Da Bum Does it Again

October 30th, 2014

After the Giants took a 3-2 lead with a run in the fourth Bruce Bochy did not waste much time in bringing in Madison Bumgarner. Bumgarner had tossed a 117 pitch shutout on Sunday, giving him three days rest as he came on in relief of Jeremy Affeldt in the fifth. He gave up a leadoff single to Omar Infante, then retired the next 14 Royal hitters. Alex Gordon hit a two out single in the bottom of the ninth and advanced to third when the ball skipped past Gregor Blanco for a two base error. Not a problem. Bumgarner retired Salvador Perez on a foul out to Sandoval to complete their third world championship in five years.

In total Bumgarner worked a post season record breaking 52 innings. That is almost an extra quarter season of pitching. He threw another 68 pitches to win the MVP of the Series. His career World Series ERA is a microscopic 0.25. The three World Series wins will go down as one of the greatest performances in post season history.

The Giants struck first off Jeremy Guthrie in the top of the second, loading the bases with no outs after a hit batsman and two singles. Two sacrifice flies gave the Giants an early 2-0 lead.

Tim Hudson, who was appearing in his first World Series gave it right back in the bottom frame. The Royals racked him up for three hits, including an RBI double by Alex Gordon and a sacrifice fly by Omar Infante to tie it up. A single by Alcides Escobar finished the day for Hudson, bringing on Jeremy Affeldt to retire Nori Aoki for the third out. Affeldt would pitch until the fifth, enticing the Royals to hit into two double plays after putting the leadoff hitter on.

In the fourth Pablo Sandoval and Hunter Pence went back to back with singles. A fly ball by Brandon Belt that moved Sandoval to third ended the day for Guthrie. Michael Morse greeted Kelvin Herrera with an RBI single to give the Giants a 3-2 lead. The rest is history.

Pablo Sandoval finished the day 3 for 3 with two runs scored. The three hits gave him 12 for the post season, breaking the record for hits during one post season that was shared by four players at 11.

Czech Republic 21 and Under World Cup Roster

October 29th, 2014

Mister Baseball has provided the 24 man roster for the Czech Republic for the 21 and Under World Cup roster that will be played in Taiwan in November. The roster is below:

Pitchers: Brabec Matěj (Technika Brno), Červenka Marek (Kotlářka Praha), Ercoli Lukáš (Kotlářka Praha), Minařík Marek (Pittsburgh Pirates / Kotlářka Praha), Novák Jan (Baltimore Orioles / Kotlářka Praha), Ondra Tomáš (Arrows Ostrava), Satoria Ondřej (Arrows Ostrava), Sobotka Michal (Draci Brno), Tomek Jan (Arrows Ostrava), Vítek Dan (Eagles Praha)

Catchers: Červenka Martin (Cleveland Indians / Kotlářka Praha), Mužík Martin (Sokol Hluboká), Vykoukal Michael (Arrows Ostrava)

Infielders: Chroust Přemek (Draci Brno), Juněc Tomáš (Arrows Ostrava), Ondráček Jakub (Hroši Brno), Síla Petr (University of Arkansas-Little Rock / Kotlářka Praha), Smola Filip (Kotlářka Praha), Zýma Michael (Eagles Praha)

Outfielders: Aubrecht Ivan (Kotlářka Praha), Hajtmar Adam (Draci Brno), Sázavský Richard (Technika Brno)

Nakamura with the Walk Off Puts Hawks One Win Away

October 29th, 2014

With two outs in the bottom of the tenth Akira Nakamura slugged a three run homer off Hanshin Tiger closer Seung-Hwan Oh. Nakamura was the second hitter Oh had faced in the inning. He had retired his first batter with a pop up to second.

The Hawks scored early, lighting up the scoreboard with two runs in the opening frame after a 2-run single from Nobuhiro Matsuda. Minoru Iwata settled down after that, shutting the Hawk bats out for the next six plus innings. The Hawks did not have a pitcher work more than three innings.

The Tigers tied the game in the top of the third. Kenichi Nakata could not find the plate, walking three straight hitters for the second time in the game. The first time he was able to strand the runners after striking out Kosuke Fukudome to end the inning. Matt Murton drove in the first run with a fly ball to center. Fukudome drove in the second run with a single.

The Tigers had an opportunity to take the lead in the tenth inning after singles from Tsuyoshi Nishioka and Takashi Toritani to put runners on first and third with one out. Dennis Sarfate was able to get Mauro Gomez to ground into a double play to stall that inning.

Nakamura with the Walk Off Puts Hawks One Win Away

October 29th, 2014

With two outs in the bottom of the tenth Akira Nakamura slugged a three run homer off Hanshin Tiger closer Seung-Hwan Oh. Nakamura was the second hitter Oh had faced. He had retired his first batter with a pop up to second.

The Hawks scored early, lighting up the scoreboard with two runs in the opening frame after a 2-run single from Nobuhiro Matsuda. Minoru Iwata settled down after that, shutting the Tiger bats out after seven innings of work. The Hawks did not allow a single pitcher to work more than three innings.

