Orleans 35 21 .625
Wax 32 24
Dakota 32 24
25 .554 4
Eric Said?" 28 28
Aggression 26 30
32 .429 11
City 16 40
World Series: (March 15 Internet)
Future Wax 3 Oceanus 0
Oceanus 6 Future Wax 2
Oceanus 6 Future Wax 5 (13 inninga)
Future Wax 3 Oceanus 1
Future Wax 10 Oceanus 2
Future Wax 4 Oceanus 2
Future Wax wins World Series 4 games to 2
SOMBILLA Playoff Results:
(March 7 Internet)
Oceanus 1 New Orleans 0
Oceanus 11 New Orleans 10
Oceanus 5 New Orleans 4 (11 innings)
Oceanus 4 New Orleans 3
Oceanus wins series 4 games to 0
(March 7 at Holliston)
Future Wax 3 North Dakota 2
Future Wax 6 North Dakota 5
North Dakota 5 Future Wax 0
Future Wax 5 North Dakota 2
Future Wax 6 North Dakota 5
Future Wax wins series 4 games to 1
MVP: Mookie Betts, North Dakota
Cy Young: Patrick Corbin, North Dakota
Manager of the Year: Randy
Notes: (3/15) I'll write up a more detailed report later this week, but I
didn't want to keep people waiting, so here is the short
version. The lead: Future Wax defeated Oceanus 4 games to 2.
Games 1 and 4 were pitching duels between Nola and
Scherzer. Game 1 was scoreless into the 7th, when Machado
singled and Chapman doubled him in. Belt homer for 2 insurance
runs in the 8th. Scherzer threw a complete game 1 hit shut
out, with 14 K. (Nola had 12 Ks, giving up 5 hits and 1 ER in
In their Game 4 rematch, each pitcher gave up a solo home
run in the first inning, then nothing. Nola went 8 innings,
giving up 3 hits, no walks, and 1 ER. Scherzer went 8-2/3,
giving up 2 hits and 3 walks (w/12 K) and 1 ER. The bullpen
and defense let Nola down, giving up 2 singles, a 2-out error
by Story (a 1e14), and then the walking in the go ahead run.
Backing up to game 2: following the shut out, Jed was only
able to score in one inning in the next game. Fortunately for
him, it was a 6-run 2nd, on 4 hits and 3 walks, all the runs
scoring with 2 outs. FW chipped away at the lead but came up
short. Oceanus won 6-2 to even the series.
Game 3 was epic. FW used 9 pitchers, the Aholes used 7. FW
was up 5-2 with two outs in the bottom of the 9th. With two
men on and Heyward at the plate, Jed commented that the
computer rated him as having a 0.2% change of hitting a home
run. And yet one click later the score was tied. Finally in
the 13th Story led off with a triple, and Astudia (down to one
plate appearance left) singled him home for a 6-5 win. Jed was
up 2 games to 1.
As noted above, FW took game 4, 3-1 to even the series. In
game 5, Buehler had a very bad day: 11 H, 8 W, 10 ER, 3 HR
and, strangely, 13 Ks. Jed actually led 2-0 in the 4th before
the wheels fell off. Final score 10-2, putting FW up 3 games
Game 6 featured a rare start by Seth Lugo, who threw 5
scoreless innings. Robertson homered in the 2nd, Chapman added
2 more with a blast in the 5th (?), and Belt launched another
solo bomb in the 8th. Future wax alternated lefty, righty,
lefty, righty, lefty relievers and shut the Aholes out a
second time, winning the game 4-0 and the series 4 games to 2.
Scherzer was named WS (and post-season) MVP. He won all 4
games he pitched in the two series, with an ERA of ~1.3, a
WHIP ~.750, and averaging over 11 Ks a game. (I'll work out
the details later.)
(3/7) Future Wax beat North Dakota 4 games to 1. The first two games were
both walk offs by Baez (home run and double). Game four was a one-run
nail biter. The clinching game involved FW overcoming a 5 run deficit
with a 6-run 8th.
Oceanus managed to sweep the series against New
Orleans by winning 4 1-run games, including an extra inning
game. The Assholes were able to jump to an early lead in each
of the first 3 games, mentally wearing down the Ellis. Of
course there were multiple "Strat-O" moments, some of which are
included in the summaries below.
Game 1: Oceanus 1, New Orleans 0
Aaron Nola (Oceanus) vs. Trevor Bauer (New Orleans). The
Assholes immediately jumped on Bauer in the top of the 1st,
with a Jose Altuve single (after some trash can banging was
heard) and an Anthony Rendon RBI double. Then Joey Votto
walked, and it looked like it could be one of those Strat-O
innings. But then Bauer got it together, inducing a David
Peralta double play and New Orleans were only down 1-0.
Unfortunately for the Ellis, that was the score for the rest
of the game. Gleyber Torres missed a ballpark homer (1-12)
for New Orleans. Nola pitched 7 2/3 for the win and Sean
Doolittle got the save.
Game 2: Oceanus 11, New Orleans 10
Walker Buehler (Oceanus) vs. Zack Wheeler (New Orleans).
As you might guess from the score, this was a wild one.
Oceanus was up 4-0 going in to the bottom of the 3rd. Jesus
Aguilar had a 2-run homer, Trevor Story had a solo shot and
Joey Votto and Brandon Nimmo had doubles. Then in the bottom
of the 3rd, former Asshole Shin Soo Choo hit a 3-run shot on a
1-3 ballpark chance. Maybe the Ellis' luck was changing?
However, in the top of the 5th, the Assholes put up 4 runs,
with pinch hitter Willians Astudillo hitting a 3-run dinger.
The deflated Ellis manager threw up his hands as his strategy
to use Chris Sale in long relief backfired. Facing an 8-3
deficit, New Orleans kept chipping away. A run in the bottom
of the 6th on a Gleyber Torres sac fly. 2 runs in the bottom
of the 7th that featured...a lot of stuff...including 2 walks,
a HBP, an error and a double (JD Martinez). Suddenly it's 8-6
and the periodically maligned Oceanus bullpen was looking
suspect. But it was still a 2-run lead...until the bottom of
the 8th when the Ellis scored 4 to go up 10-8! Didi
Gregorious and JD Martinez hit homers. Harold brings in the
redoubtable Blake Treinin in the top of the 9th to secure the
save...and he allows a walk to Jose Ramirez, a single to Joey
Votto and a three-run homer to Jesus Aguilar. In a
counter-intuitive move, Oceanus brings in Mike Clevinger to
nail down the save in the bottom of the 9th. Clevinger
immediately loads the bases with no outs. Enter Sean
Doolittle, who ekes out of the jam for his second save. David
Hernandez was credited with the win, even though he allowed 4
runs in 1 1/3 innings.
Game 3: Oceanus 5, New Orleans 4 (11 innings)
Trevor Williams (New Orleans) vs. Corey Kluber (Oceanus).
Once again, Oceanus struck in the first inning and second
innings to build a 4-0 lead. Joey Votto had an RBI single and
Robinson Chirinos and Jose Altuve had doubles as part of the
barrage. In the "abomination" that is the Rehoboth Parking
Lot...a 4-0 lead should have stood up. But 3 4-9 rolls on
Kluber's card led to 3 homers (Yasmani Grandal, Justin Smoak,
Shin Shoo Choo). And so, by the 7th-inning stretch, it was
tied. The Assholes had pondered removing Kluber right before
the 3rd homer, because there was a gut feeling that another
4-9 was coming...but the analytics guys prevailed and Kluber
was kept in. Neither team could do anything in the 8th and
9th as the bullpens battled it out. Finally, in the bottom of
the 11th, with Jared Hughes on the mound for New Orleans,
Willians Astudillo singled, Jason Heyward singled, Adam Eaton
singled, and Brandon Nimmo walked in the game winner. David
Hernandez picked up his 2nd win in relief.
Game 4: Oceanus 4, New Orleans 3
Kyle Freeland (New Orleans) vs. Aaron Nola (Oceanus). This
time, New Orleans drew first blood, with a Yasmani Grandal
solo homer in the top of the 4th. Oceanus tied it up in the
bottom of the 5th on a Robinson Chirinos double, a Brandon
Nimmo sacrifice bunt and an Ender Inciarte sac fly. Oceanus
took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the 6th on an Anthony Rendon
triple and a Trevor Story sac fly. New Orleans tied in in the
top of the 7th as Dee Gordon reached first on a Rendon error,
stole second and was doubled home by Justin Turner. In the
bottom of the 7th, however, Robinson Chirinos singled, Ender
Inciarte walked and pinch hitter Willians Astudillo tripled to
make it 4-2 Assholes. In the top of the 9th, Didi Gregorious
homered off of Pedro Strop and it was 4-3. Justin Turner then
singled. With 1/3 of an inning left before his arm fell off,
Sean Doolittle retired Aaron Judge to get his 3rd save of the
For the series as a whole, for the Assholes, Nola went 2-0,
pitching 15 2/3 inning and allowing only 1 earned run. The
limited Astudillo went 3-4 with a triple, homer and 5 RBIs.
Aguilar had 2 homers (his only 2 hits) and 5 RBIs. For the
Ellis, Grandal, Gregorious and Choo each had 2 homers and
Martinez had a homer and 5 RBIs.
it was a split. Robin won game two with a walk off. So there was a coin
flip. Arnie called heads, it was tails. Randy gets home-field. Due to
tight schedules, this series may begin on Thursday night.
Draft Day Sunday March 29.(2/23)New
Orleans had a satisfying split against Haiku Aggression, clinching first
place in the process. HA took game one, 2-1. Both teams hit solo HR’s
in the first (Turner for NO and Muncey for HA) and that was all the
scoring until the ninth when Zimmerman led off with a single and Arenado
walked. Peterson popped out and the inning looked over when Molina hit a
grounder to Gordon, but instead of a DP, the “1” second baseman booted
it to load the bases. Marte ended the game with a single.
pounded HA 14-1 in game two, hitting six HR’s, I believe all on the NO
hitters cards. Choo hit 2 HR’s and Didi went 3-4 with a HR. NO took game
three 5-3, with Didi hitting 2 HR’s - all three Didi HR’s in the series
were on 2-8 rolls on his card.
Game four was a swiftly played 4-3 HA win in ten innings.
Future away can finish anywhere from 2nd -4th. If Randy wins 3 of 4 or
sweeps, Future Wax finishes 2nd and has home field advantage vs. North
Dakota in the first round of the playoffs. If Randy and Robin split,
that would result in a coin flip (via FaceTime as I am away skiing) for
2nd place as FW and ND would have the same record and split their season
series 4-4. In the unlikely event Bay City wins 3 games, Oceanus takes
3rd and FW 4th as OC and FW would have the same record and OC won the
season series 6-2.
Draft Day Sunday March 29.
(2/21) Oceanus and Constantinople split their series finale, with the Assholes
winning the first two and the Manatees fighting back to take the last
two. The split allows North Dakota to clinch at least 3rd place.
Game 1: Oceanus 7, Constantinople 3 (11 innings)
Aaron Nola matched up with his Manatee counterpart Carlos Carrasco in
this one. The final score doesn't seem that close but it was 3-3 going
into the top of the eleventh. Then Oceanus had a 4 run outburst and
Constantinople couldn't rally. It was a total team effort from the
Assholes, with Matt Olson perhaps the standout since he went 3 for 3
with an RBI. Shohei Ohtani had a homer for Manatees. Nola pitched
acceptably and Carrasco commendably. Ultimately, it was Sean Doolittle
getting the win, with Kyle Crick taking the loss.
