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Monday, July 16, 2012

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-16-2012

Ogden Evening Standard, July 16, 1912:

Hal Chase…has a rather peculiar way of selecting his bats. Most batters size the bludgeon by weight. Not so Hal. The New Yorker had a splinter in his tongue recently, and that’s how the secret leaked out.

“How did you get that in?” queried a bystander in the lobby of the hotel where the Yanks are stopping.

“Well, I’ll tell you,” said Hal, “I was down town this morning sampling some new sticks. I can tell a new bat by tasting the wood.”

The Yanks’ bat boy declares that Hal has all the Highlanders’ bats imprinted with his teeth.

Man, it’s a good thing they didn’t have aluminum bats in 1912.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 16, 2012 at 05:01 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 16, 2012 at 05:05 AM (#4183564)
Speaking of Dead Ball Era players of questionable moral character, Joe Jackson was born 125 years ago today. His punishment for being involved with the 1919 Black Sox? Spending eternity on this disaster of a Birthday Team.

C: Norm Sherry
1B: Bob Burda
2B: Don Ross
3B: Terry Pendleton
SS: Howdy Caton
LF: Shoeless Joe Jackson
CF: Jim Lentine
RF: Dave Birdsall

SP: Larry Jansen
SP: Eddie Fisher
SP: William VanLandingham
SP: Hi Bell
SP: John Keefe
RP: John Purdin

Manager/Director of Public Relations: Lee Elia
   2. BochysFingers Posted: July 16, 2012 at 08:07 AM (#4183594)
If your #3 starter is VanLaunchingpad, yes your team is indeed a disaster!
   3. Dag Nabbit at Posted: July 16, 2012 at 10:00 AM (#4183669)
Up at THT, a historical item notes that toady is the 20th anniversary of Greg Maddux breaking off contract negotiations with the Cubs. Truly a date that will live in infamy. Plus a whole litany of other events having their anniversary or "day-versary" are mentioned.
   4. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: July 16, 2012 at 10:44 AM (#4183706)
Game of the day (yesterday): Angels 10, Yankees 8. Subheadline: Jered Weaver proves that nobody gets his record to 11-1 without at least the occasional lucky one.

Ivan Nova started the game for the Yankees, and gave up back-to-back homers to Erick Aybar and Albert Pujols in the top of the first. The Yanks came right back against Weaver, thanks to a 2-run homer from Alex Rodriguez, then scored again in the second. Eric Chavez singled with one out, and moved to second on a bunt by Russell Martin (which isn't scored as a sacrifice, and with one out, better not have been called as such). Derek Jeter then singled Chavez home, and also ended the inning by getting thrown out trying for second.

The Yankees put runners on the corners with one out in the third, but Weaver escaped on a double play that didn't require an actual plate appearances: he picked Robinson Cano off of first, resulting in a rundown, and A-Rod was also thrown out trying to score from third on the play. The Angels loaded the bases in the fourth, thanks to singles by Pujols and Mark Trumbo and a walk to Maicer Izturis, but Peter Bourjos flied out to leave the runners on.

Scoring resumed in the top of the sixth. Singles by Kendry Morales and Trumbo put runners on first and third for the Angels; Alberto Callaspo brought one of them home with a sac fly to tie the game, and Izturis followed with a 2-run homer to put his team back on top. Curtis Granderson led off the bottom of the sixth with a homer to bring New York back within one, but the Angels got the run right back in the seventh. Mike Trout led off with a double, and Aybar followed with a single, advancing Trout to third and chasing Nova from the game. Reliever Chad Qualls induced Pujols to hit into a double play, but Trout was able to score. Given another two-run lead, Weaver promptly gave up another solo homer, this one to Eric Chavez.

Aheaad 6-5 in the top of the eighth, the Angels unloaded. Izturis got things started with a one-out walk, and Bourjos followed with a bunt single. After a wild pitch moved Izturis to third (but somehow, not Bourjos to second), Bobby Wilson singled one run home, and Trout drove in another with his second double in as many innings. Aybar then dropped a presumable squeeze bunt to bring in Wilson and extend the margin to four runs. Anaheim added yet another tally in the top of the ninth on a solo homer by Trumbo, and went on to load the bases on two singles and a walk, but didn't score again. With a five run lead, you wouldn't think that would be an issue.

And it wasn't... eventually. Cano led off the bottom of the ninth by drawing a seven-pitch walk from Ernesto Frieri, and Mark Teixeira homered, cutting New York's deficit to three. Nick Swisher then worked a walk of his own, this one requireing eight pitches and prompting Scott Downs to replace Fieri on the mound. Raul Ibanez reached on an infield single, but Downs struck out Andruw Jones and coaxed a forceout from Russell Martin, putting his team one out away from victory. So naturally, he then loaded the bases on a four-pitch walk to Derek Jeter, bringing the winning run to the plate in the person of Granderson. After a heart-stopping long foul ball, Granderson drew the fourth walk of the inning, forcing in a run and bringing the man who's now tied for the all-time grand slam record to the plate. But Kelvin Jepsen induced A-Rod to pop out, preserving the win.

