Thursday, January 18, 2018

Giants Win 2015 World Series

San Francisco (AP) - The San Francisco Giants won their first Millennium League Championship by sweeping the St. Louis Cardinals in four games.  A recap of the series:

GAME 1 - San Francisco 3, St. Louis 1 -  Zack Greinke scattered six hits by pitching a complete game in the series opener.  Joey Votto had two hits and scored a run.  Redbirds' Jacob DeGrom, who gave up 2 runs over 7 innings, took the loss.

GAME 2 - San Francisco 5, St. Louis 4 - Joey Votto had two hits including his third homer of the post season.  The Giants' J. Dyson scored the go-ahead run in the top of the 8th and Craig Kimbrel tossed a 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the 9th for the save.

GAME 3 - San Francisco 10, St. Louis 3 - Zack Cozart hit a grand slam in the 2nd inning as the Giants routed the Redbirds.  Jake Peavy pitched seven strong innings for the win and the Cards' Jamie Garcia took the loss.

GAME 4 - San Francisco 3, St. Louis 0 - Zack Greinke held the Cardinals scoreless for 7+ innings and Craig Kimbrel picked up another save as the Giants finish off the four game sweep.  Greinke finished the postseason with a 5-1 record and 2.15 ERA.

Postseason Stats

Votto (SF) - .321 avg, 3 HR's, 6 RBI's, 16 Walks, 14 Runs
Greinke (SF) - 5-1, 2.15 ERA
Kimbrel (SF) - 5 2/3 scoreless innings, 4 saves

Cespedes (STL) - .294 avg, 4 HR's, 11 RBI's
DeGrom (STL) - 3-1, 1.95 ERA

2016 Draft Lottery Info

We will be conducting our draft lottery on Monday, January 22nd and Tuesday, January 23rd.....
The “Pennsylvania Daily Number Evening” lottery ( on subsequent nights (7PM EST) will be used to decide who gets the #1 and #2 picks in the first round only. If the second pick yields the same result as the first night, then a third night’s lottery drawing will be used. The remaining 10 teams will draft in reverse order of record. So, the team with the poorest record can do no worst than pick third in the first round.

2016 Lottery Drawing Chances:

000 to 249 – Atlanta (51-111)

250 to 449 – New York (66-96)

450 to 604 – Seattle (69-93)

605 to 724 – Arizona (71-91)

725 to 814 – Minnesota (74-88)

815 to 879 – Pittsburgh (75-87)

880 to 924 – Chicago (78-84)

925 to 954 – Los Angeles (80-82, 4-2 vs. Boston in tie-breaker)

955 to 974 – Boston (80-82)

975 to 986 – Philadelphia (81-81)

987 to 994 – Kansas City (82-80, 4-2 vs. Cleveland in tie-breaker)

995 to 999 – Cleveland (82-80)

(Click here for a history of previous lottery numbers selected.)

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Redbirds Sweep Nats

Behind Yoenis Cespedes' bat, the St. Louis Cardinals swept the Washington Nationals in four games.  A summary of the series:
Cardinals 3, Nationals 1
Curtis Granderson snaps a 1-1 tie with a 2-run double in the 6th.  Jacob DeGrom and three relievers toss a 3-hitter. In a key play in the 8th inning, Yoenis Cespedes throws out Starling Marte trying to score from second on a Mike Trout single.

Cardinals 7, Nationals 1
Yoenis Cespedes crushes a 2-run HR in the 3rd and Brett Lawrie highlights a 5-run 7th with a 2-run PH triple as St. Louis coasts to a 2-0 series lead. Francisco Liriano strikes out 7 and allows just 4 hits in 7 innings for the win.

Cardinals 3, Nationals 2 (11 innings)
Yoenis Cespedes belts a solo homer in the top of the 11th, then St. Louis holds on for dear life in the bottom half. Washington put runners on second and third with one out against Kevin Siegrist. Delino Deshields fails on a squeeze bunt and strikes out. Mike Trout is walked intentionally to load the bases, but Billy Butler fans to end the game. St. Louis had taken the lead in the 7th on an RBI
double by Logan Forsythe and a run-scoring single by Cespedes. But Washington tied it in the 9th against closer Wade Davis. Starling Marte singled, stole two bases, then rode home on a Trout single. Stephen Strasburg struck out 10 in 7-1/3 for Washington, which had been held to 1 hit until the 9th.

Cardinals 5, Nationals 4
Logan Forsythe leads off the game with a homer, finishing with 3 RBIs, and Yoenis Cespedes caps a 4-run 3rd with a 2-run HR as St. Louis completes the sweep. Washington had taken a rare lead on Mike Trout's 3-run HR in the bottom of the 1st and crept within 5-4 on Starling Marte's RBI single in the 7th. St. Louis starter Danny Salazar struck out 12, but tired in the 9th, departing after Jose Bautista's leadoff PH double. Wade Davis entered and retired three straight Nationals, two on strikes.
The Cardinals, who haven't been to the Fall Classic since the 2004 season, will face the San Francisco Giants.

