2013 NSL HIGHLIGHTS

December Gulf Breeze Lowlights

varks close things out in December with more frustrating play.  First up was an 8-pack with Sparrow Lake played on join.me with league backup Bo in the audience.  Breeze was horrible to start dropping all 4 at SL scoring just 5 times in the 4 games.  It was a true microcosm of the season.  At home they turned things around with a 2-2 split.  ARod’s walk off 3R bomb in the 9th won game #5 and Matt Harrison tossed a CG shutout in game #6.  But for the series, SL batted .281 to GBr’s .213 and outhomered us 11-5.  They also doubled us in doubles, 22-11.  The Stallions nifty 2.05 ERA was more of a reflection of the Aardvarks frustration than great pitching.

To finish things off, the Breeze headed to Lexington and enjoyed big success allowing just 5 runs in taking all 4 contests.  Willingham homered 3 times and had 8 hits and ARod also chipped in 8 hits.  Gaby Sanchez drove in 8 in the 4 games and the pitchers checked in with a 1.25 ERA. The season ended at home with a 2-2 split against the Horsemen.  Holliday’s walk off SF in the 12th won the opener then Harrison tossed another CG shutout in game #2.  But Pagan’s 9th inning rbi single won game #3 for Lex and a fine Lowe start in the finale (7 IP, 1 ER) won it 4-1 with Jet3er driving in 3.

So there weren’t many highlights in what was expected to be a competitive season.   The club narrowly missed losing 100 (97 losses), and there is equal blame on the offense and pitching sides.  However, Willingham stroked 30 long balls and Holliday paced the team in rbi (95) with his team leading 34 doubles and 26 HR.  Brandon Moss and Eric Chavez had nice half year seasons and ARod blasted 20 HR.  After a huge start, Latos finished 13-12 with a 3.01 ERA and Harrison paced the team in wins with a 15-11 mark.  But there were too many D starts, and the 3 D starters combined for a 13-37 record. 

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Gulf Breeze November Lowlights

November opened with the best team in this galaxy as Vermont took 7 of 8 from the Breeze. The series was played through “join.me” which worked very well for me at least.  Breeze was at least competitive despite the ugly result, yet scored just 15 times in the 8 games.  Lone good guy win was 3-2 in game #2 at VT with Harrison shutting down the high test VT offense.  GB was then shutout twice then lost a pair of 1 run games.  VT batted .284 to GB’s .170.  We’ve done worse.

Canaan was up next and we lost 3 there by batting .175, then came home and managed a 2-2 split, batting a robust .207.LaRoche had 3 HR and 9 rbi in the 4 games. 

Finally for the month, the always tough Hit Men and a 1-3 debacle there, although we hit .245 and scored 20 times.  Holliday suddenly is heating up and had 4D, 3HR, and 6 rbi.  At home the “varks finally had a decent series and took 3 of the 4 tilts- despite batting just .203.  Wins by Santana, Harvey, and Rogers paced the way including a 2-1 game #4 win with Perkins notching another save.

The totals are ugly after November games- the team batting average down to .233 now and the ERA up to 4.61.  There is no telling what went wrong this year, as a competitive club was not.  We’ve outhomered our opponents 182-157 and outwalked them 434-413.  Yet we’ve been outscored by 118 runs and outhit 1381-1153.  Gonna be a long winter.  Holliday leads the club in most everything with a .292 average, 24 HR and 85 rbi.  Willingham has 25 HR and Moss has 19.  Latos is doing well (13-11 2.93) as he has all year long.  Perkins has 21 saves. 

 

SERIES HIGHLIGHTS

 

SERIES  16

 

LEXINGTON AT CANAAN

 

GAME 1

 

The HORSEMAN started off the scoring in 2 errors by the POLAR BEARS in the 1st. They added another in the 2nd on a HR by Davis. The

 

POLAR BEARS took the lead in the 3rd on a 3 run HR by Hannahan. The POLAR BEARS added another run in the 5th after the HORSEMAN

 

scored one of their on in the 5th. The game stayed at 4 to 3 POLAR BEARS until the 9th when the HORSEMAN scoredd 2 to take the lead. The

 

POLAR BEARS tied the scored in the bottom of the inning on a HR by Kotchman. They battled on until the 14th when Middlebrooks hit a 3 run

 

HR for the HORSEMEN for a 8 to 5 win.           WP  Perez  LP  Gregg                              Box  Score  Lexington  8  14  2  Canaan  5  10  2

 

 

 

GAME 2

 

The HORSEMAN got off to a great start in game to off their 4 game series with the POLAR BEARS. They scored 7 runs before the POLAR BEARS

ever got their act together. They might as well stay in hibernation. They did score 3 runs for the game to come on the short end of a 8 to 3 game

 

WP   Hughes    LP Liriano    Box  Score   Lexington  9  12  0   Canaan   3  4  2

 

 

 

GAME 3

 

The HORSEMAN looked like they were get another game from the BEARS, but low and behold, after the HORSEMAN got off to a 4 to 1 lead

 

Weeks come up with a double to tie the score at 4 in the 4th. It when along until the 8th when Kotchman came up with a 2 out solo homer to

 

win it in the 8th. Gaudin whom had come in, in the top of the 8th when on for the win.

 

WP Gaudin  LP  BUENO   Box Score  Lexington  4  11  1   Canaan   5  12  2

 

 

 

GAME  4

 

The Bears took a 1 to 0 lead into the 5th, but the HORSEMEN struck 4 times to take a 4 to 1 lead. They added 2 for in the 6th and another in

 

the 8th while the BEARS added 1 more to hand the HORSEMEN a 7 to 2 lead. .

 

WP  Keuchel  LP  Lynn   Box Score      Cleveland  7  12  0    Canaan   2   4   1

 

 

 

GOD BLESS FROM ALL THE POLAR BEARS

 

 

 

 

Gulf Breeze October Lowlights

The Elite were the opposition in series #15 and the Breeze enjoyed a split at NR.  Morales stroked a 2 out, 3R bomb in the9th to win the opener for the Elite but Breeze rebounded with a 9-2 win in game #2 behind Eovaldi (!) and 4 Maxwell rbi.  Game 3 was a 6-2 loss thanks to E.Santana allowing 4 long balls, but finale was a 7-0 Hochevar CG win.  Breeze hit .264 at NE and posted a nifty 2.60 ERA.  At home, Elite won the opener 3-2 with ARod bouncing into a game ending DP, but then good guys won 3 straight, 6-2 behind Matt Harrison, 4-2 as Eovaldi tossed the CG win, and 9-8 in 10 frames with Lowrie getting the walk off BB.  Breeze hit .242 in this half and pitched a 3.16.

Breeze bused up to Green Mountain for series #16 ad the Canucks took all 4 in the frozen wasteland.  GB was shut out twice and outscored 26-5.   At home they played a little better in a 2-2 split.  Canucks won the opener by scoring 2 in the 9th of a 10-9 win, Holliday’s error being huge, then Breeze countered with a 8-3 win thanks to Holliday’s 3 base knocks.  Price was money in game #3 though he needed last out help in a 2-1 game #3 Canuck win, then Breeze responded with their own 2-1 win with Marcum and a quartet of relievers getting it done.  Breeze hit .268 in this half with a 3.50 ERA.