Twins Club Heroes to Even Series

October 28th, 2014

It was a close 2-1 game until the Twins erupted for six runs to pull away from the Heroes and win 9-2. Jung-Rak Shin, who entered the game with a 6.66 regular season ERA outdueled twenty game winner Andy Van Hekken. Shin allowed only two hits and struck out 10, the only blemish being a solo homerun from Han-Joon Yoo in the bottom of the seventh.

Van Hekken also struck out 10, allowing just four hits in his seven plus innings of work. The Twins were able to nick him for three runs, two of them earned. The first run scored in the second inning on a ground out after Van Hekken gave up two of his four hits. The second run scored in the fifth on a ground out with an error by the catcher allowing the runner to score.

The bullpen failed Van Hekken in the eighth inning after he retired one batter and allowed one runner to reach second. Two walks and a single by Yong-Taek Park upped the Twins lead to 3-1. A new pitcher came in and walked the next two batters to score two more. The two pitchers tied the post season record for walks in an inning with four, neither of them retiring a hitter. Brad Snyder boomed a two run double to put the game out of reach 7-1.

The two teams combined for 26 strikeouts, 14 of them by the Heroes. The boxscore for the game can be found here:


AFL All Star Game Rosters

October 28th, 2014

The Arizona Fall League has already gone close to a month. Below is a link for rosters for their All Star Game.

Don’t know how the rosters are determined, but the leading hitter Eddie Rosario (.407) and top homerun hitter Greg Bird (6) did not make the team. Bird also leads the AFL in RBIs with 17.


Japan 21 and Under World Cup Roster

October 28th, 2014

Below are the rosters for the Japan 21 and under World Cup team that will be playing in Taiwan in November:


Nakamura, Masaru (Nippon Ham Fighters), Toda, Takaya (Hiroshima Carp), Uwasawa, Naoyuki (Nippon Ham Fighters), Mori, Yudai (Rakuten Eagles), Nomura, Ryosuke (Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Yokohama), Kumabara (Kento Sendai University), Yokoyama, Yuya (Shin Nittetsu Sumikin Kashima), Sakurai, Toshiki (Ritsumeikan University) Yamaoka, Taisuke (Tokyo Gas), Taira, Kentaro (Yomiuri Giants), Taguchi, Kazuto (Yomiuri Giants)


Takajo, Shuto (Yokohama Bay Stars), Kondo, Kensuke (Nippon Ham Fighters), Wakatsuki, Kenya (Orix Buffaloes)


Makihara, Taisei (Softbank Hawks), Miyoshi, Takumi (Rakuten Eagles), Shibata, Tatsuhiro (Kokugakuin University), Hojo, Fumiya (Hanshin Tigers), Tsuji, Harutomo (Yomiuri Giants)


Enomoto, Aoi (Rakuten Eagles), Azegami, Sho (Hosei University), Takeda, Kengo (Orix Buffaloes), Sasagawa, Kohei (Toyo University), Suzuki, Seiya (Hiroshima Carp)

Lee Leads Hawks to Nippon Series Win

October 28th, 2014

Dae-Ho Lee continued with his hot bat spraying three singles to drive in two runs to lead the Softbank Hawks to a 5-1 win over the Hanshin Tigers. The Hawks now lead the series two games to one.

The Tigers started Shintaro Fujinami but the Hawks got to him early. Doubles by Yuki Yanagita and Seiichi Uchikawa in the first inning scored the first run. The Hawks stranded runners on first and third after a Lee single.

The Hawks scored a second run in the fourth on a wild pitch strikeout in the fourth. In the sixth the Hawks put the game away loading the bases on two singles and a hit by pitch. Uchikawa drove in one run with a ground out and Lee drove in two with a single.

Kenji Otonari shutout the Tiger bats for seven innings, allowing only three hits. He walked one and struck out six. The Tigers were unable to get multiple baserunners against him in his seven innings of work. They did collect two hits off him in the seventh, but the first hit was erased by a double play.

The Tigers finally scored off of Hawk closer Dennis Sarfate in the ninth after the first two hitters were retired. Hiroki Uemoto doubled and Takashi Toritani drove him in with a single. Sarfate got Mauro Gomez to pop up to end the game.

The Hawks had 35,000 plus attend the first game of the Nippon Series at their park. This was an increase over their season average and is greater than the climax series games. The box score for the game can be found here:


Heroes Rally for Victory

October 28th, 2014

The LG Twins had a 3-1 advantage over the Nexen Heroes until Suk-Min Yoon came up in the sixth inning and hit a pinch hit 3-run homerun. That hit gave the Heroes a 5-3 lead.

Brad Snyder had given the Twins a 3-1 lead with a solo shot in the fourth inning. Jorge Sosa got the start for the Heroes but was a little wild with five walks. Sang-Woo Jo was credited with the win for pitching two plus shutout innings.

The Nexen Heroes lead the best of five series one game to zero.

From Brain Tumor to Number One Pick

October 27th, 2014

When Sachiya Yamasaki was a third year junior high schooler in 2008 he learned he had a brain tumor. The tumor was discovered in a routine medical checkup the then 15 year old now 22 was required to take in order to attend Nihon University High School. He comes from a baseball family, with his father a second round pick of the Yomiuri Giants and his older brother playing in an independent league.

Fortunately for Yamasaki the tumor was removed and his baseball career flourished. Seven years later the Orix Buffaloes made him a first round pick. You can read more about it here: