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LEAGUE STANDINGS FOR 2020 CBA Playoff
 
                            WON LOST  PCT   GB     
2020 San Diego SSC           12   4  .750 ----       Le Champion World Series and Staub Champion 
2020 New Jersey NBR           7   6  .538  3.5       Season Win Leader     
2020 Cooperstown CIM          8   7  .533  3.5       Clemente Champion       
2020 Essex EER                6   6  .500  4.0       Staub Wildcard #1       
2020 Stirling SRS             6   7  .462  4.5       Clemente Wildcard #2       
2020 Skokie SWM               3   4  .429  4.5       Clemente Wildcard #1        
2020 Philly PPS               3   4  .429  4.5       Schmidt Title        
2020 Newton NBP               5   7  .417  5.0       Parker title        
2020 Towaco TWR               2   4  .333  5.0       Staub Wildcard #2      
2020 Montreal MCD             1   4  .200  5.5       Dawson title        

World Series Recap  Joe Wallace is our 2020 World Champion!

Game 1 - Odorizzi vs Cole

In the bottom of the 1st the Horses struck when the Iron was hot taking a 1 run lead on a 2 out bases loaded wild pitch, but San Diego tied it up with a Gary Sanchez HR in the top of the second. The lead wouldn't last for long after a solo shot by Yasiel Puig in the bottom of the 2nd and another run scored by Puig in the bottom of the 4th on a sacrifice fly by Ronald Acuna. The Iron Horses were chugging along with their ace on the hill until the top of the 5th when Buxton doubled to lead off the inning and Bregman hit a 2 run, 2 out game tying shot.

Then... a scoreless 6th... a scoreless 7th... a scoreless 8th... it was in the hands of the bullpens now... a scoreless 9th... a scoreless 10th... a scoreless 11th... a pair of bullpen studs Lugo and Glasnow battling it out... would this game go on forever?!?!?!

To the top of the 12th... Tatis in the box... Lugo lets it go... Tatis drives it... IT'S GONE!!! A GO AHEAD HR IN GAME 1!!!. To the bottom of the 12th. Suarez, Walker and Lewis up for the Horses. Joe Wallace decides to stay with the hot hand and keep in Glasnow. Strikeout, Strikeout, Strikeout. Glasnow K's the side and San Diego and Joe Wallace Surf to a 4-3 win. San Diego up 1 game to 0

Game 2 - Bassitt vs Wheeler

Stamets looking for Wheeler to step up and tie the series. Bregman leads off with a single. Donaldson and Alvarez follow with 1 out singles. Bases loaded with 1 out, Wheeler looking for a ground ball to get out of the jam. Gary Sanchez had other thoughts with a first inning Grand Salami! The Surf would add another in the top of the 2nd with an RBI single by Donaldson. The Horses looked like they were fighting back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning but Bassitt and Castillo held the Iron Horses scoreless the rest of the way. Matt Olsen added solo HR's in the 4th and 6th innings to help the Surf hang 8 in a decisive 8-2 victory.

San Diego up 2 games to 0

Game 3 - Sanchez vs Ryu

On to San Diego where the Surf swam their Ace out to the mound. Garcia led off the bottom of the 1st with a Solo HR and a Tatis single drove in another. The Surf added 2 more in the bottom of the 5th with a Garcia walk and another Olson HR to give them a 4-0 lead. With Ryu cruising through 5 innings it looked like this game was in the bag but the Horses galloped back in the top of the 6th with a single, walk and single by Semien, Suarez and Albies. Hunter Pence brought the Horses within a run with a bases clearing double. With the tying run on 2B and no one out, Walker moved the runner up with a ground ball to 2B. With the lefty Ryu on the mound and a lefty Bradley on deck, he decided to intentionally walk Molina... the go ahead run, to get a lefty lefty matchup. With about zero chance of Bradley making contact here, Stamets called for the squeeze. Walker took off from third! Bradley squared around and..... missed it!!! Walker was tagged out at home! Ryu would throw a scoreless 7th and Glasnow and Hendricks threw perfect 8th and 9th innings to give the Surf a 4-3 victory.