So we check in this month at a disastrous 49-73 and have been one of the league’s biggest disappointments.  We’ve outhomered our opponents 160-136 and outwalked them 356-340.  But we’ve got 127 more strike outs and 156 less hits.  The team batting average of .240 is higher than it has been most of the year, but we’ve been outscored by 78 runs.  Holliday is still our best player with a .299 mark and 21 long balls with 77 rbi.  Willingham has 24 HR and 64 rbi.  Eric Chavez and Moss both check in this month with 17 HR.  Pierre just keeps it going with a ,272 batting average, 56 runs and 30/36 SB.  Pitching isn’t so pretty with a ERA of 4.67.  Latos is doing well (13-8, 2.69), but others are not (witness Ervin Santana 2-11, 7.82).  Perkins has 15 saves, and a 2.28 ERA   Rookie Matt Harvey has been complaining about his elbow.

 

Vermont and Canaan are on the schedule in November along with Cleveland.  We’ll see if we have anything left at all.

SERIES HIGHLIGHTS

SERIES  15

CLEVELAND AT CANAAN

GAME 1

The game was decided in the 1st inning when the HITMEN scored 4 to put the game out of reach for the POLAR BEARS, but the HITMEN

did not stop there as they added another run in the 3rd another in the 4th before the POLAR BEARS got there 1st an only run in in the 6th. The

HITMEN added another in the 7th to make the finally score 7 to 1.

WP Samardzija  LP  Zambrano  Box Score  Cleveland  7  11  0   Canaan  1  6  2

GAME 2

Liriano had his good stuff in game 2 of this 4 game series. Liriano, whom is usually wilder than a hawk, walked only 1 while giving up 4 hits as the

POLAR BEARS scored their 1 and only run in the 2nd inning on a double by Brantly after being sac to 3rd Sutton squeeze him home for the only

run of the ball game. The only threat in the ball game by the HITMEN was when they put 2 men on in the 1st inning.

WP  Liriano  LP  Marquis  Box Score  Cleveland  0  4  1  Canaan  1  7  0

GAME 3

Game 3 started bad and ended bad for the POLAR BEARS. In the 1st inning Iwakuma walked the first 4 batters which scored a run. A double play

helped the BEARS so the run Iwakuma was the only run that the HITMEN scored. Things went pretty well for the BEARS as they went into the

6th with a 3 to 1 lead. Then the roof caved in. The HITMEN  came up with 4 runs, capped by a homer by Hanigan. And that was the ol' ball game

as either team could push any more runs across.

WP  Karstens  LP   IWAKUMA   SV  CLIPPARD    Box  Score Cleveland  5  6  0  Canaan   3  6  2

GAME  4

GAME 4 was the highest scoring game of the series. The POLAR BEARS  bolted out to a 6 to 2 lead after 2 innings, but could not hold on to it.

The HITMEN kept pecking away to close the lead to 1. The Hitmen came up with a 5 spot in the 8th and the POLAR BEARS never did catch up

and all they could do was come up with 2 in the 9th

WP  Wright   LP  Roenicke    Box Score  Cleveland  11  15  2  Canaan  8   10  0

GOD BLESS FROM ALL THE POLAR BEARS

 

Gulf Breeze September Lowlights

 

There was more crappy play by the ‘varks this month as they continue to disappoint the top brass. 

The Hit Men provided the opposition in the first series and after a dismal 1-2 there, the Breeze played better at home but still lost 2 of 3.  Opener went our way 5-4 as 2 long balls in the home 7th turned around a 4-1 deficit, and the thinking was “here we go!”.  But game #2 resulted in a 7-6 loss as Morse smacked a grand slam and finale was a 4-1 Hit Men win behind Josh Johnson.  Good guys batted just .206 in the 3 games and the pitching wasn’t much better at 5.00.

The Stallions arrived for series #13 and took 2 of 3 thanks to untimely GB hitting (.188) and some better play of their own as they coast to the division crown.  2 Konerko blasts accounted for 4 runs in the opening 7-54 win, then 2 Baltimore Specials (Walker and Hairston after I walked Konerko intentionally) accounted for a 7-5 game #2 win.  Breeze grabbed the finale 2-0 as Harvey allowed just one hit through 6, but Perkins notched the victory. 

Finally Lexington arrived for the long awaited 3rd place battle and Breeze took 2 of the 4.  Opener went to the Horsemen thanks to an early Nelson triple, but GB took game #2 5-3 with ARod smacking a large 2R clout and the finale was a well pitched Latos 4-1 win, Moss smacking a 3R HR in the home 8th for the win. 

So a home 4-5 mark is one of their better ones of the season, and we’ll see if the good guys can get off the deck and at least attempt to get back into things!

 

SERIES HIGHLIGHTS

SERIES  13

VERMONT AT CANAAN

GAME 1

The WOODCHUCKS score 2 unearned run in the 2nd inning. That is all they needed but they scored a couple more to make the final

Score 4 to 1. The POLAR BEARS did get 7 hits but only could get 1 run.

WP  LOHSE    LP  LYNN    BOX SCORE   Vermont  4  10  0   Canaan   1  7  1     Sv   Atchinson

GAME 2

In Game the POLAR BEARS gave the WOODCHUCKS all they could handle as they bolted out to a 5 to 0 lead after innings. The BEARS

knocked Kuroda out off the game in the 4th.  The Bears scored 2 in 2nd on a rbi double and a squeeze by Guzman and 3 more in the 5th by JAY

which knocked Kuroda out of the game. The 'CHUCKS score 2 in the 7th to close the gap but that is as close as the came. The BEARS did

score one more in the 8th to make the score 5 to 2.

WP  Roenicke  LP  Kuroda   BOX SCORE  Vermont   2  5  1   Canaan   5  7   0   Sv  Durbin

GAME 3

Liriano started off game 3 by give up a base hit a walk another base hit and a HR to put the BEARS down 4 to nothing after the 'CHUCKS had

sent only 4 men to the plate. The Bears came back with 2 of their own to cut to 4 to 2. The Bears added another run in the 2nd to make it a 4

To 2 ball game, but the BEARS could get no closer as the 'CHUCKS  out scored the BEARS 9 t0 1 in the next 7 innings.

WP  Kershaw  LP  Liriano  BOX SCORE  Vermont  13  15  0  Canaan  4  11  0

GOD BLESS FROM ALL THE POLAR BEARS

 

SERIES HIGHLIGHTS

SERIES  14

NEW ENGLAND AT CANAAN

GAME 1

The ELITE strike first in the 3rd inning with  a 3 run homer off the bat of Morales.  The BEARS get a run  in the to cut the lead to 2 runs, but the

ELITE come back with a homer by Donaldson to put the lead back to 3. In the bottom of the inning the lead is back to 2 and that was it as the

final ends up 4 to 2.

