Baseball and Game-Playing

Boston Red Sox 2018 World Series Championship ring that I’m sure Peter likes seeing again.

by baldilocks

Yesterday, a goodly portion of the Washington Nationals visited the White House in celebration of their victory in the 2019 World Series and at least two of the players were pummeled on Twitter for openly being fans of President Trump. I’m sure the two players will console themselves with that beautiful ring they get to wear.

In contrast, there were several players who skipped the White House visit. I didn’t notice much talk about them. But, of course it was their choice to make.

It’s a safe bet, however, that the latter received a digital pat on the back from the usual suspects. We know that it’s a safe bet because we have some comparative information

[R]etired Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady turned down Obama’s invitation to come to the White House and were met with strong criticism from media.

Thomas’s decision not to visit the White House in 2012 was widely criticized. U.S. News & World Report writer Susan Milligan headlined a story on the incident that said his decision was not brave, “it was just rude.” ESPN writer Joe McDonald wrote that Thomas chose to put himself above the team through his decision not to attend.

“When the president of the United States invites you and all your teammates to the White House to honor your Stanley Cup championship, you go and represent the team,” McDonald wrote.

Emphasis mine.

Hahahahahahaha!

Of course, we know that this only applies when the president is a Democrat and it double applied in the lone case in which the president was of African descent.

And then there is a whole other category of rules for Orange Man Bad.

If I were a team owner, I’d make it mandatory (in the contract) for all players and coaches to attend a White House gathering in the wake of a championship victory – unless there’s a life or death emergency — regardless of who the president is. That or get fined/traded.

But I guess that’s why I’m just a broke blogger.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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Scarborough Booed, Allahpundit notes, Surber Waits, China Extracts and Jordan & the PLO Come Clean Under the Fedora

I have to give Joe Scarborough a lot of credit for taking a stance that is not popular with his new found friends on the World Series Booing Business:

Remember Joe wants Trump to lose in 2020 but’s he’s intellectually consistent here, and as a Baseball fan he knows it’s bad for the game.


Allahpundit made two good points concerning this story as well

The overlap between MAGA Nation and the sort of people who can afford a ticket to a World Series game in Washington D.C. is small… …virtually all Nats fans are lobbyists, journalists, lawyers, or politicians/staffers, he should treat their contempt as a badge of honor.

Or as Mollie Hemmingway put it:

Of course the media will spin it differently but what else is new?


Don Surber has officially announced that despite my suggestion after Sunday’s booing was rewarded by a Houston blowout he is not yet willing to put the Washington Nationals on the list. As he put it:

Until they’re destroyed, no Trumpenfreude.

That’s actually very fair. This is in fact baseball and as the last three games demonstrated the game isn’t over till that final out. Washington is a good team with an excellent pitching staff and a third baseman who is the closest thing to Brooks Robinson I’ve seen in decades. Furthermore Verlander who is pitching tonight is in my opinion a first ballot Hall of Fame quality pitcher he is vulnerable to the long ball and the Nationals certainly have the bats to exploit it.

Of course Houston is no slouch in the pitching department and has an even better offense than Washington. The Yankees would have been a better matchup for the Nats but as I said it’s not over yet. Interesting fact, if the Nats pull it off it will be the 1st seven game World Series in baseball where the home team didn’t win a single game.


It takes little bravery to boo Donald Trump and apparently too much for anyone in the NBA other than Shaq to boo China but unlike Trump there are actual great reasons to boo China, Here is another one:

Having hepatitis C may very well have saved Jennifer Zeng’s life.
In February 2000, she was arrested for being a Falun Gong practitioner and interrogated intensely about her medical history at a Labor Camp in 
China’s Da Xing County, she said. Zeng’s blood was drawn and she told them she had hepatitis C before she took up the spiritual practice.

“Twelve days later, my (cellmate) died as a result of forced feeding,” Zeng told Fox News. “Having hepatitis C might have unqualified me as an organ donor.”
It’s the stuff of nightmares. And it has been buried from public view, hard to prove, and shrouded beneath the cloak of silence for almost two decades.
But anecdotes and evidence are slowly bubbling to the surface that the organs of members of marginalized groups detained in Chinese prisons and labor camps are unwillingly harvested. Most affected is a spiritual minority, the Falun Gong, who have been persecuted for adhering to a Buddhist-centric religious philosophy grounded in meditation and compassion.

This is what people who are actually Hitler do, but to point this out would shatter too many narratives.


Finally there was something that took place last week which was narrative shattering that I meant to write about but didn’t get a chance. It concerned the narrative of Israel as an oppressive state whose neighbors only want to live in peace with the Jews. Well not really with…

The President of the Jordanian Bar Association, Mazen Irshaidat, confirmed that there is no land registered in the Land Department with the names of Jews in the areas of Baqoura and Ghamir.

These are the areas on the border with Israel that Jordan leased out to Israel for 25 years in the peace treaty. There have apparently been rumors that Jews had bought lands in those areas.

Irshaidat told the Jordan 24 site that it is unacceptable to have lands owned by the Zionists or Jews in that area, and he confirmed that he could not find any Jewish names in the list of landowners in those areas.

Remember Jordan is a state that is not only considered moderate but has made peace with Israel. yet they felt the need to assure their citizens that no Jew owns land there. Why it’s almost as if the narratives like the Palestinian desire for a two state solution…

Two states, he says, was merely a concession to the international community, but it is not a Palestinian desire. The entire land is solely theirs, and Jews have no rights there.

This is not usually said in English. Usually in English the Palestinians claim they want to live in peace with Israel. But now they are officially admitting that they never even wanted that; their real desire (as polls have shown) is to have a single Arab state from the Jordan to the Mediterranean, and the two state idea was merely a stage towards that end.

…is just a myth.

Does anyone note the irony that this statement made in English at a public forum by the PLO’s UN rep was made in the city of Berlin?

Under the Fedora A reminder to Dem Debate Viewers, CNN vs Veritas, Beto vs Chief Joseph, No impeachment Inquiry vote says Pelosi, Washington to the Series

An important reminder to all those who watched the Democrat Debate.

The Democrat nominee will be decided by the Superdelegates on the 2nd ballot at the convention. I still think it will be Biden because by then they’ll figure out there is almost no chance to win and he’s the best shot for helping some down ballot races

You heard it here 1st


The expose of what’s going on at CNN by Project Veritas is having a lot less bang that you might normally expect. This is mainly because those of us on the right, particularly those of us who have watched and covered CNN, particularly during the Trump years already knew this was the case and those on the left who have become obsessed with removing the president by impeachment are happy to see Zucker demand all impeachment all the time and would consider this a feature.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s good journalism but it would be a real shock if any of it surprised anyone. Still it’s nice to have it on the record as to why they do what they do. I always thought it was the water


Beto O’Rourke’s treat to compel compliance by force to comply with a “buyback” program reminded me of bit of this quote from Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce

If we ever owned the land we own it still, for we never sold it. In the treaty councils the commissioners have claimed that our country had been sold to the Government. Suppose a white man should come to me and say, “Joseph, I like your horses, and I want to buy them.” I say to him, “No, my horses suit me, I will not sell them.” Then he goes to my neighbor, and says to him : “Joseph has some good horses. I want to buy them, but he refuses to sell.” My neighbor answers, “Pay me the money, and I will sell you Joseph’s horses.” The white man returns to me and says, “Joseph, I have bought your horses, and you must let me have them.” If we sold our lands to the Government, this is the way they were bought.

Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce indians

It doesn’t surprise me that younger people never heard this as high school & college don’t teach history anymore but I’m shocked Elizabeth Warren didn’t make this objection.


Nancy Pelsoi has stated there will be no vote to formally begin an impeachment inquiry in the house. This makes a lot of sense for her as such a formal vote will only cause trouble for the phony moderates that she needs to keep the gavel. Ideally any such vote on impeachment or even an inquiry would take place when it’s too late to primary any Democrat who votes against it.

Given how will this strategy worked in saving the “moderates” who voted for Obamacare I suspect it’s not going to make all that much difference but I suspect her odds of keeping seats are better with this crowd than with crew generated primary opponents in the general.


Finally The Washington Nationals after shocking the LA Dodgers made short work of the St. Louis Cardinals and are now going to their 1st World Series since they entered the league as the Montreal Expos in 1969. Of course there have been other Washington Teams the Texas Rangers were the expansion Washington Senators from 1961 to 1971 before moving to Texas and the original Washington Nationals moved to Minnesota and became the Twins, who were bounced by the Yankess in three straight in the 1st round.

The last time a Team from Washington went to the World Series was 1925 and the last time they won was the year before, both times the ace of the squad was Walter Johnson one of the best pitchers who ever lived and one of the charter inductees in the baseball hall of fame. They don’t have Johnson this time around but they do have a pitching staff that are worthy successors to him. It has the potential to be a really great world series no matter who they face.

Sable/Gerbl day 15: Scherzer Rules the Roost, Sale K’s 10 Dodgers Juneau makes it 5 straight. Texas takes Boston in extras.

Vikings 3 Washington 1

Max Scherzer gave up 4 hits over nine innnings and scored a run as King Ragnar’s Vikings outlasted Washington 3-1.

With the excepton of Anthony Rendon (2-4 2 2b) Scherzer (W 3-1) kept Washington batters off ballance and even when they managed a bit of a rally such as in the 6th when Trevor Story doubled with two outs and Josh Reddick walked he was able to bear down and end the inning without damage.

