Archive for October, 2018

Monkeys Demolish Uni-Lions in Taiwan Series Opener

Sunday, October 28th, 2018

The LaMigo Monkeys scored 10 runs in the second inning to fuel their 15-6 win over the Uni Lions in the opener of the Taiwan Series. The Monkeys collected 20 hits, four of them homeruns. Wang Po-Jung, who the Monkeys have indicated will be posted after the season hit one of the four homeruns. Because the Monkeys were winners of both halves they came into this series with a 1-0 lead over the Uni-Lions. With the win their lead is now extended to 2-0.

The two foreign starters did not last long for these games. Ryan Verdugo pitched just 1.1 innings before being pulled in the 10 run second inning. Bruce Kern lasted a little longer, working four innings but giving up three runs.

Liu Shih-Hao slugged a grand slam in the 10 run second. Lan Yin-Lun followed the grand slam with a solo homerun to make it back to back.

There were a little over 15,000 in attendance at the game yesterday.

Under 23 World Cup - Japan to Face Mexico in Finals

Sunday, October 28th, 2018

Japan will enter the finals undefeated after disposing of the Dominican Republic. They will face second place Mexico, who lost two games in the championship game. Korea will play Venezuela for the bronze.

Korea 3 Mexico 2

Mexico had nothing to play for since they had qualified for the finals. Korea needed this win to get to the bronze medal game. Saul Castellanos had shutout Korea for the first five innings. Mexico scored two in the third to jump out to an early 2-0 lead.

Korea’s bats woke up in the sixth. Kim Min-Hyeok started the inning with a double. A single and one out walk loaded the bases. Hwang Kyeong-Tae drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly, the other runners also advancing. Pinch hitter Choe Tae-Seong slapped a crucial two run single to give Korea a 3-2 lead.

Mexico had two runners thrown out at the bases in the bottom of the sixth, one on a caught stealing and the other on a single where the runner was gunned down trying to advance to third. Mexico stranded runners on first and third with one out in the seventh. They had the tying run at second with one out in the ninth but Yi Jung-Yong struck out the last two hitters to preserve the win. Despite all those wasted opportunities, Mexico still advances to the championship game.

Venezuela 4 Taiwan 3

Venezuela also needed a rally to beat Taiwan and advance to the bronze medal game. Taiwan had jumped to an early 3-0 lead with three runs in the third. Venezuela got 5.1 shutout innings from Yosmer Solórzano that allowed them to come back. Carlos Machado got a clutch two run pinch hit single in the seventh to tie the game. Yoel Romero banged an RBI double in the eighth to give Venezuela a 4-3 lead.

Luis Garcia was called on to finish up the eighth and close out the ninth to secure the Venezuelan victory.

Japan 4 Dominican Republic 0

Japan got seven innings of shutout ball from Kosuke Sakaguchi to lead Japan to the shutout victory. The bullpen worked the remaining two but preserved the shutout. Kenji Nishimaki collected three hits, driving in two runs to lead the offense. Kento Harasawa also added three hits with a RBI and a run scored.

Wyverns Play Long Ball for Second Win Over Heroes

Sunday, October 28th, 2018

The SK Wyverns got four innings from Merrill Kelly and three long balls, two of them off Eric Hacker to win 5-1. They now lead the best of five series two games to none.

Kim Kang-Min tied the game in the third with his RBI single. He then broke the tie with a solo shot in the fifth to make it 2-1. It was the second consecutive game in which he has hit a homerun.

In the sixth Lee Jae-Won launched a two run blast off Hacker to up the lead to 4-1. Choi Jeong added a solo bomb in the seventh to make it 5-1. Jeong also homered in his second consecutive game. For Jeong, injuries prevented him from having his third consecutive 40 homer season.

After allowing a run in the second inning the Wyverns pitching staff shut down the Heroes bats for the remainder of the game. In five innings the Wyverns bullpen limited the Heroes to just one hit, striking out eight.

Red Sox Rally to Win Game Four

Sunday, October 28th, 2018

The Dodgers had just gotten a three run homer from Yasiel Puig in the bottom of the sixth. Rich Hill was in cruise control through the first six innings. A walk in the seventh and Dave Roberts came out. Despite chants from the crowd to leave Hill in Roberts took him out. The Red Sox brutalized the Dodger bullpen for nine runs in the next three innings to win 9-6. A most unlikely hero Steve Pearce was instrumental in the rally with his four RBIs.

