Super cage death grudge match, round II.
Game 1: Kershaw @ Strasburg
Bottom 1, Werth creamed a ball to left center for a 1-0 Tipper lead.
Kershaw was great with 7 IP, 1 ER, 7H, 0BB, 8K.
Stras was untypically PHENOMINAL against the Blazers, 7 IP, 0 ER, 2H, 1BB, 9 K.
Top 9, Montgomery on for his second inning of work and Betts greets him with a HR to left to tie it at one. Freeman K’s for out #1, and Phelps comes on to have Kinsler single, Saunders single him to third, and Grandy line out to left where the quick Kinsler scored.
Kimbrel closes out the 9th to preserve the miracle Blazer win.
WP Devenski (3-0)
LP Phelps (0-1)
S Kimbrel (15)
Game 2: Tanaka @ Guerra
Tanaka is battered for 5 ER with Seager, Miggy and Ramirez all chipping in for 2 RBI.
Blazers bats go silent as 5 H, 0 R, and 10 LOB is the story here.
WP Guerra (2-2)
LP Tanaka (5-3)
Game 3: Quintana @ Matz
Matz goes down with an injury after 1.2 and then long man Shoemaker goes down with an injury after 2 innings.
A Werth RBI single in the first and Ruiz RBI double in the second give Salem a 2-0 lead.
Blazers tie it at 2 in the 5th on a Betts 2 run double.
Salem gets both runs back in the bottom half on an Altuve groundout and Miggy RBI single.
Herrera laced a single in the 6th for a 5-2 lead.
Top 7, Betts doubles in 2 more to make it a 5-4 Salem lead.
Top 9, Grandy and Carp single with 2 outs but Solis gets Betts and Freeman to end it as Salem prevails 5-4.
WP de la Rosa (4-0)
LP Quintana (4-4)
S Solis (5)
This was the first game all year started by an opposing lefty (although he wasn’t in all that long) that the Blazers lost. It was also only their second one run loss all year.
Game 4: Moore @ Gray
With early injuries to pitchers last game leading to a depleted pen, the Blazers would seem to have an advantage in game 4.
Then Moore went down with an injury after one inning and Bowman only got one out before he went down.
Top 2, Tulo singles in a run.
Bototm 5, Salem scores 2 on a Carpenter error and Sanchez 2 run bomb.
Oh, that Tulo single, that was the Blazers ONLY HIT OF THE GAME.
Salem wins another one run game 2-1.
WP Gray (2-0)
LP Devenski (3-1)
S Montgomery (2)
3 one run contests, Blazers lose 2 and lose for the first time all year vs a lefty starter. 1/4 of the way into the season and the Blazers lose their first series of the year. This loss prompted the Dull trade. Blazers left the bats in NM with a 188/255/250 line. Miracle we won a game.
Looking to land a reliable relief arm to help the overworked bullpen, New Milford has traded two top prospects to the Jamboree, in Yohander Mendez and Luis Urias in exchange for set up righty Ryan Dull. The Blazers also reacquire Adam Warren in the deal.
“It is no secret that our pen is overworked. This hopefully gives us another reliable arm in the late innings” said GM Anthony Peburn. Mendez and Urias were two of our top prospects, but we really, really needed another stopper in the pen.”
Matt to confirm.
Blazers start a home and home series at the Infidels.
Game 1: Verlander @ Kershaw
Top 1, Freeman goes yard to give the Blazers a 1-0 lead.
Ravenswood goes up 2-1 in the bottom half on a Valencia 2 run bomb.
Then Valencia goes yard again in the third to make it 3-1.
Top 6, Grandy HR’s to pull NM within one run 3-2.
Kang hits a PH single to score a run and push the Infidel lead back to 2, 4-2.
Bottom 7, Seamen scores Valencia to make it 5-2.
New weapon Thornburg out for the 9th and converts his first save in the Ravenswood win.
WP Verlander (4-3)
LP Kershaw (2-1)
S Thornburg (2)
Game 2: Tanaka @ Lackey
Lackey dominates with 2 H and 0 ER in 6 IP while Tanaka coughs up 5 courtesy of a Valencia 3 run HR and RBI single (really)
Ravenswood cruises to the easy 5-1 win
WP Lackey (4-0)
LP Tanaka (5-2)
Game 3: Oddorizzi @ Quintana
A third inning Valencia single put Rav up 3-0.
Bottom 5, Betts with an 2 RBI double and Grandy with the 3 run bomb make it a 6-3 game.
Up 8-5 in the 9th, Kimbrel walks 2 but gets Fowler to end it in a 8-5 Blazer win.
WP Quintana (4-3)
LP Oddorizzi (2-4)
S Kimbrel (14)
Game 4: Pomeranz @ Moore
Both starters really good. Moore (6.2 IP, 1 ER, 7H, 7K, 0BB) is bested by Pomeranz ( 7.1 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 5 K, 3 BB) Ravenswood scored the only run on a dropped ball by Bourne in CF for a 1-0 lead.
