Thursday, December 10, 2009

Burnett, Peavy Duo Lead Fish to 1st Series Appearance


The Florida Marlins advanced to their first World Series with a 4 games to 2 series victory over the Minnesota Twins. Click here for all the box scores.

Peavy (17 IP, 15 strikeouts, 3 runs allowed) won games 1 and 5 which included a brilliant 3-hit shutout in game #5 as the Marlins won 4-0. Burnett (17 IP, 11 strikeouts, 2 runs allowed) was equally impressive as he beat the Twins twice by scores of 8-1 and 2-1. AJ is now 4-0 with a sparkling 1.32 ERA. Peavy is 2-0 with a 1.07 ERA in the post season.

Florida now meets Kansas City in the World Series. It is remarkable that both teams have never been in the post season before this year. Should be an exciting series!

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Royals To Make First World Series Appearance


Kansas City (AP) - Paul Byrd won two games and Michael Young had nine hits in the series as the surprising Kansas City Royals eliminated the #1 seed Cleveland Indians in six games. This is the Royals first appearance in post season play and they are certainly taking advantage of their opportunity. A recap of their series:

Game 1 - Indians 9-5 - Jason Bay goes 4 for 4, Manny Ramirez hits 3-run homer

Game 2 - Indians 3-1 - Bartolo Colon pitches seven sparkling innings

Game 3 - Royals 6-5 - Series moves to Kaufmann Stadium and the Royals hang on for the win; Huston Street pitches 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief for his 4th post season save

Game 4 - Royals 4-2 - The combo of Danny Haren, BJ Ryan and Huston Street shut down the Tribe attack

Game 5 - Royals 3-2 - Brady Clark hit a bases loaded game winning RBI single in the bottom of the ninth for the game winner

Game 6 - Royals 9-4 - Paul Byrd closes out the series with 6 shutout innings as Kansas City rolls

Giants Hold On to 2nd Pick



Last night's draft lottery for the second pick resulted in the San Francisco Giants securing the pick. The Giants, who finished last season with a league worst 61-101 mark, looks to improve in the upcoming 2006 season. . . . . .

Monday, December 07, 2009

Nats Secure First Pick


The Washington Nationals secured the first pick in the 2006 draft. Already armed with a powerful lineup that includes Matt Holliday, Todd Helton, Bobby Abreau, Scott Rolen, Chone Figgins and Pat Burrell, the Nats could look to strengthen their pitching staff by possibly selecting a front line pitcher. Only time will tell........

Monday, November 30, 2009

2006 Draft Lottery Info

We will be conducting our draft lottery on Monday, December 7th and Tuesday, December 8th.....

The “Pennsylvania Daily Number Evening” lottery (http://www.palottery.state.pa.us/) 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.


2006 Lottery Drawing Chances:

000 to 249 – San Francisco (61-101)

250 to 449 – Los Angeles (68-94)

450 to 604 – New York (69-93)

605 to 724 – Washington (70-92)

725 to 814 – Anaheim (75-87)

815 to 879 – Pittsburgh (76-86, 14-10 vs. Oakland & Chicago in tie breaker)

880 to 924 – Oakland (76-86, 13-11 vs. Pittsburgh & Chicago in tie breaker)

925 to 954 – Chicago (76-86)

955 to 974 – Seattle (77-85)

975 to 986 – Atlanta (78-84)

987 to 994 – Hpuston (82-80)

995 to 999 – Arizona (84-78)

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

Royals Knock Out Redbirds in 6 Games

Kansas City (AP) - Chris Capuano won both of his starts as the upstart Kansas City Royals defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in 6 games. This was the Royals first post season appearance as they rallied from an early 2-0 series deficit to knock out St. Louis.

The Cardinals had made the World Series the previous two seasons and had won the 2004 League Championship. A recap of the series:

Game 1: STL 5, KC 4 – Westbrook pitched strong 7+ innings, Burnitz drives in a pair

Game 2: STL 4, KC 0 – Dontrelle Willis and Chad Cordero combine on six hit shutout, Konerko gets three hits including a homer

Game 3: KC 7, STL 2 – Capuano gets win; top of the order Mauer, Young and Shelton go 8 for 17

Game 4: KC 4, STL 3 – Royals score deciding run in 9th via a Carlos Beltran single, a Joe Mauer walk and a RBI-single by John Rodriguez.

Game 5: KC 2, STL 0 – Paul Byrd and three relievers shutout Redbirds, Matt Lecroy hits homer off Willis

Game 6: KC 5, STL 3 – Capuano wins second in series, former Cardinal Lecroy hits another homer

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Indians Roll, Omar Vizquel Shines


Omar Vizquel doubled home the winning run in a wild 13-12 playoff game #2 propelling the Indians to a series win over Toronto. Vizquel batted .412 in the series while scoring six runs. This was the Blue Jays first post season series in Millennium Legue action. A recap of the series:

Game 1 - Toronto (Carpenter) at Cleveland (Patterson)
Toronto enters the bottom of the 9th with a 1 run margin. After pinch hitter Ryan Sheely reaches base on a single followed by a single from Lofton, Chris Carpenter gives it up to Derrick Turnbow. He gets a key strikeout of Mark Ellis but is unable to pick up the save. Jason Bay doubles to bring home the tying and game-winning run. Final 5-4 Cleveland.

Game 2 - Toronto (Sabathia) at Cleveland (Colon)
A crazy game. Teams combine for 30 hits, 25 runs and 9 home runs. Cleveland had a comfortable 11-0 lead after 3 thanks to 2 home runs from Manny Ramirez including a grand slam. But Toronto doesn't give up and chips away at the lead. A grand slam in the 9th from Milton Bradley ties it up at 12 a piece. In the bottom of the 9th, Brian McCann singles and Kenny Lofton comes in to pinch run. A double from Omar Vizquel brings home the game winner in another walk-off moment. Final 13-12 Cleveland.

Game 3 - Cleveland (Rogers) at Toronto (Arroyo)
Arroyo dominates and shuts down the Cleveland offense. He goes 6 innings of 2 hit ball, allowing only a single run on a Jason Bay solo shot. Papelbon and Turnbow come out of the pen to hold onto the 3-1 win for Toronto.

Game 4 - Cleveland (Prior) at Toronto (Maroth)
Cleveland's bats come alive again, belting 5 home runs including 2 from Tony Clark. Mark Prior pitches well, going 7 innings allowing 5 hits and 3 runs while striking out 11. Final 9-3 Cleveland.

Game 5 - Cleveland (Patterson) at Toronto (Lilly)
A pitching duel until the 6th. Cleveland has a big inning, scoring 10 runs which would end up being all the scoring for both teams. Cleveland closes out the series with the 10-0 victory. Geoff Jenkins slugged a grand slam in the 6th to lead the offense.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Marlins Advance as Burnett Sizzles



Marlins AJ Burnett won two playoff games as #7 seed Florida upset #2 seed Boston in their playoff series in 5 games. This was the second straight year that the #2 seed knocked off the #7 seed. Burnett finished with a 1.59 ERA in 17 innings while striking out 15. A recap of the series:

It was really an amazingly close series, despite it ending in only 5 games. Game 1 was the only game that wasn't decided in the last at-bat, with Florida winning it 3-1. Florida won game 2, 4-2 in 15 innings. In game 3 Boston won 6-3 in 11 innings. In Game 4, Florida won 8-7 with Victor Martinez getting a game winning hit in the bottom of the 9th off Mike MacDougal with the bases loaded and no outs. Then in the deciding game 5, Luis Castilla drove home Jeremy Reed with the winning run off Pedro Martinez in the bottom of the 9th as Florida won 3-2.

Twins and Santana Knock Off Phils in 6 Games



Johan Santana pitched brilliantly to help the Minnesota Twins defeat the Philadelphia Phillies 4 games to 2 in their quarter-final playoff series. Santana finished with 2 wins and a 1.13 ERA in the series. A recap of the series:


The Twins opened up with a 13-2 win in Game 1 as Graffanino drove in 5 runs and Carlos Lee drove in 4 more. Santana got the win.

