Archive for October, 2016

Under 23 - Day 3

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Australia and Panama are showing they are the teams to watch after the first three days of the Under 23 in Mexico. Taiwan has been a bit of a disappointment. Japan is still the team to beat in the tournament and Korea stays undefeated. The only teams with winning records in the tournament are those four teams who have not yet lost a game.

Australia 8 Taiwan 7

The Aussies got their second straight one run victory, winning it again in the final inning. This time it was a walk off win, but a run scored in the top of the tenth kept them undefeated in this tourney. They should remain undefeated until their last game with Japan. Jacob Younis and Connor MacDonald showed the power in this game with homeruns. Younis finished the game with two RBIs and was a triple short of hitting for the cycle. MacDonald tallied three RBIs to lead the team and now has two homeruns for the tournament. Zachary Shepherd spread fear in the hearts of the Taiwan pitchers, drawing four walks.

Australia erupted for four runs in the opening frame. Taiwan bounced back with one in the first and five in the second to take an early 6-4 lead. Conor Lourey worked 4.2 innings of shutout relief to allow Australia the opportunity to come back and take the victory. Joshua Guyer pitched the last two innings of shutout ball to pick up the victory.

Chung-Yu Chen went deep for Taiwan in a losing cause.

Panama 11 Venezuela 3

Panama had a relatively easy time beating Venezuela to remain undefeated, scoring the first seven runs to take a commanding lead. Rodrigo Vigil went deep to drive in three runs. He has homered in two straight games and driven in three runs in both games. He has also contributed an RBI in each of the three games Panama has played. Abdiel Velasquez worked six innings to get the win. He gave up two unearned runs in the fourth inning.

Japan 10 Argentina 2

Argentina scored two runs in the opening frame to put a scare in the team from the rising sun. Japan committed four errors in the game, a couple of them leading to the two unearned runs in the first. Japan bounced back accumulating runs in the third through seventh innings. Yusuke Masago went deep to drive in two runs. Despite giving up the two unearned runs in the first Daiki Aoyama went six innings without allowing another runner to cross the plate to pick up the victory.

Nicaragua 15 Austria 0

Nicaragua finally got itself in the win column with a convincing victory over Austria. The game lasted only six innings after an eight run first inning put the game out of reach. Javier Robles went deep and led all players with three RBIs. Jesus Garrido pitched a complete game six inning shutout, giving up only two hits.

Czech Republic 12 Russia 4

The Czechs also got their first win scoring at least one run in all nine innings of play except two. The European contingent banged out 15 hits, Jacub Ondracek leading the charge with three hits. The big run producer was leadoff hitter Adam Hajtmar with four RBIs. Pitching was not something the Czech pitching staff could be proud of, walking nine batters. Despite the lack of control Russia could only score four runs, stranding 11 men on base.

Korea 6 Mexico 1

Korea remained in the ranks of the undefeated, waiting until the fifth inning to score, but racking up a couple tres in back to back innings to account for their offense. Hyeok-Jae Won drove in two runs and scored twice from the last spot in the order to fuel both rallies. Jiseob Lim went six innings to get the win, limiting the Mexican bats to a first inning run and two hits.

Standings after three days:

Group A

Korea (3-0), Panama (3-0), Czech Republic (1-2), Mexico (1-2), Venezuela (1-2) and Russia (0-3)

Group B

Australia (3-0), Japan (3-0), Argentina (1-2), Nicaragua (1-2), Taiwan (1-2) and Austria (0-3)

Bears Pounce on Dinos for Second Win

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

The Bears pitching staff limited the Dino offense to one run and a four run eighth broke a 1-1 tie to give Doosan their second straight win over the NC Dinos in the Korean Series. Won-Jun Jang bent but did not break, falling one out short of a complete game. He gave up 10 hits in his outing but allowed just the one run.

The Dinos strung together four hits in the eighth inning when they scored their only run, a double play groundout fizzling the rally. The Bears quickly struck back, doing most of their damage after two were out. A wild pitch broke the 1-1 tie and Jae-Wan Kim followed with a solo shot to up the ante to 3-1. The Bears scored two more runs to put the game out of reach.

Eric Hacker got the start for the Dinos and pitched well until the eighth inning meltdown. A hit batter to start the inning resulted in the go ahead run scoring.

Under 23 Tournament - Day 2

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

No major surprises in the second day of the under 23 tournament. A few mild surprises such as how easy Japan handled Taiwan and the Australian win over Nicaragua. Mexico had a nice bounce back after their opening day loss, shutting out a tough Venezuelan team.

