Saturday, February 25, 2017

#118---US @ NYA, 3/3/3009 (World Baseball Classic Exhibition)

Remember that time Derek Jeter played against the Yankees, for the yanks? Here it is, an exhibition played between the 2009 US WBC team and the eventual world champion 2009 Yankees in Tampa. Jeter hit into a very Jeterian double play on a grounder to second in the first, but drove in two runs on a single up the middle in the third, reached and scored on a Jeterian infield hit to second in the sixth, walked in the seventh, and struck out in the ninth.

Most of the action came in the sixth, with the US extending a 2-1 lead by plating four in the top of the inning, and the Yankees countering with three in the bottom to reach the final score of 6-4. The US rally was a station-to-station affair against a New York hurler I have no recollection of, Hacker (Apparently Eric Hacker, a righty would make his MLB debut that year with Pittsburgh and go on to have brief appearances with Minnesota in 2011 and San Francisco in 2012. So at least he got a ring out of the deal despite only making nine major league appearances). The Yankee rally was punctuated by a two-run double by Nick Swisher.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

#117—Panama v. Brazil, 11/19/2012 (WBC Qualifier)

With the fourth (and hopefully not last) installment of the World Baseball Classic fast approaching, the next several scoresheets will be from the WBC. I start with this qualifier, played between favored Panama and Brazil in Panama City, with the winner qualifying for the 2013 WBC field. Panama had participated in the first two WBCs without having to qualify, but had failed to win a game (0-5). Brazil was seeking its first appearance.

It turned out to be a well-played, quick-paced, exciting game. The first scoring threat came suddenly in the top of the third; with two outs an a man at first, a muffed catch by Brazil’s second baseman allowed the runner to get to third, but he was thrown out in a rundown between third and home trying to score. In the bottom of the inning, Brazil used four straight singles to station-to-station home a run. In the thick of it were the two recognizable names on the Brazilian team, Paulo Orlando and Yan Gomes. Panama wouldn’t threaten again until the ninth, when they got national hero Carlos Lee to the plate with one out and runners on the corners. But Lee and former megaprospect Ruben Rivera struck out, and Brazil qualified for the WBC where they would go 0-3 against China, Cuba, and Japan.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

#116---CLE @ SEA, 4/10/2011

The Indians were playing well at the start of the 2011 season under first-year manager Manny Acta. After losing their first two contests to the White Sox, the Indians had won six in a row heading into this Sunday series finale at Safeco Field. They jumped all over Erik Bedard, plating six in his four innings of work, including homers from Asdrubal Cabrera and Jack Hannahan. After Bedard got the hook, David Pauley, Jamey Wright, and Brandon League combined to toss five nearly perfect relief innings, an eighth inning single by Orlando Cabrera the only blemish.

Josh Tomlin held Seattle to just one run over six frames, but things got dicey in the seventh when Ryan Langerhans clubbed a two-run homer and Michael Saunders greeted reliever Chad Durbin with a solo shot. After Durbin surrendered a single to once-and-future-and-future Indian Chris Gimenez, Rafael Perez, Tony Sipp, and Chris Perez combined to retire the last seven Mariner batters and give the Tribe a seven game winning streak.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

#115---MIN @ TOR, 5/18/2010

Apparently I had nothing better to do on a Tuesday afternoon in May then to watch an afternoon tilt between the Twins and Blue Jays. It turned out to be about as exciting of a game as the description would suggest. Toronto hit Carl Pavano hard, scoring six in the first four frames, while Shawn Marcum held Minnesota to just one run in seven innings. Of note here is Jose Bautista, about to have a breakout season (but 0-3 with a hit batter in this game) and Edwin Encarnacion (two run homer) batting seventh and eighth in the Jays lineup.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

#114---SF @ PHI, 9/3/2009

This was Pedro Martinez’ fifth-to-last career regular season start, and it was a gem. He gave up a leadoff homer to Eugenio Velez, of all people, but then proceeded to go seven while scattering just four more hits, no walks, and striking out nine on 87 pitches. A Jayson Werth homer and a Ryan Howard double (after one of those oft-overlooked Chase Utley hit batters) provided all the offense Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge would need to close it out. But Tim Lincecum, when he was reminding people of Pedro, was great as well, allowing just those two runs on four hits, one walk, and eleven strikeouts on 96 pitches over 7 innings.

