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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-24-2013

Toledo News-Bee, April 24, 1913:

Manager McGraw Thursday claimed a world’s record for Christy Mathewson. Big Six pitched but 67 balls in beating Philadelphia Wednesday.
...
Using but 67 pitched balls, Mathewson threw an average of a fraction over two balls to each man.

That’s nothing. Rick Porcello had a 47-pitch start this past Saturday.

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: April 24, 2013 at 07:32 AM | 31 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: April 24, 2013 at 07:54 AM (#4424187)
Good pitching and a nice outfield on today's Birthday Team:

C: Dixie Howell
1B: Jim Field
2B: Joe Wagner
3B: Mike Blowers
SS: Omar Vizquel
LF: Chipper Jones
CF: Carlos Beltran
RF: Red Worthington

SP: Howard Ehmke
SP: Bob Ewing
SP: Bill Singer
SP: Harry Harper
SP: Pat Zachry
RP: Todd Jones

Manager/Lenny Randle's Nemesis: Frank Lucchesi
   2. bobm Posted: April 24, 2013 at 08:08 AM (#4424194)
From 1988 to 2013, Complete Game, (requiring Pitches>=1 and IPouts>=24), sorted by smallest pitches

                                                                                           
Rk              Player          Date  Tm Opp   Rslt  AppDec  IP H R ER BB SO HR Pit Str GSc
1        Jose Bautista    1988-09-03 BAL SEA L  0-1 CG 8  L 8.0 4 1  1  0  2  0  70  53  72
                                                                                           
2           Aaron Cook    2007-07-25 COL SDP W 10-2 CG 9  W 9.0 7 2  2  0  2  0  74  55  67
3         Carlos Silva    2005-05-20 MIN MIL W  7-1 CG 9  W 9.0 5 1  1  0  3  1  74  54  76
                                                                                           
4           Andy Ashby    1998-07-05 SDP COL W  7-2 CG 9  W 9.0 5 2  2  0  2  2  75  55  71
5        Bob Tewksbury    1990-08-29 STL CIN W  9-1 CG 9  W 9.0 6 1  1  0  0  1  75  58  71
                                                                                           
6          Greg Maddux 1997-07-22(1) ATL CHC W  4-1 CG 9  W 9.0 5 1  1  0  6  0  76  63  79
                                                                                           
7    Roberto Hernandez    2007-08-21 CLE DET L  1-2 CG 8  L 8.0 3 2  2  0  5  2  77  59  73
                                                                                           
8          Jon Garland    2007-09-20 CHW KCR L  0-3 CG 8  L 8.0 6 3  3  0  4  0  78  55  62
9           Jon Lieber    2001-05-24 CHC CIN W  3-0 SHO9  W 9.0 1 0  0  1  2  0  78  56  86
10          Brad Radke    1996-06-18 MIN NYY L  0-2 CG 8  L 8.0 3 2  2  0  3  1  78  59  71
11         Jerry Reuss    1988-06-27 CHW KCR L  1-2 CG 8  L 8.0 6 2  2  0  0  1  78  49  62
                                                                                           
12          Aaron Cook    2008-07-01 COL SDP W  4-0 SHO9  W 9.0 5 0  0  0  4  0  79  58  81
13         Scott Baker    2007-07-01 MIN DET L  0-1 CG 8  L 8.0 3 1  1  1  3  1  79  57  74
14         Tom Glavine    1993-06-15 ATL NYM W  2-1 CG 9  W 9.0 6 1  1  0  0  1  79  53  71
15       Bob Tewksbury    1990-08-17 STL HOU W  5-0 SHO9  W 9.0 1 0  0  0  3  0  79  58  88
16         Kevin Brown    1990-06-20 TEX MIN W  8-0 SHO9  W 9.0 4 0  0  0  4  0  79  60  83
                                                                                           
