April 2015

Update in Baltimore

With things still all over the place in Baltimore, tonight’s game has been postponed. Yesterday and todays games will be made up in a double-header played in Baltimore on May 28. For those with tickets from those games please refer to the Baltimore Oriels web site for the process to deal with replacing those tickets.

Tomorrow’s game will be played as a day game to a closed stadium. Yes, that is correct and it does look strange but that is the decisions of the mlb and both clubs looking out for the safety of the public and the staff of both clubs.

I do not know what decisions have been made for Baltimore for their schedule past tomorrow, for you Oriels fans check the website for further information.

 

 

Playing with the Birds

We are in Baltimore for the first of 3 games with the Oriels. It is our first visit with the team since trading Alejandro De Aza. Gordon Beckham is making his first start at shortstop

Hector Noesi is in the office today, with assistance from

Line up: Adam Eaton, Melky Cabrera, Jose Abreu, Adam LaRoche, Avisail, Garcia, Conor Gillaspie, Gordon Beckham, Tyler Flowers, Micah Johnson

 

*THIS GAME HAS BEEN POSTPONED WITH CONSULTATION FROM THE BALTIMORE POLICE DEPARTMENT.

Finished One and Won the Second

It has been an interesting series with the Royals during this home stand. First the bench clearing dust-up, which saw Chris Sale, Jeff Samardzjia receive 5 game suspensions but they will appeal those. I did read that Chris did not even know that he has been suspended until an inning later. It was reported that Chris did go to the KC locker room and that he talked to Alex Rios. Questioning that one when Alex is on the DL with a broken finger.

Saturdays game was tied up at 2 all, heading into the 9th inning. Just as David Robertson was getting the keys to the office, the heavens opened and things came to a screeching halt. The game was suspended and would be started on Sunday before the regular game. Well, Mother Nature decided they boys would have more time off.

Monday would see the Friday night game completed, as David Robertson would shut down the Royals in the top of the 9th inning. The bottom of the 9th would see Melky Cabrera get on base with a walk, with Jose Abreu at bat a wild pitch would move Melky to 2nd, Abreu is given a free pass to first, bringing Avisail Garcia to the plate, Avi smacks a single to right, bringing Melky home for a 3 to 2 Sox win

Game two would see John Danks in the office with help from Jake Petricka, Zach Duke and David Robertson closing up things for another win,

*Top of the 3rd – would see KC open the scoring, taking the lead 1 – 0

*Top of the 4th – would see the Royals add 2 more runs taking a 3 – 0 lead.

images*Bottom of the 6th – The Sox would fire up and put 5 runs on the board starting when, Adam Eaton opens with a single and Melky walks, with Abreu at the plate, a wild pitch moved Eaton to 3rd. Abreu reaches on an error, Eaton scores(sox – 1 , KC – 3) and Melky to 2nd. Adam LaRoche’s single gets Melky home(sox – 2 and KC – 3) with Abreu being held at 2nd. Avi’s single would load the pond. Conor Gillaspie comes to the plate, belting a line drive to right, getting LaRoche and Abreu home(sox – 4 and KC – 3). Tyler Flowers single to right would bring Avi home for a 5 to 3 Sox lead, which would be the final score.

Time to pack the travel bag as we head out on a road trip, first stop is Baltimore for 3 and then to Minnesota for 4 games before a day off

It’s a Sale on K’s tonight

The cold weather of The Cell welcomes the Kansas City Royals for a 4 game series.

Pitching Staff: Chris Sale, Zach Duke, David Robertson, Zach Putnam, Dan Jennings, Jake Petricka

Lineup: (Spanky)Eaton, Cabrera, Abreu(Cannon),La Roche(The Beard), Garcia, Gillaspie, Ramirez, Flowers, Johnson, Beckham, Bonifacio

Weather: Cold but blue sky

Uniform: Black jerseys with white pinstripe pants

*Top of the first – KC rattled Sale and put a 2 spot on the board, KC – 2 and Sox – 0

*Bottom of the 3rd – Hell of a run by Johnson, KC missed tagging the bag and he was safe. Spanky walked moving Johnson to second. Can o corn to close the inning.

*Bottom of the 4th – Cannon hit by a pitch, The Beard with a single, Avi with a single, they get the force at second. Gillaspie safe at first, Cannon got in a pickle but managed to keep it going long enough to get Avi to 3rd, Missile with a single to right gets Avi home for a 2 – 1 KC lead.

*Bottom of the 5th – Melky on 2nd with a double, Cannon doubles and this game is tied at 2 apiece.

*Bottom of the 7th – Bench clearing brawl. Zach Duke in the office getting the keys from Sale. Chris Sale and Jeff Samardzija along with 3 KC players ejected from the game.

*Bottom of the 8th – Melky on with a walk, Cannon with a single moving Melky to 2nd. The Beard is safe at first, getting the force at second.

*Top of the 9th – David Robertson in the office.

