Thursday, November 28, 2013

Sim's Done, Awards - Part I

Game Date:  10/23/2023

The Newcomer of the Year and Slick Fielder winners were announced by the league this week.

The Newcomer of the Year is Ohio's Luis Rodrigez.  The slugging first baseman was the second round pick for Ohio in 2019.  After working his way through the minor leagues, he was named the Buckeyes' starting first baseman for 2023 with no previous major league experience.  Rodriguez rewarded the owner's faith in him by hitting .315 with 39 home runs and 119 RBI, winding up with an impressive .955 OPS.

The Seattle Monarchs dominated the Slick Fielder list, as they captured three of the nine available awards.  The winners are:

P  Ethan Moyer, Ohio
C Brian Walker, Houston
1B Juan Gomez, Seattle (third award)
2B Felipe Mendoza, Brick (third award, second award at 2B, second consecutive award)
3B Luis Figueroa, Brooklyn
LF Alvin Sherman, Ohio (second award)
CF Bas Bijkerk, Seattle (fourth award, third consecutive award)
RF Lucio Muniz, Seattle (third consecutive award)

Tune in next time to see who is named Batter and Pitcher of the Year.

Next sim:  Saturday night.  Have a great Thanksgiving everyone!


Monday, November 25, 2013

Sim's Done

I ran the sim last night.  The next sim, covering one week, will be done on Wednesday night.


Sunday, November 24, 2013

It's A Quarter To Three, There's No One In The Place Except You And Me...

Well, it is a quarter to three and I just finished up with a work project.  I'd like to go to sleep, so, I'm going to run the sim tomorrow.

Good night, everyone.


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Onward and Upward...

Thank you, all, for a great season and for your congratulations!

For those of you who have players with team/mutual options for next year, you should have a message in your mailbox asking you whether you are going to excersize or decline the option. 

The next sim will be on Saturday night.


Friday, November 15, 2013

Another great season comes to a end...Which means a new season is about to start..I well kick it off by offering my draft picks in trade for a number one starter... Willing to listen to all offers... thank you again for what i consider the best game ever invented..fred

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Postseason sim: Cecil Cup game 5

In perhaps the best game of the postseason, the Brooklyn Wolves won their first Cecil Cup, defeating the heavily-favored Seattle Monarchs 6-5, in eleven innings, to win the 2023 championship four games to one.

Jaime Vasquez was the star for the Wolves, hitting a two-run shot in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game, and then a solo shot in the 11th to walk it off, Joe Carter-style.

Congrats to Zev for finally winning the championship. As an original owner and your loyal lieutenant, I couldn't be happier. Congrats to Mack, too, for yet another incredible regular season, and for a valiant comeback in the LCS.

That'll do it for the 2023 season, and for me running your sims. I'm anxious to take over my team and try to return the Lenape to the postseason after a disappointing season for the Philadelphia area.

Zev, after drying off from the champagne shower, will take things over from here. Onward to 2024!

Congrats again, Zev!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Postseason sim: Cecil Cup game 4

Quick post for tonight: Brooklyn scored three times in the bottom of the ninth inning (all with two outs) to come back and take game 4 of the Cecil Cup, 8-7.

Brooklyn leads the best of seven series three games to one, and is now one win away from their first ever Cecil Cup championship. Will they win it tomorrow night? Let's find out in twenty four hours!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Postseason sim: Cecil Cup game 3

After splitting the first two games in Seattle, the Monarchs and Wolves brought Cecil Cup baseball to the frenzied fans of Brooklyn tonight. It appears that the nerves of pitching at home got to Nicholas Vargas, as the Wolves starter gave up a single and then a home run to the first two batters of the game. Steve Jones did the damage, giving the Monarchs a quick 2-0 lead. Juan Gomez (remember this name) homered later in the inning to give Monarchs starter Bruno Talamantez a 3-0 lead before he took the mound.

Brooklyn scored a run in the bottom of the first on a RBI single by Katsuhiko Jouda but that was it for the Wolves. In the third, Juan Gomez hit his second homer of the night, a two-run shot, making the score 5-1 and sending Vargas to the showers.

Jouda doubled in a run in the bottom of the third, his second RBI of the game, making it 5-2. Luis Figueroa led off the bottom of the 4th with a solo shot, and suddenly the Monarchs lead was just 5-3, with a lot of baseball left to be played.

In the bottom of the fifth, the game was tied by the Wolves as they scored two runs on three hits (including back-to-back doubles) off Talamantez. Wolves hurler Gregory Wafford, who relieved Vargas in the third, pitched 3.1 shutout innings, keeping the Wolves in the game.

The game remained tied until the bottom of the 8th, when the Wolves scored twice off Seattle lefty Mike Campbell. Brooklyn closer Pino Pontoni let two men reach base in the top of the ninth, but struck out John Hukill to end the Monarchs threat.

