October 2010

Rattlers Alumni Report: Games of October 28, 2010

World Series:

@San Francisco 9, Texas 0

Mark Lowe (’05): 0.0IP, H, BB, 2 RUNS


@Magallanes 12, Lara 8

Edilio Colina (’08): 1-for-5, RBI
Luis Valbuena (’06): 0-for-2, 2 RUNS
Alex Liddi (’08): 1-for-5
Cha-Seung Baek (’00): 2.2IP, 6H, 6R, 3K, Loss
Ivan Blanco (’05): 1.1IP, 2H, R, BB, K

Caracas 11 @Margarita 2

Carlos Maldonado (’99): 1-for-4, RUN, 3RBI

Puerto Rico:

Mayaguez 3 @San Juan 2

Johan Limonta (’06): 0-for-4
Martin Maldonado (’09): 0-for-3
Hiram Burgos (’10): .2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K

San Juan:
Rene Rivera (’03): 1-for-3, RUN, RBI, HR #2
Jeffrey Dominguez (’06): pinch runner

Dominican Republic:

Licey 6 @Gigantes 3

Carlos Peguero (’08): 1-for-5, RBI
Jorge Sosa (’01): 4IP, 3H, 2R, 4BB, K

@Estrellas 6, Aguilas 3

Juan Diaz (’08): 1-for-3, RUN

1924 World Series: Game Two

The New York Giants had beaten Walter Johnson and the Washington Senators in extra innings in game one of the 1924 World Series on the road.  John McGraw’s team was looking at taking a commanding lead in the series as they sent Jack Bentley to the mound at Griffith Stadium against Tom Zachary.

But, it was the Senators who took the early lead in Game Two.

Goose Goslin, who had made the final out in Game One with the tying and winning runs on bases, hit a two-out, two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning.  In the fifth inning, Bucky Harris hit a two-out, solo homer and Washington was up 3-0.

Zachary was in trouble a couple of times early.  Two hits and an error loaded the bases in the top of the first inning, but he got out of the jam with an inning ending double play.  The Senators turned another double play in the fourth inning to stop a New York rally.

The Giants got a single and a walk from the first two batters of the top of the seventh to put runners on first and third.  Zachary induced another double play ball, but the runner from third scored to cut Washington’s lead to a pair of runs.

Zachary got in trouble again in the top of the ninth.  He walked Frankie Frisch to start the inning.  “High Pockets” Kelly singled with one out to send Frisch home and make the score 3-2.  A two out single by Hack Wilson drove in Kelly with the tying run.  Firpo Marberry relieved and got the final out.

Bentley had given up three hits in the first and two hits in the fifth, but that was it.  He had given up those five hits and had retired 10 straight Senators heading into the bottom of the ninth inning.

However, a leadoff walk to Joe Judge started the Washington ninth.  A sacrifice bunt pushed the winning run to second base.  Roger Peckinpaugh, who had doubled in the tying run in the bottom of the ninth inning for the Senators in Game One, stepped to the plate in Game Two.

He doubled to left and knocked in the winning run and the Senators evened the series at one win for each team.

Retrosheet.org has the boxscore and the play-by-play of Game Two here.

Game Three of the 1924 World Series is up at the Polo Grounds in New York on Monday, October 6.

The interesting thing about that is Marberry, who got the final out of the top of the ninth inning in Game Two, is the scheduled starter for the Senators in Game Three.  Marberry (11-12, 3.09) appeared in 50 games during the regular season, but had made 14 starts in his second season.  The Giants would counter with Hugh McQuillan (14-8, 2.69) to see who would take the lead in the Series.

Rattlers Alumni Report: Games of October 27, 2010

World Series

@San Francisco 11, Texas 7

Mark Lowe (’05): .2IP, 3H, 3R

Arizona Fall League:

@Surprise 7, Peoria Saguaros 0

Hunter Morris (’10): 2-for-4


Magallanes 2 @Lara 1

Luis Valbuena (’06): 0-for-4
Alex Liddi (’08): 1-for-4, RUN, RBI, HR #1
Edilio Colina (’08): 0-for-4
Caesar Jimenez (’03): 1.1IP, 0H, 0R, 2K

Zulia 11 @La Guaira 3

Austin Bibens-Dirkx (’06): 5.1IP, 5H, 2R, ER, 2BB, 2K, Win #1

Puerto Rico:

@Caguas 2, San Juan 1

San Juan:
Rene Rivera (’03): 1-for-3
Efrain Nieves (’10): 4.1IP, 3H, R, 2BB, 4K

Dominican Republic:

Estrellas 3 @Aguilas 1

Leury Bonilla (’07): defensive replacement

A World Series Past

For the last couple of seasons, Rattler Radio took a look back at an old series involving the teams playing in the current series.

