Winter Wonderland: Games of December 5

VENEZUELAN LEAGUE

ANZOATEGUI 8, LARA 7 IN ANZOATEGUI

Lara scored four in the seventh to go ahead 7-6, but in the bottom of the ninth Rene Reyes hit a two-run homer to give Anzoategui the win.  Reyes was 3-for-5 with two home runs, scoring three times and driving in four.

DOMINICAN LEAGUE

GIGANTES 4, ESCOGIDO 2 IN ESCOGIDO

Trailing 4-0, Escogido scored twice in the sixth.  They loaded the bases with two out in both the sixth and the seventh, but were thwarted each time.  Jorge Polanco was 1-for-5 for Escogido.

AGUILAS 5, ORIENTE 2 AT AGUILAS

Joey Terdoslavich hit a two-run double in the fourth to break a scoreless tie and the Aguilas led the rest of the way.

LICEY AT ESTE

Rained out.

PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE

AGUADILLA 5, CAGUAS 4 IN CAGUAS

Caguas led 4-2 going to the ninth, but a two-run single by Ruben Gotay tied it up and a fielder's choice brought home the go-ahead run.  Jarret Leverett struck out five in 5.2 innings for Aguadilla, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks.  Yariel Gonzalez was 3-for-5 with two doubles and two walks for Aguadilla.

MEXICAN LEAGUE

No games scheduled.

AUSTRALIAN LEAGUE

No games scheduled.

1987 Rewind: Game Sixty-four

MINNESOTA 7, MILWAUKEE 3 IN MILWAUKEE

Date:  Tuesday, June 16.

Batting stars:  Greg Gagne was 3-for-4 with a triple and two doubles, driving in four.  Kent Hrbek was 2-for-5 with a home run, his fourteenth.  Kirby Puckett was 2-for-5 with a double, scoring once and driving in one.

Pitching star:  Frank Viola struck out six in 6.1 innings, giving up an unearned run on four hits and no walks.

Opposition stars:  Chuck Crim pitched 6.1 innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks with two strikeouts.  Bill Schroeder was 2-for-4 with a run.  Dale Sveum was 1-for-2 with a walk and an RBI.

The game:  Gagne hit a two-run triple in the second to open the scoring.  Milwaukee got one back in the fifth, but the Twins broke it open with three in the eighth and two in the ninth.  Hrbek opened the eighth with a home run and Gagne delivered a two-run double later in the inning.  Milwaukee rallied in the ninth, scoring twice on four singles and bringing Jeff Reardon into the game.  He threw a wild pitch but then retired Rick Manning on a fly ball for one of the easier saves of his career.

Of note:  Roy Smalley was 2-for-4 with a walk, scoring once and driving in one, to make his average .317.  Puckett raised his average to .327.  Gene Larkin was 0-for-5, dropping his average to .318.  Viola's ERA was 3.30.

Record:  The Twins were 37-27. in first place, two games ahead of Oakland.

Notes:  Smalley played third base, with Larkin at DH and Gary Gaetti out of the lineup.

Player profile:  This was one of only six career starts Chuck Crim made.  Five of them were in June of 1987, with this being his fourth.  It was his rookie year--he started it in the bullpen and moved into the rotation on June 2.  Two of his starts were fairly good, but as a starter he was 1-4, 5.17, 1.58 WHIP.  He was pretty good as a reliever, though, and stayed pretty good through 1990.  He led the league in appearances in 1988 and 1989 and came close in 1990, averaging over 100 relief innings in those three seasons.  The workload may have taken a toll, though, because he never had a good season after 1990.  He was with California from 1992-93, but was released at the end of May of 1993.  He missed the rest of the season, came back with the Cubs in 1994, but then his playing career was over.  He was never the closer, but for his career he was 47-43, 45 saves, 3.83, 1.35 WHIP.  He was a coach for many years, most recently as the bullpen coach of the Dodgers from 2013-15, but does not appear to have a job in baseball at the moment.

Happy Birthday–December 6

Jocko Conlan (1899)
Tony Lazzeri (1903)
Stan Hack (1909)
Dan Dobbek (1934)
Tony Horton (1944)
Larry Bowa (1945)
Tim Foli (1950)
Chuck Baker (1952)
Gary Ward (1953)
Juan Carlos Oliva (1954)
Steve Bedrosian (1957)
Larry Sheets (1959)
Kevin Campbell (1964)
Kevin Appier (1967)
Jose Contreras (1971)
Chris Basak (1978)
Jason Bulger (1978)

Jocko Conlan played two seasons of major league baseball, but is best known as a National League umpire from 1941-1965.

The younger brother of Tony Oliva, Juan Carlos Oliva was a star pitcher in Cuba and later became a successful pitching coach there.

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Winter Wonderland: Games of December 3-4

GAMES OF DECEMBER 3

VENEZUELAN LEAGUE

ANZOATEGUI 10, MAGALLANES 8 IN ANZOATEGUI

Trailing 5-0, Anzoategui scored six time in the bottom of the third, aided by three errors.  They built a 10-5 lead before Magallanes scored some late runs to make the final score look better.  Luis Arraez was 0-for-3 with two walks and an RBI for Magallanes and is batting .348.

LARA 10, LA GUAIRA 2 IN LA GUAIRA

Jesus Montero hit a two-run double in a three-run third that put Lara up 4-0.  La Guaira cut it to 4-2 in the fourth, but a four-run eighth put the game out of reach.  Paulo Orlando was 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI for Lara.

