Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Monday Monday

So good to me ...


On the first day of my involuntary vacation, Ted made a surprise appearance and we broke out Lord of the Rings. Gandalf got medieval, taking out Saruman, a Cave Troll, Shelob and 2-3 others. Sadly, the rest of the fellowship had heard a rumor that whoever dies gets reincarnated, so decided to follow Boromir's lead. Gandalf made it to Mt. Doom, but discovered that he was all out of bubblegum and had nobody's ass left to kick. Frodo was almost there, but the Warg (which cancels his ability) and the witch king (who kept flying to his space) formed a wall, beat him senseless, and took his stuff.

Next was the obligatory game of Race.

By this point we had a quorum. Michael and Dennis split off to play the beisbol, and Ted, Chris, Sean, Jon and I broke out Princes of Florence. Sean got off to a quick start, but stalled at the end (having no actions to take on the last turn). Actually, by that point I was running away with it, so I decided to keep doing that. I'm not one of the PoF sharks, but I do have 15-20 games under my belt ...

Jon and I then played some baseball, and I managed to avoid the sweep, making my record vs Jon 1-5 (shudder). Al had arrived and the rest of the group played Torres (I think?).

We ended up with some Simpson Jeopardy, and Alex Trebeck beat up Michael for owing him money.

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At 10:18 AM, June 17, 2008, Blogger Tiffany said...

Sounds like you guys had a lot of fun. I am sorry I missed it.

 
At 10:25 AM, June 17, 2008, Blogger Dennis Ugolini said...

My pitching staff got healthy with a road sweep against Michael's overpaid and underachieving hitters.

Game 1: Kelvim Escobar puts the team on his back for a 4-hit complete game victory, 5-1. I had 15 hits, but left 12 men on and hit into four double plays (Michael added two DPs of his own).

Game 2: The bottom of my lineup spotted Oliver Perez a 4-1 lead, which Lee Gardner blew in the 9th thanks to a 2-run, 2-out double from J.D. "Unclutch" Drew. Then with one on in the 12th, Aramis Ramirez misses a HR split by one, triggering the "rob the HR" rule. Unfortunately Michael lost his starting center fielder on the usage roll, and his shifted left fielder had a penalized fielding rating of 4. He missed the catch, and the good guys prevailed 6-4.

3. His bullpen in a shambles, Michael forces Curt Schilling to complete the game under any circumstances. The Bloody Sock performs admirably, but got no run support and fell 4-2 to El Duque.

Fun with stats:
- I move up to 8-7, while Michael falls to 3-6.
- Michael scored seven runs in 30 innings, reducing my team ERA from 5.86 to 4.99.
- Travis Hafner has 19 strikeouts in 61 AB (31%).
- Todd Helton had a stretch of 8 AB without a hit or walk, reducing his OBP to a paltry 0.451.
- Nick Markakis is insane. He leads the team in singles (15), HR (5), RBI (14), and runs (13). He's .407/.438/.729 for an OPS of 1.166 in 64 PA. And he has a stolen base despite a "B" rating (sincerely, Michael's backup catcher with a +3 arm).
- I've scored 76 runs but have only 70 RBIs due to runs scored on double plays, errors, wild pitches, and passed balls.
- My #1 and #2 starting pitchers are 0-4 with an 8.72 ERA. My #3-#5 starters are 5-3, 4.28 ERA. My relievers are 3-0, 3.21 ERA.
- Manny Delcarmen gets stuck into every tight situation and dominates. In 8.3 IP over six appearances, he's allowed one walk and zero hits, and is 2-0 with a save.

 
At 11:45 AM, June 17, 2008, Blogger seanp said...

While Brian played baseball, I got four of us together to play "The Game That Brian Hates" (which can actually be a few different games, but oddly enough most of them start with the letter T) - Torres. I really like that game...

 
At 4:01 PM, June 17, 2008, Blogger Brian said...

Quick summary --

Game 1: Jason Marquis vs Brandon Webb. 'Nuff Said. Jon wins, although Marquis really didn't implode until the 5th (and Marmol was subbed in fairly quickly, but missed his card the next few rolls).

Game 2: Barry Zito. Sigh. He was doing fine, until he gave up 3 HR splits in the 4th, I think. Jon missed one of them ... with his weak batter on a N-HR split, so he got the double instead of the single.... Needless to say, after Barry fatigued I left him in (he gave up one dotted strikeout that same inning) and then he was flawless for two innings, but the damage was done.

Game 3: Tim Lincecum pitching with a 0-4 record, but he's been OK. The game manages to stay close until the end and I got two runs in the bottom of the ninth to win it. Goatboy (Matt Holliday) also blasted a solo HR. I think he got two hits in the series.

No stats yet, but some random highlights.

1) We had two "Robbing HR checks" in the series, whereas I've had none in the prior 21 games, I think.

2) Marmol gave up three wild pitches in about 7 innings. That also includes the "Wild pitch check, Missed!, Wild pitch check again" series. At least one runner scored on a WP.

3) One inning had the following three at-bats (in order).
a) GB(2b)-X
b) GB(2b)-X
c) GB(2b)-X

Thank God for Orlando Hudson (1e12). Three up, three down.

 
At 4:28 PM, June 17, 2008, Blogger Brian said...

Some Stats -- Lincecum shut out Jon for 6 innings, and lowers his ERA to 7.39 (with a 1.79 WHIP). Ugh.

Carlos Marmol's ERA has soared to 3.00 with a 0.78 WHIP.

Goatboy has raised his Batting Average to .200! OPS of .722. He also went 0-4 in game one with 3Ks and a GDP. Meeehhhh. I'm moving him down the batting order until he learns better.

Victor Martinez was the series highlight reel, going 4 for 11 with a home run and the game winning hit. And the fact that he's the best of the series is pathetic, and just points out how narrowly I avoided the second sweep. (Garret Atkins went 4 for 12 with two doubles).

 
At 4:41 PM, June 17, 2008, Blogger Brian said...

And I completely forgot Hamster-rolle! (Hamster not included).

 
At 6:57 PM, June 17, 2008, Blogger scott said...

so do we have any sense of overall sabl league standings at this point?

 
At 9:37 PM, June 17, 2008, Blogger Ted Kostek said...

I was glad to get out for a night of euros.

Confrontation is a fun little game. It's been so long since I played that I didn't have a firm grasp on the cards. Thankfully, Brian wouldn't let me make nonsensical plays. The combination of Brian's good-will and good luck (plus a small smattering of good play) allowed the Flying Nazgul (not the Witch King), to take out Frodo.

I was glad to break in my copy of Princes of Florence. I played once about 2 years ago, and enjoyed it. This is part of my recent focus on the "classics." Dead last place, but I had a heckuva villa.

Torres is fairly cool. Early I was doing reasonably OK, but I got pretty much locked out of one of the biggest castles, leaving me far, far behind. Dead last, but once again I had a heckuva villa.

Seems that I have to remember the goal is to get points. Oh yeah, that...

 
At 2:24 AM, June 18, 2008, Blogger Michael said...

Naah that wasn't the game I had my center fielder out. The problem was you hit the home run split to left field where I have Pat Burrell, a beast at the plate, but a different type of beast in the field.

Hint: One of those beasts is good, one is not.

 

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