San Diego up 3 games to 0

Game 4 - Cole vs Rodriguez

The Iron Horses with their ace trying to earn a game 5. The Surf trying to bring the trophy to San Diego. It was apparent from the beginning this was a pitchers duel as the game was held scoreless through 5 1/2 innings until the bottom of the 6th when Olsen and Bregman had back to back doubles to give the Surf a 1-0 lead. Rodriguez would throw a scoreless 7th and turn it over to the dynamic duo of Glasnow and Hendriks. Stamets was tired of seeing Glasnow, but he hoped his team could turn the tides. In the top of the 8th, Semien sparked a potential rally with a single and a stolen base. Suarez moved the tying run to 3B with a grounder to 2B and up game Albies. Glasnow had his number and struck him out. It was up to the veteran Pence, he hit a ball to the hole... but was thrown out by a half of a step to end the inning. On to the 9th inning.

The righty Hendricks in. Stamets signals to the lefty Choi... a great matchup.Hendricks sets him down on strikes. Stamets signals to the lefty Rios... another great matchup.Hendricks sets him down on strikes. Up comes another lefty Jackie Bradley Jr. Hendricks sets him down on strikes. San Diego wins 1 - 0 and sweeps the Iron Horses.

Congratulations to the new CBA Champion Joe Wallace and his San Diego Surf!The Surf had great starting pitching and a pair of shutdown relievers in Glasnow and Hendriks, holding the Iron Horses to 1 run over 8 innings in relief, striking out 14.

They also brought the lumber with 8 home runs. The Iron Horses, on the other hand, did not. Despite slugging 263 HR's during the regular season, good for 7th in CBA... they managed only one the entire series. The parade in San Diego is scheduled. Congrats to Joe on a great season. He put together a tremendous team and knew how to use it.


 

Conference Championships

Game 1 The Beatles’ Justin Verlander pitched 7 strong innings, allowing one run on 3 hits. New Jersey was able to score 4 runs in 6 1/3 innings against Surf starter Eduardo Rodriguez, including a solo home run by Austin Riley. The Beatles’ bullpen was able to hold on for a 4-2 win. Gary Sanchez and Matt Olson homered in a losing effort for San Diego. (W-J. Verlander, L-E. Rodriguez, S-S. Cishek)

Game 2 – San Diego led off the game with back-to-back home runs by Avisail Garcia and Alex Bregman vs. New Jersey starter Lance Lynn. The Beatles would tie the game in the bottom of the first on a 2-run homer by Austin Riley against San Diego’s Hyun-Jin Ryu. That was all that Ryu would give up, as he went 5 innings, giving up 2 runs on just 2 hits. Yordan Alvarez’s 2-run blast in the 5th gave the Surf a 4-2 lead. They tacked on a run in the 9th, and their bullpen did the rest. San Diego wins, 5-2 to even the series at a game apiece. (W-H. Ryu, L-L. Lynn, S-L. Hendriks)

Resumed Saturday evening in San Diego.

Game 3: The Beatles sent their 21-win rookie to the mound to face the Surf’s Jake Odorizzi. After a scoreless first 3 frames, Paul DeJong’s solo homer in the top of the 4th gave New Jersey the lead. San Diego bounced back in the bottom of the 4th, scoring one on a wild pitch and one on Neil Walker’s RBI single to take a 2-1 lead. New Jersey took the lead back in the 6th on Rafael Devers’ solo shot and a 2-run double by Carlos Correa. With a 4-2 lead, the Beatles turned to their bullpen in the bottom of the 6th. The Surf closed to 4-3 in the bottom of the 6th on a Matt Joyce RBI single. In the bottom of the 8th, Fernando Tatis Jr. hit a game-tying solo blast off of Pedro Baez. Then, in the bottom of the 9th, with Junior Guerra on the hill, one out, and runners on 1st and 3rd, Matt Olson hit a seeing-eye single to give the Surf a come-from-behind, 5-4 win and a 2-games-to-1 lead in the series. (W-L. Hendriks, L-J. Guerra)