ARAGUA 2, MARGARITA 1 IN ARAGUA (10 INNINGS)

Hernan Perez led off the tenth with a triple and scored on a Carlos Tocci single to win it for Aragua.  Austin Bibens-Dirkx pitched five innings for Aragua, giving up one run on three hits and no walks with three strikeouts.

CARACAS 7, ZULIA 5 IN ZULIA

A six-run third gave Caracas all the runs they needed.  Jesus Galindo was 3-for-4 with a home run (his second) for Caracas, driving in three.  Yandy Diaz was 3-for-5 with a run for Caracas.

DOMINICAN LEAGUE

AGUILAS 6, ESCOGIDO 2 AT AGUILAS

Francisco Pena's two-run single in the second put Aguilas up 3-1 and they stayed ahead the rest of the game.  Jorge Polanco was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run for Escogido.

LICEY 7, ORIENTE 6 IN LICEY

Licey trailed 6-4 going to the bottom of the ninth, but Juan Francisco tied it with a two-run single and an error allowed the winning run to score.  Marco Hernandez was 3-for-5 with a home run and a double for Licey, scoring three times.

ESTE 14, GIGANTES 6 AT ESTE

A hit batsman, three walks, and two errors contributed to a seven-run third that put Este in the lead to stay.  The two teams made a total of nine errors in the game.  Abraham Almonte was 4-for-6 with a double for Este, scoring three times and driving in one.

PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE

SANTURCE 4, AGUADILLA 2 IN AGUADILLA

Robert Andino's RBI double in the ninth broke a 2-2 tie and Santruce added an insurance run later in the inning.  Reiner Roibal pitched five innings for Santurce, giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits and no walks with four strikeouts.  Hector Olivera was 3-for-3 with a walk for Santurce.

CAGUAS 3, CAROLINA 1 IN CAROLINA

Johnny Monell hit a two-run homer in the top of the first and Caguas stayed ahead 2-0 until the ninth, when each team scored once.   J. J. Fernandez was 0-for-3 for Carolina.

MEXICAN LEAGUE

JALISCO 12, NAVOJOA 2 IN JALISCO

Jalisco scored three in the second and four in the fifth to take control of the game.  Jesus Valdez was 3-for-4 with a home run (his second) for Jalisco, scoring twice and driving in two.  Jose Manuel Rodriguez was 3-for-4 for Jalisco.  Agustin Murillo was 2-for-5 with a home run, his fourth, for Jalisco.

MAZATLAN 10, LOS MOCHIS 3 IN LOS MOCHIS (GAME 1--7 INNINGS)

Mazatlan scored all ten of their runs in the sixth inning, an inning in which they received six walks.  They did not get a hit in any inning other than the sixth, and got only three of them that inning, so for the game they had ten runs on three hits.

MAZATLAN 7, LOS MOCHIS 2 IN LOS MOCHIS (GAME 2--7 INNINGS)

A four-run fifth put Mazatlan up 5-0.  They had only one hit in the inning, aided by two walks and three errors.  Felipe Gonzalez pitched five innings for Mazatlan, giving up two runs on four hits and two walks with three strikeouts.

MEXICALI 10, HERMOSILLO 6 IN HERMOSILLO

Once again a big inning made the difference, as Mexicali scored seven runs in the fourth.  Several Mexicali hitters had good days:  Chris Roberson was 4-for-5 with a walk and a run; Xorge Carrillo was 3-for-5 with two doubles, scoring twice and driving in one, and Luis Juarez was 3-for-5 with a double, scoring twice and driving in one.

CULIACAN 3, OBREGON 1 IN OBREGON

Culiacan scored two in the fourth and Oscar Robles doubled home an insurance run in the seventh.  Savador Valdez pitched six innings for Culiacan, giving up one run on five hits and no walks with three strikeouts.

GAMES OF DECEMBER 4

VENEUZELAN LEAGUE

CARACAS 2, ZULIA 1 IN ZULIA

RBI doubles by Henry Alejandro Rodriguez and Felix Perez brought home the tying and go-ahead runs in the eighth inning.  Wilmer Font pitched 5.2 innings for Caracas, giving up one run on five hits and a walk with three strikeouts.

ANZOATEGUI 4, LARA 3 IN ANZOATEGUI

Luis Jimenez hit a two-run homer in the eighth to give Anzoategui a 4-3 lead.  Balbino Fuenmayor was 3-for-4 with a run for Anzoategui.  Jimenez was 2-for-4 and scored twice.

LA GUAIRA 11, MAGALLANES 5 IN LA GUIRA

Back-to-back homers by Heiker Meneses and Hector Sanchez gave La Guaira a 2-1 lead in the third.  They then added four in the fifth and five in the sixth to put the game out of reach.  Emilis Guerrero pitched five innings for La Guaira, giving up one run on six hits and a walk with three strikeouts.  Meneses was 3-for-5 with a home run, scoring twice and driving in two.

MARGARITA 8, ARAGUA 7 IN ARAGUA

Aragua led 6-3 after three, but Margarita got two in the fourth and two in the fifth and never trailed again.  Sean Halton was 3-for-4 with a home run (his second) and four RBIs for Margarita.  Elias Diaz was 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, and a walk for Margarita, scoring twice.

DOMINICAN LEAGUE

AGUILAS 4, ORIENTE 0 IN ORIENTE

Joey Terdoslavich hit a two-run double in the third and the Aguilas added two more in the sixth.  Nik Turley started for Oriente, pitching three innings and giving up two runs on six hits and no walks with one strikeout.