  1. The Phils rebounded in Game 2 as Freddy Garcia and three relievers shut out the Twins 7-0.

Hideki Matsui drove in a pair of runs as Minnesota won the third game 3-1.

The Fightin' Phils evened the series in Game 4 as Jeff Suppan pitched strong in a tight 5-4 contest. Andruw Jones hit a homer and drove in two runs.

In Game 5, Santana(2-0) was indeed brilliant as he hand-cuffed the Philadelphia offense. He gave up just 6 hits and 1 walk in a complete game performance.

50,547 fans watched an exciting Game 6 at Yankee Stadium. The Twins knocked out the Phillies as Carlos Lee blasted a solo shot in the top of the 11th inning.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Coming Down to the Wire



Strat-O-Matic Report






LEAGUE STANDINGS FOR 2005 Millennium League

Brock WON LOST PCT GB MAGIC#
2005 Cleveland CLA 99 63 .611 ---- *WON*
2005 Florida FLN 87 75 .537 12.0
2005 Seattle SEA 77 85 .475 22.0
2005 Anaheim ANA 73 86 .459 24.5
2005 San Francisco SFN 61 101 .377 38.0

Killebrew WON LOST PCT GB MAGIC#
2005 Kansas City KCA 89 70 .560 ---- 6
2005 Toronto TOA 82 68 .547 2.5
2005 Houston HON 82 80 .506 8.5
2005 Atlanta ATN 73 83 .468 14.5
2005 Los Angeles LAN 68 94 .420 22.5

Koufax WON LOST PCT GB MAGIC#
2005 Boston BOA 97 65 .599 ---- *WON*
2005 Arizona ARN 84 75 .528 11.5
2005 Oakland OAA 73 80 .477 19.5
2005 Pittsburgh PIN 76 86 .469 21.0
2005 Washington WAN 66 90 .423 28.0

Aaron WON LOST PCT GB MAGIC#
2005 Philadelphia PHN 92 70 .568 ---- *WON*
2005 St. Louis SLN 89 73 .549 3.0
2005 Minnesota MNA 83 73 .532 6.0
2005 Chicago CHA 76 86 .469 16.0
2005 New York NYA 69 93 .426 23.0


Saturday, October 10, 2009

Fish' Castillo Heading Toward 1st Batting Crown


Marlins second basemen has had a breakout season. He currently is hitting .344 and leads the league in batting average with a 16 point lead over Michael Young of Kansas City. Castillo has played all five previous Millennium seasons with Florida and is a .298 lifetime hitter.

Won/Loss Records Since July 1st. . . . .




Red Sox Clinch Division


Boston (AP) - The Red Sox are back in the playoff picture after missing the postseason the past two seasons. Manager Matt Fenton has guided his Boston club to a strong 92-58 mark so far this season. Backed by powerful pitching (league leading team ERA 3.59), the Red Sox look to be a tough team in the playoffs. . . . . .

Marlins' Lowry Fires Perfect Game


Florida (AP) - History was made in San Francisco as Noah Lowry thrilled the crowd by tossing a perfect game as the Florida Marlins defeated the San Francisco Giants by the score of 3 to 0.

In his second season with Florida, Lowry has posted a 14-7 record with a 3.27 ERA. Lowry was the 35th player selected in the 2004 Draft.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Current Stats for 2005 Rookie Class

CLASS OF 2005:
_
NAME BAVG GM AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO HB SH DP SB CS E
1-P.Fielder,SEA .350 12 40 4 14 1 0 2 8 2 12 0 0 0 0 0 0
2-B.McCann,CLA .261 37 115 15 30 7 0 5 15 8 34 0 1 3 0 1 0
4-C.Granderson,KCA .250 2 8 2 2 0 0 2 5 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
5-R.Cano,NYA .244 64 250 20 61 13 3 1 26 5 35 3 2 5 0 4 9
6-R.Zimmerman,SEA ---- 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8-W.Taveras,OAA .258 87 356 39 92 5 1 4 21 14 60 4 9 3 21 12 0
10-J.Hardy,ANA .308 9 26 5 8 4 0 0 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
11-N.McLouth,LAN ---- 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13-A.Hill,MNA .196 36 112 12 22 7 0 0 4 10 14 2 1 2 0 0 1
15-C.Jackson,FLN ---- 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16-C.Hart,ARN ---- 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17-L.Scott,PIN ---- 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
18-J.Hermida,HON ---- 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
20-J.Francoeur,SLN .269 38 119 20 32 9 2 9 27 2 41 3 0 1 2 0 1
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NAME ERA W L PCT G GS CG SH SV IP H R ER HR BB SO
3-F.Hernandez,CHA 2.92 2 1 .667 4 4 0 0 0 24.2 24 8 8 4 10 21
7-J.Papelbon,TOA ---- 0 0 ---- 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9-M.Cain,BOA ---- 0 0 ---- 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12-C.Wang,SFN 1.75 3 1 .750 5 5 0 0 0 36.0 24 8 7 2 11 17
14-E.Santana,CLA 4.76 2 2 .500 9 9 1 1 0 51.0 58 30 27 5 22 33
19-J.Blanton,ATN 3.46 6 4 .600 15 15 1 0 0 96.1 85 45 37 14 26 60


Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Jays' Turnbow Turning Up the Heat


Toronto (AP) - Derrick Turnbow might have been the best steal in the 2005 draft. Selected in the third round, Turnbow leads the league saves (27) and sports a miniscule 1.45 ERA for the Toronto Blue Jays. He has given up just 18 hits and 1 homer in 31 innings pitched and has helped keep Toronto in first place in the very competitive Killebrew Division.

Tribe's Kenny Rogers Having Stellar Season



Cleveland (AP) - A year ago, the Cleveland Indians finished with a dismal 61-101 record - 36 games behind division winner Florida. A year ago, Tribe hurler Kenny Rogers was 7-20 with a 7+ ERA. He gave up a whopping 255 hits in 189 innings pitched.

The 2005 season is a complete turnaround for the Indians and Rogers. Cleveland, leading the league in team batting (.292) and runs scored (542), has posted a 66-33 record. Rogers leads the league in wins with a 15-3 mark. He has a 3.55 ERA with 2 shutouts.

What a difference a year makes. . . .

Playoff Seedings Taking Shape

The 2005 playoff chase is in full stride as there are currently 10 teams with records above .500 vying for eight playoff spots.....should be an interesting race to the post season.....

Friday, July 24, 2009

Current Standings Midway Through Block 4




Strat-O-Matic Report






LEAGUE STANDINGS FOR 2005 Millennium League

Brock WON LOST PCT GB MAGIC#
2005 Cleveland CLA 41 22 .651 ---- 92
2005 Florida FLN 39 30 .565 5.0
2005 Anaheim ANA 31 38 .449 13.0
2005 Seattle SEA 25 35 .417 14.5
2005 San Francisco SFN 26 46 .361 19.5

Killebrew WON LOST PCT GB MAGIC#
2005 Kansas City KCA 41 31 .569 ---- 97
2005 Toronto TOA 32 25 .561 1.5
2005 Houston HON 33 27 .550 2.0
2005 Atlanta ATN 27 39 .409 11.0
2005 Los Angeles LAN 28 41 .406 11.5

Koufax WON LOST PCT GB MAGIC#
2005 Boston BOA 35 19 .648 ---- 105
2005 Oakland OAA 37 23 .617 1.0
2005 Arizona ARN 28 29 .491 8.5
2005 Pittsburgh PIN 29 31 .483 9.0
2005 Washington WAN 19 41 .317 19.0