Game 2: Oceanus 9, Constantinople 4
Kluber (Oceanus) vs. J.A. Happ (Constantinople). Another game where
from the score you'd figure there was no tension, but Constantinople was
up 4-0 after 5 innings. Anthony Rizzo and Eduardo Escobar hit homers.
But then the Assholes had one of those innings where everything went
right and scored 7 runs. Oceanus tacked on singleton runs in the 7th
and 9th innings and the bullpen did it's job. Anthony Rendon and
Brandon Nimmo hit home runs for the Assholes. Kluber didn't pitch great
(allowing 4 earned runs in 6 innings) but got the win anyway. Carlos
Martinez got knocked around and took the loss.
Game 3: Constantinople 4, Oceanus 2
Clevinger (Oceanus) vs. Sean Manaea (Constantinople). The Manatees
went up 4-0 after 4 innings. Mike Trout and Kurt Suzuki had homers.
The Assholes showed some grit in getting a run in the 5th and another in
the 7th, one thanks to a Jose Altuve home run. But the Constantinople
bullpen came through. Manaea got the win, Seranthony Dominguez got the
save and Clevinger got the loss.
Game 4: Constantinople 4, Oceanus 2
we just copied game 3 and pasted it into game 4. But all seriousness
aside, this game matched up Joe Musgrove of Oceanus, sporting a 7.48 ERA
coming in, versus Jameson Taillon. The Manatees once again jumped into
the lead with 2 runs in the bottom of the 4th, before Musgrove could
escape. Anthony Rizzo and Eduardo Escobar had the RBIs. In the top of
the 8th, the Assholes tied the game with a home run from Jose Ramirez
and an RBI single from Jose "Don't Rip Off My Shirt" Altuve. In the
bottom of the 9th, the Manatee manager decides to bring in Jean Segura
to pinch hit and boom - a walk off home run. Seranthony Dominguez got
the win and Alex Colome took the loss.
Draft Day, Sunday March 29
(2/20) Jed not only clinched a playoff spot on Thursday night winning 3
of 4 at Rehobeth Parking Lot, but closed to within one game of 2nd
place. While all the playoff teams are set, Oceanus and North
Dakota could finish anywhere from 2nd to 4th. Future Wax
could finish anywhere from 1st to 4th and New Orleans can finish 1st or
Game 1: Oceanus 5, North Dakota 3
Dakota arrived at the Rehoboth Parking Lot and declared the ballpark
"an abomination." North Dakota ace Jacob deGrom faced off against the
Asshole's Aaron Nola. The #1 and #2 starting pitching cards in the set
according to Lamanna. (Sorry, Arnie, I had to get that in there). In
the bottom of the 3rd, the slumping Jose Ramirez hit a 2-run homer for
Oceanus. Meanwhile, Aaron Nola cruised through 6 shutout innings. But
in the top of the 7th, North Dakota got a rally going that a) tired out
Nola and b) tied the game. It was a 2-run shot from Paul Goldschmidt
that did the trick. In the bottom of the 7th, the Assholes got another
homer from Ramirez and one from David Peralta to tally 3 runs overall. A
Khris Davis double knocked in another run for North Dakota but the
mildly maligned Oceanus bullpen held for the victory. deGrom got the
loss, allowing all 5 runs in 6 2/3 innings. Pedro Strop got the win in
spite of sub-par relief. David Hernandez got the save.
Game 2: Oceanus 3, North Dakota 1
Corbin (ND) vs. Corey Kluber (OC). Oceanus jumps on Corbin early,
going up 3-0 after 3 innings. Joey Votto had a homer and all 3 RBIs.
Kluber pitched 7 scoreless innings but North Dakota wore him out in the
8th, with a Christian Yelich RBI single tightening the game. But the
skeptically praised Asshole bullpen managed to close the door in the
9th. Kluber got the win and Victor Arano the save. Corbin, pulled
after only 3 1/3 innings, took the loss. A valiant effort by the North
Dakota bullpen (4 2/3 hitless, scoreless innings).
Game 3: North Dakota 6, Oceanus 4 (12 innings)
Marquez (ND) vs. Mike Clevinger (OC). North Dakota tags Clevinger with
2 runs in the first inning, including a successful squeeze play from
Matt Carpenter. The Oceanus manager rued not having thought to check
Carpenter's bunting rating. Clevinger settled down, however, and
Oceanus cut the lead in half in the bottom of the 4th on a David Peralta
home run. It remained 2-1 North Dakota heading into the bottom of the
7th. Then Whit Merrifield connected on a 3-run home run for the
Assholes, leading the North Dakota manager to shout in frustration.
Some muttering about a sweep was overheard. But in the top of the 9th,
an unlikely hero emerged for North Dakota - Adalberto Mondesi. Mondesi
hit a 2-run shot to tie the game and send it into extra innings. In the
top of the twelfth, Khris Davis hit a 2-run homer and that was all she
wrote. Keone Kela got the win and the normally reliable Yusmeiro Petit
took the loss. The North Dakota manager apologized to his team for
doubting them, and to the Oceanus manager for his mild breach of
Game 4: Oceanus 8, North Dakota 0
Gibson (ND) vs. Walker Buehler (OC). The Assholes went up 2-0 after 3
innings and steadily increased the lead to 8-0 after 8 innings. Joey
Votto (homer) and Trevor Story each had 2 RBI. North Dakota, possibly
tired in their last game of the season, had 2 hits for the game.
Buehler got the win as his arm fell off, and Doolittle got in 2 1/3
innings of hitless relief, hopefully a confidence booster after some
Draft Day, Sunday March 29.
(2/13) Nothing changed in the SOMBILLA Thursday night with two splits.
Jed needs to win 3 of his final 8 games against ND and CN to
clinch the playoffs. Speadking of ND and CN...
the third time this year, North Dakota won the first two games of a
series, only to lose the last two games for quite the unsatisfying
split. In game 1, Goldschmidt blasted homers in the first two
innings to give ND a 3-0 lead that held up 4-2. deGrom won his 6th
game, and Ottavino picked up his 6th save.
Game 2 was
just one of those games where ND could do no wrong. CN actually
took an early 1-0 lead, but Soler blasted a 3-run shot in the bottom of
the first, leading to five runs and tiring out Happ. Tom pulled
Happ in the first inning to try and salvage the game, but ND scored 5
runs on 3 hits and 3 walks in the 2nd inning off C. Martinez to make it
10-0. K. Davis hit two homers after that. Final score 14-2,
Corbin (now 8-1) pitches a CG and ND was feeling pretty good.
jumps out to a 5-0 lead in game 3 with homers by Trout, Hanigar, and
Ohtani. Three ND solo shots (Lindor, Soler, and Yelich) make it
5-3 after 4 innings. But ND is able to muster just one hit after
that and that would be the final score as Cole and S. Dominguez
help Manaea shut down ND for the win.
Game 4 was a close battle.
CN went up 3-1 (HRs by former N. Dakota and Aggression E. Escobar
and Trout). But three ND homers in the 3rd (Goldschmidt, Betts,
Yelich) give ND the 5-3 lead. CN cuts it to 5-4 in the 6th with a
K. Suzuki rbi single off Moronta; they tie it in the 8th with a Seager
rbi hit off Ottavino, and a solo pinch-hit HR by Bader off Alvarado in
the 9th gives CN the 6-5 lead. Tom masterfully deploys his
bullpen (Betances, R. Rodriguez, and Crick) to shut down the vaunted ND
lineup and escape town with the split.
Meanwhile, In a preview of a possible first-round playoff match-up, New Orleans and
Oceanus played four hard-fought games that resulted in a split.
Oceanus took the first two and had aspirations for a series win. New
Orleans showed their mettle by salvaging the last two games.
real story was the ballpark. New Orleans hit .210 for the series,
Oceanus .198. Oceanus did out-homer New Orleans 5 to 2. Which included
a ballpark (1).
Harold scored the games so he actually has more detail to go on than I do. But I'm giving it a shot....
Game 1: Oceanus 2, New Orleans 1 (extra innings)
Nola of Oceanus went head to head with Trevor Williams of New Orleans.
Oceanus took the early lead with a run in the bottom of the 3rd on an
RBI double from Anthony Rendon. The way Nola was pitching, it looked
like it might hold up. But in the 8th the Ellis got an RBI double from
Aaron Judge to tie the game. It went into extra innings knotted at
1-1. Finally, with 1 out in the bottom of the 11th, I pleaded with
Jesus to help me. Jesus Aguilar, that is. And he responded with a
walk-off HR. Pedro Strop got the win in relief while Jared Hughes took
Game 2: Oceanus 4, New Orleans 1
Kluber of Oceanus took on Kyle Freeland of New Orleans. Once again,
Oceanus jumped to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 3rd. Kluber
was dominating but nothing changed in the score through the 6th as
Freeland was holding up his end of the bargain. Then, in the bottom of
the 7th, came a little spate of extraordinary Strat-O luck for the
Assholes. First, Robinson Chirinos got a HBP. He is a 2-20 guy and has
a 3% chance of getting the good lead. He gets it, and steals second.
Then...David Peralta hits a ballpark homer, where the only chance is a
split pick of 1. So Chirinos would've scored anyway, but still, the
amount of luck on two plays in the same inning was kind of astonishing.
New Orleans was demoralized but did fight back to get a run in the top
of the 8th, with former Asshole Shin-Soo Choo getting an RBI double.
Kluber deservedly got the win (he had 11 k's in 7.2 innings pitched).
Alex (one from) Colome pitched 1.1 scoreless innings for the save.
Freeland was a tough-luck loser, allowing only 2 runs on 3 hits in 6
innings. It was Jonathan Holder who couldn't, uh, hold 'er, for New
Orleans, as he allowed 2 runs in 0 innings pitched.
Game 3: New Orleans 5, Oceanus 4
match-up of Trevor Bauer (New Orleans) vs. Mike Clevinger (Oceanus).
These two real-life baseball teammates (in 2018) pitched 4 quick
scoreless innings before Oceanus again struck first with a run in the
bottom of the 5th. But then the Ellis put together a break-through
inning in the top of the 6th, scoring 5 runs, including a Justin Turner
home run. However, the Assholes responded with 3 runs of their own in
the bottom of the 6th. And then...nothing happened! The New Orleans
bullpen threw 4 shutout innings (Bauer pitched into the 6th inning, but
recorded no outs). Sean Doolittle did little to justify the draft
choice he cost as he allowed 2 runs in .1 innings pitched. Bauer, who
didn't pitch great, got the win. Clevinger, who didn't pitch great,
though actually slightly better than Bauer, got the loss. Blake Treinen
got the save. New Orleans should have scored more runs. At one point,
Dee Gordon turned a home run into a weak single. New Orleans then had
runners at 1st and 3rd. Can't remember if there were no outs or 1 out.
There was a failed safety squeeze and ultimately no runs scored out of
Game 4: New Orleans 4, Oceanus 3
Sale of New Orleans vs. Walker Buehler of Oceanus - quite the marquee
pitching match-up. It was scoreless through 3. But then...Didi
Gregorius got a three-run home run off of a 1-6 chance on Buehler's
card. Sale was looking indomitable. The Ellis added a run in the top
of the 7th on a Justin Turner RBI single. In the bottom of the 8th, the
Assholes got a run on a Jose Altuve sac fly. Then, in the bottom of
the 9th, Anthony Rendon hit a two-run homer off of Blake Treinin, who
nevertheless nailed down his second save of the series. Sale pitched
6.1 innings and had 9 k's in getting the win. Buehler took the loss.
