My last “game recap post” was on July 6th. I had started the season off trying to be more in-touch with the weekly games and doing what I had previously started almost 10 years ago, writing Game Recaps. The last couple of years I have had some medical conditions that were slowing me down. I was always trying to put together a Blog Post but I was never strong enough to get it done. Last year I hardly did anything. But my lack of production must have motivated the current HDL officers to find a solution. Well I am happy to say, they found the ideal solution – GAMECHANGER.
Yes, GAMECHANGER had always been an option to tie together Box scores, Game details and a computer generated Recap Story related to a competed HDL game. For the past 4 or 5 years, while I was distracted from my HDL addiction, I was busy following my Grandson’s Bartlett Baseball team compete against some of the best High School Baseball programs in the surrounding area. All of the Bartlett baseball games were tracked on GAMECHANGER. So I became very familiar with what GAMECHANGER could provide.
The GAMECHANGER Recap Story is unique because it takes the statistics of the game and writes a summary that is always accurate but does not always mention the exciting defensive efforts that real baseball players perform during the strategic battle of a competitive game.
The Recap Story (in GAMECHANGER) does not inject the reaction of an “in-person” observer who can explain plays that could have changed the outcome or course of a baseball game. For instance, The GAMECHANGER box score does not always show how a misdirected cut-off throw could have prevented a tying or winning run from scoring. Or a runner over-running a base and getting picked off prior to another base runner scoring. GAMECHANGER would not capture the importance of players making good decisions or bad decisions that can impact who wins and who loses the game.
Out of convenience, and my realizing that I can embrace the GAMECHANGER Recap Story as a guideline. It will allow me (or anyone else who was a part of the game that is recapped) to add comments or add observations that can make the weekly auto-generated game Recap become an enhanced Game Summary.
Besides the Recap Story feature, GAMECHANGER’s other Player data can be analyzed for pointing out, Who’s Hot and Who’s Not. I hope you like this perspective and will enjoy our attempt to make the HDL baseball experience more relevant and in the end, more FUN. I can see one(1) side benefit of this expanded editorial dialog about baseball being played in the HDL is All players could work harder to take their game performances to a higher level, one game at a time. Now let’s get started and see if this experiment will be worth the effort.
Editor Reference Comments
Since I plan to Cut & Paste the GAMECHANGER Recap Story when it is added to a weekly Post on the HDLmemphis.org Blog, any comments added or amended, will be colored “TEAL”. This will let the reader know that the comments interjected into the GAMECHANGER Recap are that of the Author (Me, LR).
There may be times when the entire GAMECHANGER article is simply a “reprint” on the HDL Blog and due to time constraints or other obligations, the game recap that was posted was not attended so no additional enhancements are available.
Friday, JULY 10, 2020
HDL Athletics Can’t Quite Erase 5-Run Deficit in Loss to HDL Giants
HDL Athletics fought back after falling down by five runs in the tenth inning. The comeback fell just short though, in an 8-6 defeat to HDL Giants on Friday. HDL Athletics scored three runs in the failed comeback on a single by Joel Fumero, a fielder’s choice by Freddy Henriquez, and a ground-out by Carlos Varela.
Despite the loss, HDL Athletics did collect seven hits in the high-scoring affair. Unfortunately, HDL Giants had seven hits on the way to victory.
HDL Athletics got things started in the first inning when Carlos Perez grounded out, scoring one run.
In the top of the third inning, HDL Giants tied things up at one. HDL Giants scored one run when Zach Dowd singled.
HDL Giants pulled away for good with one run in the sixth inning. In the sixth Dowd tripled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run.
HDL Athletics notched three runs in the tenth inning. Fumero, Henriquez, and Varela each drove in runs during the inning.
HDL Giants scored five runs in the tenth inning. The big inning for HDL Giants came thanks to walks by Josh Atkison, David Calhoun, Dowd, and Carlos Bello and a ground-out by Kevin High.
Ben Eldred got the win for HDL Giants. He went one inning, allowing zero runs on one hit and walking zero. Eric Sipes and Jamie Davis entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief.
Perez took the loss for HDL Athletics. He allowed zero hits and two runs over one-third of an inning.
Brandon Poyner started the game for HDL Giants. He surrendered one run on three hits over three innings, striking out two Kevin Latham started the game for HDL Athletics. He surrendered three runs on seven hits over nine innings, striking out four
Windermi Mora went 2-for-5 at the plate to lead HDL Athletics in hits.
HDL Giants tallied seven hits. Bello and Dowd all had multiple hits for HDL Giants. Bello led HDL Giants with three hits in four at bats.
Sunday, JULY 12, 2020
HDL Yankees Blows Out
HDL Royals Thanks to Big Sixth Inning
HDL Yankees put up six runs in the sixth on its way to an 11-1 victory over HDL Royals on Sunday. The offensive firepower by HDL Yankees was led by Adam Fonseia, Oscar Zamudio, Judson Belote, and Orville Nevels, who all drove in runs.
In the second inning, HDL Yankees got their offense started. Belote drove in one when he singled.
HDL Yankees pulled away for good with one run in the fourth inning. In the fourth Johnny Mosquedo singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run.
HDL Yankees put up six runs in the sixth inning. The big inning was thanks to a single by Nevels, a ground-out by Zamudio, an error on a ball put in play by Belote, and a double by Fonseia.
Jodie Wolfe was the winning pitcher for HDL Yankees. He allowed seven hits and one run over seven innings, striking out four.