WP  Dubront  LP  Lynn  Sv  Wilhelsen  Box score  NE  4  7  1  Canaan  2  3  0

GAME 2

In game 2 The Bears struck first on a double by Gentry and rbi single Hafner in the 3rd. The ELITE ties it in the 5th on a rbi single by Furcal

The ELITE surge to the lead on a triple and a single in the 7th. The BEARS tie it the 8th on a base on balls and a double. The game goes into

extra innings and in the bottom of the 10th Hafner hits a walk off homer for the BEARS.

WP  Gaudin  LP  Reed  Box score NE  2  8  1  Canaan  3  10  0

GAME 3

The BEARS took a 6 to 0 lead after 2 inning, but the ELITE pecked away at the lead with a run in the 3rd, 5th 6th and 7th to make the score 6 to 4

and in the 8th they came up with 5 to take a 9 to 6 lead. The Bears did get a hit in the 8th but that was it  as ELITE  went on to a 9 to 6 win.

WP  Howell  LP  Durbin  Box Score  NE  9  14  1   Canaan  6  9  0

GOD BLESS FROM ALL THE POLAR BEARS

 

Gulf Breeze August lowlights

North York came to town for series #10, and Everyone’s hero was allowed to roll for the Warthogs.  Opener went to the Mayor/Si 5-3 with a late 2R Hardy poke doing the damage, then a 9-2 NY victory behind Westbrook and a very large 3R Rasmus poke.  But unlike every other series this year, the Breeze got things back on track and took game #3 by a 9-6 count, Thole notching 3 hits and Chavez a bomb making a winner of Eovaldi.  With world peace on the line in the finale, Breeze watched Latos pitch a great 2 hitter with no walks in a 6-0 win.  Our beloved hero was beside himself getting no rolls whatsoever, and Chavez left the building twice.  In the series, the teams both scored 20 runs, with NY batting .291 and GB checking in at .256.  Yet GB had 17 XBH to the ‘hog total of 12. 

The Glenville feetsballers were in next and Si was again the designated roller.  The good guys continued there good ball and actually won a home series, 3 games to 1.  Opener was a 13-9 church softball game with GB plating 10 in the first 4 innings.  We then went to dinner with a 10-4 GB lead, and when we returned, Si of course scored 5 in the next 2 frames.  But a big Lowrie 2R double was able to bail us out.  Eovaldi was ejected in the 5th and Joel Peralta was called on for 5 frames of relief and the victory.  Game #2 was a 4-1 GB win as Latos dominated again, the lone tally being unearned and Chavez homering.  Game #3 was a tight one as Holliday stroked a 2 out 2R HR in the home 8th of a 2-1 GB win.  Greys rebounded in the finale as a bases loaded walk and a later FC plated a pair of 7th inning runs in a 4-2 bad guy win.  Breeze hit a whopping  .261 in this one to Glenville’s .226 (hey- blame Si!) and both clubs had 4 long balls.

So things got a little bit better this month and the club has risen out of the cellar finally.  You can’t really blame the pitching- just too many Ds out there, the trio going 6-26 which pretty much tells the story.  Latos is 11-5 with a 2.54 ERA and the front end of the pen has done pretty well with Shaw 2.96, Mikolas 1.17, and M.Gonzalez 1.88 all getting it done.  Perkins has 10 saves despite a 2.51 ERA.  We’ve outhomered our opponents by 7 and walked the same amount, yet we’re 92 hits behind them, thanks to the Ds.  Willingham now has 20 bombs and Holliday (16, .325) & Eric Chavez (16, .301) have pitched in.  But there just aren’t enough sticks after the top 6 in the lineup. 

Back to divisional play this month- good luck to the good guys!  (yeah- that’s Gulf Breeze)

 

 

 

SERIES HIGHLIGHTS

SERIES  11

MAGIC CITY AT CANAAN

GAME 1

Game 1 for the Canaan boys started out good as they scored the first run of the game a single run in the 1st. But in the top of the 2nd  the

 Magic City scored 5 times. Canaan comes back with a single run in the bottom of 2nd and whittled the scored down to 6 to 4 after 5.

But from then on it was all MAGIC, they got all the runs and all the hits from the 5th on to make the final score 10 to 4.

WP  Hamels  LP  Tomlin  Box Score  Magic  10  12  0  Canaan  4  3  1

GAME 2

MAGIC started off strong by scoring in the fist 5 innings. Then Canaan's bullpen shut the MAGIC down but Canaan could only score 3 runs

as the Magic go on to a 5 to 3 win.

WP  Hamels  LP  Diamond  Box Score  Magic  5  8  0    Canaan  3  8  0 

GAME 3

Game 3 started off the same as usual by MAGIC scoring first but this time Canaan came back with 3 to make the score 3 to 1 after 2. The

Canaan boys scores another in the 5th to make the score 4 to 1. Canaan closes out the scoring by scoring a run in the 8th.

WP  Zambrano  LP  Shields   Box Score  Magic 1  7  1  Canaan  5  11  1

GAME 4

The MAGIC scores often to down the BEARS 11 to 4. The MAGIC pounds out 15 hits as Liriano goes the distant for and takes a pounding.

WP  Bumgarner  LP  Liriano  Box score  Magic  11  15  2  Canaan  4  4  2

GOD BLESS FROM ALL THE POLAR BEARS

 

Canaan at Magic City

GAME 1: HAMELS IS DOMINANT, GOING THE DISTANCE IN CG, 3 HIT, SHUTOUT. FINAL 3-ZIP.

GAME 2: A PITCHERS DUEL BETWEEN GALLARDO AND DIAMOND, AS THE GAME REMAINS SCORELESS INTO THE 9TH. SANTANA LEADS OFF THE MAULER 9TH WITH A WALK AND IS PINCH RAN FOR WITH CASILLA, WHO PROMPTLY STEALS SECOND. MANAGER WIL THEN ATTEMPTS HIS 3RD SAC OF THE GAME, BUT DIAMOND PICKS OFF CASILLA, HIS 3RD PICKOFF OF A RUNNER AT 2ND ON AN ATTEMPTED SAC. NEEDLESS TO SAY, I GOT UP FROM THE GAME AT THIS POINT, LOOKING FOR MY DOG, SO I COULD KICK THE SHIT OUT OF HIM. HE STAYED CLEAR OF ME, SO I SETTLED ON SUCKING DOWN BACK TO BACK MARLBOROS. UPTON WALKED UPON MY RETURN, AND HE STOLE SECOND AND THEN COREY HART SPLIT A GAP FOR THE 1-0 WALK-OFF WIN.

 

GAME 3: ANOTHER GOOD ONE, AS MC TRAILS 1-0 HEADING INTO THE 6TH, BUT WE PLATE 2 TO TAKE THE LEAD, THEN PLATE 8 RUNS IN THE 7TH TO BREAK OPEN WHAT WAS A GOOD GAME. SHIELDS THE CG 3 HITTER, FINAL 10-1

 

GAME 4: THE POLAR BEARS JUMP OUT TO A 3 ZIP LEAD AFTER 4, BUT 2 ERRORS IN THE 5TH LEAD TO 4 UNEARNED RUNS AND THE MAULERS NEVER LOOKED BACK IN THE 6-3 WIN.