His counterpart Sean Newcomb (L 0-2) for a time managed to do the same, pitching out of a man on 2nd no out situation in the 1st, a bases loaded two out jam in the 2nd and another bases loaded jam in the 4th until he finally cracked in the fifth. Juan Segura and Kentel Marte walked to start the inning and Eduardo Escobar singled to left scoring Segura for a 1-0 game. Wilson Ramon singled to right loading the bases and after Ramon Laureano K’d Elias Diaz hit a ball back to the mound that Newcomb was able to stop but couldn’t make a play on. That single socred Marte and made it 2-0 befor Newcomb retired Rizzo and Scherzer to stop the bleeding.

Those two would be all Max would need as he killed another potential rally with a pickoff of Billy Hamilton after a leadoff walk in the 7th and by the time Washington finally got on a board with a solo Shot by Josh Reddick to start the 9th the Vikings had already added a run off of reliever Brad Hand on a two out Whit Merrified double scoring Scherzer making it too little much too late.

Notes: Scherzer walked twice along with a hit raising his batting avg to .300 this season. Bobby Poyner came out of the game after 2/3 of an inning of perfect relief complaining about arm soreness and was subsequently sent to the minors. The Vikings went 4-15 with runners in scoring position while Washington went 0-6. It will be Noah Syndergaard (0-2) vs Carlos Martinez (1-0) for Washington to finish.

Rivertown 6 LA 2

Rivertown struck for 3 in the 1st and Chris Sale struck out 10 in 9 innings as Rivertown defeated LA 6-2.

Clayton Kershaw (L 1-3) troubles began right away with a leadoff double to Lorenzo Cain followed by a one out walk to Paul Goldschmidt. After Nelson Cruz forced Goldschmidt Marcell Ozuna fly to left carried just far enough to clear the fence and Rivertown was up 3-0.

LA got one back of Christ Sale (W 3-1) David Freese singled and Kike Hernandez was grazed by a sale fastball. With one out Matt Kemp delived a single to left scoring Freese and sending Hernandez to 2nd. It looked like a big inning was brewing but Max Muncy’s liner was right at Ozuna and Chris Taylor’s fly to left was just a few feet short of the wall so the game remained 3-1.

In the 3rd Rivertown struck again. Goldschmidt walked again and this time Cruz drove a ball to left center scoring him all the way from 1st. After a pair of gournd outs Yadier Molina doubled almost to the same spot scoring Cruz from 3rd easily and Rivertown was up 5-1.

Kiki Hernandez struck back at once in the bottom taking Sale deep to left center to make it 5-2 but that would be as close as they would get as LA would only manage two hits and one walk for the rest of the game off Sale whose fastball and changeup baffled LA’s bats to the point where Matt Carpenter’s 6th inning single scoring Lorenzo Cain who doubled with two outs off Ross Stripling was just window dressing.

Notes: Dodger Ace Clayton Kershaw’s 5 earned runs in 3 innings raised his ERA to 6.64. The team has a winning record in games he hasn’t started. Ozuna’s homer was his 1st of the season. Dodger Reliver Stripling came to the plate for the 1st time this season and singled off Sale Lorenzo Cain went 4-5 with a pair of doubles and two runs scored. The Dodgers will throw Walker Buehler (0-1) in the finale He will face Aaron Nola (2-0 )

Juneau 8 NY 1

Mookie Betts hit two home runs and Miles Mikolas went all the way as Juneau crushed the NY Yankees 8-1 for their fifth straight win.

Luis Severino (L 1-2) Got deep in a hole three batters in. Andrew Benintendi led off the game with a triple Andrelton Simmons singled to drive him in and Mookie Betts hit the 1st fastball he saw 478 feet to right center and the score was 3-0

The Yankees couldn’t answer till the 4th Gleyber Torres singled to start things off and was erased on a force play on Aarond Judge. Didi Gregorius singled to right and Judge raced to 3rd ahead of the thow allowing Gregorius to reach 2nd and giving the Yanks two men in scoring position with only one out and the tying run at the plate. Alas for the Yanks while Giancarlo Stanton’s grounder to short scored Judge, Miles Mikolas (W 1-2) struck out Neil Walker to keep the lead 3-1.

It didn’t stay that way long, Benintendi walked to start the fifth, Simmons singled and Mookie Betts Doubled to left scoring Benintendi and getting Simmons to 3rd with nobody out but Shohei Ohtani fly to center turned into a double play when Brett Gardner’s bullet to the plate beat Simmons keeping the score 4-1.

This was Boston’s big chance and it looked like they would take advantage of it. With one out in the bottom of the fifth Austin Romine doubled and Greg Bird singled to right sending him to 3rd. Once again the tying run was at the plate with only one out and once again Mikolas came through k’ing Aaron Hicks and coaxing a force out from Torres to end the inning.

They might have come back but with Matt Chapman on 3rd (single) and Harrison Bader on 2nd (walk) and two outs their defense failed him. Torrez booted a grounder that Benintendi hit off Zach Britton scoring Chapman and sending Baider to 3rd and Britton and Romine allowed a passed ball scoring Bader making it six to one.

At that point it didn’t matter Mikolas would retire the last 12 in a row so solo shots by Betts and Othani were just afterthoughts.

Notes: In addition to his solo shot Ohtani stole his 1st base after a walk in the 7th. Yankees relieveers Dellin Betances (Ohtani) and Zach Britton (Betts) both gave up solo shots for their only earned run Betances ERA went up to 0.66 but Britton’s DROPPED to 16.20 Benintendi and Betts combined for 4 hits 4 runs 4 RBI’s 2 walks 2 homers and a double. The series ends tomorrow with David Price (1-0) against J.A. Happ (0-1)

Texas 5 Boston 4 (10 innings)

Michael Brantly hit an extra inning homer and Keone Kella pitched two scoreless innings for the win as Texas won for the 3rd time in four extra inning games with a 5-4 victory against Boston.

The Thunder stuck in the 1st off of Justin Verlander who after striking out the 1st two batters gave up a single to Mike Trout, a double to Freddie Freeman which scored Trout and a Triple to Javier Baez scoring Freeman to make it 2-0.

In the 2nd Boston came back Alex Bregman singled. Corey Kluber retired the next two the 2nd on a fielder’s choice that replaced Bregman with Ronald Acuna Jr. for J.T. Realmuto who took a ball over the green monster to tie things up.

In the 3rd the Thunder hit Verlander again, Trout walked with one out and with two outs Javier Baez doubled him in and Francisco Lindor followed with a Triple and it was 4-2 while in the bottom of the inning Christian Yelich hit a solo shot to center and the lead was 4-3.

There it stayed until the eighth when again with two out Alex Bregman hit a shot out to center off of Raisel Iglesias tying things up at 4 and taking Verlander off the hook. Verlander retired the 1st two in the 9th before giving way to Brandon Morrow L (1-1) who would retire the final man in the innings before giving up that shot in the 10th.

Notes: Keone Kela (W 1-1) retired all six men he faced for the win. Verlander struck out 15 fifteen texas batters in his no decision. 8 of the games nine runs were scored with two outs. This was Texas’s 4th extra inning game this season. Texas has played as many extra inning games as any other two teams in the league combined this season. It will be the battle of the even records in the finale as 1-1 Zach Grenkie of Texas faces the 1-1 Blake Snell.

Sable/Gerbl Day 13: Texas tags Tanaka, Senators blank Dodgers, Rivertown makes it 6, Holt halts Boston

Texas 12 NYY 10 (11 innings)

Michael Brantley 10th inning single off of reliever Masahiro Tanaka made a loser out of Aroldis Chapman and a winner out the the Thunder as Texas edged NY in a wild game by the score of 12-10 in or the 2nd time.

For four innings it seemed we would have a pitchers duel between Yankees lefty C. C Sabathia who would give up a solo shot in the top of the 3rd to Francisco Lindor and Kyle Freeland who after a walk to Greg Bird to start the bottom of the inning and hitting Adeiny Hechavarria with two out gave up a single to Giancarlo Stanton which tied it up.

But the Wheels started coming off in the 5th for both pitchers. Sabathia started the inning hitting back to back batters (Jackie Bradley JR and Lindor) and then turned an infield single by Yuri Gurriel into disaster when he rushed a throw to 1st in the vain hope of getting him. Bradley & Lindor scored and Gurriel ended up on 2nd. After a Nolan Arenado single sent him to 3rd she scored on a fielder’s choice that erased Arenado and put Mike Trout on 1st. He would go to 2nd when CC hit Freddie Freeman (the 3rd man hit in the inning) and would score on Ryan Brawn’s single to left making it 5-1. That was enough for the Yanks who brought in Zach Britton who closed out the 5th before the rout was on.

Freeland gave one of the four back in the bottom of the inning on a two out single by Glyber Torres that send Mike Judge who had doubled and gone to third on Hechavarria’s single but Britton gave it back when Freddie Freeman (K) would be the only man he would retire out of the seven he would face in the sixth letting Bradley JR (HBP) Lindor (Single) Gurriel (Homer 3 BI) Arenado (single) and Trout (Double) before getting that 1st out. Once Javier Baez singled in both Arenado and Trout it was 10-2 and David Robertson came in with the expectation of saving the bullpen in a rout.

That expectation vanished as having been given a 8 run lead Freeland seemed determined to give it back. Like Briton he would face seven batters in the sixth and like Britton it would be a disaster. Miguel Andujar started it with a homer and Aaron Hicks followed with a single. After Bird k’d Romine singled and Judge walked loading the bases. Heckavarra fielders choice got Judge Freeland his 2nd out (Judge) and NY its 3rd run (Hicks) but Giancarlo Stanton’s single drove in Romine and chased Freeland. Jonny Venters came in with a five run lead needing only one more out to strand the runners and preserve a five run lead.

He couldn’t He hit Torres to load the bases for Luke Volt whose grand slam turned an inning that started as a 10-2 laugher into a 10-9 battle.

