Dog Day Games
Last weekend was your typical ball games near the end of the season. Teams are starting to experiment and start their pre-play-off strategies. Team records are pretty much decided as far as seeding into the play-offs yet there is still room for some surprises. As we saw last year, being in first place and being in fourth place,is not such a big deal. Player confidence and team attitude is what can make the difference. But as long as their are games to be played, players will find meaning in their performance.
At this point, individual statistics will drive incentives to finish strong.
Are you within 50 points of the batting title?
Can your pitching numbers be improved?
Are you having a better year this year than last year?
If you are a rookie, how do you compare to other first year players?
Can you finish the year without making defensive errors and be considered in the “Gold Glove” awards?
I guess it would help if everyone had a copy of the latest HDL Hitting and Pitching Stats. Well, our handy-dandy Stat-Man (Paul Baioni) has worked his magic, the latest update will be added to the Blog with paper copies provided this Sunday.
LAST FRIDAY/SUNDAY HIGH POINTS:
Last Friday (8/23), the CDS Green team faced the Lomax Orange boys and it was a competitive game with final score of 8-6. The game went the full 9 innings. Larry Rutledge was given his 2nd Start of the season and lasted into the 3rd inning before turning pitching duties over to Andrew Waddell. Rutledge pitched well after allowing a single run in the 2nd inning and a lead-off Home Run by Otis Edwards in the top of the 3rd. Likewise, the CDS Green started Cesar Roman who returned from disabled list to pitch 5 strong innings. Thru 5 innings the score was 6-5 in favor of Orange team. Going into the bottom of the 5th, Cesar was staked to a 5-1 lead but his stamina must have weakened as the Orange team sent 9 batters to the plate with the big hits coming from Andrew Waddell and Dave Dillard. Kevin Latham relieved Cesar and only gave up 2 runs (1 ER) in 3 innings.
CDS Hit Leaders: Glen Coombs was 4 for 4 and hit the ball hard every time. Brian Nilsen was 2 for 3, Otis was 1 for 3 with HR.
LOMAX Hit Leaders: Dave Dillard and Kurt Adkison both 2 for 4; Mike Morris 1 for 2; Kevin High 1 for 3.
CDS Pitching: Cesar Roman: 5 innings, 6 Runs, 6 Hits, 4 K’s 4 BB’s; Kevin Latham: 3 innings, 2 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 K, 1 BB
LOMAX Pitching: Rutledge: 2-1/3 Inning, 3 Runs, 4 hits, 1 K, 2 BB; Waddell: 6-2/3 Innings, 3 Runs, 3 Hits, 8 K’s, 1 BB
SUNDAY SHOOT-OUT – 11-10
MetLife Blue took an early 3-0 lead and looked like they were ready to knock-off the Peterbilt Red team. James Skinner knocked in the Blue team first runs with a hustling triple. DJ Clark knocked in Skinner. But the Red team scored twice in top of 2nd on a Mike Tollison RBI hit. For next couple of innings pitching and defense controlled the offenses.
The game was tied 6-6 in the bottom of the 6th when Charles Mister got the key hit to knock-in Jocko and Ray Reinhart. The game was re-tied in the 7th inning as James Skinner was knocked in on a mis-played flyball to Center after Patrick Belote had scored for Peterbilt in top of 7th on back to back errors by Blue team 3rd baseman.
In the top of the 8th the Peterbilt team regained the lead on Jose Ortiz’s first Homerun of the season. After Nick Harris doubled behind the Ortiz HR, David Sexton was replaced by MetLife pitcher, Kris Klinger. Kris finished the game but the single run scored by Baioini in top of the 9th ended up being the difference in the game as the MetLife team scored 3 runs in bottom of 9th off of Bo McMinn, who went the distance for the hard faught victory. The game ended with Don Hinkle striking out with tying and winning runs on base.
Peterbilt Hit Leaders: Adam Wasson was 3 for 4; Jose Ortiz was 2 for 5 with HR. Six other Red batters had 2 hits each.
METLIFE Hit Leaders: James Skinner 3 for 5; Chas Mister 3 for 5; Four other Blue Team hitters had 2 hits (Klinger, DJ, Aaron, Hinkle)
Peterbilt Pitching: Bo McMinn: 9 innings, 10 Runs, 17 Hits, 5 K’s 4 BB’s
METLIFE Pitching: Dave Sexton: 8-1/3 Inning, 10 Runs, 16 hits, 5K, 5 BB; Klinger: 1-2/3 Innings, 1 Runs, 1 Hits, 2 K’s, 3 BB, 1 HBP