Aaron WON LOST PCT GB MAGIC#
2005 Philadelphia PHN 42 27 .609 ---- 97
2005 Minnesota MNA 33 24 .579 3.0
2005 New York NYA 29 34 .460 10.0
2005 Chicago CHA 30 36 .455 10.5
2005 St. Louis SLN 31 38 .449 11.0









Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Current Standings Midway Through Block 3



Strat-O-Matic Report



LEAGUE STANDINGS FOR 2005 Millennium League

Brock WON LOST PCT GB MAGIC#
2005 Cleveland CLA 28 17 .622 ---- 114
2005 Florida FLN 27 21 .563 2.5
2005 Anaheim ANA 24 30 .444 8.5
2005 San Francisco SFN 20 34 .370 12.5
2005 Seattle SEA 12 24 .333 11.5

Killebrew WON LOST PCT GB MAGIC#
2005 Toronto TOA 27 18 .600 ---- 119
2005 Houston HON 22 17 .564 2.0
2005 Kansas City KCA 22 17 .564 2.0
2005 Atlanta ATN 19 32 .373 11.0
2005 Los Angeles LAN 17 31 .354 11.5

Koufax WON LOST PCT GB MAGIC#
2005 Boston BOA 32 19 .627 ---- 111
2005 Oakland OAA 28 20 .583 2.5
2005 Arizona ARN 27 24 .529 5.0
2005 Pittsburgh PIN 20 25 .444 9.0
2005 Washington WAN 15 27 .357 12.5

Aaron WON LOST PCT GB MAGIC#
2005 Minnesota MNA 28 17 .622 .5 114
2005 Philadelphia PHN 33 21 .611 ----
2005 Chicago CHA 24 24 .500 6.0
2005 St. Louis SLN 18 21 .462 7.5
2005 New York NYA 22 26 .458 8.0

Friday, June 26, 2009

Phils Chavez Homers in 10th For Win Over Buccos


Strat-O-Matic Report




BOXSCORE: 2005 Philadelphia Phillies At 2005 Pittsburgh Pirates 5/29/2005



Phillies AB R H RBI AVG Pirates AB R H RBI AVG

M.Tejada SS 4 0 3 1 .317 B.Giles RF 3 1 0 0 .318

C.Duffy LF 4 0 1 0 .261 C-R.Freel RF 1 0 0 0 .343

A.Pujols 1B 5 0 0 0 .332 C.Sullivan CF 5 0 2 2 .302

A.Jones CF 3 1 0 0 .193 R.Winn LF 5 1 3 0 .325

N.Perez 2B 5 0 1 0 .244 S.Hillenbrand 1B 5 0 1 0 .228

D.Miller C 3 0 0 0 .253 C.Guillen SS 5 0 1 0 .256

D-T.Hunter PH 0 0 0 0 .221 B.Inge 3B 3 0 1 1 .253

E-G.Zaun C 1 0 1 0 .226 E.Guardado P 0 0 0 0 ----

E.Chavez 3B 5 1 1 2 .237 F-B.Crosby PH 1 0 0 0 .179

A.Rowand RF 5 3 3 2 .285 B.Lidge P 0 0 0 0 ----

G.Maddux P 1 0 0 0 .000 J.Castillo 2B 4 0 0 0 .213

B-M.Loretta PH 1 0 0 0 .277 J.Kendall C 3 0 1 0 .248

B.Donnelly P 0 0 0 0 .000 K.Benson P 2 0 0 0 .222

J.Frasor P 0 0 0 0 ---- A-M.Derosa 3B 1 1 0 0 .125

G-R.Palmeiro PH 1 0 0 0 .241

B.Thompson P 0 0 0 0 ----

A.Reyes P 0 0 0 0 ----

-- -- -- --- -- -- -- ---

Totals 38 5 10 5 Totals 38 3 9 3



A-Subbed Defensively (3B) For Benson In 7th Inning

B-Pinch Hit For Maddux In 7th Inning

C-Subbed Defensively (RF) For Giles In 8th Inning

D-Pinch Hit For Miller In 8th Inning

E-Subbed Defensively (C ) For Hunter In 8th Inning

F-Pinch Hit For Guardado In 8th Inning

G-Pinch Hit For Frasor In 9th Inning



Phillies........ 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 2 - 5 10 0

Pirates......... 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 3 9 1



Phillies (31-20) IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA

G.Maddux 6 5 1 1 1 1 0 3.86

B.Donnelly BS(1st) 0 2/3 1 2 2 2 0 0 4.26

J.Frasor 1 1/3 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00

B.Thompson WIN(4-0) 1 1/3 3 0 0 0 1 0 1.06

A.Reyes SAVE(8th) 0 2/3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.86

Totals 10 9 3 3 3 4 0



Pirates (17-22) IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA

K.Benson 6 1/3 6 2 2 2 2 2 3.56

E.Guardado 1 2/3 0 0 0 2 1 0 2.70

B.Lidge LOSS(0-2) BS(2nd) 2 4 3 3 1 4 1 3.21

Totals 10 10 5 5 5 7 3



ATTENDANCE- 14,127 DATE- Wednesday, May 29th 2005 TIME- Day WEATHER- Average

UMPIRES- Brian O'Nora, Dan Iassogna, Mark Hirschbeck, Wally Bell

T- 3:07

LEFT ON BASE- Phillies: 9 Pirates: 8

DOUBLE PLAYS- Phillies: 0 Pirates: 1

ERRORS- M.Derosa

DOUBLES- B.Inge(13th)

TRIPLES- C.Sullivan(2nd)

HOME RUNS- E.Chavez(10th), A.Rowand-2(9th)

CAUGHT STEALING- G.Zaun

WALKS- M.Tejada, C.Duffy, A.Jones, T.Hunter, G.Maddux, B.Giles, J.Kendall,

M.Derosa

HIT BY PITCH- A.Jones

STRIKE OUTS- C.Duffy, A.Pujols, A.Jones, N.Perez, E.Chavez, A.Rowand, G.Maddux,

R.Winn, C.Guillen, B.Inge, M.Derosa

GIDP- N.Perez

WILD PITCHES- B.Donnelly, B.Lidge

WEB GEMS- Top 5th: Jason Kendall blocked the plate, saving a run!

Top 9th: Ryan Freel robbed Rafael Palmeiro of an extra base hit.



Aaron Rowand rocketed 2 homeruns and scored 3 times at Miller Park where the

Philadelphia Phillies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates in 10 innings 5 to 3.



Both teams were tied at 3 runs apiece after nine innings. Philadelphia came

out the victor in the 10th inning. Andruw Jones got things going when he

drew a walk. Neifi Perez followed, but he was set down on strikes. Gregg

Zaun then banged out a single. One out later, Eric Chavez stepped up to the

plate and he blasted a two-run home run (his 10th of the season). Rowand got

his turn next, but he was a strikeout victim. Philadelphia rapped out 10

hits for the afternoon.



The winning pitcher was Brad Thompson(4-0) who allowed no runs in 1 and 1/3

innings. Al Reyes recorded the save, his 8th. Brad Lidge(0-2) was given the

loss in relief. He gave up 3 runs in 2 innings of work.













Wednesday, June 24, 2009

A year ago, The Blue Jays and Royals finished 4th and 5th respectively in the Killebrew Division. This season, both teams have started strong (Toronto 24-15, Kansas City 22-17) out of the gates. On May 9th, Kansas City visited Toronto for a three game series:


May 9
Royals............ 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 - 3 10 1
Blue-Jays....... 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 8 0
P.Byrd WIN(5-0), H.Street SAVE(6th), C.Sabathia LOSS(3-2)
HOME RUNS- S.Fasano(5th), M.Bradley(3rd)

Kansas City delivered all the runs required in the 4th inning when they tallied 3 runs on 2 hits. The highlight belonged to Sal Fasano who deflated the spirits of the home town crowd when he belted a three-run homer (his 5th of the season). Neither team managed to score after the 4th inning.


