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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-16-2013

Milwaukee Sentinel, April 16, 1913:

Wilbur Good...and Ward Miller...worked a delayed double steal Tuesday and Chicago won the final game of the series from Pittsburgh, 5 to 4.

Miller…stole second, and Good, who was half way home when Miller started, crossed the plate before [Viox], who had fumbled the ball, could get his bearing. There was no chance to catch either runner, and the game was over.

Delayed double steal with two outs in the bottom of the tenth with the reigning batting and home run champion (Heinie Zimmerman) at the plate. Johnny Evers had some stones.

The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: April 16, 2013 at 06:06 AM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: April 16, 2013 at 06:14 AM (#4415411)
Strong up the middle for the most part and a good pitching staff, but this is not a particularly good Birthday Team.

C: Babe Phelps
1B: Bob Montgomery
2B: Fernando Vina
3B: Rich Rollins
SS: Pete Suder
LF: Piggy Ward
CF: Paul Waner
RF: Frank Fernandez

SP: Jim Lonborg
SP: Left-Handed Dutch Leonard
SP: Curt Young
SP: Rick Jones
SP: The Other Jim Devlin
RP: Antonio Alfonseca

Manager: Bruce Bochy
Fun Name: Rick Grapenthin
   2. WahooSam Posted: April 16, 2013 at 08:44 AM (#4415449)
Wilbur Good was pretty fast ...
   3. vortex of dissipation Posted: April 16, 2013 at 01:04 PM (#4415703)
Some good info on Frank Fernandez here. He seems to be the type of player who would be more appreciated today than when he played - very low average, but good power and historically high walk rates. He's the only player with 30+ PA to have a lifetime batting average under .200, and an OPS+ over 100.
   4. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: April 16, 2013 at 02:19 PM (#4415813)
red sox call up knuckleballer/bird levitator steven wright.
   5. Mike Emeigh Posted: April 16, 2013 at 02:27 PM (#4415831)
There are three catchers in the starting lineup (Phelps, Montgomery, and Fernandez), and Bochy could have been another if he could have played another position.

-- MWE
   6. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 16, 2013 at 02:36 PM (#4415845)
Sorry to ask a fantasy baseball question, but who is more likely to get save chances in STL? Rosenthal or Mujica?
   7. esseff Posted: April 16, 2013 at 02:47 PM (#4415869)
I've heard talk of Mujica, although Rosenthal obviously is the hot property (EDIT: real life-wise, that is).
   8. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 16, 2013 at 04:15 PM (#4415995)
Aaron Hill out 4-6 weeks with a broken hand

Gordon Beckham out 4-6 weeks with a broken wrist

Rays acquired LHP Jeff Beliveau from the Rangers for cash
   9. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: April 16, 2013 at 05:53 PM (#4416097)
Game of the day (yesterday): Padres 6, Dodgers 3. Everth Cabrera started the game with a single against LA's Chad Billingsley. Will Venable bunted him to second (I guess the Padres were confident in Eric Stults only needing one run), Yonder Alonso moved him to third on a groundout, and Kyle Blanks flied out to strand him there. Stults had a more adventurous first inning, loading the bases on singles by Carl Crawford and Mark Ellis and a two-out walk to AJ Ellis, but also kept the opposing offense off the board.

Billingsley walked Alexi Amarista with one out in the second, and Cameron Maybin singled with two away, which allowed the Padres to at least burn the pitcher's spot. And as it happens, Stults is not a bad hitter (at least for a pitcher), with a career line of .225/.264/.288 before the game started. He was in the range where a positive contribution is unlikely but not impossible, and in this at bat, he conclusively demonstrated the difference by taking a high, outside fastball over the left-center field fence for a three-run homer.

Stults kept his momentum going with a 1-2-3 bottom of the second, but Billingsley recovered to work a scoreless third. In the bottom of the inning, Crawford led off with a single and Matt Kemp matched him with one out. Adrian Gonzalez then doubled to score Crawford, but the ball hopped over the fence, keeping Kemp at third, and Stults retired AJ Ellis and Andre Ethier without allowing him to score.

The Padres threatened in the fourth when Amarista and John Baker started the inning with singles, but Maybin hit into a double play and Stults watched strike 3. The Dodgers then drew another run closer when Luis Cruz singled, moved to second on a one-out sacrifice by Billingsley, and scored on Crawford's third hit of the day. (Crawford, by the way, is hitting .396 so far this year.) San Diego wasted an Alonso double in the fifth, and after Kemp started the home portion with a double of his own, AJ Ellis singled him home to tie the score. Ellis took second on a balk, but the go-ahead run he personified was stranded there.

