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Lead Story - 3/1/2014
Highlights from Days 17-73
Here's some noteworthy stories I noticed from high in the press box over the past several weeks. ***All statements or characterizations attributed to managers in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real sentiments of those managers are purely coincidental.
Babe Ruth is finally realizing his potential and is 2nd in MVP voting with a .392 Avg
***Houston's flair for the dramatic (walk-off wins) continues as per these notes in jim2miller's diary:
Day 21: I wish my team would take care of business earlier, but a 2-out RBI triple in bottom of 9th ties game 1-1. Mike Schmidt HR in 11th wins it.
Day 24: I'm sorry Seattle, I know you led 3-0 going to the bottom of the 9th, but you know what Yogi says...Schmidt then hits 2-run HR and Sammy Sosa hits a walk-off 2-run HR
Day 25-26: Something's gone horribly wrong. Seattle scores in the 10th to top us, and then we go to Boston and they get a run against my main man Armando Benitez in the bottom of the 9th to win. He had a 0.41 ERA before that. Hmmm, hope the magic hasn't ended...
Day 28: The world is right again. We get 3 in top of 9th of a tie game to beat Boston.
Day 36: Those darn Paws came back from a 1-0 deficit in the top of the 9th to beat me 2-1 yesterday, but we got our revenge today. Scoreless 0-0 in the bottom of the 10th, I got back-to-back 10th inning triples for the walk-off win. I love how Arky Vaughan literally crawled to home plate so Jake Beckley would get credit with a walk-off triple. My guys are enjoying their Hollywood moments.
Day 43: Well Texas had to go and tie the game in the top of the 9th, but then we got another walk-off in our half of the 9th when they threw a wild-pitch with a runner at 3rd.
Day 55: Sorry Diary, I think the Baby Bears have been pilfering from our stash of walk-off mojo for a while, but we got it back tonight when Jeff Kent tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the 9th with a 2-out solo home run. From there it was mere formality when we got a pair of doubles in the bottom of the 10th to win.
Day 57: Thank you Ryan Klesko for hitting that solo home run in the top of the 14th inning for Oakland. That kicked in the dramatic juices we were waiting for. Of course hitting our batter in the bottom of the 14th, letting him steal, giving up a game-tying hit, and losing the game on an error, didn't help your cause, but the magic can't be prevented right?
Day 60: Maybe I should learn humility. Went to Colorado and lost in the bottom of the 14th on an error.
Day 61: Forget that. I talked to Muhammad Ali before the game and he reminded me that he said in his prime "It's hard to be humble when you're as great as I am". That night we scored 2 runs in top of 10th at Colorado to win 3-1.
Day 65: Just lost a walk-off in the bottom of the 11th to the Rally Monkeys who took 3 of 4 from me. OK, time to quit the braggadocio. Going to bake my humble pie now.
***On Day 29, rookie catcher Brian McCann hit 3 HRs for San Francisco to become the latest player to tie the long-standing single-game record. Chicago Southpaw Lou Gehrig tied the feat for the 2nd time in his career on Day 56. Hank Aaron of Cincinnati hit 3 HRs in a game for the first time in his career on Day 70. Aaron, who was hitting .103 on Feb 15th and was briefly on the trade block, has hit 8 HRs in his last 10 games.
***Minnesota has had their share of struggles this year, and are last in the majors in ERA, but they decided to take out some frustrations on the Southpaws pitching staff on Day 45, scoring 23 times on 23 hits. It was the 5th highest single-game run tally in league history. Every Twin City Bear had at least 2 hits, every one of them scored and all but one had an RBI. They hit 6 HRs. Throw in 10 base on balls and they would score in every inning but one.
***Texas certainly worked hard for their victory on Day 45 against Oakland. They scored two runs in the top of the 9th to tie the game 2-2 after 9 innings. They hit 3 solo homers in the top of the 10th, but then proceeded to walk the bases loaded before surrendering a 3-run double in the bottom of the 10th. After that let-down they bounced back for a run in the top of the 11th, but surrendered a solo homer in the bottom of the 11th. Four hits and 3 walks produced 4 Ranger Captain runs in the top of the 12th. This time they shut the door with a 1-2-3 bottom half to finally get the win. The next day though, they blew a 5-1 lead going to the bottom of the 9th, when former Rookie of the Year Paul Konerko capped a 5-run Oakland 9th with a walk-off 3-run HR.
***San Diego starting pitcher Ed Walsh threw another 1-hitter on Day 47 leading the Swinging Friars to victory. It completed a 3-game stretch where he completed each game and threw 2 one-hitters. San Diego has been at or near the top of the team pitching stats this year with Walsh and rookie Lincecum leading the charge.
***Detroit and Cleveland, on Day 53, combined for 30 runs, tying the 3rd highest combined run count in league history. After trailing 10-3 through 4 innings, the Paws rallied to win 19-11 despite getting out-homered 4-0. 2-time AL Batting Champ Tris Speaker had 5 hits in the game and is leading the AL again in Average this season. Also on the same day, Baltimore starting pitcher Al Spalding tossed a surprising 1-hit shutout. It was his first career shutout.