Brooklyn wins 7-5, and takes a two games to one lead in the Cecil Cup!

Game four will be on Tuesday night. Will Seattle even the series again, or will they face a familiar 3-to-1 deficit in this round, too?

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Postseason sim: Cecil Cup game 2

The second game of the Cecil Cup was a lot closer than the first game. Seattle, having dominated visiting Brooklyn in the opener, sent ace Enrico Hernandez to the mound to face William Lawrence.

Seattle opened the scoring in the bottom of the first with a two-run shot by Jonathan Anderson. Two innings later, Anderson hit his second home run in as many at bats to extend the lead to 3-0. Brooklyn scored twice in the top of the 4th, making it a 3-2 game, but Seattle plated a run in the 5th.

It was 4-2 as the sixth inning began. Brooklyn batted around, scoring 4 runs on three hits (and two errors by the sloppy Monarchs), taking a 6-4 lead.

The Wolves held onto that lead through the middle of the 8th. In the bottom of the 8th, John Hukill hit a solo home run to cut the lead to 6-5, but, even though the Monarchs got runners on the corners with just one out in the bottom of the ninth, closer Pino Pontoni got consecutive strike outs to end the game.

The series is tied at 1 as the series, and home field advantage, travels cross country to Brooklyn. Game three will be on Monday night.

Postseason sim: Cecil Cup game 1

Here we are, folks! It's the end of the 2023 season, and everyone's favorite commissioner faces the (sigh) most illustrious owner in league history. Game one was played at the home of the Seattle Monarchs, good Old League Park. The visiting Brooklyn Wolves were well rested after defeating Maui in five games, while the Monarchs had to win their last three games to defeat Hickory. So, how would game one go?

Unfortunately, it wasn't really close. As feared, the Monarchs steamrolled the Wolves, 11-4, and took the first game of the Cecil Cup. Teddy O'Herlihy pitched seven strong innings, and the Wolves never threatened to make the game close.

Better luck tomorrow, boys from Brooklyn. Game two is Sunday night!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Postseason sim - LCS Game 7

There's nothing like a game 7, is there? The do-or-die attitude fills all players, and amazing performances are sure to come out.

And, if the game 7 involves the Seattle Monarchs, the amazing performance is likely to be by a player on that team. So it was for the Monarchs against the upstart Hickory Huskers, as Bruno Talamantez pitched a 3-hitter as the Monarchs prevailed, coming back from a 3-1 series deficit to win game 7 6-1.

Juan Gomez homered and drove in three runs, while Norman Kuhn drove in a pair with a home run, providing all of the offense the Monarchs needed.

So, here we are: The Monarchs against the Brooklyn Wolves in the Cecil Cup. Congrats to both Mack and Zev for their excellent seasons so far, but we're far from done.

Game 1 is on Saturday night!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Postseason sim - LCS Game 6

Just one game tonight: Hickory at Seattle. Gaddy vs Turner. David vs. Goliath.

Most baseball games are about nine innings. This game was just about one, the tenth, as nothing of note happened in the first nine innings. For Seattle, James Turner gave up no runs through nine, while a trio of Huskers (Gordon Gaddy, Colt Allen, and Julio Delvalle) shutout the Monarchs through nine.

In the tenth, this game ended. James Turner pitched a clean inning, his tenth shutout inning of the game, before he was pinch hit for in the bottom of the 10th by Salvador Barrera. Ivan Castillo led off the bottom of the tenth with a single, and Barrera hit a two-run home run to win the game, 2-0. And, more importantly, tie the series at three wins apiece.

Game Seven will be tomorrow night. Game One of the Cecil Cup will be on Saturday night, as the rested Wolves of Brooklyn await the victor of Seattle/Hickory.

Stay tuned, baseball fans!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Rain delay

Sorry, guys, I had a technical problem that caused me to be unable to run the sim tonight. Game six between Hickory and Seattle will have to wait until tomorrow night.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Postseason sim - LCS Games 5

Two games tonight. Two winners, two losers, and one team goes home.

Yes, the Brooklyn Wolves defeated the defending Cecil Cup champion Maui Mashers for the fourth time in their series. Katsuhiko Jouda singled home the go-ahead run in the 8th inning to give the Wolves a 3-2 victory, and they move on to the Cecil Cup with a four games to one victory in the LCS.

Earlier, the Hickory Huskers defeated the Seattle Monarchs 9-2 to move within a victory of meeting the Brooklyn Wolves in the Cecil Cup. Cale Page hit two homers and drove in 4 in the easy victory.

There will only be one game tomorrow night: Seattle returns home for a must-win game six.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Postseason sim - LCS games 4

Two big games on the docket this evening: Seattle tries to tie their series with Hickory and Brooklyn goes for the sweep. How did it turn out?

