Sable/Gerbl Face to Face Schedule Update Umpire crews added

Yes I’m running yet ANOTHER Dynasty baseball league, this one face to face staring Oct 19th in Fitchburg at Zeda’s Pizza. Games are scheduled for 1 pm and visitors and folks interesting in learning the game are more than welcome to show up. Here is the schedule.

And Yes I KNOW there are a lot of things going on with the Bs impeachment stuff and North Korea and Hong Kong and the Democrats and elections and the Vatican and even demons etc etc etc, but there is more to life than that stuff and I intend to enjoy it.

All Series are three games Night Night Day

April

Wk 1

Sea (Patrick) at NYY (Sherwoood)  Ump A a-c
StL (Alvin) at SD (Mike M)  Ump B a-c
SF (Mark Gionet) at Mets (Elliot Gionet)  Ump C a-c
TB (Kennedy) at Washington (Peter) Ump D a-c

Wk 2

NYY (Sherwoood) at SF (M Gionet) F  a-c
Washington (Peter) at Seattle (Patrick)  D d-b
SD (Mike M) at TB (Mike K) E a-c
Mets (E Gionet) at StL (Alvin) C d-b

one day rest

Wk 3

Sea (Patrick) at Mets (E Gionet) D c-a
StL (Alvin) at Washington (Peter) C c-a
SF (Mark Gionet) at SD (Mike M) F d-b
TB (Kennedy) at NYY (Sherwood) E d-b

May

Wk 4

NYY (Sherwoood) at StL (Alvin) G a-c
SD (Mike M) at Sea (Patrick) H a-c
Mets (Elliot Gionet) at TB (Mike K) E c-a
Washington (Peter) at SF (M Gionet) F c-a

one day rest

Wk 5

NYY (Sherwoood) at Mets (E Gionet) I a-c
Washington (Peter) at SD (Mike M) J a-c
SF (M Gionet) at Sea (Patrick) G d-b
TB (Mike K) at StL (Alvin) F b-d

Wk 6

Mets (Elliot Gionet) at Washington (Peter)  I d-b
SD (Mike M) at NYY (Sherwood) J a-c
Sea (Patrick) at TB (Mike K) G c-a
StL (Alvin) at SF (M Gionet) K a-c

one day rest June  Wavers begin

Wk 7

Nets (Elliott Gionet) at SD (Mike M) K d-b
NYY (Sherwood) at Washington  (Peter) L a-c
SF (Mark Gionet) at TB (Kennedy) M a-c
Sea (Patrick) at StL (Alvin) G c-a

Wk 8

SD (Mike M) at Washington (Peter)  N a-c
Mets (Elliot Gionet) at NYY (Sherwood)  O a-c
StL (Alvin) at TB (Kennedy)  P a-c
Sea (Patrick) at SF (Mark Gionet)  K c-a

One day rest

Wk 9

Washington (Peter) at Mets (Elliot Gionet)  O d-b
NYY (Sherwood) at SD (Mike M)  Q a-c
SF (Mark Gionet) at StL (Alvin)  A d-b 
TB (Kennedy) at Sea (Patrick) N d-b

July

Wk 10

SD (Mike M) at Mets (Elliott Gionet) O c-a
Washington (Peter) at NYY (Sherwood) Q d-b 
TB (Kennedy) at SF (Mark Gionet)  B d-b 
StL (Alvin) at Sea (Patrick) C b-d  

3 days rest
———————————  All Star Game

Week 11

NYY (Sherwoood) at Sea (Patrick) D b-d  
SD (Mike M) at StL (Alvin) E b-d 
Mets (Elliot Gionet) at SF (Mark Gionet) F a-c 
Washington (Peter) at TB (Kennedy) G b-d 

Week 12

NYY (Sherwoood) at Mets (Elliot Gionet) E a-c
Sea (Patrick) at Washington (Peter) D a-c 
TB (Kennedy) at SD (Mike M) G a-c
SF (Mark Gionet) at NYY (Sherwood) H d-b

1 day rest

Week 13

Mets (Elliot Gionet) at Sea (Patrick) I c-a
SD (Mike M) at SF (Mark Gionet) J d-b
Washington (Peter) at StL (Alvin) D d-a
NYY (Sherwood) at TB (Kennedy) E d-b

Aug

Week 14

StL (Alvin) at NYY (Sherwoood) I b-d
SF (Mark Gionet) at Washington (Peter) E c-a
TB (Kennedy) at Mets (Elliot Gionet) K b-d
Sea (Patrick) at SD (Mike M) L d-b

1 day rest  

Week 15

Mets (Elliot Gionet) at NYY (Sherwoood) I a-c
SD (Mike M) at Washington (Peter) M d-b
Sea (Patrick) at SF (Mark Gionet) K a-c
StL (Alvin) at TB (Kennedy) N c-a