We may need to have an exorcism performed on Jered Weaver, because it appears he spent this game being possessed by the spirit of Jack Morris. Apart from that piece of disturbing news, however, we have a pretty run of the mill very good game, featuring your average pair of lead changes and set of three other rallies that either close the game within one or put the tying run in scoring position, 8 home runs, including one each from the two greatest active players in the game, and a pair of doubles from someone who may be the most exciting player it is possible to conceive with a human mind.
   5. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: July 16, 2012 at 11:16 AM (#4183733)
Game of the day (last year): Reds 6, Cardinals 5. The Cards and Reds played a good one yesterday too, and it would have been fun writing about two games between the same pair of teams. But this one was quite a bit better than yesterday's.

Johnny Cueto worked a perfect first inning for the Reds. Jake Westbrook did not, giving up a leadoff homer to Chris Heisey. (Incidentally, but for a blister, this would have been the pitching matchup in yesterday's game as well. Which wouldn't quite have been Ryan Dempster and Homer Bailey starting against each other on their birthday, but still...)

Cueto, in fact, was quite effective throughout the game. He put two Cardinals on base in the second, but not at the same time thanks to a double play. St. Louis also had a runner reach on error in the third, and a one-out single in the sixth; since that single was by Ryan Theriot, he was immediately picked off. Meanwhile, Westbrook was pitching quite well himself as long as he wasn't facing Heisey or Scott Rolen; Rolen had a double in the second and a single in the fourth, and Heisey hit his second solo homer of the game in the fifth. Westbrook was lifted after that inning, and relievers Raul Valdes and PJ Walters allowed the Reds to load the bases in the sixth, but managed to strand all three runners.

The Cardinals finally broke through against Cueto in the seventh. Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday started the inning with singles, and Lance Berkman walked to load the bases. David Freese and Yadier Molina each hit run-scoring groundouts, tying the game at 2. Skip Schumaker also hit a grounder; this one was mishandled by second baseman Brandon Phillips, keeping the inning alive for pinch hitter Tony Cruz, who singled to drive Berkman in with the go-ahead run.

Drew Stubbs batted for Cueto to lead off the bottom of the inning against Mitchell Boggs, and drew a five-pitch walk. Heisey then reached on an error by Freese, which moved Stubbs to third. Zack Cozart singled to drive in the tying run, and Joey Votto followed with a ground-rule double against newly-inserted lefty Trever Miller to put Cincinnati back on top. Miller intentionally walked Phillips to load the bases (with no outs) and bring lefty-hitting Jay Bruce to the plate. Bruce struck out, and Jason Motte entered and induced a 1-2-3 double play from Scott Rolen to mitigate what was already a highly-damaging inning.

The damage was remedied quite quickly in the top of the eighth. Facing flamethrower Aroldis Chapman, Colby Rasmus worked a full-count walk to bring Pujols to the plate. Albert then launched a 2-0 pitch over the left field wall to restore the lead to St. Louis. Chapman issued another base on balls before being pulled, and Nick Masset ended the inning without further scoring, despite a balk. Lance Lynn was spotless in the eighth for the Cards. The Reds bullpen had a fairly adventurous ninth, allowing a single and two walks, but Nick Punto made the inning's first out by getting caught stealing and Logan Ondrusek escaped the eventual two-on, one-out jam, giving his offense one final chance.

Fernando Salas started the bottom of the ninth by fanning Heisey. Cozart then singled on a grounder up the middle, which brought Votto to the plate as the winning run. Votto lined out to right, leaving things in the hands of Phillips, whose earlier error had resulted in a run that was currently the difference in the game.

Since I'm pointing the narrative in that direction, you can probably guess that Phillips hit a 1-0 pitch over the left field fence for a come-from-behind, walkoff 2-run homer. It was the game's fourth lead change in the last three innings, which is a relatively enormous number. And as I always (or at least sometimes) say, excellent baseball games are made in the late innings.
   6. vortex of dissipation Posted: July 16, 2012 at 12:09 PM (#4183801)
Spending eternity on this disaster of a Birthday Team.

The starting OF has a combined career batting average of .348! :-)
   7. SoSH U at work Posted: July 16, 2012 at 12:23 PM (#4183827)
Eric Chavez singled with one out, and moved to second on a bunt by Russell Martin (which isn't scored as a sacrifice, and with one out, better not have been called as such).


   8. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: July 16, 2012 at 08:29 PM (#4184350)
Votto out 3-4 weeks with meniscus tear (arthroscopic surgery tomorrow)

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