17       Luke Hochevar    2009-06-12 KCR CIN W  4-1 CG 9  W 9.0 3 1  1  1  3  1  80  57  79
18       Darren Oliver    2001-07-21 TEX TBD L  1-2 CG 8  L 8.0 3 2  2  0  8  2  80  57  76
19         Bob Wolcott    1996-07-15 SEA OAK W  5-1 CG 9  W 9.0 5 1  1  0  6  1  80  55  79
20         Bobby Munoz    1994-07-27 PHI FLA W  3-1 CG 9  W 9.0 2 1  1  0  3  1  80  57  82
21         John Smiley    1992-10-02 MIN KCR W  5-1 CG 9  W 9.0 4 1  1  0  4  0  80  59  79
22         Doug Drabek    1990-09-30 PIT STL W  2-0 SHO9  W 9.0 3 0  0  0  2  0  80  55  83
23        Bruce Ruffin    1990-06-26 PHI PIT L  0-1 CG 8  L 8.0 6 1  1  0  2  0  80  57  68
                                                                                           
24          Aaron Cook    2012-06-29 BOS SEA W  5-0 SHO9  W 9.0 2 0  0  0  2  0  81  58  85
25         Rich Harden    2005-07-14 OAK TEX W  6-0 SHO9  W 9.0 2 0  0  0  8  0  81  61  91
26        Allen Watson    1996-05-30 SFG NYM L  0-1 CG 8  L 8.0 6 1  1  1  4  0  81  55  69


   3. BochysFingers Posted: April 24, 2013 at 08:09 AM (#4424195)
Interesting list. Not surprisingly, low strikeout totals help in this. Aaron Cook 3x!
   4. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 24, 2013 at 08:45 AM (#4424215)
how about them brewers? pretty crazy.

jean segura has been really impressive. I am baffled as to the scouting reports that stated he would be stretched as a shortstop. he's making all the plays and then some. what were people not seeing?

   5. Mike Emeigh Posted: April 24, 2013 at 08:49 AM (#4424219)
I hope Jim Field could, because he couldn't hit.

-- MWE
   6. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: April 24, 2013 at 08:57 AM (#4424223)
Bobby Munoz AND Bruce Ruffin on the list. Go Phils!
   7. Misirlou was a Buddhist prodigy Posted: April 24, 2013 at 08:57 AM (#4424224)
I hope Jim Field could, because he couldn't hit.


Ironic baseball names:

Homer Bush - 11 in his career
Bob Walk - decent control pitcher
Cecil Fielder - a butcher
Billy Brewer - never played for Milwaukee
   8. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: April 24, 2013 at 09:42 AM (#4424255)
Josh Outman -- 1.415 career WHIP
   9. PeteF3 Posted: April 24, 2013 at 09:44 AM (#4424260)
With apologies to Bill James...

Bill, Roy, Frank, and Jerry White - black
Bud Black - white
Vida - definitely not Blue
Horace Speed - 4 career steals
Vic Power - singles hitter
Bill Goodenough - not good enough
Joe Blong - did not belong for long
   10. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: April 24, 2013 at 09:44 AM (#4424261)
Horace Speed -- 4 SB, 5 CS in his career. He played parts of 3 seasons in the 70s but I don't remember him. He's even a candidate for my birth year team and I don't even remember him that way. :(

EDIT: a beverage for Pete Effthree.
   11. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: April 24, 2013 at 10:18 AM (#4424283)
Felix Martinez - angry all the time
   12. SoSH U at work Posted: April 24, 2013 at 10:28 AM (#4424301)
12 Aaron Cook 2008-07-01 COL SDP W 4-0 SHO9 W 9.0 5 0 0 0 4 0 79 58 81


I was there for that, my only trip to Coors. It was a thing of beauty. At 1:58, the quickest game in Coors Field history. It moved at such a crisp pace that my youngest boy, then 5 and attending his first game, never left his seat. I was proud of the lad.

   13. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 24, 2013 at 10:41 AM (#4424317)

Ironic baseball names:


Jim Winn - 12-17 career record
Neil Walker - has a below average walk rate
Ace Adams - was a reliever
Tripp Cromer - only one triple in his career
Gregor Blanco - is Venezuelan
Jim French - from Ohio
Angel Pagan - born again Christian

Grant Balfour really does have kind of a high walk rate.
   14. kthejoker Posted: April 24, 2013 at 10:43 AM (#4424322)
Early Wynn - 290 CG
Bruce Hitt - 0-1 with a strikeout
   15. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 24, 2013 at 11:01 AM (#4424342)

Billy Brewer - never played for Milwaukee


Angel Berroa - never played for Anaheim
Marlin Stuart - never played for Miami
Red Ruffing - never played for Cincinnati
Conrad Cardinal - never played for St. Louis
Jay Bell - never played for Toronto
Ray Durham - never played for Tampa Bay
Rocky Coppinger - never played for Colorado
Luis Exposito - never played for Montreal
Joe Astroth - never played for Houston
Mordecai Brown - played for two St. Louis clubs, but not the Browns

Ranger Suarez is a Phillies minor leaguers. We'll see if he ends up in Texas.