LICEY 4, ESTE 3 IN LICEY

Trailing 3-1, Licey scored three in the eighth, with a two-run double by Rymer Liriano bringing home the tying and go-ahead runs.

ESCOGIDO AT GIGANTES

Postponed due to wet grounds.

PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE

CAROLINA 3, CAGUAS 2 IN CAGUAS (10 INNINGS)

J. J. Fernandez homered in the ninth to tie it 2-2 and Rene Garcia tripled and scored on a Enrique Hernandez double to score the go-ahead run in the tenth.  Fernandez was 1-for-4 and the home run was his second.

MAYAGUEZ 1, SANTURCE 0 IN SANTURCE

Jesmuel Valentin homered with two out  in the sixth for the game's only run.  Kennys Vargas was 0-for-3 for Mayaguez.  Dereck Rodriguez pitched two-thirds of an inning for Mayaguez, giving up no runs on one hit and lowering his ERA to 1.04.

MEXICAN LEAGUE

NAVOJOA 11, JALISCO 10 IN JALISCO

Navojoa led 11-3 going to the bottom of the ninth.  A three-run homer and a pair of two-run homers made it 11-10 before the last out was recorded.  Niko Vasquez was 3-for-5 with two runs for Navojoa.  Quincy Latimore was 1-for-2 with a three-run homer (his ninth) and a walk, scoring twice for Navojoa.

LOS MOCHIS 4, MAZATLAN 2 IN LOS MOCHIS

Ramon Urias hit a three-run triple-plus-error to give Los Mochis a 4-2 lead in the fifth.  Luis Niebla struck out eight in six innings for Los Mochis, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks.

MEXICALI 3, HERMOSILLO 1 IN HERMOSILLO (10 INNINGS)

Mexicali scored two in the tenth for the win.  Javier Solano struck out eight in eight innings for Mexicali, giving up one run on four hits and a walk.

OBREGON 2, CULIACAN 1 IN OBREGON

Obregon scored single runs in the fourth and fifth, with the lone Culiacan run coming in the sixth.  Marco Carrillo pitched five innings, giving up one run on eight hits and two walks with three strikeouts for Obregon.

AUSTRALIAN LEAGUE

PERTH 5, SYDNEY 1 IN SYDNEY

Perth scored four in the fifth, aided by two hit batsmen, two walks, and two wild pitches.  Daniel Schmidt pitched six innings for Perth, giving up one run on six hits and no walks with three strikeouts.  Luke Hughes was 2-for-3 with a home run (his second) and a walk, scoring twice for Perth.

ADELAIDE 8, CANBERRA 2 IN CANBERRA

Marcus Greene, Jr. hit a three-run homer in a five-run fifth that put Adelaide ahead 7-0.  Jack O'Laughlin pitched five innings for Adelaide, giving up two unearned runs on six hits and no walks with two strikeouts.  Greene, Jr. was 2-for-4 and drove in four runs.

MELBOURNE 6, BRISBANE 5 IN BRISBANE (GAME 1--7 INNINGS)

Melbourne scored five in the seventh to take the win.  Aaron Whitefield was 1-for-4 with a run and is batting .375 for Brisbane.  Logan Wade was 2-for-3 with a double and a run for Brisbane.

MELBOURNE 7, BRISBANE 3 IN BRISBANE (GAME 2--7 INNINGS)

Jarryd Dale hit a grand slam in a five-run second that lifted Melbourne to the sweep.  Aaron Whitefield was 1-for-4 with a home run and is batting .364 for Brisbane.  Logan Wade was 2-for-3 with a double and a walk for Brisbane.

1987 Rewind: Game Sixty-three

MINNESOTA 5, MILWAUKEE 0 IN MILWAUKEE

Date:  Monday, June 14.

Batting stars:  Randy Bush was 1-for-3 with a three-run homer, his third.  Kirby Puckett was 3-for-4 with two runs.  Kent Hrbek was 2-for-4 with a double and a run.

Pitching star:  Bert Blyleven didn't leave any pitches up in this game throwing a four-hit complete game shutout with two walks and six strikeouts.

Opposition stars:  None, really, but we'll note that Bill Wegman also pitched a complete game, giving up five runs on eleven hits and no walks with four strikeouts.

The game:  Three of the first four Twins batters in the fourth inning singled, with Roy Smalley driving in a run.  Bush then killed the rally with a three-run homer to put the Twins up 4-0.  The Twins added a run in the fifth on Al Newman's RBI single.  The only Brewers threat came in the third, when they had men on first and third with two out.  The threat ended when Milwaukee tried a second-and-home double steal, with Jim Gantner getting thrown out at the plate.

Of note:  Puckett raised his average to .325.  Smalley was 1-for-4 with a run and an RBI, making his average .313.

Record:  The Twins were 36-27, in first place by two games over Oakland.

Notes:  Lombardozzi was back in the number two spot for this game...Bush was in right field, with Tom Brunansky out of the lineup...Sal Butera caught, with Tim Laudner out of the lineup.

