Thursday, May 26, 2011

Fish vs. Nick at East Troy

Nick and I hooked up for some mid-week PTP action earlier this week. Nick was slightly rattled to begin the games, as it took him about 15 minutes to find his cards (please note his PTP box organization). After that was squared away, the games began:

Game 1: T Wood vs. I Kennedy

Fish’s squad got out to a fast start with Reyes reaching on an error and was scored by “The Hanigans”, followed by a two run home run by Ian Stewart. Uggla would also score in the inning after a walk and a Jim Edmonds RBI double- 4 runs in the 1st. The game was quite until the bottom of the 5th when Nick’s team rallied, Domit double, Morrison single, and a Cargo three run home run. Although Fish would put the game away in the top of the 9th with four runs on singles from Reyes, Stewart and Uggla, and doubles from Hanigan, and Edmonds. Soriano, when the game was well out of reach, hit a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth. Fish wins 9-4.

Win – T Wood
Loss – Kennedy
Home Runs – Stewart, Gonzalez, Soriano

Game 2: Silva vs. Baily

Fish started quickly again, as Votto celebrated coming off the DL with a 2-run home run in the top of the 1st. Nick would score a run in the bottom of the second on a Polanco single and a Geo Soto fielder’s choice RBI. Carlos Gonzalez would tie the game in the bottom of the 5th with a solo home run. The game would stay tied until the bottom of the ninth when Nick rallied off of Billy Wagner, with a lead-off single from Polanco, walk to David Wright, and a walk off single from Omar Infante. Nick wins 3-2

Win – Strasburg
Loss – Wagner
Home Runs – Votto, Gonzalez

Game 3: De la Rosa vs. Oswalt

Oswalt ran into a buzz saw in the top of the 2nd inning which started with a Rasmus solo jack, followed by an Edmonds single, Reyes walk, a Morgan RBI single, Chipper Jones reaching base on a David Wright error, followed by a Votto double – 5 runs would score in the frame. Oswalt would give up one more solo home run to Rasmus before he was through for the day. On the other side of the ledger, De la Rosa went his typical one inning of work, and the bullpen held down Nick’s team until the bottom of the 6th, when Prince Fielder hit a double, Wright singled, as well as Morrison and Heinsky, scoring two in the bottom of the frame. Polanco would hit a three run home run in the bottom of the 8th off of Ryan Madson to bring the game two within 1 run. Nick’s managing skills were questioned when he pulled a double switch to remove Castro on defense, bringing in Infante. The problem was that Infante was his last position player and the pitcher spot was to lead off the bottom of the ninth. Marmol came on in the ninth; however here is his stat line in the inning:
· Walk (to the pinch hitter Kyle McClellan)
· Hit Batter
· Walk
· Strike Out
· Fielder’s Choice (nailed the runner at the plate)
· Walk – walked in the tying run
· Ground out

The game would go into extra’s, and Fish would go ahead to stay with a Dan Uggla double, followed by a Jim Edmonds double. Fish wins 7-6.

Win – Marmol
Loss – Gregerson
Home Runs – Rasmus (2), Polanco

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Han Rammed!

Howdy boys. My zombie-like San Diego Padres ventured to St. Louis to square off against Fish’s Votto-less Cardinals on Monday evening. Here’s what transpired:

Game 1: Westbrook @ De La Rosa
This battle of #5’s emphasized offense, with Holliday knocking in a two-run bomb in the top of the 1st. Fish came back with a Chipper RBI in the bottom of the 1st before Keith cracked manufactured 3 runs in the 3rd on a Han-Ram solo shot and RBI’s by Byrd and Holliday. Fish rallied on a 3-run shot on the double-switch with 3B Ian Stewart hitting for the pitcher. Hanley would effectively end the game in the top of the 8th with a Grand Slam off Sean Marshall. Ian Stewart, it should be noted, did hit his 2nd HR of the game in the bottom of the 8th.

Keith – 10
Fish – 5

Game 2: Halladay @ Cain
Fish scored two in the bottom of the 1st on a Colby Rasmus double before Freddy “Mole Face” tied the game in the top of the 2nd with a two run rip. Fish would plate one more run before Han-Ram continued his hot-hitting with a three-run HR in the 5th following a Fred Sanchez RBI. Halladay would go the distance in the victory.

Keith – 6
Fish – 3

Game 3: Jimenez @ Latos
The Padres began game 3 with thoughts of avenging their 3-game sweep at the hands of the Cardinals early in the season. It was not to be, however, as Latos continued is masterful season by skunking the baffled Padres. Fish got two RBI’s from the (now starting?) Ian Steward and two more from the Pujols-free Colby Rasmus.

Fish – 5
Keith – 0

A few notes:

Han-Ram had eight RBI’s in the series, which I would be impressed with if I didn’t recall that Kevin “RBI Mercenary” Youkilis led off last year’s AL season for me with something like 9 or 12.

I am now done with my season, restoring my rightful and valued place as league pace car. I’m happy to take teams or roll a series for anyone as-needed; nothing for me to do but browse through 2010 AL statistics now, friends.