Game 4: New Jersey’s Justin Verlander took on San Diego’s Eduardo Rodriguez in game 4. The Beatles took the lead in the top of the 3rd, scoring an unearned run on a passed ball. That’s how it would stay until the 7th, when Evan Longoria’s 2-out, 3-run homer gave New Jersey a 4-0 lead. The Surf got one back in the bottom of the 7th, but then the Beatles erupted for 9 runs in the 8th and won going away, 13-1. Series tied 2-2. (W-J. Verlander, L-E. Rodriguez)

Game 5: The Beatles’ Lance Lynn faced San Diego’s Chris Bassitt in the pivotal game 5. New Jersey’s scored 5 unearned runs in the 2nd inning, as a Fernando Tatis Jr. error paved the way for Brandon Lowe’s 2-out grand slam followed by Starling Marte’s solo shot. The Beatles would add a run in the 4th and another in the 5th to take a 7-0 lead. The Surf battled back, scoring 3 unearned runs of their own in the 5th. Solo shots from Yordan Alvarez and Alex Bregman in the 6th and 7th, respectively, got San Diego to within 7-5. Carlos Correa hit a 2-run homer in the top of the 8th to give New Jersey some breathing room, and their bullpen preserved a 9-5 win. New Jersey leads the series 3-games-to-2. (W-L. Lynn, L-C. Bassitt)

Game 6: San Diego sent ace Hyun-Jin Ryu to the hill against New Jersey’s Dallas Keuchel. Beatles manager Steve Adler surprised everyone by removing Keuchel from the game after he gave up a leadoff single to open the first inning. The game was scoreless after 3, and then Hunter Renfroe opened the scoring for San Diego with a solo shot off of Stefan Crichton in the top of the 4th. New Jersey bounced back with 3 runs in the bottom of the frame on an RBI groundout by Evan Longoria and a 2-out, 2-run single by Danny Santana. In the top of the 5th, with Junior Guerra pitching, Gary Sanchez hit a solo blast, and Fernando Tatis Jr. hit a 2-run shot, giving the Surf a 4-3 lead. The teams traded runs in the 6th, and San Diego added runs in the 7th and 9th, giving the Surf a 7-4 win. Ryu went the distance for San Diego, giving up 4 runs on just 3 hits, striking out 8. The series is tied 3-3 as we head to game 7. (W-H. Ryu, L-J. Guerra)

Game 7: The Surf’s Eduardo Rodriguez took on Beatles ace Justin Verlander. New Jersey jumped to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first on Austin Riley’s 3-run homer. San Diego would battle back, getting solo shots from Josh Donaldson and Gary Sanchez in the 4th to get to within 3-2. The Beatles added 1 in the 6th on Rafael Devers’ solo dinger, to give New Jersey a 4-2 lead. In the top of the 7th, with one out and a runner on 1st, Alex Bregman hit a game-tying 2-run blast against Pedro Baez. The bullpens would take over from there, and the game went to extra innings tied 4-4. Neither team would score in the 10th or the 11th. Then, with one out in the top of the 12th, Gary Sanchez hit his second homer of the game, to give San Diego a 5-4 lead. Liam Hendriks would retire the side in order in the bottom of the 12th, giving San Diego the Staub pennant, 4-games-to-3. (W-L.Hendriks, L-J. Guerra)

This was an incredible series featuring two great teams. The Surf advanced to play the Cooperstown Iron Horses in the World Series in another great match-up.

CBA Playoff Action!