Player profile:  Right-hander Bill Wegman pitched for Milwaukee for ten seasons (eleven if you count three starts in 1985) and was pretty good in two of them.  He was drafted in the fifth round in 1981, got a September call-up in 1985.  He was a rotation starter from 1986-88, and given his stats one suspects he had a lot of games like this one, where he pitched pretty well except for a big home run or two.  He averaged over two hundred innings in those seasons--his ERA was well over four, but his WHIP was under 1.3, but he gave up 87 home runs.  He was apparently injured much of 1989 and 1990, pitching only 80.2 innings in those two years combined, but when he came back in 1991 he had the best year of his career, going 15-7, 2.84, 1.12 WHIP.  He followed that up in 1992 with a season almost as good:  13-14, 3.20, 1.17 WHIP.  He still gave up home runs, his walk rate went down a little, and his hits per nine innings went down some.  His FIP went down some in those years, but not nearly as much as his ERA.  Unfortunately for him, whatever magic he found in those years was gone in 1993, as he went 4-14, 4.48, 1.40 WHIP.  His next two seasons were no better, and his playing career after that.  At last report, Bill Wegman had become a pastor and was working at a church in the Cincinnati area.

Happy Birthday–December 5

Billy Shindle (1860)
Patsy Tebeau (1864)
Frank Bowerman (1868)
Pink Hawley (1872)
Gus Mancuso (1905)
Bobby Mattick (1915)
Chico Ruiz (1938)
Yoshiharu Wakana (1953)
Gary Roenicke (1954)
Luis Casanova (1956)
Alan Cockrell (1962)
Cliff Floyd (1972)
Felix Rodriguez (1972)
Hanley Frias (1973)

Yoshiharu Wakana was a six-time all-star in Japan, playing from 1974-1991.

Luis Casanova was a star slugger in Cuba, playing from 1978-1994.

We also want to wish a Happy Birthday to CarterHayes’ mother.

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1987 Rewind: Game Sixty-two

MINNESOTA 6, CHICAGO 3 IN CHICAGO

Date:  Sunday, June 14.

Batting stars:  Tim Laudner was 1-for-4 with a grand slam (his sixth homer), driving in five.  Tom Brunansky was 1-for-3 with two walks and two runs.  Steve Lombardozzi was 3-for-4 with a hit-by-pitch and a run.

Pitching stars:  Joe Niekro pitched six innings, giving up three runs on six hits and three walks with five strikeouts.  Juan Berenguer struck out three in three perfect innings.

Opposition stars:  Bryan Clark pitched 4.1 innings of relief, giving up one run on five hits and two walks with three strikeouts.  Ray Searage struck out three in three shutout innings, giving up a hit and a walk.  Ivan Calderon was 2-for-3 with a double and a walk, scoring once and driving in two.

The game:  Laudner hit a grand slam in a five-run second that put the Twins in the lead to stay.  The White Sox got back in the game with three in the fourth, getting a two-run double from Calderon and an RBI double by Donnie Hill.  The Twins added a run in the fifth.

Of note:  Kirby Puckett was 3-for-4 with a walk and was batting .318.  Roy Smalley was 0-for-3 with two walks and was batting .315.  Chicago starter Jose De Leon lasted only 1.2 innings, surrendering five runs on six hits and two walks with no strikeouts.

Record:  The Twins were 35-27, in first place, two games ahead of Oakland.

Notes:  Randy Bush was in right field, with Brunansky in left and Dan Gladden out of the lineup.  Steve Lombardozzi batted leadoff, with Bush second.

Player profile:  We all know that Ken Williams is the general manager of the White Sox, but I don't remember anything about his playing career.  An outfielder, he was drafted by the White Sox in the third round in 1982 and came to the big leagues as a September call-up in 1986.  He started 1987 in AAA but came up to Chicago in mid-May and was their starting center fielder the rest of the season.  He did pretty well for a twenty-three-year-old rookie:  .281/.314/.422 with 11 homers and 21 stolen bases.  The White Sox decided to move him to third base in 1988, playing Dave Gallagher in center.  It did not go well for Williams--he was batting just .165 when he was sent to the minors in late May, and when he came back at the end of June he was a reserve outfielder.  Chicago traded him to Detroit in March of 1989 for Eric King.  He did little for the Tigers in a season and a half and was waived in mid-June of 1990, selected by Toronto.  The Blue Jays waived him in June of 1991 and he was taken by Montreal.  He was a reserve outfielder for them for most of the rest of the season and did okay in that role, batting .271 with an OPS of .711.  He signed with Milwaukee for 1992 but spent the season in AAA.  He did well there, but apparently not well enough to impress anyone, and his playing career ended after that.  He joined the White Sox front office the next season, working his way up to general manager in 2000.  One wonders what might have happened if the White Sox had left him in center field, but things seem to have worked out pretty well for Ken Williams anyway.

Happy Birthday–December 4

Jesse Burkett (1868)
Shano Collins (1885)
Bob Shawkey (1890)
Harvey Kuenn (1930)
Mike Couchee (1957)
Lee Smith (1957)
Stan Jefferson (1962)
Bernardo Brito (1963)
Jerome Williams (1981)
Matt Fox (1982)
Carlos Gomez (1985)

Mike Couchee was drafted by Minnesota in the second round of the January Secondary draft in 1978, but did not sign.

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Winter Wonderland: Games of December 2

VENEZUELAN LEAGUE

ANZOATEGUI 3, MAGALLANES 1 IN ANZOATEGUI

All the runs came in the fourth inning, with Humberto Arteaga singling one home for Magallanes in the top of the inning and Balbino Fuenmayor hitting a three-run homer (his fifth) in the bottom half.  Luis Arraez was 1-for-4 for Magallanes and is batting .355.

