Fighters Get Walk Off to Win First

October 26th, 2016

The Nippon Ham Fighters got a walk off single from designated hitter Shohei Otani to win their first game 4-3 in the best of seven Japan Series. For Otani it was his third hit of the game, after hitting two doubles in his first two at bats. He also walked once. The big bat prior to Otani belonged to Sho Nakata who had a ground out RBI in the first inning and a two run double in the 8th to drive in all the Fighter runs prior to the Otani hit. The Fighters now trail the series two games to one.

Hiroki Kuroda got the start for the Carp. He pitched 5.2 innings giving up only one run. At 41 years and 8 months of age he becomes the fourth oldest pitcher to make an appearance in the Japan Series. Brad Eldred slugged a two run homer in the second inning, the third consecutive game in which he has hit a homerun. Brad sent balls over the fence in the first two games.

There were 40,503 fans who attended the game.

Rhinos Take game in Taiwan Series

October 26th, 2016

The EDA Rhinos won their first game 10-9 in the Taiwan Series to move the Series into a 2-1 advantage to the Brothers. Chih-Sheng Lin blasted a three run homer to give the Rhinos a 6-1 cushion. But the Brothers battled back with the Rhinos calling on ex-major leaguer Fu-Te Ni getting the last out to pick up the save. There were 14,900 fans attending the game.

Dinos Advance to Championship Series

October 26th, 2016

The former expansion team the NC Dinos have advanced to the championship series against the Doosan Bears with their 8-3 win over the LG Twins. They won the series against the Twins three games to one.

The Dinos erupted for seven runs in the last three innings to break a 1-1 tie. Suk-Min Park hit a solo shot and Sung-Wook Kim blasted a two run homer to score three runs in the seventh. Min-Woo Park slashed a bases loaded two run single in the eighth to extend the Dinos lead.

Eric Hacker worked seven strong innings for the Dinos allowing just one run. Hacker had pitched for the Dinos in the first game. He struck out one and walked three, scattering six hits.

The Twins had extended the series to four games with an 11 inning 2-1 win in game three. Luis Jimenez opened the 11th inning with a walk and eventually scored on an infield single by Suk-Hwan Yang off the glove of the pitcher.

Carp Leads Japan Series 2-0.

October 23rd, 2016

They were both 5-1 games. The Hiroshima Carp came out on top. The Carp offense mauled Fighter ace Shohei Otani for three runs in six innings. Brad Eldred and Ryuhei Matsuyama each hit solo shots in the fourth to get the Carp offense started. Otani still had his swing and miss pitch working with 11 whiffs. The Fighters only run was a solo shot from Brandon Laird in the seventh to creep to within two, 3-1. Kris Johnson worked into the seventh inning, departing after giving up three hits and the homerun in the seventh. In the bottom frame the Carp iced the game with two runs.

The Carp scored four runs in the sixth to break a 1-1 tie in the second game. Brad Eldred hit a solo shot in the inning, his second in two games. Yusuke Nomura gave up one unearned run in his six innings of work to get the win.

Brothers Win First Two Over Rhinos in Taiwan Series

October 23rd, 2016

The Brothers have won the first two games in their championship best of seven series with the EDA Rhinos. In the first game Chih-Sheng Lin drove in three runs with a bases clearing double to lead the Brothers to an 8-7 win. Mike Loree started for the EDA Rhinos but gave up five runs in the fourth, including the Lin double to put his team down 6-1. After upping the lead to 8-1 the Rhinos finally found their bats and scored six runs in the 8th to close the lead to one. Yi-Chuan Lin slugged a two run homer in the inning. Brothers closer Hung-Wei Chen was able to leave the Rhinos scoreless in the ninth to earn the save.

The Brothers blasted the Rhinos in the second game 9-2. There was no come back in the bats of the Rhinos as there was the previous game. Cheng-Min Peng slugged a three run homer off Jared Lansford in the third inning to make it 4-1. Nathan Long only gave up one run in seven innings of work to pick up the victory.

A sold out crowd of 20,000 showed up at each game.

Zac Stewart Leads NC Dinos

October 22nd, 2016

Zac Stewart pitched one out into the seventh inning without giving up a run to lead the NC Dinos to a 2-0 win over the LG Twins. The Twins managed only two hits off Stewart.

Suk Min Park hit a two run homer off Twin pitcher David Huff in the 7th inning, the last inning of work for Huff to give the Twins a brief lead. Jong-Hyun Won and Min-Ho Lee combined for three innings of shutout ball.

Taiwan Series to Start Tomorrow

October 21st, 2016

The Taiwan Series between the EDA Rhinos and the Brothers Baseball Club will begin their best of seven series tomorrow. Mike Loree will start for the Rhinos. The Brothers will trot out Bryan Woodall.

