2014 NSL REPORTS and HIGHLIGHTS

Gulf Breeze July Lowlights

The Breeze absorbed their first losing month as the days get hot and they do not.  The club split 8 with Duneland then dropped 6 of 8 to East York.  It’s possible that the fun might be over in Hurricane Alley!

 

The Crusaders and ‘varks played through join.me and had a great time in a well-played and close series.  In both halves, Duneland took the first two games and Gulf Breeze the 2nd two.  Opener at GB was a 3-2 Duneland win behind Chris Sale and a big 2R Saunders 2 bagger, and game 2 was a 6-3 Duneland success with Estrada tossing a CG and Uggla walking twice, scoring twice, and Homering once.  Breeze finally got it together in game #3 which they won 8-1 behind a decent outing by Latos for a change and Lowrie and Dunn bombs.  Finale at GB was a 1-0 nail biter with Ervin Santana outdueling Jordan Lyles, the lone tally coming on a Nolan Reimold long ball.  Up to Duneland for the next 4 and the opener there was a 4-1 Duneland win with Sale notching another CG and Plouffe leaving the building.  Reimols homered again for the losers.  Estrada duplicated his first game with another win in game #2 and both Alexi and Smoak went yard in an easy 7-1 win.  Back came the Breeze for the next two, 7-2 as Moss drove in 3 and Holliday was 2 for 2 and 5-4 with the bullpen nearly blowing an excellent Harvey start- Chris Parmelee notching a big blast. 

 

The two clubs didn’t hit well (.211 to .200) but obviously did pitch well (GB 2.57- Dun 3.09).  Uggla was great- why release him?  He played just 5 games and batted .308 with 6 BB.  Breeze’s Reimold batted .267 but chalked up 3 long balls and 7 rbi.

 

Mick came calling in series #9 and the Breeze always pretends they don’t know how to play this game when the 66ers are around.  No doubt the same ghosts crawled in to our noggins in this one as the bad guys took 3 of 4.  Once again the Breeze bats were putrid (.192) while Mick doubled us in BB (22-11) and of course, outhomered us.  The raw score of 18-13 wasn’t that bad, but the Breeze starting corps were shellacked with the exception of Ervin Santana’s shutout.  CarGo led the East York offense with a .467 mark and 5 rbi and Stanton had 2 long balls with 5 rbi, walking 6 times.

 

So we head in to the dog days with a very nice 44-28 mark, but the stock is starting to slip a bit as we’re having trouble offensively.  Ervin Santana is 10-2 with 4 shutouts and Harvey has a terrific 1.89 ERA.  Unsung bullpen hero de la Rosa has a 0.32 ERA after 28.1 IP.  Offensively the batting average has dipped to a paltry .213.  Four batters have double digit long balls though including Dunn with 20 (and 48 rbi).  Holliday is still here- thank goodness- .306 with 14 HR and 47 runs.

 

Next up is Crossotwn for face to face action and a pool game, then the All-Star break, with the York/’vark series being delayed until September by agreement.

 

Rich

 

 

 

 

Gulf Breeze June highlights

Wow- the ‘varks are working some magic this year and a 13-3 record for the month has them flying high.

First up in series #6 were the Keystone Comanches, and their lack of timely hitting coupled with some fine GB pitching led to the good guy sweep.  Lowrie smacked a 2R HR in the 6th, and a rattled Matt Moore then walked 4 straight as the Breeze plated 4 in the frame to win 4-2.  Latos tossed a CG shutout to slow a disappointing season thus far, but Key helped out going 0 for 11 with runners in scoring position.  Game 3 wet 13 frames with Pacheco knocking in the game winner.  Finale was a 4-0 Morton win, Holliday driving in all 4 on a double and HR.Breeze hit .162 in the series, yet won all 4 thanks to a 1.35 ERA.  Key could muster just 6 runs, with Ruf having 3 doubles and a long ball.