And look at the time of game: 2:07.

Monday, July 25, 2016

#113---CLE @ LAA, 7/23/2008

This game was a slugfest, with the teams trading multi-run innings until Los Angeles’ five in the fifth gave them a 10-6 cushion, and pairs in the sixth and seventh allowed them to take a 14-7 lead. Down 14-10 going into the ninth, David Dellucci’s two-out RBI double off Jose Arredondo made it a save situation, which allowed Francisco Rodriguez to record the 42nd of his record 62 saves.

While any 14-11 game is bound to have plenty of offensive standouts, what makes this one interesting is how many of the big hitters were very marginal players. Ryan Garko drove in four of Cleveland’s runs, while Casey Kotchman went 5-5. But both pale in comparison to Jeff Mathis going 4-5 with a grand slam and a two-run double.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

#112---CHN @ CIN, 4/4/2007

There’s not a whole lot that stands out looking at this scoresheet. Bronson Arroyo dropped down a bunt hit, Edwin Encarnacion reached on catcher’s interference, and Jared Burton made his major league debut, walking the only three batters he faced and throwing a wild pitch for good measure.

Monday, July 11, 2016

#111---SEA @ CLE, 4/21/2016

Sometimes I find myself somewhere with a ballgame on the radio and really want to keep score, but I didn’t expect to have that opportunity and don’t have a scoresheet handy. Or I’m not sure if I’ll be able to take in the whole game and don’t want to “waste” a pre-printed sheet on the game (because that $0.09 printing cost is inhibitive). In such cases, improvisation is an option if there is paper available.

This is one such example. I simply took a standard 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper and folded it in half (vertically), using one side for the visitors innings and the other side for home. Unfortunately, this sheet really reveals why I’m an analyst/writer and not an artist, as I found that I was using way too much space for each inning and had to shrink down. I also shouldn’t have used diamonds, which inherently involve more art than my usual approach.

I decided during the game that I would make a simple pre-printed form to avoid any such future problems…and then ended up being able to test it right away as the game went to extra innings. Seattle had a built a lead off shaky pitching from Cody Anderson and Trevor Bauer, but Cleveland chipped away, with the big blows a three run homer from Rajai Davis to open the scoring and a two out, two run pinch hit homer to tie it in the eighth from Mike Napoli. But in the tenth, Robinson Cano hit a three run blast off Cody Allen and Seattle won 10-7. Note that I tracked the running tally for each team by writing the number of the run inside each diamond; usually when I use diamonds, I just use a dot for a run scored, but knew I wouldn’t have a lot of space for summary stats on this scoresheet.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

#110---CLE @ DET, 4/14/2006

This was a fairly uneventful early season game, with Kenny Rogers shutting down the Indians backed by two homers from Brandon Inge. Within a month or so it would become apparent that the AL Central might not play out as expected, with defending World Series winner Chicago and late-charging Cleveland looking up at Detroit. The Tigers would lead the division much of the summer before settling for the wildcard at the hands of Minnesota. I suppose this game was an early season, small sample warning that things were not what they appeared.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

#109---CLE @ LAA, 5/11/2005

My guess is that I started watching this game in-progress, and thus didn’t want to waste one of my regular scoresheets on it. It was also scored in pen, which as you can see is not something that I personally recommend.

Cleveland scored nine runs and hit three homers,  but all of them were solo shots, so there was plenty of other offense, particularly from Coco Crisp who was three for four with two doubles, a walk, and a steal (although he was also caught stealing). I do not remember Jake Woods, who finished the game for the Angels. He pitched 162 innings, mostly in relief, for LAA and SEA between 2005-2008.