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BREAKING NEWS: 4 disappointing teams get some life with no-hitters


Gary Nolan recorded the league's first 10 inning no-hitter today
Cy Falkenberg needed just 109 pitches to toss a no-hitter back on March 24th, as the Los Angeles Dodger Dogs defeated the St. Louis Fredbirds. It was Falkenberg's 3rd career shutout and proves he is worthy of the 2nd chance that Los Angeles has given him this year after not pitching at all in the past 2 seasons.

No fooling, but on April 1st, Baltimore's Javier Vazquez, under the watch of new manager PondScum tossed a 98-pitch no-hitter against Oakland. Javier hit the first batter of the game and issued a 2-out walk in the 7th inning, but otherwise was efficient and in command. It was his first career shutout and he followed it up with another shutout in his next start.

George McQuillan became the 2nd player in league history with 2 no-hitters on his resume, when in the early games today he tossed one for Kansas City against Seattle. If not for a 2nd inning error by his outfielder Chuck Klein, McQuillan would have had a perfect game. Coming into the game with a 5-16 record, McQuillan now has something positive to take out of a disappointing season.

Cincinnati Mr. Redlegs starting pitcher Gary Nolan has had an extremely hard time getting used to the cozy confines of the Great American Ball Park this season, entering today's game with a 7-17 record. But he made history with a league-first, tossing a 10 inning no-hitter against the St. Louis Fredbirds. Only a 1-out error by Aramis Ramirez kept his 112-pitch effort from being a perfect game. Thankfully for him, in the bottom of the 10th inning George Foster, playing in his 1st game of the season, hit a leadoff double and Johnny Pesky got the 2-out walk-off single to win it.

Highlights from Days 74-116


Weimer, Joss and Koufax all shined, but it was the record # of cycles that dominated the headlines
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.

Day 75: Cincinnati defeated Chicago (NL) 19-11 to tie the 3rd highest combined run count in league history.
Day 81: Robin Ventura of the Los Angeles Rally Monkeys became the 2nd known player to hit for the cycle this year during a 14-11 loss to Seattle. He completed the cycle with a single in the bottom of the 9th inning, and his triple is the lone one he has hit this season.
Day 84: Al Simmons hit an RBI triple in the top of the 10th inning to lead the Mr. Mets to victory and become the 3rd known player to hit for the cycle this year.
Day 85: Nap Lajoie completed his cycle with an RBI single in the bottom of the 8th inning (his 5th RBI of the game) to send Milwaukee to victory and in the process add his name to the record books, putting a smile on the face of his namesake manager.
Day 88: With 2 outs in the top of the 9th inning, the only base-runner who had reached against Boston starter Jake Weimer was due to an error (surprise, surprise). So Weimer faced Colorado lead-off hitter Mike Donlin for a chance to add his name to the no-hitter record books. The .324 career hitter spoiled the shot at history with a clean single in the 3B-SS hole. Weimer collected himself and recorded the next out for a 1-hitter.
Day 90: Mel Ott had 5 hits during Boston's 9-5 win over division rival Toronto, but it wasn't until his 8th inning RBI single that he completed his bid to hit for the cycle and add to the spurt of cycle's league-wide.
Day 90: The New York Dandys collected 28 hits during a 21-7 victory over Baltimore, tying the record for 4th most hits by a team in a single game. Every New York batter had at least 2 hits, scored once and knocked in a run. Denny Lyons had 5 hits and 6 RBI in the leadoff spot, while Buck Ewing added 5 hits from the 7th slot in the lineup.
Day 92: Conspiracy theorists are coming out of the woodwork after Pittsburgh's Mo Vaughn added to the record-breaking number of cycles hit this season (and in the past 11 days). His 5-hit performance included just his 7th career triple. His double in the bottom of the 9th inning allowed his Jolly Rogers to get the game to extra innings, but they would later lose to the Bernie Brewers.
Day 93: The 3-HR club got a little bigger when San Diego slugger Kevin Mitchell added his name to the list with a 3-HR performance against Miami in a losing effort. It was the 2nd time he accomplished the feat (Season 4 - Tampa).
Day 95: Long-time Detroit Paw Matt Williams hit 2 grand slams in the same game (1st and 8th innings).
Day 95: With the fences pulled in out in right field this year, Rally Monkey outfielder Mike Tiernan is enjoying a career year in terms of home runs and he became an unlikely member of the 3-HR club with his performance on this day against St. Louis when he clouted 3 blasts and drove in 5 runs.
Day 97: With 2-out in the top of the 9th inning, Texas Ranger Captain starting pitcher Addie Joss was on the doorstep of no-hitter history, but Houston designated hitter Patsy Donovan ruined the bid with a hard single to right.
Day 99: Oakland pitchers Tiny Bonham and Eddie Fisher combined to limit the Kansas City Sluggerrrs to 1 hit, but that one hit was enough to lose 3-2. After walking two batters in the first inning, Bonham surrendered a 3-run home run to Chuck Klein.
Day 101: Mickey Mantle became the first player in league history to hit 3 homers in a single game for the 3rd time. His 3 HR, 5 RBI performance helped Oakland defeat Pittsburgh.
Day 106: Mel Ott hit 3 HRs to help Boston defeat Oakland 11-2 on the day before the All-Star break. It was Ott's 2nd career 3 HR game.
Day 113: Hugh Duffy hit 2 HRs and drove in 6 runs to lead Atlanta to an 11-5 victory, but it was the fact that he collected 6 hits that got him in the record books, tying the single game record accomplished by 9 others previously.
Day 116: Sandy Koufax struck out 13 San Francisco batters to tie the league record.