He nearly lost that battle hitting Andjar and walking Hicks before Bird who k’d for the 1st out of the inning made the last with a grounder to 2nd.

Now facing a squeaker instead of mop-up time David Robertson came through retiring Texas in the sixth and when Austin Romine doubled off of Keone Kela (B1) to start the seventh and Pinch Hitter Didi Gregorius doubled him in with one out to tie the game he had the chance to be the pitcher of record for a win, but it was not to be. Kela k’ed pinch hitter Walker and retired Torres to perserve the tie if not the lead.

It would stay that way as the teams which had scored 20 runs already could only manage one hit and three walks (one intentional) through the 8th, 9th and 10th. Then in the 11th Aroldis Chapman (L 0-1) Hit Freeman with one out. Baez singled and after a fielders choice erased him and put Ryan Braun on 1st Tucker Barnhart walked to load the bases. Masahiro Tanaka came in to relieve Chapman and Michael Brantley came in to relieve Bradley Jr and poked a single into center field scoring Freemana and Brawn giving Texas a two run lead which would Felipe Vazquez (W 1-0) would hold for the win.

Notes. Other than an intentionanl walk in the 10. Felipe Vasquez would retire all six men he faced the final five by strikeout. A total of six men would be hit by pitches in this game, three by each team and Freddy Freeman twice. Both teams would go 6-16 with runners in scoring position. Texas has played in 3 extra inning games going 2-1 It’s Lance Lynn (1-1) for NY vs Mike Clevinger (2-0) in the finale.

Senators 4 Dodgers 0

DJ LeMahieu and and Corey Dickerson’s solo shots were all that Washington needed as Jose Quintana and Bobby Poyner combined on a four hit shutout blanking LA 4-0 in game of of their two game series.

LeMahieu’s shot of Hyun-Jin-Ryu (L 2-1) put LA behind to start but Ryu and the defense would keep it close spoiling repeated Washington rallies in the 2nd 3rd and in the 7th with some help from Pat Vendette. that would be more than enough as Jose Quintana (2-0) confounded the Dodgers though most of the game

LA’s best chance to tie came in the 2nd. With two out Austin Barnes drove a ball to center. Delino DeShields in his 1st start since being called up playing deep rushed in and dove for the low line drive he missed the ball, Barnes ended upon 2nd and DeShields ended up having to be helped off the field. Cody Bellinger and Ruy walked loading the bases but David Freese grounder ended the threat.

After Dickerson’s solo shot in the 5th LA next best threat came in the sixth. Machado led off with a single, went to 2nd on Christian Vasquez’s passed ball. Matt Kemp walked putting runners on 1st & 2nd with nobody out, but Quintana retired Chris Taylor on a fly and k’d Yasmani Grandal and Barnes to finish it. He would pitch 8 innings only being pulled in the 9th for a pinch hitter Nick Markakis with Billy Hamilton on 2nd after a walk and stolen base. Barnes would muff Markakis grounder which gave Corey Dickerson the chance to single home Hamilton and Rendon the chance to single home Markakis to give Washington a four rather than a 2 run lead to protect in the ninth which was more than enough.

Notes: Delino Deshields was sent for an MRI after the game and even before the results were it was announced that he would be heading for the DL. The only question is if he will be back before the September callups. Martin Maldonado was reactivited from the DL and should be able to start in tomorrow game. With two centerfielders (DeShields & Marte ) on the DL expect to see Kevin Kiermaier called up from the minors to back up Hamilton. With Maldonado becoming the 4th catcher expect to see either Matt Wieters or Christian Vasquez of Blake Swihart sent down to make room for him. Tomorrow LA will throw Alex Wood (0-1) against Washington while the Senators will answer with Reynaldo Lopez (1-0)

Rivertown 4 Vikings 3

Rivertown came back from two deficits and held off a 9th inning Viking assault to come away with a 4-3 victory over King Ragnar’s men for their sixth straight.

the Vikings stuck 1st in the 1st against Jack Flaherty (W 2-0) Whit Merrifield singled to right and immediately stole 2nd and 3rd allowing him to score on Geraldo Parra’s fly to left making it 1-0.

In the bottom of the 3rd Rivertown came back. Jack Flaherty singled to center and was replaced at 1st by Lorenzo Cain on a fielder choice. Cain who had been caught stealing in the 1st was more successful the end time around stealing 2nd and scoring on Paul Goldschmidt’s single to tie things at 1.

They didn’t stay tied for long in the top of the 4th Juan Soto singled, stole 2nd and moved to 3rd on an Anthony Rizzo grounder. After a Ramos walk Eddie Rosario singled to right scoring Soto and sending Ramos to 2nd. Mallex Smith replaced Ramso at 2nd but the Vikings could have saved the swap because Flaherty stuck out Escoba and Segura’s hard shot went right to the shortstop to leave things at 2-1.

In the 6th the Raiders broke through on Garret Cole (L 2-1) David Peralta Tripled in Jose Ramirez who walked and took 2nd on an errant pickoff throw by Cole to tie the game. Nelson Cruz followed with a single of his own and Rivertown was up 3-2. A Yadier Molina single and a Paul DeJong walk loaded the bases for Pitcher Flaherty who would face reliver Vizcaino. With the bases loaded and one out Rivertown surprisingly choose to let Flaherty bat. With everyone running he laid down a bunt in front of the plate, rather than taking the sure out at 1st Diaz dove toward Cruz with the ball but he dodged the tag with a perfect hook slide and the based remained loaded with the score 4-2 and only one out. Rivertown was unable to capitalize further. Cain’s fly to left wasn’t deep enough to score Molina and Matt Carpenter stuck out swinging to end threat. There it stayed till then 9th when Closer Edwin Diaz (S5) gave up a one out gopher to Eduardo Escobar to make it a one run game but Segura lied out and pinch hitter Ramon Laureano stuck out swinging to end the Vikings’ last chance:

Notes: The Vikings stole three bases against Flaherty and Molina while Rivertown managed only one along with a caught stealing. Every stolen base resulted in a run. Flaherty had a single to go along with his rbi fielders choice getting him to the mendoza line. Paul Goldschmidt continues hit hot streak going 2-3 with a walk and a RBI hitting .381

Juneau 5 Boston 4

German Marquez lasted just long enough for Brock Holt’s pinch hit shot to give Juneau the edge as the Muffin Men won their 3rd straight with a 5-4 win over Boston.

Juneau got started early when Jhoulys Chacin hit Andrew Benintendi to start things off. Andrelton Simmons follwed with a single to send him to 3rd and one out later Shohei Ohtani beat out a potential double play ball allowing Benintendi to score the 1st run. Two innings later Juneau again scored on an out, when Simmons grounder drove in Salvador Perez who had doubled and moved to 2nd on Benintendi’s single but once again Chacin was able to get out of the jam without further damage.

In the bottom of the 3rd Boston struck back. J.T. Realmuto led off with a single and Nick Ahmed doubled to right to send him to 3rd. German Marquez (W 1-1) managed to stike out Jose Altuve but Ben Sobrist singled to right scoring both Realmuto and Ahmed and just like that it was 2-2.

In the 4th Boston stuck again. Rhys Hoskins shot a one out single and was replaced on the bases by Ronald Acuna Jr. on a fielders choice. This was key as with two out Realmuto doubled to left and the speedy Acuna Jr motered home from 1st to give Boston a 3-2 lead but the lead didn’t last as Andrew Benintendi connected with a Chacin curve with two out in the fifth and the game was once again knotted at 3.

In the bottom of the 6th Hoskins gave Boston and Eduardo Rodriguez who spelled Chacin the lead again with a towering shot to left over everything but with two outs Benintendi was hit for the 2nd time and Rodriguez was pulled for Collin McHugh (L 0-1) and Juneau countered with Brock Holt for Andrelton Simmons whose shot while not quite as deep as Hoskins came with a man on giving Juno that 5-4 edge. Mookie Betts followed with a double but Ohtani ground out to end the threat.

Joakim Soria came in and retired six straight before walking Alex Bregman to start the 9th. Josh Hader (S1) came in to relieve Soria and with the go ahead run at the plate struck out the side for his 1st save.

Notes: Andrew Benintendi was hit twice and scored both times. Despite going 2-3 with a Home Run Manager LaFlam pinch hit for Rhys Hoskins with Kris Bryant in the 9th. The 1-3 hitters for Juneau went 7-12 with 4 runs scored and 4 RBI’s while the 4-9 hitters only manged one hit in 22 at bats. It will be Dallas Keuchel (1-0) for Boston against Jose Berrios (1-0) for Juneau.

Sable/Gerbl Day 12 : Red Sox win the battle of the Bullpens, Juneau sweeps Texas. Goldschmidt unhorses Sir Anthony , LA Hangs on for split.

Red Sox 7 Yankees 6

Boston managed 12 hits and Brandon Morrow held a lead when no other reliever could giving Boston a their 4th straight win and NY their fifth straight loss by a score of 7-6.

NY starter JA Happ proved hapless in the 2nd as JD Martinez singled to right and went to 3rd on Aaron Judge’s error. Alex Bregman followed with a single to center sending Martinez to 3rd. He came home on Kris Bryant’s single to left. After Ronald Acuna Jr. walked to load them up JT. Realmuto drove in both Bregman and Bryant on a single to left and Sending Acuna to 3rd where he would score on a Nick Ahmed double play making it 4-0.

After pitching around another error in the 3rd Happ was tagged again. Acuna singled and Realmuto walked. Another fortunate double play left Acuna on 3rd with two outs but Jose Altuve double to left making it 5-0.