Draft Day, Sunday March 29
(2/9) Three playoff
positions were clinched as a result of the Future Wax series wins
over "What Eric Said?" and Haiku Aggression on Saturday. Three teams
remain alive for the 4th and final playoff spot.
On the table, FW's Scherzer took a 3-2 lead into the 9th in game 1, but HA's Muncy and Molina
each homered to give Eric a 5-3 win. In Game 2, Springer tied the score
at 3-3 with a two-out blast in the bottom of the 9th and Machado's walk
off bomb gave FW a 5-3 victory of their own. Springer's heroics
continued in the 3rd game, with two more home runs on the way to a 3-1
FW win. FW took the final game 5-2, with 3 more home runs.
the second series, Scherzer's hard luck continued. He pitched a
complete, 13 strike out game, but again got the loss (3-1, on a Acuna
HR for WES?). Baez's walk off double gave FW a 3-2 victory in the
second game. Voit's three-run shot in the first inning provided the
margin of victory (4-1). The final game featured Castillo's debut as an
"opener". (The first ever SOMBILLA opener since we implemented the
starter yanking rules). He and 5 other relievers set the stage for
Robertson's walk off shot as the first batter in the bottom of the 9th.
Draft Day, Sunday March 29
(2/7) New Orleans opened up a 2-game lead on first place by sweeping CON.
Game one, NO 3, CON 0. 5 NO pitchers scattered 5 hits in the shut out.
A triple by Martinez in the first scoring two and s solo HR by Choo in
the third was all the scoring.
two, NO 4, CON 3 in 11 innings. CON picked up solo runs in the second,
fifth and sixth, and a Torres 3 run HR in the forth was all the scoring
until the 11th. NO had a chance to win it in the bottom of the 9th
with bases loaded and only one out. Pham struck out and Martinez hit
into a clutch out. They won it in the 11th, with one out and runners on
first and third. CON manager decided to play corners in to go for the
inning ending DP (which I would also have done). Smoak hit into a
fielders choice to plate the winning run.
game three, CON chased Sale after two innings, scoring 7 runs in the
first two frames, including Trout hitting two 2 run HR’s in the first
and second innings. But NO answered with 2 in the first and then hit
back to back to back HR’s in the second (Grandal, Hicks, Turner) to make
it 7-6 CON after two. Gregorious flexed his power, hiting a 2 run HR
in the 5th and again in the 6th as NO pulled away for a 12-9 final.
game 4 NO won 4-2. Trout hit a solo shot in the forth, but Judge
answered with a 2 run HR in the 5th as NO tacked on an insurance run in
Draft Day, Sunday March 29
(2/5) Game 1: Haiku Aggression 4, Oceanus 3
of Aaron Nola vs. Justin Verlander. Haiku Aggression jumps all over
Nola, going up 4-0 by the top of the 4th. Max Muncy hits a home run and
AJ Pollock has a 2-RBI triple. Oceanus chips away with a run in the
bottom of the 4th and two more in the 6th, Jose Ramirez hits a home run
and Whit Merrifield socks a triple. Verlander is tired! But Haiku
Aggression's bullpen comes through with 3 1/3 scoreless innings.
Verlander picks up the win, Nola takes the loss and Edwin Diaz records
Game 2: Oceanus 4, Haiku Aggression 2
Flaherty in his SOMBILLA debut pitches valiantly but ends up being a
tough luck loser. This contest is a 2-1 nail-biter at the 7th-inning
stretch. Muncy and Jose Martinez have doubles for Haiku Aggression. In
the bottom of the 7th, the Assholes strike for 3 runs. Matt Olson has a
homer and a triple. Willians Astudillo has a pinch hit two-RBI
double. Corey Kluber gets the win with 7 innings of yeoman work. Craig
Stammen picks up the save.
Game 3: Haiku Aggression 4, Oceanus 2 (12 innings)
Berrios and Mike Clevinger battle evenly and it is 2-2 after 7
innings. Oceanus has singleton home runs from Joey Votto and Robinson
Chirinos. Haiku Aggression gets doubles from Juan Soto, Xander Bogaerts
and Yadier Molina. The battle of the bullpens begins. And goes on
until the only somewhat maligned Oceanus bullpen cracks, surrendering
another double to Bogaerts and ultimately two runs. Sam Dyson gets the
win in relief and Edwin Diaz another save. Craig Stammen takes the
Game 4: Oceanus 5, Haiku Aggression 1
relative laugher in terms of the final score, this one stays 0-0
through four and a half innings. Then the Assholes have a 5-run
outburst. Joey Votto and Brandon Nimmo hit doubles and Trevor Story
hits a home run. Haiku Aggression gets one back when AJ Pollock hits a
solo shot. But...that's it for both teams. Walker Buehler pitches 5
shutout innings for the win. Noah Syndergaaaaaaaaard takes the loss,
allowing 5 runs in 4 2/3 innings.
Draft Day, Sunday, March 29
(2/2) Future Wax dropped the first game then won three straight, holding Tom
to just 2 runs total across the 3 losses. It was a rough series with 5
hit-by-pitches for each side, leading to 3 Future Wax and 1
injuries (with 2 others shaken off).
In the first game, Scherzer
yielded only 2 hits in 8 innings, but Escobar's double and the Ohtani's
home run each knocked in two runs. Meanwhile Happ and pen yielded 8
hits but only 2 runs, giving Tom a 4-2 victory.
In the second
game, Ohtani gave up solo blasts to McCutchen, Baez, and Cervelli.
Kershaw and Vazquez allowed solo shots by Trout and Segura, but the Wax
pen held on for a 3-2 win.
Greinke, whose homer problem against
righties was offset by Tom's RHB BPHR=1, held Tom scoreless over 8
innings, yielding just 5 hits. Tom had two runners thrown out at the
plate on his way to being shut out. With home runs by
and injury call-up Blackmon, the Wax turned 8 hits, 3 walks, and 3 hit
batsmen into a 6-0 victory.
Despite giving out 8 walks, Folty and
company managed to shut Tom out again in game 4, with timely strike
outs and yielding only 2 hits. Good thing, too, as Future Wax mustered
only 1 run themselves. It came in the 4th, when Turner walked, stole
second, was bunted to third, then scored on a hit by injury-replacement
Gomez through a drawn-in infield.
Draft Day, Sunday March 29
(2/1) Streaking North Dakota continued its winning ways over New
Orleans, winning 3 of 4 Saturday to close within a game of first place.
N. Dakota had incredible luck throughout the series, no question
Game 1: Solo shots by Goldschmidt and K. Davis gave ND
the 2-0 lead, but New Orleans scored 4 runs (3 of them unearned) in the
bottom of the 4th to take a 4-2 lead. One of the two costly ND
errors was a shocking miscue by Mookie Betts (1e1). Betts got one
of the runs back in the 7th with an rbi double but they still trailed
4-3. In the 8th, North Dakota scores 4 runs off the great Treinan,
featuring pinch-hit singles by T. White, injury callup B. Lowe, a 2-run
double by Goldschmidt and another rbi double by Betts. Lame 26th
man callup R. Osuna (lame because he had only 2/3 of an inning left),
gets his 2 outs and his arm falls off. Ottavino pitches the final
4 outs for his 4th save. Final score: North Dakota 7 New
Game 2: K. Bryant homers for NO to give them a 1-0
lead, but ND scores 3 runs on 3 hits and a walk in the 5th to take a
3-1 lead. Two more runs on 4 hits in the 6th make it a 5-1 lead
in the 6th, but New Orleans scores 3 in the bottom of the 6th, two of
which score on bases loaded walks. Great managing by Harold (surprising
the ND manager with a bunt) and an rbi double by Bryant score the
tying run in the 8th. 10th inning. ND's Joey Gallo, in the
game only as a defensive replacement, has to bat against the great
Treinan. Gallo homers; Kimbrel pitches the bottom of the 10th for
his first save. Final score North Dakota 6 New Orleans 5 (10
Game 3: New Orleans jumps in front agqain, 1-0,
on a sac fly by Choo. But Matt Carpenter belts a 3-run ballpark
homer on a 1-3 roll in the 6th to make it 3-1 and Harold is
demoralized. But Grandal comes back and smacks his own 1-3
ballpark homer, a 2-run shot and the score is tied 3-3 in the 7th.
Top of the 9th inning, ND's K. Hernandez misses a 1-12 bp homer.
No matter. With one out and one on, Lindor hits a straight
2-run homer off Robertson and Harold is demoralized again. Final
score North Dakota 5 New Orleans 3.
Game 4: Harold is
convinced he is about to get swept which would mean an 8-0 season
series. Also, the winner of this game takes over first place. ND
jumps out front on a K. Davis sac fly in the first but Turner's
lead-off HR for NO ties it up. New Orleans' managerially maligned
JD Martinez smacks a 2-run homer off K. Gibson in the 3rd to make it
3-1, and Trevor Williams, Rogers, Holder and Perez pitch shutout ball
against North Dakota until the 8th inning. Thankfully for ND, the
great Treainan comes in and T. White hits a pinch-hit homer to make it
a 3-2 game. ND gets 2 on with 2 out in the 9th, but Treinan
strikes out K. Davis to end the game, and Harold retains first place.
Final score New Orleans 3 North Dakota 2.
Draft Day, Sunday March 29.
(2/1) Harold suspiciously is in between a new computer and an old
broken computer and is excused from Twits Notes. The tone of
the first series against Bay City was set in game 1 when JD Martinez
got injured and pinch-runner Chris Taylor came up again in that same
inning and hit a grand slam. Harold hit another grand slam
in that series: Gleybor Torres off Blake Snell. The series with Future
Wax was "a close series where luck evened out".
Dakota and Bay City can now call up a 26th man. New Orleans,
Oceanus, Future Wax, and Haiku Aggression are at the game 40 rest
day/post-season eligibility trading deadline.
Draft Day, Sunday March 29.
(1/25) Eric is the best host. He's got a toasty wood stove, plays
good music, provides tasty snacks and beer, and all the luggage you'd
want to consume. Sue always gives a friendly smile and laugh. He
has a sweet new black lab, Luna, who will melt your heart and a cute
new orange kitty named Hedy who is curious and fun to watch, to go
along with holdover friendly pooch, Henry. And oh yeah, you win
all 4 games at Strat-O. What a guy.
may view this with suspicion as Eric just traded away 3 relievers, but
he has still has solid starters, a few good relievers and some decent
hitters. All 4 games were close (2 one-run games and 2 two-run
games). Verlander is a true ace and matched up against deGrom in game
1. North Dakota lost 3 of 4 earlier this year in Eric's park and
was hoping that home cooking would help this time. Star of the
series Khris Davis (6 for 14, 2 homers, 5 rbi) gave ND a 1-0 lead with
a solo shot in the first. HA scored two in the 5th to take the
lead, but ND tied it. Xander Bogarts crushed a deGrom fastball in the
6th for a solo HR and gave HA a 3-2 lead. Betts missed an easy (1-16)
bp homer in the 7th that would have given ND the lead. HA strands 3
runners in the top of the 9th and takes a 3-2 lead into the bottom half
of the 9th. Carpenter blasts a HR off Verlander to lead off the
inning and tie it. HA reliever Sam Dyson, just called up from AAA hits
hits his first batter, A. Mondesi and knocks him out for 6 games. With
2 out, Goldschmidt doubles, and pinch-runner Gyorko has a chance to
score the winning run 1-14. Jose Marthinez guns him out at home
and we go to the 10th inning. With one out in the bottom of the 10th,
ND's K. Davis hits a walk-off homer to end it.
