Friday, March 28, 2008

Camden Home Opener

[Sorry for not having all the names, I only have my sheets ... but this is still an amazing story.]

"Welcome back. For those of you just joining in, the RockOrioles are up by one going into the ninth. The Orioles lost the first game of the series 4-1, and won the second 17-7. That game featured 17 batters in the fourth inning, and three pitchers (The '5 runs in an inning rule.') There's been terrible defence all around, which you'd expect from the Florida team."

"Yes, everyone remembers Scott's selection of Hanley "Error" Ramirez ..."

"True, but our boys have three (including 2 two-base errors), not to mention a passed ball."

"Still, Orioles are up by one, and we're safely in the bullpen. One of our starters may get the win. Pedro Feliciano is in for a long middle relief and gets the first batter. He walks the next batter ... The batter is pulled for a pinch hitter ... and now Brian is walking to the mound. Looks like they are going for Rivera. Now, scott is pulling the pinch hitter for a different pitch hitter! Not every day you see someone in the game for no plate appearances and no defence..."

"Trying to play that left vs right game. He's going to be hurting on defence, but this is the ninth."

"And it doesn't matter, Rivera gets the strikeout."

"We've got another pinch hitter... he hits an easy grounder to Orlando Hudson, and Hudson drops the ball! He completely muffs the play! The final out to end the game. Ooh, Hudson only had 12 errors last year and that's his second of the series."

"Rivera gives up a hit, two runs score! Oh, that error has hurt us. The RockOrioles escape without further damage, but we're down by one in the bottom of the ninth. Francoeur is pulled to put the Left Cliff Floyd in. Floyd hits slightly better ... Zambrano takes his leave after 8 IP to be replaced by downs. And he gets Floyd to strikeout looking."

"Next up is Orlando Cabrera. Downs was a LOOGY, so he gets pulled for Fredrick Rodriguez."

"And Cabrera smashes a shot down the right field line ... its sneaks into the corner ... he's easily into third. A triple! Next up is Hudson, he can redeem himself with a big hit ... but he strikes out. Next up is the DH Moises Alou ... and the manager pulls him!"

"Well, Alou isn't clutch at all. He's as bad as A-Rod" [Alou has 13 hit chances turn into out in clutch situations.] "In comes Mark DeFranco ... He hits a strong shot to Hanley Ramirez and Ramirez flubs it ! Cabrera scores, DeRosa is safe ... the scorer charges another error. Matt Holliday, who hasn't lived up to expectations of a first round draft pick, strikes out. We're playing extra innings."

Rivera gives up a walk (I believe), and the runner promptly steals 2nd. The hit sends a runner home, and FRod gives up a hit and walk, but in the other order, so the RockOrioles lose 6-5 (in 10).

How bad was the defence? Well, apart from each team dropping a game-winning play ...

  • The Orioles scored 23 runs ... 11 earned.
  • There were 3 multiple-base errors.

After this series Scott is 4-2, and I'm 3-3.



At 11:41 PM, March 28, 2008, Blogger Brian said...

Let's see, other interesting stats ...

Posada just missed the (natural) cycle in the first game, getting a walk, single, double, triple before not hitting the home run. (I believe he reached, though). I don't think he made an out until his second game.

Beltran had an amazing second game, with two doubles and two home runs. He was ice cold at other times.

Scott got caught stealing 3 times out of six (with all AA stealers, IIRC).

Matt Holliday's numbers after six games ... .167/.222/.250 (BA/OBP/Slug). 7 Ks.

But I'm getting good #s out of Alou, Beltran, Martinez and Lowell.

At 1:05 PM, March 29, 2008, Blogger Dennis Ugolini said...

Wait, wasn't Scott caught stealing on nearly every attempt against Jon? Is he rolling the 30-sided die from Formula De?

At 11:12 PM, March 29, 2008, Blogger Jonathan W. said...

I think Scott got caught 5 out of 7 times with AA stealers verse me.

At 8:02 AM, March 30, 2008, Blogger Jeff said...

Looks like Scott needs to re-read the 7th Commandment.

At 9:46 AM, March 30, 2008, Blogger Brian said...

What made it even more amazing is that after 2 (or was it 3) successful steals, the next batter walked.

At 6:26 PM, March 30, 2008, Blogger scott said...

actually my error in the bottom of the ninth was by hanley ramirez's defensive replacement omar vizquel who came in in the top of the inning as a pinch runner for manny ramirez and scored the tying run and then stayed in at ss to try to avoid exactly what ended up happening anyway
by the way brian, can you confirm my other errors in game 3; not sure i got that data

At 6:33 PM, March 30, 2008, Blogger scott said...

my overall stolen base stats: I have 9 steals in 16 attempts (every attempt made with at least 70% chance of success and some higher); figgins is 6 out of 8 and matsui is 1 for 1 so that leaves hanley ramirez who is 2 steals in 7attempts
in my competition with holliday for pathetic hitting where it shouldn't be I have:
ryan howard .077/.111/.192/12 (ba/obp/slg/k's) all against rh starters);
and two nipping at his heels
vlad guerreo .192/.222/.308/4 and manny ramirez .150/.261/.200/7


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