The two starting pitchers, number four starters in their rotation at best, Eduardo Rodriguez and Rich Hill were in a pitcher’s duel. Rodriguez was the first to break down when he gave up four in the bottom of the sixth, including the big three run blow to Yasiel Puig. Dave Roberts, having witnessed the break down of Rodriguez in the sixth did not want to see the same thing happen to Hill in the seventh. He pulled Hill after a one out walk, hoping the bullpen would preserve the shutout.

Things got ugly after that. Scott Alexander walked the one batter he faced, Brock Holt. In came Ryan Madson. He retired pinch hitter Jackie Bradley on a popup. Keith Moreland pinch hit for the pitcher’s spot and he took Madson deep. It has not been the best of seasons for Ryan Madson. Madson has now inherited seven runners on base in this World Series and allowed all of them to score.

He got out of the eighth and it was time for Kenley Jansen to get the two inning save. He failed the night before giving up a solo blast to Jackie Bradley in the eighth to begin the marathon game. He failed last night giving up a solo blast to Steve Pearce to tie the game. Both teams were hoping that a marathon game would not follow.

Roberts turned to Dylan Floro to pitch the ninth. The RBI man Rafael Devers, who in his previous start ended his consecutive RBI streak at eight games started another streak with a pinch hit RBI single to give the Red Sox a 5-4 lead. Steve Pearce then assaulted pitcher Kenta Maeda with a bases clearing double to drive in three runs.

Those three runs proved crucial when Enrique Hernandez hit a two run homerun off the Red Sox struggling closer Craig Kimbrel in the bottom of the ninth. Like Kenley Jansen, it seems like Kimbrel gives up a run each time he comes in to pitch. With a 9-4 lead it was probably an inning the Red Sox did not need Kimbrel. After throwing 28 pitches in both games three and four he may not be too fresh for game five.

Game five will be Clayton Kershaw and David Price, two pitchers maligned for their post season starts.

Manny Machado seems to be making a habit of stepping on the legs of first basemen. He did it again last night, stepping on the foot of Steve Pearce when he grounded out for the second out in the ninth. Against the Brewers he appeared to kick the leg of Jesus Aguilar when crossing the bag. It appears his dirty play and lack of hustle post season performance could cool teams wanting to bid top dollar for Machado. A lot of teams may fear that once he gets his money he will dial it back and cruise through the rest of his career.

23 and Under World Cup - Japan and Mexico clinch Spot in Finals

Saturday, October 27th, 2018

They still have another day to play but Mexico and Japan will appear in the Gold Medal Round. Mexico beat Venezuela earlier in pool play so even if they lose tomorrow they will be tied with Venezuela for second place. The tie breaker is head to head so Mexico advances.

Japan 6 Venezuela 3

Venezuela had to win this game to have any hope of appearing in the final. Both teams scored early. Leandro Cedeno hit a three run shot in the first to give Venezuela an early 3-0 lead. Japan battled back for two more with Kento Harasawa ripping a two run single to make it 3-2.

Atsuki Taneichi shut out the Venezuelan bats for the next seven innings. Harasawa doubled in the third to tie the game at 3-3. It was virtually ended in the bottom of the eighth when Kengo Horiuchi mashed a three run homerun, his first of the tournament to give Japan a 6-3 lead. Kakeru Narita relieved Taneichi and retired the Venezuelans in order in the ninth to clinch Japan’s appearance in the finals.

Mexico 3 Dominican Republic 1

The Dominicans scored first after an error by the right fielder allowed Dariel Gomez to score. Gomez had gotten on base via an error. Wilber Perez pitched three shutout innings for the Dominicans but was a little wild, walking four batters.

Orlando Pina hit a two run single for Mexico in the sixth to stake them to a 2-1 lead. Francisco Haro went nine innings to get the win. He only allowed three hits, striking out nine. Mexico scored an insurance run in the seventh on a strikeout/wild pitch and an error by the catcher that allowed the third run to score.