***In a subway series game on Day 61, Mr. Met second basemen Del Pratt collected 6 hits in a 15 inning game to tie the single game hits mark. It was even more impressive considering he only had 195 career hits entering the game.
***Frankie Frisch of the Dingers doesn't hit many home runs, but he got one in the 5th inning on Day 66 in order to complete the feat of hitting for the cycle. Hitting for the cycle by the 5th inning is quite an accomplishment, even if against the lowly Mr. Redlegs squad.
***Offensive juggernaut Boston lost on Day 69, but what was most impressive was that they didn't commit an error during the 16-inning game. Manager Huntw often gives his players a choice as to whether they take their glove out to the field with them on defense if they feel it will it will be too tight with their batting gloves on. Of course "shortstop" John McGraw was hurt early in the game. We'll see how that impacts Boston over the next week or so as they deal with the loss of their lead-off man.
***Don Wilson's bid to become the first pitcher to toss a no-hitter this season came up short today (Day 73) when Carlos Delgado of the Sluggerrrs singled off him to start the bottom of the 8th inning. Wilson finished with a 1-hitter in leading Detroit to victory.
If I missed something big, let me know.
Huge night for Chavez carries Phanatics to victory
Eric Chavez was on his game, knocking in 3 runs in Philadelphia's 9-6 victory over the Jolly Rogers. Chavez also had 3 hits in the game. Johan Santana struckout 9 Philadelphia batters in the contest. | Box
Overall dominates, Presidents win 4-1
Orval Overall was brilliant last night, allowing just 4 hits over 9 innings, leading the Presidents to a 4-1 win over the Bernie Brewers. | Box
Porter delivers in clutch, Dodger Dogs win
Darrell Porter drove in 4 runs, carrying Los Angeles to a 5-1 victory over the Dingers. | Box
McLain blanks Detroit with 5-0 shutout
Detroit is hoping not to see Denny McLain again for a long while. McLain went the distance, leading Toronto to a 5-0 victory. Tony Lazzeri had a big game as well, knocking in 3 runs for Toronto while recording 3 hits. | Box
Lynn delivers in clutch, Lou Seals win
Fred Lynn drove in 4 runs, carrying San Francisco to a 10-6 victory over the Mr. Redlegs. | Box
WHO'S HOT - Last 5 Games
|K. Mitchell, Swinging Fri..|| ||.381||4 HR||10 RBI|
|M. Ott, Green Monsters|| ||.706||1 HR||9 RBI|
|R. Smith, Twin City Bears|| ||.600||2 HR||7 RBI|
|R. Cano, Paws|| ||.450||3 HR||7 RBI|
|S. Musial, Dandys|| ||.400||2 HR||8 RBI|
WHO'S NOT - Last 5 Games
|I. Suzuki, Dandys|| ||4 for 26 (.154)|
|T. Cobb, Mr. Mets|| ||3 for 20 (.150)|
|H. Nicol, Swinging Friars|| ||3 for 19 (.158)|
|R. Yount, Bernie Brewers|| ||2 for 18 (.111)|
|E. Delahanty, Paws|| ||4 for 20 (.200)|
|3/8/2014||Phanatics @ Jolly Rogers||Watch Box|
|3/8/2014||Mariner Moose @ Ranger Cap..||Watch Box|
|3/8/2014||Swinging Friars @ Green Mo..||Watch Box|
|3/8/2014||Sliders @ Sluggerrrs||Watch Box|
|3/8/2014||Bernie Brewers @ President..||Watch Box|
|3/8/2014||Dodger Dogs @ Dingers||Watch Box|
|3/8/2014||Birds @ Southpaws||Watch Box|
|3/8/2014||Baxter Bobcats @ Mr. Mets||Watch Box|
|3/8/2014||Paws @ Aces||Watch Box|
|3/8/2014||Raymonds @ Junction Jacks||Watch Box|
|3/8/2014||Lou Seals @ Mr. Redlegs||Watch Box|
|3/8/2014||Baby Bears @ Stompers||Watch Box|
|3/8/2014||Fredbirds @ Rally Monkeys||Watch Box|
|3/8/2014||Dandys @ Twin City Bears||Watch Box|
|3/8/2014||Billy Marlins @ Homers||Watch Box|
|3/8/2014||Baxter Bobcats @ Mr. Mets||Watch Box|
|1/29/2014||OF surplus sale||Chapman|
I liked my teams before today's draft but the CPU decided my OF was too thin. This is your gain. Send offers for OF talent now, I don't expect much in return so if there is a OF you want let me know.
3/5/2014 Player Signed|
Wandy Rodriguez picked up by Los Angeles Rally Monkeys
3/5/2014 Player Signed|
Wilbur Cooper picked up by Los Angeles Rally Monkeys
3/2/2014 Player Signed|
Charlie Smith picked up by Los Angeles Dodger Dogs
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