Category Archives: Keeping Track

Winter Wonderland: Games of January 21 and 22

LARA

Thursday

No game scheduled.

Friday

ANZOATEGUI 6, LARA 0 AT LARA

It was scoreless through five, but Anzoategui scored two in each of innings six through eight.  Jecksson Flores was 3-for-4 to lead Lara.  Yordanys Linares was 2-for-4.  Lara had seven hits and drew six walks, but they could not score.  Ex-Twin Logan Darnell pitched five innings, giving up two runs on four hits and two walks and striking out two.  Willians Astudillo was 1-for-5 with a double for Anzoategui.

Record:  Anzoategui leads the best-of-seven series 1-0.

Next game:  Lara hosts Anzoategui again tonight.

MAYAGUEZ

Thursday

CAGUAS 4, MAYAGUEZ 0 AT CAGUAS

Yadier Molina hit a two-run triple in the first and later scored on a ground out, giving Caguas a 3-0 lead.  Mayaguez had just two hits.  Hector Hernandez pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and four walks and striking out four.

Molina had played for Manati in the first round of the playoffs.  Now he's with Caguas.  I'm not sure how that works.

Friday

CAGUAS 7, MAYAGUEZ 5 AT MAYAGUEZ

Caguas scored two in the sixth to take a 7-2 lead.  Mayaguez had the tying run up to bat when the game ended.  Jeremy Rivera was 3-for-4 with a double and two runs for Mayaguez.  Jack Lopez was 2-for-4 with a double and a walk.  Joel Huertas started and pitched 2.1 innings, allowing three runs on one hit and three walks.  The teams combined to use fifteen pitchers, with Mayaguez using eight.

Record:  Mayaguez trails the best-of-seven series 0-2.

Next game:  Mayaguez is at Caguas tonight.

MELBOURNE

Thursday

MELBOURNE 4, BRISBANE 3 AT MELBOURNE

Blake Gailen's RBI double broke a 3-3 tie.  Ex-Twin Delmon Young was 3-for-4 with a walk.  Jake Romanski was 2-for-3 with a double and a walk.  Blake Flynn started and pitched 5.2 innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks and striking out five.

Friday

BRISBANE 3, MELBOURNE 2 AT MELBOURNE

Dermon Fritsch singled home the go-ahead run in the ninth, breaking a 2-2 tie.  Colin Willis was 3-for-3 for Melbourne.  Damek Tomscha was 2-for-4.  Tyler Beardsley pitched 5.1 innings, giving up one run on two hits and three walks and striking out four.

Stats:  Ex-Twin Delmon Young was 1-for-4 and is batting .443.  Darryl George was 1-for-4 and is batting .333.  Jack Barrie was 0-for-3 and is batting .333.  Tomscha is batting .328.  Willis is batting .316.  Beardsley has an ERA of 2.84.  Jon Kennedy gave up an unearned run in two-thirds of an inning and has an ERA of 2.38.

Record:  Melbourne is 12-6, in first place in the Australian League, one game ahead of Adelaide.

2003 Rewind: Game One Hundred Fourteen

BALTIMORE 5, MINNESOTA 3 IN BALTIMORE

Date:  Thursday, August 7.

Batting stars:  Shannon Stewart was 2-for-3 with a double and a walk.  Luis Rivas was 2-for-3 with a hit-by-pitch.  Corey Koskie was 2-for-4 with a double.  Torii Hunter was 1-for-4 with a two-run homer, his twentieth.

Pitching star:  Rick Reed pitched an eight-inning complete game, giving up five runs on eight hits and a walk and striking out six.

Opposition stars:  Jeff Conine was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs.  Jack Cust was 1-for-3 with a three-run homer.  Rodrigo Lopez pitched 6.2 innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk and striking out six.

The game:  With two out in the first, Conine doubled and scored on a Jay Gibbons single to put the Orioles up 1-0.  The Twins took the lead in the second when Koskie doubled and Hunter hit a two-run homer.  They got an insurance run in the third when Stewart doubled and scored on a Rivas single.

It wasn't enough.  In the fourth Conine and Batista singled and Cust hit a three-run homer to give Baltimore a 4-3 lead.  They got an insurance run of their own later in the inning when Deivi Cruz doubled and scored on Larry Bigbie's single.

