Archive for October, 2013

San Diego State, Halloween and Baseball

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Every year or at least for the third straight year San Diego State plays a baseball game with the players dressed in Halloween costumes.  There is the Jamaican bobsled team being thrown out at first on a single to right center field, a giant, diapered third baseman and a slugging diva in the linked video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=fXfoANBjnCU

You can read more about the event here:  http://www.sbnation.com/lookit/2013/10/29/5044116/san-diego-state-plays-halloween-baseball-game-in-costume  or just google Halloween/San Diego State/baseball. 

Samsung Forces a Game Seven

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

There will be no celebration in Seoul with the Samsung Lions 6-2 win over the Doosan Bears to even the series at three games apiece.  Tai-In Chae gave the Lions the lead with a 2-run homer in the sixth and Han-Yi Park hit a 3-run bomb in the seventh to put the game out of reach.

The Bears only two runs were solo shots, a lead off bomb by Su-bin Jeong and a Jun-Seok Choi solo shot in the fifth.  They had many opportunities to score runs off nine different Lion pitchers, stranding two runners in the first inning and loading the bases in the second and third inning but failing to score.

Rick Vandenhurk lasted only one inning for the Lions, complaining of pain in his right biceps.  Dustin Nippert took the loss for the Bears, allowing all six runs and the two homeruns.

You can read more of the series here: http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/full/2013/10/31/78/1200000000AEN20131031010651315F.html

Rakuten Takes One Game Advantage Into Sendai

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

The Rakuten Golden Eagles beat the Yomiuri Giants 4-2 to travel to Sendai needing only one win to take the Japan Series.  Masahiro Tanaka is expected to pitch in one of those two games.

Yesterday the hero was Ginji Akaminai, who roped the RBI single that gave the Eagles a 3-2 lead.  Andrew Jones added another single to give the Eagles an insurance run, just barely beating the throw to first.  Rookie Takahiro Norimoto retired the Giants in order in the tenth in his fifth inning of bullpen work to give the Eagles the win.

The Eagles jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the third on RBI singles from Takero Okajima and an RBI double from Akaminai.  Wataru Karashima pitched five innings of one hit ball for the Eagles, giving up that lone hit in the fifth inning.

Norimoto came on in the sixth.  He gave up a solo homerun to Shuichi Murata in the seventh.  Murata also had an RBI infield single off the glove of Norimoto in the ninth to tie the game.  With one out and two runners on Norimoto was able to retire the next two hitters to send the game into the tenth inning.

He led off the tenth inning, drew the walk and was able to score the go ahead run.

Uni President Lions Win CPBL Championship

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

The Uni President Lions swept the EDA Rhinos in a best of seven series, winning the final game 9-2.  Not much is written about the game.  Some of the Tawian English papers write more about the Red Sox winning the World Series than the Lions winning the Taiwan Series.

Taiwan now will prepare for a three game series against Samurai Japan.  The Japan team is filled with players from the NPB roster, minus any Yomiuri Giants players, while the Taiwan team has a roster with a number of Taiwan players playing in the United States minor leagues, as well as some CPBL players.

Red Sox Win the World Series

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

The Cardinals walked David Ortiz four times and Mike Napoli, who followed Ortiz in the lineup struck out four times, but the Red Sox got key hits from Shane Victorino to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1.  Victorino got two big two out hits, a 3-run double in the third off the Green Monster to give the Red Sox a 3-0 lead and an RBI single in the fourth to close out the scoring.

Michael Wacha was not sharp.  He left the game in the fourth inning having given up six runs on five hits and four walks.  He gave up a solo homerun to Stephen Drew.

John Lackey, who Red Sox fans booed before the start of this year finally earned his salary and heard the cheers from the Fenway faithful.  It was enough for him to tip his hat when he finally departed the game with two outs in the seventh inning.  We’ll see if that love fest lasts by the middle of the 2014 season.

In the seventh Lackey begged Farrell to keep him in for one more batter and Farrell obliged.  Lackey walked the batter to load the bases and he was gone.  Junichi Tazawa came on to get Allen Craig to ground to first to end the threat.