Bottom 8, Skiz smelling blood in the water brings in Thornburg. Blazers don’t score.
Top 9, Thornburg still on and walks Kinsler to start it of. Bleier comes on and Saunders singles. Bedrosian comes in and Garcia PH’s for Bourne and singles in Kinsler to tie it. Tulo singles to load the bases. With the bases juiced, Grandy taps on to first that Davis goes home with, and the return throw doubles up Grandy. Gearrin now it to face Castro, who walks to load the bases. Gearrin then walks Carpenter as the Blazers steal one in literal walk off fashion, 2-1.
WP Boshers (1-1)
LP Bleier (1-1)
Blazers get through the teeth of the chapter early and survive with a 5-3 start. Blazers are now 7-0 against lefties, but fell to 11-3 on the road.
Blazer bats are still relatively silent and we were lucky to split with a great Ravenswood team.
Jamboree visit Blazers in a battle of 2 playoff hopefuls.
Game 1: Gonzalez @ Kershaw
After Murphy lead off the game with a single, giving him a 16 game hit streak, the Jamboree strand him.
Bottom 1, Freeman launches a no doubter to right for a 1-0 Blazer lead.
Bottom 5, McCann singles in Tulo for a 2-0 Blazer lead.
Bottom 7, a Bourne RBI single, and Weeks 3 run bomb make it 6-0 Blazers. And that’s more that enough for the ace of aces (7 IP, 4 H, 0 BB, 0 R, 9 K) as Blazers take the opener 6-0.
WP Kershaw (2-0)
LP Gonzalez (1-2)
Game 2: Graveman @ Tanaka
After Murphy lead the game off with a single, (17 game hit streak) Belt doubled him to third and Cruz drove both in with a single. 2-0 Bear.
Bottom 3, a Grandy groundout scored Kinsler to make it 2-1.
Bottom 4, Kinsler RBI single to tie the game.
Bottom 7, Hand on for his second inning of work and Tulo walks as does PH Weeks. Castro bunts them over and Carpenter triples them home for a 4-2 Blazer lead. A Betts RBI single and Simmons E make it 6-2 Blazers.
WP Tanaka (5-1)
LP Hand (1-3)
Game 3: Tillman @ Quintana
Murphy leads the game off with a double. He scored on a DP as BCJ take a 1-0 lead.
Braun ripped a RBI single in the second for a 2-0 lead.
Bottom 3, a Carp sac fly cut the lead in half, 2-1.
Top 8, Devenski on to keep it close and Dozier doubled in a run for a 3-1 lead.
Top 9, Contreras with a solo shot for to 4-1 lead.
Boring ending, The Bear win 4-1.
WP Tillman (5-1)
LP Quintana (3-3 )
S Chapman (7)
Game 4: Santana @ Moore
Top 1, Murphy does not get a hit, batting third this time.
Bottom 1, a Saunders bases loaded walk and Grandy 2 RBI single put the Blazers up 3-0.
Bottom 2, a Carp groundout made it 4-0.
Bottom 4, a Castro double plates Garcia and a 5-0 Blazer lead.
Bears get 2 back in the 7th on a Dozier single and Belt sac fly.
Kimbrel on in the 9th and doesn’t get a K, but does nail down hit 13th as Blazers take the game 5-2 and series 3-1. Murphy has his hit streak end at 18 or 19 games.
WP Moore (4-1)
LP Santana (2-4)
S Kimbrel (13)
The New Milford Blazers finished chapter 1 with a BDBL best 22-6 record, which is only good for a 2 game lead over Salem in the McGowan. The Blazers went a ridiculous 9-1 in one run games, 6-0 in extra innings and 11-1 on the road. An 11-5 home record isn’t too shabby either.
Hitter of the Chapter was Freddie Freeman. The big off season free agent acquisition went 288/398/596 with 7 HR, 21 runs scored and 17 RBI. As a team the Blazers hit a lackluster 256/335/434. “We didn’t get the bats going early and are lucky to have the record we do,” said GM Anthony Peburn.
Pitcher of the Chapter was another free agent signing in Craig Kimbrel. Kimbrel converted 12 of 13 saves to pace the BDBL to go along with a 1.20 ERA and 23 K in 15 IP. As a team the Blazers put up a 2.73 ERA, tops in the BDBL. The 15 team saves is on pace to be record setting. “Our pitching really carried us. It really is amazing to do this with Kershaw only starting 2 games,” said Peburn. ” We have over used some guys, especially Devenski, but the recipe has worked.” New Milford will have to hope for this again in chapter 2 as Kershaw is only projected to start 3 games.
Peburn points to not only the hitting woes, but 12 unearned runs allowed as things the team needs to improve going forward.
Chapter 2 is highlighted by series against division rival Salem as well as first place Ravenswood and the disappointing but dangerous Jamboree.
