Archive for October, 2016

Rhinos Even Taiwan Series with Rout of Brothers

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

The EDA Rhinos slugged past the Brothers Baseball Club 10-1 to even their series at 2-2. The Brothers scored the first run in the opening frame off rookie pitcher Yi-Chih Huang to take an early 1-0 lead. Bryan Woodall started for the Brothers and gave up the tying run in the second on a Kun-Sheng Lin RBI single.

An error on a double play grounder allowed the Rhinos to score their second run in the sixth to go ahead 2-1. The Rhinos then battered the Brothers bullpen for seven runs in the seventh inning to pull away from the game.

Dutch Roster for Exhibition in Japan Includes Major Leaguers

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

The Dutch roster for their two exhibition games in Japan on November 12 and 13 includes a current major leaguer and a plethora of minor leaguers. There are also a number of ex-minor and major league players appearing on the roster. The exhibition games are in preparation for the World Baseball Classic in March. Jurickson Profar is the one major leaguer on the roster. He will be joined by minor leaguers Juan Carlos Sulbaran, Shawn Zarraga, Stijn van der Meer, Juremi Profar and Sharlon Schoop. Below is the complete roster:

Pitchers: Tom de Blok (L&D Amsterdam), Mike Bolsenbroek (Buchbinder Legionäre Regensburg), Bayron Cornelisse (Curaçao Neptunus), Berry van Driel (Curaçao Neptunus), Wendell Floranus (Vallejo Admirals), Lars Huijer (Vaessen Pioniers), Jair Jurrjens (Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions), Kevin Kelly (Curaçao Neptunus), Diegomar Markwell (Curaçao Neptunus), Loek van Mil (Curaçao Neptunus), Jim Ploeger (HCAW), Juan Carlos Sulbaran (St. Louis Cardinals), Orlando Yntema (Curaçao Neptunus)

Catchers: Gianison Boekhoudt (Curaçao Neptunus), Dashenko Ricardo (Curaçao Neptunus), Shawn Zarraga (Los Angeles Dodgers)

Infielders: Yurendell de Caster (Curaçao), Dwayne Kemp (Curaçao Neptunus), Dudley Leonora (Kinheim), Stijn van der Meer (Houston Astros), Juremi Profar (Texas Rangers), Jurickson Profar (Texas Rangers), Sharlon Schoop (Baltimore Orioles), Nick Urbanus (L&D Amsterdam)

Outfielders: Gilmer Lampe (L&D Amsterdam), Christopher Garia (Vaessen Pioniers), Randolph Oduber (Curaçao Neptunus), Kalian Sams (Quebec Capitales).

The team will be managed by ex-major leaguer Hensley “Bam Bam’ Muelens with another ex-major leaguer Andrew Jones as his bench coach.

Fighters Even Japan Series with Carp

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

The Fighters won their second straight game to even their Japan Series championship match against the Carp at 2-2. They won game four 3-1, Brandon Laird hitting a two run homer off Jay Jackson in the eighth inning to break a 1-1 tie. Sho Nakata had hit a solo shot in the sixth inning to tie the game for the Fighters. Hirotoshi Takanashi threw five shutout innings, but was a little wild, issuing five walks. The Carp loaded the bases off Naoki Miyanishi after he retired the first two hitters. Naoki was able to strikeout Kensuke Tanaka for the third out to preserve the victory.

Both teams have won all their home games in the Japan Series. The Fighters have one more game at their park before they have to go back to Hiroshima for the final two games. It is important for them not to have to win two games in Hiroshima.

Hillman to Manage Wyverns in KBO

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Trey Hillman will be the first manager that myworld is aware of to manage in the United States, Japan and now it appears he has been hired to manage the SK Wyverns in the KBO in Korea. The two year deal according to Yonhap is worth $1.6 million, $600,000 per year with a $400,000 bonus.

Hillman last managed the Kansas City Royals from 2008 to 2010. Prior to that managing experience he managed the Nippon Ham Fighters between 2003 to 2007, taking them to a Japan Series championship in 2006. With the Nippon Ham Fighters his record was 351-323. As the manager of the Kansas City Royals his record was 152-207. He has been a bench coach with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros and a special assistant with the New York Yankees since his last managerial job in 2010.

Hillman becomes the second foreign manager in the KBO. Jerry Royster was the first. He managed the Lotte Giants from 2008 to 2010, appearing in the playoffs each year he managed. The Giants fired him after the 2010 season because of his inability to advance in the playoffs. The Giants appeared in the playoffs the next two years but have not appeared in the playoffs since 2013.

At one time the Wyverns used to be the best team in the KBO, appearing 6 straight Korean Series from 2007 - 2012 and winning championships in 2007, 2008 and 2010. The Wyverns have only appeared in the playoffs once since that time, and even that appearance occurred with a record below .500. In the last four years they have not finished over .500.

Fighters Get Walk Off to Win First

Wednesday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Wednesday, 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.

Sunday, 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

Sunday, 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

Saturday, 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.