Brandon Workman pitched a perfect eighth and Koji Uehara pitched the perfect ninth, striking out Matt Carpenter to end the game to begin the all night celebration.

Yankee fans will now face a winter and 2014 season of frustration with the knowledge Fenway fans have bragging rights for that period.  The Red Sox have also won three World Series championships to the Yankees one since 2004.  The Yankees did have bragging rights since they had won the most recent World Series in 2009, but that is no longer the case.

Myworld also feels a little embarrassed since we picked the Red Sox to finish last behind the New York Yankees in the AL East.  The only consolation is myworld was not the only one to pick them for the basement.

Camden Debut (cont - 11)

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

The announcer’s voice boomed out, “And here are your Baltimore Orioles.”

Nine players ran out onto the field, different shapes and sizes, all wearing the same uniform, different strides and speed to their run. Kevin ran with Jason, side by side, his shin guards flapping against his knees as they trotted out to the pitcher’s mound. The announcer read the names quickly based on what position they were playing. Kevin listened intently as he neared calling out the catcher’s position. He did not want to miss his name announced at a major league park. It was probably the only time he would hear it. “Catching for the Orioles and making his major league debut, The Warrior Kevin Beamer.” The announcement gave him shivers throughout his body. There was a pause as the crowd hollered their enthusiasm, right arms raised high to the sky, their three fingers spread into a “W”. These were not Yankee fans. Nor were they Oriole fans. They were Woo and the Warrior fans.

When the crowd noise quieted the announcer said slowly, ‘Pitching for the Baltimore Orioles and also making his major league debut, Jason Woooooooo.”

There was a mixture of “Wooooooo” and a whisper that could barely be heard of “Booooo” from the few Yankee fans that were in attendance. It was hard to distinguish between the two. From the sound of it there was a pretty good mix at the stadium, but the Woos were clearly drowning out the Boos. The right arms were dropped and the left arms raised to the sky, again the three fingers raised to form the “W”, this time to honor Jason.

Kevin tried to remain calm as the National Anthem was sung by a barbershop quartet. The giant pterodactyls returned flapping their wings inside his stomach. There was a huge “O” chorus ringing from the stands, rocking the stadium like thunder when the quartet reached the stanza “Oh, say does that….”, indicating there were still a number of O’s fans who had come to the stadium familiar with their tradition of chanting a loud “O” at that point in the anthem. Traditions are hard to forget.

When the anthem was complete Kevin looked at Jason. “Nervous?”

“Not anymore.”

“It’s like spring training all over again. As Terry ordered, let’s go kick some Spankee butt.” He slapped his catcher’s mask across the rear of Jason, turned around to jog back to the plate, the shin guards flapping with each step. He had called many a game inside this box behind home plate home, but never a box in the major leagues. He was going to enjoy this visit, as brief as it might be.

Mexican League Update

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Myworld with the first update of the Mexican Winter League.

Narenjeros de Hermosillo (12-2)

The Narenjeros are undefeated at home (7-0).  They are getting run production from Efron Navarro (.174, 1, 11) and Carlos Gastelum (.278, 2, 11).  The power is coming from Jessie Gutierrez (.220, 5, 9).  Jose Aguilar (.341, 0, 4) and Jerry Owens (.304, 0, 7) have been getting on base at the top of the lineup. 

Barry Enright (3-0, 1.10) and Juan Oramas (3-0, 2.40) have won half of the games for Hermosillo.  Oramas has whiffed 17 hitters in 15 innings.  Oscar Rivera (1-0, 1.32) is not getting the wins but providing solid starts.  Hector Galvan (2-0, 0.00) has yet to give up an earned run in two starts.  The closer is Jason Urquidez who has yet to give up a run in seven appearances and has six saves.

Venados de Mazatlan (10-5)

The Vanados has a five game winning streak to vault them into second place.  Issmael Salas (.380, 2, 10) and Bryan Peterson (.357, 1, 10) share the RBI lead.  They are also the top two run scorers on the team. 

