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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-29-2013

Washington Times, May 29, 1913:

He’s gone again. Rube Waddell, the eccentric pitcher formerly with big league teams, has disappeared. It is reported that he has been playing with the Virginia (Minn.) team, but no one can locate him.

By this point, Waddell would likely have been in really bad shape with tuberculosis. He was in a sanitarium by November 1913, and died in April 1914.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 29, 2013 at 06:32 AM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 29, 2013 at 06:43 AM (#4454373)
A couple nice players on the Birthday Team. Eric Davis, Blue Moon Odom. George McQuinn made the All-Star Game seven times. And I'm thinking that if your name is Vance Dinges, I think you have two options: Become a star athlete or spend junior high school stuffed in a locker.

C: Marty Honan
1B: George McQuinn
2B: Dave Fultz
3B: Charlie Hayes
SS: John Kennedy
LF: Jerry Hairston Jr.
CF: Eric Davis
RF: Vance Dinges

SP: Blue Moon Odom
SP: Willard Schmidt
SP: Art Reinhart
SP: Cha-Seung Baek
SP: Fred Holdsworth
RP: Dyar Miller
RP: Trever Miller

Owner: Bob Hope
Commissioner: Fay Vincent
Play-By-Play: Fred White
Former Pirates Farmhand: Henry Henry
   2. CheersUnusualPlays Posted: May 29, 2013 at 08:05 AM (#4454382)
Rube Waddell was my OOTP8 god. And on the birthday team side, Eric Davis was an APBA dream card - he was a combination of Jack Clark and the Roadrunner *meep* *meep*
   3. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: May 29, 2013 at 08:38 AM (#4454395)
I am wondering if there is an inverse relationship between jean segura and his team since segura went 6-7 last night and is now hitting .365 while the brewers lost for the 20th time in their last 25 games

holy moly is that kid red hot. and holy moly do the brewers stink
   4. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 29, 2013 at 10:26 AM (#4454461)
This is awesome: Elvis Andrus went to touch Adrian Beltre's head during a meeting on the mound, so Beltre threw his glove at Elvis.
   5. Rennie's Tenet Posted: May 29, 2013 at 11:16 AM (#4454504)
I guess this won't end till Andrus touches Beltre's head while they're both camped under a popup.
   6. SoSH U at work Posted: May 29, 2013 at 11:19 AM (#4454508)
The lengths Andrus will go to for the purpose of messing with Beltre are impressive, and wonderful.
   7. Der-K: downgraded to lurker Posted: May 29, 2013 at 11:21 AM (#4454511)
kyuki fujikawa needs tj, out for the year
well - that might explain why his command didn't make the trip over...
   8. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 29, 2013 at 03:43 PM (#4454839)
   9. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 29, 2013 at 03:46 PM (#4454846)
It would be cooler if an opposing hitter did it when Bauer was pitching.
   10. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: May 29, 2013 at 05:28 PM (#4454977)
Dioner Navarro hit three home runs today.

His previous career high was three... in a month.
   11. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: May 29, 2013 at 05:55 PM (#4454997)
Game of the day (yesterday): Twins 6, Brewers 5 (14). Scott Diamond vs. Alfredo Figaro, which sounds like a matchup of two fictional characters. Diamond was making his 43rd start, which made him the veteran of the two, as Figaro was making his fifth, and first of the year.

Brian Dozier singled in the top of the first, and Jean Segura singled in the bottom; neither runner would score. Get used to both of those names, because it's not exactly the last time they'll be on base.

In the top of the second, Justin Morneau walked and Ryan Doumit homered to give Minnesota the early lead. After that, the starters combined to retire 12 hitters in a row, a string broken when Josh Willingham led off the top of the fourth with a homer; Aaron Hicks added a solo shot later in the inning to make it 4-0 Twins.

Segura led off the bottom of the fourth with a single, and Ryan Braun added one of his own. Aramis Ramirez followed with a two-run double, and Jonathan Lucroy brought Ramirez by doubling as well to cut Milwaukee's deficit to a run. After Figaro worked a perfect fifth, Segura reached on a two-out single in the sixth and Braun tripled to score him with the tying run.

The game was then turned over to the bullpens. Mike Gonzalez and Casey Fien retired both sides in order in the sixth. John Axford allowed a two-out hit to Pedro Florimon in the seventh, but left him at first, while Josh Roenicke walked Logan Schafer and gave up a single to Segura in the same inning before stranding them both. Brandon Kintzler came on for the eighth and allowed a one-out single to Dozier, followed by walks to Joe Mauer and Willingham to load the bases and a Morneau sac fly to put the Twins back in front. Carlos Gomez singled, stole second, and made it to third on a flyout against Jared Burton in the bottom of the inning, but was left 90 feet from scoring the tying run. Donovan Hand worked a scoreless ninth.

Glen Perkins did not. With one out, Jeff Bianchi was hit by a pitch, and Norichika Aoki singled him to second. Segura was up next, and (of course) singled as well, scoring Bianchi with the tying run. Braun hit into a force at second and Ramirez drew a walk to load the bases before Gomez grounded out to end the ninth with the game tied.

Dozier greeted Francisco Rodriguez with a single in the top of the tenth, but was removed from the bases as the back half of a K/CS double play. Anthony Swarzak came in for the Twins and threw back-to-back perfect innings, and Mike Fiers didn't allow a baserunner in the eleventh. In the top of the twelfth, Fiers walked Florimon, and a sac bunt moved him to second; he was then thrown out at third on Jamey Carroll's grounder. Dozier walked to put the go-ahead run back in scoring position, but Mauer struck out to end the inning. Fiers went on to work a spotless thirteenth, and Ryan Pressly was immaculate in the twelfth and thirteenth as well.

