Sunday, March 18, 2018
Oh, and that was before the game started, and Jeff Baker hit a two-run inside the park home run that got through the massive gaps in the Coors outfield. It only got worse from there, with Colorado scoring in each of the third through the seventh, with all but the fifth featuring multiple tallies. I knew the “Bauer” on this scoresheet was much too old to be Trevor, but I had forgotten that Rick Bauer briefly toiled for the Tribe. The Indians pair of runs came as the result of leadoff triples and sacrifice flies because, you know, Coors Field.
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Sunday, March 11, 2018
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Sunday, March 4, 2018
For some reason I was just keeping a play-by-play scoresheet for this game on a sheet with pre-drawn diamonds. Jeremy Sowers was making his major league debut for the Indians against the Reds, the team that had originally drafted him and then (if memory serves) negotiated in bad faith. Back into the draft he went where the Indians made him a first-round pick for the second time.
Sowers started well, yielding just one single through the first three frames. But in the fourth, Ken Griffey and Adam Dunn both hit two-run blasts (the 549th of Griffey’s career), and that was all the scoring they would get or need.
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Saturday, February 24, 2018
Moises Alou’s two run homer off Barry Zito in the sixth was the decisive blow of this Giant victory over their Bay Area rivals.
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Sunday, February 4, 2018
The Indians did their scoring early against Mark Buehrle, with Coco Crisp launching a three-run blast in the top of the second. After two more hits in that inning, ChiSox pitchers held
The note indicates this was Roberto Alomar’s first game as a White Sox, appropriately against the Indians with whom he spent three outstanding seasons. I used to try to make note of such events as team debuts on my scoresheets, but gave it up a decade or so ago--uninteresting most cases and perilous to rely on broadcasters for accurate information. I now limit such notes to especially notable events and MLB debuts.
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Sunday, January 28, 2018
This is an example of a bad scoresheet design, with each box broken into a cross to allow for the runner’s progress around the bases to be tracked. My issue with it is that in so doing, it eats up any space in the box to record other details like pitches, and makes it awkward to write outs in which there never is a baserunner--which after all describes about two-thirds of MLB plate appearances. Because of the lack of space to track pitches, I only used this sheet when I had no intention of doing so, as was the case for this Sunday night game between NL West rivals.
On paper this should have been a great pitching matchup, with Jason Schmidt and Kevin Brown, but neither were on top of their game, each allowing four runs and fanning five (in six and five innings, respectively). The bullpens (including a Giant lefty named Troy Brohawn whose name is completely unfamiliar to me) kept things scoreless, including multi-inning outings from each team’s best relievers (Joe Nathan and Fernando Rodriguez for SF, Eric Gagne for LA). In the twelfth, the Giants finally broke through for a two-out rally against Andy Ashby, with Marquis Grissom doubling and Marvin Bernard winning it with a long single to right field.
Of particular interest in any Giant game of this era is Barry Bonds, and though he flew out twice, he did single, draw three walks (one intentional), and swipe one of his six bases for the season.
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Sunday, January 21, 2018
On the other side, despite his horrible 3.0 career K/9, Nate Cornejo actually had a better K rate than Colon on this day (four in 5 2/3), but he needed 121 pitches. I’ve noted on here before how pitch counts of this type are something that has disappeared from the game in just fifteen years. Also note former #1 pick Matt Anderson working the ninth for Detroit.
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Sunday, January 14, 2018
The first thing that stands out about this game is how many home runs were hit. Five from the Royals, all from players you’d pick out now as the biggest names (apologies to Jermaine Dye)--two from Mike Sweeney, two from Carlos Beltran, one from Raul Ibanez. The Indians hit four of their own (two from Juan Gonzalez, Jim Thome, Kenny Lofton), but
The Wilson who started for KC was Kris, who I don’t remember at all.
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Saturday, July 1, 2017
It’s a Red Sox game from 2000 and
On the other side, Chuck Finley pitched well and deep into the game as he was doing with regularity at the start of his first season as an Indian, making 112 pitches in 7 2/3. He surrended a home run to Mike Stanley in the second, and
The Indians lineup is, uh, interesting--Jacob Cruz leading off while Jim Thome hit sixth.
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Saturday, June 24, 2017
What drew my attention to this scoresheet, though, was John Rocker working a 1-2-3 eighth inning with two strikeouts. As you can see, Rocker was pitching in the eighth and Mark Wohlers still had the ninth for Atlanta, although Rocker would quickly supplant Wohlers as the closer and record 38 saves this season after breaking out in the second half of 1998. Rocker would be traded to Cleveland in a bizarre move in 2001, after the infamous SI article and the associated fallout, completing a strange obsession that the Indians brass seemed to have with Rocker. Could this be the moment that it all started?
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