Walter Silva (2-1, 2.12) is pitching like the veteran ace the Venados have come to expect, though he has a troubling 11/8 walk to whiff ratio in 17 innings.  He is getting support from Ryan Hinson (1-1, 1.56) and Alejandro Martinez (1-0, 1.62).  Jay Jackson (2-0, 0.00) is the closer with five saves.

Algodoneros de Guasave (9-6)

Zealous Wheeler (.340, 4, 15) is on fire to start the season.  His 16 runs scored are because of his 12 walks and .470 OBA.  He also has had three stolen bases in four attempts.  Kalian Sams (.234, 3, 10) was released by two teams.

Juan Delgadillo (3-0, 2.04) and Josh Geer (2-0, 2.65) have contributed more than 50 percent of the wins.  The closer is Yoslan Herrera (0-0, 2.25).

Aguilas de Mexicali (7-8)

Mike Jacobs (.207, 5, 7) and Chris Roberson (.185, 4, 8) provide the pop.  Mike has only seven RBIs to account for his five homeruns.  More than 60 percent of his hits have gone for extra bases.  Roberson has not had a good RBI for a lead off hitter (.274) which account for the minimal RBIs for Jacobs.  Kevin Kouzmanoff (.371, 2, 8) has been their top hitter.

The two top starters for the Aguilas have been Edgar Osuna (1-1, 2.76) and Terry Doyle (1-0, 2.25).  Jeremy Accardo (2.16) has picked up two saves.  Jason Lowey (1-0, 0.00) has yet to give up a run in nine appearances, allowing only three hits in 10 innings.

Caneros de los Mochis (6-9)

The Caneros have had trouble playing on the road (1-7).  Brian Burgamy (.360, 5, 14) and Jake Fox (.232, 2, 14) share the team RBI lead.  Burgamy has walked 13 times to put his OBA at .492 allowing him to cross the plate a team leading 13 times. 

Tomas Solis (1-0, 1.93) and Francisco Cordova (1-0, 1.80) are the top two early starters.  Spencer Patton (0-1, 1.80) has picked up two saves in his four appearances.  Edwin Salas (0.87) has been the big workhorse with four holds in his ten appearances.

Tomateros de Culiacan (6-9)

The Tomateros have been struggling to win at home (1-6).  Ronnier Mustelier (.226, 0, 11) is the top RBI man.  Maxwell Leon (.341, 0, 4) has four stolen bases in four attempts. 

Despite their losing record Amauri Sanit (1-0, 1.27) and Francisco Campos (2-0, 1.56) have been winners.  Run support has been a problem for Alejandro Armenta (0-1, 2.76) and Andres Meza (0-1, 2.31).  The closer duties are shared by Marcus Hatley (0-1, 1.35, 3 saves) and Ryan Buchter (0-0, 1.93, 2 saves).  Nine of the fourteen outs recorded by Buchter have been strikeouts.

Yaquis de Obregon (5-10)

The Yaquis have had their struggles on the road (1-6).  Barbaro Canizares (.304, 2, 7) is the Yaquis big bat.  Christian Villanueva (.333, 2, 4) provides support.  The Yaquis are waiting for the bat of Karim Garcia (.220, 1, 5) to get hot. 

Marco Carrillo (1-1, 1.89) has been the Yaquis top starter.  Derek Eitel (0-1, 0.00) has picked up two saves in eight appearances. 

Mayos de Navojoa (4-10)

The bats have been pretty silent.  Abel Martinez (.327, 0, 1) and Luis Fonseca (.322, 1, 5) are the only two hitters batting over .300.  Martinez has a team leading five doubles.

Eddie Gamboa (0-1, 2.08) and Hector Velasquez (1-0, 2.70) are the top two starters for the Mayos.  Zech Zincola (0-1, 4.15) has saved two of the four Mayo wins.         

The Eagles and Giants Split

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

The Rakuten Golden Eagles won the third game 5-1, collecting 13 hits while Manabu Mima restricted the Giant bats to four hits in five plus innings.  Despite the excellent outing by Mima, Kenny Ray was called on to get the last out of the sixth inning and then worked two more innings to get it to Takashi Saito to close out the ninth.  Ray gave up a solo shot to Kenji Yano in the eighth.

