Saturday, September 22, 2018

Shockers shut out Snow Sox 9-0

Jason Curry had a complete game shutout and Luis Colon had 3 hits, 2 runs, and 2 RBI as the Shockers blew out the Sox.  With one more win, the Shockers secure a playoff spot.  With 2 wins, the Snow Sox can do it.  Combined with Green Day's win, this game sealed the fate of the Major League Central as Green Day wins the division.

In other news, Buddy Dervish was ejected in the 5th inning against the Devils.  He gave up a homerun to Larry Brooks, his 35th of the season.  Dervish plunked the next batter, Jorge Allen, causing both benches to empty.  Both players were ejected and suspended.  The Penguins came back to win the game 4-2.  Brooks' homerun puts him only one behind Conn Barbarian for the league lead.  In his final at bat he was intentionally walked, perhaps as a way to keep him from catching the Barbarian.

Dervish's suspension of 6 games was reduced to 2 on appeal.  He will miss the last two games of the regular season but be available for the playoffs.

Morris wins 20th

Hawaii's Dustin Morris pitched into the 8th inning against Bay Area and came away with his 20th victory of the season.  Acquired from Cleveland in mid-season as part of the Brett Solo trade, Morris won 8 games for the Spiders and 12 for the Hounddogs.  Miguel Corballos allowed two runners to reach base in the 9th inning, but struck out Miguel Cruz to preserve a 5-4 lead and earn his 46th save.

Major League Playoff Race

With 3 to play, the second wild card race is a tie between the LA Shockers and the Alaska Snow Sox.  The first wild card will be defending champion New York.  In a fortuitous bit of scheduling, LA and Alaska play each other for the final series, so whoever wins this best of 3 gets to participate in a post-season best of 3.

Alaska can still catch Green Day for the division, however Green Day is assured of at least a wild card.  Their magic number to win the division is 2.

Superior League Playoffs Set

With 3 games to play, the Chicago Winds had one last desperate shot at a playoff spot.  They trailed Cleveland by 3 games for the Division, and were also 3 games behind Boston and Las Vegas for a wild card spot.  The silver lining was that they controlled their own destiny, the final 3 games would be against Boston.  If Chicago swept the series they would get to play game 163 to decide a wild card spot.

They sent 2 way phenom Silveran Kanan Bonis to the mound against Boston's ace CC Salbacca.  The Beaneaters jumped all over Bonis for 3 runs in the first.  Meanwhile Salbacca struck out 12 Winds in 6 innings.  He left the game with a 4-2 lead.  Bonis was able to pitch 5 innings.  The Winds got the tying run to the plate in both the 7th and 8th innings, but could not get any closer.  They went down 1-2-3 in the 9th with Joey Howell, pinch hitting for Cody Fett, striking out to end the game.

It's a tough loss for Chicago.  With one game 3 playoff spots are clinched:  Cleveland wins the central, Boston wins a wild card, and so does Las Vegas.  The only thing left to decide is home field advantage between Boston and Las Vegas.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

3000 Hits

With a pair of doubles off Gene West, Frank Lewis has reached the 3000 hit mark.  Ryne Solo Jr is the only other jaws to have done that.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Milestones

Mark Crawford came into the 2018 season needing only 33 hits to reach 3000, and has long since blown past that.  Crawford is hitting over .320 for the Denver Rabbits, who are keeping the old man fresh by giving him plenty of rest against lefties.

Frank Lewis needed only 98 hits to reach 3000, but a tough injury plagued season has made this a challenge.  Currently Frank is only 3 hits away with a week left to play.

No other player will challenge 3000 hits this season.

Chad White collected his 500th homerun last week.  LeRoy Brown, Prince Coleman, and Frank Lewis will fall short of that mark and are likely to retire at season's end.

Frank Lewis has gone over 2000 career walks, he is the second player in history to do this, after Dirk Lindros.

With 9 wins this year, Roger Lewis is 3 short of 300 for his career.  This will be a tough challenge as he only has one week left. 

Joe Callahan reached 3000 strikeouts earlier this year.

Chad White Joins 500 HR club

Chad White is having a season well below his standards, but the 38 year old Cobra outfielder reached a milestone last week.  On 9/13/18, playing at home against the Hawaii Hounddogs, Chad stepped in against Ramiro Aguilar in the 4th inning of a scoreless game. 