Japan 15 Taiwan 3

Myworld expected this game to be a little more competitive but an eight run second inning knocked the sails out of Taiwan. The game only went seven innings. Taiwan did show some life by rallying for three runs in the third but Japan bounced back by scoring three of their own in the bottom half to put a dagger to the Taiwan hopes. Yu-Chieh Kao hit a solo shot for Taiwan in their three run third.

Taiwan pitchers lacked control walking eight batters in just six innings. Japan lead off hitter Kengo Takeda ripped two doubles and a homerun in his four RBI day, falling a triple short of the cycle. He also scored three runs. Cleanup hitter Yusuke Masago also collected four hits to drive in four runs, three of those hits finding the gap for doubles.

Mexico 4 Venezuela 0

After scoring 14 runs the day before against Russian pitching the Venezuelans could not find the plate against the three Mexican hurlers. Jesus Anguamea pitched six innings of one hit ball, striking out eleven. The two remaining pitchers completed the shutout, limiting the Venezuelans to just one additional hit with three more whiffs. The bats scored all their runs in the first two innings, Gilberto Carrera driving in two and scoring one to lead the offense. After Mexico scored four runs Venezuela brought in Alexander Diaz to pitch and he quieted the Mexican bats for 6.2 innings, limiting them to just three hits. But the Venezuelan offense was absent in the game yesterday and could not take advantage of the superior bullpen relief by Alexander.

Argentina 13 Austria 3

Argentina got the win in a battle between the two newbies in the tournament. A seven run seventh by Argentina put the game out of reach and ended it early. Nine different players drove in runs for Argentina with Augustin Talevi and Julian Pedrouzzo leading the charge with two runs driven in each. Federico Robles pitched all seven innings to pick up the victory.

Australia 6 Nicaragua 5

Australia used 10 walks, including three in the last inning when they scored the game winning run to defeat Nicaragua. Guy Edmonds hit his second homerun of the tournament and drove in three runs, including the game winner to lead Australia. Nicaragua got two solo shots from Benjamin Alegria and Ronald Rivera to keep this game close. Rivera led all hitters with three hits.

Panama 17 Czech Republic 3

The Czechs committed five errors and three Panama homeruns proved to be too much for the Czech Republic in this seven inning shortened game. Allen Cordoba, Gerald Chin and Rodrigo Vigil each went deep for Panama. Cordoba and Chin each drove in four runs while Vigil and Anthony Amaya paced the bottom of the order with three RBIs each. Amaya finished the game 3 for 3 with a walk.

Korea 17 Russia 3

Korea bounced on Russia by the same score, scoring all their runs in the first four innings of a seven inning shortened game. Korea had a homerun from Tae-Hun Lee and three RBI performances from Lee, Jun-Tae Kim and Hyun Jung. Kim scored three times and led all players with three hits. Korea used six different pitchers to complete the game, starter Seo-Jun Im working two perfect innings in the longest outing for the pitchers.

Fighters Win Japan Series

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

With their 10-4 win the Nippon Ham Fighters won their fourth straight game to secure a Japan Series win four games to two. A six run eighth inning in which Brandon Laird hit a grand slam homerun broke a 4-4 tie to put the game out of reach. For Laird it was his third homerun of this series.

Haruki Nishikawa stroked three hits in the game, two of them triples to score twice and drive in two runs. Jay Jackson was the losing pitcher for the Carp giving up all six runs in the eighth. For Jackson it was his second loss of the series. He appeared in all six games.

Brandon Laird was voted the MVP of the series.

Rhinos with Back to Back Slaughters

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

After beating the Brothers Baseball Club the day before 10-1 the EDA Rhinos did one better with a 11-1 thrashing yesterday to make it three straight wins and a 3-2 series lead. The Rhinos got RBI triples from Kuo-Hui Kao and Kai-Lun Chen to lead the Rhino offense. Mike Loree went six innings, giving up just one run to get the win against the Brothers.

Nathan Long got the start for the Brothers, giving up three runs in the second inning.

Bears Win Opener in Pitcher’s Duel

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

It took 11 innings for the lone run to score, a walk off sacrifice fly from Jae-Il Oh to give the Doosan Bears a 1-0 win over the NC Dinos in the opening game of the Korean Series championship. Dustin Nippert pitched eight shutout innings for the Bears, allowing just two hits. Zach Stewart pitched six shutout innings for the Dinos, allowing seven hits. The Bears were the team with the best opportunity to score through the first eight innings, stranding a runner on third twice in two innings and loading the bases in the eighth. But it went into extra innings with nary a runner crossing the plate.

