toy Story 2-run homer.  A 3-run 4th and 4-run 6th lead the Speakers as Merrifield and Rizzo homer.

Game 3:  Speakers 4  Heads 2  16innings

A Rendon 2-run HR in the top of the 16th wins it as Cishek’s art imitated life late in the evening.

A frustrating series for both managers that was either made palpable or further enraged by some potent beers and pizza….

Team stats are absolutely pathetic.

Manager Bob

Bees Outpace Speakers

Game 1; Montgomery vs Snell; Bees get a 2 out rbi single by Arcia in 2nd and in 3rd Braun gets a 2 out single that score 1 run followed b a 2 run double by Travis, Bryant get a 2 run HR in 6th for Speakers, Bees score 2 run in 7th with 2 out, Speakers get 2 run HR by Bellinger in 8th and that’s would be the final score. Bees win 6-4

Game 2; Arrieta vs Ray; All Bees in this one as Bees score 2 runs in 1st on a 2 run Olson HR, solo HR by Olson in 3rd, 2 run in 6th and both pitchers go the distance with Ray allow just 1 hit and 3 walks. Bees win 5-0

Game 3; Martinez vs Gray; Bees get 2 run HR by Braun in 1st, Speakers get 1 run in 3rd, 1 run in 5th and 2 run in 6th, Bees get 2 runs in bottom of 5th on Braun’s second HR and with game tied in 9th Speakers get the go ahead run and win the game 5-4

Lymebees record at 16-11 and ready to schedule more games.

Manager John

Ironic Juggs at Speakers

Irony abounds in Juggs first 8 series. The Juggs go 1-2 in six series. Our only 2 winning series are 3-0 sweeps against Steve and Brian, this past seasons World Series teams.

Juggs traveled to Speakers with a lot of confidence tonight, needing a sweep to get to .500 (12-12 ). Juggs got a lot of help from the Speakers almost non-existing hitting. Juggs homers made the big difference. Stats to follow soon. Judge is on an MVP pace.

Manager Tim