Game 1 - Kershaw vs Cole

Miguel Sano and David Peralta gave the Bombs an early lead with solo HRs off Gerrit Cole in the top of the first and second innings. The Iron Horses answered back with a Christian Walker HR off Kershaw in the 2nd as well but both starting pitchers settled in for the next couple of innings.  Kershaw was pulled in the 5th in favor of Kahnle after walking Bradley Jr. and a trio of righties in Acuna, Semien and Suarez coming up.  Kahnle got Acuna to ground into an inning ending double play to close the book on Kershaw.  The Bombs added to their lead with a solo HR by pinch hitter Adam Duval in the top of the 6th but Kahnle ran into trouble of his own in the bottom of the inning when he gave up solo HRs to Semien and pinch hitter extraordinaire Edwin Rios to tie the game at 3-3.  Two Cooperstown singles in the bottom of the 7th by Puig and Bradley allowed Acuna to drive in the go ahead run with a sac fly.  Cole headed to the mound in the top of the 9th with a 1 run lead and retired Moustakas... and Stamets headed to the mound to take the ball from a tired Cole.  With lefty Haseley coming up, and only lefties remaining on the Newton bench Stamets turned the ball over to the extreme reverse righty and lefty killer, Oliver Drake. Faced with a tough choice, knowing Drake struggles against RHP, Newton countered with an unexpected pinch hitter... starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks.  A good hitting pitcher and a righty.  Hendricks made good contact but grounded out for the 2nd out in the inning.  With 2 outs and the HR threat and righty Austin Hedges coming up, Stamets brought in his shut down closer Seth Lugo.  Bundy countered with the left handed hitting Castro.  Lugo won the battle ending the game with a strikeout.
 
Cooperstown leads 1-0
 
Game 2 - Sale vs Sanchez
 
After 2 1/2 innings it looked like this game had the makings of a pitcher's duel, but the game was blown wide open in the bottom of the 3rd with an offensive outburst including home runs by Molina, Suarez and Choi to give the Iron Horses a 10 run lead. Anibal Sanchez blanked the Bombs through 5 but a 2 run HR by Castallanos in the 6th ended the shutout.  After a scoreless 7th Stamets sent a tired Sanchez back out to the mound to try to give the bullpen a day off, but after giving up 2 singles and 2 walks to start the inning, he turned it over to the bullpen.  The Bombs wouldn't go down without a fight.  After another single, a walk, another single and a HBP the Bombs had 4 runs on the board cutting the lead down to 7 with runners on and only one out.  Tyler Webb got out of the jam though, giving up a sacrifice fly and ending the inning by striking out Hedges.  Trevor May pitched a clean 9th to give Cooperstown the win.
 
Cooperstown leads 2-0
 
Game 3 - Wheeler vs Strasburg
 
Heading to Newton the starting pitching matchup had the makings of a classic, and it did not disappoint.  
 
A first inning RBI double by Walker for the Iron Horses was the only run they'd see through 6 innings.  Wheeler gave up RBI singles to Hasely and Belt in the 2nd and a 3rd inning solo HR to Moustakas to give the Bombs a 3-1 lead after 3.  Wheeler would go on the blank the Bombs over the next 5 innings for a heroic 8 inning 3 run effort.  For the Bombs, a Jackie Bradley Jr HR in the 7th was the only other run given up by Strasburg in an 8 inning 2 run performance of his own.  Bundy turned it over to Chapman in the 9th, after striking out Hunter Pence, he ran into trouble after walking Albies.  He got Puig to pop out for the 2nd out but Austin Romine, pinch hitting for the lefty Bradley, singled to put runners at 1st and 3rd with 2 out and the veteran Molina coming up.  Bundy pulled the lefty Chapman in favor of Pagan for a righty righty matchup.  Stamets countered with pinch hitter extraordinaire Edwin Rios, hoping to end it with one swing.  Rios won the battle!!!!  ... but with just a walk to to extend the inning.  Now the stage was set... bases loaded... 9th inning... down by 1 run and one of the best players in CBA coming up in Ronald Acuna.  This is the moment you want your star in there. But wait!!  Stamets pulls his star player in favor of pinch hitter Kyle Lewis.  Is he crazy?  Stamets wanted to end it with one swing and Kyle Lewis has shown unprecedented power in his limited playing time especially against RHP.  Would Stamets look like a genius? 
 
Lewis hit a drive to the outfield!   But it was an easy flyball caught.  What would have happened if Stamets left Acuna in the game?  We'll never know.  It's said Trevor Bauer could be heard from his couch at home cursing the decision of his manager.
 
Cooperstown leads 2-1
 
Game 4 - Cole vs Hendricks
 
Yet another pitching duel.  Molina led off the 3rd with a single and Acuna followed with a 2 run HR.  These would be the only runs given up by Hendricks in his 8 innings of work.  Cole threw 8 innings of 1 run ball himself, striking out 12 giving up consecutive doubles to Moustakas and Yastremski for his only blemish of the game.  Both teams turned the game over to the bullpen in the 9th with Newton down by 1 run.
 
