Monday, September 22 - Birds of Pray at Lemonheads
G-1 M. Gonzalez & Grienke hooked up in a pitchers duel. A. Rios got
a 2-out RBI single in the 3rd to give the Heads a 1-0 win. Greinke 9 IP,
5 hits 4 BBs. Gonzalez 7 IP, 4 hits 2 BBs, 1 run.
G-2 A 3-run homer by N. Cruz gave the Birds a 5-2 lead. Heads score 1 in the 8th & 2 in the 9th (Rios & Belt) to tie game at 5. Birds scored in the 16th on a 2-base error by Desmond. Heads tied on Y. Gomes solo. Desmond then redeemed himself with an 18th inning walk-off solo for 7-6 Heads win.
G-3 C. Davis homered twice (#17 & 18), driving in 5 to lead the Birds to a 6-2 win. Colon went 7.2 IP 4 hits 1 earned run. C. Denorfia doubled in two runs for the Heads.
Birds now 2-5 in x-innings.
Tuesday, September 23 - Speakers at Arrogant Bastards
Game 1 - Justin Verlander (13-3) twirls his 5th shutout of the season in a 5-0 Speakers win. Buster Posey (3-4, 3-D, 4-RBI) provides the offense.
Game 2 - Speakers cling to a 1-0 lead on a 4th inning unearned run. The ABs finally figure out Felix Hernandez (3-10) in the 7th. With the score tied 1-1, Chase Utley greets Trevor Rosenthal with a 2-out 2-run HR. Matt Weiters' 2-out 2-run blast in the 8th seals the victory for Tanner Roark, 5-1.
Game 3 - Brandon Moss connects for the 20th time in the 2nd. With 2 away that same inning, Ubaldo Jimenez surrenders another solo shot to Andrelton Simmons (3). The ABs get one back in the 3rd triggered by Russell Martin's double. Simmons triples to lead off the Speakers 5th and eventually scores on an Anthony Rendon fielder's choice ground ball. The pens and the Speakers gloves (2 GIDP) take over from that point for a 3-1 final. Casey Janssen (1-2) gets Matt Holliday to ground out to Manny Machado with the tying run at the plate to record his 5th save.
The ABs out-hit the Speakers 18-14, but drop a pair due to a lack of clutch hitting.
Monday, September 29 - Birds of Pray at The Plague
G-1 The Plague got 8 strong from Fernandez, 4 hits 0 BBs 9 Ks 1 earned
run, & a solo from Santana for a 4-3 win.
G-2 T. Hunter tripled, homered & doubled in his first 3 ABs, driving in 2, to lead The Plague to an 8-3 win. The Plague got back-to-back triples to start the game. Votto went 3-4 with 2 doubles, a triple & 2 RBIs for the Birds.
G-3 The Birds built a 6-2 lead on a 4-run 5th before The Plague scored 4 in the 8th to tie at 6. The Birds got a Markakis homer in the 12th & held on for a 7-6 win. A. Gordon 3-6 with 2 RBIs. T. Hunter homered & drove in 2 for the Plague.
In a strange defensive series, The Plague had 4 errors in G-1, (1 each outfielder) & committed 7 errors in the series. The Birds had 3 errors & a WP in the series.
Tuesday, September 30 - Lemonheads at Speakers
Game 1 - The Heads score two 2-out runs in the 4th on Juan Uribe's RBI double followed by Neil Walker's RBI single. The Speakers answer with one in the bottom of the inning on back-to-back 2-out doubles from Buster Posey and Howie Kendrick.
Bob's offense explodes in the 7th by starting the inning with three hits. Two more would follow AJ Ellis' RBI groundout. When the dust settles, four runs cross the plate.
The Lemonheads behind Hisashi Iwakuma's CG game cruise to a 6-2 win. Danny Salazar (1-1) suffers the loss. Brandon Moss connects for the 21st time in the 8th.
Game 2 - Two walks and a Zack Greinke wild pitch put the Speakers on the board in the 1st. However, the "shutdown inning" becomes a 5-run explosion instead, including 2 doubles and 2 HRs (by Ian Desmond and Alexi Rios).
The Lemonheads continue to tack on single runs in the 5th, 7th and 8th. The Speakers kick up a little dust with a meaningless 3-run 7th, but fall 8-4.
Greinke goes 6.1 IP for the victory. Justin Verlander (13-4) coughs up 10 hits (5 for extra bases) in one of his worst outings of the season.