The Blazers reacquired longtime IF Jed Lowrie and 1B Jesus Aguilar on minor league deals and released Chad Pinder and Kodi Medeiros. “We have been waiting way to long for Kodi to work out his mechanical problems and Chad was beaten out in AAA by Erik Gonzalez. We wish them both the best. Lowrie and Aguilar are veterans who can possibly start next year.”
In other news, Los Altos signed former Blazer Brent Eibner to man CF against lefties. Eibner, as you may remember, was chided by BDBL pundits as being a AAAA player. Congrats to Brent on his new opportunity.
Lightning travel to New Milford to take on the Blazers.
Game 1: Perdomo @ Greene
For 4 starts, Shane Greene was the Cinderella of the BDBL, as he lead all pitchers in almost every statistical category. Well, tonight the clock struck midnight.
Top 1, Moss goes yard for a 2 run lead and Harrison roped a 2 RBI single for a quick 4-0 lead.
Top 2, Moss doubles in Hundley to make it 5-0.
Bottom 2, a Saunders RBI double and Garcia sac fly pull NM to 5-2.
Bottom 3, a Betts HR made it 5-3.
Top 4, Perdomo and Hundley walk and Bruce singles. For some strange reason, even though Greene was clearly tired, I decided to have him pitch to Frazier even though I had a pitcher (a lefty) warmed up. Bad move. Grand Slam. 9-3 Lightning.
Bottom 5, a Dietrich sac fly and Betts RBI double pull the Blazers to within 4 runs.
Bottom 8, Grandy scores on a WP. 9-6 Lightning.
Top 9, Moss goes deep again to make it 10-6. That, my friends, is how this story ends.
WP Perdomo (2-0)
LP Greene (2-1)
Game 2: Eickhoff @ Tanaka
Bottom 1, Betts dancing off of third distracted Eickhoff and he balked to score the first run of the game.
Top 3, after an Eickhoff lead off double, Frazier reaches on a 2 out IF single to tie the game.
Top 7, Gomes HR’s for a Lightning 2-1 lead.
Bottom 7, a Saunders RBI single ties the game. Grandy unties it with ah 2 RBI double and Garcia gets the RBI on a groundout to give NM the 5-2 lead.
Top 9, Kimbrel on and K’s Crisp. Rosario PH’s and Tulo throws a ball away. Hardy K’s for out #2 and then Kinsler boots a ball to bring the tying run to the plate. Park PH’s and walks on a borderline call. Kimbrel shows some obvious frustration at the call and then serves up a GRAND SLAM to Bruce. Frazier walks and Moss doubles to put Granite State up 2 runs, 7-5. (all unearned)
Bottom 9, Gomez in for the save and Kinsler tries to atone for the E by lacing a one out single. Grandy triples him home. Carpenter (who started 0 games this series because of usage) was IBB’d to set up the DP. Tulo then tries to make up for his E and rips a single to center. Tie game.
Bottom 11, Blazers load the bases but Bourne pops up to end the threat.
Bottom 12, with 2 outs and Freeman on first, Saunders plays the role of hero with a bomb deep to right to give the Blazers the (not should have been) walk off 9-7 win.
WP Bowman (2-1)
LP Cosart (0-1)
BS Kimbrel (1) (in epic fashion)
Game 3: Nolasco @ Quintana
After Greene lasting all of 3 innings in game 1 and extras in game 2, I needed some depth from Quintana, especially because I was trying to avoid using the way overused Devenski.
Top 4, a Hardy RBI double and Moss (fuck this guy, 232/289/375 vs L) RBI groundout and a Crisp RBI double put GSL up 3-0.
Bottom 4, a Kinsler sac fly make it 3-1 .
Top 6, a Moss double make it 4-1.
Top 8, a Crisp double scores Moss and it’s 5-1.
Bottom 8, Freeman rips a 3 run HR with no outs to pull NM within a run. a Kinsler single and Saunders walk put the tying run 180 ft away, with no outs. Grandy K’s and Tulo K’s. Carpenter walks to load the bases and Castro grounded out the end the threat.
Bottom 9, Matt Cain, THE Matt Cain, allows a 2 out single to Freeman, who then makes it to second on a WP, but Kinsler pops out to SS allowing Granite State to escape 5-4.
WP Nolasco (1-2)
LP Quintana (3-2)
S Cain (1)
The comeback falling short made New Milford lose it’s first one run game of the year.
Game 4: Volquez @ Moore
Top 2, a Hundley double scores Moss and Volquez and Harrison drives in Hundley for a 3-0 GSL lead.
Bottom 2, Blazer bats finally had enough of this shit, with a Tulo RBI single, Castro 2 RBI single and Dietrich 2 RBI triple for a 5-3 lead.
A 7th inning Grandy RBI double and 8th inning Betts RBI double hold off Moss who had 2 more hits in the Blazer 8-3 win to get the split.
WP Moore (3-1)
LP Volquez (0-4)
Blazers finish the chapter at 22-6, 2 games up on Salem in the McGowan.
Moss went 8-18 with 3 2B, 2 HR and 7 RBI.