Friday, January 05, 2018

Giants Heading to the World Series

The San Francisco Giants advanced to their second World Series in 3 seasons (they lost to Cleveland in 2013) as they eliminated the Astros in 5 games.  Joey Votto was the series MVP who went 6-16, with 2 doubles, a triple, a HR, 6 runs and 4 RBI.    Jason Kipnis went 8-19 with 2 doubles, 2 HR, with 3 runs and 4 RBI for the losers.  A recap of the series

Game 1 - The Giants scored 3 times in the 1st 3 innings, getting 7 hits in the process.  Scherzer keeps the Astros bats silent and take the game 3-1

Game 2 - Giancarlo Stanton homers twice and knocks in 4 as Yordano Ventura strikes out 9 in 6 2/3 innings.  Houston wins 5-1 to even the series.
Game 3 - More pitching from SF, this time in the form of Jake Peavy.  Peavy strikes out 7 in 5 innings then lets the bull pen take it from there in the 6-2 win to take a 2-1 lead in the series.
Game 4 - With Kershaw on the mound, the Stros were hoping to even the series.  Kershaw went 8 innings while striking out 13 but gave up 2 long balls.  Tony Watson came in and after 5 post season innings gave up his 1st hit, a walk off dinger by David Wright.  Jason Kipnis hit 2 for Houston.  Giants up 3 games to 1.
Game 5 - Rubby De La Rosa versus Zack Greinke in an elimination game.  10 times out of 10, you would bet on Greinke.   Greinke goes 7 innings striking out 8 in the Giants 5-1 win.  

Nats Send #1 Seed Marlins Home

Miami (AP) -  Cole Hamels turned in a clutch performance in game 7 of the Nats-Marlins playoff series to help send Washington to the semi-finals.  A recap of the series:

MIA 5, WASH - 2:  David Price pitched 7 strong innings, Goldschmidt knocked in 2 for Miami

WASH 4, MIA 3 (11):  Aramis Ramirex hit a solo shot in the 11th for the game winner

WASH 9, MIA 8 (10):  Crazy game.  After the Marlins rallied for three runs in the top of the 9th to tie the game, Mike Trout drew a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the 10th for the winning Nats run.

WASH 3, MIA 2 (12):  Third straight extra inning game all won by Washington.  Pinch hitter Mike Zunio lined an RBI-single in the 12th.  David Robertson (2-0) picks up his second win in the series.

MIA 6, WASH 3:  David Price won his second game of the series as Miami staved off elimination.  Paul Goldschmidt hit his third homer of the series and knocked in 3 runs for the Marlins.

MIA 10, WASH 1:  Bryce Homer and Nolan Arenado both hit homers and combines to knock in 7 runs as Miami overwhelmed Washington to even the series at 3 games a piece.  Kyle Hendricks pitched seven sparkling innings for the victory.

WASH 6, MIA 2:  Cole Hamels fanned 9 while scattering 10 hits over 6 2/3 innings allowing only 2 runs.  Mike Trout broke out of his post season slump with 2 hits, 2 ribbies and 2 runs scored for Washington.  CC Sabathia takes the loss for Miami.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Astros Knock Off Blue Jays in 5 Games

Houston's Jason Kipnis batted .389 and scored four runs to help the Astros eliminate the Blue Jays in the opening round of the 2015 millennium playoff round.  A summary of the games:

Game 1 - Astros 4, Blue Jays 2 - Kershaw pitched 7 strong innings and an unlikely homer by Billy Hamilton put Houston ahead in the 7th

Game 2 - Astros 9, Blue Jays 6 - Nelson Cruz went 4-5 with a HR but Houston hit 5 long balls from 5 different players to take a 2-0 lead in the series

Game 3 - Astros 3, Blue Jays 1 - As the series went to a warmer climate, the results stayed the same, an Astros win.  Charlie Bassitt gave up 1 run over 6 innings as Teixeira and Grandal each homer for the 2nd time in the series

Game 4 - Blue Jays 6, Astros 2 - The champagne was ordered as the Stros had Kershaw on the mound again.  The Jays jumped all over the world's greatest pitcher as he allowed 12 base runners in 6 2/3 innings.  Nelson Cruz once again did the damage going 2-5, with 2nd dinger of the series and knocking in 3 runs

Game 5 - Astros 5, Blue Jays 3 - The bubbly was taken off of ice as the city of Houston celebrated as the Astros advance to the next round with a 5 to 3 victory.  Rubby De La Rosa managed to get through 5, then Will Smith, Brian Shaw, Tony Watson and Huston Street held the Jays scoreless over the last 4 innings.  Mark Teixeira hit his 3rd HR of the series and Adam Eaton took the MVP honors going 6-18 for a .333 average.  He scored 6 runs, had 2 doubles and a HR and was on base 11 times.  He had an OPS of 1.089 (OBP .478, Slug .611).

