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Thursday, May 02, 2013

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-2-2013

Toledo News-Bee, May 2, 1913:

Dartmouth lost a shutout victory over Maine because the fire whistle blew. Three infield errors allowed a run, and the errors were caused by the aforesaid whistle.

Bennett, Loudon, and Donahue, Green infielders, are members of the undergraduate fire department. When they heard the whistle announce that the “Fire Fiend” had invaded Hanover they wanted to rush away and help pull the hose cart.

Coach Woods refused to allow them to leave, but their attention was given to the fire and not the game. Hence the boots and the runs.

They all just wanted to win the Sporting News “Fireman of the Year” award.

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: May 02, 2013 at 06:13 AM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: May 02, 2013 at 06:23 AM (#4431513)
Cue up Yakity Sax. Today's Birthday outfield is going to be provide of the finest slapstick you've ever seen.

C: Jarrod Saltalamacchia
1B: John Leary
2B/Manager: Eddie Collins
3B: Ollie Beard
SS: Eddie Bressoud
LF: Gates Brown
CF: Felix Jose
RF: Keith Moreland

SP: Larry Cheney
SP: Clay Carroll
SP: Bill Piercy
SP: Erasmo Ramirez
SP: Luke Hudson
RP: Neftali Feliz

Owner: Bing Crosby
Dead Milkmen Devotee: Jim Walewander
Fun Names: Brick Smith, Skinny O'Neal
Fun Name, Minor League Division: Miles Head
   2. BDC Posted: May 02, 2013 at 09:41 AM (#4431590)
Notes from the Ballpark last night: a fairly uneventful 5-2 White Sox win over the Rangers. Chris Sale was simply better than Nick Tepesch. Elvis Andrus looked terrible in a couple of at-bats with men on base. The highlight may have been Addison Reed hitting A.J. Pierzynski with a pitch in the bottom of the ninth. It was not a smart move – it triggered a brief rally that brought the tying run to the plate in the person of the hapless Andrus – but it looked sort of like Reed was hitting Pierogi on the general principle that somebody ought to hit Pierogi once in a while. The ball hit his upper arm with a little "plock" sound, and AJ trotted to first; the papers and announcers are trying to fan it into a feud, but it's pretty small beer.

Nice weather, about 30,000 fans in the park, some good defense, just under 3-hour game time. I liked it despite the Ranger loss.
   3. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: May 02, 2013 at 05:24 PM (#4432229)
Game of the day (yesterday): Angels 5, A's 4. Thank goodness the fans in Oakland got to see an exciting baseball game for once.

Tommy Milone worked a perfect first; the A's loaded the bases against CJ Wilson in the bottom of the inning on walks to Jed Lowrie and Josh Donaldson sandwiched around a Yoenis Cespedes infield hit, but didn't score. That allowed LA to go ahead on Howie Kendrick's second-inning solo homer.

The 1-0 lead remained in place until the third, when Wilson plunked Cespedes with two outs and Donaldson and Nate Freiman followed with consecutive doubles, putting Oakland in front 2-0. The Angels tied it again in the fifth when Josh Hamilton and Kendrick started the inning with singles, and JB Shuck picked up a two-out RBI hit.

LA went ahead once more in the sixth on solo shots by Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo. The A's threatened in the bottom of the inning, loading the bases on a walk to Josh Reddick, a single by Adam Rosales, and a walk to Lowrie, but Derek Norris hit into an inning-ending double play. Milone threw a perfect seventh, and Wilson and Michael Kohn combined to strike out the side in the bottom of the inning.

In the top of the eighth, Erick Aybar led off with a single, chasing Milone, and was then caught stealing second with Pat Nesheck on the mound. Trout followed with a triple (you figure Aybar probably could have scored from first on the play), and Albert Pujols brought him in with a sac fly. Neshek then gave up a walk to Trumbo and singles to Hamilton and Hendrick; Hamilton was thrown out trying for third, ending the inning moments before Trumbo safely touched home.

Kohn plunked Freiman to lead off the bottom of the eighth and was pulled for Scott Downs; after Reddick hit into a force, Downs allowed a double to Nate Montz and a single to Rosales, both of which scored runs. Ernesto Frieri replaced Downs and retired Lowrie; he walked John Jaso, but struck out Seth Smith to end the inning with the tying run at second.

Ryan Cook threw a perfect top of the ninth, giving the A's one more shot. Cespedes was hit by a pitch leading off the bottom of the inning, but was then thrown out stealing second. Donaldson drew a walk. Brandon Moss hit for Freiman and flied out; Reddick walked as well to put the tying run at second once more, but Eric Sogard fouled out to end the game.

A couple of lead changes, the tying run in scoring position in both the eighth and ninth, and some genuine baserunning craziness (albeit of the sub-Seguran variety). Not bad for the second-most exciting game of the series.
   4. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: May 02, 2013 at 05:33 PM (#4432236)
1977 GotD is going to be late today, or possibly tomorrow; my evening plans are coming up, and my efforts to finish before them are being impeded by weather that's currently making my Internet connection about as reliable as Carlos Marmol with a one-run lead.

But in case it takes a while, here's the boxscore at least: Pirates 4, Astros 3 (10)
   5. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 02, 2013 at 06:29 PM (#4432282)
The Rockies have signed Roy Oswalt to a minor-league deal. I thought Oswalt was one of those guys who was perfectly willing to retire to his farm.
   6. Dag Nabbit is a cornucopia of errors Posted: May 02, 2013 at 06:46 PM (#4432302)
His farm, the Rockies' farm system. Same thing.
   7. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 02, 2013 at 07:10 PM (#4432319)
Hey, here's a picture of Derek Jeter at his high school prom.

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