Meanwhile Jameson Taillon pitched 5 strong innings before getting into trouble in the 6th. Aaron Hicks singled and Gleyber Torres followed suit but Hicks went for 3rd and Acuna gunned him down leaving Torres on 2nd with one out. That would be critical as Aaron Judge would take the next pitch over the left field wall making it 5-2 instead of 5-3. Taillon would load the bases with a pair of walks surrounding a hit batsman and a K before getting Austin Romine to fly out keeping the defect at 3.

In the 7th Greg Bird would chase Taillon with a leadoff blast to right making it 5-3. Corey Knebel (W 1-0) could come in and walk Hicks and Torres before surrendering a one out Blast deep into the seats beyond the bullpens in right making it 6-5. The Yanks had a chance to do more damage as Giancarlo Stanton followed with a walk and Brett Gardner did the same with two outs but Romine struck out swinging keeping the lead at 1.

They would again miss that run as Jonathan Holder (L 0-1) wasn’t up to the task of holding a lead either. he gave up a lead off double to Altuve and then with one out a Double to Christian Yelich to tie the game. while he managed to get the dangerous JD Martinez Bregman would follow with a two out single driving in Yelich and Boston was back up 7-6.

That when Brandon Morrow (S1) came in and did what no other reliever to that point had done, hold a lead he would retire the side in order in the 8th and while he allowed a one out walk to Gregorius fanned Stanton and coaxed a game ending grounder from Neil Walker to earn the Save for himself and the win for the Sox.

Notes: 3 of the Yankees seven hits and all of their runs came on home runs. None of the Redsox 12 hits left the yard but six of them came with runners in scoring position out of an incredible 17 chances. Only Ben Zobrist went without a hit or a walk for Boston (0-5). Despite Boston and NY combining for 3 errors in the game all of the runs were Earned. NY finally heads home to open against the Texas Thunder while Boston’s long homestand continues as they welcome the Juneau Muffin men.

Juneau 10 Texas 1

Bryce Harper had his 3rd homer in 2 two games and David Price gave up only run run in 6 2/3 as Juneau won it’s 2nd straight over Texas 10-1.

Juneau started right were they left off the previous day against Zach Greinke (L 1-1) with two outs Mookie Betts doubled and Shohei Ohtani drove him home with a single, not that it would matter as Bryce Harper would take a Greinke curve 418 feet to right for a 3-0 lead.

Yuli Gurriel would answer with a solo shot with one out in the bottom of the inning but it would be the only answer they would have all day as David Price (W 1-0) kept the Texas off balance most innings while taking advantage of fine defense like plays like Harrison Bader’s rocket throw that nailed Mike Trout at 3rd in the 4th when he tried to tag up on a fly to the warning track.

Meanwhile Juneau in general and Harper in particular continued to feast off Texas pitching in the 6th with Simmons on 3rd (HBP) and Ohtani on 1st (Single) Harper drove in his 3rd run of the game. Matt Chapman followed with a triple driving in Ohtani and Harper and scored off of Kolton Wong’s two run shot off of Jonny Venters making it 8-1 Ohtani’s one out double scoring Benintendi (single) and Betts (HBP) in the 9th gave Juneau it’s 2nd straight 10 run game and made Ryan Braiser’s 2 1/3 perfect innings a mere formality.

Notes: Ohtani and Harper both scored two runs while driving in 3. Ohtani on a 3-5 day Harper on 2-4 Despite sweeping Texas Juneau gave up 4 home runs in 2 games and have given up a home run in each of their last 5. Texas was 0-5 with runners in scoring position while Juneau was 5-10. Texas travels to NY for a rematch of their opening series while Juneau heads for Boston.
Meanwhile the

Rivertown 3 Washington 2 10 innings

Washington’s Bullpen wasted an excellent start by Carlos Martinez to blow a 9th inning lead and a single swing by Paul Goldschmidt finished the job as Rivertown swept Washington with a 3-2 win.

It was a game of pitching and close calls as Patrick Corbin for Rivertown and Carlos Martinez dueled. Corbin relying on the K striking out 10 Senators and Martinez aided by great defense

In the 1st DJ Le Mahieu turned a Jose Ramirez Liner that would have put him on 1st and Lorenzo Cain (HBP) on 3rd into an inning ending double play.

In the 4th with men on 1st (David Peralta walk) and 2nd (Jose Ramirez single and stolen base) with nobody out Ramirez struck out Goldschmidt and Before another LeMahieu turned a 2nd double play perserving a 1-0 lead.

That lead came in the top of the inning when Josh Reddick after a two out single beat a wild throw to the plate From Peralta on Anthony Rendon’s double off of Corbin. But over 6 2/3 innings that would be all he would yield.

Meanwhile the defense kept making the big play for Washington. In the sixth with one out Peralta singled and Goldschmidt doubled. Peralta held out of respect for the arms in the DC outfield. With one out and nobody on 1st the infield came in on Matt Carpenter who hit a shot toward first but despite being drawn in Jesus Agular dove to glove the ball in the air and managed to get the ball to LeMahieu before Goldschmidt could get back.

In the 7th the defense would do it again. After a Nelson Cruz single and one out Jeurys Familia came in relieving Martinez. He struck out Paul DeJong but Diego Castillo drove a changeup to left. Cruz didn’t hesitate for moment but neither did Corey Dickerson who fielded it and threw in a single motion nailing him at the plate.

In the ninth the Senators would add some offense Diego Castilo in his 3rd inning of work put a fat pitch over for Josh Reddick that the crosswind just blew into play for the 1st out. Rendon followed with a double and moved to 3rd on Billy Hamilton’s grounder and scored on Agular’s single. The lead was 2-0 Reliever Brad Hand had shut down a Rivertown rally in the 8th with a pair of K’s and Seranthony Dominguez (BS 1 L 0-1) was warned and ready to come if needed. It looked like it was all over.

It wasn’t. Nelson Cruz singled off Hand and was pulled for pinch runnier Ender Incirte. After Yadier Molina was retired on a foul ball Trey Turner walked and when Jose Martinez was announced as a pinch hitter Mgr Ingemi went to the mound. Dominguez was ready but Ingemi decided to stick with Hand. Martinez singled loading the bases and Dominguez came in to face Lorenzo Cain. Cain worked the count to 3-2 and Dominguez threw a ball that most batters in the league would chase, Cruz didn’t and it was 2-1.

With a stikeout pitcher on the mound and fearing a game ending two run single the infield remained back but Washington which had turned so many key double plays that night could only manage one on Ramierz grounder. Turner scored and the game was tied.

Jose Alvarado (W 1-0) came in unwarmed from the pen with a new defense behind him but it didn’t matter, Dominguez, LeMahieu and Dickerson all went down on strikes in the 10th clearing the way for Paul Goldschmidt to win the game with a single swing.

Notes: Rivertown only managed to go 1-11 with runners in scoring position but the senators only had four chances (1-4) None of Washington’s pitchers were pinch hit for in this game while Rivertown sent 3 pinch hitters to the plate (1-3).  Washington travels to LA for a pair while Rivertown will host King Ragnar’s Vikings

Dodgers 6 Vikings 4

Kike Hernandez and Chris Taylor went back to back and the four LA pitchers were able to hold onto the lead they gave them to earn a split of their series with King Ragnar’s Vikings 6-4.

The Long ball came early for the Dodgers as Manny Machado took Ryan Stanek (L 0-1) yard with two outs in the top of the 1st. Jean Segura came right back with a one out blast against Rich Hill (W 1-0) to tie the game before Hernandez and Taylor’s back to back blasts to start the 2nd making it 3-1 The Vikings got on back in the bottom of the 2nd on a Juan Soto single followed by a Eduardo Escobar double with nobody out. When Hill retired Rosario and Culberson the Vikings took a chance and pulled Stanek for pinch hitter Mallex smith Hill coaxed a grounder to keep the game 3-2.

Hill helped his own cause in the 4th off Craig Stammen in the 4th by drilling a two out double to the gap in left center driving in Taylor who walked with one out making it 4-2 and after after a pair of singles by Soto and Escobar put two in in the bottom of the inning again struck out a pinch hitter batting for the pitcher stopping the rally which was key because in the fifth Whit Merrifield’s took him over the left field wall to make it 4-3.

That wasn’t much breathing space for Hill but with one out Justin Turmer pinch hit for him driving a single to left. Cody Bellinger followed with a double and Matt Kemp Crushed a fly ball to center that stayed in the part but was deep enough to score Turner to get the lead back to 5-3.

It looked like LA would break the game open in the 8th off Arodys Vizcaino when after a Yasiel Puig double and a Yasmani Grandal single, Hernandez drove a sinking liner to left but Merrifield made a diving stab that while allowing Puig to tag up for a 6-3 lead kept Grandal on 1st and Hernandez off back allowing Vizcaino to get out without further damage.

That would matter when Jean Segura doubled to start the bottom of the inning and was driven in by a one out double by Wilson Ramos getting the lead back to two and putting the tying run at the plate without on and a man on 2nd off Josh Fields. Pat Venditte came in and walked Soto before Escobar hit into a fielders choice for the 2nd out putting men on 1st and 3rd. Kenley Jansen (s4) came in and retired Matt Kemp to preserve the lead. While he would give up a Whit Merrifield two out double in the 9th he followed it by striking out Segura to perserve the win and the save for LA.

Notes: the Dodger victory evened their record at 6-6. Viking pinch hitters went 0-5 in the game. Machado’s RBI puts him one behind Paul Goldschmdit of Rivertown with 15 while Jansen save ties him with Rivertown’s Edwin Diaz in that category. The Dodgers head home to play the Senators while King Ragnar Vikings head to Pittsburgh to raid Rivertown.