*Bottom of the 9th – with the Sox not able to score we are on the way to the 10th inning

*Top of the 10th – Zach Putnam received the mound keys from Robertson

*Bottom of 10th – Spanky on 2nd thanks to a wide throw. Cannon gifted a free pass to first base. The Beard was able to move the boys to 2nd and 3rd.

*Top of 11th – Dan Jennings takes over from Putnam. KC runner at second with a double. KC batter given a free pass to first. (Jake Petricka working in the pen)

*Bottom of the 11th – Gordon Beckham on with a free pass to 1st, who was thrown out trying to steal second.

*Top of 12th – Jake Petricka now in the office.

*Bottom of 12th – Bonifacio to pitch hit.

*Top of 13th – speedster for KC crosses home for a 3 to 2 lead.

*Bottom of 13th – Avi with a single, but was left stranded.

Final score – KC – 3 and Sox – 2

It was one hell of a game. Go to bed and get warm. I wont be with you for tomorrow’s game as it is ANZAC Day here in Australia. The Aussie’s version of Memorial Day.

In the office for game 2 in the series is John Danks

 

 

 

 

 

Indians became Shark Bait

10846017_10153471226798298_3762506296448831856_n  The final game in the series saw the Shark Cage open as Jeff Samardzjia took to the mound. He had help today from Dan Jennings, Zach Duke and Jake Petricka to shut out the Indians by a score of 6 – 0.

Weather today was cold but clear

Uniforms today were the white pin stripe pants with the black jerseys. Long sleeve t-shirts and anything else to keep warm.

*Bottom of the 1st – Abreu homers to right to open the scoring 1 – 0

*Bottom of the 3rd – Eaton opens the inning with a double, Cabrera line drives to left moving Eaton to 3rd. Abreu grounds into a double play but brings Eaton is able to score for a Sox 2 – 0 lead.

*Bottom of the 6th – LaRoche opens with a single to right, Garcia hits into a force at second, Gillaspie doubles to right with Garcia being held up at 3rd.(Gillaspie is replaces by Gordon Beckham) With Ramirez at the plate a wild pitch brings Garcia home and moved Beckham to 3rd. The Sox extend their lead to 3 – 0.

*Bottom of the 7th – Johnson opens the inning with a single to left, With Eaton at the plate, a wild pitch will move Johnson to 2nd. Eaton’s single to left gets Johnson to 3rd, Cabrera’s single to left gets Johnson home and Eaton to second. Abreu’s double to left sees Eaton and Cabrera cross the plate for a 6 – 0 lead at the close of the inning.

Thanks to great pitching from the bull pen and the offensive hold its nerve the Sox were able to give Samardzija his first shut out victory.

The Indians have packed up to head out, to make room for the Kansas City Royals for a 4 game series, Chris Sale and the “K Zone” will open the series on Thursday with, Jose “The Q” Quintana set for game two in the office. Saturday has John Danks in the office with, Game 4 still to be decided.

 

Game 2 with Indians

Hector Noesi has the keys to the office for tonight’s game. Carlos Rodon makes his first appearance of his career. Zach Duke took over in the top of the ninth.

Lineup: (Spanky) Eaton, (Melky) Cabrera, Abreu, LaRoche, Garcia, Gillaspie, Ramirez(Missile), Flowers, Johnson

Weather: 46 at game time and cold

Uniform: White Pin stripe with black long sleeve t-shirts.

*Bottom of the first – Abreu with a solo shot and the Sox open the scoring 1 – 0

*Top of 2nd – Indians tie the score with a home run of their own, 1 all

*Bottom of the 2nd – Missile with a double.

*Bottom of the 3rd – Johnson with a single, Spanky safe at first with a well placed bunt.

*Top of the 4th – Indian batter got first walk today and safely stole second

*Top of the 5th – another Indians home run, gives them the lead 2 – 1

*Top of the 6th – Indians have runners at the corners and Carlos Rodon is making his first appearance in the office. A single brings 2 home and its a 4 – 1 Indians lead.

*Bottom of the 6th – Melky with a single, moves to 2nd on a wild pitch.

*Top of 7th inning – Sacrifice fly to left scores an Indian runner and takes their lead to 5 – 1. A single up the middle takes the Indians out to a 6 to 1 lead.

*Bottom of the 8th – Spanky singles to left, Melky with a single and Spanky’s speed we have runners at the corners. Cannon with a single scoring Spanky cutting the Indian’s lead to 6 – 2

*Top of 9th – T-Flow finally guns down a runner

Final Score — Indians 6 and the Sox 2

The Shark Cage is open tomorrow

 

Here Come the Indians

*Game one in the series

Line up – Spanky Eaton, Cabrera, Abreu, LaRoche, Garcia, Gillaspie, Ramirez, Soto, Johnson. Tyler Flowers (T-Flow), Gordon Beckham

Pitching – John Danks, Dan Jennings, Zack Putnam, David Robertson

Uniform – White pinstripe

Weather – Windy, cold

 

*top of the 1st – Indians take the lead on a home run. 1 – 0

*top of the 3rd – Indians score another run taking the lead 2 – 0.

*top of the 5th inning – another home run by the Indians extend their lead to 3 – 0

*Top of the 7th inning – Danks hands the office keys to Dan Jennings.