Kahnle set down the Horses in order in the top of the 9th and it headed to the bottom of the 9th with the Bombs down by 1.
 
Stamets sent out shut down closer Seth Lugo, leaned back and said to himself "This will be over quick."  As planned, Lugo struck out Brandon Belt.  Iglesias came to the plate and pushed a single through the infield.  Stamets sat up a little.  Peralta drove a single into the OF.  Stamets headed to the top of the stairs and watched Bundy signal to Freese to grab a bat. With Lugo struggling and the righty masher Freese heading to the plate with the tying and go ahead runs on board, Stamets had seen enough. He turned the ball over to Shane Greene... nasty and devastating against righties. "Bundy won't burn Freese here" Stamets thought.  But Stamets would be wrong.  Bundy signaled to lefty Freeman to head to the plate to get a great matchup.  Greene faced the lefty and walked him to load the bases.  With another lefty coming up, Stamets knew a change was needed.  Lefty Tyler Webb maybe?  Extreme reverse RHP Drake?  Stamets looked at who was left on the Newton bench and there was a massive Bomb hitter in righty Adam Duvall.  He wasn't going to be forced into a lopsided matchup again so he went with Trevor May... solid against righties and lefties.  Bundy stuck with the potent bat of Yas.
 
Bottom of the 9th, down by 1, bases loaded.  Yas slaps a ball the other way, Semien up with it, over to Albies for 1, on to Walker for the 2nd out and a bases loaded game ending double play.
 
Cooperstown leads 3-1
 
Game 5 - Bumgarner vs Kershaw
 
A matchup of potent lefties.  Newton needed to win to earn a game 6, Cooperstown trying to seal the deal and head to the CBA Championship.  The Horses struck first with a solo HR in the 2nd by one of their series heros, and Cooperstown 2019 2nd round pick, Christian Walker.  Newton tied it up with a bomb by Vargas in the bottom of the 5th, leading to a quick hook on Bumgarner after hitting Hedges. Trevor May would get out of the jam that inning and throw 2 more scoreless innings of relief.  Bradley Jr. hit a go ahead HR in the 6th to give the Iron Horses a 2-1 lead.  Kershaw headed out in the top of the 7th but had to be pulled after giving up a walk to Albies and a single to Hunter Pence.  Yimi Garcia was brought in to stop the bleeding and struck out Walker but gave up a double to Puig to score a run, but Pence was thrown out trying to score from first.  Pinch hitter Kyle Lewis would come through with a double of his own to drive in Puig and give the Iron Horses a 4-1 lead.  
 
Things got interesting in the bottom of the 8th.  Tyler Webb came on to pitch to pinch hitter Jason Castro and walked him to start the inning but struck out another pinch hitter David Freese.  Shane Greene would walk Castallanos, bringing the tying run to the plate.  With the Bombs bench empty, Stamets brought in reverse righty Drake to face lefties Yastremski and Freeman.  He'd get out of the inning inscathed by inducing consecutive flyouts. 
 
After a scoreless top of the 9th by Pagan, it was up to the Bombs offense to overcome a 3 run deficit with Lugo coming into the game.  Lugo couldn't slam the door the night before, would he falter again? Not this time.  Lugo got Moose, Iglesias and Vargas 1-2-3 to end the inning, end the game and end the series.  
 
Cooperstown wins the series 4 games to 1.
 
Thanks to Bruce for a great series.  His team had a great season... as usual.  
 
The Iron Horses are eager to see who they'll face in the Championship.
 