Johnny Podres DID play for San Diego though.
   16. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 24, 2013 at 11:05 AM (#4424349)
Dave Philley played for the Phillies, but Cub Stricker never played for the Cubs.
   17. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: April 24, 2013 at 11:13 AM (#4424362)
Ray Durham - never played for Tampa Bay

Or their AAA team!
   18. Rennie's Tenet Posted: April 24, 2013 at 11:25 AM (#4424377)
Ray Durham - never played for Tampa Bay


Jason Raymond Bay has so far not become Bay Ray Jay Ray Bay.
   19. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: April 24, 2013 at 11:28 AM (#4424385)
Neither Indian Bob Johnson nor Wahoo Sam Crawford played for Cleveland, though admittedly the Indians weren't the Indians while Wahoo Sam was active.
   20. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: April 24, 2013 at 11:30 AM (#4424389)
Bill Kay struck out 11 times in 60 career plate appearances. Justin Kaye threw three career MLB innings and struck out three batters.
   21. Ned Garvin: Male Prostitute Posted: April 24, 2013 at 12:00 PM (#4424436)
Dick Cox, Johnny Dickshot, Dick Pole, Rusty Kuntz - never appeared in any pornographic films.
   22. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: April 24, 2013 at 12:03 PM (#4424439)
Nor did my personal favorite R-rated baseball name, Twitchy Dick Porter.

As an aside, I own a game-used Dick Pole Tribe jersey from his coaching days. Very proud of that.
   23. Mike Emeigh Posted: April 24, 2013 at 12:03 PM (#4424441)
Garland Buckeye did play most of his career in Ohio, and he is buried there.

Phil Cavarretta, whose nickname (per B-R) was "Philliabuck", never played for either the Phillies or the Pirates.

-- MWE
   24. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: April 24, 2013 at 12:15 PM (#4424460)
It's not baseball, but it's cricket so it's baseball-ish: Chris Gayle scored the fastest 100 runs in (major) cricket history yesterday, doing it in 30 balls. That's absurd.

That's...I mean...I'm speechless. I have no way to put it in a baseball context. Something like a guy hitting 10 doubles and 10 home runs in a 30 at-bat period. He finished with 175 not out in a T20 match, which is nearly as crazy as 100 runs in 30 balls.
   25. Mike Webber Posted: April 24, 2013 at 02:53 PM (#4424726)
It's not baseball, but it's cricket so it's baseball-ish: Chris Gayle scored the fastest 100 runs in (major) cricket history yesterday, doing it in 30 balls. That's absurd.

I'm not proud of this, but if you had said "he was the fastest player to 100 fishflops in (major) snorkeling history yesterday, doing it in 30 dives" I would have an equal amount of understanding what it means.

Cricket looks like it would be fun to play, but I have never understood the scoring/pitching sequence/when you break for tea.
   26. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: April 24, 2013 at 03:22 PM (#4424774)
Nutshell: A ball hit out of the field of play on the fly (like a home run) is worth six. A ball that bounces before going out of the field (like a ground rule double) is worth four. The rest of the time, a run is essentially equivalent to a total base. If you hit the ball and run across to the other "base", that's one run.

He got to 100 runs in 30 'pitches'. Imagine 30 consecutive pitches in which nobody makes an out or even swings and misses, and in which the average result is approximately a ground-rule double.

It's mind-boggling.
   27. T.J. Posted: April 24, 2013 at 05:03 PM (#4424989)
I'm pretty sure that Maddux start was when the Cubs came up with the bright idea to always swing at the first pitch, since Maddux seemed to always get ahead of the count. I think he figured out their plan within about three batters and just humiliated them.