 

SERIES HIGHLIGHTS

SERIES  8

EAST YORK AT CANAAN

GAME 1

Outhit 10 to 6 by the POLAR BEARS the 66ERS beat the  POLAR BEARS by the score of 3 to 2 . All on solo homers. Of the 6

hits that the 66ERS got 3 were homers and 1 was a double. While the POLAR BEARS 10 hits were 1 double and 9 singles.

WP  Luetge  LP Iwahuma   Box score  East York 3  6  1  Canaan  2  10  0

GAME 2

Another victory for the 66ERS and of course another loss for the POLAR BEARS. ThePOLAR BEARS were down 5 to 2 after the 2nd

inning. The POLAR BEARS did crawl back into it by scoring 1 in the 3rd and another in the 5th, but could not get any closer. The 66ERS

Added 2 in the 8th and another in the 9th to make the final 8 to 2. So the helpless or hopeless go down to another defeat.

WP Matusz  LP Lynn East York  Box Score  8  11 2   Canaan  2  4  2

GAME 3

Game 3  started out a little differently with the BEARS taking a 2 to 1 lead after 1 inning,  but back come the 66ers to take a 4 to 2 lead after 5

but then the BEARS put their hitting shoes on and pounding out 14 hits and 10 runs  the  rest of the way. 

WP  Zambrano  LP Beckett  Box score  East  York  7  8  2  Canaan  12  17  0

GAME 4

Game 4 started out and ended the same as the last several games for the BEARS. The 66ERS took a 2 to 0 lead in the 2nd, the BEARS

Scored 1 in the 4th to close it to 2 to 1 but that is the closes they could get as the 66ERS scored 3 in the 5th to put the game away.

WP Haren  LP Smyly  Box score East York  5  6  0  Canaan  1  2  1

GOD BLESS FROM ALL THE POLAR BEARS

 

SERIES HIGHLIGHTS

SERIES  1

KEYSTONE AT CANAAN

GAME 1

Keystone jumps out to a 3 to 0 lead in the 1st. Keystone and Canaan both score a single run in the 2nd to make it a 4 to 1 game. In the 5th

Keystone scores again in the 5th to make the score 5 to 1. Canaan chips away at the lead with a HR by Soto to make it 5 to 2. In the 9th

Soto hits a 2 run HR to make it a 5 to 4 game. Trumbo make a error with 2 out in the 9th but Hannahan  k's to end the old ball game

WP Holland  LP Duensing  SV  Ayala  Box Score  Keystone  5  9  2   Canaan  4  8  1

GAME 2

Canaan breaks out on top in game 2, 3 to 0 after 3. Keystone scores 1 in the 4th but Canaan counters with 1 of its own in the 5th. Canaan

has this game pretty much under control. Liriano pitches 5 innings, 4 hits and 1 run. Then the bullpen take over give up 1 run the rest of the

way and a 5 to 2 victory for Canaan.  Soto hits his 3rd HR of the series

WP Liriano   LP  Wilson  SV Padilla  Box Score  Keystone  2  8  1   Canaan   5  10  0

GAME 3

Game 3 starts out with Ganderson for Keystone hitting his 2nd HR of the series to put Keystone in a 2 to 0 lead. Canaan tie the score with a

single run in the 2nd and another in the 4th.    Keystone Score a single run in the 6th to end the scoring to give Keystone a 3 to victory.

WP  Harang  LP  Hensley  Box  Score  Keystone   3  6  0  Canaan  2 6 0

GAME 4

Outhit by Canaan Keystone gets the shutout victory. Pence hits a HR in the 2nd and that is all she wrote. Keystone did add a single run in

the 6th to make it to a 3 to 0  Canaan did load the bases in the 7th but could not score.

WP  Kennedy   LP   Lynn    Box score  3  4  1   Canaan  0  5  0

GOD BLESS FROM ALL THE POLAR BEARS

 

Gulf Breeze May Lowlights

Huge early season showdown pitted the ‘varks and Stallions, and it was never really a contest as in the face to face encounter, the Lake won 7 of 8.  Opening game was how it was destined to be as Breeze blew a 4-0 lead with Hairston, Ariencibia, and Markakis all leaving the yard in the last 2 frames and Cliff Lee notching a 5-4 win.  Game #2 was a 9-2 SL laugher as they had 3 triples, and Breeze again blew a late lead in game #3, up 5-2 in the 9th with Hairston clubbing a 3R HR and Freeze notching a walk off single in the tenth.  Finally a bit of good news in game #4 as guest roller Ralph was unconscious in the first 2 frames and then GB held on for a 10-6 win- Moss blasting a pair of long balls and driving in 4.  Back to GB for the next four and it was déjà vu all over again.  Tied at 4 in game #5, SL plated 4 in the 9th for the opener win, then it was an easy 7-1 win for the Stallions.  Game #7?  More of the same as tied at 2, SL plated 4 in the 10th to win it off Perkins yet again.  Thoroughly demoralized, the Breeze lost another 1 run game in #8, 3-2 with Shoppach’s HR being the winning blow.  No reason to dwell on this any longer, SL was the better team.

New Hudson brought their new look offense to town and blitzed the good guys taking all 4 in series #4.  For those of you counting (and I am…) this is a 10 game home losing streak for GB.  NH won 5-1, 13-5, then 1-0 before a 6-1 finale.  Only game that was decent was that game #3 with Quintana and a trio of relievers allowing GB just 3 hits, one was a Willingham 3 bagger in the ninth, but he would not advance.  NH outhit us .299-.167.  Who asked him to join the league anyway?

In what would prove t be a brutal schedule this month, Albany came to call and the end result was a satisfying 3-5 series played on the phone.  Opener was all Jered Weaver in a 5-1 good guy loss, but the 11 game home losing streak was broken in game #2, a 6-4 Breeze win.  Breeze scored one in the home 9th to tie this one, then after both teams scored in the 10th, Moss belted his 2nd HR of the contest to win it.  Hochevar was great in the CG 11 inning win.  Nate Eovaldi started game #3- his first start of the year and he spun a nifty 4-0 3-hit shutout, but the Albany won 6-3 for the home split.  On the road, GB scored 5 in the 8th in the opener to get close, but still dropped a 7-6 game.  Albany the won 4-1 and 5-1 as Breeze bats went silent, then finale went to the good guys 8-5 in 13 frames, ARod stroking a PH 3R bomb and Jason Bay even sending one deep. 

So things are pretty ugly in paradise right now, the Breeze, expected to contend, are 16-24 at the ¼ pole.  Moss and Willingham have 9 HR and Holliday 8, but the power was never in question.  A team BA of .229 tells the bigger story and seven different batters are batting less than .200.  The team ERA is up there at 4.46 and the “closer” has 4 saves, but a 6.35 ERA.  Latios has done great, though, 3-2 with a 1.83 ERA and 47K in 54 innings.  Harrison is 2-5.