Game 2: ND jumps
out to a 3-0 lead (K. Davis 2-run single and Lindor sac fly) off
Eric's starter Joes Berrios. AJ Pollock homers off Corbin to make
it 3-1 in the 6th. Berrios and reliever Pressley yield no more
hits to ND after the 4th inning to keep the score close, and when
Muncie homers off ND's Reyes Moronta in the 8th, it's a 3-2 game. But
Moronta pitches an uneventful 9th for his 3rd save. Don't
look now but winning pitcher Patrick Corbin is 7-1 with a 2.69 ERA.
3: After Goldschmidt leads off the first inning with a homer for ND,
the Aggression from Haiku responds with a Bellinger homer and Pollock
2-run blast to take a 3-1 lead after 2. In the 4th, ND comes back to
score three runs on a single, HBP, rbi single by K. Davis and 2-run
single by Ramos to take the lead back 4-3. A Hernandez solo
shot in the 6th for ND makes it a 5-3 game. Meanwhile, Kimbrel
and Ottavino pitch the final 5 1/3 innings without yielding a hit for
North Dakota and the teams is now up 3 games to 0.
team strikes first in the finale with an rbi single by J. Martinez
in the 3rd inning. But bad luck and an inopportune rare
play situation for HA in the 4th inning epitomizes Eric's
afternoon. HA loads the bases with nobody out! ND brings
the infied in. Wendell rolls a 3B(x). Uh-oh, Carpenter is a
4e23. But he somehow makes the play, getting the force out at
home. Bases still loaded for Soto. He hits a long blast to RF.
Y. Molina, on third, is off on the crack of the bat and is
stunned to see Mookie Betts make a spectacular running catch.
Molina, standing near the dugout by this point, can only watch
helplessly as the ball is thrown in and he is doubled off for the third
out. Eric can only laugh. (Arnie notes if it were his player,
he'd be pulled from the game). K. Hernendez homers to lead off for ND
to make it a 3-1 game. HA gamely makes it a 3-2 game on an
unearned run in the 5th, but Alvarado, Kimbrel, Kela and Moronta
pitch the final 5 innings of shutout ball for ND. Final score
4-2, and 2nd place North Dakota has won 16 of its last 21 games.
Draft Day, Sunday March 29.
(1/21) MLK Day, AM over coffee and bagels CN faced off with Jeff with Sam managing Jeff's team in Sam's house in Vermont.
Game 1: WES? goes up early 4-0 abusing Happ for 2 homers and 2 doubles. But CN got all the rolls in the 6th
scoring 8 runs started by a 3 run Ohtani blast to tire Mikolas and then
the WES? bullpen comes in and 3 relievers then give
up 7 consecutive hits or walks before striking out 2 and leaving the
bases loaded. CN finishes the game 9-4 never looking back from that
Game 2: After all the offense of the first game,
the opponents end the first inning 1-1. WES? ran all over Suzuki and
goes up 3-1 in the fifth and then the two teams decided that hitting was
for losers – for the rest of the way WES? had a double and CN had two
BBs and the game ended 3-1 with the series starting over even and then
the rainout dice said the weather was clear and very different then
Game 3: This was all CN as 3 pitchers pitched a
shutout and the offense woke up for a 9-0 victory and hope for a winning
series was kindled.
Game 4: WES? dashed those
hopes as Pereza and Ohearn had 2 run homers to give WES? a 5-1 lead
going into the ninth. WES? hit a RFx single on Harper and then a
long single bringing up Fleet Freddy Freeman. He hit a lomax and
rolled a 5 for the triple play – at the time I could not find it in
rules worth remembering and did not want to look it up in the
rules. So Conforto came to the plate and hit a second lomax to
underline the situation. It was indeed a triple play for the
first triple play for CN in modern history (ie with me rolling for
them) (Commissioner note, its a triple play on lo max for rolls of
1-7). CN came up in the 9th and got 3 walks and a BPS* chance to load the bases
with one out. K, then BB (scoring 1), then CFx out and it is over and the split
comes in a 5-2 finale.
Draft Day, Sunday March 29.
(1/20) With Tom in an advisory role and Jeff watching from above, Sam made his
SOMBILLA debut as the manager of What Eric Said? Carrying on Jeff's
Asshole-kicking tradition, WES took the first two games before their
offense went dormant in the last two games. The result - a hard-fought
split, with two extra-inning games. While Oceanus was well-satisfied
salvaging the series, WES was pondering what might have been.
Game 1 - WES 5 OCE 2 (11 innings)
Nola pitched 8 innings of shutout ball for Oceanus, allowing only 2
hits and striking out 13. He left with a 2-0 lead courtesy of a David
Peralta single and a (former Asshole) Robinson Cano error.
Newly-acquired Sean Doolittle entered in the top of the 9th after Victor
Arano allowed a hit. Doolittle promptly gave up a homerun to Freddie
Freeman (I believe - sorry, I didn't save the detailed box score) to tie
the game. On to extra innings. Ultimately, in the top of the 11th,
WES scored 3 more runs, partly thanks to a David Dahl homer (Dahl and
Freeman both homered in the game...just not sure of the order). The
Assholes went down meekly in the bottom of the 11th as Josh Fields was
credited with a win and John Gant with the save. Who is John Gant?
Craig Stammen ran out of gas and took the loss.
Game 2 - WES 6 OCE 2
was a tight game through 7 innings. Tied 2-2 after 5 and 3-2 WES after
7. But WES tacked on 2 in the 8th and 1 in the 9th and the Assholes
had no response. For Oceanus, Corey Kluber once again gave up a HR on a
4-9 roll. He blamed the manager for bringing up the 4-9 in a recent
league-wide memorandum. WES's Robinson Cano (I believe on a BP HR 1
split) hit a homer, as did JT Realmuto. Trevor Story had two hits,
including a double, and an RBI for the Assholes. Clay Buchholz pitched a
serviceable 5 innings for the win, and the WES relief combo of Raisel
Iglesias and Aroldis Chapman hurled 4 shutout innings of relief.
Game 3 OCE 3 WES 0
Clevinger pitched 6 2/3 shutout innings for Oceanus, collecting 11 K's
and the win. Sean Doolittle made an appearance and gave up a hit but
did not sabotage the victory. Dependable David Hernandez and Pedro
Strop pitched 2 1/3 shutout relief innings, with Hernandez getting the
save. Tough luck loser Rick Porcello pitched a complete game for WES,
only allowing 3 runs on 7 hits and garnering 7 K's. Jose Ramirez had a
double and two RBI for the Assholes. Robinson Cano and Freddie Freeman
combined to go 4 for 5 with two walks and a HBP for WES, who stranded 9
runners on base.
Game 4 OCE 1 WES 0 (11 innings)
"Kosher Salt" Morton pitched 5 no-hit innings for WES but Walker
"Ferris" Buehler countered with 7 shutout innings (scattering 6 hits) of
his own for Oceanus. It was still 0-0 after 9, so on to extra innings
again. Ultimately, in the bottom of the 11th, Jose Altuve singled in
Joey Votto with a lucky split pick (a 1) off of Robinson Cano. The
"maligned only a little bit" Asshole bullpen, including Sean Doolittle
(!) pitched 4 shutout innings of relief, with Victor Arano getting the
save. WES got doubles from Lorenzo Cain and JT Realmuto and a triple
from David Dahl (I think it may have been a HR 1-17, TR 18-20 chance?)
and due to the vagaries of Strat-O-Matic, couldn't push anyone across,
ultimately stranding 10 runners. Reliever Raisel Iglesias took the loss
for WES. Oceanus only got 3 hits, all singles.
other general series note - the fleet-footed WES only got the good lead
once in the entire series, and was pegged out on that one SB attempt.
In such a close series, that may have been the difference between a
split and a WES series win.
(1/18) North Dakota moved into 3rd place Saturday defeating rival Bay
City 3 games to 1. deGrom won his 4th game in a row in game 1. He
was staked to a 5-0 lead after 6 innings with a balanced attack
(Mondesi 2 rbis) off starter Brad Keller. But in the 7th, BC
scored 4 times - two on bases loaded walks and HBP to knock out deGrom
and make it a 5-4 game. But Ottavino pitches the final two
innings for his 2nd save to seal the win.
2 featured a rarity, two complete games! Patrick Corbin
(5-hitter, 1 walk) outdueled Gerritt Cole (9 hits, 5 walks) 4-2.
An rbi double by Yelich and bases loaded walk by K. Davis gave ND
the 2-0 lead in the first, and Carpenter's sac fly made it a 3-0 game.
Castellanos (rbi double) and Reyes (rbi single) made it 3-2 in
the 3rd but Corbin yielded just one hit the rest of the way to shut the
Game 3 was crazy. Bay City scored 4 in the 3rd off
Marquez on a 2-run shot by T. Shaw and a double by Benintendi combined
with a three base error on Soler. It stayed 4-0 until the 8th as
hard luck BC ace Blake Snell (0-3, 2.88) carried a shutout, keeping ND
off balance. 4 straight hitters reached base for ND to make it
4-2, and Snell left to a standing ovation. Cishek comes in, gives
up a run on a groundout, and then Joey Gallo hits a pinch-hit 2-run
homer to give ND the 5-4 lead. Bottom of the 9th, Ottavino in for
ND, hoping to pick up another save. He hits Laureano, knocking
him out for 3 games. After an out, BC's Buster Posey comes up and hits
a walk-off two-run homer.
Game 4: Yelich singles in two runs in
the top of the first for ND off McCullers. Starling Marte hits a
sac fly to make it 2-1 in the 3rd. Lindor hits a solo shot in the
5th to make it 3-1, and Yelich triples in Carpenter in the 8th to make
it 4-1. Jesse Winker, finally back in the Bay City lineup after a
15 game injury homers in the 8th, but its too little, too late as Kyle
Gibson (6 innings, 2 hits, one run) and Jose Alvarado (2 1/3 innings,
one hit, one run), and Reyes Moronta (2/3 inning, save) hold BC to just
Draft Day, Sunday March 29.
(1/11) It was North Dakota winning the first two games and losing the
second two games of a series for the 2nd time in three days. After
deGrom pitched a stellar 5-hitter in a game 1 5-1 win, MVP candidate
Mookie Betts (.333, 10 HR, 38 RBI) was injured for the rest of the
series in the third inning of game 2. North Dakota
still managed to win that game in 12 innings with a Rhys Hoskins
2-run homer and 7 1/3 innings of shutout relief from Ottavino,
Alvarado, Kimbrel and Kela.
game 3, Betts injury replacement Nelson Cruz homered in his
first at bat to give ND a 1-0 lead, but FW loads the bases on three
Marquez walks in the 6th, and then an Upton single and Machado sac fly
are all FW needs to win 2-1. Foltynewicz (had to look up that
spelling), newly aquirred E. Ramos, and Castillo hold the Betts-less
Gacklonians to two hits.
For the last two games, Gold Glove
Betts (1e1) is replaced by 5e4 Cruz in RF. Sure enough, in the
5th inning with FW up 2-0 (sac by McCutchen and Chapman HR), Cruz
misplays a fb(X) into a double and error scoring Springer to make it
3-0. ND loads the bases in the 8th. K. Hernandez belts a
double, scoring two, with K. Davis barreling home to try and tie it.
Upton throws and Cervelli blocks the plate on a 1-10 to keep it at 3-2,
and that's the final score, as the still newly acquired E. Ramos gets
the save for FW and the series split.