The Dinos put a runner on third with one out in the tenth, but he was tagged out at home after a ground out to the infield. They also put two runners on in the 11th after two walks but Hyun Seung Lee came on to pitch and got the double play ground out. For the Bears Kyoung-Min Hur opened the 11th with a single, Jae-Ho Kim advanced him to second with a single and a deep fly to left by Kun-Woo Park moved the runners up a base. An intentional walk loaded the bases that set up the sacrifice fly by Oh to win the game.

Opening Salvos of Under 23 Tournament Begin

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

The United States and Cuba, two of the top teams in the world are not participating in this tournament, but their absence opens the opportunity for other teams to play. Austria and Argentina are two new countries who took advantage of the absences to participate in the tournament. They found the going rough but the experience will be beneficial for their development in baseball. There were no surprises on this first day.

Japan 6 Nicaragua 1

Nicaragua hung with Japan for eight innings. A three run assault in the ninth allowed Japan to pull away 6-0. Keisuke Honda quieted the Nicaraguan bats on two hits in the first seven innings to bring Japan the victory with a paucity of offense. Tomo Otosaka and Koki Yamashita each drove in two runs to lead the Japan offense.

Australia 8 Austria 1

In their first big tournament Austria scored the first run in the opening frame on a two out solo homerun from Ferdinand Obed. Unfortunately that would be all the runs Austria would score. Australia used three big innings to score their eight, Zachary Shepherd, Connor McDonald and Guy Edmonds all going deep for the Australian team. Shepherd and McDonald each drove in three runs. Nicholas Hutchings recovered from the first inning homerun to pitch six innings to get the win, allowing just two more hits in those innings.

Taiwan 10 Argentina 0

Taiwan went eight innings to beat Argentina, the game ending an inning early because of the 10-run rule. Argentina squeaked out five hits and drew five walks but could not use the Taiwan generosity to cross the plate. Yi-Chung Liao went five innings to pick up the win, striking out eight. Chung-Ting Chen was the big bat for Taiwan driving in three runs with a homerun. Tzu-Wei Lin also homered from the leadoff spot, finishing the day 2 for 2 with two walks and two runs scored.

Venezuela 14 Russia 1

Venezuela only needed seven innings to dispose of Russia. They scored 13 runs in the first three innings to make it an early run away, Francisco Martinez going a perfect 4 for 4 with three RBIs. Jonathan Linares also drove in three runs with a homerun and sacrifice fly on a perfect 1 for 1 day in his three at bats. Joscar Alvarez lashed out three hits from the lead off spot scoring three runs. Russian pitchers walked 8 hitters and gave up 14 hits.

Korea 6 Czech Republic 1

Woo-Jin Sim drove in three runs with his three hits to lead Korea to victory. Chae-Hueng Choi pitched 6.2 innings allowing just one run to pick up the victory.

Panama 3 Mexico 1

Panama was not too kind to the hosts of the tournament. Carlos Sanchez drove in one run with a solo homerun and Humberto Mejia shut down the Mexican bats for seven innings on three hits. Mexico rallied in the ninth for one run, but it came up short.

Nishikawa Slam Gives Fighters Sweep at Home

Friday, October 28th, 2016

Haruki Nishikawa slugged a two out grand slam homerun to give the Nippon Ham Fighters a 5-1 win over the Hiroshima Carp and a sweep at home to take a 3-2 series lead in the Japan Series. Luis Mendoza threw 5.2 innings of shutout relief after starter Takayuki Kato struggled early with his command, giving up four hits and two walks in just over one inning of work.

Kris Johnson got the start for Hiroshima and pitched six innings of shutout ball. The Fighters scored their first run in the seventh inning when the Carp went to the bullpen, Hiromi Oka driving in the run with a sacrifice fly to tie the game 1-1.

The two teams combined for a series high seven sacrifice bunts, with a sacrifice bunt occurring in all the innings in which a run was scored. Anthony Bass got the win for the Fighters with his one inning of shutout relief work.

Indians and Cubs Draft History

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

The Cleveland Indians are playing the Chicago Cubs in the 2016 World Series. When taking a look at their draft choices since 2005 the Cubs recent drafts show why they are playing for the championship. The Indians have not really acquired any superstars through the draft. Below are the players and the roster for these drafted players.