The Brothers led the league in homeruns during the season but the Rhinos were the only team to have an ERA under 6.00 in the pitching department. Both teams have the capability to hit homeruns, with the top three homerun hitters expected to be in each team’s lineup. The Rhinos won the second half title to qualify for the playoffs while the Brothers won the first half title.

Dinos Rally to Stun Twins

October 21st, 2016

The NC Dinos have waited a long time for the Twins to win their wild card contest and one playoff series. They also waited a long time to score their runs, waiting until the ninth inning to score all three of their runs in a 3-2 win in the opening series with the LG Twins. Jung-Woo Im, who had 28 saves but eight losses during the regular season, was closer to his eight loss performance yesterday, giving up three hits to all three hitters he faced.

Suk-Hoon Ji drove in the first run with his RBI single. Ji-Yong Kim struck out the first hitter he faced in relief but gave up a game tying RBI single to Ho-Jun Lee. After an intentional walk loaded the bases Duk-Han Yong ended the game with his RBI single. He had come into the game as a defensive replacement after the starting catcher had to leave the game after he was pinch hit for.

Henry Sosa pitched 6.1 innings of shutout ball for the Twins. Erick Hacker gave up only three hits in his seven innings of work for the Dinos but two of them were solo shots by Luis Jimenez and Sang-Ho Chung in the 7th and 8th innings.

AFL Review

October 21st, 2016

The Arizona Fall League has finished their first week and it’s time for myworld to take a look at some of the key players doing well and not so well. This is the premium winter league to watch if your goal is to identify the prospects of the future.

Salt River Rafters (5-3-1)

At 6′6″ Grayson Greiner may be a little tall for catcher but his bat is forcing eyes to take notice. He does not hit for a lot of power but he makes good contact, rarely striking out even with his large strike zone. He is hitting .556 with one homerun and three doubles, one for each game he has played. He has yet to strike out in his 11 at bats. Jacoby Jones may not hit for the power necessary for a corner infielder but he leads the team with 5 RBIs with his .381 average. Despite this lack of power in his bat he does have one homerun. JaCoby leads the team in stolen bases with three.

Another tall drink of water is lefthanded pitcher Jared Miller at 6′7″. AFL hitters have been having trouble making contact off him as he has struck out four hitters in each of his three relief appearances, without allowing a walk. This in only 5.1 innings of work where hitters are batting .111 against him. Jared has yet to give up a hit to a right handed batter and has struck out 8 of the 11 right handed hitters he has faced.

Mesa Solar Sox (5-5)

This team has been lighting up the AFL base paths with their stolen bases. Bradley Zimmer leads the team with six stolen bases in six attempts. His 9 walks and .300 average has ensured he has been on base with great frequency. Yefri Perez has five stolen bases in six attempts and Greg Allen has four in five attempts. Greg has been one of their hottest hitters in the AFL with his .350 average. The big run producer on the team has been Ryan McBroom, who has two homeruns and 10 runs driven in.

Frankie Montas has been mowing AFL hitters down in relief with a 0.67 WHIP and six whiffs in six innings of work. He has yet to give up a run in his two relief appearances.

Scottsdale Scorpions (3-7)

The player to watch is Yankees recent acquisition Gleyber Torres who is hitting .429 with two homeruns. The only down side for the shortstop is his two caught stealings in four attempts. His OPS is up at 1.330. Greg Bird is getting tuned up for the 2017 season after missing all of 2016 because of injury. He is hitting a quiet .261 with four of his six hits doubles. The first base position is his with the Yankees if he has a good spring. Tim Tebow is a publicity draw that is hitting .100 with two singles and seven whiffs in 22 at bats.

The starting pitching has been solid with Chris Stratton (1.00 ERA), James Kaprielian (1.50 ERA) and Marcos Molina (1.80) deserving wins in each of their two starts. The bullpen has been a sieve with Dillon Tate (9.00 ERA) being taken deep twice in just four innings of work.

Peoria Javelinas (7-1-2)

Tyler O’Neil has bombed three balls over the fence for the top team in the AFL resulting in seven runs driven in. Tyler is hitting .250 but five of his eight hits have been for extra bases, leading to a .908 OPS. Hitting was supposed to be the weak part of the game for Guillermo Heredia but he is hitting .400 with two doubles and one triple. The Cuban defector is better known for his center field glove than for his bat. Michael Gettys has struck out in nearly half his at bats (14). The speed is there to steal bases and the power exists to blast balls over the fence, but if he continues to struggle with his inability to recognize pitches he may never see the major leagues.

Luz Gohara has been feast or famine with 10 whiffs but nine hits given up in just 5.2 innings of work. One of those hits was a four bagger. Brent Honeywell has struggled (16.62 ERA) in his two starts, giving up three homeruns.