That was easy in 2006 when the Cardinals and Tigers met (a rematch of 1934 and 1968) and in 2009 when it was the Phillies and Yankees (a rematch of 1950).

It was a little tougher in 2008 with the Phillies and Rays (Went with 1915, the Phillies first World Series appearance).  I did not do this series of posts during the Rockies/Red Sox Series in 2007.  I was on vacation at the time…to Denver of all places.

The Giants haven’t been in a World Series since 2002 and haven’t won it all since 1954.  The Rangers haven’t been in a World Series…well…ever.  They were the Washington Senators before moving to Texas, but they weren’t the Senators of Walter Johnson.  They were the Senators of Ted Williams….manager Ted Williams.

But, there is a neat Fall Classic matchup from the past that is too good to pass up for the this year.

The year was 1924.  The New York Giants of John McGraw (and future Appleton Papermaker manager Travis Jackson) had just won their fourth straight NL Pennant.  The Washington Senators had just won their first ever AL Pennant.  The Giants edged Brooklyn to win the NL and the Senators held off the mighty Yankees by two games for the AL crown.

The immortal Johnson was 36 years old and in his 18th season pitching for Washington.  He led the AL in wins (23), ERA (2.72), shutouts (6), and strikeouts (158) during the 1924 season.

Of course, Johnson was going to start Game One for Washington.  The Giants would counter with Art Nehf, who was 14-4 for New York.

Game One took place at Griffith Stadium on October 4, 1924 and it was a classic.

The Giants took a 2-0 lead on Johnson early.  George “High Pockets” Kelly hit a leadoff homer in the second inning.  Bill Terry hit a two out homer in the fourth inning.  To put those in perspective, Johnson had allowed just 10 homers in 277-2/3 innings during the regular season.

The Senators rallied back to tie the game…eventually.  An RBI grounder by Sam Rice in the sixth inning got Washington on the board.  In the ninth, a one out RBI double by Riger Peckinpaugh sent the tying run across the plate.  Johnson, who hit .283 with a homer and 14 RBI during the season, came up with two outs and Peckinpaugh at third.  But, the game stayed tied when Johnson flew out to center.

Both Johnson and Nehf pitched into extra innings and it was the Giants who broke through to take the lead.

Johnson walked Hank Gowdy to start the twelfth.  Nehf singled to send Gowdy to third and an error on the play allowed Nehf to take second.  Another walk loaded the bases.  The Senators got a force play at the plate for the first out.  But, Ross Youngs singled home Nehf with the go ahead run.  Kelly made the score 4-2 with a sacrifice fly.

But, the Seantors weren’t done yet.

In the bottom of the twelfth, an error by Jackson allowed the leadoff batter to reach.  One out later a single set up Washington with runners on first and second.  Nehf got the next batter, but Bucky Harris singled home a run to make the score 4-3 and set up the tying run on second base.

Rice singled to center to load the bases for the Senators top RBI man.  Goose Goslin had 12 homers and 129 RBI during the 1924 season.  But, he would strand three teammates as Nehf got him to ground out to second to end the game.

Johnson’s line that day was 12IP, 14H, 4R, 6BB, 12K.  Nehf also pitched a complete game.  He allowed three runs (two earned) on 10 hits with five walks and three strikeouts.

You may see the entire boxscore and play-by-play at retrosheet.org.

Game two of the 1924 World Series is October 5 at Griffith Stadium.  The pitching matchup is Jack Bentley (16-5, 3.78) for the Giants against Tom Zachary (15-9, 2.75) for the Senators.

What might have been?

Larry Stone of the Seattle Times looks at the Game One pitching matchup for tonight’s San Francisco-Texas game from the Mariners point of view:

[T]he Game 1 pitching matchup between Tim Lincecum and Cliff Lee — one
for the ages; or at least, one for the last week, right on the heels of a
double dose of Lincecum-Roy Halladay in the NLCS — is particularly
galling for the locals.

Call them The Two That Got Away. The non-drafting of Lincecum in
2006, when the Mariners eschewed the local boy who made great with the
No. 5 overall pick, in favor of Cal’s Brandon Morrow, has been lamented
for years now. But that doesn’t make it any less painful to watch the
two-time Cy Young winner reach the ultimate national stage in a Giants
uniform (while Morrow is blossoming into stardom himself, with the
Toronto Blue Jays; but that’s another story).