May 10
Royals............ 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 2 0 - 6 11 0
Blue-Jays....... 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 6 1
C.Capuano WIN(4-2), B.Arroyo LOSS(2-2)
HOME RUNS- S.Fasano(6th)

Kansas City's victory went to Chris Capuano(4-2) who went 6 innings, allowing 1 run.
Bronson Arroyo(2-2) was the losing pitcher. He pitched 6 innings and surrendered 7 hits and 1 walk.



May 11
Royals.......... 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 - 3 8 0
Blue-Jays....... 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 3 X - 6 9 0
H.Street LOSS(1-2), M.Maroth WIN(2-2)
HOME RUNS- M.Grudzielanek(1st), S.Fasano(7th), J.Peralta(6th), V.Wells-2(7th)

Center fielder Vernon Wells smashed 2 homeruns and had 4 RBI and Mike Maroth tossed a complete game as the Toronto ballclub defeated the Kansas City Royals by the score of 6 to 3 at Enron Field.


Randy Johnson's 100th Millennium League Win


April 27: Randy Johnson became the first pitcher to win 100 Millennium League games by defeating the Washington Nationals 9-6 at PNC Park. Johnson struck out 11 in his complete game effort. The Big Unit has a career 100-43 mark over five seasons with the D-Backs: 21-12 (2000), 23-10 (2001), 23-8 (2002), 8-7 (2003), 23-5 (2004) and 2-1 (2005).

Nationals.......... 0 2 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 - 6 13 0
Diamond-Backs... 0 4 0 1 0 4 0 0 X - 9 12 0
V.Santos LOSS(0-2), R.Johnson WIN(2-1)
HOME RUNS- P.Burrell(2nd), L.Ford(1st), J.Dye(6th)




Tony Clark Leading League in Homers

Cleveland (AP) - Journeyman first baseman Tony Clark is having an incredible start for the Indians. In 32 games, Tony is batting .403 with 21 homers and 36 runs batted in. He leads the league in homers and is 2nd in batting average and RBI's. This is quite a turnaround for Clark. Tony has a career .238 batting average with just 24 total homers in his five previous seasons with Seattle, Montreal, Pittsburgh and Cleveland. Tony has certainly helped the Indians get off to a fast start (25-14) this season. . . .

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Sox' Smoltz Off to Fast Start


Boston (AP) - One of the main reasons for the Red Sox' resurgence this season is starter John Smoltz. The "reliever turned starter" is off to a great start: 5-2 with a 2.88 ERA in 8 games. Smoltz, a #1 round draft pick for the Red Sox in 2001, had saved 107 games the prior three seasons. He was turned into a starter for the 2005 seasons and is anchoring a formidable stable of starters: P. Martinez (6-2 2.90), J. Contreras (2-1 3.03), T. Wakefield (3-1 3.77) and D. Lowe (3-2 4.80). Boston has jumped out to a strong 24-15 mark this season and looks to be a playoff contender. . . . .

Around the League - Walk Off Homers

Four walk off homers occurred in the second block of games:


April 25: Javy Lopez bombed a two-run dinger (his 4th of the season) to give the Yankees an exciting come from behind win over Philly.

Phillies........... 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 4 9 1
Yankees......... 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 - 5 6 3
A.Reyes LOSS(0-1), D.Weathers WIN(2-2)
HOME RUNS- M.Tejada(4th), R.Sexson(6th), J.Lopez(4th)


May 5: Toronto pulled the game out in the 12th inning as catcher Mike Matheny ripped a solo home run (his 1st of the season) giving Toronto the win much to the delight of the home town crowd.

Diamond-Backs... 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 - 4 8 2
Blue-Jays........... 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 - 5 9 0
M.Wise LOSS(0-2), J.Putz WIN(2-1)
HOME RUNS- C.Pena(2nd), V.Wells(8th), K.Mench-2(5th), M.Matheny(1st)



May 10: Boston won the hard fought contest in the 10th inning as Jason Varitek hit a bases-empty home run (his 5th of the season) resulting in an exciting win for Boston and a raucous post-game celebration by the home town fans.

Diamond-Backs... 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 - 5 8 0
Red Sox............. 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 - 6 11 0
J.Speier LOSS(1-1), R.Villone WIN(1-0)
HOME RUNS- R.Furcal(1st), J.Damon(3rd), J.Varitek(5th)


May 11: Tony Clark launched 2 homeruns and had 4 RBI at The Ballpark as the Cleveland Indians won a thriller over the San Francisco Giants 5 to 4. Cleveland won the game with a run in the bottom of the 9th inning as Clark delivered a solo blast (his 11th of the season) making Cleveland the victors to the delight of the home town faithful.

Giants.......... 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 - 4 10 0
Indians......... 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 - 5 11 0
T.Worrell LOSS(0-2), S.Hasegawa WIN(4-1)
HOME RUNS- J.Kent(5th), J.Morneau(3rd), T.Clark-2(11th)

Monday, June 22, 2009

Indians Acquire John Patterson

Cleveland (AP) - The Indians recently acquired righty starter John Patterson from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for relief pitcher Kevin Gregg and a 2006 6th round draft pick. Patterson, in three previous seasons with the Dodgers, was just 3-6 with a 4.56 ERA. He is 1-4 with a 4.29 ERA in 50 innings this year.

Gregg, a 7th round pick by Cleveland in the 2004 Draft, was 4-3 with a 5.88 ERA in 90 innings last season.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Current Standings Midway Thru Block 2




Strat-O-Matic Report






LEAGUE STANDINGS FOR 2005 Millennium League

Brock WON LOST PCT GB MAGIC#
2005 Cleveland CLA 14 10 .583 ---- 134
2005 Florida FLN 18 15 .545 .5
2005 Anaheim ANA 20 19 .513 1.5
2005 Seattle SEA 10 20 .333 7.0
2005 San Francisco SFN 10 23 .303 8.5

Killebrew WON LOST PCT GB MAGIC#
2005 Kansas City KCA 15 9 .625 ---- 137
2005 Toronto TOA 16 11 .593 .5
2005 Houston HON 14 13 .519 2.5
2005 Atlanta ATN 16 20 .444 5.0
2005 Los Angeles LAN 11 22 .333 8.5

Koufax WON LOST PCT GB MAGIC#
2005 Oakland OAA 13 8 .619 ---- 139
2005 Boston BOA 16 11 .593 ----
2005 Arizona ARN 13 11 .542 1.5
2005 Pittsburgh PIN 10 11 .476 3.0
2005 Washington WAN 7 14 .333 6.0

Aaron WON LOST PCT GB MAGIC#
2005 Minnesota MNA 22 14 .611 ---- 125
2005 Philadelphia PHN 19 17 .528 3.0
2005 New York NYA 19 17 .528 3.0
2005 St. Louis SLN 17 16 .515 3.5
2005 Chicago CHA 20 19 .513 3.5









Phillies Acquire Andruw Jones

Philadelphia (AP) - The Phillies acquired centerfielder Andruw Jones from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for their 2006 Round 1 draft pick. Entering this season, Jones had played 772 games for the Braves and had a .266 career average with a 172 homers (15th on the all-time list). However, Jones was hitting just .189 with 6 homers through May 11th of this season.