“Face to face” play highlighted series #7 as the Maulers and Breeze got together.  Breeze’s offense finally played a good series and the ‘varks took home 7 wins.  Four spot in the Breeze 5th won the opner with Morton getting the win and Wilson Ramos smacking a 2R bomb.  Game 2 was a 6-3 GB win as Holliday left the building and both Maxwell and Parmelee has 2 rbi.  Harvey piotched well in a game 3 4-1 win with both Moss and Dunn going yard, then Maulers countered with a 5-2 win with Hamels and 5 relievers getting it done.  C.Davis and J. Gomes both went yard.  Travelling to Magic City for the next 4, Breeze got it started with a 3-1 win behind Teheran and Holliday & Moss long balls.   varks hopped on J.Parker in game #6, a 12-3 win as they score as many runs as they have in a game this year, Lowrie and Dunn again launching HR. Breeze repeated the showing with another 12-3 win in game #7 as Moss drove in 5 and Chavez pitched in with 3 hits.  Finale was a 6-2 good guy win with Santana pitching well and a Maxwell HR to pace the attack.  For the series, Breeze batted a robust (for them) .269 and outscored them 50-22.  Breeze’s 2.25 ERA bested the City’s 5.74 mark.

So it’s been quite a surprise thus far as the Breeze offense is batting a paltry .218, but has outhomered their opponents by a 73-57 count, and outscored them 259-202.  Breeze is also plus 31 in the BB category, and +20 in Ks. 

Dunn now has 18 bombs and 39 rbi batting just .223, and Holliday has also driven in 39 with 13 HR.  Holliday’s .301 batting average paces the team.  The pitching is holding everything together, though, as a sparkling 3.15 ERA has many guys doing the job.  In 5 starts, Charlie Morton is 5-0 with a 1.67 ERA.  Perkins (1.21, 4 saves) and Hochevar (1.82, 11 saves) are taking care of things in the back end of the pen.  Matt Harvey (5-3, 2.11) has 91 whiffs in 72.2 IP.

 

 

Gulf Breeze May lowlights

May opened with a series with the Hit Men and it was like a battle of two retired guys.  The good guys put the Hoover on Cleveland and are beginning to assert themselves in the division.  Moss had a walk off 2R jack in a game #1 6-4 win, and Holliday’s walk off single in the 12th of game 2 made Rapp wonder what retirement is all about. 3 rbi by Chavez in game #3 was big in that 4-1 win and 5 more Chavez rbi in game #4 copped the sweep. Hit Men didn’t hit (.139) and Breeze (.232) didn’t really either.  Moss (.545, 6 runs) paced the Breeze, Josh Hamilton (.313) paced the Hit Men.

Series #4 brought Creekside to town and we’re delighted with the split as the Crushers totally outplayed us.  Opening 4-1 win was pitched by Teheran, but then things got ugly in 21-1 and 11-4 Creekside wins.  Yes- I used the same dice for both teams.  David Wright had 2 long balls and 6 rbi in game #2 and both Rizzo and Tuiasosopo had 4 rbi in game #3.  Breeze got back on trap with a 4-2 game #4 win thanks to a 3R Holliday jack in the 6th.  Creekside scored 35 times in the 4 games and notched 9 longballs. 

Longstown provided the competition in series #5 and GB grabbed 6 of the 8 contestsSeries opened with back to back GB shutouts (E.Santana and Morton) before the Ps got one back on a Jonathan Villar 2R poke.  Harvey pitched well in game #4, a 3-1 Breeze win as they scored the game’s last 3 runs.  Moving to Longstown, Breeze hammered Niese in a big 8-4 win then scored one in the 9th off Tommy Hunter to win game #6, 8-7.  Game #7 was impossible- a 19 inning affair with GB plating 4 in the top of the 19th off Chris Perez for the win, 8-5.  12 pithcers were used in the game and the teams totaled 141 atbats- a true limitation eater.  Prospectors got off the deck in the finale, a 9-3 win as Gee was sharp and Harper and Lind both had 3 hits.  Breeze had their best offensive series of the young year (.247) while the pithcing (3.22) was also sharp.  Dunn had 4 long balls.