 

 

 

CRO and GM

When I told the wife the APBA Dales are coming she was excited!! We have had Elk, Deer, Moose, Turkeys, Racoons, Polar Bears, Comanches in our back yard, but never any Clydesdales! Of course I wasn't too thrilled to see them coming as they are one of the contending teams and the Canucks still seem to be hitting under the Mendoza line!!!!!!

Game 1
Dales open with 1 in 1st and 1 in 3rd, but Canucks strike for 6 in the 3rd. The long ball(Canucks don't know what those are!) keeps Crossie in the game. Butler goes 3-4, 3rbi, 2hr and a solo blast by Gomez tightens the score. Diaz in his first game of the year goes 3-4 and Carp with a homer lead the Canucks. Final 6-5. Mattheus the win, Kimbrel the save, TWood the loss.

Game 2
Dales can only manage 4 hits to doom Verlander, as Inge and Shumaker(those 2 just make you shudder....NO Fear!), each with 2 hits. Final 4-1. Beavan the win, Kimbrel the save, Verlander the loss.

Game 3
Looking to Price to win a third in a row, the Dales bats come alive. Gomez with 3 hits and Flores and Escobar with 2 each lead the Dales. Desmond has 2 for the Canucks, as their steak is now dead! So far the A's from each team have not helped. Final 9-0. Greinke the win, Price the loss.

Game 4
Don't know if any of you remember the Von Trapp family settled in Stowe, Vermont, but "the Hills were alive" as hill ties the game at 3 until a solo shot by Longoria puts the Canucks on top and the Canucks get a very surprising 3-1 series win. Crossie could only say "!@$%^&&*()%$#&#@&*!!!!!! Final 4-3. Morrow the win, Parnell the save, and Belisario the loss. Pujols has 2 hits and Carp and light hitting CSnyder with 2 each lead the Canucks.

Don't know what Crossie told his players after the series at Green Mt., but I probably couldn't put it in writing anyway as they returned home. Like Knute Rockne, Crossie really gave them hell and they responded with some nice pitching and hitting to send the Canucks off to lick their wounds!!

Game 1
Thouroughly tongue lashed, the Dales respond with a 16 hit attack, and the Canucks fade quickly in this one. Hill, Encarnacion, Torrealba all go deep and Encarnacion goes 4-5 and Verlander shows why he is the Ace of Dale!! Bourn is 3-3 and was quietly the only Canucks to have any punch left. Final 10-0. Verlander the win, Beavan the loss.

Game 2
Continuing the onslaught, the Dales pound out 10 more hits and Canucks can only manage 2!! Greinke only gives up a 2 run shot to McDonald in the 8th, as he flirts with a no-hitter!! The Dales belt out 3d, 1t, 1hr to lead the way to 2 in a row. Final 6-2. Greinke the win, Price the loss.

Game 3
Wow! What did Crossie tell, or feed his pitchers on the trip home?? A trio of pitchers hold the Canucks to only another 2 hits. Morrow only gave up 3h, with Pujols belting a solo shot. Final 1-0!!!! Capuano the win, Tazawa the save, Morrow the loss.

Game 4
With only a series tie in sight, the Canucks strike for 5 in the 1st and then have put up with a come back from the Dales. They score 1 in 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 2 in the 7th to tie the game and it looks like another series loss for the Canucks. The Canucks, however, score in 9th and then turn to Kimbrel to hold the lead against the vaunted Dale attack!! Finally a successful victory! Final 6-5. Mattheus the win, Kimbrel the save, JSmith the loss. If and when it is told, Crossie really gave a tongue lashing that provoked a fear in the Dales and being played on Cross(does he own this) Loop, it was still fun irregardless. Thanks Crossie!

SERIES HIGHLIGHTS

SERIES  1

NEW ENGLAND AT CANAAN

GAME 1

Dickey was tough as he went through the 1st 7 innings giving no runs and only 2 hits. Lynn was pitching well also, only 3 hits and 1 run.

Canaan bullpen did not fare as well they gave 12 hits and 10 runs. The final score ended up 11 to 6.

WP Dickey  LP  Lynn   Box Score  Vermont   11 15  0     Canaan  6  6  1

GAME 2

Game 2 starts off by the Woodchucks scoring 2 in the 1st adding 3 more in the 4th. The Polar Bears hung around with a 5 to 3 score after

5 but then the Woodchucks scores 4 more to the Polar Bears 0 to make the final 9 to 3.

WP Kershaw  LP  Iwakuma  Box Score  Vermont  9  12  0   Canaan  3   4   0

GAME 3

Game 3 started out by the Woodchucks taking a 2 to 0 lead in the first, but that is the only runs Cobb would give up and the Polar Bears

would score 2 runs in the 2nd and 3 more in the 6th as Cobb goes on to a 5 to2 victory.

WP Cobb  LP  Kuroda    box Score  Vermont   2  8  0   Canaan   5  6  0

GAME 4

Canaan scores 2 in the 3nd on a 2 run homer by Cabrera, but Vermont comes back to tie it with 1 in the 4th and 1 in the 5th.. 2 more by

Vermont in the 7th give them a 4 to 2 lead, but back comes the Canaan boys with 2 runs to tie the at 4. Canaan scores 2 in the 8th on a 2

run double by Guzman who had come in to run for Hafner in the 7th. Durbin came in in the 9th for the save

WP Roenicke   LP  Crain   SV  Durbin   Box Score   Vermont  4  11   0   Canaan   6  11  0

GOD BLESS FROM ALL THE POLAR BEARS

 

CRE @ MC

game 1: justin upton sets the tone, as he leads off the game with a homer. mike young adds a 2 run double, as the maulers hang a 3 spot in the first. up 3-0 to start the 4th, the wheels fell off for mc and starter, cole hamels. phillips starts the inning with a solo shot, and then ruggiano blasts a 3 run dinger, and then mike young follows that up with a wild throw to first allowing another run to score and sending hamels to a quick exit, and giving the crushers a 6-3 bulge. chris sale couldnt hold the lead though, as aj ellis plates a run the the bottom of the fifth with a double, and carlos beltran sends sale to an early shower with a game tying 2 run shot, and we all even at 6's after 5. beltran raps a 1 out triple in the bottom of the 7th, and i played the infield in for scoop....i looked like a manager of the year candidate after corey harts raps into a 5-2-5 rundown and beltran is erased, but carlos santana blasts a clutch, opposite field homer, giving mc the lead and game...cedeno added a rbi in 8th to finish out the scoring, final 9-6. janssen the win, medlen his first save as a mauler and uehara the loss

 

game 2: top of one, phillips singles and cedeno's error puts runners at 2nd and 3rd with 1 down, but bumgarner k's both aj pierz and ruggiano to end the threat. armista starts the scoring with a 2 run shot in the 2nd, and then a bloop casilla single in the bottom half makes it 2-1 after 2. chris davis plates 2, with a double in the 3rd, then rizzo plates davis with davis just beating the throw home. 4-2 after 3. creekside threatens in the 6th, but upton throws out frazier at the plate to end the inning. upton then comes up with a big 2 run single in the bottom half. beltran is thrown out by werth after he made to big a turn on a base hit, to end the inning. 6-2, mc. phillips hits a solo in 7th, then aj followed him with another solo, chasing bumgarner from the game. medlen, a 2 inning save. final 6-4. bumgarner the win, medlen the save, parker the loss.