Travis Hill took the loss for HDL Royals. He went two and a third innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and walking zero.
Roberto Pena started the game for HDL Royals. He allowed two hits and one run over three innings, striking out two and walking one.
HDL Yankees hit one home run on the day. Freddy Colemnares had a long ball in the seventh inning.
HDL Yankees saw the ball well today, racking up 14 hits in the game. Ceasar Cabrera, Belote, Mosquedo, Colemnares, and Carlos Canelo each racked up multiple hits for HDL Yankees. Cabrera went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead HDL Yankees in hits. HDL Yankees didn’t commit a single error in the field. Nevels had the most chances in the field with seven.
Carlos Gotera led HDL Royals with two hits in three at bats.
THIS POST WILL END HERE DUE TO TIME CONSTRAINTS. ANOTHER POST WILL BE ADDED LATER THIS WEEK.
The HDL Royals won their 2nd game of the young season by holding on to a one run lead late in the game to beat the HDL Cardinals by a score of 10-9.
The Royals have started the season with the same number of new players as all the other HDL teams. What sets them apart is their knack of forcing their opponents into making mistakes. For instance, when the Royals fell behind 6-2 going into the top of the 3rd inning, they responded with 5 runs on 3 hits to go along with 2 walks and a batter “hit-by-pitch”. After the 3rd inning, both teams matched the other team in runs scored, even though the Cardinals continued to scratch out more hits than the Royals(0)/(Card’s (4)).
The game came down to the last inning when both teams held the other team to “zero” runs.
In the end, clutch pitching and defense decided the final score. Special recognition goes to Shane Petty for clutch catches at first base on less than perfect throws from his infielders. Shane saved the game for the Royals when his final catch ended the Cardinal rally.
Going forward, each team has to find a way to improve their fundamentals – field the ball, throw the ball and catch the ball and their pitchers must throw strikes and stop walking so many batters. (The same thing could be said for the Cardinals)
Royals Hitters: Juan Ramuiz, Travis Hill and Omar Zavaleta each had 1 hit.
Royals Pitching: Travis Hill (WP)- 5 IP, 9 Hits, 9 Runs, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K’s and 3 HBP; Roberto Pena – (Save) 1 IP, 0 H, 0 Runs, 1 BB, 1K
Cardinals Hitters: Tyler Dunn (3 Hits), Wes Hill (2 Hits),
John Ward, Jose Ortiz, Jason Nilsen with 1 hit each.
Tyler Dunn (LP)- 2 IP, 0 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 3 HBP;
Wes Hill – 1 IP, 0 Hits, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K’s
Sunday Game: GIANTS 6 – YANKEES 5
OVERALL – “Best Game of Season” (So far)
Coming into this game, both teams lost their season opener. However, the number of seasoned ball players on each team was bound to make a difference. When you look at the total stats, these 2 teams combined for 11 Runs, 17 Hits, only 4 Errors (2 ea.), 12 Walks, and 9 K’s.
For the first time this year, one team had the majority of their roster of players all able to show up. And that would be the GIANTS, who batted 13 players, while the Yankees had 11 players but only 10 in the line-up. The Giants were the visiting team. So in the top of the first inning they were disciplined and forced Rookie starting pitcher for the Yankees, Johnny Mosquedo, to throw a lot of pitches. The Giants put together 3 Walks and a base hit (G. Bacchus) to take an early 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the first inning, Giants Starting pitcher, Ben Eldred, got his first chance to get some mound work. The lack of pre-season practice indicated Ben was trying to work out the kinks. As a result, Ben surrendered 3 runs, that were aided by the Giants first error of the game (E4). After one complete inning, the Yankees re-gained the lead (3-2).
In innings 2 and 3, the Giants put together some solid at bats and scored 2 runs in the 2nd and 2 runs in the 3rd. Going into the bottom of the 4th, Ben Eldred had sort of found his groove and held the score to 6-3. Leading off the bottom of the 4th, Yankees, Chris Pigues, smashed a solid single to center field. Orville Nevels followed with a single, followed by another single by Luis Espino. Before the inning was over, Ben Eldred got through the 4th only giving up 2 runs and helped the Giants hold on to a 6-5 lead.
During innings 5, 6, and 7, both team managers made strategic pitching changes to keep the score within one run. For the Yankees, Luis Espino worked 3 innings and did an outstanding job allowing zero runs on only 1 hit. Meanwile, the Giants went with Eric Sipes to try to hold the 1 run lead. Eric also was outstanding with zero runs allowed and onle 2 hits aided by 4 strikeouts. In the bottom of the 7th inning, Eric got help from his defense when the Yankees had the bases loaded and failed to score a run.
YANKEES Top Hitters: Ceasar Cabrerra, Johnny Mosquedo and Chris Pigues each had 2 hits.
YANKEES Pitching: Johnny Mosquedo (LP)- 3 IP, 6 Hits, 6 Runs, 5 ER, 5 BB, 1 K’s; Luis Espino – 3 IP, 0 runs, 1 Hit, 2 BB, 1 K; Jodie Wolfe – 1 IP, 0 runs, 1 Hit, 1 K
GIANTS Top Hitters: Oliver (?) had 2 hits, Four other players had 1 hit each.
GIANTS Pitching: Ben Eldred (WP)- 4 IP, 9 Hits, 5 Runs, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K’s; Eric Sipes (Save) – 3 IP, 0 runs, 2 Hits, 2 BB, 4 K’s