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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-27-2012

Pittsburgh Press, June 27, 1912:

Hub Perdue, Boston’s best pitcher, after a run-in with Manager Kling, tore up his uniform, packed his grip and went home, declaring he would never return. Affairs in the Boston club are in a fearful state, and it is said there is likely to be open mutiny against Kling at any time.

Perdue was back with the team fairly shortly.  Kling, unsurprisingly, was out of a job at the end of the year after the Braves finished 52-101.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 27, 2012 at 08:25 AM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 27, 2012 at 08:33 AM (#4167489)
Pretty good outfield on today's Birthday Team if you can put up with the defense at the corners. Otherwise, Diddlebock might be getting drunk quite a bit.

C: Johnny Estrada
1B: Daryle Ward
2B: Wayne Terwilliger
3B: Eddie Kasko
SS: Rico Petrocelli
LF: Gus Zernial
CF: Jim Edmonds
RF: Jeff Conine

SP: Rube Benton
SP: Bill Daley
SP: Lou Kretlow
SP: Bob Trowbridge
SP: Hank Behrman
RP: Jim Johnson

Owner: Charles Bronfman
Manager/Great Name: Harry Diddlebock
Not that one: Bull Durham
   2. AndrewJ Posted: June 27, 2012 at 08:41 AM (#4167492)
Also my mother's birthday.

And RIP, Nora Ephron. I understand she was a big Mets fan.
   3. Dag Nabbit at Posted: June 27, 2012 at 08:53 AM (#4167494)
   4. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 27, 2012 at 09:45 AM (#4167521)
Also in the Pittsburgh Press, columnist Ralph Davis continues to kick the U.S. League while it's down:
STOCK EXCHANGE Note. -- The latest quotation on United Shoestring stock was .000000 with no bidders.

The so-called Pittsburg team of the defunct United Shoestring league is going to play at Mingo Junction on Sunday, and then disband for good. Why not schedule a game for Sing Sing before giving up the ghost?
   5. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: June 27, 2012 at 03:51 PM (#4167945)
ESPN reporting that Pettitte out 4-6 weeks with broken ankle bone (he took a liner off it)
   6. vortex of dissipation Posted: June 27, 2012 at 04:21 PM (#4167985)
ESPN reporting that Pettitte out 4-6 weeks with broken ankle bone (he took a liner off it)

With HGH, he'll be back next week.
   7. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: June 27, 2012 at 06:49 PM (#4168124)
Game of the day (yesterday): Cubs 5, Mets 3. Chicago's Randy Wells walked the leadoff man in the first, but Kirk Niewenhuis squandered the opportunity by being caught stealing. Dillon Gee worked into and out of trouble in the bottom of the inning, allowing singles to David DeJesus and ANTHONY RIZZO before stranding both runners. Wells retired the first two Mets in the second, then gave up consecutive hits to Scott Hairston, Daniel Murphy, Josh Thole, and, embarassingly, Gee himself. The last two of those hits drove in a run apiece, putting New York ahead by a pair.

Gee worked around a leadoff hit in the bottom of the second, and Wells struck out the first two hitters in the top of the third before getting right back into trouble. Walks to Lucas Duda and Hairston were sandwiched around an Ike Davis double to load the bases before Murphy ended the threat by grounding out. The Cubs brought the top of their order back up in the third, and DeJesus led off with his second hit of the day. Starlin Castro followed that with a walk, RIZZO grounded out, advancing both runners, and Alfonso Soriano grounded out as well to drive one of them in. Bryan LaHair walked, Luis Valbuena doubled to tie the game, and Darwin Barney singled in the go-ahead run from third, with Valbuena ending the inning by getting thrown out trying to score from second.

Wells quickly gave up a hit and a walk (to Gee) before being pulled for Scott Maine, who did all right given the situation: a sac bunt, a walk to load the bases, a sac fly by David Wright, and a groundout to end the inning with the game tied. It didn't remain tied for long; Steve Clevenger led off the bottom of the fourth with a hit, moved to third on Castro's two-out single, and came home on a double by RIZZO. Soriano was hit by a pitch to load the bases, and LaHair struck out to end the inning.

Now down a run, the Mets put a few runners on in the ensuing frames - Hairston reached on an error by Valbuena with one out in the fifth, Ronny Cedeno led off the sixth with a single, and Hairston reached on another error, also by Valbuena, with two away in the seventh, this one putting him on second. The tying run made it as far as third in the eighth when Josh Turner singled with one out and pinch runner Andres Torres stole second and took third on a grounder, but Shawn Camp struck out Ruben Tejada to leave him there.

The Cubs padded their lead in the eighth on consecutive singles by Barney, Clevenger, and pinch hitter Reed Johnson, then put in apparently reinstated closer Carlos Marmol for the ninth. Marmol inevitably walked Wright to start the inning, but struck out two of the next three hitters and got the third to fly out, preserving the win in relatively vintage fashion.

Despite the presence of RIZZO, this isn't a game you'd necessarily expect to win most full-slate days; it's about 73rd percentile, which is perfectly respectable and nothing beyond that. Subjectively, you could give a boost to the Brewers-Reds game, which was already pretty good and had a no-hitter taken into the eighth, if memory serves. But this one is hardly a bad game, and it has the bonus of making me wonder how often the same player reaches by multiple errors from the same fielder in one game.