Toshiya Sugiuchi could not get past the second inning as the Eagles assaulted him for six hits and four runs.  Kazuya Fujita and Ginji Akaminai each clubbed two run doubles in the second innning to help give Sugiuchi an early exit.

Andrew Jones drove in the last run for the Eagles in the eighth, the last of three straight singles.

The Giants bounced back in game four winning 6-5.  Takayuki Terauchi broke a 5-5 tie with an RBI single in the seventh.  The big bat for the Giants was Hisayoshi Chono, who went 3 for 3 with 3 RBIs.  Chono had an RBI single in the fourth and a 2-run double in the fifth.

The Eagles got to the Giants quick after a 3-run homer by Andrew Jones in the first inning.  Giants starter Dennis Houlton only lasted three innings after giving up four runs.  The bullpen held the Eagle bats in check on four hits, Scott Mathieson working two innings to get the win and Tetsuya Yamaguchi working a perfect ninth to pick up the save.

Camden Debut (cont - 10)

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

When the bullpen warm-ups were complete a security employee opened up the gates. The loudspeaker played a song they had not heard since spring training. Hell’s Bells by AC/DC. They didn’t play the song at the minor league parks. The atmosphere for starting pitchers was not the same and the sound systems were inferior. Because the game was being played in the day it also lacked the dry ice smoking effect and was missing any spot light shining on them as they walked out onto the field, coming in from the centerfield area. The beginning of the first gong of the bells preceding the song still got a roar from the crowd.

The first “Gong” blasted from the loud speakers as they walked out of the bullpen gate. The crowd erupted in cheer as they noticed Jason and the Warrior step out of the bullpen gates with Terry Battier their pitching coach walking between them. Since it was a day game there were no lights to shut off.

“Gong” echoed the loud ring of the second bell. “Gong” shouted the ring of the third bell. Jason looked at Kevin. They both smiled as the guitar began wailing after the ring of the fourth bell. The fans in the stands appeared wilder than any drunken students at a frat party. And these fans probably were not even drunk. It was getting crazy at Camden Yards.

“Now this is a major league sound system” Kevin said to Jason who only smiled as he drank in the enthusiasm.

Jason had a towel wrapped around his neck. His head started bouncing to the drum beat. One of the coaches came frantically running towards them. He looked like he had just seen his mother have sex with another man that was not his father. The music was still playing. Terry saw this horrific look on the coach’s face. “What’s up?” Terry greeted him, alarmed by the ashen look on his face. “You didn’t rub Ben Gay on your balls again.”

“Bones screwed up. He forgot to move Lee to the DH spot when he put Kevin in at catcher. So Taco presented the umpires a lineup card with two catchers and no DH. Jason has to bat.”

“Crap,” Terry hollered. “That is not what we need.” Terry looked over at Jason. “How’s your swing?”

Jason looked confused. He looked over at Kevin. Kevin was confused. The music was now an echo in the background.

“What’s going on?” Kevin finally asked.

“It appears when we made a last second switch to the lineup card, we forgot to put in a DH. We have two catchers listed on the lineup card presented to the umpires and no DH. So we have lost our DH spot. You’re still catching, but Jason has to bat where the other catcher is listed.”

Kevin repeated to Jason in Mandarin what Terry had said. “You know he’s never picked up a bat in his life?”

“Tough way to learn.”

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Samsung Still Hangs with Win over Doosan

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

The Samsung Lions bats awoke with a 7-5 win over the Doosan Bears to stay alive in the Korean Series three games to two.  Han-Yi Park hit a tie breaking two run single in the eighth and Tae-In Chae and Hyung-Woo Choi each contributed solo homeruns in the Lions win.

The Bears had two solo shots from Jun-Seok Choi and a 2-run double from Jae-Il Oh. 

Rick Vandenhurk got the win for the Lions, pitching two innings of shutout relief.  Seung-hwan Oh picked up the save, his 12th of the post season.