ZULIA 5, CARACAS 0 IN ZULIA

Wilson Garcia doubled home the first run of the game in the seventh Zulia put the game away with four in the eighth.  Joan Montero struck out four in 3.2 scoreless innings for Zulia, giving up two hits and two walks.

LARA 4, ARAGUA 1 IN ARAGUA

Manny Pina hit a two-run homer in a three-run second that provided Lara with all the runs they would need.  Jorge Martinez pitched six innings, giving up one run on four hits and two walks with four strikeouts for Lara.  Wellington Dotel was 2-for-4 with a home run and a double for Lara, scoring twice.

LA GUAIRA 3, MARGARITA 2 IN LA GUAIRA

La Guaira scored once in each of the first three innings and it was barely enough.  Margarita got two in the eighth and had men on first and third with one out, but a double play ended the threat.  Jose Gil was 2-for-3 with two doubles and a walk for La Guaira, scoring once.

DOMINICAN LEAGUE

LICEY 4, ESCOGIDO 3 IN ESCOGIDO

It was tied at two after two and still tied at two after six, but Licey scored single runs in the seventh and eighth to win.  Jorge Polanco was 1-for-4 with a run for Escogido.

ORIENTE 3, ESTE 2 IN ORIENTE (10 INNINGS)

Este led 2-1 going to the bottom of the ninth, but Junior Lake led off with a double and scored on a sacrifice fly to tie it 2-2.  In the tenth, an infield single, a bunt single, and two walks produced the winning run for Oriente.  Confesor Lara pitched a scoreless inning for Oriente and now has an ERA of 1.80.

GIGANTES 16, AGUILAS 4 AT GIGANTES

Already leading 3-2, the Gigantes had an eight-run inning in the fifth to put the game out of reach.  The Aguilas made three errors in the inning and six in the game.  Eric Wood hit a three-run homer for the Gigantes.

PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE

MAYAGUEZ 5, SANTURCE 0 IN SANTURCE

Kennys Vargas had an RBI single in the third and Benji Gonzalez hit a two-run double in the fourth to give Mayaguez a 3-0 lead.  Vargas was 1-for-5 with an RBI.

CAGUAS AT AGUADILLA

Postponed due to wet grounds.

MEXICAN LEAGUE

JALISCO 6, NAVOJOA 5 IN JALISCO

Jalisco scored three in the fifth to take a lead they would not give up.  Jesus Valdez was 3-for-4 with a double for Jalisco, scoring once and driving in one.

OBREGON 6, CULIACAN 4 IN OBREGON

Obregon scored two in the first and three in the third to take a 5-0 lead.  Leo Heras was 3-for-4 with a double for Obregon, scoring twice and driving in three

MEXICALI 4, HERMOSILLO 2 IN HERMOSILLO

C. J. Retherford hit a two-run homer (his seventh) in the eighth inning to break a 2-2 tie.  Kameron Loe pitched five innings for Mexicali, giving up two runs on three hits and two walks with three strikeouts.  Yordanys Linares was 4-for-5 with a double for Mexicali.  Retherford was 3-for-4 and scored twice.

AUSTRALIAN LEAGUE*

MELBOURNE 7, BRISBANE 3 IN BRISBANE (GAME 1--6 INNINGS)

Trailing 3-1, Melbourne scored six runs in the fifth, hitting three home runs in the inning, to take the win.  Aaron Whitefield was 1-for-3 with a double and is batting .389 for Brisbane.  Logan Wade was 0-for-3 for Brisbane.

MELBOURNE AT BRISBANE (GAME 2)

Rained out.

SYDNEY 2, PERTH 1 IN SYDNEY (GAME 1--8 INNINGS)

Four walks produced the walkoff win in the eighth.  Luke Wilkins pitched seven innings for Sydney, giving up one run on seven hits and four walks while striking out two.

SYDNEY 2, PERTH 1 IN SYDNEY (GAME 2--7 INNINGS)

Zac Shepherd's two-run triple in the sixth gave Sydney a 2-1 lead.  Craig Anderson pitched 6.2 innings, giving up one run on six hits and no walks while striking out one.

CANBERRA 14, ADELAIDE 6 IN CANBERRA

Canberra scored seven in the second to take a 7-2 lead and led at least by four the rest of the way.  Canberra had four doubles and a triple in the inning.  Lots of Canberra players had big days:  Jason Sloan was 3-for-5 with three doubles, scoring twice and driving in one; Mike Reeves was 3-for-5 with two doubles and a home run (his fourth), scoring twice and driving in three; Aaron Sloan was 3-for-5 with a double, scoring twice and driving in two; and Kyle Perkins was 3-for-5 with two doubles.

*Games played December 3.  It's timey-wimey.

1987 Rewind: Game Sixty-one

CHICAGO 6, MINNESOTA 2 IN CHICAGO

Date:  Saturday, June 13.

Batting stars:  Tom Brunansky was 2-for-4 with a home run, his fourteenth.  Kent Hrbek was 1-for-3 with a home run (his thirteenth) and a walk.

Pitching star:  Les Straker pitched 7.1 innings, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk with three strikeouts.

Opposition stars:  Richard Dotson pitched seven shutout innings, giving up six hits and two walks while striking out three.  Ivan Calderon was 3-for-4 with a triple and a double, scoring twice and driving in two.  Carlton Fisk was 1-for-2 with a double and a walk, scoring once and driving in one.