Billingsley erased a leadoff hit from Jedd Gyorko on a Baker double play ball in the sixth, and Stults was spotless in the second half of the inning. Ronald Belisario took over mound duty for the Dodgers in the seventh, and started his appearance by walking Maybin. Jesus Guzman, hitting for Stults, singled, and Cabrera walked to load the bases. Paco Rodriguez took over for Belisario with very similar results - he walked Chris Denorfia, forcing in the go-ahead run. Alonso followed with a double play grounder, which scored a second run in the inning but also defused the rally. Brad Brach worked around a leadoff hit from Mark Ellis in the bottom of the inning, and Matt Guerrier and JP Howell combined on a scoreless eighth for LA.

Luke Gregerson took the mound for the Padres, and quickly allowed a single to AJ Ellis and a walk to Ethier to put the tying runs on base. Cruz bunted both runners into scoring position, and Skip Schumaker came on to pinch hit. Schumaker grounded back to the mound; Gregerson fielded, looked over to freeze Ellis at third, and threw to first for the out; Ellis apparently wasn't quite frozen enough, as he tried to score after Gregerson threw to first, and Alonso nailed him at home to end the inning. San Diego added another run in the ninth when Cabrera walked, Denorfia singled, and Blanks hit a sac fly, and Huston Street supplied a relatively drama-free last three outs.

This ends up having been quite a nifty game, what with a pitcher home run and a weird baserunning blunder. Which I'm sure was a nice surprise for all the fans who were just expecting a drama-free evening of baseball featuring the Padres and Dodgers. Right?
   10. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: April 16, 2013 at 06:46 PM (#4416129)
Game of the day (1977): Braves 4, Astros 3. Houston's Art Gardner greeted Atlanta's Dick Ruthven with a single, but was promptly doubled up on a ground ball by Enos Cabell. The Braves also wasted an early baserunner, as Jerry Royster singled with one out against Mark Lemongello but was caught stealing second. However, Willie Montanez followed that out with a single, and Jeff Burroughs then launched a 2-run homer for an early lead. The Astros picked up a leadoff walk from Bob Watson in the second, and the Braves got a pair of two-out singles from Pat Rockett (whose name made me immediately curious; turns out, he was 2-for-6 in his career as a basestealer) and Ruthven, but neither team scored.

That changed in the third, as Roger Metzger led off with a double and came home two outs later on Cabell's single, cutting Houston's deficit in half. The Braves countered with admirable immediacy, however, as Royster led off the bottom of the third with a home run. The see-saw tipped once more in the top of the fourth; Watson walked again with one out, and Cliff Johnson tied the game with a two-out, two-run homer.

Lemongello hit Rod Gilbreath with a pitch to start the home fourth, but the inning ended with him stranded on second. Royster's leadoff single (his third hit) made him the only runner to reach for either team in the fifth. Cabell singled in the top of the sixth, and took second on a flyout, which is impressive enough to make up for his earlier double play and caught stealing, but didn't score. In the bottom of the sixth, Vic Correll and Gilbreath hit back-to-back singles to chase Lemongello from the mound. Joe Niekro took over (I did not realize before now that he had a 7-year mid-career interlude in which a majority of his appearances came in relief every year; this was the last season of that period) and coaxed a 5-3 double play from Rockett. But Ruthven, who was somehow allowed to hit for himself, doubled to bring home the go-ahead run.

The Astros didn't go quietly from there. In the seventh, Johnson led off with a single, and a Willie Crawford walk and a Gardner single loaded the bases and ended Ruthven's day. Rick Camp took his place and got Cabell to ground out and strand all three runners. After Joe Sambito retired the Braves in order, Houston gave it another shot in the eighth. Watson and Joe Ferguson singled with one out, and Johnson walked to load the bases once more. But Camp fanned pinch hitter Ken Boswell and induced a force at second from Metzger to leave them loaded once more. After the Braves stranded two in the bottom of the eighth, Camp worked a 1-2-3 ninth to secure the win.

So this was a pretty good one. More pitcher hitting heroics, as Ruthven brought in the winning run in the sixth inning; MGL probably would have had a coronary as Ruthven walked to the plate. Also, we get Rick Camp getting the stereotypical back-in-my-day save, literally coming in with the bases loaded in the seventh inning and finishing the game (with another base-loading in the eighth just because). Somewhere, Goose Gossage is nodding sagely.
   11. Canker Soriano Posted: April 16, 2013 at 07:53 PM (#4416192)
Probably the right place to put this. The Cubs have:

- claimed infielder Cody Ransom off waivers from the Padres
- added Kevin Gregg and Kameron Loe to the ML roster
- DFA'd Brent Lillibridge and Hisanori Takahashi
- activated Darwin Barney from the DL
- optioned Rafael Dolis to Iowa

Deck chairs, officially shuffled.

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