This partial article appears to confirm my recollection, so: Yay for the memory of a 44-year-old!
   28. Juilin Sandar to Conkling Speedwell (Arjun) Posted: April 24, 2013 at 05:09 PM (#4424994)
It's not baseball, but it's cricket so it's baseball-ish: Chris Gayle scored the fastest 100 runs in (major) cricket history yesterday, doing it in 30 balls. That's absurd.

It's mindblowing, but if you've been following T20 over the last couple of years, you'd have put money on Gayle to do something like that. His IPL form is just ridiculous.
   29. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: April 24, 2013 at 05:59 PM (#4425046)
Game of the day (yesterday): Angels 5, Rangers 4 (11). Jason Vargas started the game by hitting Ian Kinsler with a pitch, but retired the next three Rangers in order. Alexi Ogando, meanwhile, got Peter Bourjos to ground out and fanned Mike Trout, but Trout reached when Mitch Moreland dropped the throw to first that proved necessary to complete the K. Albert Pujols then walked, and Josh Hamilton flied out (with Jeff Baker being injured on the play; David Murphy replaced him in left). Mark Trumbo singled in the game's first run, and Howie Kendrick knocked in the second; Trumbo was thrown out trying for third on Kendrick's hit, ending the inning.

The next four half innings each included a double play. AJ Pierzynski hit into a 3-6-1 in the top of the second, then took part in a K/CS of Chris Iannetta and Brendan Harris in the bottom. Ian Kinsler's bat produced a 5-4-3 effort in the top of the third, and his glove started a 4-3 DP in the bottom. Texas avoided the double play in the fourth by not getting any runners on base until the second out; Adrian Beltre and Nelson Cruz both reached at that point, but Pierzynski grounded out to strand them both. In the bottom of the inning, Ogando allowed a double to Trumbo and a home run to Kendrick, increasing the Angel lead to four.

Moreland doubled with two away in the fifth but was left on; Bourjos singled to start the bottom of the inning and was picked off. In the top of the sixth, Elvis Andrus led off with a single, Lance Berkman walked behind him, and one out later, Cruz brought the Rangers within a run on a three-run homer. Pierzynski and Murphy followed with hits that put the tying run in scoring position, but Craig Gentry and Moreland stranded them.

Ogando and Vargas combined to retire nine straight hitters, keeping the score at 4-3 through 7. In the top of the eighth, Scott Downs replaced Vargas on the mound and quickly got into extremely hot water; Beltre singled, Cruz reached on an error by Andrew Romine (who'd just entered as a defensive replacement), and Pierzynski loaded the bases with an everyone-safe-fielder's-choice. Murphy hit into a double play, but neither out was made at home, so Texas evened the score. An intentional walk and a strikeout later, it remained 4-4.

Ogando plunked Bourjos to start the bottom of the eighth and was pulled for Robbie Ross, whose first pitch induced a double play from Trout. Ernesto Frieri pitched the ninth for LA, and started the inning by walking Kinsler; a bunt and a wild pitch got him to third with two outs, but Beltre flied out to leave him on. Hamilton led off the bottom of the inning with a hit, but a fly ball and a pair of forceouts sent the game into extras.

Dane De La Rosa retired the Rangers in order in the top of the tenth. Ross, working the beginning of his third inning, retired Iannetta, but then allowed singles to Luis Jimenez and Bourjos and walked Trout to load the bases. Joe Ortiz took the mound and got Pujols to hit into a force at home and Hamilton to ground out, extending the game for another inning. De La Rosa was spotless again in the eleventh; Ortiz struck out Trumbo, but then allowed Kendrick's second homer of the game to end it.

It's a very good game, with the number of runners on in late-and-close situations and the three double plays by each team. It also features a 1977 vintage relief appearance, as Ross pitched two innings and part of a third as the first man out of the Texas bullpen. Who uses the same guy to pitch the eighth, ninth, and tenth innings these days? (Of course, the fact that Ross immediately got into trouble in the tenth and was pulled may indicate why that isn't done so much any more...)
   30. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: April 24, 2013 at 07:18 PM (#4425121)
Game of the day (1977): Pirates 6, Mets 5. Pitching matchup of Bruce Kison, having a bad year in the middle of a pretty good run, and Nino Espinosa, having one of the two pretty good years in a relatively undistinguished career.