And that was it.  The Twins put men on first and second with one out in the fifth but did not score.  They also had men on first and third with two out in the seventh but did not score.  That was the last time they got the tying run on base.

WP:  Lopez (5-6).  LPReed (5-11).  S:  Jorge Julio (27).

Notes:  Denny Hocking was at short in place of Cristian Guzman.  Stewart was in right field.

Jacque Jones was apparently injured, as Dustan Mohr replaced him in left field in the fourth inning.  He would miss one game, then be back in the lineup.  Chris Gomez pinch-hit for Mohr in the ninth.  Todd Sears pinch-hit for Hocking in the ninth.

Stewart was batting .318.  Jones was 0-for-2 and was batting .305.  Koskie was batting .302.  Doug Mientkiewicz and A. J. Pierzynski each slipped back to .299.

This was the last complete game of Reed's career.

This was Cust's first homer as a Baltimore Oriole.  It was only the second game he'd played for them.  It was also the second homer of his career, as he'd hit one for Colorado in 2002.  He would not become a regular player until 2007, when he went to Oakland.  He would end up with 105 career home runs.  He was a three true outcomes guy--he had over 90 walks three years in a row, leading the league once; he led the league in strikeouts three times, and he hit 84 homers over three seasons.  His final numbers were .242/.374/.439.  Even in his last season, when he batted just .213 with three home runs, he had an OBP of .344.

The Twins again failed to stay above .500.

Record:  The Twins were 57-57, in third place in the American League Central, 3.5 games behind Kansas City.  They were three games behind Chicago.

Happy Birthday–January 23

Ben Shibe (1838)
Red Donahue (1873)
Bobby Burke (1907)
Randy Gumpert (1918)
Chico Carrasquel (1926)
Frank Sullivan (1930)
Joe Amalfitano (1934)
Don Nottebart (1936)
Paul Ratliff (1944)
Kurt Bevacqua (1947)
Charlie Spikes (1951)
Alan Embree (1970)
Mark Wohlers (1970)
Erubiel Durazo (1974)
Brandon Duckworth (1976)
Juan Rincon (1979)
Jeff Samardzija (1985)

Ben Shibe was the owner of the Philadelphia Athletics from 1901 until his death in 1922.  Shibe Park was named in his honor.

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2003 Rewind: Game One Hundred Thirteen

MINNESOTA 7, BALTIMORE 3 IN BALTIMORE

Date:  Wednesday, August 6.

Batting stars:  Torii Hunter was 2-for-4 with a three-run homer (his nineteenth) and two runs.  Cristian Guzman was 2-for-4.  Shannon Stewart was 1-for-5 with a home run, his eleventh.

Pitching stars:  Kyle Lohse pitched six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk and striking out three.  LaTroy Hawkins pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits and a walk and striking out one.  Juan Rincon pitched a perfect inning.

Opposition stars:  Brian Roberts was 2-for-4 with a walk.  Deivi Cruz was 2-for-4.  Luis Matos was 2-for-5 with a double.

The game:  In the second Tony Batista doubled, went to third on Cruz' bunt single, and scored on a sacrifice fly to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead.  It was still 1-0 through three, but in the fourth the Twins broke through for five runs.  Stewart led off with a home run.  Consecutive singles by Luis RivasDoug Mientkiewicz, and Corey Koskie followed giving the Twins a 2-1 lead.  There was a fly out, but Hunter then hit a three-run homer, putting the Twins up 5-1.

Baltimore got one back in the sixth when Roberts singled and scored on a Matos double.  They got one more in the eighth when Batista was hit by a pitch and singles by Jose Morban and Cruz plated a run.  The lead was cut to 5-3.

The Twins put it away with two in the ninth.  With one out, singles by A. J. Pierzynski and Hunter were followed by Jacque Jones getting hit by a pitch to load the bases.  Matthew LeCroy then hit a two-run double to make it 7-3.  The Orioles went down in order in the ninth.

WP:  Lohse (8-9).  LP:  Pat Hentgen (4-6).  S:  None.

Notes:  Jones was back in left field, with Stewart moving to right.

Stewart was batting .315.  Jones was batting .306.  Pierzynski was batting .303.  Koskie was batting .300.

Lohse lowered his ERA to 5.06.

James Baldwin did not give up a run in two-thirds of an inning to lower his ERA to 2.13.  Hawkins went down to 2.38.