The Phillies have a history of trading their future season #1 round draft picks away to acquire players. Last season, the Fightin' Phils acquired Jim Thome from the Indians for their top pick. And, two seasons ago, Greg Maddux from the Braves was acquired for the Phils' #1 rounder.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Current Standings Midway Thru Block 1



Strat-O-Matic Report






LEAGUE STANDINGS FOR 2005 Millennium League

Brock WON LOST PCT GB MAGIC#
2005 Cleveland CLA 6 3 .667 ---- 152
2005 Anaheim ANA 7 5 .583 .5
2005 Florida FLN 9 9 .500 1.5
2005 Seattle SEA 6 9 .400 3.0
2005 San Francisco SFN 5 10 .333 4.0

Killebrew WON LOST PCT GB MAGIC#
2005 Kansas City KCA 12 3 .800 ---- 149
2005 Toronto TOA 3 3 .500 4.5
2005 Atlanta ATN 5 7 .417 5.5
2005 Houston HON 1 2 .333 5.0
2005 Los Angeles LAN 0 3 .000 6.0

Koufax WON LOST PCT GB MAGIC#
2005 Boston BOA 2 1 .667 ---- 159
2005 Oakland OAA 6 6 .500 .5
2005 Pittsburgh PIN 4 5 .444 1.0
2005 Arizona ARN 4 5 .444 1.0
2005 Washington WAN 1 2 .333 1.0

Aaron WON LOST PCT GB MAGIC#
2005 Chicago CHA 9 6 .600 ---- 148
2005 Philadelphia PHN 8 7 .533 1.0
2005 Minnesota MNA 6 6 .500 1.5
2005 New York NYA 10 11 .476 2.0
2005 St. Louis SLN 7 8 .467 2.0


Saturday, May 23, 2009

White Sox Young Guns

Chicago - The White Sox have been slowly rebuilding their team and now have a strong nucleus of players, including third baseman David Wright and shortstop Jose Reyes. A recap of the White Sox recent drafts:

2005
1 Hernandez,F 2 Jacobs,M 2 Maholm,P

2004
1 Wright,D 1 Rios,A 2 Gonzalez,M 3 Qualls,C 3

2003
1 Reyes,J 1 Bonderman,J 2 Phillips,B 2 Betancourt,R 2 Heilman,A

The White Sox are 5-1 in the early going.......

Monroe Hits Walk-Off Homer for Yankees





Craig Monroe hit a 2-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the 10th to give New York an exciting 2-1 win over St. Louis. Roger Clemens was brilliant for New York - he pitched 10 innings and gave up only one unearned run.

Strat-O-Matic Report




BOXSCORE: 2005 St. Louis Cardinals At 2005 New York Yankees 4/7/2005



Cardinals AB R H RBI AVG Yankees AB R H RBI AVG

E.Renteria SS 4 0 2 1 .348 D.Dejesus CF 4 1 1 0 .217

P.Polanco 2B 5 0 0 0 .435 M.Teahen 3B 4 0 1 0 .091

J.Drew RF 3 0 0 0 .000 C.Monroe LF 5 1 2 2 .500

P.Konerko 1B 4 0 0 0 .316 J.Uribe SS 2 0 0 0 .170

J.Edmonds CF 4 0 0 0 .111 W.Pena RF 4 0 1 0 .209

J.Lane LF 4 1 2 0 .227 E.Alfonzo 2B 4 0 1 0 .227

M.Mora 3B 4 0 0 0 .158 D.Mientkiewicz 1B 4 0 1 0 .083

J.Estrada C 4 0 0 0 .091 C.Snyder C 4 0 0 0 .125

B.Chen P 3 0 1 0 .333 R.Clemens P 4 0 0 0 .000

A-R.Branyan PH 1 0 0 0 .143

C.Cordero P 0 0 0 0 ----

-- -- -- --- -- -- -- ---

Totals 36 1 5 1 Totals 35 2 7 2



A-Pinch Hit For Chen In 10th Inning



Cardinals....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 - 1 5 0

Yankees......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 - 2 7 1



Cardinals (3-2) IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA

B.Chen 9 6 0 0 3 7 0 0.00

C.Cordero L(0-1) BS(1st) 0 1/3 1 2 2 1 1 1 10.80

Totals 9 1/3 7 2 2 4 8 1



Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA

R.Clemens WIN(2-1) 10 5 1 0 2 8 0 2.18

Totals 10 5 1 0 2 8 0



ATTENDANCE- 56,532 DATE- Sunday, April 7th 2005 TIME- Day WEATHER- Average

UMPIRES- Doug Eddings, Charlie Reliford, Mark Carlson, Dana Demuth

T- 2:49

LEFT ON BASE- Cardinals: 7 Yankees: 9

DOUBLE PLAYS- Cardinals: 0 Yankees: 0

ERRORS- E.Alfonzo

DOUBLES- J.Lane(2nd), M.Teahen(2nd)

HOME RUNS- C.Monroe(4th)

WALKS- E.Renteria, J.Drew, D.Dejesus, M.Teahen, J.Uribe-2

STRIKE OUTS- P.Polanco-2, J.Drew, P.Konerko, M.Mora-3, B.Chen, M.Teahen-2,

C.Monroe-2, J.Uribe, W.Pena, D.Mientkiewicz, R.Clemens



Roger Clemens went 10 strong innings at Petco Park where the New York Yankees

beat the St. Louis Cardinals in 10 innings by the score of 2 to 1.



The score was a scoreless tie after nine. New York ended up winning it in the

10th inning. David Dejesus started the inning off right when he drew a walk.

Mark Teahen got his chance to keep things going, but he went down on

strikes. Craig Monroe then cleared the fences for a two-run home run (his

4th of the season) giving New York the victory and sending the 56,532

home-town fans home happy. New York managed 7 hits in their victory.



Clemens(2-1) was the winner allowing 1 run for the game. Chad Cordero(0-1) was

the losing pitcher in relief. When questioned, Ron Tidrow remarked, 'It's

been a while since a win felt this good - heck, it's been a while since we

had a win period!'











Royals Expecting Big Crowds at Kaufmann Stadium

Kansas City (AP) - The Royals are the hottest team in the league right now as they jumped fast out of the gate with a strong 12-3 mark. The Royals have never made the playoffs. Kansas City's past won-lost records:

2004: 65 - 97 (5th Place)
2003: 57 - 105 (5th Place)
2002: 75 - 87 (2nd Place)
2001: 82 - 80 (3rd Place)
2000: 71 - 91 (5th Place)

Time will tell to see if the Royals are for real this season, but expect some big crowds at Kaufmann Stadium in the early going.....

Twins & Tribe Deal


Minnesota (AP) - The Twins acquired veteran reliever Todd Jones from Cleveland in exchange for Adam LaRoche and a fourth round pick in the 2006 draft. Jones has a career 13-12 record, 47 saves and a 5.55 ERA while playing for the Indians and Phillies. The right handed reliever is expected to close for the Twins.

Adam LaRoche, drafted by Minnesota in the second round of the 2004 draft, hit .237 with 4 homers in limited playing time last season.



Opening Day Around the League



Dontrelle Willis pitched strong into the 9th inning as the defending champions St. Louis Cardinals opened the 2005 season with a win over Minnesota.

Cardinals....... 0 0 0 4 0 0 2 0 0 - 6 11 0
Twins........... 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 2 10 0
D.Willis WIN(1-0), C.Cordero SAVE(1st), J.Santana LOSS(0-1)
HOME RUNS- J.Francoeur(1st), C.Lee(1st)


Rookie Robinson Cano drove in two runs as the New York Yankees cruised to a 8 to 3 victory over Philadelphia Phillies at Petco Park in their home opener.

Phillies........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 - 3 6 1
Yankees......... 0 0 0 2 0 0 6 0 X - 8 7 2
F.Garcia LOSS(0-1), D.Cabrera WIN(1-0)
HOME RUNS- S.Stewart(1st)



Chris Carpenter, who the Blue Jays are counting on for a big season, shut down Atlanta in Toronto’s home opener.

Braves.......... 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 - 3 6 0
Blue-Jays....... 0 1 0 0 0 2 2 0 X - 5 9 1
J.Lackey LOSS(0-1), C.Carpenter WIN(1-0), D.Turnbow SAVE(1st)
HOME RUNS- J.Crede(1st)

Carlos Zambrano out-pitched Roy Oswalt in an exciting home opener for Oakland.