Espinosa retired the Pirates on three groundouts in the top of the first. Kison gave up only a walk in the bottom of the inning - but that still resulted in a run, as Lee Mazzilli took second on a groundout, moved to third on a wild pitch, and scored on another groundout to put the Mets in the lead. Espinosa worked around an Al Oliver double in the second, while Kison was perfect in the bottom of the inning. With one away in the top of the third, Kison himself hit his first career home run to tie the score. Omar Moreno then walked, and moved to third on a double by Ed Ott. After Dave Parker was intentionally passed to load the bases, Oliver fouled out and Bill Robinson fanned to leave all three runners on.

Side note: How did Omar Moreno, one of the fastest players in baseball, not score from first on a double by a typically plodding catcher?

Bud Harrelson drew a walk to lead off the bottom of the third; this ended up depriving Espinosa of his opportunity to match Kison's homer, as he bunted his teammate to second. Mazzilli doubled Harrelson in to retake the lead, and Mike Phillips added an RBI single to double the size of the advantage. After that eventful inning, both pitchers returned to the competence they'd shown earlier in the game, both working 1-2-3 innings in the fourth and fifth.

Parker led off the sixth with a single. Oliver then bunted for a hit, and he and Parker both took an extra base on a Roy Staiger error. Robinson followed with an RBI groundout, and Rennie Stennett added a sacrifice fly to tie the score once more. Kison was perfect again in the sixth, and while he failed in his attempt to bunt for a hit leading off the seventh, the Pirates scored again anyway. Moreno singled and stole second; Ott popped out, Parker was intentionally walked again, and Oliver singled home the go-ahead run, chasing Espinosa from the mound. With Bob Apodaca on the hill facing Robnson, Parker and Oliver tried a double steal; it was a rousing success, as John Stearns threw the ball into left, allowing Parker to come home with Pittsburgh's fifth run of the game.

Kison threw his fourth straight spotless inning in the bottom of the seventh, and Apodaca worked around a walk to Phil Garner in the top of the eighth. After retiring a pair of pinch hitters on a foulout and a strikeout, Kison finally broke his string of 16 consecutive Mets retired by walking Mazzilli. Phillips followed with a single, and Bruce Boisclair then doubled, scoring both runners and tying the game.

With Kison having trouble for the first time in five innings, Pittsburgh turned to its bullpen; of course, that's not at all a bad thing when the first man in is Goose Gossage. He presented a study in inevitability by striking out Dave Kingman, leaving the go-ahead run at second and sending the game to the ninth still tied.

It didn't stay that way for long. Moreno greeted New York reliever Ray Sadecki with a triple. The Pirates then hit for Ott with Tommy Helms, who had 14 plate appearances with the team in 1977 and did not reach base in any of them. (He also didn't appear in the field, which raises the question of why you have Tommy Helms on your team in the first place, since his career was as a good-field, no-hit guy. But to be fair, he had a decent season as a bench bat in '76.) One might presume that the Pirates were simply hoping Helms would make contact; he did that much, but it was a popup to second. Parker then grounded out 3-4, with Moreno staying put at third; I have a very hard time picturing how that play would have unfolded unless it was a bunt, which isn't impossible. With two chances to score Moreno wasted, the Pirates cashed in on the third, as Oliver singled to left. Gossage didn't pitch an easy ninth, allowing singles to Ed Kranepool and Staiger, but he left the runners on first and second to nail down the win.

So, three comebacks, in the third, sixth, and eighth, plus a game-winner in the ninth that demonstrated flawless dramatic rallying (get runners in scoring position early, but don't score them until after the second out is made). Al Oliver had himself an excellent day, with the bunt single and error putting the tying runs in scoring position in the sixth, the go-ahead single in the seventh, and the other go-ahead single in the ninth. And Bruce Kison hit a home run.
   31. Drexl Spivey Posted: April 24, 2013 at 08:05 PM (#4425156)
jean segura has been really impressive. I am baffled as to the scouting reports that stated he would be stretched as a shortstop. he's making all the plays and then some. what were people not seeing?


He had the label of "converted second-baseman." I don't know why the Angels didn't try him at short earlier, but that label will stick to a player.

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