*The bottom of the 9th inning – Avisail Garcia started things with a double to right, Conor Gillaspie walked, on a wild pitch with Alexei Ramirez at the plate, Gillaspie moved to second. Ramirez smacks a double getting Garcia, and Gillaspie both home, Tyler Flowers smacks a sharp single to left, with Ramirez speed sees him held at 3rd. Gordon Beckham’s single to left, brings Ramirez home to tie the score at 3 a piece. A Spanky Eaton, single gets Flowers to 3rd and Beckham to second. A Cabrera line drive to center, brings T-Flow home for the winning run

Final Score, Sox – 4 and Indians – 3

 

3 Game Series with the Kittys

*Game one

Kitty’s 2 and the Sox 1

Lineup: Eaton, Cabrera, Abreu, Garcia, LaRoche, Ramirez, Beckham, Soto, Bonifacio. Pitching Staff: Samardzija, Zach Duke.

*Top of the 2nd – Garcia with a home run to right center. Sox – 1 and Kitty’s – 0

*Bottom of the 4th – Kitty’s tie it up with a home run to left.

*Bottom of the 9th – Kitty’s batter to second on a double, runner moved over on a bunt with the out at first, Single to right scores the run giving the Kitty’s the win 2 to 1.

**Game 2

Sox – 12 and Kitties – 3

The highlights of Chris Sales win came in the 3rd inning with a home run by Adam LaRoche, with Melky Cabrera and Jose Abreu on base. Score at the close of the inning was Kitty’s 1 and Sox – 4.

The 4th inning would see a 7 run blast by the Sox including Jose Abreu’s first Grand Slam of the year with Tyler Flowers, Micah Johnson and Melky Cabrera on board. The Sox extended their lead to 11 to 2.

The final Sox run came in the 5th with an Adam LaRoche double scoring Micah Johnson. The final run that Detroit was able to add came in the bottom of the 8th inning.

*Game 3

Kitties – 9 and Sox – 1

The only highlight of Jose Quintana being handed his arse on a silver platter by the cat’s hitting was  a Jose Abreu triple scoring Melky Cabrera.

Pack your travel bag, we are going home to welcome the Indians

 

Sox Thoughts

Today was supposed to be a happy day for the Sox and the rest of baseball. April 15 everyone wears number 15 to honor Jackie Robinson and what he did for baseball.

What I woke up to was fair weather fans complaining about bad calls and a pitcher having a crappy day, on top of today being his birthday.

OK, first things first. I know we are having some struggles settling in and all. This is nothing new, especially when almost the whole team is new. Even I will agree there have been some stupid calls getting started. I have seen more NEGATIVE than positive supporting the boys.

I am really tired of all the negative crap about John Danks. Let’s remember one thing here, John is coming off a complete shoulder reconstruction. He is not going to bounce back right away like everyone thinks he should. I have faith in John that he will find his way. I have always been a pitchers girl and will continue to support John and the rest of the staff

David Robertson who is our closer has a foundation called “High Socks for Hope” is lending a hand to the victims of the recent tornadoes in Illinois.

For more information or to make a donation go to:

http://www.highsocksforhope.com/

Progressive Field

69593_10152343179216162_1889216170_nWe are in Cleveland for just 2 games. Jose Quintana is in the office today. Dan Jennings and David Robertson also in the office today.

Weather: Dry

Lineup: Eaton(Spanky), Cabrera, Abreu, LaRoche (The Beard), Garcia, (Avi) Ramirez(Missile), Gillaspie, Flowers(T-Flow), Bonifacio

*Top of the first – Spanky opens the game with a single, Cabrera moves him to second(ball hit pitcher in the face, medical time out and pitcher change) Wild Pitch advances runners. LaRoche with a force at first scores Spanky and the Sox take the lead 1 – 0. Sox take a 2 – 0 lead on a Garcia single.

*Top of the 3rd – Indians runner safe thanks to a Gillaspie error and safe at second on a steal.

*Top of the 4th – The Beard on with a single, moved to second on a wild pitch and was out at third. Avi safe at first. Missile on first moving Avi to second. Broken bat single for T-Flow brings Avi home taking the Sox lead to 3 – 0

*Bottom of the 4th – 2 out RBI double sees the Indians finally get on the board, still trailing 3 – 1.

*Top of the 5th – YOU CAN PUT IT ON THE BOARD…YES . Thanks Cannon, it the Sox – 4 and Indians – 1

*Bottom of the 7th inning – Dan Jennings now in the office for the Sox. Second error of the night gets Indians base runners in scoring position.

*Bottom of the 8th – Zach Duke has the keys to the office.

*Top of 9th – Gordon Beckham now in at bat

*Bottom of the Inning – David Robertson in the office for the Sox. David struck out the side and closed out the game.

Final score Sox – 4 and the Indians – 1

Just a reminder it is Jackie Robinson day tomorrow with a noon start in Cleveland.

Thursday is a day off and then its off to the litter box for a 3 game series with the Kitties up north.