 

game 3: justin upton may have found a home as the maulers lead off hitter, as he opens the mc home 1st with a dong. a chris davis blast off the wall scores 2, cabrera drove him in and maybin sends bud norris to an early exit, with rbi single, and it's 6-0 after 3. armista has a rbi double in the 5th to get creekside on the board, then he added a 2 run homer in the 7th, to cut the lead to 6-3. hart hits simon's first pitch of the 7th over the wall, to make it 7-3. aj hits a 2 run homer in the 8th to make it interesting again, but janssen and medlen closed the door, final 7-5. gio gonzalez the win, medlen another save, norris the loss.

 

game 4: gallardo goes the distance in 4-0 win, and gives the maulers their first ever sweep against the Crushers. gallardo escaped a bases loaded jam in the 3rd, but he allowed just 6 hits in the gem, and cruised for the most part. santana plated cedeno on a hit and run in the 3rd to make it 1-0. hart doubles and laird scored him with a hit in the 4th. with 2nd and 3rd and 1 out in the 5th, phillips boots one, but the c's escape without any more damage, 3-0. in 5th, a maybin 1b and steal, results in a run after cedeno's single. 4-0 final.

 

 

 

SERIES HIGHLIGHTS

SERIES  1

NEW ENGLAND AT CANAAN

GAME 1

Lynn throws a 3 hit shutout and the Polar Bears pounded out 10 hits to defeat the Crusaders

WP Lynn   LP   LP  Hernandez

Box Score  Dunland  0  3  0 0   Canaan  5  10  0

GAME 2

Diamond goes  5 innings giving up 3 hits. Canaan bullpen goes the rest off the way to go on to a 5 to 1 victory.

WP Diamond  LP  Estrada

Box Score  Dunland  1  6  1   Canaan  5  11  0

GAME 3

Cobb goes 5 innings giving up 10 and giving up 5 runs but the Polar Bear take 8 to 6 victory

WP  Cobb   LP      LP  Hendricks

Box Score  Dunland  6  14  1   Canaan  8  13    0  SV  Durbin

GAME 4

Tomlin goes 5 innings giving up 3 runs but the Polar Bears holds on for a 4 to 3 victory.

WP Tomlin  LP  Wolf

Box Score  Dunland  3  7  0   Canaan  4  4  0   SV Durbin

GOD BLESS FROM ALL THE POLAR BEARS

 

 

Series #4, KEY at GM

The Comanches put the war paint on and hope to knock the Canucks out of their snowshoes in series #4. Thank goodness the Homeland Security people were close by!!!!!

Game 1.
Cain opens the scoring with a solo blast, but Canucks tie it and then Snider and Desmond lead the rest of the way for the first game win. Final 4-1. Price the win, Kimbrel the save, Burnett the loss.
Game 2.
Yankee killer, Pedroia has 4 hits including a long ball and the Canucks didn't even have time to circle the wagons. Canucks score 3 in 9th,but fall short, as Inge hits a 2 run shot. Final 5-4. Wilson the win, O'Day the save, Morrow the loss.
Game 3.
All the Canucks have at least 1 hit except for McDonald, Custer made an appearance as third base coach!! Giambi and Kearns each go deep, but Victorino with 3h, 2dbl, 2 rbi to lead the Canucks. Final 15-3. Lester the win, E.Ramirez the loss.
Game 4.
With their 3rd base coach suddenly missing(think he went to the Barber's?), Pedroia take s the Comanches on his shoulders and with Rollins hitting home runs in the 8th and then in the 10th for the game winner, the Comanches even the series. Pedroia had another 4 hits(hit .500 for the series!!!). Carp had a solo shot in 9th to tie the game before Rollins blast in the 10th. Final 5-4. O'Day the winner, Burnett the loss.

Dickey’s NO NO

 

 

Team

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

LOB

DP

Vermont Woodchucks

0

2

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

4

9

0

5

0

Green Mt. Canucks

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

2

2

Vermont Woodchucks (Game 6)

NAME

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

TB

SO

BB

IBB

HBP

SH

SF

SB

CS

GDP

AVG

PO

A

E

DP

PB

A. McCUTCHEN, cf

4

1

2

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

.370

3

0

0

0

C. RUIZ, c

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.389

10

1

0

0

0

M. CABRERA, 3b

4

1

1

1

0

0

1

4

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.417

1

0

0

0

R. BRAUN, rf

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.280

0

0

0

0

B. ZOBRIST, 2b

4

0

1

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.364

1

2

0

0

A. SORIANO, lf

4

1

1

0

1

0

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.261

3

0

0

0

R. LUDWICK, dh

4

1

2

2

0

0

1

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.450

0

0

0

0

R. DOUMIT, 1b

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.333

6

0

0

0

W. BLOOMQUIST, ss

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.154

3

2

0

0

Totals

34

4

9

4

1

0

2

16

6

2

0

0

0

0

2

0

2

 

NAME

G SC

IP

H

R

ER

2B

3B

HR

BF

SO

BB

IBB

HB

SH

SF

WP

BK

IR

ERA

R. DICKEY, W, 2- 0

94

9.0

0

0

0

0

0

0

29

9

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.69

0

1

0

0

Totals

9.0

0

0

0

0

0

0

29

9

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

27

6

0

0

0

Green Mt. Canucks (Game 6)

NAME

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

TB

SO

BB

IBB

HBP

SH

SF

SB

CS

GDP

AVG

PO

A

E

DP

PB

S. SCHUMAKER, dh

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.048

0

0

0

0

T. SNIDER, lf

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.158

0

0

1

0

I. DESMOND, ss

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.118

1

4

1

2

M. CARP, 1b

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

9

1

0

2

T. COLVIN, cf

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.095

2

1

0

0

S. VICTORINO, rf

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.077

1

0

1

0

H. KENDRICK, 2b

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.154

4

6

0

1

B. INGE, 3b

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.263

3

1

0

0

C. SNYDER, c

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.200

7

0

0

0

0

M. GONZALEZ, ph

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

0

0

0

0

Totals

27

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

9

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

NAME

G SC

IP

H

R

ER

2B

3B

HR

BF

SO

BB

IBB

HB

SH

SF

WP

BK

IR

ERA

J. LESTER, L, 0- 2

57

9.0

9

4

4

1

0

2

36

6

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

7.42

0

0

0

0

Totals

9.0

9

4

4

1

0

2

36

6

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

27

13

3

2

0

GAME DATA

Night Game played on Thursday, March 28,2013

Regulation Game, Time: 8:25m

 

SERIES #1 Green Mountain at Vermont

GAME 1

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

R

H

E

Green Mountain Canucks

0

1

0

0

0

0

2

1

0

 

 

 

 

4

6

1

Vermont Woodchucks

0

0

0

0

7

0

0

0

 

 

 

 

 

7

16

1

Vermont gets 7 runs in the 5th inning as R.A. Dickey cruises to an easy win. Newcomer, Ryan Ludwick does the most damage with a bases clearing triple. Shane Victorino goes yard as the Canucks creep back enough for Vermont's closer, Atchison, to enter the game for a save.