Meanwhile...Oceanus came into Bay City with thoughts of winning 3 out of 4 or even
sweeping the depleted Rollers. In the end, even after injuring two
additional Bay City-ites, the Assholes were happy to salvage a split.
Here are the slightly-edited, computer-generated game summaries.
1 In a nail-biter the Oceanus Assholes got by the Bay City Rollers in
15 innings by the score of 4 to 2. Both teams were tied at 2 runs
apiece after nine innings. Oceanus came out on top in the 15th
inning. After an out was recorded, Brandon Nimmo started the
rally when he slapped a base-hit. David Peralta followed and he
laced a base-knock. After another out, Anthony Rendon then lined
a one-base hit scoring two teammates. Bay City was set down
quietly in the bottom of the 15th.
Yusmeiro Petit allowed
no runs in 1 and 1/3 innings, and picked up the victory. Scott Oberg
was the loser in relief. He gave up 3 hits and no walks in 2 and
2 Designated hitter Jeff "Frickin'" McNeil had 4 hits and scored 3
times as the Bay City Rollers beat the Oceanus Assholes in 13 innings
by the count of 8 to 7. The score was knotted at 7 after nine innings
as former Roller Pedro Strop couldn't nail down a save. Bay City
won the hard fought contest in the 13th inning. McNeil tripled
(again). Salvador Perez was next and he smacked a single giving
Bay City the win much to the delight of the home town crowd. Bay
City finished with 14 hits in the victory.
victory went to Will Smith who went 2 innings, allowing no runs.
Victor Arano absorbed the loss in relief. He allowed 5 hits and 1 walk
in 3 and 2/3 innings.
3 Catcher Buster Posey had 3 base hits and scored 3 times as the Bay
City Rollers defeated the Oceanus Assholes 5 to 3. Lance McCullers
contributed a very nicely pitched game. He didn't give up much,
just 5 hits and 4 walks in 8 innings. Oceanus made it exciting in
the 9th, but they were unable to push the needed runs across.
Steve Cishek preserved the game for McCullers, recording his his 1st
save. Mike Clevinger was the loser. 'It was a tough one to lose'
said Jed. 'We'll get them next time out.'
note was a double-play in the top of the first with Assholes on 1st and
3rd. You'd think a run would score, but no! It was recorded as a
6-4-3 double-play, but somehow I ended up with a runner on 3rd, who was
then stranded. And after that it was all Bay City until the ninth
inning rally came up short. I think Jose Iglesias was the star for the
Rollers as he started 3 DPs, killing the few chances the Assholes had to
get back into it.
4 (According to the computer-generated summary, but not in reality) the
Oceanus Assholes easily handled the Bay City Rollers by the score of 9
to 5. Oceanus scored the decisive runs in a big top of the 8th inning
plating 2 runs on 3 base hits. After two outs Brandon Nimmo got
things rolling when he laced a base-knock, and an error was also
committed. Jose Ramirez stepped up to the plate and he delivered
a base-hit plating a run. Ramirez took second on the throw.
Joey Votto then tripled scoring the final run of the inning. This was a
game of many highs and lows for the home town fans, as the lead kept
changing - 5 times in all.
victory went to Craig Stammen who went 2 innings, allowing no runs.
Scott Oberg suffered the loss in relief. He allowed 3 hits and no
walks in 1 and 1/3 innings. It was not easy though. Bay City had
a 5-3 lead after 6 innings. Oceanus scored 6 in the last 3
innings. Also, prior to this game, there had been no errors by
either team. But as soon as this fact was mentioned, David
Peralta of Oceanus made the first. Then Bay City made four,
leading to 3 unearned runs.
Draft Day, Sunday March 29.
(1/9) North Dakota won the first two games against Jeff's team to
run its winning streak to 7 games, but Jeff gained the satisfying split
(via his conduit Tom) and the last laugh as he won the season series
5-3. Unlike the first series, I did not feel his presence mocking me, but he still enjoyed kicking my ass.
game 1, deGrom finally pitched like his card says he should pitch, with
a complete game 3-1 win, scattering 7 hits. Carpenter,
Goldschmidt, and Yelich (HR) provided all the offense needed against
Mikolas who pitched well for WES? but not as well as deGrom.
2 was the opposite; a high scoring affair. ND jumped on Buchholz
in the first, plating two runs on a bases loaded walk to Hoskins and
sac fly from K. Davis. WES? took a 4-2 lead with a Flowers HR,
Bregman rbi hit, and a Peraza 2-run double in the 2nd. ND took
the lead for good in the 4th on a Carpenter HR and a Betts 2-run double
that made it 5-4. ND kept pounding away with a couple of more HRs
(K. Hernandez, Betts) and an unearned run to make it 9-4 in the 7th.
It was 10-5 going into the 9th. Freeman hit a 2-run homer
off Kimbrel to make it 10-7, then got 2 on with one out to bring the
tying run to the plate. But Kela gets Realmuto and Dahl to end
ND is up 2-1 after 5 innings in Game 3 with premature
visions of a sweep. Acuna homers off Marquez and its 2-2.
In the 7th, Cain singles in Cano off Alvarado to make it 3-2.
After Conforto walks, Moronta comes in for ND and Acuna greets
him with a 3-run blast, his 2nd HR of the game, and that's all she
wrote. WES? wins 6-3.
It was all WES? in the finale, as
Acuna added another homer, Puig hit a 2-run shot and Morton, Jeffress,
Chapman, and Gant scattered 7 hits to win 7-2.
WES? is now at
game 44 and can call up a 26th man. Remember that all teams get a
day off after games 20, 28, and 40. Send your stats to Tom, don't
be left out of the leaderboard! Draft Day, Sunday March 29.
(1/8) Oceanus visited Future Wax and took 3 out of 4 hard-fought games.
In game 1,
the Assholes jumped on Max Scherzer early and had a 5-0 lead after 4
innings and a 6-0 advantage after the top of the 6th. Oceanus got 2
homers from Trevor Story and one apiece from Altuve and Inciarte (HR 1,
out otherwise). Future Wax did get a run back, with Javy Baez finally
connecting on a ballpark homer chance (FW went 1-5 on ballpark
chances). The somewhat maligned Oceanus bullpen did allow Future Wax to
scrape a couple more runs together in the bottom of the 9th to make it
interesting, but Victor Arano was able to limit the damage. Aaron Nola
got the win, allowing 1 run on 4 hits in 7 2/3 innings pitched.
In game 2,
Oceanus once again grabbed the early lead - 3-0 after 3 innings.
Anthony Rendon and David Peralta hit homers. This score held all the
way through the top of the 8th inning. In the bottom of the 8th, mutant
Luke Voit hit a 2-run homer to put the squeeze on the Assholes.
However, recently-acquired Pedro Strop pitched a clean bottom of the 9th
for the save. Final score: Oceanus 3, Future Wax 2. Corey Kluber got
the win, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits in 8 innings pitched. Mike
Foltynewicz was a tough-luck loser, only allowing 1 earned run on 3 hits
in 7 innings pitched. An error from gold glover (I believe) Mark
Chapman was arguably the difference in the game.
In game 3,
yet again Oceanus took an early lead - 1-0 in the top of the 1st - with
Jesus Aguilar singling in Brandon Nimmo. Future Wax tied the game in
the bottom of the 3rd and then went ahead 3-1 in the bottom of the 4th
on homers from George Springer and Manny Machado. The Assholes struck
back with a solo shot from Aguilar. Then, in the top of the 8th, Randy
brings in his best reliever, Jose Leclerc, to face Jose Altuve with two
on. Altuve cranks a 3-run homer and vaults Oceanus to a 5-3 lead. The
somewhat maligned Asshole bullpen bent but didn't break in the bottom of
the 9th, allowing a run on a Javy Baez single for a final score of
Oceanus 5, Future Wax 4. Reliever David Hernandez got the win while
Felipe Vazquez was pinned with the loss.
In game 4,
Future Wax too an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 2nd on a Brandon
Belt homer. Oceanus tied the game in the top of the 5th as Jesus
Aguilar's sac fly scored Whit Merrifield. Future Wax went ahead 2-1 in
the bottom of the 6th on a Manny Machado single. Then in the bottom of
the 8th, Future Wax tacked on 2 more, as Asshole reliever Yusmeiro Petit
looked overwhelmed. Justin Upton doubled and Francisco Cervelli
singled to key the outburst. Final score: Future Wax 4, Oceanus 1.
Reliever Seth Lugo got the win. Jose Leclerc pitched 1 2/3 innings of
outstanding relief for the save. Walker Buehler took the loss for the
Assholes, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits while striking out 9 in 5 2/3
innings pitched. Buehler got tired unexpectedly early.
of all, welcome to the SOMBILLA Sam Bechard! Sam is taking over Jeff’s
team next year and he will now be on the SOMBILLA email distribution
Typically Twits Notes is written by the manager who won the most games.
is new: The Aggressions played 8 games, 4 against Constantinople and 4
against WES, spilt each series, yet their manager is still required to
submit TWITS because, as Tom craftily put it, he won 2 games,
Tom-as-Jeff won 2 games, but Eric-as-Eric won 4 games. So…
Scores, Series One:
HA 7-2: Verlander goes 8 for the W as the Aggressions score 5 runs in the 7th to break a 2-2 tie
HA 7-6: Arenado hits a walk-off double off Dominguez to score Muncy
4-2: Manaea shuts out HA’s lefty killing lineup for 5 innings as CN
nickels and dimes their way to 3 early runs and an easier win than the
the final score indicates
7-5: CN takes advantage of a huge 9th inning error by Arenado and a BP
HR (1-4) by Trout to score 4, as Diaz blows the save and take the loss.
HA 7-2: Verlander is masterful again, who’s perfect through, going 7.6 in a breezy win
WES 4-3: All the runs come late in this game, with Realmuto getting the big hit, a 3-run jack in the 6th for WES
6-4: Crazy game as each team strands 13 and HAs bullpen gives up single
runs in each of the last 3 innings to blow the hold and save
5-4: Soto comes in on a 2-base error by Freeman for the walk-off win.
HA also scored an un-earned in the 8th on a Cain error, as WES’s defense
falls apart and lets down the bullpen.
(12/28) It was a reversal of first-half fortune as North Dakota
swept into a tie for 3rd place with a sweep over erstwhile high-flying New
Orleans Saturday in Marblehead.
Statisticians would refer to it as a regression to the mean with North Dakota
unlikely a .458 team and New Orleans certainly not a .750 team. But no matter how you analyze this, it was a
pounding. Home-cooking helped North
Dakota outscore New Orleans 40-15 in 4 games, outhomering them 15-5. North Dakota did not miss any ballpark
homers, and also hit a few other homers not deserved (e.g., "1",
"1-5"), while New Orleans rolled nary a ballpark homer. The scary North Dakota defense made no errors
in the series.