Game 3 - Each team scores in the 1st. The Speakers run scores because of a Desmond error. The "shutdown inning" again eludes the Speakers as Manny Machado commits his 2nd error of the season in the 2nd to return the unearned run favor.
The Heads plate two more in the 4th. Walker triples in the midst of that scoring. The Speakers load the bases with one out in the bottom half, but Machado adds to his woes by grounding into an inning-ending double play.
John Lackey's cruising with a 4-hitter and a 4-1 lead until the 8th. Shane Victorino leads off with a single. After Yasiel Puig pops out, Carlos Gonzalez slams his 10th HR. Lackey looks to the dugout still winning 4-3, but he surrenders a ringing single to Kendrick before Manager Boyd signals for Darren O'Day. Moss greets him with a double as Kendrick holds at 3rd.
Posey hits a sac fly to center to score the tying run. Anthony Rizzo doubles in Moss with the go-ahead run and Machado redeems himself with a 2-out RBI single as insurance.
Casey Janssen retires all three Lemonheads (2 Ks) in the 9th to preserve the 6-4 win on his 6th save. O'Day faces 5 hitters, giving up 3 hits and a sac fly. He suffers the only L of the series for the Lemonheads.
The Lemonheads win the season series against the Speakers, 6-4.
Shooting Stars II at Arrogant Bastards
The Stars take 2 of 3 from the Bastards. Game 1 featured a pair of back-to-back
2-out 4-run innings by the Stars. The Bastards won game 2 on HRs by Trout,
Stanton and Gonzalez. But in game 3 the Stars get a run on a failed DP
and another 2-out hit as Trout's solo HR is the only scoring for the Bastards
in a 2-1 loss.
Bastards do take the season series 7-3.
Thursday, October 2 - Birds of Pray at Devil Dogs
Birds travel to the new Oakhurst Stadium to complete a 9-game road trip.
G-1 Birds got their 1st & only lead in the 4th on a J. Votto homer,at which point the Dogs manager could be heard yelling "I guess that's all they will need!" The Dogs then came back with 2 runs in the 5th, 6th & 7th to take a 6-2 win. R. Zimmerman got a 2-run gift homer.
G-2 The Dogs got 10 runs & 11 hits in the first 3 innings & battered the Birds 12-5. Dogs got homers from S. Perez, H. Ramirez, R. Zimmerman & B. Phillips. Birds got homers from C. Davis (#20) & J.J. Hardy.
G-3 Dogs got 3 in the 1st with R. Zimmerman's 2-run single, & C. Kershaw threw a CG 8 hit, 1 BB 5K game in the Dogs 4-2 win. J. Castro doubled & homered for the Birds.
Birds got 21 hits in the series while the Dogs got 27 in the first 2 games. The Birds were swept for the 6th time this season. Birds completed their road trip at 2-7.
Thursday, October 2 - Speakers at Devil Dogs
Game 1 - Matt Harvey strands two Devil Dogs in scoring position in the 1st and scatters three hits the rest of the way. The Speakers offense breaks a scoreless tie in the 5th on Andrelton Simmons' sac fly. Howie Kendrick, who scores that first run, knocks in Shane Victorino the following inning for a 2-0 lead.
Former Speaker, Ryan Zimmerman tosses a ball in the dirt that Mike Napoli can't dig out to start the 8th. After Manny Machado gets plunked with the bases loaded, Manager Barry calls for Grant Balfour. Anthony Rizzo greets him with a bases clearing double and a 6-0 Speakers win.
Harvey (10-3) goes the distance while James Shields takes the loss.
Game 2 - The Speakers blitz Stephen Strasburg with 4 1st inning runs on 5 hits. Bryce Harper answers in the bottom half with a 2-out RBI single. The Dogs chip away with the same MO in the 3rd: Harper stings a 2-out RBI double.
Napoli picks up on the trend with a game-tying 2-out 2-run single in the 5th. That inning is setup by back-to-back walks that Felix Hernandez (+31) fails to stop. In the 6th, Ben Zobrist follows a perfect hit-and-run single with a game-winning RBI single. Dogs win 5-4 as the Speakers fail to record a hit (and only roll 2 more) after the 1st inning.
Strasburg goes 7 for the win. Felix, this year's hard luck Speakers starter,
drops to 3-11.Koji Uehara picks up the save with a 1-2-3 9th.
Game 3 - Zobrist connects with a 2-run HR in the Dogs' 3rd. Kendrick and Rizzo lead off the 4th with back-to-back doubles to cut the lead in half.
