Freitag, 9. Juni 2017

SoM NNL Replay: KC@HOM game 2 - the most entertaining way to split a doubleheader


Let's see whether game 2 of the day is as close, with the home team sending their number 1 starter Hilton Smith to the mound against the visitors' number five, Willie Powell.

As the box score shows it became an entertaining, hard fought game.

For the Monarchs, Oms went two for four with a solo homer to start the scoring in the first, but had to leave in the seventh after taking a pitch off the arm (he will be back in the lineup, though). Santop and Johnson both scored a single and a double, and Dick lundy reached base three times on two singles and an error. However, Powell gave up one more run than his Monarchs could score to take a colete game loss.

The home Grays did a lot of pitcher shuffling and pinch hitting after starter Smith allowed consecutive rallies in the sixth and seventh to leave the game with a no decision. Despite allowing two inherited runners score on a wild pitch, Cockrell took the win and Williams and Brewer brought home the win much to the delight of the home crowd.

Both the top and the bottom of the Grays lineup did some heavy lifting to split the double header - Papa Lloyd scored two runs on a single and a triple, Tank Carr scored twice on a single and a three run homer, and Chino Smith had two hits and two RBIs. Onthe other end of the lineup, replacement center fielder Robinson went 2 for 3 with two hits and a walk; Monroe scored one run with a bit of luck on two fielders choices, a stolen base and a throwing error by the catcher; and starting pitcher Hilton Smith did his best to help his own cause with two RBI singles and a run scored, but failed to get the win anyway.

Team
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
R
H
E
Kansas City Monarchs
1
0
0
0
0
3
2
0
0
6
11
1
Homestead Grays
1
4
0
1
0
0
1
0
x
7
12
1

W:
P Cockrell
L:
W Powell
SV:
C Brewer
Kansas City Monarchs
HittersABRHRBIBBSO
J Wilson 512001
A Oms 322100
R Cannady 410112
L Santop 512101
O Johnson 402101
D Malarcher 400001
F Redus 300101
D Lundy 402001
W Powell 301001
D Moore 110000
Totals36611519

E- L Santop (1)
2B- A Oms (1), L Santop (1), O Johnson (1), W Powell (1)
3B- J Wilson (1)
HR- A Oms (1)
HBP- A Oms (1)
Sac- F Redus (1), W Powell (1)
SB- D Moore (1)
CS- J Wilson (1)

PitchersIPHRERBBSOHR
W Powell 8.01277121
Homestead Grays
HittersABRHRBIBBSO
P Lloyd 422000
T Carr 422300
C Smith 402200
J Gibson 400000
F Warfield 401000
V Harris 401000
N Robinson 312011
B Monroe 410001
H Smith 212200
B Baro 100000
T Williams 000000
T Young 100000
Totals35712712

E- T Williams (1)
2B- C Smith (1), F Warfield (1), N Robinson (1)
3B- P Lloyd (1)
HR- T Carr (1)
SB- P Lloyd (1), T Carr (1), B Monroe (1)


PitchersIPHRERBBSOHR
H Smith 6.01066171
P Cockrell 1.0100010
T Williams 1.0000010
C Brewer 1.0000000

Donnerstag, 8. Juni 2017

SoM NNL Replay: KC@HOM game 1 - a rainy nail biter


Both teams need to win this series to get back to .500. The Grays are finishing a nine game homestand (they are 3-3 so far), and are happy to have their starting infield back with Loyd and Warfield returning from injury. However, they will rest Loyd for game 1 of the Saturday doubleheader in favor of Alec Radcliff who did a great job (375/444/583) in the infield, and give their catcher Gibson the first break of the season, as well. 

In game 2 they plan to give center fielder Baro a game off in favor of Neil Robinson who was less convincing subbing for the two injured position players (125/250/312) but at least contributed a homer. They will also hope that their five man pitching corps will continue to eat innings although there is no dedicated bullpen at all...

The Monarchs could start their best nine every day so far but are still struggling at 3-5, not least because their ace Satchel Page lost his first two games. They have to replace an injured player for the first time this season as leasdoff Jerry Benjamin is out for the weekend. He will be replaced by Oms, with Johnson taking over in right field.

The Monarchs will start the back of their rotation, with Nip Winters (0-1) up in the first game against the Grays' Phil Cockrell (also 0-1). The weather is unfortunately cool and damp, so this supposed summer doubleheader will play out in front of smaller crowds and with difficult conditions for all players.

The Monarchs take first blood against Cockrell on theee hits and a sac fly, but can score only one run in the first, stranding two more base runners. After a quick 1-2-3 inning from Winters, the Monarchs continue to chip away, scoring Malarcher on a hit, a steal and a fielding error by shortstop Monroe.