Then there’s Lee and the still-fresh pain of viewing Lee’s brilliance
up close and personal, from late April through early July, with no
tangible effect on the M’s fortunes. And to have him and likely Cy Young
winner Felix Hernandez undercut by such a paltry Seattle offense that
the Mariners, buried in last place, had little choice but to get what
they could for Lee, a future free agent, by trading him.

The Mariners’ loss turned out to be the golden ticket for the Rangers
to escape 49 years of franchise futility. An undeniably great pitcher
during the regular season, Lee has morphed into Superman in the
postseason. He has a combined 7-0 playoff record and 1.26
earned-run-average over the past two seasons with the Phillies and
Rangers, including a 3-0, 0.75 mark this October, with 34 strikeouts and
one walk in 24 innings.


Rattlers Alumni Report: Games of October 26, 2010

Arizona Fall League

Surprise 5 @Phoenix 3

Hunter Morris (’10): 1-for-4, RUN, RBI, HR #1
Dan Merklinger (’09): 3IP, 3H, 2R, 2BB, 2K
Jeremy Jeffress (’10): 2IP, 0H, 0R, 3BB, 2K


@Lara 11, Zulia 0

Luis Valbuena (’06): 2-for-5, RBI
Alex Liddi (’08): 3-for-3, 3 RUNS, 2RBI, 2 BBs
Edilio Colina (’08): 4-for-5, 4RBI

@La Guaira 9, Magallanes 7

La Guaria:
Jose Escalona (’08): IP, H, 0R

Dominican Republic:

@Estrellas 8, Escogido 0

Leury Bonilla (’07): pinch hitter, 1-for-1
Ryan Ketchner (’02): 3.2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 4K

@Licey 7, Aguilas 4

Mike Wilson (’05): 0-for-3
Carlos Peguero (’07): pinch hitter, 1-for-1

Natividad Dilone (’08): .2IP, H, 0R, 2BB

Puerto Rico:

San Juan 4 @Ponce 3

San Juan:
Rene Rivera (’03): 2-for-4, 2 RUNS, RBI, HR #1

Carolina 10 @Mayaguez 8

Hiram Burgos (’10): IP, H, 0R, BB, K

I respectfully disagree

The guys over at TRatsbaseball.com announced their award winner for Timber Rattlers Reliever of the Year yesterday.

Continuing with our seven part series looking back on the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 2010 season. We tabulated the votes and for the first time we don’t have a unanimous selection. Jonathan Pokorny and Jeremy Jeffress both received votes, but the winner was Andre Lamontagne.

I disagree.

Pokorny, the MWL post-season All-Star Lefthanded Reliever, inherited 35 base runners. He allowed five to score.

Pokorny, the MWL post-season All-Star Left-handed Reliever as selected by the managers of the Midwest League, converted on his first eight save opportunities. Then, he converted seven more in a row. He was two shy of tying the franchise record for saves in a season.

Pokorny struck out 87 opposing batters in 60-1/3 innings. That would be a K/9IP of…13…13?!?…13!

Pokorny held left-handed hitters to a .190 batting average.

Lamontagne was good when he was with the Rattlers.  But,he pitched just 16 games for the Rattlers this year before being bumped up to Brevard County and Huntsville.  Pokorny was here all season long, appeared in 46 games, and was THE guy in the bullpen.

And that’s what I think.

Rattlers Alumni Report: Games of October 25, 2010

Light schedule for ex-Rattlers yesterday.

None played in the Arizona League and Venezuela had no games on Monday.

Leagues in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic have started.

No games in the Dominican and only one game in Puerto Rico on Monday.  That game between Carolina and Mayaguez involved a couple of alumni.

@Carolina 6, Mayaguez 2

Johan Limonta (’06): 0-for-3
Martin Maldonado (’09): 0-for-3

Taking a look at the rosters in the other winter leagues:

Puerto Rico:

Ramon Vazquez (’97)

M. Maldonado
Hiram Burgos (’10)

San Juan:
Efrain Nieves (’10)
Rene Rivera (’03)
Jeffrey Dominguez (’06)

Dominican Republic:

Natividad Dilone (’08)
Edward Paredes (’08)

Wily Peralta (’09)

Carlos Peguero (’07)
Mike Wilson (’05)

Juan Diaz (’08)

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