In game 1, deGrom gave up a homer to the first batter of the
series (Turner). But in the bottom of
the first inning, Goldschmidt homered, K. Davis hit a 2-run homer, and with the
bases loaded and 2 out, Lindor hit a grand slam to give ND a 7-1 lead before
most of the Gackle Park capacity crowd of 453 had even taken their seats. But this is deGrom and a Gregorius 2-run
homer made it a 7-3 game in the 2nd, and when NO's Tommie Pham hit a pinch-hit
bases clearing double in the 6th, it's a 7-6 game and New Orleans loads the
bases with 2 out for JD Martinez against deGrom. He strikes out, North Dakota plates 3 more in
the bottom of the 6th and deGrom pitches a complete game for a 10-6 win, his
Patrick Corbin is dazzling in game 2, pitching 7 2/3 innings
of shutout, 3-hit ball. Meanwhile
Goldschmidt (HR), Ramos (2-run double and HR) and T. White (2-run homer)
provide all the offense needed. Final
In game 3, its 1-1 going into the third, when the teams use
the tiny dice. North Dakota dangerously
hits his first foul of the series and one of the die is scarily missing. It's finally found, near a crevice in the
floor that could have required a crowbar and digging up Harold's floorboard to rescue it. Immediately after, the ND manager
accidentally drops another die, but its found.
The next roll seems to produce a missing white tiny die. Was it buried in the dip? No, it is just blending into the
scoresheet. Keeping the tiny dice within
sight, North Dakota proceeds to find 5 obscure walks off Trevor Bauer in the
inning, who walks in 3 runs, yielding 5 runs in all to make it 6-0. The managers use the giant dice in the 4th
inning but no runs are scored. Mookie
hits a 3-run homer in the 5th to make it 9-1.
NO scores 4 in the 7th and 8th to make it seem close (9-5), but not
really. Final score 10-5.
New Orleans jumps to a 3-0 lead by the 5th inning of game 4
thanks to two homers by Aaron Hicks. But
in the bottom of the 5th, North Dakota scores 7 runs on 3 homers, including a
Betts 2-run ballpark HR, a Hoskins 2-run pinch-hit (on a HR 1), a 1-5 three-run shot
by A. Mondesi. New Orleans scores 1 in
the 6th to keep it close 7-4. But
solo shots by ND (Hoskins again and Yelich) in the 7th and 5 more in
(including a 3-run blast by Goldschmidt) make the final score 14-4.
Harold takes notes and vows revenge 4 weeks hence in his
Star of the series was Goldschmidt (9 for 15, .600, 3
homers, 6 rbi). Betts, Ramos, and Mondesi had 5 rbi each.
(12/23) From Jed: Oceanus took care of business at home, winning 3 out of 4 against
Constantinople, in spite of injuries to 4 major Assholes (Altuve, Nimmo,
Story and Rendon). For some reason, the computer (which did behave
pretty well after the initial obligatory kill and restart) didn't
generate game summaries, so I'll provide a human-generated recap.
Game 1 Oceanus
eked out a 2-1 victory in 15 innings! Constantinople took a 1-0 lead
when Bryce Harper hit a straight shot in the top of the 1st. The
Assholes cobbled together a run in the bottom of the 5th, if I recall
correctly involving a hit off of J.A. Happ's card. Aaron Nola pitched 8
innings of y3-hit ball but got tired so the battle of the bullpens
began. Both teams had chances in extra innings but mercifully in the
bottom of the 15th, Oceanus pushed one across. I think it was Brandon
Nimmo with the game-winning hit, but it could have been Joey Votto....
Game 2 Constantinople
kept connecting on the 4-9 off of Corey Kluber's card, ultimately
resulting in a 12-6 victory. It was a 4-4 game after 4 innings but
Constantinople blew it open with 4 runs in the top of the 5th and 2 more
in the top of the 6th. Oceanus made it something of a ballgame by
getting 2 back in the bottom of the 6th. A tired Kluber, who was
planning to take one for the team, got pulled and the Oceanus bullpen
was given a chance to keep the game close. Which they didn't, because
the Manatees pushed two more runs across in the top of the 9th and the
Assholes were done offensively. Constantinople got 15 hits total,
including 4 homers (all off of Kluber). Scooter Gennett went 4-4 with a
homer. Jean Segura went 3-4. For the Assholes, Jesus Aguilar and
Trevor Story hit homers.
Game 3 Mike
Clevinger bounced back from a rough outing against Haiku Aggression,
pitching 7 innings of 1-run ball in a 4-1 Asshole victory. Once again
it was tight early - 1 to 1 after 3 innings. But Oceanus got 2 in the
bottom of the 4th and an insurance run in the bottom of the 7th. The
now only somewhat maligned Asshole bullpen (including new pickup Pedro
Strop) came through with 2 scoreless innings. Jose Ramirez (now hitting
over .160!) was the hero for Oceanus, going 1 for 3 with a double and 3
RBI. Kurt Suzuki went 2 for 3 for the Manatees.
Game 4 Walker
"Ferris" Buehler pitched 8 innings allowing only 1 run on 2 hits in
another 4-1 Oceanus win. The Manatees took a 1-0 lead in the top of the
2nd on a Mike Haniger sac fly. But the Assholes pushed 3 across in the
bottom of the 3rd, including a (former mutant) Matt Olson homerun.
Oceanus added a run in the bottom of the 6th. Constantinople could not
seem to roll on the batters' cards, having a streak of at least 6 in a
row on Buehler's card at one point. The game was chippy starting in the
2nd inning when Oceanus hit Anthony Rizzo in retaliation for injuries
in the previous games. Rizzo did have to come out. So in the 3rd, the
Manatees hit Brandon Nimmo, who also could not continue.
Constantinople batted .182 for the series and had a 3.66 team ERA.
Oceanus hit .248 with a 3.00 ERA. Segura (5-17 2 doubles) and Gennett
(5-18 triple, homer, 4 RBI) were the hitting stars for the Manatees. 7
Manatee relievers combined to throw 13 scoreless innings. Peralta (6-13
2 doubles) was the hitting star for Oceanus, although 6 other players
hit .300 or better. The Asshole starters, aside from Kluber, only
allowed 1 run each.
Nutty season so
Far from the bottom where I
Want to be (with you)
being Robin (relax, Arnie) or whoever’s in last--but unfortunately she
had one too many syllables to squeeze into that final line, and I couldn’t edit my way out of the conundrum…
that’s the Haiku gist. Year of nuttiness: The Aggressions are 0-8 vs.
Harold and Tom, 14-6 vs. everyone else, and 9-3 vs. Arnie/Jed/Randy. See
what I mean?
weekend it was a 3-1 series triumph over Future Wax, in Natick. It was a
rough day for Randy. His defense couldn’t quite get comfortable at
Sandover Fields, coughing up 9 unearned runs on 3 painful, ill-timed
errors in games 1 and 2, leading to 9-3 and 6-4 losses. In his defense,
he was a bit distracted by a plumber named Tom, who was summoned for a
Sunday visit to Roto-RooterŪ a clog that’s been growing somewhere in the
pipes beneath Didi and Randy’s kitchen since 1958. Between rolls and
several stoppages there was much talk about unfixable plumbing, rusted
threads, rice clots, and the perils of fruit peels…
Game 3 provided fans the most bang for their buck, a walk-off 4-3
victory by the Aggressions, who scored 2 in the bottom of the 9thto knot the game at 3, and then won it when Arenado doubled in Bogaerts in the 11th.
was especially tough for Randy. Gambling for more offense, he played
injury call-up Dave Murphy (5e6) at first the entire game, and Murphy
managed to escape ranging either a foot to his left or right till the 9th,
when Arenado hit a two-out bouncer with Bogaerts at third that Murphy
waved at as it rolled passed him into right. Adding to Randy’s
exasperation was Saurez, who missed a 10thinning leadoff HR
(1-18) that went for a double instead, and got no further than third
when Baez missed a BP HR (1-4) with 2 out.
Wax managed to pull out a game 4 win, 3-1, behind a gutsy Greinke, who
pitched a masterful 8.3 innings, giving up just 4 hits, 1 runs 2 walks
and 6 Ks. And Tom the plumber? He’ll be back on Monday to install a new
Haiku Aggression, Bellinger had 2 HRs and 4 RBIs in game 2, and the
bullpen was stellar, pitching 15 innings and giving up just 2 runs.
Teams combined to miss 10 BP HRs.
(12/19) The jealous North Dakota manager watched helplessly as the
other SOMBILLA managers had their way with Bay City during the first half
of the season. Finally, it was North Dakota's turn in line. Unfortunately, deGrom had to pitch game 1 and he got pounded
again, this time by a score of 9-3. Carmago homered. Pisctotty hit an rbi double, Polanco had
an rbi, McNeill hit a 2-run triple off deGrom, now 0-4, 4.11. Lance
McCullers became the latest SOMBILLA pitcher to outduel the so-called
NL Cy-Young winner, as he pitched 6 innings, scattering 5 hits a 2 runs
for the win.
Dakota came back to win a tight game in game 2 after Rhys Hoskins had
all 5 rbis (2-run double and 3-run homer) to jump out to a 5-0 lead
after 5. Casetellanos HR makes it 5-1 and in the 8th, then ND's Moronta
comes in and gives up 2 walks and a single to load the bases. The ND
defense once again fails as Yelich drops, then kicks it for 2 runs and
its 5-3. An error on the catcher Ramos makes it 5-4. Jose Alvarado
makes his season debut to get the third out, then pitches the 9th for
the save and the 5-4 ND win.
3 was the pivotal game. This time it was BC jumping out to the 5-0
lead, helped by 3 solo homers (Shaw, Marte, PIscotty) and a Shaw 2-run
single. But solo ND homers by Yelich, K. Davis, Ramos, a 2-run shot by
Betts, and an rbi double by Yelich give ND the 6-5 lead after 6
innings. Iglesias homers off the ineffective Moronta to tie the game
6-6 in the 7th inning. Bottom of the 8th, with 2-out and one on,
Lindor belts a 2-run homer off Cishek for the apparent game-winning
homer to make the score 8-6. But in the 9th, 2 singles and a walk load
the bases for Benintenti against Kimbrel with one out. Kimbrel walks
him to make it 8-7. Carmago strikes out. 9th inning, 2 outs, bases loaded, down
8-7 for Buster Posey. He hits a 2- run single. Cishek pitches a 1-2-3
9th and Bay City wins 9-8.
the season on the line for ND in game 4, Betts hits a 2-run homer off Keller for
the early 2-0 lead. They trade solo shots and its 3-1 going to the
7th. Sal Perez homers off ...you guessed it...Moronta, to make it 3-2.
In the bottom of the 7th, Ramos hits a sac fly for the insurance run to
make it 4-2. BC scores another unearned run in the 8th (error on
Ottavino), but strand a runner. Ottavino pitches a 1-2-3 9th for the
save and the series split.
Reminder that all teams get a rest day after games 20, 28, and 40.
(12/18) CN swept the hard luck Aggression Based Lifeform formerly known as Eric.
CN was an extremely bad host feeding Eric two beers he did not like.
Next CN kept hitting ballpark homers and The Aggressive Poets kept hitting into double plays.
In game 1, CN hit 5 of 6 BP Homers to beat Verlander 8-1.
No Ballpark Homers in game 2, but Trout and Haniger (RHBs) hit solo shots to get the game to the 9th 2-2. Harper lead off with a double, Escobar knocked him to third and Rizzo singled him home
for the walkoff.
Game 3 had Rizzo hit
a ballpark 2 run homer and CN scored 3 while the angry non rhyming
poets counted syllables and scored no runs.
Rizzo hit a ballpark homer in game 4 to give CN a 2-1 lead and the Haiku spouting ones came out in the 9th
determined to avoid the sweep and get a single on a Px and then a LFx
error followed by
a single to tie the game. But hit into a double play before more
unearned runs could score. Scooter came out to led off the ninth to …
you guessed hit… hit a ball park homerun for the sweep.
8 of 9 ballpark homers 1-10 for left handers is probably the most improbable result in CN series history.