Jon 
Cooperstown

FINAL STANDINGS FOR 2020 CBA
 
Dawson                      WON LOST  PCT   GB  MAGIC#   ACTWON ACTLOST ACTPCT
2020 Montreal MCD           102  60  .630 ----  *WON*        75      87   .463
2020 Belfast BBD             70  92  .432 32.0               74      88   .457
2020 Longue Pointe LLD       68  94  .420 34.0               86      76   .531
2020 Neah Bay NWD            56 106  .346 46.0               56     106   .346
 
Rogers                      WON LOST  PCT   GB  MAGIC#   ACTWON ACTLOST ACTPCT
2020 New Jersey NBR         112  50  .691 ----  *WON*       101      61   .623
2020 Essex EER               89  73  .549 23.0               83      79   .512
2020 Towaco TWR              80  82  .494 32.0              104      58   .642
2020 Detroit DWR             76  86  .469 36.0               68      94   .420
 
Carter                      WON LOST  PCT   GB  MAGIC#   ACTWON ACTLOST ACTPCT
2020 San Diego SSC          104  58  .642 ----  *WON*        97      65   .599
2020 Tinley Park TWC         78  84  .481 26.0               83      79   .512
2020 Temple KBP              72  90  .444 32.0               89      73   .549
2020 Indiana IRC             69  93  .426 35.0               63      99   .389
 
Schmidt                     WON LOST  PCT   GB  MAGIC#   ACTWON ACTLOST ACTPCT
2020 Philly PPS              91  71  .562 ----  *WON*        92      70   .568
2020 Stirling SRS            90  72  .556  1.0               89      73   .549
2020 Ottawa OOS              76  86  .469 15.0               69      93   .426
2020 New Hampshire NWS       58 104  .358 33.0               92      70   .568
 
Monday                      WON LOST  PCT   GB  MAGIC#   ACTWON ACTLOST ACTPCT
2020 Cooperstown CIM        100  62  .617 ----  *WON*        77      85   .475
2020 Skokie SWM              92  70  .568  8.0               71      91   .438
2020 Ohio OOM                83  79  .512 17.0               69      93   .426
2020 Carolina CCM            73  89  .451 27.0               88      74   .543
 
Parker                      WON LOST  PCT   GB  MAGIC#   ACTWON ACTLOST ACTPCT
2020 Newton NBP              87  75  .537 ----  *WON*        98      64   .605
2020 Middlesex MGP           77  85  .475 10.0               58     104   .358
2020 Brooklyn BSP            75  87  .463 12.0              106      56   .654
2020 Rocket City RRP         66  96  .407 21.0               59     103   .364
 
 
SC Wild Card Standings      WON LOST  PCT   GB  MAGIC#
2020 Essex EER               89  73  .549 ----  *WON*
2020 Towaco TWR              80  82  .494 ----  *WON*
2020 Tinley Park TWC         78  84  .481  2.0       
2020 Detroit DWR             76  86  .469  4.0       
2020 Temple KBP              72  90  .444  8.0       
2020 Belfast BBD             70  92  .432 10.0       
 
CC Wild Card Standings      WON LOST  PCT   GB  MAGIC#
2020 Skokie SWM              92  70  .568 ----  *WON*
2020 Stirling SRS            90  72  .556 ----  *WON*
2020 Ohio OOM                83  79  .512  7.0       
2020 Middlesex MGP           77  85  .475 13.0       
2020 Ottawa OOS              76  86  .469 14.0       
2020 Brooklyn BSP            75  87  .463 15.0       
 

Lourdes Gurriel hits 3 hiomers down the pennant stretch for the Stirling Red Sox.

2020 Rocket City Rockers At 2020 Stirling Red Sox          8/7/2020
 

 
  Rockers            AB  R  H RBI AVG    Red Sox            AB  R  H RBI AVG
 
  M.Betts CF          3  0  0  0 .271    L.Cain CF          5  0  0  0 .284  
 
  H.Alberto LF        4  0  2  0 .291    N.Goodrum 2B        4  1  2  0 .317  
 
  C.Frazier RF        4  1  1  1 .362    N.Solak 3B          3  1  0  0 .375  
 
  N.Arenado 3B        4  0  1  0 .316    C.Bellinger RF      4  1  1  0 .296  
 
  C.Vazquez C        4  0  0  0 .299    L.Gurriel LF        4  4  4  6 .282  
 
  D.Swanson SS        4  0  0  0 .244    K.Schwarber C      4  2  3  1 .251  
 
  C.Cron 1B          4  0  0  0 .216    D.Santana DH        2  1  0  0 .248  
 
  G.Torres 2B        2  0  0  0 .256    E.Andrus SS        4  0  0  0 .277  
 
  K.Calhoun DH        4  0  2  0 .239    C.Biggio 1B        4  0  1  1 .200  
 
                    -- -- -- ---                            -- -- -- ---      
 
        Totals      33  1  6  1                Totals      34 10 11  8
 

 