Through the first 4 innings, the Speakers load the bases twice without scoring. Finally, with the bases juiced on 3 walks (2 by starter Michael Wacha and 1 by Tanner Scheppers) in the 7th, David Wright pokes a 2-run single in the hole for a 3-2 Speakrs lead.
Cy Young could have pitched after the stretch for the Speakers, but still would have gotten bombed. Not even the award predecessor can stop two 0s followed by two hit-and-run 34s. Zobrist adds an insurance RBI for a 5-3 Devil Dogs win, their 5th in 6 games.
The Speakers "offense" has two stretches of 8 straight batters
retired, including the final 8 of the game after Wright's 1-out single
in the 7th. Scheppers picks up a vulture W. Danny Salazar falls to 1-2.
Uehara has another 1-2-3 9th for the save.
The Speakers 2nd Period magic is quickly fading into the rolling misery that has defined this franchise over the past several seasons.
Sunday, October 12, 2014 - Speakers at The Plague
Game 1 - Howie Kendrick's 2-run HR (his 7th) breaks a 3-3 tie in the 5th. The Plague leave RISP in 5 different innings, but can't come up with a clutch hit and fall 5-3. Tommy Hunter (2-0) goes 2.1 IP of scoreless relief to pick up the win. Josh Collmenter surrenders Kendrick's homer, one of only two hits allowed, for the loss. Casey Janssen (7) records the last 3 outs with the winning run at the plate.
Game 2 - The Plague dispose of Justin Verlander after 5+ IP and roll to an easy 11-2 win. After the Speakers score a pair in the top of the 1st, The Plague answer with 3 in each of the first 2 innings. Carlos Santana's 3-run HR and Paul Goldschmit's 2-run HR put this one away early. Anibal Sanchez goes the distance scattering 9 hits.
Game 3 - Chris Archer suffers the same fate as Verlander, except he coughs up 9 ER in 2.2 IP. Omar Infante connects on a 3-run blast in the 1st (his 2nd of the series). Jouylis Chacin turns back all 4 Speakers potential HRs, but can't complete the 5th after giving up 5 meaningless runs. The Plague hold on for a non-dramatic 10-8 win. Joe Smith notches his 19th save.
The Plague easily outscore (23-15) and outhit (44-25) the hapless visitors, who are fortunate to pocket one win.
Wednesday, October 15 - Lymebees at The Plague
Game 1 - Wheeler vs Sanchez; The Plague score 4 runs in the 4th. Bees
get 1 run back in the 6th. The Plague score 2 runs in the bottom of the
6th. Bees get 3 runs in the 7th. With 2 outs in the 9th, the Bees get
2 walks; but Tulowitzki makes the final out. Plague win 6-4.
Game 2 - Kuroda vs Chacin; Bees get 1 run in the 4th. The Plague tie the game in the bottom of the 4th on a Goldschmidt HR and score another run. Bees come back in the 5th with Adams hitting a 2-out 3-run HR. The Plague score in the bottom of the 5th on a 2-out Goldschmidt triple; and that would end all scoring. Bees win 4-3.
Game 3 - Kelly vs Darvish; Bees score in the top of the 1st. Goldschmidt ties the game in the bottom of the 1st with a solo HR. The Plague score 1 in the 4th. Bees tie the game in the 5th. Tulowitzki hits a solo HR in the 8th. The Plague tie the game in the 9th. Bees push across a run in the top of the 11th; and Kimbrel takes care of the 10th and 11th innings for the win. Bees win 4-3.
Bees record now 43-33.
Friday, October 17 - Shooting Stars II at Birds of Pray
Birds bats continue to be offensive.
G-1 Stars score 3 in the 5th, capped by a Cuddyer 2-run double. Quintana throws a CG 3-hitter in the Stars 6-1 win. Votto's solo accounts for the only Bird run.
G-2 J. Peralta's 3-run homer finished a 4-run 4th. Minor threw the Stars 2nd straight CG, a 7-hitter for their 5-1 win. The Birds scored on a groundout by Gordon in the 8th.
G-3 Stars nursed a 1-0 lead on an unearned run until the 8th, when the Birds scored 2 on RBIs by Gordon & C. Davis. Stars then hit 2 homers, (a 3-run by G. Parra & a 2-run by Pierzynski), to score 5 in the 9th for a 6-2 win.
Birds swept for the 7th time this year & 2nd consecutive series.
Stars 17 runs, 30 hits, 10 xb hits, 4 turned into outs.
Birds 4 runs, 16 hits, 4 xb hits & 14 hits turned into outs.