Enjoy the Holidays!
(12/17) Haiku Agression reluctantly moved into 3rd place Sunday night
after it's second consecutive series win over a pre-season favorite. No Twits Notes have been received from the
normally loquacious managers...2nd half schedule will be published today or tomorrow.
(12/15) New Orleans continues its winning ways, taking 3 of 4 from
CON. In game one, NO won 5 to 3, with
the big story being the SOMBILA debut of Shohei Ohtani, who singled in his
first at bat and hit a two run HR in the 9th in his second AB. It was not enough to over come the 2 rin
pich hit HR by Pham in the 8th. In game
2, NO had all the luck, winning 4-3. CON
missed two single 1-17 rolls (rolling 19 both times) which could have tied the
game. Judge and Hicks both hit 2 run
HR’s as the difference. CON won a 13
inning marathon 3-2, with Ohtani hiiting a game winner in the bootom of the
13th. NO won game 4, 4-2.
(12/13) From Eric: Didn't
think I'd have to suffer penning Twits this year, but at least in
Arnie's case he just can't seem to wrap his head around being the
pre-season favorite. Employing the odd strategy of burning out shitty
relievers (Arnie's comment - actually only two of them are truly
shitty) early in the season to protect the innings of better relievers
down the road may explain why North Dakota is now inexplicably two
games under .500, after dumping 3 of 4 to lowly lottery hopefuls Haiku
Aggression, though there's grumbling in the front office that Arnie
just can't motivate his team to hit.
enough of Arnie, and the paltry 15 runs he scored in 4 games, or his
lucky win in game 2, when Goldschmidt hit a 2-run blast of Pressly in
the top of the 9th to eek out a 6-4 win. Instead, let's our turn
attention to Eric, and his bumbling blind luck that somehow managed to
pay itself forward throughout the series.
1: 3-1, Haiku Aggression. Verlander did a nice job holding ND to a
single run through his 7.3 innings before handing it over to Diaz for a
5-out save. The winless DeGrom took the loss, hearing from the one fan
who made the long ride from Minot to Haiku-land in 7 syllables ("That's
what you get with a Met!") and who looked remarkably like Arnie.
2: 6-4, North Dakota. The aforementioned win, which also included a
pinch-hit blast from Solar off Hader to begin a well-timed late inning
comeback. ND's Corbin didn't have his best stuff, but he gutted out
seven stressful innings before giving ND's beleaguered pen a chance to
shine, which it did, giving up nothing from the 5th inning on.
3: 7-5, Haiku Aggression. It's late, so let's just say that ND had 5
singles, 3 doubles, 2 triples, 1 HR, 3 walks, & 2 stolen bases, and
still managed to lose to a team that had 9 singles and 2 doubles.
4: 12-3, Haiku Aggression. It's later still, so let's end on a positive
note... We're giving stars of the series to little Joey Wendle, who
went 8 for 16 and scored 5 runs, and Jose Martinez, who thankfully
managed to avoid having the ball come his way, and went 9 for 16 while
driving in 7 runs.
SOMBILLA managers, please return your 2nd half schedule surveys by Sunday.
(12/9) Future Wax won 7 of 8 games at the bash to vault into 2nd place.
This was after New Orleans had swept Bay City to go to 15-1, the
best 16 game start in SOMBILLA history.
The day started off poorly for Future Wax as Carrasco outdueled Scherzer
for a 3-1 loss to Tom. But after that everything came up roses.
Rallying from a 3-0 deficit in game 2, homers by Springer, Suarez, and
Chavez turned the tide, as the Wax sailed to a 8-5 victory. In game 3,
Tom again raced out to a 3-0 lead (on Haniger and Trout blasts). In the
7th, Belt's belt made it 3-2. In the bottom of the 9th with two outs,
Dominguez boats a comebacker to the mound, then hits Springer with his
next pitch. Baez cracks a double, and Springer scores all the way from
first for a walk off win.In the final game of this series, Tom jumps out
to a 2-0 lead, but Baez ties the score in the 5th with another 2-run
double. In the 6th, Suarez singles, pinch runner Blackmon steals second,
moves to third on a passed ball, and scores on a Machado single.
LeClerc and Castillo shut the door for a 3-2 win.
On to Harold,
who had just taken 3 of 4 from Robin, upping his record to a ridiculous
15-1. In game 1 of the second series, Scherzer outdueling Sale, yielding
just 5 hits and 1 run for a complete game 2-1 victory. Gregorius' homer
was matched by Belt's in the 8th, and then Chapman hit a walk off
dinger to finish it. Next, Eovaldi claims a win despite giving up 3 home
runs in 5 innings (Turner, JD, and Gregorius). FW rallies to make it
3-3 in the 3rd, Baez homers in the 5th to take the lead. A Stanton
(called up for injured McCutchen) sac fly added an insurance run, and
LeClerc snuffs out an comeback for a 5-3 FW win.
In the 3rd game
Harold scored 2 in the 5th, but pinch hitter Pham gets a clutch out
with men on first and third. Then with 2 outs in the bottom of the
inning, FW is gifted 3 consecutive walks, and Machado's single drives in
2 for the lead. The FW pen is again outstanding, holding on for a 5-3
win. FW then completes the sweep as Harold strands 14 runners, including
bases loaded with 1 out in the 9th, losing 2-0.
The FW bullpen
was outstanding in both series, with LeClerc and Castillo each recording
2 saves and a win, and Lugo also getting two Ws in relief.
New Orleans and Future Wax are now at the roster freeze.
(12/5) Tom and I split, but I volunteered to do TWITS Notes as it's
likely to be my only chance this season. In Game 1, Bader hit a 2-run
homer in the 1st off Snell but Albies led off the bottom of the 1st
with a homer, which was followed by a HBP (plus inj) for Iglesias and a
Sal Perez homer. Tom regained the lead via a passed ball and a double
by Escobar in the 4th, but a New Orleans-esque parade of relievers
could not contain BC, as Piscotty hit a walk-off 3-run homer for the
6-4 win. Game 2 was a pitchers' duel between Toussaint and Cole. Robin
did not try to score on a 1-12 shot in the first because the cute and
clutch Benintendi was up, but he struck out and she was shut out. Tom
won a 1-0 game on a run-scoring GDP in the 3rd. Game 3 saw the cute
Lance McCullers give up 7 runs in the second as CN more than batted
around in an inning featuring a 3-run homer by Morales and a 3-run
double by Escobar. BC's Travis Shaw hit a pinch-hit 2-run homer in the
7th, but it was too little too late, as CN cruised to a 13-4 victory.
Game 4 was another pitchers' duel, with Taillon shutting out BC for 5
innings and Cole Hamels no-hitting CN for 4 2/3 innings. A passed ball
and a solo Winker homer gave Robin the 2-0 lead in the 6th, and Smith
and Cishek shut down and shut out the Manatees, who managed only 4
singles (and 3 stolen bases against the +6 Hamels).
Bay City is now at the roster freeze.
(12/4) A hard fought series between the two preseason favorites ended
in a draw. Internet Strat-O was surprisingly co-operative and the series was
played quickly with only one minor glitch.
Nola pitched a 2-hit shutout in game 1, easily besting deGrom (still
looking for his first win). Shoddy ND defense, a recurring theme in
the series led to the first OC run and they never looked back, cruising
to a 3-0 win. The computer said "Nola
didn't realize how many strikeouts he was racking up. When told he had
10 he was obviously surprised, 'No kidding? Man, I knew that I had a
decent total, but I didn't think I had K'd that many. Say, that's
pretty good, isn't it?' "
Dakota came back to tie the series, 6-2, in game 2, led by Mookie Betts
(2-run double and 2-run homer). Patrick Corbin pitched well for the
win, allowing 2 runs in 7 2/3 innings to go along with 12 k's.
According to the computer "Arnie
was asked about the performance of Corbin, 'He had his good stuff out
there tonight. The fans really get into it when the strikeouts start
mounting up - and that seems to give him even more adrenaline.'
Assholes jumped in front in game 3 as they did all series, but ND came
back and held a 3-2 lead after 3 innings. Marquez settled down to get
his 2nd win, and Mookie had another 3 rbis. It was 4-2 in the 9th. An
Asshole rally off mutant closer K. Herrera fell short with the tying
run on base.
Oceanus took advantage of more shoddy defense as
errors by Carpenter and K. Hernandez led to two unearned runs in the
5th and gave OC a 4-3 lead they never relinquished. The teams combined
to use 35 players in this one, emptying benches and bullpens, but OC
held on to gain the split. Walker Buehler reeled off a total of 10
strikeouts as the Oceanus Assholes defeated North Dakota by
a score of 5 to 4 at Gackle Park. Buehler(1-0) pitched well for Oceanus
in their victory. He surrendered 6 hits and 3 walks in 7 innings. David
Hernandez was perfect in relief and gained credit for his 2nd save of
Jed is now at the roster freeze.
(11/24) Amidst the rash of 'slammed-at-work' related cancellations, the
SOMBILLA has some good news to report. Sam Bechard has agreed to take
over Jeff's team next season! We will welcome him to our email chain
after the new year. Meanwhile, on the table:
moved to a tie for fourth place Saturday. They won game 1, 5-3. M.
Chapman hit the go ahead rbi in the 3rd and asshole Machado hit a big
2-run HR in
the 4th off McCullers to provide all the offense needed for Scherzer.
back to win game 2, 6-2. BC was led by back to back HRs by Albies
and F. Reyes, with 4 pitchers combining for the win. The Wax scored 6
runs on 6 hits in the bottom of the 8th inning of game 3 off Hamels and
Oberg to break the 3-3 tie for a 9-3 win. In game 4, Eovaldi, S. Lugo,
and C. Ferguson pitched a combined 6-hit shutout for FW's 4-0 win to
take the series, knocking last place Bay City to 9 games out of first.
Send your stats to Tom and have a Happy Thanksgiving!
(11/14) The last time ND and FW played each other 8 months
ago, Dustin Pedroia hit a game 7, 10th inning, 3-run home run in his
last SOMBILLA at bat to win the SOMBILLA World Series for North Dakota. Much less was at stake in this weird early
In Game 1,
Max Scherzer pitched a 2-hit, complete game 4-0 shutout for Future Wax. The vaunted ND offense saw its team batting
average fall to .189 after nine games.
Game 2 was
an instant classic. FW took a 2-1 lead
into the 7th inning, despite missing two 1-16 ballpark homers, but Tyler
White stroked a pinch-hit 2-run double off Seth Lugo to give ND the 3-2 lead. ND’s
Osuna blew the 9th inning save when Matt Chapman hit a game tying homer
to send it into extra innings. In the
top of the 12th inning, Suarez doubles in Baez to give FW the 4-3
lead. Out of good pitchers, Randy brings
in Caleb Ferguson in the bottom of the 12th. After an out was recorded, Wilson Ramos
cracks a homer to tie it. Goldschmidt
then doubles and Mookie Betts hits a walkoff 2-run homer.
maligned German Marquez pitched a 4-hit complete game 6-2 win in game 3 for North
Dakota. ND hit 5 home runs in the game
(Goldschmidt 2, Betts, K. Davis, Ramos).
salvaged the split with a ridiculous 21-10 game in the finale. Mutant Luke Voit hit a grand slam, McCutchen
had two homers, while Gomes, Upton and Baez had one each. It was 11-9 after 4 innings, but Future Wax
kept pouring it on, while the ND offense shut it down.