 
Rockers......... 1 0 0  0 0 0  0 0 0  -  1  6  0
 
Red Sox......... 0 1 4  0 0 2  0 3    - 10 11  0
 

 
Rockers (50-67)          IP      H  R  ER  BB  SO  HR    ERA
 
S.Brault LOSS(5-5)        5 1/3  8  7  7  2  4  3  5.86
 
M.Montgomery              2      2  2  2  0  1  1  7.43
 
M.Castro                  0 2/3  1  1  1  1  0  0  2.25
 
Totals                    8      11  10  10  3  5  4
 

 
Red Sox (62-55)          IP      H  R  ER  BB  SO  HR    ERA
 
M.Minor WIN(10-5)        7 1/3  6  1  1  3  8  1  3.77
 
A.Miller                  1 2/3  0  0  0  0  1  0  4.32
 
Totals                    9      6  1  1  3  9  1
 

 
ATTENDANCE- 49,186 DATE- Wednesday, August 7th 2020 TIME- Day WEATHER- Average
 
T- 2:26
 
LEFT ON BASE- Rockers: 8  Red Sox: 3
 
DOUBLE PLAYS- Rockers: 1  Red Sox: 0
 
HOME RUNS- C.Frazier(4th), L.Gurriel-3(10th), K.Schwarber(26th)
 
RBIs- C.Frazier(19th), L.Gurriel-6(34th), K.Schwarber(81st), C.Biggio(24th)
 
STOLEN BASES- N.Goodrum-2(6th)
 
WALKS- M.Betts, G.Torres-2, N.Solak, D.Santana-2
 
STRIKE OUTS- C.Frazier, N.Arenado, C.Vazquez-2, D.Swanson, C.Cron, G.Torres,
 
            K.Calhoun-2, L.Cain, C.Bellinger-2, E.Andrus-2
 
GIDP- D.Santana
 
BALKS- M.Castro
 
2-out RBI- C.Frazier, L.Gurriel-4, C.Biggio
 
RLISP 2-out- C.Bellinger, N.Arenado-2, C.Biggio, M.Betts, D.Swanson, L.Cain
 
TEAM RISP- Rockers: 1 for 6  Red Sox: 3 for 9
 
WEB GEMS- Top 7th: Lorenzo Cain robbed Dansby Swanson of a Homerun!
 

 

 

 

    CBA Press April 21st, 2020

   CBA is off to a terrific first month.  It seems like a significant amount of games are being played Netplay.  The resulting divisional races have been exciting through the first month.  We are seeing The Dawson division being taken by storm by the high flying Montreal Crows.  The nearest competition in Dawson seems to be miles away while Belfast, LP, and Neah are battling amongst themselves.  The Rogers has been mostly Netplay, with Essex, New Jersey out front, while Towaco and Detroit are fighting to stay above .500.  San Diego has stepped out front and Tinley Park has kept stride.  Temple is starting to play better ball and will need to win more consistently to keep pace. 

The Clemente has seen the Newton Bombs pitching take command in Parker as Middlesex, Rocket City, and Brooklyn exibit tremendous offense but little pitching.  The Stirling RedSox have dominated in Netplay and the standings as Jack Jung's Otters, and Rob Hite's champs are trying to keep up with the new Clemente force Malachi has unleashed.  Monday has been less talked about, but look what's cooking there.  All teams are at .500 or better. Stamets Cooperstown team is off and running, but all four teams are in the chase for the title if not the wildcard.

CBA Press March 27th, 2020

 

The Heritage Game Classic

It was wonderful to see two of CBA's long term and most respected GM's square off in a classic series such as we 'witnessed' this week.  Historically both rival teams have battled each other for playoff perches.  Perhaps one of CBA's least publicized rivalries is the decades old Schmidt Conference.  Although Philly has copped recent headlines with a stunning championship, the Otters and RedSox have had many moments of their own.  Schmidt division has generally been a division so typical of the AL based Roberto Clemente conference. Both teams are well known for being offensive minded teams.  Jack and Malachi in this Netplay matchup embody whats best about C.B.A.  Two gentlemen who are reliable and consistent. Both have treated other gamers with respect and have handled themselves with integrity. This Heritage series was more than just a great classic series for 2020, it was an honor to two fine Hall of Fame managers Malachi Nellum and Jack Jung.

