Despite More Jeter Shenanignas, Hairys Right Ship With Sweep of Bengals

After an extremely frustrating sweep at the hands of the Knights, the Hairys set off for McAfee Stadium for a set with the Bengals. Things were not good as best starter card in the league Jake Peavy was waiting for them. Thankfully the comptuer was pitching him on 3 days rest and he was not as sharp as you would expect. The Hairys jumped all over him in the first as Cabrera led off and stole a base successfully (a big time rarity for the Hairys so far), then Pedroia singled and a Markakis sac fly made it 1-0. Then Pedroia stole 2nd (!!!) and the ensuing singles by Ibanez and Hunter made it 2-0. A walk to Youk loaded the bases, but Peavy weasled out of it and minimized the damage. Hairy starter Young breezed through the first 2 innings, but his control got him in trouble in the third as he walked the first 2 batters in succession and really pissed Ockey off. An O-Dawg single made it 2-1 and Ockey was not amused. He was even less so when a Church homer tied the game at 2 in the 4th. Ibanez was having none of it, though as he went yard in the 6th to make it 3-2. Ockey is feeling good as it is now the 8th and stud Perez is pitching. Enter Derek Effing Jeter. This freaking guy hates me. So much. He triples with one out and scores on a sac fly to tie the game. I am hating him so much I can’t even cry. But thankfully my offense comes through in the clutch of the 9th inning. Youk singles and then scores all the way from 1st as R-Mart doubled and 3rd base coach Travis was waving him around like he was Thomas the Tank Engine trying to be useful. And useful it was as he slid in under the tag. Huston Street came in and gave up a freaking scary warning track blast, but then finished with flair, K’ing the final two batters.

Game 2 was way tight. Until the 8th. Hairy Kazmir was not good, allowing 12 baserunners in 6 innings of work. He gave up 4 runs and it would have been way more, but he did nut up and K 10 guys. Tim Hudson was dealing for the Bengals, allowing only 5 hits in 7.1 innings. Unfortunately for him, his defense was bad which allowed 2 unearned runs. Even so, the Bengals held a 4-2 lead after 7 thanks to an O-Dawg solo shot and a Jeter (who else) RBI single that scored Morneau who had just tripled (what??) off a LEFTY (WHAT?????) Ockey was resigned to the fact that the cheating computer had gotten over again. But then the Hairys went to work. The 8th went like this: Escobar single up the middle, he’s bunted over to 2nd and scores on a Cabrera double. Orlando then steals 3rd and scores on a SWEET squeeze bunt single by Pedroia. Tie game. Embree in. Pedroia steals 2nd, Markakis walks. Embree is done. The computer is done messing around as “Enter Sandman” plays and in walks Mo. The Hairys look at Mo, shake their head and say “Metallica. Please. That ish is BEAT, Holmes. Let us introduce you to a band called ….And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead – and you’re first on the list, Rivera.” Konerko started the beat-down with one of his patented RBI singles off righties. Then Torii got all medieval with a 3-run yakker then Youk made it back to back with a solo jack that wasn’t wack. The Hairys bat around and drop a 7-spot on Brighton. This really pisses Jeter off and he goes yard against me. Again. But this time I flip him off as he rounds the bases and point at the scoreboard. ‘Nuff said.

Knights Enter Coliseum, Win 8th Straight

The Knights ventured into their once-home McAfee Coliseum late Monday night and put a serious whooping on their cousin-team.  Lincecum got the start but allowed too many baserunners, going 2.1 and allowing 3 hits, 4 walks, and 2 earned runs.  As per usual, my bullpen took over in the 3rd and went 6.2, allowing 4 hits and 1 earned run.

The story, for a change, was my offense.  We totalled 10 hits, which is ordinary, but 8 of those were for extra bases, not so ordinary.  By the end of the game we had hit 5 HRs and 3 2Bs, and easily won 10-4.  Josh Fields hit two, Kendrick, Sheffield, and Shawn Green had one each.

We had the outfielders going to extremes trying to get to our blasts.

Knights Continue To Roll With Sweep of Hogs

The Knights entered the Metrodome having won 5 in a row and during that span not allowing more than 2 runs per game.

Hill started for the Knights and pitched one batter too many as Anderson took him deep in the 5th.  That brought the Hogs a little too close as the inning ended with the Knights leading 4-3.

But my bullpen is mean and nasty and went the remaining 4.1 innings, giving up only 2 hits.  Meanwhile, my offense went off, scoring 6 in the 7th and 2 in the 8th to seal the deal at 12-3.  Herges gave up 6 unearned runs due in part to the Hog’s 3 errors.

Game 2 was a long affair, going into the 12th at 2-2 with Ted getting to Putz in a serious way to tie it in the bottom of the 9th.  Johjima was the hero in the end, hitting a 2-run double in the top of the 12th to take the lead.  My pitching line for the game was GOOD: 12 innings, 6 hits, 2 runs.  The ‘pen?  8.1 innings, 2 hits, 1 run.

Of note:  The Knights are the only team to have not allowed an unearned run.

I’m riding this wave as long as I can.  I’m off to Norcal for a few days, but I’ll have the HQ with me, so Jerry you can play when ready.  I play the Bengals when you are through with them, but no hurry since that is where I’m done until Ted gets back.  Send stats when complete as I love a little Norcal PTP action.

Out.

Knights Sweep Hapless Hairys

I’m going to describe these games, but in truth they are indescribable.  Things just were going my way.

It started with a jolt as my Knights started it out with a Crawford 1B, Kendrick 1B, Kotchman 1B, Sheffield HR, Green 3B.  All in a row, before the first out was made.  We tallied 5 runs in the 1st.

Lincecum got his 2nd start of the season.  I’ve used him as a middle reliever but wow did he step up.  He went 7 innings, allowing 2 runs on 2 hits.  JJ Putz and Sherrill pitched  hitless 8th and 9th.

In the second game, the Hairys scored first in the 1st inning.  Markakis tripled then Hunter drove him in.  My starter, Perez, struggled going 1.1 innings, allowing 5 hits but just 1 run.  Johjima helped his battery mate by throwing out 3 would-be basestealers.

I pulled Perez in the 2nd with the game tied at 1.  Izzy, Jenks, Papelbon, Okajima, Accardo, and then Saito all combined for 7.2 innings, 6 hits and 1 run.  I’m averaging 4.8 relievers per game.  Izzy got the win.

Pierre got thrown out at third one time and it was awesome.

Carl Crawford is hitting .394/.429/.818.  He has 6 doubles, a triple, and 2 HRs.  He has also stolen 2 bases and is on track to join the 10-10 club.  He leads the league in runs scored.

My team hit 6 HRs in these games, after just hitting 3 through 6 games.  I still haven’t allowed a stolen base.  I lead the league in OPS, and ERA.  Through 8 games I’ve committed 2 errors, 1 by a pitcher,and another by Kendrick at second.  Things are going well for me right now, going into the 24 game stretch against the robotics I’m feeling very confident about my season. 

But I have to sweep Ted first.