Sable/Gerbl Day 11: Boston bounces bombers, Rivertown tops Washington, Juneau Pounds Texas, Vikings Scherzer k’s 18 Dodgers

Boston 7 NYY 5

Alex Bregman hit two homers and Blake Snell and Collin McHugh held on long enough for Kimbrel to shut the door in the 9th as Boston bested the Yankees 7-5.

It didn’t look promising for Boston and Blake Snell (W 1-1) early. In the 2nd Gleyber Torres singled to start the inning and Gary Sanchez drove a double off the wall in left center to drive him in making it 1-0. Two outs later Greg Bird singled to center scoring Sanchez and the score was 2-0

Boston came right back against Luis Severino (L 1-1) Alex Bregman started with a leadoff shot over the Monster seats and after walks to Rhys Hoskins and J. T. Realmuto Nick Ahmed hit a one out double to center scoring both giving Boston the lead. The Sox managed a two out single to right by Ben Zobrist but Ahmed was held at 3rd and Severino was able to end the inning down only 3-2.

That was a lead Snell couldn’t hold with to outs he walked Giancarlo Stanton and Torres put his own drive over the Green Monster and the Yanks had the lead back 4-3 and when Snell walked Miguel Andujar, Aaron Hicks and Greg Bird to load the bases with nobody out in the 4th it looked like the Bombers would break the game wide open. But Snell bore down striking out Austin Romine, Aaron Judge and Adeiny Hechavarria in succession to end the inning and keep the deficit at 1.

That would prove to be the critical moment of the game. In the bottom of the inning Realmuto singled to the mound and Ronald Acuna JR. followed with another putting runners at the corners. with one out Jose Altuve singled in Realmuto and sent Acuna to 3rd tying the game and when the yanks failed to turn the double play on Zobrist’s grounder to 1st Acuna scored and the Bo Sox were up 5-4. When Chad Green in relief of Severino in the 5th walked J. D. Martinez and gave up Bregman’s 2nd ball into the monster seats and it was 7-4.

That would be a sufficient cushion for Snell who inspired by his hold in the 4th would retire the Yankees easily in the 5th & 6th coming out for Colin McHugh after a leadoff single in the 7th and while that runner would be erased by a Stanton double play Torres would reach on a Rhys Hoskins error move to 3rd on a Gregorius single and score on a Andjuar single to right putting the tying runs on base with Aaron Hicks at the plate in a 7-5 game.  McHugh would however not only retire Hicks but the next three men he faced until Craig Kinbrel (S2) came in and after hitting Luke volt to start and walking Gregorius with two out struck out Andujar to preserve the win.

Notes: Boston Pitchers only allowed the Yankees 5 hits but walked seven and hit one over the course of the game. This was Boston’s 3rd straight win and the Yanks 4th straight loss. Luke Volt was pulled for a pinch runner after being hit by a fastball in the 9th but should be available tomorrow. Hoskins error was his 2nd in three games and led to an unearned run. Jameson Tallon (1-0) will start for Boston tomorrow against JA Happ (0-1) tomorrow.

Rivertown 8 Washinton 3

Nelson Cruz hit a massive bomb off the light tower and Rivertown’s bullpen held while the Senators didn’t as Rivertown took the 1st game of a two game series 8-3.

The Senators struck 1st with some small ball in the 2nd off of Aaron Nola (W 2-0) Trevor Story singled and stole 2nd to lead off the inning, after Nola retired the next two DJ LeMahieu stroked a single to right for a 1-0 lead.

In the 3rd Rivertown struck back Lorenzo Cain singled with one out and moved to 2nd on a grounder. Paul Goldschmidt took the next ball to the wall in right off Marco Gonzalez (L 1-2) scoring Cain and tying the game setting up Cruz’s massive homer that traveled 460 feet and Rivertown was up 3-1.

Washington came right back with more small ball and the same case. Story singled & stole 2nd again this time with one out and Billy Hamilton drove him home quickly with a single to right making it 3-2. However Nola managed to hold Hamilton long enough to erase him on a force play then struck out LeMahieu to keep it 3-2.

In the 5th the Raiders added some distance with a solo shot by Goldschmidt making it 4-2 and Rivertown tried to answer. Jesus Aguilar led off with a double and the speedy Dee Gordon ran for him. Nola k’d Story and Hamilton but a throwing error put Gordon on 3rd and pinch hitter Marwin Gonzalez on 1st for LeMahieu who once again punched a single through to left scoring Gordon and it was a one run game again.

It stayed that way till the 7th when the Raiders Trea Turner lead off with a double. Jeurys Familia came in and struck out pinch hitter Matt Carpenter but Cain singled to center scoring Turner Cain going to 3rd on a throwing error by Hamilton and it was 5-3.

In the 8th Cruz led off with another single but due to a mix up Ender Inciarie was anounced as a pinch hitter rather than a pinch runner and after after a short conference was make to go to the plate for Marcell Ozuma rather than running for Cruz. He promptly doubled to center scoring Cruz all the way from 1st and scored along with Joey Wendle who was hit by a pitch with two when Turner doubled and it was 8-3.

That led to a little bit of defensive gymnastics bit ti didn’t matter Edwin Diaz who got the 3rd out of the 8th retired 3 of 4 in the ninth and when the dust had settled Rivertown had sole possession of 1st place.

Notes: The Mixup in the 8th which ended happily for Rivertown was the subject of a lot of post game questions but due to the result nobody in the dugout seemed to mind taking the blame. Familia’s 3 earned run in 1 2/3 innings was the 1st poor outing we’ve seen from him this season. In addition to his error Hamilton got an assist in the 1st when Jose Ramirez took too wide a turn as Cruz hit third and Hamilton nailed him 8-3-4. 4 different relievers pitched two innings for Rivertown giving up no runs.  Carlos Martinez (1-0) will take the mound for the Senators tomorrow against Rivertown’s Patrick Corbin (2-0)

Juneau 10 Texas 4

Juneau stroked 16 hits and 3 home runs while Mike Foltynewicz pitched pitched just well enough to get by as Juneau broke it’s losing streak with a 10-4 thumping of Texas.

It looked at first like the long ball was going to sink the Muffen men again as Foltynewicz (W 2-1) started the game with a fat pitch that Michael Brantley took over the fence in right to make it 1-0 but the Muffen men came right back again Corey Kluber (L 0-2) with a Matt Chapman lead off with a double, went to 2nd on a Kolton Wong Grounder and socred on a 2nd grounder form Harrison Bader to tie things up.

In the 3rd they struck again. Andrelton Simmons and Mookie Betts singled with one out and after a K Bryce Harper took Kluber over 465 feet to dead center and the Muffen men were up 4-1. The Muffen Men had men in scoring position every inning off Kluber until the 5th when he was finally chased by a Betts homer followed after one out by Harper’s 2nd shot of the day making it 6-1. Carlos Carrasco replaced him and it the 6th got more of the same as Juneau socred four runs on a Benintendi walk and stolen base, a Simmons double driving him in, And Othani sngle that drove in Simmons a Harper single that sent Ohtani home and a Matt Chapman double. And while the 10-1 lead was shrunk by two massive shots a two run job in the 6th inning by Javier Baez and another by Nolan Arenado in the 7th the outcome was never in doubt.

Notes: Yoshihisa Hirano pitched 3 1/3 inning for his 1st save. Juneau continues to be plagued by the long ball as Texas hit three homers, the final two going 489 and 475 feet respectively Betts continued his torrid hitting going 4-5 raising his avg to .395 but was thrown out at 3rd by Jackie Bradley Jr. David Price goes for his 1st decision in game two against Zach Greinke (1-0)

King Ragnar’s Vikings 1 LA Dodgers 0

Eddie Rosario’s 6th inning RBI single was all the Vikings would need as Max Scherzer spun a 3 hit 18 strikeout masterpiece leading the Vikings to a 1-0 win vs the Dodgers

Scherzer (W 2-1) was dominant from 1st to last. When Jean Segura Muffed Cody Bellinger’s grounder to start the game Scherzer responded by striking out the side. He would do so again in the 5th and 6th and most importantly in the 9th when the Dodgers Joc Peterson doubled with two outs to get the tying run in scoring position.

Scherzer would need that performance because his counterpart Walker Buehler (L 0-1) while not as dominant was just as effective pitching out of a two on one out jam in the 2nd and bearing down in the fifth after committing an error on a Rene Rivera grounder following a Segura single put runners on 1st & 2nd with nobody out.

It would not be till the sixth that Rosario would stroke the two out single scoring Juan Soto who had doubled that the Vikings would break through and even then when Kike Hernandez misplayed Charlie Culbertson’s grounder to put two men on he retired Segura to stop the threat.

But good as his performance was it couldn’t compare to Scherzer who when the Dodgers tried to answer in the 7th with a Yasiel Puig single and a Peterson walk to put two men on with none out retired Yasmani Grandal on a fly out, struck out pinch hitter Justin Turner swinging and coaxed a grounder from David Freese to end the Dodgers best threat as easily as he struck out Grandal to end their final one.

Note: Both pitchers pitched around potentially critical errors without incident. Rosario’s single was the only hit by either team with men in scoring position (Vikings 1-7 LA 0-4) Bueller while giving up 7 hits and striking out only 6 did not walk a batter while Scherzer gave up three 3 passes. Dodger reliever Josh Fields struck out all three men he faced in the 8th.

Sable/Gerbl Day 10: Senators Pound Yanks, Boston Bounces Back. Rivertown makes it three, Thunder take the rubber

Washington 12 NYY 3

Washington sent 12 men to the plate in the 4th scoring 9 and Taylor Cole pitched five innings of scoreless relief and the Senators completed the sweep of the Yankees with a 12-3 thrashing.