Redbirds Eliminate Angels

Jacob Degrom won two games to help lead the St. Louis Cardinals past the Anaheim Angels in five games.  St. Louis had a balanced attack (four players with 4 RBIs each) and a solid 2.45 ERA.  A summary of the series:

GAME 1 - St. Louis 6, Anaheim 4
The Cardinals scored three times in the 3rd inning, sparked by Dioner Navarro's 2-run single, and never relinquished the lead. But the Angels, after falling behind 5-1, did make it close. Nick Markakis homered in the 6th and Mitch Moreland delivered an RBI single in the 7th to make it 5-3, In the 8th, Gregory Polanco nearly tied it. But on a hit that scored one run, Derek Dietrich tried to race home from second, but was nailed at the plate. Josh Reddick added an insurance run on a HR in the home half, and Wade Davis secured the save.

GAME 2 - St. Louis 11, Anaheim 1
Kyle Schwarber's 3-run blast capped a 9-run explosion in the 4th inning for the Cards. Francisco Liriano carried a shutout into the 9th and tossed a complete-game 7-hitter.

GAME 3 - St. Louis 6, Anaheim 2
Another big inning -- a 5-run 2nd -- carried the Cardinals as Jaime Garcia and Wade Davis combined on a 2-hitter. After two runs scored on bases-loaded walks in the 2nd, Carlos Santana ripped a 3-run double off Gio Gonzalez. Stephen Piscotty collected the Angels' only RBIs.

GAME 4 - Anaheim 6, St. Louis 3
The Angels avoided the sweep as Dallas Keuchel struck out 8 in 6 innings. The winners took their first lead of the series on Prince Fielder's RBI single in the 1st. Stephen Vogt and Nick Markakis each registered 2 RBIs as Anaheim took a 6-1 lead. Logan Forsythe's 2-run double in the 7th made it 6-3, but the Cardinals could get no closer.

GAME 5 - St. Louis 2, Anaheim 1
A pitching gem on both sides. Jacob DeGrom won for the second time in the series, fanning 10 in 8 innings. He and Wade Davis, who struck out 2 in the 9th, combined on a 3-hitter. The only blemish against Angels starter Cody Anderson until the 9th was a bases-loaded walk to Curtis Granderson in the 2nd. Anderson allowed just 4 hits -- the second run against him coming on Anthony Rendon's single in the 9th.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Giants Are Moving On

The San Francisco Giants won game #7 in Oakland to advance to the Millenium Semi-Finals.  Here is a recap of the series:

Game 1 - Giants 3, A's 1:  Zack Greinke and Zach Britton combined to shut down the Athletics' offense on just one run.  Puig hit a 2-run shot in the 9th for the winning runs.

Game 2 - Giants 11, A's 2:  David Freese (3 doubles) had four hits and Andre Ethier (triple and a homer) knocked in 4 runs.  Max Scherzer went the distance by fanning 10;  loser Carrasco failed to get out of the first inning as he gave up 5 runs.

Game 3 - A's 5, Giants 1:  Jose Quintana pitched a strong 8 1/3 innings as Colby Lewis takes the loss.  A's top three batters in the lineup (Enciarte, Kendry Morales and Kyle Seager) combined for 6 hits, 2 runs and 3 ribbies.

Game 4 - A's 6, Giants 3:  Oakland ties up the series as Arrieta tosses CG and also hit a solo homer.  Enciarte, batting .391 in the series so far, had 4 hits for Oakland.

Game 5 - Giants 3, A's 2:  Nick Hundley knocked in Andre Ethier with the winning run in the bottom of the 8th as San Francisco moved to a 3-2 series lead.  Craig Kimbrel recorded the save with a scoreless ninth.

Game 6 - A's 3, Giants 0:  Carlos Carrasco made amends for his game #2 loss by firing the third post season no-hitter in Millennium history.  Jeff Samardzija pitched one for Seattle in last year's playoffs; Boston's Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz combined for one way back  in 2002.

Game 7 - Giants 12, A's 4:  Rebounding from getting no hit in game #6, the Giants scored 12 runs to advance to play the winner of the Houston/Toronto series.  Zach Greinke (2-0 2.61) gets the win while Arrieta (1-2 3.60) takes the loss.  Votto and Cozart (4 ribbies) hit homers for San Fran.