Wk 16

NYY (Sherwoood) at SD (Mike M) O b-d
TB (Kennedy) at Sea (Patrick) P d-b
SF (Mark Gionet) at StL (Alvin) K d-b
Washington (Peter) at Mets (Elliott Gionet) N b-d

1 day rest

Wk 17

TB (Kennedy) at SF (Mark Gionet) N a-c
SD (Mike M) at Mets (Elliott Gionet) O a-c
StL (Alvin) at Sea (Patrick) P c-a
Washington (Peter) at NYY (Sherwood) K c-a

Sept  Rosters expand waivers end

Week 18

NYY (Sherwood) at Mets (Elliott Gionet) Q c-a
Washington (Peter) at SD (Mike M) A c-a
SF (Mark Gionet) at Sea (Patrick) K b-d
TB (Kennedy) at StL (Alvin) N d-b

1 day rest

Week 19

SD (Mike M) at NYY (Sherwood) B c-a
Mets (Elliot Gionet) at Washington (Peter) C a-c
StL (Alvin) at SF (Mark Gionet)  k a-c
Sea (Patrick) at TB (Kennedy) N c-a

Week 20

Mets (Elliott Gionet) at SD (Mike M) D c-a
NYY (Sherwood) at Washington (Peter) E b-d
SF (Mark Gionet) at TB (Kennedy) N b-d
Sea (Patrick) at StL (Alvin) B c-d

two days rest

NOTE:  Any Divisional or playoff tiebreaker is played on the 1st day unless there is a make-up game scheduled on that day that could affect the playoff picture.  In that case said makeup game is played on day one as a day game and any tiebreaker is played on day two also as a day game.

October Playoffs begin  

Wild Card Single Game (Night) 

Non Division winner with 3rd best record @ Non Division winner with 2nd best record  F  a

One day rest

Best of five series

Wild card winner @  Division champion with best record (2) Day / Night G b-c

Non Division winner with best record @ Division Champion with worst record (2) (night / Day) H c-d

day rest

Division champion with best Record @ Wild card winner (2) night / day G d-a

Division champion with worst record @ Non division winner with best record (2)  (day / Night) H a-b

day rest

If necessary

Wild card winner @  Division champion with best record  Day G b

Non Division winner with best record @ Division Champion with worst record (night) H c

Any playoff day game 4 or 5 automatically becomes a night game if it is the only series still in progress.

two days rest

World Series best of seven

Team 2 at team 1 (2 games) I d-a

travel day

team 1 at team 2 (3 games) I b-d

travel day

team 2 at team 1 (2 games) I a-b

If one or more division winners make it to the world series the surviving division winner with the best regular season record is team 1

If no division winner makes it to the world series the team that played the Division winner with the worst record in the previous round is team 1

Rainout rules.

A Rainout in game one of a series is played as a day/night double header in game 2. (day game)

A Rainout in game 2 is replayed as a day / night double headers on day 3 (Night game)

If there is an off day after game 3 a rainout on day three is played on the travel day. (Day game) This is ALWAYS the 1st choice

If there is no travel day after the series and there is another series between the same teams at the same location then the game will be made up as a day-night double header during 1st game of the next series at that location (Day game)

If there is no travel day after the series and there is

  • 1. another series between the same teams at a different location
  • AND
  • 2.. there is a travel day before or after that series

Then this game is played on that travel day It is a night game if played before the series and a day game if played after.

If there is no travel day after the series and

  • There are no further games between the opponents
  • OR
  • There is a series at a different location
  • AND
  • There is no travel day before or after that series

The game is made up at the 1st open day where neither team has no game scheduled. The game is a day game as it’s assumed at least one team will need to travel to the location of the game and one or both teams may need to travel to the location of their next game.

In all cases but the final one the game can be either played at once or during a regularly scheduled series with the opponent. If this final situation is the case and the players are playing on an off day when they are scheduled to play different opponents that week the players should do one of these three things:

  1. Once they finish their games with their scheduled opponents stay and stay and play the make up game,
  2. Arrive at Zeda an hour or so early and play the make up game then play their scheduled opponent at the normal time. If both the players and the scheduled opponents can stay late then the make up game can start at the normal time.
  3. Find a mutually agreeable time during the two week span between the scheduled series to play the game either at Zedas or at That’s Entertainment or at either players house.

Rainouts during the playoffs

A rainout on the tiebreaker is played the next day.

A rainout during the 1st two games of a playoff series is played on the travel day. It is a day game.

A rainout during the next two games of a playoff series is played on the travel day if necessary if game 3 is rained out and game four produces a winner then obviously game three does not have to be made up. it is a day game.