Pirates......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 2 0
A's............. 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 X - 1 5 0

R.Oswalt LOSS(0-1), C.Zambrano WIN(1-0), J.Isringhaus SAVE(1st
HOME RUNS- M.Stairs(1st)

Jeff Kent hit a homer and a pair of doubles as the Giants spoiled the Mariners home
Opener with a 8-5 victory.

Giants.......... 0 0 4 1 3 0 0 0 0 - 8 13 0
Mariners........ 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 - 5 8 1

L.Hernandez WIN(1-0), J.Baldwin SAVE(1st), E.Milton LOSS(0-1)
HOME RUNS- J.Cantu(1st), J.Kent(1st), O.Saenz(1st), D.Mohr(1st),
A.Rodriguez(1st)

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Papelbon Ready To Energize Blue Jays

Toronto - Jonathan Papelbon was selected by the Blue Jays as the 7th player overall in the 2005 draft. The rookie right hander will certainly bring energy to the Jays bullpen and will team up with third round draft pick Derrick Turnbow to form a brand new look for Toronto's bullpen. Last season's closer, Ryan Madson, finished with a 2-6 record, 17 saves and a 4+ ERA and was released in the off season.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

John Smoltz is ready to join Red Sox Rotation


This offseason Red Sox pitcher John Smoltz has been getting ready to go from closer to starting pitcher for the 2nd time in his Hall of Fame career. Since being selected 7th overall in the 2001 draft, all Smoltz has done is save 107 games and help anchor the bullpen as Boston went to it's only World Series in 2002. The most memorable game that postseason was when he and Pedro Martinez combined for a no-hitter in Game 7 of the Semi Final round against Pittsburgh.

This season Smoltz will join Pedro, Derek Lowe, Tim Wakefield and Jose Contreras in the rotation for the 2005 season. Unfortunately the move will leave a huge void in the bullpen but the Red Sox front office believes it will be more valuable to have Smoltz pitch 7 innings in a game rather then 1 or 2. Only time will tell but the Red Sox are looking forward to a good season in 2005.

Friday, May 01, 2009

Woody Williams Back With Cards

St. Louis - Left off the Cardinals protected roster, the Redbirds re-drafted the veteran right hander in the 7th round and immediately signed him to a two-year contract. "Woody has been a key ingredient of the Redbird success these past few years and we wanted him back in St. louis", said Cardinal skipper John Helmbrecht. Williams was initially drafted in the first round in the first Millennium League draft way back in 2000. Over five seasons with St. Louis, Williams has notched 53 career wins. Woody played a huge part in last season's World Series as he fired 7 2/3 innings of 2-hit ball vs. Atlanta in Game #3.

Seattle Acquires Closer Rodriguez

Seattle is quickly improving their team - the latest evidence is with the acquisition of closer Francisco Rodriguez. The Mariners sent Shea Hillenbrand (.266 12 HR's 70 RBI's in 2004) and a #4 round draft pick to Pittsburgh in exchange for the right-handed reliever. Rodriguez, who was the setup man for Brad Lidge last season, finished 9-1 with a 2.88 ERA last season for the Buccos.

Seattle also had four draft picks in the top thirty this season and selected Prince Fielder (#1), Ryan Zimmerman (#6), Kelly Johnson (#21) and Kelvim Escobar (#26). With all this new talent, the Mariners are definitely on the upswing.



Robinson Cano Selected #5 by Yankees

New York - The Yankees made second basemen Robinson Cano their first selection in the 2005 draft and immediately slotted the young infielder as a starter at second base. Splitting time last season between Trenton (AA) and Columbus (AAA), Cano batted a combined .283 with 13 HR and 74 RBI in 135 games.....Cano was born in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic.

Mariners Pick First - Select Prince Fielder

Seattle - The Mariners kicked off the 2005 Millennium League draft by selecting power hitting first baseman Prince Fielder. The 21 year old slugger hit .272 with 23 homers and had 78 runs batted in last season for the AA Huntsville Stars. The Mariners project Fielder as a 2006 starter and will play considerably in AAA for the 2005 season.

Prior first round draft picks for the Mariners: 2004- Scott Kazmir, 2003-Scott Posednik, 2002-Dave Roberts, 2001-Shea Hillenbrand, 2000-Corey Lidle.

Friday, April 03, 2009

Cardinals Win World Series


St. Louis (AP) - The St. Louis Cardinals won their first Millennium League Championship last night by beating Atlanta in five games. A recap of the series:
Game 1 - STL 12, ATL 3 - Cards batted around in the third inning by scoring seven runs and knocking Rich Harden out of the game. Melvin Mora hit two homers and drove in five runs. Jake Westbrook won his third post season game by pitching a complete game. Cards hit six homers in the game.
Game 2 - STL 8, ATL 5 - Redbirds again knock out a Brave starter early (John Lackey) by taking an early 7-2 lead. Dontrelle Willis gets the win.
Game 3 - STL 5, ATL 1 - Woody Williams limited Atlanta to two hits over 7+ innings and Jim Edmonds hit his 6th homer of the post season to put Atlanta into a 3-0 series hole.
Game 4 - ATL 13, STL 8 - Braves jumped out to an early 13-1 lead in the fifth knocking out Jake Westbrook. John Thomson improved to 4-0 in the post season and leadoff hitter Ray Durham had 4 hits which included two homers in the rout.
Game 5 - STL 10, ATL 6 - Dontrelle Willis pitched strong into the eight inning and Johnny Estrada drove in four runs. Armando Benitez closed out the ninth and finished with a 0.00 ERA and four saves in the post season.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Cardinals Defeat Astros in 5 Games


The St. Louis Cardinals advanced to the Championship Series for the second straight year with a 4-1 Semi-Final series win over Houston. Complete box scores are available by this link. A recap of the series:

Game #1 STL 10, HOU 3 - Cards jumped on Jeff Weaver for 10 runs which included a 7-run 4th inning…..Todd Hollandsworth hit a two-run homer in the 1st to give the Redbirds the early lead

Game #2 STL 4, HOU 2 (10) - Jim Edmonds doubled in the go-ahead run in the 10th and scored an insurance run on the errant throw to the plate on the same play…..Astros’ Jaret Wright and Cards’ Dontrelle Willis pitched strong into the 7th inning

Game #3 HOU 8, STL 2 - Rodrigo Lopez scattered 11 hits in pitching a complete game…..Jerry Hairston drove in 3 runs and David Eckstein had 3 hits

Game #4 STL 11, HOU 6 - Cards again rough up Jeff Weaver early….JD Drew went 5-for-5 and Johnny Estrada had 4 hits….

Game #5 STL 2, HOU 1 - All runs scored on solo homers – Kotsay, Edmonds and pitcher Dontrelle Willis….Armando Benitez escaped a 2-out bases loaded jam in the 8th before pitching a scoreless ninth

The Cardinals will meet the Atlanta Braves in the World Series……

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Cards Win Game 1 vs. Astros

NEWSPAPER GAME STORIES FOR 2004 Millennium Playoffs            Date: 10/9/2004

GAME 1
ST. LOUIS AT HOUSTON
Cardinals....... 3 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 - 10 12 0
Astros.......... 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 - 3 8 0
Win:Westbrook(1-1) Loss:Weaver(0-1)
Homeruns- T.Hollandsworth(1st)

Todd Hollandsworth hit a homerun and had 2 RBI as the St. Louis Cardinals
defeated the Houston Astros by the score of 10 to 3 at The Skydome.

St. Louis jumped out to the early lead in the first inning as they scored 3
runs on 3 base hits. The critical plate appearance was by Hollandsworth who
quieted the home crowd when he lifted one out of the park for a two run home
run (his 1st of the season). Overall St. Louis out-hit Houston 12 to 8.

The win was credited to Jake Westbrook(1-1) who went 7 innings allowing 3
runs. Jeff Weaver(0-1) ended up with the loss. He was hit hard and gave up 6
hits and 5 walks in 3 and 2/3 innings.