Carlos Carrasco Fires Post Season No Hitter for A's

Oakland (AP) - Carlos Carrasco fired a clutch no-hitter in game #6 of the opening round of the 2015 playoffs.  Carrasco's gem knotted the series at 3-3 with the deciding game to be played in Oakland.

You can see the box score by clicking on the following:  Carrasco No Hitter

Monday, September 25, 2017

2015 Postseason Race

With just 30 games to go, we have an exciting race for the eight playoff spots:

LEAGUE STANDINGS FOR 2015 Millennium League

Division Leaders            WON LOST  PCT   GB  
2015 Miami MMN               82  50  .621 ----    
2015 Oakland OAA             78  54  .591 ----      
2015 Toronto TOA             75  57  .568 ----
2015 St. Louis SLN           71  61  .538 ----

Wild Card Leaders           WON LOST  PCT   GB
2015 Anaheim ANA             77  55  .583 ----        
2015 Houston HOA             73  59  .553 ----
2015 Washington WAN          72  63  .533 ----
2015 Los Angeles LAN         70  62  .530 ----
2015 San Francisco SFN       69  63  .523  1.0        
2015 Philadelphia PHN        68  64  .515  2.0
2015 Cleveland CLA           67  65  .508  3.0        
2015 Boston BOA              65  67  .492  5.0
2015 Kansas City KCA         64  68  .485  6.0 
2015 Minnesota MNA           64  68  .485  6.0

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Mariners Champs Again!!


Congratulations to the Seattle Mariners for winning the 2014 Millennium World Series!  Here is a recap of the games:

Game 1:
Jake Arrieta took a 1-0 lead into the 9th inning and was gunning for the opening game shutout.  Carl Crawford singled and stole second.  With one out, Albert Pujols cleared the fences and K-Rod pitched a scoreless 9th to hand Arrieta his first playoff loss as the Mariners steal the first game in Oakland 2-1.

Game 2:
Brandon Phillips launched a 2 run blast off Collin McHugh in the 2nd inning to give the Mariners the lead.  They added two more runs in the 6th with RBI’s by Ryan Braun and Evan Longoria.  Mike Morse put the A’s on the board with a solo shot in the 7th and Austin Jackson added another one in the 8th to make it close.  Darren O’Day shut the A’s down in order in the 9th to preserve the 4-2 Mariner victory.

Game 3:
Mariners started the scoring with 2 runs in the bottom of the 3rd.  Oakland answered with 2 in the top of the 4th.  Brandon Belt doubled in Jose Reyes in the 6th to give the M’s a 3-2 lead.  Jon Lester stayed in the game into the 9th inning.  Daniel Norris hits a split 1 double 2-20 out in the top of the 9th inning.  He scores on a Kyle Seager single to tie it.   The tie game goes into the 14th inning.  The A’s 8th pitcher, Jared Hughes beans Peter Bourjos with one out who advances to 3rd on a Brandon Phillips Single.  Yadier Molina hits a high fly in to the middle of the OF.  Bourjos has 1-9 split chance of being safe on the sac fly and draws a 1 to win it.  4-3 Mariners with the walk-off.

Game 4:
Jose Quintana and Jeff Samardzjia bring their best efforts to game 4.  Through 8 innings, the only hit of the game was a Carl Crawford double in the 6th inning.  Kyle Seager led off the 9th with his 3rd walk of the game.  After Michael Cuddyer struck out, Seager advanced to second on a wild pitch.  A ground out by Al Avila advanced Seager to third.  The next pitch to Jonathan Schoop got away from Yadier Molina to give the A’s the first run of the game.  Schoop promptly flew out to end the inning.  After leaving their starters in too long in games 1 and 2, Quintana is pulled for the closer, Jake McGee.  It is the right move as McGee pitches a perfect 9th as the A’s get their first victory of the series despite not getting a hit with a 1-0 win. 

Game 5:
Jake Arrieta and Felix Hernandez try to match the marvelous pitching performances in game 4.  The game is scoreless until the 7th when Schoop scores on a passed ball.  Arrieta reaches his pitch limit and is lifted for Blaine Hardy.  After a Carl Crawford hit and steals second, Hardy gets Ryan Braun to fly out.  Adam Rosales comes in to pinch hit.  Oakland counters by bringing in Roman Mendez.  Rosales is sent back to the bench for a different PH, Kirk Nieuwenhuis.  Mendez gives a free pass to Nieuwenhuis to face Albert Pujols.  Pujols doesn’t take kindly to the move and jacks a 3 run shot to RF for a 3-1 lead.  Three Seattle relievers keep the A’s off the board as the Mariners overcome 3 errors and a passed ball to earn the 3-1 victory and win their 5th championship in franchise history.