In the top of the fourteenth, Burke Badenhop came in to pitch and immediately allowed a rulebook double to Hicks. After Florimon bunted the runner to third, pinch hitter Eduardo Escobar brought him in with a sac fly. The bottom of the inning saw Segura single (of course), but no other Brewers reached, allowing Brian Duensing to secure the save.

Jean Segura: 6 hits.
The rest of the Brewers: 7 hits.

We can make it worse, though. How about...

Jean Segura: One hit in extra innings.
The rest of the Brewers: No hits in extra innings.
   12. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: May 29, 2013 at 07:11 PM (#4455056)
Game of the day (1977): Phillies 4, Mets 2 (10). The pitching matchup was a pair of standout performers on surprise teams from the '60s, Jerry Koosman against Jim Lonborg. Of course, Koosman still had quite a bit left in the tank (85 wins left after '77), and Lonborg didn't (8 wins after this year).

Lenny Randle led off the game with a single for the Mets, but Bruce Boisclair hit into a 3-6-1 double play. Garry Maddox started the bottom of the first by reaching on catcher's interference, which is the kind of thing that happens when you're 15-26 as a team; Ted Sizemore followed with a single, but Jerry Martin hit into a DP to reduce the threat, and Ollie Brown ended it by striking out. John Stearns was plunked with one out in the second, and after a forceout, Lee Mazzilli and Mike Phillips both singled to load the bases. That brought Koosman to the plate, and he struck out to end the inning.

Nobody else reached on catcher's interference, but the game kept going with fairly unusual events. Richie Hebner was plunked in the bottom of the second. Boisclair reached on a bunt single in the third, then was thrown out stealing; in the bottom of the inning, Maddox singled and Sizemore reached on a bunt before a forceout and a groundout prevented them from scoring. The top of the fourth brought a Stearns single and a Roy Staiger ROE before Lonborg escaped.

The scoring began in the bottom of the fourth. Bob Boone singled, Hebner walked, and Harmon reached on a bunt hit to load the bases with nobody out. Larry Bowa hit into a force at home, bringing Lonborg's spot up. The Phillies decided to go for the runs, pinch hitting with Davey Johnson; naturally, he popped up. Maddox singled, however, bringing in the game's first tally.

Tom Underwood replaced Lonborg and didn't miss a beat, working a perfect fifth. Koosman matched him in that inning. The sixth saw a bit more trouble from Underwood, as he walked John Milner, gave up a pinch single to Mike Vail, and allowed a two-out hit to Mazzilli to load the bases. Up came another pinch hitter: Dave Kingman. Kingman flied to center, ending the rally. The Phils threatened against Koosman later in the inning when Bowa singled with two outs and Underwood walked behind him, but Maddox lined out to leave them on.

The Mets finally broke through in the seventh. Underwood walked Randle and Milner, putting two on with two outs. Vail followed with a game-tying RBI single, and Stearns then hit into one of the rarest plays in the league: a Garry Maddox error, this one allowing Milner to score and New York to take the lead.

Koosman worked a 1-2-3 seventh, and Underwood did the same in the eighth. The Met starter was now two innings away from a win and had just worked through the Philly 2-3-4 without allowing a baserunner. So naturally, the first batter he faced in the eighth was Bob Boone, and of course, Boone homered to tie the game; it was Boone's first homer of the year (although he did end up with 11, which was a career high at the time). Koosman retired the next three Phillies to preserve the unwanted tie. Randle led off with a single in the ninth and moved to third on a pair of outs, prompting Gene Garber to replace Underwood; Vail struck out to end the inning. Koosman survived the ninth without allowing further damage, despite a pair of singles (Sizemore and Martin) and a pinch hitting appearance by Mike Schmidt.

In the top of the tenth, Ron Reed retired the first two Mets; he allowed Mazzilli to reach on an error and steal second, then got Bud Harrelson to ground out to end the inning. The bottom of the frame saw the Mets finally pull Koosman, inserting Skip Lockwood in his stead.

Lockwood allowed a single to Boone and a homer to Hebner and the game was over without an out being recorded.

It should be noted that Koosman had a 3.49 ERA (107 ERA+) in 1977, and Lonborg a 4.11 mark (98). Despite that, Lonborg had a better record... and that's putting it mildly. Lonborg went 11-4; Koosman led the league in losses at 8-20. This helpfully demonstrates the difference between pitching for a 101-win team and a 98-loss team.
   13. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 29, 2013 at 07:15 PM (#4455059)
Ryan Pressly, by the way, is a Rule 5 pick by the Twins from Boston's organization. Yesterday was his 16th appearance of the year for the Twins, but just his third with an average leverage index over 0.5 (and one of those three was .51). The Twins are 3-13 in his 16 appearances - and he has been the winning pitcher in two of the three wins. His other victory was in a 15-8 game against Boston in which the Twins jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the 1st in Allen Webster's second major league game, only to have starter Pedro Hernandez give it right back to the Red Sox in the bottom half. Then, trailing 5-4, the Twins threw seven up against Webster and Felix Doubront in the second. Pressly came on to start the third, pitching four shutout innings of two-hit, two-walk baseball. It was 11-6 when he came in, 14-6 when he left. aLI of .43.

Pressly's really only had one bad outing, and even that one had a mitigating factor (Pedro Florimon dropped a throw on a potential DP grounder which led to a four-run inning). This might not be a bad time for the Twins to see what he can offer in higher-leverage situations, maybe even a start or two.

-- MWE

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