Hentgen pitched eight innings for Baltimore and did well other than the fourth inning.  His line, though, was five runs, seven hits, no walks, and three strikeouts.  Hentgen was an excellent pitcher through 1997, but didn't do much after that.  2003 was his last decent season.  He went 7-8, 4.09, 1.30 WHIP in 160.2 innings.  He struggled through a bad season with Toronto the next year, then was done.

The Twins were again a game above .500.  Could they stay there this time?  We shall see.

Record:  The Twins were 57-56, in third place in the American League Central, 3.5 games behind Kansas City.  They were 2.5 games behind third-place Chicago.

Happy Birthday–January 22

Ira Thomas (1881)
Amos Strunk (1889)
Art Ehlers (1897)
Prince Oana (1910)
Chris Pelekoudas (1918)
Dave Leonhard (1941)
Senichi Hoshino (1947)
Mike Caldwell (1949)
Leon Roberts (1951)
Jeff Treadway (1963)
Jimmy Anderson (1976)
Chone Figgins (1978)
Carlos Ruiz (1979)
Ubaldo Jimenez (1984)

Art Ehlers did not play in the majors, but he spent his life in baseball.  He owned several minor league teams at various times and was the general manager of the Philadelphia Athletics and the Baltimore Orioles.  He also was a longtime scout for the Orioles.

Prince Oana played in the minors for twenty-three years, batting .304.  He also had a pitching record of 80-54.

Chris Pelekoudas was a National League umpire from 1960-1975.  He is best remembered for his run-ins with Gaylord Perry over the latter's use of illegal substances on the baseball.

Senichi Hoshino is a long-time player, manager, and executive in Japanese baseball.

We also want to wish a happy birthday to Rhubarb_Runner’s daughter.

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Winter Wonderland: Games of January 20

LARA

LARA 11, ARAGUA 2 IN LARA (GAME 7)

Already leading 2-1, Lara scored five in the fourth to take control of the game.  Osman Marval hit a two-run double and Carlos Rivero hit a two-run homer in the inning.  Ildemaro Vargas was 5-for-6 with a double, two runs, and two RBIs.  Yordanys Linares was 4-for-4 with a double, a walk, and three runs.  Gorkys Hernandez was 2-for-3 with two walks.  Cesar Puello was 2-for-4 with a walk.  Jecksson Flores was 2-for-5.  Marval was 2-for-6 with a double, two runs, and two RBIs.  Rivero was 1-for-3 with a home run, two walks, two runs, and three RBIs.  Ex-Twin Williams Perez pitched five innings, giving up one run on one hit and two walks and striking out two.

Record:  Lara wins the best-of-seven series 4-3.  They move on to the Venezuelan League championship series against Anzoategui.

Next game:  It appears that the league championship series begins tonight.

MAYAGUEZ

Mayaguez begins the Puerto Rican League championship series at Caguas tonight.

MELBOURNE

No game scheduled.  Melbourne is scheduled to host Brisbane this afternoon.  Melbourne is 11-5, in first place in the Australian League, one game ahead of Adelaide.

2003 Rewind: Game One Hundred Twelve

BALTIMORE 3, MINNESOTA 2 IN BALTIMORE

Date:  Tuesday, August 5.

Batting star:  Shannon Stewart was 2-for-5 with two RBIs.

Pitching stars:  Kenny Rogers pitched seven innings, giving up three runs (one earned) on nine hits and a walk and striking out three.  Juan Rincon pitched a perfect inning and struck out one.

Opposition stars:  Brook Fordyce was 2-for-3 with two runs.  Jose Leon was 2-for-3.  Brian Roberts was 2-for-4.  Jason Johnson pitched six innings, giving up two runs on five hits and three walks and striking out one.

The game:  The Twins put men on second and third in the first inning but did not score.  In the third Fordyce singled, Larry Bigbie walked, an error scored one run, Brian Roberts singled, and a ground out made it 2-0 Orioles.

The Twins got on the board in the fifth.  Jacque Jones singled, stole second, went to third on a ground out, and scored on Stewart's single to cut the lead to 2-1.  But Baltimore got the run right back in the bottom of the fifth when Fordyce singled, was balked to second, and scored on a Luis Matos single.

The Orioles loaded the bases in the sixth but did not score.  In the seventh, A. J. Pierzynski singled, Michael Restovich walked, and a bunt put men on second and third.  But all the Twins could do is score one on a ground out, cutting the margin to 3-2.  And that's where it stayed.  The Twins put a man on second with two out in the ninth, but a fly out ended the game.