It looked like the blowout would be a different direction in the 1st as it looked like Sean Newcomb might not get out of the 1st. Aaron Judge walked, Adeiny Hechavarria followed with a single as did Giancarlo Stanton loading the bases with nobody out. Gleyber Torres fly was not deep enough to score Judge but Miguel Andujar pushed him across without a swing as he drew a walk making it 1-0. After a strikeout to Greg Bird Austin Romine stroked a grounder to center scoring Hechavarria and Stanton and it was 3-0 with two men on and two men out. Brett Gardner loaded them again with a walk before Pitcher Lance Lynn (L 1-1) flew to out end Newcomb’s misery.

In the 2nd it looked like it would more of the same when Judge walked and Hechavarria singled to start the inning but Newcomb struck Stanton struck out and speared a screaming liner by Torres and pivoted with a perfect throw to Trevor Story to double off Judge and kill the rally and then would retire the next six in a row.

Meanwhle there was a sign of things to come in the 3rd when Lynn walked Corey Dickerson and then gave up a double down the line to right. Dickerson motored around 3rd but Aaron Judge came up with the ball cleanly and delivered a strike to Romine cutting down Dickerson to end the inning.

Then came the 4th. Jesus Aguilar led off with a walk. Story flew out but Hamilton singled to center and Reddick walked as well loading the bases with one out. DJ LeMeMahiu followed with a single to center scoring Aguilar and the speedy Hamilton but Reddick decided to test Bret Gardner’s arm and Gardner passed the test nailing Reddick preserving the Yankee lead. With 1st base open as LeMahieu moved to 2nd on the throw Lynn intentionally walked Swihart bringing up the pitcher’s spot.

For the 2nd time in the Series Nick Markakis came up to pinch hit and for the 2nd time he delivered smashing a bases clearing double and Washington was up 4-3.

They weren’t nearly done yet Corey Dickerson dropped a single just over the head of third baseman Miguel Andujar. Markakis didn’t slow down for a second and beat Andujar’s throw by a mile and it was 5-3. When Lynn walked Anthony Rendon and Aguilar Lynn was out and Johathan Story came in to face Trevor Story who had flown out earlier that inning to see if he could repeat that result, well Story hit another fly ball but this one carried 433 feet over the left field fence for a grand slam and the 3-0 Yankee lead was now a 9-3 defect. Washington fans were going wild…and then they saw Trevor Cole (W 1-1) come in from the bullpen.

Cole came in with an ERA of 9.59 having given up 5 runs in 5 1/3 innings and fan were hoping that he could eat at least two or three innings without giving up the lead so that the rest of the bullpen could do the job.

Cole managed to hit two of the 1st three men he faced in the fifth but he Sandwiched a double play ball in between getting out of the top of the 5th unharmed and even drove in a run on bases loaded sac fly in the bottom of the inning, scoring Reddick who singled to start the inning. Afer a Miguel Andujar error scored LeMahieu Cole had an 8 run lead with 4 innings to pitch.

It would be more than Enough Cole coxed ground ball after ground ball and even got some help from Josh Reddick who returned the favor to Aaron Judge by gunning him down at the place in the 7th. Cole pitched five innings and the rest of Washington’s Bullpen had another day of rest to enjoy

Notes: By the time Gary Sanchez grounded out to end the 9th Cole not only had had his 1st win but he had almost doubled his innings pitched (5.1 to 10.1) while more that haling his ERA 9.60 to 4.35. Meanwhile for the Yankees losing pitcher Lynn’s ERA exploded to 7.84. Corey Dickerson had 8 hits in the series and Trevor Story two home runs for Washington while Billy Hamilton who was called up at the start of the series hit .308 (4-13) with two runs scored. The final stop on the Yankee’s long opening roadtrip comes tomorrow in Boston While Washington packs their bags to visit division rival Rivertown.

Boston 6 LA 4

Boston clawed back from a 4-0 deficit and Rhys Hoskins provided the fatal 8th inning blow as Boston took the rubber game of their series against the Dodgers 6-4

Justin Verlander’s trouble came early. He managed to stand Cody Bellinger after a lead off double in the 1st bu in the 2nd Yasmani Grandal doubled with one out and Kike Hernandez followed with a walk and Chris Taylor with a single to center loading the bases with only one out.

David Freese followed with a single to center that drive in Grandal Hernandez rounded 3rd and Taylor rounded 2nd drawing a forlorn throw by Ronald Acuna Jr which wasn’t in time to get Hernandez and allowed Freese to get to 2nd with one out and the score 2-0. Cody Bellinger would single next driving in Taylor and sending Freese to 3rd where he would score on Yasiel Puig’s grounder making it 4-0.

That would however be all they would manage, as the Dodgers kept after Verlander putting on two in the 3rd & 4th with one out and getting men on in the 5th, 6th before Boston pulled him for Brandon Morrow (W 1-0) with one on and one out in the 7th, but each time LA came after the 2nd Verlander would bend, but not break.

That would be critical as Boston chipped away bit by bit against Clayton Kershaw (L 1-2) In the 2nd J. D. Martinez doubled and went to 3rd on an infield single by Kris Bryant. Acuna followed with a one out double that scored Martinez and would have cut the lead in half but for a perfect throw by Puig cutting him down for the 2nd out and leaving the score 4-1

In the 3rd Jose Altuve put a ball into the Monster making it 4-2 but a two out Bregman double went for naught as Kershaw pitched out of it again.

In the 4th Christian Yelich put a ball onto Landsdowne Street to start the inning and Acuna walked with one out but once again Kershaw left the runner there and clung to the lead 4-3.

In the 5th Boston threatened again. Zobrist walked and took out Muncy breaking up a double play. on Bregman’s grounder. J. D. Martinez walked to put the go ahead run on 1st but Kershaw stuck out Yelich to end it.

In the 6th his luck finally ran out. After a Kris Bryant leadoff double and a K of Acuna, Grandal missed a 2-1 breaking ball in the dirt to J. T. Realmuto sending Bryant to 3rd with only one out allowing Realmuto to drive in the tying run with a groundout to short.

Still LA stuck with their ace until he gave up a leadoff single to Yelich in the 8th. Josh Fields came in to relieve him and Rhys Hoskinds hit for Kris Bryant. Yelich stole 2nd on a called strike putting the go ahead run in scoring position and getting enough of Field’s attention that he grooved his next pitch to Hoskins who put the ball over the Monster seats for the 6-4 final that the game would end on.

Notes Brandon Morrow pitched 2 1/3 innings of one hit ball for the win. Tests on Max Muncy (knee) came back negative and he is listed as day to day. Both teams managed 10 hits in the game and 3 with runners in scoring position but Boston’s 3 came in 9 chances while LA 3 came with 13. The Red Sox welcome the Yanks for a two game set (Servino 1-0 vs Blake Snell 0-1) while the Dodgers will visit King Ragnar’s Vikings.

Texas 4 Juneau 2

Nelson Cruz hit a tiebreaking homer in the 8th and and Edward Diaz pitched a perfect 9th as Texas compleated their sweep of Juneau 4-2

Juneau took a lead in the 2nd thanks to an error by Chris Sale (W 2-1) who tried to hurry a throw to nail Matt Chapman at first which put him on 2nd with a single and error. He moved to 3rd on an Andrew Benintendi and scored on a Deep fly to center by Salvador Perez.

Rivertown tied it in the 4th. After retiring the 1st two batters Nelson Cruz doubled off Trevor Bauer (L 0-1) and Jose Martinez followed with a 2nd double to almost the exact same spot in left center making it 1-1. Juneau took the lead back at once as Andrw Benintendi hit a one out Solo shot to right, but Rivertown again rallied with two out Lorenzo Cain singled and stote second, Ramirez walked and Paul Goldschmidt stroked a single to left scoring Cain and it was all even at two.

It stayed that way as both teams stranded runners in scoring position in the 6th and 7th but in the top of the 8th Cruz hit his solo homer and while in the bottom of the inning Matt Chapman walked and Benintendi singled to right putting runners on 1st and 3rd with one out, reliever Diego Castillo came in to relieve Sale and coxed a double play ball out of Salvador Perez to preserve the 3-2 lead. When Goldschmidt was thrown out at the plate to end the 9th after Cain scored on a David Peralta RBI double the game was still in reach but Edwin Diaz (S4) retired three in a row and Juneau was done.

Notes: Mgr Carden was not in the dugout for today’s game after yesterday post game tirade against the umpiring behind the plate yesterday. No definite word has come from the front office on why. Both Cruz (Rivertown) and Benetendi (Juneau) had three hits including a solo shot each and at least one double, Cruz had 2. Mookie Betts and Lorenzo Cain each stole a base. Rivertown faces off against Washington in a battle for 1st place in their divisions while Juneau travels to Texas in the hope of reversing their current fortunes.

Texas 10 Vikings 4

Texas scored ten unanswered run after being down 4-0 winning a battle of big innings downing King Ragnar’s Vikings 10-4 in the rubber game of the series.

It’looked like it would be a short outing for Zach Wheeler (W 1-1) when in the 2nd Anthony Rizzo’s leadoff homer was followed by an Eddie Rosario single. One out later Whit Merrifield followed with is one and Jean Segura doubled scoring Rosario and Merrifield and Elias Diaz singled to left making it 4-0. After retiring Mallex Smith Gerardo Parra singled to center and Juan Soto to right but with the bases loaded Wheeler managed to keep Rizzo’s 2nd fly of the inning in the park.