Surprise Saguaros (4-4-1)

Yoan Moncada has been the player to watch. The top prospect in baseball last year has struggled to make contact with 9 whiffs, but when contact is made he barrels the ball, hitting .333 with one homerun. Another Red Sox prospect to keep an eye on is Panamanian shortstop Maurice Dubon, who is hitting .318. He won’t hit for a lot of power but his defense at short is superb. Andy Ibanez is another Cuban showing a good bat with his .381 average. He makes contact with only one whiff and no walks in his 21 at bats.

Michael Kopech and his three digit fastball made one start with three hitless innings. He struck out five in his perfect outing. Josh Staumont has yet to give up a run in his two starts covering seven innings. The opposition is hitting only .125 against him.

Glendale Desert Dogs (3-7)

Ramon Laureano has opened some eyes with his .400 average. Of his 10 hits four have been doubles and two he has stretched for triples. Ramon is also 4 for 4 in stolen bases.

Ryan Brinley has not give up a hit or walked a batter in his three perfect relief outings covering four innings.

Orioles and Nationals Drafts from 2005

October 19th, 2016

Myworld took a look at the drafts of the Washington Nationals and the Baltimore Orioles since 2005 to see what team they would have for 2017 of major league players if their roster was exclusively limited to drafted players. Myworld chose 2005 because that was the year the Montreal Expos move to D.C.

Washington Nationals

2005 - Ryan Zimmerman (1) 1B, Justin Maxwell (4) OF, Marco Estrada (6) RHP, Scott Barnes (43 - DNS) RHP

2006 - Khris Davis (29 - DNS) OF, Brad Peacock (41) RHP

2007 - Ross Detwiler (1) LHP, Josh Smoker (1) LHP, Jordan Zimmerman (2) RHP, Steven Souza (3) OF, Derek Norris (4) C

2008 - Destin Hood (2) OF, Danny Espinosa (3) SS, Tommy Milone (10) LHP, Alex Dickerson (48 - DNS) OF

2009 - Stephen Strasburg (1) RHP, Drew Storen (1) RHP, Michael Taylor (6) OF, Nate Karns (12) RHP, Marcus Stroman (10 - DNS) RHP

2010 - Bryce Harper (1) OF, Sammy Solis (2) LHP, A.J. Cole (4) RHP, Robbie Ray (12) LHP

2011 - Anthony Rendon (1) 3B, Alex Meyer (1) RHP, Billy Burns (32) OF, Brian Goodwin (1) OF

2012 - Lucas Giolito (1) RHP

2015 - Koda Glover (8) RHP

Baltimore Orioles

2005 - Nolan Reimold (2) OF, David Hernandez (16) RHP

2006 - Pedro Beato (1) RHP, Zach Britton (3) LHP, Tony Watson (17 - DNS) LHP

2007 - Matt Wieters (1) C, Jake Arrieta (5) RHP, Russell Wilson (41 - DNS) QB

2008 - Brian Matusz (1) LHP, Caleb Joseph (7) C, Chris Hermann (10 - DNS) C, Oliver Drake (43) RHP

2009 - Mychal Givens (2) RHP, Tyler Naquin (33 - DNS) OF, Mike Flacco (31) Brother of Joe QB

2010 - Manny Machado (1) 3B/SS

2011 - Dylan Bundy (1) RHP, Mike Wright (3) RHP, Tyler Wilson (10) RHP, Zach Davies (26) RHP

2012 - Kevin Gausman (1) RHP, Christian Walker (4) 1B/OF

2013 - Trey Mancini (8) 1B, Donnie Hart (27) RHP

Washington Nationals Lineup/Roster

C - Derek Norris

1B - Ryan Zimmerman

2B - empty, but lots of outfielders who could try second base

SS - Danny Espinosa

3B - Anthony Rendon

OF - Khris Davis, Bryce Harper, Steven Souza, Justin Maxwell, Michael Taylor, Billy Burns, Brian Goodwin and Destin Hood

SP - Marco Estrada, Jordan Zimmerman, Stephen Strasburg, Marcus Stroman, Robbie Ray, Scott Barnes and Lucas Giolito

RP - Brad Peacock, Ross Detwiler, Tommy Milone, Alex Meyer, Drew Storen, Nate Karns, Sammy Solis, A.J. Cole and Koda Glover

Baltimore Orioles Lineup/Roster

C - Matt Wieters, Caleb Joseph, Chris Hermann

1B - Trey Mancini

2B - empty

3B - empty

SS - Manny Machado

OF - Nolan Reimold, Tyler Naquin, Christian Walker

SP - Jake Arriata, Dylan Bundy, Zach Davies, Kevin Gausman, Mike Wright

RP - David Hernandez, Pedro Beato, Zach Britton, Tony Watson, Brian Matusz, Oliver Drake, Mychal Givens, Tyler Wilson, Donnie Hart

QBs - Russell Wilson, Mike Flacco