WP

R.A. Dickey

LP

J. Lester

SV

S. Atchison

HR

GM-S. Victorino

GAME 2

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

R

H

E

Green Mountain Canucks

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

 

 

 

 

2

3

0

Vermont Woodchucks

5

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

X

 

 

 

 

6

14

0

Vermont plates 5 runs in the 1st and Kershaw cruises to a 3 hit, 2 run CG victory. Vermont's hitting attack again went double figures as the Canucks had trouble getting the ball out of the infield.

WP

C. Kershaw

LP

C. Richard

SV

NONE

HR

GM-L. Duda, B. Inge; VT-A. McCutchen, B. Zobrist

GAME 3

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

R

H

E

Green Mountain Canucks

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

 

 

1

2

0

Vermont Woodchucks

0

0

0

1

1

1

0

1

X

 

 

 

 

4

9

0

Green Mountain scores 1 in the 1st, but Vermont's pitching shut them down the rest of the way. Vermont had solo shots from Cabrera and Braun and that was enough to take the 3rd game of the series.Beavan pitched 8 innings for the Canucks as Kuroda went 5+.

WP

Kuroda

LP

Beavan

SV

Atchison

HR

GM- T. Snider; VT-Cabrera,Braun

GAME 4

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

R

H

E

Green Mountain Canucks

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

 

 

4

8

0

Vermont Woodchucks

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

 

 

 

 

1

5

0

The Canuck's jump to a 1st inning lead off T. Colvin's "grand Salami". Brandon Morrow pitched 6+ innings and received great bullpen help from Mattheus and "fireman of the year" Craig Kimbrel.

WP

B. Morrow

LP

K. Lohse

SV

C. Kimbrel

HR

GM- T. Colvin

SERIES #1 Vermont at Green Mountain

GAME 1

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

R

H

E

Vermont Woodchucks

4

0

2

1

1

2

1

1

0

 

 

 

 

12

22

1

Green Mountain Canucks

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

 

 

 

 

1

5

0

Vermont jumps on Kyle Drabek in the 1st for 4 runs and kept piling it on to gain the 1st win at GM 12-1. J. Hefner gains the hitting support, but really didn't need it, as he goes the distance for a CG win. Vermont clubs 4 HR as this one was over before the beer starting flowing in the Tundra dome.

WP

J. Hefner

LP

K. Drabek

SV

NONE

HR

VT-A. McCutchen, R. Braun, R. Ludwick, B. LaHair

GAME 2

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

R

H

E

Vermont Woodchucks

0

2

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

 

 

 

 

4

9

0

Green Mountain Canucks

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

 

 

0

0

3

Well, well,well!!! A No, No, No - HITTER for R.A. Dickey!!! GM keeps Vermont from hitting double figures in hits, but to no avail as Dickey pitches a superb game. Cabrera and Ludwick provide all the support as Vermont takes the 2nd game in Green Mountains "frozen" Tundra dome...GM Burnham, was quoted as saying" I could have hit the ball from Dickey, he throws like a girl and my boys hit worse than girls...It was a disgusting display of Major League hitting...They looked like drunk seals at bat.............I am disgusted"

WP

R.A. Dickey

LP

J. Lester

SV

NONE

HR

VT-M. Cabrera, R. Ludwick

GAME 3

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

R

H

E

Vermont Woodchucks

5

4

6

3

0

0

1

0

0

 

 

 

 

19

20

1

Green Mountain Canucks

0

1

0

0

0

1

1

1

1

 

 

 

 

5

9

3

"What in the hell is going on? This team is in dire need of an attitude adjustment!!!", quoted Gideon Burnham Vermont scores 5 in the 1st, 4 in the 2nd, 6 in the 3rd and 3 in the 4th……This game was over before they "tapped" the kegs!!Cabrera's 5 RBI paced the Woodchucks as every starter had at least 1 hit....

WP

C. Kershaw

LP

C. Richard

SV

Resop?? (4 inns of relief….)

HR

VT- Ruiz, Cabrera(2),Braun, Soriano

GAME 4

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

R

H

E

Vermont Woodchucks

0

1

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

 

 

3

7

0

Green Mountain Canucks

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

 

 

1

6

0

In the best game of the series, Vermont outlasts GM for a 4-0 sweep of the series. Led by R. Doumit's 2 run HR, Kuroda and the bullpen held GM to 1 run for the win and the sweep…..

WP

H. Kuroda

LP

B. Beavan

SV

Atchison

HR

VT-Doumit

 

SERIES HIGHLIGHTS

SERIES  1

NEW ENGLAND AT CANAAN

GAME 1

Lynn throws a 3 hit shutout and Hafner hits a two run homer to lead the Polar Bears to victory.

WP Lynn   LP   Arroyo  Elite  0  3  1   Polar Bears  3  6  0

GAME 2

The Morales hits a 3 run homer in the 1st , but the Elite make 2 errors in the 3rd which allows the Polar Bears to score 5

 runs on the way to a

6 to 4 victory. 

WP Diamond  LP  Moore  Elite  4  7  2   Polar Bears  6  7  1

GAME 3

Cobb pitches the 2nd shutout of the series, the Polar Bears pound out 9 hits and Cabrera steals 3 base to lead the

Polar Bears to their

3rd win of the series

WP  Cobb   LP  Buckholtz  Elite  0  2  0   Polar Bears  4  9  0

GAME 4

Zambrano goes the distance as Canaan has its 3rd shutout of the series.

WP  Zambrano  LP  McDonald    Elite  0  2  0   Polar Bears  4  6  0

Cabrera has 4 stolen base for series.

GOD BLESS FROM ALL THE POLAR BEARS

 

GULF BREEZE at LEXINGTON

 

Game 1 - The first home game of the season started well for the Horsemen, as Wandy Rodriquez pitched a

 shutout through five innings, but the game was lost in the sixth when GB used six hits to score five times.

Behind the stellar pitching of Latos and four relievers, GB held the Horsemen to only five hits and two runs.

Lowrie led the winning team with two hits and two RBIs.

 

Game 2 - The Horsemen started the scoring early with two in the first and one in the third, but the GB offense

 woke led by Willingham with a two run HR in the sixth and a two run double in the seventh. Harrison

struggled. giving up 10 hits in 6 plus innings, but three relievers shut down the Horsemen.

 

Game 3 - A three run third put GB in front early, and after a Horseman run in the sixth that reduced the lead

 to 5-2, GB rightfieldr blasted his second HR of the game, a two run shot that put the game out of reach.