Having been spotted a 4-0 lead it looked good for Jacob deGrom (L 1-1) but the thunder came right back. Freddie Freeman doubled to right and Nolan Arenado homered to cut the lead in half. Javier Baez followed with a single and Francisco Lindor doubled to left and it was 4-3. Lindor moved to 3rd on a flyout and scored on a single by Tucker Barnhart tying the game. Michael Brandley hit and infield single and it looked like the tye would be broken but Charlie Blackmon grounded into a double play and the game remained 4-4.

In the Thunder 4th Baez lead off with double and Lindor doubled him in making it 5-4 which after a k of Jackie Bradley chased deGrom but the Thunder weren’t finished. Oliver Perez struck out Barnhart for the 2nd out but Michael Brantley homered to right and it was now 7-4.

That was the Boost that Wheeler needed. Once given the lead he kept it pitching into the 7th handing it off to the pen who were given three more runs to play with in the 8th via another Baez single, Lindor double a Jacke Bradley triple and a Blackmon single to keep the game in hand.

Notes The vikings (10) and Thunder (15) combined for 25 hits and both teams did great with runners in scoring position Vikings 3-4 Thunder 6-17 and both teams grounded into a pair of double plays . Third basemen was ejected in the 8th arguing with umpire Cousins who called Bradly safe at third on a very close play. It was Cousins’ 2nd ejection of the series. Ragnar’s Vikings head home to play LA while Texas welcomes the struggling Muffen Men to town.

Sable/Gerbl day 9: Different cast same ending in Washington, Boston Blasts LA, Thunder Thumps Vikings. Rivertown makes it two

Washington 4 NY 3

Jesus Agular and Trevor Story went back to back to start the 6th and Sir Anthony of the Bullpen pitched retired 5 the six men he faced for the save as the Senators came back from a two run deficit to defeat the Yankees 4-3 for the 2nd straight day.

This time it was the Yankees who struck first Brett Gardner doubled off starter Reynaldo Lopez to start things off, moved to 3rd on a grounder and scored on a sac fly from Aaron Judge for a 1-0 lead. In the 4th Giancarlo Stanton put a Lopez ball just over the left center fence and the score was 2-0.

Masahiro Tanaka (L 1-1) started strong keeping the boys from DC down for 4 innings while scattering three hits. In the 5th the Senators decided to shake things up. When Catcher Matt Winters walked he was pulled for Dee Gordon who quickly stole 2nd. Blake Swihart came in to pinch hit for Lopez (5 inn 2 ER) and doubled to right easily scoring Gordon and cutting the lead in half. Nick Markakis pinch hit next for Josh Reddick (who had come in for Starling Marte after a collision at 2nd) and singled to right scoring Swihart who had moved to 3rd on a grounder and the score was tied.

In the 6th the Senators struck the old fashioned way as Jesus Aguilar and Trevor Story both hit Tanaka pitches over 440 feet over the fence at almost the exact same spot in left center and Washington had their first lead of the game 4-2. Meanwhile reliever Bobby Poyner (W 1-0) put in a strong performance retiring six in a row until giving up a solo shot to Luke Volt starting the 8th. By that time Seranthony Dominquez (s3) was ready and by the time he had retired the first four men he faced three in a row by swinging strikes was hearing chants of “Sir Anthony!” “Sir Anthony!” Aaron Hicks pinch hit single with one out in the 9th slowed the chants but Agular at first stretched out to stab a wicked liner off the bat of Neil Walker so quickly that Hicks was doubled off before he could see where the ball and the game had gone.

Corey Dickerson had to more hits giving him five for the series and stole two bases but didn’t figure in the scoring. Starling Marte started in right and had to be helped off the field after a collision breaking up a double play. He was placed on the DL after the game and Delino Deshields Jr. was called up to take his spot on the roster. Delin Betances pitched 1 2/3 innings of perfect relief for the Yankees. The Yankees went 0-3 with RISP. The Bronx Bombers will try to end the skid with Lance Lynn (1-0) against Sean Newcomb (0-1) in the finale.

Boston 6 LA 4

Nick Ahmed and JD Martinez both homered and a LA 9th inning rally fell just shot as Boston broke LA’s winning streak with a 6-4 win at Fenway.

At first it looked like a classic pitchers duel as for four inning Dallas Keuchel (W 1-0) and Alex Wood (L 0-1) took turns pitching around the odd hit or walk to keep their opponents quiet but in the 5th Boston broke through. Wood walked Alex Bregman and Francisco Cervelli and then served a curve that Ahmed took over the green monster to make it 3-0.

After a walk to Ben Zobrist sandwiched between a pair of out J D. Martinez struck as well taking Wood’s pitch into the bullpen and bring Ross Stripling out of it to replace him to end the inning at 5-0.

Keuchel started to bend at almost the same time giving up a double to Justin Turner and a 2 run shot to the hot hitting Manny Machado over the monster in left center to narrow the lead to 5-2. Unlike Wood however Keuchel managed to pitch out of the inning with only a stray 2 out single in his way. And by the time he gave way to Collin McHugh with one out in the seventh the lead was 6-2 thanks to Ahmed’s out out double driving in Bregman in the 6th. who had doubled to lead off the 6th it looked like it might be smooth sailing.

It wasn’t, the Dodgers didn’t go quietly. While they failed to take advantage of a bases loaded two out chance in the 8th off McHugh in the ninth Steve Cishek came in with a four run lead but Bellinger walked moved to 2nd on a grounder and with two outs came in on Justin Turner’s double. Turner went to third on a Francisco Cervelli passed ball and Machado singled him home bringing the tying run to the plate with two outs. Cishek’s next pitch was right down the middle but alas for the Dodgers and their streak Matt Kemp’s swing drive the ball to the deepest part of the triange in center but no father allowing Ronald Acuna Jr. to end the threat, the game and the winning streak.

Notes. Rhys Hopkins came in as a defenseive replacement in the 8th and immediately commited an error that almost resulted in disaster for Boston. Manny Machado continued his torrid hitting for LA going 3-5 with a HR and 3 RBI. LA lost despite going 5-9 with runners in scoring position. Nick Ahmed & JD Martinez both went 3-4 Ahmed and drove in all of Boston’s runs (Ahmed 4 Martinez 2). It will be a battle of aces in the Finale as Clayton Kersaw (1-1) faces the undefeated Justin Verlander (2-0)

Thunder 6 Vikings 1

Ryan Brawn drive in 4 and Mike Clevenger pitched into the 9th as the Texas Thunder evened up their series with King Ragnar’s Vikings with a 6-1 win.

Clevenger (W 2-0) was clearly the star of the show on the mound. A day after Texas pitching allowed 20 hits in 9 innings he came back strong scattering only six hits over 8 1/3 innings and pitching out of the two jams he faced with only minimal damage.

It helped that Texas went after Noah Syndergaard (L 0-2 pretty fast after Nolan Arenado stroked a one out single in the 2nd Mike Trout followed oubled to left center to drive him in and followed that up by stealing 2nd allowing him to score easily on Freddie Freeman’s single to make it 2-0.

In the 4th Texas struck again. Javier Biaz reached on a Jed Lowrie throwing error, stole second and was singled home with two outs by Ryan Braun, one of three hits he had that day for a 3-0 lead.

The Vikings stuck back in the 6th. Whit Merrifield walked and stole 2nd & 3rd with one out and Gerardo Parra drove him in with a single to make it 3-1 but Anthony Rizzo hit into an inning ending double play to stop the damage and in the Bottom half of the inning Texas got all they needed. Trout singled, stole 2nd and went to 3rd on Freddie Freeman’s single which chased Syndergaard. Reliever Arodys Vizcaino coxed a popout from Javier Baez but then walked Francisco Lindor loading the bases for Brawn who doubled deep to right clearing the bases to make it 6-1.

And that’s as close as the Vikings could get. Clevinger stranded Rivera after a lead off double in the 7th and after loading the bases in the 8th on a single, walk and hit batsman retired Ramon Laureano on a liner to keep the Vikings at bay.

Notes. After a dismal performance the day before Keone Kela came in and retired both men he faced in the 9th. Ramon Rivera was ejected by home plate umpire Derryl Cousins in the bottom of the after arguing over a 3-2 pitch that was called ball four instead of strike 3. The two teams ran wild in this game the Vikings stealing four bases on four attempts and Texas stealing five while being caught three times. Texas hands the ball to Zach Wheeler (0-1) in tomorrow’s finale while King Ragnar will trust Jacob deGrom (1-0) to deliver the rubber game for them

Rivertown 4 Juneau 1

Nelson Cruz and Matt Carpenter Homered for Rivertown while Juneau left ten men on base as the Raiders took game to of a three game set 4-1.

There were all the signs of a classic pitchers duel when Miles Mikolas (L 0-2) and Charlie Morton (W 1-1) took the mound and started retiring the other side. After three innings they between them only allowed one hit and while Morton loaded the bases in the 3rd with a pair of walks and a hit batsmen it looked like it would be a battle of wits and nerves.

Even Matt Carpener’s Homer to lead off the 4th giving Rivertown a 1-0 lead seemed an anomaly as both pitchers seemed determined to keep the other side down.

But in the top of the 6th inning after a walk to Jose Ramirez Mikolas grimaced in pain. Trainers came to look at him and didn’t like what they saw. Yoshihisa Hirano came in to replace him and allowed a pair of stolen bases by Ramirez to completely distract him walked Cano and followed with a fat pitch down the center that Nelson Cruz took over 408 feet to left putting Juneau in a 4-0 hole.

Juneau tried to dig out of it in the 6th. A Mookie Betts single was followed by an Ohtani walk and When Brock Holt singled to center scoring Betts and sending Ohtani to 2nd Juneau had the tying run at the plate with nobody out.