If I missed something big, let me know.

N.L. All-Stars triumph 11-3


Babe Ruth was named All-Star Game MVP tonight after going 2 for 3 with 2 RBI and 2 Runs scored, as the National League squad won 11-3. Ruth led off the bottom of the 2nd inning with a double and later scored to tie the game 1-1. In the bottom of the 3rd inning, his 2-run triple gave the National League a lead they would not relinquish. 8 National League pitchers would hold the high-powered A.L. offense to just 6 hits in the game. The offense-heavy, defense-deficient A.L. lineup showcased their defensive troubles by committing 3 errors in the game. Walt Wilmot went 4 for 5 for the National League from the lead-off spot. Willie Mays hit a 3-run homer to finish the scoring for the N.L. during a 5-run 7th inning.

7 pitchers and 13 position players made it into the game for the American League while 8 pitchers and 16 position players played for the winning National League team.

*****

In selecting the All-Stars I took into account the actual position the manager's are playing the players, so it didn't necessarily match-up with the All-Stars link automatically created by the website.

A.L. Squad (with starter listed first):
C - Mauer, Anson, Lange
1B - Helton, Gehrig
2B - Cano, Lazzeri
3B - Joyce, Thome
SS - McGraw, Jeter (McGraw only starting at SS because of the weak A.L. SS candidates)
OF - Speaker, Mantle, Averill, T.Williams, Heath, Ott
DH - Trosky
SP - McLain, H.Coveleski, D.Wilson, Weimer, Maloney
RP - Benitez, B.Wagner, D.Hall, Righetti, Hoffman

12 different A.L. teams were represented led by:
Boston (8), Detroit (4), Toronto (3)

N.L. Squad:
C - Posada, Piazza, Roseboro
1B - Brouthers, Sisler
2B - Lajoie, J.Robinson
3B - C.Jones, Mathews
SS - Travis, Cronin
OF - Manush, Ruth, Burkett, Mays, Puckett
DH - Foxx, Wilmot (Foxx will start at LF in the A.S. game as he's seen a bit of time there this year)
SP - Lincecum, J.Santana, E.Walsh, Pelty, Wynn
RP - Henke, Tekulve, M.Rivera, Betancourt, Harvey

9 different N.L. teams were represented led by:
Milwaukee (6), San Francisco (5), Colorado (4)

Last man selected to the A.L. was Bill Lange.
Last man selected to the N.L. was John Roseboro.

Huge night for Travis carries Baby Bears to victory

Cecil Travis was on his game, knocking in 3 runs in Chicago's 9-2 victory over the Fredbirds. Travis also had 3 hits in the game. | Box

Cash blasts off, leads Paws to win

Norm Cash blasted 2 homers, lifting the Paws to a 7-4 win over Miami. | Box

McCann blasts off, leads Lou Seals to win

Brian McCann blasted 2 homers, lifting the Lou Seals to a 7-6 win over San Diego. | Box

Santana baffles Mr. Redlegs, Jolly Rogers win

Johan Santana struckout 8 Cincinnati batters in a 4-3 win for the Jolly Rogers. | Box

White's 9-K performance not enough

Will White whiffed 9 batters, but the Presidents managed to beat the Baxter Bobcats, 5-4. | Box

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J. Thome, Southpaws .3641 HR8 RBI
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C. Williams, Ranger Capta.. .4383 HR5 RBI
M. Kemp, Aces .3502 HR6 RBI
R. Sanders, Stompers .4443 HR6 RBI

WHO'S NOT - Last 5 Games

W. Schang, Stompers 1 for 18 (.056)
T. Raines, Sliders 4 for 21 (.190)
R. Durham, Phanatics 3 for 20 (.150)
T. Jackson, Dandys 0 for 16 (.000)
R. Hornsby, Sliders 3 for 21 (.143)

WHO'S HOT - Last 5 Games

J. Thome, Southpaws .3641 HR8 RBI
M. Ramirez, Billy Marlins .2223 HR7 RBI
C. Williams, Ranger Capta.. .4383 HR5 RBI
M. Kemp, Aces .3502 HR6 RBI
R. Sanders, Stompers .4443 HR6 RBI

WHO'S NOT - Last 5 Games

W. Schang, Stompers 1 for 18 (.056)
T. Raines, Sliders 4 for 21 (.190)
R. Durham, Phanatics 3 for 20 (.150)
T. Jackson, Dandys 0 for 16 (.000)
R. Hornsby, Sliders 3 for 21 (.143)

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