Monday, March 23, 2009

Final Stats - 2004 First Round Draft Picks

CLASS OF 2004:
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NAME BAVG GM AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO HB SH DP SB CS E
1-M.Holliday,MON .279 104 384 50 107 26 1 12 42 36 78 3 0 11 2 4 2
2-D.Wright,CHA .256 69 238 39 61 13 0 12 44 20 43 2 0 9 2 0 13
3-J.Mauer,KCA .265 45 113 17 30 10 1 8 18 7 14 0 0 1 0 0 2
5-G.Sizemore,ATN ---- 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6-R.Howard,TOA ---- 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8-B.Hawpe,HON ---- 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9-A.Rios,CHA .243 107 342 35 83 13 4 1 25 34 75 4 0 13 7 4 3
10-A.Gonzalez,KCA .125 17 8 1 1 0 0 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
11-C.Tracy,NYA .295 142 498 69 147 29 3 12 65 45 64 0 1 17 1 1 26
12-B.Upton,PIN .250 9 32 3 8 0 0 0 1 2 11 2 0 1 0 0 0
16-K.Youkilis,ATN .246 33 118 15 29 6 0 3 14 21 19 5 0 1 0 0 5
17-D.Dejesus,NYA .288 114 382 67 110 11 3 10 37 39 48 12 3 12 9 6 2
18-D.Dellucci,CLA .337 31 98 21 33 3 0 9 21 17 23 3 0 2 2 0 0
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NAME ERA W L PCT G GS CG SH SV IP H R ER HR BB SO
4-S.Kazmir,SEA 12.38 1 4 .200 12 4 0 0 0 32.0 54 46 44 9 21 39
7-C.Young,OAA 5.33 1 2 .333 6 6 0 0 0 27.0 33 16 16 1 13 15
13-J.Duchscherer,HON 5.52 6 4 .600 45 0 0 0 3 89.2 104 64 55 18 32 46
14-Z.Greinke,SFN 3.13 9 2 .818 19 19 1 0 0 138.0 127 51 48 26 15 87
15-E.Bedard,FLN 4.14 6 9 .400 25 25 1 0 0 147.2 150 78 68 13 86 128
19-C.Cordero,SLN 4.73 10 2 .833 69 0 0 0 1 80.0 81 46 42 12 45 82
20-D.Bush,ARN 4.82 5 2 .714 10 10 1 1 0 65.1 70 36 35 5 22 31


Sunday, March 22, 2009

Posada Leads Braves into World Series


The Atlanta Braves defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 4 games to 2 to advance to the MSL World Series. Braves catcher Jorge Posada has hit .417 in the postseason and starter John Thomason is 3-0 and carried a no-hitter into the 6th inning of the final deciding game. Click on the this link for all boxscores. A recap of the games:
Series is tied 1-1 so far....

Game 3 Zito v Harden..... Pirates get 2 in top of 1st but Atl answers with 3. Atlanta batters Zito and everyone else throwing a pitch. Atl gets 4 HR's in a 15-5 win. Durham has 4 rbi. Series is 2-1 ATL.

Game 4- Benson v Millwood.... a close game but Pitt gets the 3-2 lead going into the 7th and adds another run. The Pitt bullpen takes over for the last 2 1/3 and Lidge will close out a 4-2 win for Pitt. Series tied 2-2

Game 5- Oswalt v Lackey.... Pitt has the better SP going but they can't field a groundball. Errors by Guillen, Vidro and 2 by Oswalt stake the ATL to a 5-3 lead after 3. Lackey gives it back and its 5-5 after 6. Atl will get 2 in the 7th on a Posada 2-out, 2 rbi 2b for a 7-5 lead. Atlanta adds another in the 8th. Rusch is flawless through 2 and Gordon shuts them down in the 8th. Gordon starts the 9th with a 8-5 lead but Pitt will load the bases chasing Gordon and Takatsu can't hold the lead. Pitt scores 3 in the 9th to tie it at 8. Atlanta gets their opportunity in the 9th and Posada and then Mirabelli get on base. DaVanon pinchruns for Posada and they are bunted over to 2b and 3b. Reed Johnson then hits a walkoff single to end the game 9-8 and give Atlanta a 3-2 series lead going back to Pittsburgh.
Game 6 was a rematch of Game 2 with Clement vs. Thomson. However it was more like Game 3 because the Braves scored early and often as they pounded the Pirates, 12-4 to move on to the Championship series. Frank Thomas hit a homerun in the 1st, a double to drive home Jeter in the 3rd, and then a 9 run 5th inning put away the Pirates. John Thomson had a no-hitter into the 6th as he won the game.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Braves-Buccos Series Tied at 1-1




John Thomson improved to 2-0 in the post season as Atlanta beat Pittsburgh 6-3 in Game 2. The Series is now tied at 1-1 and will head to Atlanta for Game 3.......


Strat-O-Matic Report






BOXSCORE: 2004 Atlanta Braves At 2004 Pittsburgh Pirates 10/2/2004

Braves AB R H RBI AVG Pirates AB R H RBI AVG
J.Davanon RF 5 0 1 3 .286 J.Kendall C 4 0 1 0 .282
D.Jeter SS 3 0 1 0 .316 R.Winn CF 4 0 0 0 .237
C.Jones 3B 4 1 0 0 .143 C.Guillen SS 3 2 2 0 .353
A.Jones CF 4 0 1 0 .257 B.Giles RF 3 1 2 3 .375
J.Posada C 5 1 2 1 .462 B.Broussard 1B 3 0 0 0 .345
R.Palmeiro 1B 3 1 1 0 .308 E.Alfonzo 3B 4 0 3 0 .281
M.Tucker LF 5 1 1 0 .265 R.Freel LF 4 0 1 0 .400
S.Takatsu P 0 0 0 0 ---- L.Rivas 2B 3 0 0 0 .200
R.Durham 2B 2 2 1 1 .375 D-J.Vidro PH 1 0 0 0 .200
J.Thomson P 1 0 0 1 .000 M.Clement P 2 0 0 0 .000
T.Tucker P 0 0 0 0 ---- R.Choate P 0 0 0 0 ----
B-F.Thomas PH 1 0 0 0 .200 A-P.Nevin PH 1 0 0 0 .222
M.Stanton P 0 0 0 0 ---- K.Wood P 0 0 0 0 ----
T.Gordon P 0 0 0 0 ---- E-C.Wilson PH 1 0 0 0 .000
C-R.Johnson LF 0 0 0 0 .250
-- -- -- --- -- -- -- ---
Totals 33 6 8 6 Totals 33 3 9 3

A-Pinch Hit For Choate In 7th Inning
B-Pinch Hit For Tucker In 8th Inning
C-Subbed Defensively (LF) For Gordon In 9th Inning
D-Pinch Hit For Rivas In 9th Inning
E-Pinch Hit For Wood In 9th Inning

Braves.......... 0 0 0 3 0 1 1 1 0 - 6 8 1
Pirates......... 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 3 9 1

Braves (5-3) IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
J.Thomson WIN(2-0) 5 1/3 8 3 3 0 2 1 3.14
T.Tucker HOLD(1st) 1 2/3 0 0 0 0 2 0 3.24
M.Stanton 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 27.00
T.Gordon HOLD(3rd) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
S.Takatsu SAVE(3rd) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Totals 9 9 3 3 2 4 1

Pirates (5-3) IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
M.Clement LOSS(1-1) 6 1/3 6 5 5 7 6 0 6.05
R.Choate 0 2/3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
K.Wood 2 2 1 1 1 4 0 5.40
Totals 9 8 6 6 8 10 0

ATTENDANCE- 43,263 DATE- Saturday, October 2nd 2004 TIME- Night WEATHER- Average
UMPIRES- Chuck Meriwether, Tim Timmons, Tim Tschida, Greg Gibson
T- 3:12
LEFT ON BASE- Braves:10 Pirates: 7
DOUBLE PLAYS- Braves: 3 Pirates: 0
ERRORS- J.Posada, C.Guillen
DOUBLES- J.Davanon(2nd), C.Guillen(2nd), E.Alfonzo(2nd)
TRIPLES- R.Durham(2nd), B.Giles(1st)
HOME RUNS- B.Giles(4th)
STOLEN BASES- D.Jeter(2nd), R.Durham(1st), C.Guillen(2nd)
CAUGHT STEALING- J.Davanon
SACRIFICE HITS- J.Thomson
WALKS- D.Jeter-2, A.Jones, R.Palmeiro-2, R.Durham-2, J.Thomson, B.Giles,
B.Broussard
HIT BY PITCH- C.Jones, J.Kendall, C.Guillen
STRIKE OUTS- J.Davanon, C.Jones, A.Jones, J.Posada, R.Palmeiro, M.Tucker-2,
R.Durham, J.Thomson, F.Thomas, R.Winn, B.Broussard-2, P.Nevin
GIDP- R.Winn, R.Freel, L.Rivas
WILD PITCHES- K.Wood

Catcher Jorge Posada had 2 base hits as the Atlanta Braves beat the Pittsburgh
Pirates by a score of 6 to 3.