(11/8) In a hard-fought
series, Oceanus took 3 out of 4 from the visiting Future Wax to move into 2nd
place, percentage points ahead of WES?. At one point in every game Future
Wax had a lead. But the Assholes battled back. Apologies for the
minimal details below - the computer didn't record the detailed scoresheets so
I can't see who got what hits when.
Game 1: Max Scherzer vs. Aaron Nola. Oceanus takes a
3-0 lead after 2 but Future Wax ties it in the 4th and goes up by 1 in the
8th. The Assholes then score 2 in the bottom of the 9th to win 5-4.
David Peralta had 2 doubles and Robinson Chirinos had a triple for
Oceanus. Brandon Belt had a homer for Future Wax. Both starters
Game 2: Zach Greinke vs. Corey Kluber. Oceanus scores
2 runs in the bottom of the first inning and then nothing for the rest of the
game. Future Wax scores 1 run in the top of the 2nd but nothing more
through 6 innings. Finally, in the 7th and 8th, Future Wax pulls ahead
and the bullpen preserves a 4-2 victory. For Future Wax, Charlie Blackmon
and Manny Machado combined to go 4 for 7 with 3 runs and 2 rbis. Joey
Votto went 3-4 for Oceanus. Greinke and Kluber dueled to draw.
Relief was the difference.
Game 3: Mike Foltynewicz vs. Mike Clevinger.
Heckuva starting pitchers' duel as Folty allows only a run on 1 hit and
Clevinger a run on 2 hits. Oceanus, trailing 2-0 going into the bottom of
the 7th, gets 3 runs to take the lead and adds 2 more runs in the bottom of the
8th. Homers by Rendon and Story do the damage. Final score: Oceanus
5, Future Wax 2. This time the Oceanus relief comes through. Belt
has another homer for Future Wax.
Game 4: Kershaw vs. Musgrove. Even more of a
pitching duel as it was 0-0 after 5. Oceanus strikes first with a run in
the bottom of the 6th. But Future Wax gets 2 in the top of the 7th,
Oceanus manages to tie in the bottom of the 9th. The Assholes had a 40%
(1-8) chance of scoring the winning run with 2 outs but got pegged out at the
plate so it was on to extra innings. Oceanus ultimately wins it in the
11th, final score 3-2. Jose Altuve goes 2 for 4 with 2 doubles for
Oceanus. Javy Baez has a double for Future Wax. Not much offense in
(11/14) After splitting the first two games against Oceanus, game three started
with OCE tiring Sale with the first 5 runners scoring, including back to
back to back HR’s. The New Orleans manager then ordered the 6th batter
Votto intentionally hit. That seemed to change the day for the Ellis’.
Sales gutted out 4 tired innings and NO tied the game. After New
Orleans took the lead in the 8th inning, they only traoled in 2 of the next 45 innings on the
day versus OCE and HA.
Anything that could go right, did.
is not the best start in league history. A study from
1999 shows that the Manila Folders of all teams, began the season 12-1
(they finished 29-27 and lost in the firs round of the playoffs).
CN was 13-3 in '04-05 en route to a 23-5 first half (they
won the World Series).
In other news, Oceanus hosted Bay City and managed to win 3 of 4.
the first game, the resilient Rollers kept coming back against Asshole
Ace Aaron Nola and the game was tied 4-4 after 9. Enter Asshole
reliever Corbin "Mister" Burnes and Travis Shaw hits a solo HR. Steve
Cishek is a little shaky in the bottom of the 10th but gets the save for
the Rollers. The cute Andrew Benintendi managed to hit a ballpark HR
for Bay City on a 1 roll.
In game 2 the
Assholes jumped out to a 4-0 lead after 2 innings. Bay City chipped
away late but the final was 4-2. Corey Kluber pitched 7.2 solid innings
allowing only 5 hits. Gerrit Cole settled down to pitch 7 solid
innings. Jeff McNeil hit a solo HR for Bay City. Joey Votto went 3-3
with a walk for Oceanus.
Game 3 was a 15-4
stat-padding laugher for Oceanus as Jake "What's that smell?" Odorizzi
stunk up the joint and the relief staff poured gasoline on the fire.
Mike Clevinger pitched a complete game for Oceanus. Jesus Aguilar had a
double, triple and homer along with 5 RBI for the Assholes.
4 was an intense pitching duel tied a 0-0 entering the bottom of the
9th. Blake "What's that" Snell had bamboozled the Assholes, allowing
only 4 hits to that point. Walker "Ferris" Buehler and 4 relievers
combined to hold the Rollers to 4 hits. In the bottom of the 9th, Story
got on due to an error by Jorge Polanco, who had pinch-hit for the
gold-glove level Jose Iglesias in the top of the 9th. Aguilar moved
Story over. The Altuve doubled Story in. I think it might've been a
double 1-5 out otherwise, and I rolled a 5....
"What Eric Said"? S 1 S 1-10 High
1 HR 1-10
Dakota S 1-3 S
HR 1-13 HR 1-16
S 1-10 S 1-10
Orleans S 1-12
S 1-12 High
Doc Ellis Field HR 1-3 HR 1-12
at Orchids of
Haiku Aggression S 1-7
S 1-14 High
HR 1-11 HR
1-10 S 1
Manatees HR 1-10 HR 1
City S 1-12
HR 1-9 HR 1-3
Wax S 1-6 S
HR 1 HR 1-10
(10/30) Despite some of the typical computer flakiness, Oceanus and What Eric
Said? were able to complete a series in less than 2.5 hours. The
result, a mostly satisfying split.
marquee matchup between Nola and Mikolas is scoreless through 4. WES
strikes in the bottom of the 5th when the mutant O'Hearn cranks one out
of the park. But OCE manufactures a run to tie it in the top of the
6th. WES goes right back up by 1 in the bottom of the 6th. Another
singleton WES HR (Puig - a series hero) in the bottom of the 8th doubles
the lead. OCE does score one in the 9th on a PB but the rally falls
short. Final: WES 3, OCE 2. Votto and Altuve each go 2-4 but the
anemic OCE attack includes 0 extra base hits.
vs. Buchholz, scoreless through 3. Then OCE breaks through with 2 runs
in both the 4th and 5th innings as Altuve and Story hit HRs. OCE is
stunned when WES comes right back with 4 runs of their own in the bottom
of the 5th including a Realmuto HR. In the top of the 8th, Merrifield
doubles and Eaton singles him home. The much-maligned OCE bullpen
pitches 2 scoreless innings, with Stammen getting the save. Final: OCE
5, WES 4.
vs. Porcello. In the top of the 2nd, OCE takes a 1-0 lead on a Rendon
HR. But once again, WES storms back right away with 2 unearned runs in
the bottom of the 2nd. Clevinger makes the error and WES hits 3 singles
in a row. OCE scores 2 in the 4th to retake the lead. And from there,
OCE keeps adding runs...1 in the 5th, 1 in the 8th and 1 in the 9th. A
DeJong HR in the bottom of the 9th gives the fans some hope but the
shaky OCE relief holds on. Final: OCE 6, WES 3. OCE has 4 HR in the
game: Nimmo, Peralta and Chirinos and Rendon. Dejong is the star for
WES going 2-4. Also for WES, Cain and Dahl both double.
vs. Morton. Hell of a pitchers' duel. OCE scores singleton runs in
the 5th and 9th inning - one on a PB and one related to an error.
Buehler pitches 7 1/3 innings of one-hit ball only to have the
much-maligned bullpen do something malign worthy. In the bottom of the
9th, against a combination of relievers David Hernandez and Craig
Stammen, WES gets a double from Cano, a double from Cain and a walkoff
HR from Puig. Only 4 hits for both teams as Morton and the WES relief
does a fine job. Final: WES 3, OCE 2 (kind of a bookend score).
(10/27) Eric took the first two, Jeff/Tom took
the next two. In their wins, WES? tossed consecutive shut-outs (2-0, 5-0)
with Porcello and Morton getting the wins. Haiku Aggression took the
first two games, 2-1 and 5-2. Identifying offensive stars is virtually
impossible, but if one must pick, I'd go with De Jong and Freeman for
WES, and Arenado for HA.
WES? is now at the roster freeze!
(10/19) In the series today, New Orleans swept WES, I’m sure really pissing off Jeff.
Game 1: NO 5, WES 3. Martinez hits a pair of HR’s, Bauer gets the win going 6ip and Chavez with a 3 ip Save.
2: NO 6, WES 3. WES gets out to an early lead with a Flowers first
inning HR, but Didi gives NO the lead with a 2 run HR in the 5th. NO
busts it open in the 8th with a Judge 3 run HR.
3: NO 6, WES 2. NO is all over the WES starter Porcello early, with a
Judge HR in the 2nd, and Choo hitting a solo shot in the 3rd followed up
by a Hicks 3 run HR also in the 3rd.
Game 4: NO 3,
WES 2. Super pitchers' duel between Williams and Morton, no score after
4ip. WES gets the lead with 2 runs in the 5th. NO comes back to tie it
with 2 in the 6th. Hicks hits a sole HR in the 7th which would be the
(10/13) Jeff's team took 6 of 8 in Holliston earlier today. Tom
will send the gory details in the next day or two, but, basically Jeff
kicked my ass. I could feel his mocking presence, as his team
came from behind in all the games and had a chance to sweep me
with the running run at bat in the last at bat of the series. He
first won game 1 in 14 innings. Then, in game 2, Tom pulled a
'Jeff'; inadvertently starting his lineup vs righties against Patrick
Corbin, a lefty. But Jeff still won anyway, with Yelich
getting injured for the series. In game 3 he capitalized on
questionable ND defense, and Jeff controlled all the karma before his
4th game 9th inning rally fell one batter too short.
Jeff's team played two more extra-inning games against Robin, a long day for Tom.
(10/7): Future Wax and WES(?) split a hard
fought series to open the 2019-2020 SOMBILLA season.
In case you missed it, Tom has volunteered to manage all of
Jeff's team's games this year (other than those against CN) and the
league is helping him out by playing 6 series at WES? during October.
After lighting a ceremonial candle
and a commemorative toast to Jeff, the teams got to work. Scherzer and Mikolas
kept the game scoreless through 6. Homers from Baez and Upton put FW up 3-0,
but a 2-run shot by Freeman in the bottom of the frame made it a one-run game,
and a Puig solo shot in the 8th tied it. Dejong missed a 1-10 BPHR chance in
the 11th and Suarez did the same in the top of the 13th. WES?'s Puig finally ended it
a half innning later with a walk off blast off Lugo.
In game 2, Foltynewicz allowed only
2 hits and 1 run in 7-2/3s. FW plated 1 run in the 1st on 4 hits, another on a
Belt homer in the 3rd, and added 2 more in the 4th after Maeda walked the first
3 batters to cruise to a 4-1 win.
In game 3, Kershaw yielded hits to
the first 5 batters he faced to dig an early 4 run hole, before settling down.
McCutchen's 3-run shot in the 5th closed the gap, but Kershaw then allowed 5
singles to the first 7 batters he faced, while Lugo in relief walked the first
two he faced, to build the WES lead up to 5 runs. Homers by Cervelli, Suarez,
and Springer made it a one-run game again, but a Realmuto dinger added an
insurance run and Chapman got his first save in a 9-7 WES win.
WES started strong again in the
final game, opening with a 2-run moonshot from Acuna. But Cervelli answered
with one of his own in the 2nd. Machado put FW up for good with his first home
run of the season. FW tacked on 2 insurance runs late for a 5-2 victory.
SOMBILLA managers - please remember to return your schedule surveys by this Sunday if you have not already done so.