So we’re playing way over our heads at 25-15 with some toughness coming up on the schedule.  For now, though, the team checks in with a paltry .226 BA, yet have 174 runs in the bank after 40 games.  Dunn has 15 bombs and is batting .245, but has walked just 10 times.  Moss has 8 roundtrippers.  But the team will be carried by the pitching (now 3.34) with Ervin Santana pacing the pack (6-0, 1.65).  Teheran (3.02) and Harvey (2.56) are also enjoying big starts.  Latos (1-4, 5.48) is not.

 

 

SERIES HIGHLIGHTS

SERIES  3

VARMONT  AT CANAAN

GAME 1

Game 1 between the WOODCHCKS and the POLAR BEARS was a classic as the battle was between the aces of each staff. Woodchucks was

the winner as he pitched 7 strong innings,  The game went into extra innings with the WOODCHUCKS  came out the winner , Jay got a double in

the 8th and Guzman got a pinch hit to tie the game.But  in the 10th the roof fell in as the WOODCHUCKS came up with 5 runs in the 10th on a

couple of homer and a couple of doubles. The BEARS score 2 in the bottom, but it was to little to late.

WP Figaro  LP  Kintzler  Box Score Vermont  6  7  0  Canaan  3  5  0   

HR  Vermont  Soriano  Ruiz  Cabrera                 Canaan  None

GAME 2

Murphy started off the scoring in the 1st inning by hit a homer for the WOODCHUCKS. But the POLAR BEARS  on 2 homers of their own

Hefner hit 1 out followed by Jay a couple of batter later.  The BEARS take a 4 to 2 lead in the lead on 4 singles.  The WOODCHUCKS  close the

gap on a HR by Ruiz.

WP Lynn  LP  Kurado   Sv   Smyly   Box Score   Vermont   3  7  0   Canaan   4  7   0

HR  Vermont  Murphy   Scott  Ruiz   Canaan   Hefner  Jay

GAME 3

A  rain shorten game(8 innings) won by the WOODCHUCKS by the score of 3 to 1. The WOODCHUCKS  score 2 unearned runs in the 4th after

the Bears had scored 1 in the 3rd. It was scoreless until the 7th when the WOODCHUCKS socred a run to make it 3  to1.

After the WOODCHUCKS were scoreless in the top of the 8th. In the bottom of the 8th  the BEARS put on a couple of men with 1 out and then the

to dash the BEARS of winning the ol' ball game.

WP  Lohse  LP  Lariano  Box Score   Vermont   3  7  1   Canaan   1  7   1  HR  Gillaspie 

GAME  4

Vermont  started the scoring by 1 in the in the 3rd and 2 more in the 4th . Canaan countered with 6 in the bottom of the 4th. Back come Vermont

to tie the score in the top of the 5th. Canaan scores 5 in the bottom of the  to end the scoring. It makes the score 11 to 6 Canaan.

WP Cobb   LP  Griffin   Box Score   Vermont    6  14  1    Canaan   11  13  0  

HR  Vermont  None   Canaan  Gyorko

GOD BLESS FROM ALL THE POLAR BEARS

 

Gulf Breeze April lowlights

Amid much fanfare, the Breeze opened the season with new expectations and excitement.  Then we had the first pitch, and everything reverted to “I can’t wait for the drafts”. 

We opened with the Marietta Mad Dogs and new manager Bo.  Played on join.me, the Breeze put the sweep on the new kid at home, winning 5-2 on a Petit gem, 2-1 as Adam Dunn had a large HR, 4-2 with Ervin Santana notching the victory and finally another 2-1 win behind Gaby Sanchez’ rbi base knock in the 8th.  Yes, it was nice for Bo to let the old guy win 4.  But- back to Marietta and things would be different.  The Dogs won their opener 3-2 with rookie sensation Cole allowing just 2 unearned tallies and Carpenter having a big day with a pair of hits and 2 rbi.  GB won game #2 with Santana tossing a shutout and both Eric Chavez and Dunn driving in 3, but Marietta rebounded with a shutout of their own with Phil Hughes notching the CG and 2 stolen bases helped the cause.  The finale went o the good guys 5-2 with Eovaldi pitching well and 4 GB HR ruled the day. 