Atlanta had 3 runs cross the plate in the 4th inning when they had 3 base
hits. The crucial at-bat was provided by Jeff Davanon who disappointed the
partisan crowd when he doubled scoring two baserunners. Shingo Takatsu
relieved and was untouched by Pittsburgh as he recorded the save, his 3rd.

The win was credited to John Thomson(2-0) who went 5 and 1/3 innings allowing
3 runs. Matt Clement(1-1) took the loss. He pitched 6 and 1/3 innings giving
up 6 hits and 7 walks.








Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Mariners Hold On to First Pick


Seattle (AP) - Mariner manager John Ferraro was all smiles tonite as Seattle held on to the first pick in the upcoming 2005 draft. Last season, Seattle selected lefty starter Scott Kazmir (4th pick overall) with their first pick. The lottery for the second pick will be conducted tomorrow night....

Monday, March 16, 2009

Durham's Homer in 11th Gives Braves Playoff Series Win


 GAME 6:

Braves.......... 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 - 6 12 0

Marlins......... 2 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 - 5 14 1



The score was knotted at 5 after nine innings. Atlanta came out on top in the

11th inning. Ray Durham cracked a solo homerun (his 1st of the season).

Mike Lamb struck out, unable to help the rally. One out later, Derek Jeter

stepped in and he lined a one-base hit. Chipper Jones followed and he

stroked a base-hit. Atlanta finished with 12 hits in the victory.



The winning pitcher was Glendon Rusch(1-0) who allowed no runs in 2 innings.

Rusch got help from Shingo Takatsu who earned his 2nd save. Rheal

Cormier(1-1) was tagged with the loss in relief.



The Braves advance to the Semi-Finals and will meet the Pittsburgh Pirates.








Sunday, March 15, 2009

2005 Draft Lottery Info

We will be conducting our draft lottery on Wednesday, March 18th and Thursday, March 19th.....

The “Pennsylvania Daily Number Evening” lottery (http://www.palottery.state.pa.us/) 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.


2005 Lottery Drawing Chances:

000 to 249 – Seattle (47-115)

250 to 449 – Chicago (61-101, 4-2 vs. Cleveland in tie-breaker)

450 to 604 – Cleveland (61-101)

605 to 724 – Kansas City (65-97)

725 to 814 – New York (68-94)

815 to 879 – Montreal (76-86)

880 to 924 – Toronto (78-84)

925 to 954 – Oakland (79-83)

955 to 974 – Boston (80-82)

975 to 986 – Anaheim (81-81, 5-1 vs. Los Angeles in tie-breaker)

987 to 994 – Los Angeles (81-81)

995 to 999 – San Francisco (90-72)

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

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Pirates Send Phillies Packing

The old adage good pitching beats good hitting played out in Pittsburgh's first round victory over Philadelphia. Pirate pitchers held the heart of Philadelphias lineup to a .192 average in beating the Phillies 4 games to 2. Once more, Philadelphia exited in the first round of the playoffs.


With the Pirates leading the series 2 - 0, the series switched to Pittsburgh. Philadelphia looked as if it might make a run, as they took games 3 and 5. However, Pittsburgh showed its tenacity in holding off the Phillies in game 6, winning 11-10 in 14 innings.


Game 3 - Philadelphia 5 Pittsburgh 2. Phils chip away at Zito, and Aaron Rowand has 4 hits. Two unearned runs in the top of the 9th add some comfort to a very close game.


Game 4 - Pittsburgh 11 Philadelphia 1. Pirates blow it wide open with 5 runs in the 8th against overmatched Dave Burba. Ben Broussard has 2 homeruns and 7 RBIs in a one man show.


Game 5 - Philadelphia 6 Pittsburgh 2. In an amazingly sloppy game, in which only 2 of the 9 runs were earned, Philadelphia staved off elimination. Kirk Reuter was the winner, going 5 innings.


Game 6 - Pittsburgh 11 Philadelphia 10 (14). Pittsburgh fought off a resilient Philadelphia team with 4 runs in the top of the 14th. Several times in the game, it appeared the Pirates had the Phils on the rope, and each time the Phillies battled back. Pittsburgh got to Brad Penny with 3 runs in the top of the 4th. However, Philly countered with 4 in the bottom. The score stayed knotted until the 9th when Pittsburgh battered the season long stalwart of the Philadelphia bullpen Jason Frasor, scoring the tieing run. Both teams went down fairly quietly until the top of the 11th when Pittsburgh scored 3 runs. Amazingly enough, Jim Thome hit a 3 run shot in the bottom of the 11th, tieing it once again. Neither team scored again until the wild 14th. Pittsburgh scored 4 in the top of the 14th, to take a seemingly secure lead. However, as the Pirate bullpen tired, the Phillies started back again. They scored 3 runs, and with two on, no outs, once again the game was in the hands of the toughest part of the Phils order - Pujols and Thome. However, in an eerie repeat of game 2, Pujols struck out. Thome struck out. Clutch hitting Sol Taguchi, one of the few bright spots in the playoffs ended the game, and Phillies hopes for a game 7. At least he didn't strike out.




Philly Phans Phume!

Philly fans took to the streets, incensed their team once again, exited the playoffs in the first round after a successful season. Said one fan - "It is a given the Phillies will be in the playoffs - but this is ANOTHER [expletive] choke. What do we we pay these guys for?" Another put the blame soley on the shoulders of manager Rick Cornell. "Fassero? @#$%ing Fassero? My son's Little League coach could have done just as good of a job as Cornell!" When pressed for comments Phillies manager Cornell stated - "All I can do is put guys on the field that I believe give us the best chance of winning. I can't hit the ball, throw the ball or catch the ball for them. It was a tough loss.


Pittsburgh showed a weakness against lefties. Hindsight is 20/20." Pitcher Jeff Fassero, the easy target of blame for yet another Philly failure simply said "I gave it my best. Obviously it wasn't enough. I don't know..." his voice trailing off as he headed for the showers..


The 2004 Phillies boasted one of their strongest lineups this year, but it was that very heart of the lineup that failed them. Eric Chavez, Mark Loretta, Torii Hunter, Miguel Tejada and superstar Albert Pujols were held to a measely .192 average in the six game set (24-125). Pujols a subject of an earlier article publicizing his drive for a pennant was woeful - hitting .208 with just one double. Hunter (.120) and Tejada (.154) were deplorable. Staff ace Brad Penny could not go more than 4 innings without giving up a slew of runs.


As fans nearly rioted, Philly ownership is left looking confused and incompetent. Only Aaron Rowand could hold his head up high, as he played flawless defense and hit .400 in the series. (10-25). However as one can expect, Rowand stated "Yeah, I guess that's nice, but I would gladly give up everyone of those hits if we could have just won the series."