WP:  Johnson (9-5).  LP:  Rogers (8-6).  S:  Jorge Julio (26).

Notes:  Stewart was again in left, Restovich in right, and Jones at DH.  Matthew LeCroy pinch-hit for Jones in the eighth.  Todd Sears pinch-hit for Cristian Guzman in the ninth.

Restovich was 1-for-2 and was batting .333.  Stewart was batting .317.  Jones was batting .309.  Pierzynski was 1-for-4 and was battinb .304.  Corey Koskie was 1-for-4 and was batting .301.  Doug Mientkiewicz was 0-for-2 and was batting .300.

Rogers lowered his ERA to 5.03.  The Twins really had a poor starting rotation in 2003.  And yet it took them until past mid-season to find room there for Johan Santana.

The Twins had gotten over .500, but couldn't stay there.  Would they get back over .500 tomorrow?  We'll see.

Record:  The Twins were 56-56, in third place in the American League Central, 4.5 games behind Kansas City.  They were 2.5 games behind second-place Chicago.

Happy Birthday–January 21

Mike Tiernan (1867)
Lew Fonseca (1899)
Sam Mele (1922)
Danny O'Connell (1927)
Johnny Oates (1946)
Bill Stein (1947)
Mike Krukow (1952)
Dave Smith (1955)
Mike Smithson (1955)
Jose Uribe (1959)
Andy Hawkins (1960)
Darryl Motley (1960)
Chris Hammond (1966)
Tom Urbani (1968)
Rusty Greer (1969)
Jason Ryan (1976)
Brandon Crawford (1987)

Tom Urbani was drafted by Minnesota in the twenty-ninth round in 1989, but did not sign.

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Winter Wonderland: Games of January 19

LARA

ARAGUA 7, LARA 1 IN LARA (GAME 6)

Already leading 2-1, Aragua scored four in the seventh to put the game out of reach.  Henry Alejandro Rodriguez hit a grand slam to produce the four runs.  Cesar Hernandez was 2-for-4 to lead Lara.  Nestor Molina pitched 5.2 innings, giving up two runs on six hits and three walks and striking out three.

Record:  Lara and Aragua are tied 3-3 in the best of seven series.

Next game:  Lara hosts Aragua tonight in the deciding game of the semi-final series.

MAYAGUEZ

MAYAGUEZ 3, MANATI 2 AT MAYAGUEZ (GAME 4)

Having scored fifty runs in their last two games, Mayaguez got just three in this one, but it was enough.  It was a seven-inning game, because if Manati had won they were going to play a doubleheader.  Jose Sermo hit a two-run homer in the fifth to give Manati a 2-1 lead, but Henry Ramos hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth to put Mayaguez in the lead to stay.  Ramos was 2-for-3 and had all three of the Mayaguez RBIs.  Emmanuel Rivera was 2-for-3.  Nick Travieso pitched six innings, giving up two runs on four hits and two walks and striking out three.

Record:  Mayaguez sweeps the best-of-seven series 4-0.

Next game:  Mayaguez will open the Puerto Rican League championship series at Caguas Saturday night.

MELBOURNE

No game scheduled.  Melbourne hosts Brisbane Thursday afternoon.  Melbourne is 11-5, in first place in the Australian League, one game ahead of Adelaide.

Happy Birthday–January 20

Everett Mills (1845)
C. I. Taylor (1875)
William Eckert (1909)
Jimmy Outlaw (1913)
Joe Dobson (1917)
Gene Stephens (1933)
Camilo Pascual (1934)
Dave Boswell (1945)
Cecil Espy (1963)
Ozzie Guillen (1964)
Kevin Maas (1965)
Marvin Benard (1970)
Brian Giles (1971)
David Eckstein (1975)
Matt Albers (1983)
Geovany Soto (1983)

Everett Mills holds the record for most at-bats in a season without drawing a walk (342).

 C . I. Taylor founded the first African-American professional baseball team, the Birmingham Giants, in 1904.

General William Eckert was the commissioner of baseball from 1965-1968,

Marvin Benard played in the major leagues for nine years and could never get announcers to stop calling him "Marvin Bernard".

We would also like to wish a very happy birthday to FTLT’s firstborn and to Twayn's younger daughter.

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