Chad sent a 3-2 pitch out towards left field and it cleared the wall 363 feet away for his 15th homerun of the season and 500th of his career.  Cobra went on to win the game 2-0 behind the pitching of Stephen Hamburg.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Perfect Game for Bridges

The near-impossible occurred today: Matt Bridges pitched a perfect game, securing a place for himself in baseball history.  Bridges joined Scott Beachhead as the only pitchers in league history to throw perfect games.  Beachhead's perfect game came exactly 20 years and 2 months before Bridges'.
Starting for the Denver Rabbits, Bridges defeated the Hawaii Hounddogs 2-0 in a no-run, no-hit, no-man-reach-first game -- the rarest of the rare.
"I knew what was going on," he acknowledged to BNN after the game. "I was hoping the fans would kind of shush a little bit. They were making me nervous."
When his perfect day on the mound ended, he pumped his fist twice at the ground as he was swarmed by his teammates. He made his way off the field to a standing ovation from the crowd and gave fans a final wave before disappearing into the clubhouse.
"You don't talk to the guy about it, of course, but I could tell he was confident," Rabbits manager Bewis Skywalker said. "He wanted it."
The right-hander walked nobody and struck out 6 in the game, for which he had a special audience in the stands -- his parents. Bridges said his dad appeared puzzled in the clubhouse after the game and asked what all the excitement was about.
"He said he got there late, and I was like, 'Oh my god, you missed my perfect game!'" Bridges recounted. "Of course, turns out he was kidding. They had seen the whole thing."
Bridges accomplished his feat while only throwing 81 pitches, 59 for strikes.  In the third inning he retired the side on just 3 pitches.  In the 9th inning Hawaii challenged rookie outfield Michael Stewart.  Arnold Weber hit a blooper to shallow right and Stewart had to race in to make the catch.  The next batter, Ron Benefield, hit one to the warning track.  Stewart had enough time to plant himself under it "those last 3 seconds seemed to last forever.  I kept telling myself I better not drop this one." said Stewart.  The final batter, pinch hitter Quan Campbell, took two strikes and then swung and missed to end the game.
Bridges has made 25 starts this season, posting 11 wins and 8 losses. Opposing clubs are batting .254 against him and he has 125 strikeouts in 152.1 innings with a 4.73 ERA.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Moore era over in Texas

Last season the Texas Gunfighters went to the World Series for the first time in team history.  In the off-season they broke out the big bucks to add Aaron Moore from Boston.  Moore received 206 million over 6 years.  It has not gone as planned.  While Moore has provided power with 21 homers and 56 RBI, his batting average has fallen to .237 after hitting .320 last season.

Texas has followed up their best season with a fall to last place and a 41-60 record. On Friday Texas found a taker for Moore and his salary, shipping him to Cleveland for starter Ricky Durrington and top prospect Dave Foreman, a first round pick in 2017.

Cleveland, at 50-50, is trying to stay in the central division race after a recent slump.  They had relatively few long term salary commitments, so they have no trouble affording Moore and recent trade acquisition Brett Solo.

Sunday, July 08, 2018

Kinger alive and well

A recent post on the OOTP site incorrectly stated that Max Klinger, owner of the Toledo Mud Hens and a Korean War veteran, had died.  This has proven to be fake news.  Klinger is alive and well, however he is stepping down in his role overseeing baseball and business operations.  His son Doug will be the owner on record for the franchise, with Max continuing to root on his team from the owner’s box.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Brett Solo Traded

Brett Solo is heading back to the team where he started, the Cleveland Spiders.  Hawaii also gives up four prospects - SS Joe Lewis, 1B Bill Berry, P Alberto Ortiz, and CF Jody Rasmussen in exchange for pitcher Dustin Morris and minor league SS Albert Carillo.

Solo, 36, is hitting .219 with 9 homers and 34 RBI. He is signed for 4 seasons after 2018.  Cleveland is leading the Superior League Central with a 43-36 record despite getting almost no production from shortstops Kevin Tyler and Owen Reid.

Morris will fit into Hawaii's rotation, which has been devastated by injuries.  Most recently phenom Yodano Ventura's season ended due to an elbow injury.

In other news, Miami traded Roman Matos to Detroit along with minor league OF Alfredo Encinia for Jered DeMario.  Matos has been a disappointment since going 21-4 last season, and Miami decided to bring back the pitcher who had been their ace for the last 5 seasons.