That’s when Morton bore down. Bryce Harper popped out and Andrelton Simmons fouled out and while Matt Chapman walked to load the bases, Buster Posey hit a simple grounder to end the inning and the threat and as it turned out the scoring as both sides bullpens held their ground for the rest of the game.

Notes: Thus far in the series all of Rivertown’s runs but one have come via the long ball. The report on Mikolas was stiffness in his pitching arm. He is considered day to day and may be able to make his next start. Reliever Sean Doolittle of Juneau was not so lucky he came out in the 9th after feeling something pop in his arm and the MRI showed tendon damage that would require season ending surgery. Ediwn Diaz (s3) pitched the ninth for his 3rd save. Juneau will ask Trevor Bauer (0-0) to salvage the last game of the series against Rivertown ace Chris Sale (1-1).

Sable/Gerbl Day 8 Washington ends skid, LA Makes it 3 straight, Vikings Pillage Texas, Rivertown rolls Juneau

Washington 4 New York 3

Corey Dickerson went 3-3 with 3 RBI & Jose Quintana threw a full nine innings to end Washington two game skid with a 4-3 defeat of the New York Yankees in DC

The damage against CC Sabathia (L 0-2) started in the 2nd. Marwin Gonzalez tripled to center to start the inning. and with two outs Corey Dickerson singled to right driving him in. A throwing error by Sabathia on a pickoff attempt sent him to third but he struck out Christian Vasquez to get out of the jam

Two innings later the cast was mostly the same. Gonzalez singled with one out and Billy Hamilton followed with one of his own. After a ground out that sent the runners to second and third Dickerson singled to right scoring both Gonzalez and the fleet footed Hamilton and the score was 3-0.

Meanwhie while the yanks managed the odd baserunner and even two of them in the 4th they didn’t break through off Jose Quintana (W 1-0) until the 6th. With one out Giancarlo Stanton singled to left and scored when Gleyber Torres drove a ball that in any other part would have been long gone. Torres had to settle for a triple but scored anyways when third baseman Anthony Rendon decided to go to 1st on Miguel Andujar’s grounder rather than trying to make a play at the plate making it 3-2. But in the bottom of the inning Jesus Andujar didn’t have to settle for three as his one out drive carried 435 feet to left to give Washington a 2 run lead again. Dickerson singled again to follow chasing Sabathia who was replaced by Zach Briton who gave up another single to Vasquez bringing up Quintana who was not pulled for a pinch hitter and struck out.

At first it looked like Washington’s faith in Quintana would be costly when with one out in the 7th Brett Garnder hit a ball over the fence down the right field line cutting the lead to 4-3 but that would be all as Quintana would retire the last 8 in a row as the ready arms in the bullpen watched and the fans applauded.

Notes: Billy Hamilton called up to the majors before the game went 1-4 starting in center for Starling Marte who while perfect in the field has been a disapointing at the plate. CC Sabathia became the 1st pitcher to lose two games this season giving up 8 hits without a walk in 5 2/3 innings. While the top of Washington’s lineup was a combined 0-12 the 4-9 hitters went 9-21. Reynaldo Lopez (1-0) gets the ball for the Senators tomorrow against Masahiro Tanaka (1-0) for the Yanks.

LA 8 Boston 2

The Dodgers struck for seven runs in the 1st two innings more than enough for Hyun-Jim Ryu as LA pounded Boston 8-2

Kyle Gibson (L 0-2) wasted no time loading the bases in the 1st on Cody Bellinger Walk, A Yasiel Puig Single and a Max Muncy walk and LA took advantage Bellinger scoring on a Manny Machado Grounder (Puig out at 3rd) another on a Joc Pederson single scoring Muncy and finally a sac fly by Matt Kemp on a drive to deep left scoring Machado.

It got worse in the 2nd Kiki hernandez walked and Chris Taylor singled him to 2nd. With one out Yasiel Puig hit a slow ball to 2nd that should have been the 2nd out but Aleg Bregman throw pulled Jose Abreu off the bag to load the bases so when Muncy popped out it didn’t end the inning. That gave the red hot Manny Machado a shot to do damage and he did depositing a pitch over the Green Monster for a grand slam driving in four unearned runs and it was 7-0.

Hyun-Jin Ryu (W 2-0) didn’t need half of them as he kept the Red Sox batters guessing striking out eleven and bearing bearing down when he needed to, most notably in the 4th when they loaded the bases with one out on a Christian Yelich double, a Ronald Acuna Jr walk and a one out Abreu infield single. Ryu got the 2nd out on a deep fly to the Triangle by Bregman scoring Yelich and moving both runners but retired Yan Gomes on a popup to keep the game out of reach, and striking out the side in between a walk and single in the 5th.

The Sox had one more chance to gt things closer in the 7th. With two outs Kris Bryant doubled in Ben Zobrist who had singled before him but Scott Alexander came in not only striking out Yelich but only allowing a walk and a hit batsmen the rest of the way to close out the victory.

Notes: The Dodgers last run came on a one out double by Puig driving in Bellinger who walked. Despite the rough start Gibson pitched seven full innings giving up only 3 earned runs. Manny Machado had another big game driving in 5 and scoring twice. Alex Wood will try to keep the winning streak going against Dallas Keuchel for Boston.

Vikings 14 Texas 1

The Vikings sent 19 men to the plate in the 8th and ninth turning a pitching duel into a rout as the pulverized the Thunder 14-1

It certainly didn’t look like it would end that way as Texas’ Kyle Freeland (L 0-2) and King Ragnar’s Gerrit Cole (W 2-0) spent most of the game trading zeros Freeland putting down threats and Gerrit not evening letting them get started.

The only lapse was in the Vikings 5th. Eddie Rosario singled and was replaced on the basepads by Jed Lowrie on a fielder’s choice. Whit Merrifield drilled Freeland’s next pitch to right center, it rolled to the wall scoring Lowrie and sending him all the way to third.

With a man on 3rd and one out the Vikings played smallball, Mallex Smith bunted and beat Tucker Barnhart’s throw to 1st Merrifield scored. A Kentel Marte single sent Smith to 3rd but Freeland retired Elias Dias and Juao Soto to hold the Vikings to a 2-0 lead. That’s were it was when Keone Kela relieved Freeland in the 7th. It didn’t stay there long.

the Vikings 8th started with a Rene Rivera walk. Jean Segura doubled to left putting runners on 2nd & 3rd with nobody out for the 2nd inning straight. In the 7th Kela pitched out of it without damage, not this time. Rosario shot a double into left center scoring Rivera and Segura, moved to third on Lowrie’s single and scored with Kela 2nd pitch to Merrifield went to the backstop. When Merrifield singled to first Rasiel Iglesias came in to relieve Kela in the hope he could keep it a 5-0 game. For a moment it looked like he just might. Nolan Arenado was ready for Smith 2nd attempt to bunt a man home nailing Lowrie at the plate and when Marte grounded to 1st moving Merrifield to third and Smith to 2nd Iglesias was one out away from doing his job. But Anthony Rizzo’s single drove in Merrifield and Juan Soto’s plated Marte. Rivera followed with a double to right scoring both Rizzo and Soto and it was 9-0. After a Segura walk Rosario hit a ball to right center scoring Rivera making it 10-0 but mercifully for Texas he tried to turn that single into a double and was cut down on a great throw by Mike Trout.

Texas managed a run in the bottom of the inning on a leadoff triple by Javier Baez and a two out pinch single by George Springer off of Ryne Stanek but in the 9th Nathan Eovaldi coming in after a Jed Lowrie leadoff walk gave up singles to Merrifield and Smith (Lowrie thown out at home) A sac fly to Gerardo Parra a stolen base to smith another run scoring single to Rizzo and finally a 2 run homer making it 14-1 going into the last of the ninth where Texas would go down in order happy to put this game behind them.

Notes. Jed Lowrie would be thrown out at home twice once on a squeeze and once by George Springer from center. The Vikings struck for 20 hits 4 each off of the three Texas relievers who worked a single inning while Cole gave up only 2 hit and one walk while striking out 11. Texas answers tomorrow with Mike Clevinger (1-0) against Noah Syndergaard (0-1) for the Vikings

Rivertown 7 Juneau 1

Patrick Corbin struck out 13 and Rivertown went yard five times as the Raiders took game one of their series against Juneau 7-1

The Bombs began in the 3rd as Shohei Ohtani (L 0-1) gave up a lead off dinger to Paul DeJong to left one out later Jose Ramirez took one to right center Giving the Raiders a 2-0 lead.

Juneau answered off Patrick Corbin (W 2-0) in the 6th Mookie Betts drew a walk to start the inning and Buster Posey drove the 1st pitch he saw into the gap in left center. Mgr Carden brought in Andrew Benintendi to run for Posey who after Bryce Harper went down on strikes promptly stole 3rd. But Corbin k’d Moustakas swinging and coaxed a flyout from Matt Chapman preserving the 2-1 which would be all he would need.

That didn’t stop Matt Carpenter from leading off the bottom of the inning with another homer to right center making the score 3-1. Carpenter would do so again in the top of the 9th off Brad Ziegler and after a Jose Ramirez double drove in Paul DeJong who had singled Paul Goldschmidt drew the final blood with a Shot over the left center wall.

Notes: All but one one of Rivertown’s runs came on homers which is a good thing for them because they were only 1-7 with runners in scoring position. This was Ohtani’s 1st start since his last game was washed out by rain. Juneau lost the DH when Bryce Harper went into right field causing Othani to bat, he popped to 3rd in the 7th. It will be Rivertown’s Charlie Morton (0-1) against Miles Mikolas (0-1) in game 2