In the bottom of the second, Santop lets a 3rd strike breaking ball get by him, and a double and a two singles later Winters is fortunate to end the inning with the game tied 2-2. However, Santop seems to be unfazed by that mistake and works another one run inning with a single, advancing on a wild pitch and acoring on a double from short stop Dobie Moore.

After this early scoring, both pitchers settle down a bit and exchange short innings until the seventh. Again, it is an error (this time by Grays first base man Carr) which starts a rally. RBI singles from Santop and Malarcher get the Monarchs back in the lead, and Cockrell has to thank Monroe and Warfield for turning a difficult doubleplay to limit the damage.

In the seventh, Loyd comes in as pinch hitter for Cockrell and draws a walk, but Winters can prevent the Grays from scoring. Wickware pitches two easy innings for the Grays to keep it close, and the home team mount a last inning rally against a visible tired Winters, starting the inning with a single and a walk. So in comes closer Salmon who promptly allows pinch hitter Gibson and leadoff Carr to drive home the two runners left on base by Winters, but then manages to induce a groundout from Smith to save the game in really close fashion.

7/9/16 Kansas City Monarchs at Homestead Grays

Team
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
H
E
Kansas City Monarchs
1
1
1
0
0
0
2
0
0
5
12
1
Homestead Grays
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
4
8
2


W:
N Winters
L:
P Cockrell
SV:
H Salmon

Kansas City Monarchs
HittersABRHRBIBBSO
J Wilson 513000
A Oms 402010
R Cannady 411100
O Johnson 510000
L Santop 513100
D Moore 501100
D Malarcher 312110
F Redus 300010
N Winters 400101
Totals38512531

E- L Santop (1)
2B- R Cannady (1), D Moore (1)
Sac- R Cannady (1)
SB- J Wilson (2), A Oms (1), D Malarcher (1)


PitchersIPHRERBBSOHR
N Winters 8.1743330
H Salmon 0.2100000

Homestead Grays
HittersABRHRBIBBSO
T Carr 500100
C Smith 501000
A Radcliff 400000
V Harris 400000
T Young 411001
F Warfield 422000
B Baro 402202
B Monroe 210020
P Cockrell 201000
J Gibson 101100
P Lloyd 000010
Totals3548433

E- T Carr (1), B Monroe (1)
2B- F Warfield (1)
SB- F Warfield (1), B Baro (2), B Monroe (1)
CS- C Smith (1)


PitchersIPHRERBBSOHR
P Cockrell 7.01254210
F Wickware 2.0000100

SoM NNL Replay: STL@CHI game 3, pitchers struggle


Just when it looks like Smokey Joe Williams is cruising, after four scoreless innings and two strikeouts to start the fifth, the Stars get a two out rally going for 3 runs to tie the game. In the sixth, Williams continues to struggle, giving up two runs on four hits.

However, the Giants bullpen consists essentially of Mathis and Mendez, so they really need to get another couple of innings out of Williams. They are relieved to see him do better as the game goes on, but bring in Mathis for the ninth. Mathis makes it exciting by giving up a hit and allowing another batter to reach on a fielding error, but gets out of the inning unscathed and goes on to bunt Petway to second with two strikes. Turkey Stearnes obliges and drives Petway home on a game tying double to center.

McNair then advances Stearnes to third with a groundout to first, and Serrell hits the walk-off single to take the game - despite Williams struggles, it's Bullet Joe Rogan who ends up with the short straw after a solid eight innings...

Team
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
H
E
St. Louis Stars
0
0
0
0
3
2
0
0
0
5
9
0
Chicago American Giants
0
1
2
0
0
0
0
1
2
6
11
2
W:
V Mathis
L:
B Rogan

St. Louis Stars
HittersABRHRBIBBSO
C Bell 501200
H Johnson 311000
B Leonard 411100
W Brown 400100
Q Trouppe 400003
B Rogan 401001
D Creacy 413000
N Allen 411001
S Poles 411101
Totals3659506

2B- S Poles (1)
3B- B Leonard (1)
HBP- H Johnson (1)
SB- H Johnson (1)

CS- H Johnson (1), C Bell (1)

PitchersIPHRERBBSOHR
B Rogan (L)8.21166241

Chicago American Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSO
T Stearnes 524100
H McNair 410010
B Serrell 512301
M Dihigo 400000
R Dandridge 401101
J Lyons 312010
J Mendez 400000
B Petway 412100
S Williams 300002
V Mathis 000000
Totals36611624

E- J Mendez (1), V Mathis (1)
2B- T Stearnes (2), J Lyons (1), B Petway (1)
HR- B Serrell (1)
Sac- V Mathis (1)
SB- H McNair (1), J Lyons (1)


PitchersIPHRERBBSOHR
S Williams 8.0855060
V Mathis (W)1.0100000

Sonntag, 5. Februar 2017

SoM NNL Replay: STL@CHI game 2 - heat, homers and errors


The day is unusually hot, so let's see how teams will be dealing with being on the field for another 2-3 hours for game 2 of the day.