In our first game, Seattle starter Teddy O'Herlihy pitched a two-hitter as the Monarchs defeated the Huskers 5-0. Norman Kuhn hit a two-run shot to lead the Monarchs.

The series is now knotted at two as we suddenly have a best of three between the Monarchs and the Huskers.

Out in Maui, the Brooklyn Wolves smelled blood and scored in the third, fourth, and sixth innings to open a 5-0 lead. Four different Wolves hit home runs to open a seemingly-insurmountable lead as Kevin Kepner stepped on the mound for his sixth inning of work.

Maximo Rodriguez led off with a single, and Barney Maxon followed with a HBP. Kepner then walked the next hitter, loading the bases. With the bases full, and nobody out, Santiago Brito singled in a run, and then another scored on a fielding error by short stop Jeff Wardlaw. Juan Salas drove in a run with a single, and then Angel Banuelos singled in two to draw the score even. Richard Bender then walked to reload the bases, but Kepner coaxed a couple of ground ball outs, the first a 4-2-3 double play, to escape the inning with it tied at 5.

In the seventh, Brooklyn went down quietly in order, while Maui took the lead with a single, sacrifice, and then another single by Kondo. In the eighth, Brooklyn threatened, but a rally-killing double play kept it 6-5 Maui. Eric Halliwell pinch hit and led off the ninth with a single before being erased in yet another double play, and Juan Carillo grounded out to second to end the game.

Maui stays alive, but Brooklyn still leads three games to one.

Games 5 will be simmed on Monday night, and we know there will be at least one game 6 on Tuesday. Will Maui force a second? We'll find out tomorrow!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Postseason sim - LCS games 3

After an off day for travel, the league championship series travel to the underdog's homes: Hickory and Maui.

In our first game today, the heavily-favored Seattle Monarchs, who lost home field advantage to the Huskers, had Bruno Talamantez on the mound against the veteran Donald Hunnicutt, who shut out the Monarchs in the top of the first. An Aaron Hampton single brought in Cale Page in the bottom of the frame, whipping the hometown fans into a frenzy for their Huskers.

The score remained 1-0 until the 4th, when the Monarchs struck. John Hukill led off with a double, the first of five straight Monarchs to reach base against Hunnicutt. All told, Seattle took a seemingly-commanding 4-1 lead in the inning, and stretched it to 5-1 with a solo homer by Hukill in the fifth.

In the bottom of the sixth, George Labarre hit a two-run shot to cut the lead in half. It remained 5-3 until the next inning, as Talamantez was relieved by Gregg Fiala, a former closer who was converted to a starter this season. However, his late inning success apparently is only good for the 9th, as he got rocked, giving up 4 runs as Hickory completed the comeback and took a 7-5 lead. A two-run double by Cisco Castro was the killer shot by the Huskers.

Seattle fought back against reliever Colt Allen in the 8th, getting first and third with just one out before veteran lefty Patrick Beene got Ivan Castillo to hit into a pretty 6-4-3 doubleplay to kill the rally.

Julie Delvalle took the mound to close it out in the top of the 9th. However, like all good closers, he nearly gave his manager a heart attack after getting two quick outs to start the frame. Third baseman Pedro Campos booted a potential final out ground ball by Bas Bijkerk. That clearly unnerved Delvalle, as two pitches later, he plunked Roberto Perez, and then walked Lucio Muniz to load the bases.

So, Seattle was down by two, down to their final out with the bases loaded in the ninth, and superstar catcher Steve Jones was up. Jones, who was 1-for-5 coming into the ninth, looked at two pitches, a strike and a ball, before finally swinging at the third.

He swung and missed. Then, he swung and missed again to strike out to end the game. Hickory is halfway to the upset, and takes a two games to one lead on Seattle.

Now, for the other team everyone wants to win their series, the Brooklyn Wolves traveled to Maui with a couple of convincing victories at home. Would the sun and surf, not to mention the jetlag from the nine and a half hour flight, slow down the Wolves? Let's find out!

Both teams scored twice in the first, but the visiting Wolves added a single run in the fourth before scoring thrice in the fifth for a 6-2 lead. Maui's James Dodd made it a 6-4 game in the seventh with a two-run home run. Brooklyn scored three more times in the ninth to win (again!) decisively (again!), 10-4 (again!).

Brooklyn takes a commanding 3-0 lead in the LCS. Will they complete the sweep? Will Seattle flex its muscles and tie their series with Hickory? Stay tuned, as two very exciting games 4 will be simmed on Sunday night!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Postseason sim - LCS Games 2

It's late and I'm exhausted, so this will be brief.

Brooklyn put up quite a few crooked numbers in taking game 2 over Maui 10-4, and leads 2-0 as the league shifts to the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

Meanwhile, in Seattle, Hickory defeated the heavily-favorite Monarchs 8-6, to tie their series at 1 win apiece. Games three in Maui and Hickory will be simmed on Saturday night.