Korea 5 Taiwan 2

It was a game for Asian pride. Korea won. Kim Min-Hyeok blasted a two run homer in the first and Kim Chan-Hyung slugged a two run homer in the third to give Korea an early 5-0 lead.

For Taiwan Chang Wen-Hsien got his first three hits of the tournament going 3 for 4 and driving in both runs. He hit a solo shot in the fourth and drove in the second run in the eighth with a single. Another single put they tying run to the plate but Taiwan could not take advantage. Two walks in the ninth again put the tying run to the plate but a ground out double play ended the game.

In Japan Series Hawks and Carp Battle to a Tie

Saturday, October 27th, 2018

Japan only plays 12 innings. The subways close after that and fans need to get home. They don’t play until they have a winner. In the first game of the Japan Series the game ended in a 2-2 tie. It is as if they never played the game, though I think both teams get a half win for their efforts.

Ryosuke Kikuchi hit a solo shot for the Carp in the first inning to give them an early 1-0 lead. Ryuhei Matsuyama drove in the second run in the first. The Carp would not score for the next eleven innings. The Hawk bullpen threw eight shutout innings to keep the game close.

The Hawks battled back for two in the fifth. In the Central League they have no DH. That left Orlando Despaigne out of the lineup since the game was being played in Hiroshima. He did pinch hit in the fifth and drove in one of the two runs with a single. A second run scored on an error.

They play again tomorrow.

Walk Off Wins First Game for Wyverns

Saturday, October 27th, 2018

Perhaps not as exciting as the Dodgers/Red Sox game, but much shorter. The Nexon Heroes and the SK Wyverns battled in the semi-finals of the Korean playoffs with veteran Park Jung-Kwon, who did not even start the game and hit only .172 with two homeruns during the regular season, hit a two run walk off homerun to give the Wyverns a 10-8 win. Prior to the 2018 season Park was one of their leading sluggers. This year he was an after thought. Not anymore.

The Wyverns had taken early 5-1 and 8-3 leads. Heroes ace Jake Brigham could last only four innings, giving up five runs. Choi Jeong hit a solo shot in the first and Kim Kang-Min hit a two run blast in a four run fourth to ruin his start. Kim Sung-Hyun slugged a three run homer in the fifth off Ahn Woo-Jin.

The Heroes came roaring back in the seventh. Starter Kim Kwang-Hyun had only allowed one run in his first six innings, a solo shot from Song Seong-Moon in the fifth. In the seventh he gave up a two run homer to Song to end his night. Recent acquisition Jerry Sands then tied the game with a three run homer.

The Heroes put runners on second and third with two out in both the eighth and ninth innings but could not score. That gave Park his opportunity to hit his walk off with one out in the ninth.

Orioles Still Working with that Confederate Money

Saturday, October 27th, 2018

When Syd Thrift was the general manager of the Orioles back in the early 2000s he had trouble signing free agents. He made the comment that these free agents were treating their offers “like we have Confederate money, it’s no good.” It was probably their futility in winning ball games that scared free agents away from Baltimore.

Cuban free agents are treating the Orioles international dollars as Confederate money now that Baltimore has chosen to compete in the international market. The Mesa brothers did not sign with them. And now Sandy Gaston a pitcher with a good fastball is another player who ignored the dollars the Orioles put in front of him, instead signing with the Rays for an estimated $2 million.

The Orioles now have an estimated $6 million in international cap money but there are no players out there for them to sign. All the top international players have already signed shortly after the July signing period with other major league teams. They had negotiated and agreed to many of those contracts prior to the Orioles even considering entering the international market place. In other words, the Orioles got into the market too late. They were hoping the six million would be enough to sign the Mesa brothers. It was not.

There is still Wang Po-Jung, the Taiwan superstar outfielder who is being posted by his team. The Orioles would be competing with the Japanese teams in addition to the major league teams for his service. And paying more than $2 million for him probably would not be wise. It’s not like the Orioles would be spending money given to them. It is still there money to spend that can be used elsewhere. But it is a market advantage that they will lose if they do not spend it.

Dodgers Win Marathon

Saturday, October 27th, 2018

Myworld lasted until the 13th inning before crashing. The game lasted seven hours before ending. That is past 3 A.M. Eastern time. It was the longest game in World Series history, lasting longer than the four games combined that were played in the 1939 World Series.