Looking back to last season with the Ottawa Otters:   The Ottawa Otters had another disappointing 2019 season, finishing with a record of 71 wins and 91 losses, good enough for only third place in the always tough Schmidt Division.  The Otters were also well back of a wild-card spot (16 games) by the end of the season.  The team started the year well and were in second place in their division for April and May.  Fans were already dreaming of a wild-card spot.  But by June, reality set in, and the Otters fell to third place where they generally remained for the balance of the year.  Any dreams of a wild-card play-off spot quickly came to an end by the July All-Star Break.

 

The team finished tenth in team batting with an average of only .247 but were a dismal nineteenth in pitching, with an ERA of 4.64.  Collectively, the Otters hit just 148 home runs, which is normally a strength for the team but not this past year.  Only Mike Trout was able to make it to the list of the top 10 home run hitters this year, tying for tenth position with 33 dingers.  Nick Ahmed and Andrew McCutchen were well back on the home run list and they contributed 18 and 17 home runs respectively last season.  

On the pitching side, Francisco Liriano had a team-best ERA of 3.76 amongst the starters, with a record of 9-9 in 25 starts.  Jhoulys Chacin also had a great personal year, with an ERA of 3.91, winning 14 games and losing 13 others with 31 starts.  Jose Leclerc was called on as the closer for most games, with a record of 2-4 with 24 saves.  Yu Darvish spent most of the year on the disabled list and was not really a factor in pitching last year.

  The Otters have some definite pitching holes to fill for 2020 as evidenced by their team performance last year.  They will have to remake their pitching staff if they want to contend for a wild-card spot this season.  The Otters will be looking at the draft to shore up their pitching staff.  Help from some of the new prospects playing for the Otters new Triple-A farm club, the Edmonton Trappers, is still a couple of seasons away.


Its now March 1st and the day is still young but Skip scratches his face and says he's not sure he has the right mix for contention this year. “But wait your a Seasoned veteran the Legacy of Swank is at stake”. Good luck is a leprechaun away.  Essex will boast new green uniforms, shooting from the hip on this grassy knoll. Ian Kennedy is not available but we will close this before we blow it royally .swank is that crazy dreamer who fought kevin and Steve for a shot year in and out .2 different league championship saritsay not resting on his laurels. A HEARTY BREAKFAST WILL GET US PUMPED UP AND WE WILL HAVE A GREAT SEASON. THE DUDE IS NUTS SAYS JT NO PLAYER FEELS SAFE WE ALL COULD BE DEALT SAYS HE.,PITCHER INNINGS ARE LOW BUT NOT SHORT OF TALENT WITH MAX ON THE BUMP .BULLPEN HADER IS A GREAT PLAYER.  SECOND THIRD AND SHORT ARE OUR STRENGTH WITH A TEAM OF UTILITY GUYS MUCH MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE WITH THE TEAM AND THEY WILL NOT STOP TRYING UNTIL THEY'RE LOOKING LIKE THE PRODUCT SWANK IS PAID FOR 

Associated Press / Philadelphia, PA

The Philly Phantastics are reportedly looking to move their 2019 CBA Championship MVP Nelson Cruz to another contender.

ruz and his .311/.392/.639 slashline will turn any formidable CBA team into an instant championship contender when plugged into the middle of a lineup.  
Cruz is apparently disgruntled by the prospect of reduced playing time this season with the emergence of young Japanese up-and-comer Shohei Ohtani, who is expected to get the bulk of the Philly DH at bats vs. right handed pitching in 2020.  Cruz has had a long and storied CBA career, and is a likely CBA Hall of Famer when he finally hangs up the spikes.  But for now, Cruz has several more years of dominant offensive output left in the tank.  And he is looking to be moved to a contender with an opportunity to win a second consecutive championship.  
 

 


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