The game:  The White Sox scored single runs in the second and fifth to go up 2-0.  The Twins got on the board in the eighth, with a Kent Hrbek homer, but Chicago blew it open in the bottom of the eighth, getting two-run doubles from Calderon and Ken Williams to go ahead 6-1.  Brunansky homered in the ninth but the Twins did not do any more damage.

Of note:  Kirby Puckett was 1-for-4, dropping his average to .311...Roy Smalley was 1-for-4 to make his average .321.

Record:  The Twins were 34-27, in first place by a game over Oakland.

Notes:  Steve Lombardozzi again batted second...Sal Butera was the starting catcher again.  While Tim Laudner was the primary catcher for the Twins in 1987, he only started 76 games, and he and Butera largely shared catching duties once Butera joined the team.

Player profile:  This was the first full season for Ivan Calderon, and it was his best one.  He was signed as a free agent by Seattle in 1979, saw some time in the majors with the Mariners from 1984-86, but was traded to the White Sox as the player to be named later in a deal for Scott Bradley.  He didn't play a lot that season, but in 1987 he had the starting right fielder job and made the most of it, batting .293/.362/.526 with 28 homers.  He struggled through an injury-plagues 1988, but bounced back in 1989 to bat .278, although his OPS dropped to .770.  He had similar number in 1990 and after the season was traded to Montreal in a deal that included Tim Raines. He had a good 1991 for the Expos, making his only all-star team and batting .300/.368/.471, the only time he batted .300.  He was hurt much of 1992, although he did okay when healthy.  That was as good as it got, though.  He was traded to Boston after the 1992 season, was released in August, finished up the season back with the White Sox, and then his playing career was over.  I seem to remember him as a better player than he was, but he had about five pretty solid major league seasons.  His career numbers are .272/.333/.442 with 104 home runs and 97 stolen bases.  Ivan Calderon was killed in a bar in December of 2003.  It appears to have been a deliberate murder, but the reasons for such murder were not apparent from a quick internet search.

Happy Birthday–December 3

Billy McLean (1835)
Bennie Tate (1901)
Joe Collins (1922)
Ray Bellino (1932)
Clay Dalrymple (1936)
Chico Salmon (1940)
Jerry Johnson (1943)
Wayne Garrett (1947)
Pat Putnam (1953)
Gene Nelson (1960)
Damon Berryhill (1963)
Darryl Hamilton (1964)
Paul Byrd (1970)
Chad Durbin (1977)
Andy Oliver (1987)
J. T. Chargois (1990)

Billy McLean was the umpire in the first National League game ever, April 22, 1876.  He umpired in the National League through 1890.

Shortstop Ray Bellino played and managed in the Twins minor league system and also was a scout for them.

Andy Oliver was drafted by Minnesota in the seventeenth round in 2006, but did not sign.

We would also like to wish a happy birthday to DK.

Continue reading Happy Birthday–December 3

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When I need to get pumped up about something, this is the song. I attach emotion to it that I'm still unsure whether it deserves, which I suppose is the point of music? Hell, I don't know. I've got rum in me, dudes.

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Winter Wonderland: Games of December 1

VENEZUELAN LEAGUE

ARAGUA 8, LARA 3 IN LARA (10 INNINGS)

Lara led 3-0 after seven, but Daniel Alvarez hit a two-run homer in the eighth and Hernan Perez doubled and scored in the ninth to tie it 3-3.  Aragua then scored five in the tenth to put the game away, with the big hit coming on a three-run single-plus-error by Perez.  Perez was 3-for-5 with a double for Aragua, scoring twice and driving in two.  Alvarez was 2-for-5 with the two-run homer (his fourth), scoring twice.

LA GUAIRA 4, ANZOATEGUI 1 IN ANZOATEGUI

La Guaira got only one hit in the third inning, but three walks and two errors produced three runs, which was more than enough.  Kelvin De La Cruz pitched five shutout innings for La Guaira, giving up one hit and three walks with four strikeouts.  Christian Herrera was 3-for-4 with a home run and two runs for La Guaira.

ZULIA 7, MARGARITA 4 IN ZULIA (5 INNINGS--RAIN)

Zulia scored two in the second and three in the third to go up 5-0.  Margarita got two in the fourth and fifth to cut the lead to 5-4, but Zulia got two in the bottom of the fifth.  Jose Pirela was 2-for-3 with a home run (his second) and two runs for Zulia.
MAGALLANES AT CARACAS
Rained out.

DOMINICAN LEAGUE

ORIENTE 4, ESCOGIDO 3 IN ORIENTE

Junior Lake's RBI single in the seventh broke a 3-3 tie; Escogido got the tying run to second with two out in the ninth but did not score him.  Jorge Polanco was 1-for-2 with a double and a walk, driving in one for Escogido.

GIGANTES 11, LICEY 6 IN LICEY

Cam Perkins hit a three-run homer in the first and the Gigantes added four in the fourth and four in the fifth to build an 11-1 lead before Licey scored some runs late to make the final score look better.  Terry Doyle pitched five innings for the Gigantes, giving up one run on two hits and no walks with four strikeouts.  The Gigantes had lots of offense, of course:  Wilmer Difo was 4-for-6 with a double, scoring twice and driving in three; Garabez Rosa was 4-for-6 with a double, scoring once and driving in one; Leury Garcia was 3-for-5 with a walk and two runs; and Ramon Torres was 3-for-3 with a double and two walks, scoring twice.

PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE

MAYAGUEZ 13, CAGUAS 0 IN MAYAGUEZ

Mayaguez scored three in the third, three in the fourth, five in the sixth, and two in the eighth.  Kennys Vargas was 0-for-2 with three walks for Mayaguez, scoring once and driving in one.