Hochevar scattered 17 hits, but held on for a 9-6 GB win.

 

Game 4 - Eight Horseman runs in four innings (second through the fifth powered the home team to a win.

Blackburn pitched five solid innings, and the struggling bullpen did its job, holding GB to one hit and no runs

 in the final four frames.

 

SPARROW LAKE at LEXINGTON

 

Game 1 - The home team Horsemen felt good after seven innings, with Wandy Rodriquez firing a shutout,

and he exited with a 2-0 lead because of back to back home runs by Jeter and Carpenter. Holland relieved

and immediately ran into trouble in the eighth, surrendering two singles and walking another, which provided

the first SL run. Holland was close to getting out of the inning with no more damage, when he got Markakis

to hit in to a double play. But Freese provided the ultimate game winner with a two run homer. Choo provided

insurance with a two run homer in the ninth, and the SL bullpen shut down the Horsemen offense for the last

four innings.

 

Game 2 - Some times it is best to not even come to the park, and this game was a good example. SL started

the pounding with a five run first, and proceeded to duplicate it in the sixth, eliminating any delusions that the

 Horsemen would recover. Pettitte and two relievers limited the home team to six hits, and every SL hitter got

a hit and/or rbi except for Shoppach.

 

Game 3 - Highlight of the series for the Horsemen. Cahill and three relievers held SL to three runs, and a three

 run first got the Horsemen off to a great start. Carpenter's home run in the fifth turned out to be the margin of

 victory.

 

Game 4 - Repeat of game 2? Almost. A five run second put the SL in great position to take the series, and a

three run third pretty much put the icing on the cake. However, for good measure, SL scored six more times

from the sixth through the eighth. Vogelsong pitched a gem, surrendering only four hits in the shutout.

SERIES #2, GM and CAN

The Canucks travel to the land of the midnight sun and glaciers to take on the undefeated Polar Bears in a face to face series. No Moose or deer were seen, but we ran over a partridge...... no smell left over(remember Bruce's deer kill?)

Game 1.
Where did this team come from?? Every Polar Bear gets a hit and a run apiece to bombard the Canucks 12-7. Brantley has 5 hits to lead the onslaught!! Lowly hitting Inge has a 2 run shot to lead the Canucks. Final 12-7. Winner is Lynn, loser is Beavan.
Game 2.
Trying to stay undefeated the Bears say hello to LaRoche( 2 h, 5 rbi, hr) and wish John traded him to Denny!! Canucks get a run in the first, then 0's after that!! Final 7-1. Win Diamond, loss Price(who was ejected!). Think John payed the ump some whale blubber for that one!
Game 3.
Finally the Polar bears take their first loss of the year. Morrow gets a cg, sho and Marte gets his first homer and the pitching was pretty tight in this one. Final 3-0. Win Morrow, loss Cobb.
Game 4.
Wow, the Bears lose 2 in row! A vastly improved team here tho from the past! Desmond and Marte go deep to lead the Canucks, as Polanco has 2 hits to lead the Bad News Bears!! Final 8-3. Zambrano the loss, Lester the win.

At Canaan
Game 1.
The Bears treat the home crowd of Penquins, seals, Eskimos to a nice win, as they again get to Price and John says, just wait till I get to the A's of the Woodchucks!! LaRoche belts another long one and Gentry with 2 hits lead the Polar Bears. Newcomer WCastillo has the lone rbi and 2h and 2d to lead the Canucks. Final 5-1. Win Lynn, Price the loss.
Game 2.
The Canucks stike early with 2, but Canaan gets 2 in 2nd and 2 in 3rd, but Canucks tie the game and into extra innings we go...... In the top of the 13th, Bourn hits a bases clearing dbl and Colvin with a 2 run shot to ice this one. R Solano leads the way for Canaan with 3 hits, but the one weakness the Polar Bears may have is the pen. Final 9-5. Francisco the win, Roenicke the loss.
Game 3.
game tied in 8th at 4 all and looking like another extra inning game, the Canucks strike for 4 in the top of the 9th, with Castillo's 2 run single and a 2 run blast by Marte to take the lead. A 2 run double by Polanco brings in Kimbrel who manages a save. Final 8-6. Lester the win, Kimbrel the save, Cobb thre loss.
Game 4.
Another tight ball game as teams are tied 3-3 after 9. In the top of the 9th, Longoria dbls and scores on a Colvin single to take the lead. ECabrera( who was the idiot that traded him to John??) led the Bears with 2 h and sb. Final 4-3. Hanrahan the win, Kimbrel the save, Hensley the loss.

 

Gulf Breeze April Lowlights

varks start the campaign with some face to face play and a decent 9-7 W/L over the first month.  A huge series with division favorite Sparrow Lake is on the horizon for May, though, and the club will have to play better to give the Stallions a run.

Breeze opened with a fine 3-1 win at Lexington, then returned home to face the “new kid” Ken’s charges played well in a 3-1 Horsemen series win.  Francoeur’s 7th inning rbi 2 bagger won the inaugural Lexington NSL game 4-3 as Davis notched the save, then Breeze rebounded with a 8-4 win thanks to a pair of ARod long balls and a 3 for 4 for Pierrer.  Down 4-0, Horsemen plated 7 in the 5th and 6th combined in game #3 with Jeter going 3 for 5 with 3 rbi and Davis notching another save.  Finale was comfortable for Lex as they were up 6-1 in the ninth, but Roberts’ 3R poke made it interesting, before Wade Davis was able to notch his 3rd save of the series.  Breeze gopt the batter of the stats (.241-.235) and (4.11-5.00), but Lexington got the better of the series.  Who invited you into the league anyway, Pennington?

On the ”road” GB next took on Cleveland in face to face play.  In 35 years, these were our first ever face to face games.  Breeze played well in this one as they won a pair of shutouts (10-0 and 7-0) with a 5-2 loss in the middle, and a 5-2 win at the end.  Ellis and Willingham left the building in the opener as Marcum tossed the CG 10-0 win, then Hit Men responded with a 5-2 win behind Karstens and Thornton, Hamilton going 4 for 4.  Latos tossed a shutout in game #3 with Holliday homering and driving in 4, then Harrison was up 5-0 in the home 9th, then allowed a HR to Hamilton and a 2 our rbi single to Rolen before getting out of it.  Returning home and out of the face to face environment, Breeze had 5 hits in games 1&4 combined with 30 hits in games 2&3, needless to say a split of the 4 games.  Santiago was awesome in his start in game #1 for Cleveland but gave up his first hit in the 6th and was immediately pulled.  Belt had a pair of 2R doubles in this one, a 6-3 Cleveland final.  Breeze then hit 6 HR over the next 2 games in 10-6 and 14-3 wins, but Hit Men stole the finale 1-0 as GB could muster just one single and Viciedo’s long ball was all the visitors needed.  For the GB home half, Breeze batted .254 to Cle’s .266 but outscored the visitors 27-16.

So month one is in the books, now on to May and a battle with division leading Sparrow Lake