Cleveland Indians

2005 - Desmond Jennings (18 - DNS) OF, Tim Lincecum (42- DNS) RHP

2006 - David Huff (1) LHP, Steven Wright (2) RHP, Matt McBride (2) C, Chris Archer (5) RHP, Josh Tomlin (19) RHP, Vinnie Pestano (20) RHP, Mike Bolsinger (34 - DNS) RHP

2007 - T.J. McFarland (4) LHP, Bryce Brentz (30 - DNS) OF

2008 - Lonnie Chisenhall (1) OF, Zach Putman (5) RHP, T.J. House (16) LHP, Roberto Perez (33) C, Adam Warren (36 - DNS) RHP

2009 - Jason Kipnis (2) 2B, Preston Guillmet (9) RHP, Max Muncy (41- DNS) 3B, Vidal Nuno (48) LHP

2010 - Drew Pomeranz (1) LHP, Cody Allen (16- DNS) RHP, David Goforth (31- DNS) RHP

2011 - Francisco Lindor (1) SS, Cody Anderson (14) RHP, Ryan Merritt (16) LHP, Shawn Armstrong (18) RHP, Cody Allen (23) RHP, Michael Roth (31 - DNS) LHP

2012 - Tyler Naquin (1) OF

2013 - Kyle Crockett (4) LHP

Chicago Cubs

2005 - none

2006 - Jeff Samardzija (5) RHP, Steve Clevenger (7) C

2007 - Josh Donaldson (1) 3B, Darwin Barney (4) Utl, Brandon Guyer (5) OF, James Russell (14) LHP, Andrew Cashner (29 - DNS) RHP

2008 - Andrew Cashner (1) RHP, Ryan Flaherty (1) UTL, Josh Harrison (6) 2B, Alex Wilson (10) RHP

2009 - D.J. LeMahieu (2) 2B, Justin Baur (25) 1B, Colin Kaepernick (41- DNS) QB

2010 - Matt Szczur (5) OF, Dallas Beeler (41) RHP, Jared Eickhoff (46 - DNS) RHP

2011 - Javier Baez (1) UTL, Tony Zych (4) RHP, Jacob Lindgren (12) LHP

2012 - Albert Almora Jr (1) OF

2013 - Kris Bryant (1) 3B, Zack Godley (10) RHP

2014 - Kyle Schwarber (1) C-LF

Cleveland Indians Roster

C - Matt McBride, Roberto Perez

1B - Bryce Brentz

2B - Jason Kipnis

SS - Francisco Lindor

3B - Max Muncy

OF - Lonnie Chisenhall, Tyler Naquin, Desmond Jennings

Starting Pitcher - Chris Archer, Josh Tomlin, Drew Pomeranz, Ryan Merritt, TimLincecum, Adam Warren, Steven Wright

Relief - Cody Allen, David Huff, Vinnie Pestano, Mike Bolsinger, T.J. McFarland, Zach Putnam, T.J. House, Preston Guillmet, Vidal Nuno, David Goforth, Cody Anderson, Shawn Armstrong, Michael Roth, Kyle Crockett

Chicago Cubs Roster

C - Kyle Schwarber, Steve Clevenger

1B - Justin Bour

2B - Darwin Barney, Josh Harrison, D.J. LeMahieu

SS - Javier Baez

3B - Josh Donaldson, Ryan Flaherty

OF - Kris Bryant, Brandon Guyer, Albert Almora, Matt Szczur

Starting Pitching - Andrew Cashner, Sonny Gray, Jeff Samardzija, Jared Eickhoff, Jacob Lindgren

Relief - James Russell, Alex Wilson, Jeff Beliveau, Tony Zych, Dallas Beeler, Tony Zych, Zack Godley

Kris Johnson Wins Sawamura Award

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Kris Johnson won the Sawamura award, the equivalent of the major league Cy Young award, despite meeting only four of the seven requirements needed to win the award. He met the minimum number of requirements for wins (15) with a 2.15 ERA (2.50) minimum with 26 starts (25 minimum) and a .682 winning percentage (above .600 minimum). The requirements he did not meet were strikeouts (141, needed 150 or more), innings (180.1, needed over 200) and complete games (3, needed 10 or more). The way pitchers are used now in Japan it is getting tougher in Japan to meet the innings pitched and complete game requirements. It was possible for the committee to make no selections since no pitcher in the NPB met more than four of the minimum requirements to win the Sawamura award. The NPB is considering modifying some of the minimum requirements to recognize the different way pitchers are now used in the NPB.