SANTURCE 1, CAROLINA 0 IN CAROLINA

It was scoreless for eight innings.  With two out in the ninth, Juan Silva homered (his fifth) for the game's only run.  J. J. Fernandez was 1-for-4 for Carolina.

MEXICAN LEAGUE

HERMOSILLO 5, JALISCO 4 IN HERMOSILLO (13 INNINGS)

Agustin Murillo's three-run homer (his third) in the eighth put Jalisco ahead 4-3, but a single, a bunt, and an error tied it 4-4 in the bottom of the ninth.  In the thirteenth, an error, a bunt, and an intentional walk put men on first and second with one out.  A force out put them on first and third with two out and Efren Navarro singled home the winning run.  Pablo Ortega pitched seven innings for Hermosillo, giving up one run on six hits and a walk with two strikeouts.

NAVOJOA 8, OBREGON 7 IN NAVOJOA (11 INNINGS)

Obregon led 5-2 in the bottom of the ninth, but Yosmany Guerra delivered a three-run double with two out to tie it 5-5.  Leo Heras singled in two for Obregon in the top of the tenth, but Alan Sanchez hit a two-out two-run homer (his third) in the bottom of the tenth to tie it 7-7.  In the eleventh Alejandro Gonzalez singled, was bunted to second, and scored on a two-out single by Jesus Castillo to win the game.

MAZATLAN 6, CULIACAN 4 IN MAZATLAN

Mazatlan led 3-0 after three, but trailed 4-3 going to the eighth.  Yancarlo Angulo singled in a run to tie it, and Carlos Munoz delivered a two-out two-run single to put Mazatlan up 6-4.  Roberto Valenzuela was 3-for-3 with a triple and a run for Mazatlan.

LOS MOCHIS 10, MEXICALI 5 IN MEXICALI

A five-run seventh broke a 4-4 tie and gave Los Mochis a victory.  Saul Soto hit a two-run homer (his fifth) and Ramon Urias hit a two-run homer for Los Mochis.

AUSTRALIAN LEAGUE*

MELBOURNE 8, BRISBANE 0 IN BRISBANE

Melbourne scored two in the second and led the rest of the way.  Aaron Whitefield was 0-for-3 with a walk and is batting .394 for Brisbane.  Logan Wade was 0-for-4 for Brisbane.  Mark Hamburger struck out twelve in a complete game for Melbourne, giving up just two hits and one walk.

CANBERRA 8, ADELAIDE 4 IN CANBERRA

Adelaide led 4-2 after four, but Canberra scored three in the fifth (aided by three walks) to take the lead and added three in the sixth (aided by two walks and a hit batsman) to take control of the game.  Aaron Sloan was 3-for-4 with a walk and an RBI for Canberra.

SYDNEY 6, PERTH 4 IN SYDNEY

Sydney led 3-0 after two innings.  Perth cut the lead to 3-2 and 5-4, but could never tie the score.  Tyler Foss struck out eight in 6.2 innings for Sydney, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks.  Malik Collymore was 3-for-5 with a double for Sydney, scoring once.

*Games played December 2.  It's timey-wimey.

 

1987 Rewind: Game Sixty

MINNESOTA 7, CHICAGO 4 IN CHICAGO (SECOND GAME OF DOUBLEHEADER)

Date:  Friday, June 12.

Batting stars:  Dan Gladden was 1-for-2 with three walks, scoring once and driving in two.  Roy Smalley was 1-for-3 with a double and two walks, scoring once.  Sal Butera was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk, scoring once and driving in one.

Pitching stars:  Juan Berenguer struck out four in 3.1 innings of relief, giving up four hits and no walks.  Keith Atherton retired all four batters he faced, striking out two.

Opposition stars:  Harold Baines was 3-for-5 with a home run (his seventh) and three RBIs.  Jim Winn pitched 3.1 scoreless innings of relief, giving up three hits and five walks while striking out one.  Daryl Boston was 1-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base (his eleventh), scoring twice.

The game:  Gladden's two-run single capped a four-run second that put the Twins up 4-0.  Baines hit a two-run homer in the third to make it 4-2, but the Twins got the runs back in the fifth on a two-run single by Gary Gaetti.  In the bottom of the fifth, the White Sox scored two on four consecutive singles to make it 6-4 and chase starter Mike Smithson from the game.  Benerguer came in to retire the side and the White Sox only once got the tying run on base after that, getting a pair of two-out singles in the seventh.  The Twins added an insurance run in the ninth on a pair of errors.

Of note:  Gaetti was 2-for-5 with two RBIs...Smalley raised his average to .324...Gene Larkin was 1-for-4 with a walk and a run to make his average .345...Berenguer lowered his ERA to 2.79.  Smithson pitched 4.1 innings, giving up four runs on six hits and three walks while striking out three...Chicago starter Scott Nielsen pitched 4.2 innings, giving up six runs on six hits and three walks while striking out one.

Record:  The Twins were 34-26, in first place, 1.5 games ahead of Kansas City.  They would play .500 the rest of the season, but it would be good enough.

Notes:  Gladden played center, with Kirby Puckett going to the bench...Steve Lombardozzi was the number two hitter...Randy Bush batted third and played right field, with Tom Brunansky moving to left...Larkin played first base, with Kent Hrbek on the bench...Butera caught in place of Tim Laudner.