After Dihigos very successful return from injury (3 for 7, 2 walks), in the second game of the doubleheader the Giants hope to see Dick Redding return from injury with a win. The Stars, aiming to split the doubleheader, send their #1 starter to the mound hoping for a recovery not from outright injury, but from his disappointing 0-1, 7.94 ERA stats after his first two starts.

The game starts with a bang: a triple to the left field corner from leadoff Bell and a sac fly from bench-player-promoted-no-2-hitter Creacy gives the Stars a one run lead as many fans are still finding their places in Schorling Park. The second inning sees another Stars bench player, outfielder Spot Poles, add a run on a hard line drive home run to left center.

In the third, Redding walks leadoff Bell and gives up yet another homer (in Schorling Park!) to the aptly named Home Run Johnson. The Chicago bench is getting uneasy - maybe Redding is not fully recovered yet, after all? When Buck Leonard hits another screaming liner over the fence to make the score 5-0, the Giants bullpen starts getting busy.

A single to Brown, a steal and an RBI double by Trouppe later the Giants manager has seen enough and asks Verdell Mathis to end the inning to gain some time for a decision who will fill in for the bulk of the remaining innings - he ends up giving the ball to another recently recovered player, Dihigo.

Dihigo has a couple solid innings to begin with, but in the seventh inning the Giants defense begins to crumble. Maybe the heat is getting to them, maybe they are losing focus after a long day and being behind, anyway. Three errors and four runs later, Dihigo begins to weaken with one out eluding him in the eighth until he walks the bases on a two singles and a hit batter, and then gives up a grand slam homer to center field to Brown. The last out of the game is delayed by the first error committed by the St. Louis defense (maybe the Stars are tired from the heat, too), and the Giants at least score a consolation run, but the Stars take game 2 of the day with a very clear 14-1 victory on 12 runs (including three homers) and three Giants errors vs only three hits for the Giants and a single St. Louis error in the bottom of the ninth.

St. Louis first base man Buck Leonard has a field day, going 4 for 4 and missing just a double for the cycle, with a walk thrown in, too.


Team
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
R
H
E
St. Louis Stars
1
1
4
0
0
0
1
7
0
14
12
1
Chicago American Giants
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
3
3

W:
D Brown
L:
D Redding

St. Louis Stars
Hitters
AB
R
H
RBI
BB
SO
C Bell 
5
2
1
1
1
0
D Creacy 
4
1
0
1
0
0
H Johnson 
4
3
1
2
0
0
B Leonard 
4
2
4
2
1
0
W Brown 
5
2
2
4
0
0
Q Trouppe 
4
1
2
2
1
0
N Allen 
5
1
1
0
0
0
S Poles 
5
2
1
1
0
0
D Brown 
5
0
0
0
0
4
Totals
41
14
12
13
3
4

E- C Bell (1)
2B- Q Trouppe (1)
3B- C Bell (1), B Leonard (1)
HR- H Johnson (1), B Leonard (1), W Brown (1), Q Trouppe (1), S Poles (1)
HBP- H Johnson (1)
Sac- D Creacy (1)
SB- B Leonard (1), W Brown (1)

Pitchers
IP
H
R
ER
BB
SO
HR
D Brown 
9.0
3
1
0
1
4
0

Chicago American Giants
Hitters
AB
R
H
RBI
BB
SO
T Stearnes 
4
1
0
0
0
0
S Hughes 
4
0
1
1
0
0
H McNair 
4
0
1
0
0
1
M Dihigo 
3
0
0
0
0
0
W Wright 
3
0
1
0
0
0
R Dandridge 
3
0
0
0
0
2
B Perkins 
3
0
0
0
0
0
J Mendez 
2
0
0
0
1
0
B Petway 
3
0
0
0
0
1
Totals
29
1
3
1
1
4

E- S Hughes (1), M Dihigo (1), B Petway (1)
2B- S Hughes (1)
SB- J Mendez (1)

CS- J Mendez (1)

Pitchers
IP
H
R
ER
BB
SO
HR
D Redding 
2.1
7
6
6
1
1
3
V Mathis 
0.2
0
0
0
0
0
0
M Dihigo 
6.0
5
8
1
2
3
2