Last year's entry (which is considerably more eventful) will hopefully be posted later this evening.

Edit: Testing to see if editing is fixed. It is!
   8. Der-K: at 10% emotional investment Posted: June 27, 2012 at 11:08 PM (#4168230)
RIP Paul Bargas, Twins minor league pitcher - dead of primary central nervous system lymphoma (brain cancer) at 23.
   9. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: June 27, 2012 at 11:44 PM (#4168240)
Game of the day (last year): Rays 14, Astros 10. JA Happ retired Tampa's first hitter of the day. He then walked Ben Zobrist, gave up a hit to Evan Longoria, and served BJ Upton a 3-run homer. In the bottom of the first, Jeff Niemann gave up a double to Jeff Keppinger and an RBI triple to Carlos Lee, bringing the Astros within two runs and allowing the two teams to combine for a cycle in the first inning.

It was that kind of day.

Happ set the Rays down quickly in the second, only allowing Niemann to reach on a two-out single. In the bottom of the inning, Brett Wallace and Clint Barmes hit back-to-back doubles, and after a grounder moved him to third, Barmes scampered home with the tying run on a wild pitch. The tie lasted as long as you'd expect; Zobrist led off the third with a single, Longoria doubled him to third, and Upton brought him in with a groundout. But a single by Keppinger and back-to-back doubles by Hunter Pence and Lee produced two runs in the bottom of the third, giving Houston its first lead at 5-4.

Elliot Johnson led off the fourth with a double for the Rays, and Niemann was lifted for a pinch hitter, which kind of makes sense even if the replacement batter did strike out. Johnny Damon singled the runner to third, and Zobrist doubled to bring him in with the tying run. That brought the Rays' 3 and 4 hitters to the plate with two runners in scoring position and one out... so naturally, Longoria popped up and Upton struck out looking to leave the runners in place. And equally naturally, new Tampa pitcher Cesar Ramos didn't have any better luck than the man he replaced. The highly alliterative Carlos Corporan (catcher) led off with a ground-rule double and advanced to third on a bunt by Happ. Michael Bourn then singled him home to put Houston back in front; Bourn then stole second and took third on an inaccurate throw by Kelly Shoppach, allowing him to score on Keppinger's sac fly.

Staked to a two-run lead, Happ promptly walked Sean Rodriguez and allowed a double to Casey Kotchman, putting the tying runs in scoring position with nobody out. He then struck out Shoppach and Johnson and induced a lineout from pinch hitter Sam Fuld to end the inning. The Rays put Juan Cruz on the mound, and he worked the first perfect frame of the day.

Happ was pulled from the game for Wilton Lopez in the sixth. Lopez started his outing with an infield single by Johnny Damon, followed by a wild pitch and a balk that advanced the runner a base apiece. Zobrist struck out, but Longoria worked a 3-1 count and then launched a home run to left, tying the game at 7 and depriving Happ of what would have been one of the least-earned wins of the year by a starting pitcher. Cruz worked a scoreless sixth, only allowing a single that was quickly erased when the runner was thrown out stealing, and Lopez responded with a flawless seventh. JP Howell came in for the bottom of the inning, and needed only 13 pitches to get through it - even though the seventh of those pitches was hit over the left field wall by Keppinger for a tiebreaking homer.

The Astros decided to push their luck and leave Lopez in to start the eighth; after a Reid Brignac flyout, he allowed consecutive singles to Damon and Zobrist, and was lifted for Mark Melancon. Melancon struck out Longoria, but walked Upton to load the bases. The Rays sent Matt Joyce up to pinch hit, and he laced a go-ahead two-run double to right. Kotchman followed that with a two-run single, pushing the lead to 11-8.

Houston wasted no time in tightening the game once more, as Chris Johnson led off the eighth with a double against Joel Peralta and Matt Downs followed that with a two-run homer. Barmes then singled, and Corporan bunted the tying run to second, but Jason Bourgeois then hit into what has to be a fairly unusual double play - it appears to have been a tag play at third followed by a throw to first by Longoria, which is either a phenomenal play by Longoria, a huge brain fart by Barmes, or both.

Deciding that the game wasn't yet weird enough, the Rays used starting pitcher Wade Davis as a pinch hitter to lead off the ninth. Naturally, he not only singled, but moved up to second on a wild pitch and third on a single, only to then be thrown out trying for home on a grounder to second. That play, the second out of the inning, brought Longoria back to the plate, and he lifted his second homer of the day to left, driving in three runs to effectively clinch the game. Kyle Farnsworth pitched a perfect ninth to seal the victory for the Rays.

Despite the lack of ninth-inning lead changes (usually a key part of an exceptional 9-inning game), this one is the best 9-inning game of 2011 so far. It features five blown leads, along with three additional... blown ties? Or broken ties, or whatever you call them. It has the winning team's pitching staff posting a WPA of -.788 for the game, with four separate pitchers at -.179 or worse. It has the two teams combining to hit for the cycle in the first inning. It has a total of 12 doubles, hit by 12 different players, which surely has to be some kind of record. And it has the Astros scoring 10 runs despite not drawing a single walk.

Also, for fans of pitching, it featured three, count 'em, three perfect innings.

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