Player profile:  Daryl Boston was never a full-time player, but he was a part-timer for a long time.  He was a first round draft choice, taken with the seventh pick in 1981.  He was up-and-down between AAA and the majors from 1984-86, always putting up good numbers in AAA but not exactly making the most of his chances in the big leagues.  He spent about one more month in AAA in 1987, but then finally was in the majors to stay.  He was mostly used in center field, but saw significant time in left and occasionally played right field as well.  He had some power and some speed, but not really a lot of either one.  His offensive numbers were for the most part not terrible but not quite good, either.  He always seemed on the verge of putting things together with the White Sox, but never quite got there.  He was waived in late April of 1990 and claimed by the Mets.  He had some decent years for them as a platoon outfielder, posting an OPS in the .760s from 1990-92.  A free agent after that, he signed with Colorado for 1993 and had slightly better numbers, which one would assume is attributable to playing in Colorado.  He signed with the Yankees for 1994 but didn't play much or well for them.  He was in independent ball in 1995 and 1996 then retired as a player.  He has been a coach since then, mostly in the White Sox organization, and was the first base coach for the White Sox in 2016.

Winter Wonderland: Games of November 30

VENEZUELAN LEAGUE

LARA 13, MAGALLANES 4 IN MAGALLANES

Lara scored three in the second and three in the third and controlled the game from there.  Luis Arraez was 1-for-5 with two RBIs and is batting .358 for Magallanes.

ANZOATEGUI 3, LA GUAIRA 2 IN ANZOATEGUI (10 INNINGS)

Anzoategui scored two in the eighth to tie it 2-2.  Their first two batters went out, but a pair of singles put men on first and third.  Rene Reyes was intentionally walked to load the bases and Orlando Arcia was accidentally walked to force home the winning run.  Tomas Telis was 3-for-5 for Anzoategui.  Shane Youman struck out six in 5.2 innings for Anzoategui, giving up one run on three hits and no walks.

MARGARITA 4, ZULIA 1 IN ZULIA

Jose Osuna's two-run single in the fifth put Margarita up 3-0 and they never trailed.  Daniel Mayora was 3-for-4 for Margarita.  Omar Bencomo pitched five shutout innings, giving up two hits and two walks with one strikeout.

DOMINICAN LEAGUE

GIGANTES 11, ESCOGIDO 3 AT GIGANTES

Escogido took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third, but the Gigantes countered with four in the bottom of the third and seven in the fourth to take control of the game.  Jorge Polanco was 0-for-2 for Escogido.

LICEY 4, ESTE 1 IN LICEY

Licey scored three in the seventh to break a 1-1 tie.  Mitch Atkins pitched five innings for Licey, giving up one run on three hits and a walk with one strikeout.

AGUILAS 2, ORIENTE 0 IN ORIENTE

Ronny Rodriguez tripled and scored on a Juan Carlos Perez single in the fourth and Perez again singled Rodriguez home in the ninth.  Francisley Bueno pitched six shutout innings for the Aguilas, giving up one hit and one walk with two strikeouts.

PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE

AGUADILLA 2, CAROLINA 1 AGUADILLA (12 INNINGS)

It was 1-1 after three and it stayed there until the twelfth.  Juan Centeno led off with a walk and was bunted to second.  Two walks filled the bases and a hit batsman forced in the winning run.  J. J. Fernandez was 1-for-5 for Carolina.

SANTURCE 6, CAGUAS 0 IN CAGUAS

Santurce scored three in the first and it was more than enough.  Christian Vazquez was 4-for-5 with a double and two runs for Santurce.  Andres Santiago struck out four in four shutout innings for Santurce, giving up two hits and no walks.

MEXICAN LEAGUE

HERMOSILLO 1, JALISCO 0 IN HERMOSILLO

The game's lone run came in the third, when Jorge Flores led off with a double, took third on a bunt, and scored on a fielder's choice.  Tim Melville pitched a whale of a game, going 5.2 scoreless innings and giving up four hits and a walk with three strikeouts.

NAVOJOA 5, OBREGON 2 IN NAVOJOA

Niko Vasquez homered in the sixth to break a 2-2 tie and Navojoa added two insurance runs in the eighth.  Randy Arozarena was 3-for-4 with a double for Navojoa.  Zack Dodson pitched six innings for Navojoa, giving up two runs (one earned) on two hits and three walks with five strikeouts.

MAZATLAN 3, CULIACAN 0 IN MAZATLAN

Mazatlan scored two in the first and led all the way.  Jeremias Pineda was 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI for Mazatlan.  Nick Struck pitched six shutout innings for Mazatlan, giving up four hits and a walk with three strikeouts.

LOS MOCHIS 6, MEXICALI 1 IN MEXICALI

Los Mochis scored all of its runs in the third, getting five singles, two doubles, and two walks.  Saul Soto was 3-for-4 with two doubles for Los Mochis, scoring once and driving in one.  Roy Merritt was deserving, pitching seven shutout innings while giving up three hits and a walk with four strikeouts.

AUSTRALIAN LEAGUE*

CANBERRA 10, ADELAIDE 9 IN CANBERRA

Canberra lost leads of 4-1 and 6-4, trailing 9-6 before coming from behind to win.  The tying and go-ahead runs scored on a double by Robbie Perkins in the sixth.  Boss Moanaroa was 3-for-4 with a double, scoring once and driving in four for Canberra.  Perkins was 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs.

*Game played December 1.  It's timey-wimey.

Remodeled basement. Same half-baked taste.