The series showed a pair of offensively challenged clubs with Carpenter leading the Dogs wityh a .259 mark and Lowrie checking in at .292 for the Breeze.  Marietta stole 7 bases in 8 attempts and GB struck out a whopping 65 times (Dunn had 13).  But GB’s 20 XBH easily topped Marietta’s 11. 

On to series #2 and the dreaded Stallions was the opponent.  This was a turnaround series as the Lake took 6 of the 8 contests.  Again, scoring was at a premium as SL scored 5 runs in 2 of the wins, that being the maximum offensive output of the clubs.  In GB, Stallions took the opener 4-3 as Walker had a late HR, then GB rebounded to take game #2.  It was 2-0 GB after 8, but Calhoun and Walker had 9th inning rbi to tie.  But Ramos’ big bop won it in the home 9th.  Another close one in game #3 with Sparrow Lake scoring 2 in the 9th to win 4-2, and finally a Mark Buehrle CG shutout in game #4 for a 4-0 Stallion win.  Over to Atlanta and a walk off 2R Asche HR won for the Lake.   It was another one run affair in game #6 with Markakis and Shoppach having big days in a 5-4 SL win.  Stallions made it 5 in a row with yet abother 1 run win in game #7 as Castro was 3 for 5 with 2 rbi, then finally Breeze got back on the board with a 4-2 win thanks to E.Santana and a pair of Moss hits. 

In taking 6 of 8, the Stallions only outscored us 29-21.  The Breeze had 30 BB to the Stallions 14, but a weak .208 batting average spelled doom.  Holliday led the club at .286, while Starlin Castro rapped to the tune of .344.  varks did allow 6 unearned runs, SL just 1. 

So we’re on to week #2 with a .500 record- lots better than last year.  The team is raking a meager .215, but does have 54 BB in the 16 tilts played thus far.  Dunn has 5 jacks and 8 rbi.  Ervin Santana rests at 3-0 with a 1.17 ERA, the team checking in at 2.19 for the young season. 

Rich 

 

 

 

 

SERIES  1

 

NEW ENGLAND  AT CANAAN

 

GAME 1

 

Iwahuma goes 9 as he shuts the Elite down on 2 hits. The Canaan crew win this game 6 to 0 as they pounded out 8 hits and went

 on to win the

game easily. WP  Iwahuma  LP Wilson  Box Score Elite  0  2  0    Bears  6  8  1

HR Canaan--- LaRoche and  Cruz

GAME 2

Game 2 of the series between the Elite and the Bears. The game ended up with a score of 6 to 2. Lynn went 5 innings and ended

up the winner.

LaRoche and Bougesvic got 2 hits apiece with  Bougesvic getting 4 rbi's.  WP  Lynn  LP Arroyo 

Box Score  Elite  2  5  1  Bears  6  6  0

HR Canaan--- Bogusvic

SERIES HIGHLIGHTS

Game 3 started out like games 1 & 2 with the Bears jumped out to the early lead, a 4 to 1 lead after 2. But Mr Byrd had something

to say about

The very  next inning, which would be the 3rd    Byrd hits a 2 run blast to tie the score.  The Elite score 2 more in the 4th 

on a double by the 

light hitting Florimon to make the score 6 to 4. The Bears did nothing. So hear comes Mr Byrd again in the 7th.

The Bears get a couple of strikes

on Byrd and then try to blow a fastball him, but it ended up a long homer to make the score 8 to 4.

WP  Ryu  LP Liriano     Box score Elite  6  12  0  Bears  4  10  0 

HR  N E  Byrd  2

GAME  4

Game for of the series goes to the Bears. Cobb had a shutout going into the 9th, then Donaldson got a double and

 Byrd follow that with a homer

The Bears then brought in Smyly. Although Smyly did give up a single he quietly retired the next three batter by

striking out 2 and the on a roller to

1st for the out.

WP  Cobb  LP  Nicasio  Box Score  Elite  2  6  1  Bears  5  8  1    HR  NE  Byrd   Can  Gyorko

GOD BLESS FROM ALL THE POLAR BEARS