A rainout during game five of a playoff game is played on the 1st off day. It is a night game.

World Series Rainouts

A Rainout during game 1 or two is played on the travel day as a day game

A Rainout during games 3-5 is played on the travel game, it is a day game unless it is an elimination game, then it is a night game.

A rainout of games six or seven (or both) are played after day seven as night games.

Last Chance to Join Fitchburg MA Face to Face Dynasty Baseball league before Next Week’s Draft Tomorrow Zeda’s Pizza from 1-5 PM

Tomorrow I will be at Zeda’s Pizza in Fitchburg MA to finalize rules for the Sable/Gerbl face to face Dynasty baseball league.

If you are a fan of Baseball and boardgaming come on down, I’ll demonstrate the game.

The Draft is scheduled for Sept 28th, the tentative opening day is Oct 18th and we will be playing 3 games on alternative Saturdays.

Come on down and find out why Dynasty Baseball is not only the best baseball simulation on the market but one of the best board game for a baseball fan.

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

Sable/GERBL Day Six: The Jacob DeGrom show opens in DC, Yanks Shut out Juneau. Boston beats Texas, Dodgers Down Rivertown

King Ragnar’s Vikings 5 Senators 1

Jacob DeGrom pitched a complete game and drove in two key late runs ending giving the Vikings a 5-1 victory over the Washington Senators.

Sean Newcomb (L 0-1) found himself constantly in trouble allowing a run in the 2nd on a Jed Lowrey single driving in Anthony Rizzo who doubled before him and another in the 3rd when Ketel Marte singled in Mallex Smith who ended up on 2nd on an infield Single after Trevor Story threw the ball away. But despite having baserunners in every inning more often than not he pitched his way out of trouble stranding Marte on 3rd after a triple in the 1st Smith on 2nd with no outs in the 5th and Rizzo on 2nd with one out in the 6th and when he came out of the game with one on and one out in the 7th he was only down 2-1 and Washington had a real chance to win.

Unfortunately for Washington DeGrom (W 1-0) wasn’t given them chances to convert. Other Trevor Story (2-3 with a solo shot in the 3rd) Washington batters were kept in check. Their best chance to tie came in the 5th. Story singled with one out and Newcomb bunted him to 2nd and Sterling Marte’s slow roller that Lowrie couldn’t come up with put runners on the corners with 2 out, but deGrom coaxed a weak grounder to Rizzo at first and the threat was over.

The Critical moment in the game came in the top of the 8th when after a two out single by Lowrie, First baseman Jesus Aguilar misplayed a grounder hit right to him putting Jean Segura on 1st and Lowrie on second with deGrom’s spot up. Manager Gank had to choose between a chance to break the game open with a pinch hitter or sticking with his starter who had allowed only four hits and one walk in 7 innings. He got the best of both worlds when deGrom not only drove a Jesus Familia fastball into the gap in left center scoring Lowrie and Segura but retired six of the next seven hitters to complete the game and the win for King Ragnar.

Notes To this point the Vikings have not won a game that their bullpen has appeared in. Despite a respectable performance vs the Vikings Sean Newcombe remains last or tied for last on Washington staff in six categories including ERA, hits runs earned runs and walks allowed. Trevor Story has homered in every game that he’s committed an error in. Juan Segura was 1-3 with a run scored and remains is the only Vikings player to place in the top 10 in any offensive category currently 4th in batting .350 and 8th in on base percentage .409.

NYY 4 Juneau 0

Luis Severino gave up 4 hits in 8+ innings and Brett Gardner scored all four Yankee runs and New York Shut out the Juneau Muffen Men 4-0.

Gardener started making trouble for Anibal Sanchez (L 1-0) right at the start singling to center to lead off and stealing 2nd with one out to put himself in a perfect spot to score on Miguel Andujar’s single to make it 1-0. In the 3rd he reached again this time on a Sanchez error scoring on Aaron Judge’s one out double making it 2-0 and took advantage of both his skill and the Muffin Men’s defense in the 5th doubling to right center and taking 3rd on Bryce Harper’s error allowing Judge’s one out single to score him again and finally came home on a bases loaded walk issued in the 7th to Giancarlo Stanton by reliever Joakim Soria.