Max Muncy, released last year by the Athletics and turning into a slugger for the Dodgers put an end to the game with his walk off solo shot off Nathan Eovaldi in the bottom of the 18th. Nathan, released by the Yankees was working his seventh inning of relief. His pitch count was in the 90s. Muncy almost ended the game earlier, hitting one out in the 15th but it went foul. His uniform number 13 is giving him some luck.

Rookie Walker Buehler was unhittable for the Dodgers. The Red Sox mustered just two hits off him. The game would have ended 1-0 Dodgers if Roberts had not pinch hit for him in the seventh. He brought on Kenly Jansen to put together a two inning save. Jackie Bradley put an end to that notion with his two out solo shot in the eighth.

Joc Pederson had homered off Rick Porcello in the third to give the Dodgers an early 1-0 lead. For Joc it was his fourth World Series homer in nine World Series games. He has a World Series homerun every seven official at bats.

Ian Kinsler made an error in the bottom of the 13th with the Red Sox up 2-1. Ian is one of three finalists being considered for a Gold Glove at second. He was trying to get Yasiel Puig at first but threw it past the first baseman. That Muncy kid scored from second. Kinsler had entered the game as a pinch runner in the 10th. He was almost picked off at first, overran the bag at third and almost tagged out. The third time was the charm with Cody Bellinger gunning him down at home.

The Red Sox got their run in the top of the 13th on a throwing error by pitcher Scott Alexander that allowed Brock Holt to score from second. So the two teams matched solo shots and throwing errors to allow a runner to score from second to score their first two runs. Both runners who scored from second on the throwing errors got on base via a walk.

The Red Sox threw four of their starting pitchers in an attempt to win the game. Rick Porcello started the game. Eduardo Rodriguez got one out in the ninth. David Price got two outs in the ninth but also gave up a single and walk. Nathan Eovaldi is probably out after his six innings to close out the game. The Red Sox have chosen Eduardo Rodriguez to start game four.

Under 23 World Cup - First Day of Super Round

Friday, October 26th, 2018

Myworld will only report the results of the Super Round games.

Japan 3 Korea 2

Japan just squeezed past Korea to remain undefeated. Korea is the lone winless team in the Super Round and virtually out of any possibility for a gold medal appearance. All of the runs from Japan were driven in by the big powerful bat of Yasuhito Uchida. Uchida only has four hits in the tournament, but three have carried over the fence. He hit his third in the sixth, a two run shot. In the first inning he got his first hit that was not a homerun, an RBI single. Uchida plays for the Rakuten Golden Eagles where last year he slugged 12 homeruns in 58 games but hit only .198.

Korea made it close in the seventh when two hitters were hit by pitch with the bases loaded. They loaded the bases with three walks. The Japanese bullpen had a hard time finding the plate, walking six hitters and hitting two in 4.1 innings of work. Korea had a runner thrown out at home in the fifth and stranded eight runners between the sixth through eighth innings.

Mexico 10 Venezuela 4

Mexico handed the Venezuelans their first loss of the tournament. Roberto Valenzuela slugged his third homerun, a grand slam in the six run sixth to allow Mexico to pull away from Venezuela. Valenzuela also stole home in the third on a first and third double steal. Luis Rodriguez earned his second win of the tournament working 5.1 innings and allowing just two runs. Mexico is now tied with Venezuela in the Super Round at 2-1.

Taiwan 3 Dominican Republic 1

Kai-Wei Li got a big bases clearing three run double in the 10th inning in Taiwan’s first win, 6-5 over Colombia that got them in the Super Round. He came up big again yesterday in the 10th inning coming up with two runners on and hitting a two run double to give Taiwan their second win, their first in the Super Round. Taiwan got nine solid innings from Hao-Chun Cheng, who gave up one unearned run in the second inning. He struck out eight and allowed just three hits. Chen-Yu Wu was able to hold the Dominicans scoreless despite having two runners on, pitching to only two hitters (strikeout and ground out double play).

The Dominicans got six shutout innings from Claudio Galva. He allowed just two hits. It was his first start after two relief appearances in the tournament. He has yet to allow a run in nine innings striking out 11.