While NY in general and Gardner in particular were taking advantages of Juneau miscues the Muffen men failed to do the same. In the 2nd Andrew Benitendi grounded to 2nd after getting a 2nd chance when Judge dropped his foul fly. Mookie Betts reached 2nd on a walk followed by a wild pickoff throw by Severino but remained stranded as Joey Votto grounded out. In the 3rd Benintendi singled and Harper walked with one out but Bettis was k’ed by Severino and Votto grouned out again. In the 4th Shohei Ohtani walked but was thrown out by Gardner at 3rd when he tried to take an extra base on Scotter Gennett’s one out single. No other Washington batter would reach 2nd till the ninth when Jonathan Holder (who came in for Severino after he complained of pain after his 1st pitch of the inning) gave up an infield single to Votto and he reached 2nd on a grounder where he would remain till Gennett flew out to end the game.

Notes: Two of the Yankees four runs were unearned. Juneau and NY combined for six errors the most so far by any pair of teams this season. The Yankees Severino is considered day to day but thanks to the travel game after tomorrow is expected, barring setbacks to make his next scheduled start. It will be JA Happ (0-1) for NY against Mike Foltynewicz (1-0) in the finale

Boston 6 Texas 1

Kris Bryant went 2-4 including a solo shot in the 5th and Justin Verlander pitched like…Justin Verlander and Boston defeated Texas 6-1 at the Ballpark in Arlington.

Corey Kluber’s (L 0-1) long day began in the 1st when Brandon Nimmo tripled to get things started. After a walk to Ben Zobrist, Kluber retired the next two and looked like he might escape undamaged until Alex Bregman singled to left scoring Nimmo to make it 1-0.

It was more of the same in the 3rd. Nimmo led off with a single and Zobrisst followed with the same sending Nimmo to 3rd. It might have been a disaster but JD Martinez hit a sharp grounder to short that Lindor converted into a double play scoring Nimmo but eliminating the chance for a big inning. A solo shot by to start the fifth by Kris Bryant made it 3-0 but Kluber would settle down and keep his team in the game and out of trouble until the 9th.

Unfortunately for him Justin Verlander (W 2-0) didn’t give Texas an opening allowing only a stray hit or walk until the 8th when Tucker Barnhart doubled to right with two out scoring Ryan Brawn who singled with one out to make the game 3-1.

Given Verlander’s performance to that point (8 IP 3 H 1R 12k) the odds were long for a comback in the bottom of the 9th but they became much longer once Boston came up again Kluber who gave up a leadoff single to Hoskins who made it to 2nd on Brawn’s error followed by another single to Ronald Acuna Jr. Putting runners on 1st and 3rd with nobody out. Nathan Eovildi came in and immediately gave up a pair of singles one to JT Realmuto that scored Hoskins and one to Bryant that scored Acuna. When Martinez added a bases loaded single scoring Realmuto with one out the only question left was what would Verlander’s final line would be (it was 13 K’s and four hits).

Verlander is the 1st pitcher to reach two wins this season. Even after being held to five hits Texas has three starters hitting .308 or better (Freeman .400, Lindor .308 & Brawn .538). The Thunder hit into more double places (2) then they had at bats with runners in scoring position (1). only had one man bat with runners in scoring position the entire game. Despite having two hits and scoring two runs Brandon Nimmo was 0-2 with men in scoring position. Zach Grenkie (1-0) of Texas will face Blake Snell (0-1) in tomorrow’s finale.

Dodgers 5 Raider 2

Los Angeles hit three home runs to Rivertown’s one and Dodger ace Kershaw outpitched Rivertown ace Sale las LA won the battle of the lefty aces by a score of 5-2

Clayton Kershaw (W 1-1) started slow didn’t start well giving up a single to Lorenzo Cain to start things off. One out later he grooved a pitch to Paul Goldschmidt that he put over the left field wall for a early 2-0 lead.

In the bottom of the 2nd LA stuck back. against Chris Sale (L 1-1) Matt Kemp put Sales 1st pitch of the inning over the center field wall, Max Muncy drew a walk and Chris Taylor followed with a drive not quite as deep to right center but more than deep enough to give LA a 3-2 lead.

That was more than Enough for Kershaw who retired the next nine in a row before being relieved in the 6th by Pat Venditte the 1st of three relievers who would give Rivertown more of the same. Their only real threat came in the 7th when Marcell Ozuna singled to left to start the inning and Nelson Cruz walked with two out and Ozuna on 2nd. The put the go ahead runs on for Yadier Molina. Alas for Rivertown he grounded into a force to end the threat and when in the bottom of the inning Diego Castillo, after relieving Sale with a man on and one out, grooved a pitch that Corey Bellinger absolute crushed to right center it was all over for the Raiders:

Notes: Bellinger’s homer traveled 488 Feet one of the longest of the season.
Lorenzo Cain hat two of Boston’s five hits but was caught stealing in the 8th after his 2nd hit. Kenley Janson (s3) pitched a perfect 9th for his 3rd save. It will be Walter Buehler (0-0) for LA vs Aaron Nola (1-0) to finish things up.