What a matchup we have here in this one, folks! The top two teams in the TBL squaring off in their first meeting of the season. The Cubs and Dodgers both sit at 5-1, and they are trotting out two of their better pitchers, Dan Haren and Zack Greinke. Watch as the at-bats are rolled out, and see who gets a leg up in this juicy affair!
After succumbing in their previous game, the Cubs and Dodgers both returned to their winning ways leading up to an approaching showdown.
Los Angeles benefited from Clayton Kershaw’s second start of the season in shutting out the White Sox 6-0. The lefty held Chicago to a meager 2 singles on the day. Starting in center field against lefty Jose Quintana, Enrique Hernandez drove in 3 runs on the day to provide the necessary offense for the Dodgers.
In Dallas, the Cubs rode their ace as well to the 3-1 triumph. Jake Arrieta pitched a complete game, giving up only a run on 6 hits with 9 strikeouts. Backup catcher David Ross doubled in Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo in the 7th inning to break the 1-1 tie. Yovani Gallardo was the losing pitcher for the Rangers, conceding 2 runs on only 2 hits in a disappointing result for their top starter.
In other action:
- Khris Davis and Domingo Santana belted home runs off Colorado starter Jorge de la Rosa, and Jimmy Nelson pitched 7 innings to earn the victory in Milwaukee’s 7-1 victory against the Rockies.
- As broadcast on our Youtube channel, John Lackey got the better of Justin Verlander in a battle of staff aces as the St. Louis Cardinals squeaked by the Detroit Tigers 1-0. Randal Grichuk successfully squeezed home Tony Cruz to earn the Redbirds their win.
- The Twins won the rubber game of their series against the Kansas City Royals 6-4. Minnesota pounded out 10 hits in the outing, with Trevor Plouffe deciding the game with a 2 out home run in the 6th inning off Edinson Volquez. Brian Duensing earned the win with 2 innings of hitless relief work.
(Editor’s Note: Since I am a tad behind in the reporting of games on this blog, I will not provide the box scores for Gameday 6 or the upcoming pitching matchups for Gameday 7. Instead, here are the current standings, statistical leaders, individual stats, and team stats for the Ten-acious Baseball League through 2 series of play:
Continue to check back for more coverage of the league, including game videos and more recaps as we make our way through the season towards the playoffs.)
The Ten-acious Baseball League will provide occasional video coverage of its league’s games. In this installment, Justin Verlander is on the mound for the Detroit Tigers as he squares off against John Lackey’s St. Louis Cardinals.
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The last winless team in the TBL is winless no more.
Phil Hughes (1-0) threw 8 scoreless innings to earn his Twins the 3-0 victory against the Royals. An early home run by Torii Hunter set Minnesota on the right course. The Twins squeezed out two more runs in the 4th inning, one on a Trevor Plouffe single, and the other on a 3-base error on Alex Rios.
Jeremy Guthrie ceded only 4 hits to Minnesota in the loss, notching a complete game for his efforts.
In Other Action:
- Adam LaRoche and Tyler Saladino sparked the White Sox to a 5-4 victory over Los Angeles. Both players homered to drive in all 5 runs for Chicago, helping Erik Johnson to earn his first win of the season. The Dodgers endured their first loss of the season, with Scott van Slyke grounding out to LaRoche with runners on 1st and 2nd to end the game.
- Colorado bounced back from their 8 run collapse in Milwaukee yesterday to outscore the Brewers 11-8. The back-and-forth affair was highlighted by Carlos Gonzalez’s 2 home run performance for the Rockies. Scott Oberg was the winning pitcher in relief, while Jeremy Jeffress got battered for 4 runs in the 8th inning to claim credit for the loss. Khris Davis slammed his 4th home run in 3 days in the losing cause.
- The Rangers ran their record to 3-2 with a 5-4 triumph at home against the Cubs. Mitch Moreland’s 3-run home run opened up the lead to 4-0 off starter Kyle Hendricks (0-1), but Chicago fought back through long balls by Miguel Montero and Jorge Soler. But Shawn Tolleson worked around a lead-off double in the 9th to save the game for Derek Holland.
- St. Louis rode starter Carlos Martinez’s 7-hit complete game shutout of Detroit, 9-0. Brandon Moss and Stephen Piscotty both went yard with 2-run dingers to trounce the Tigers. Alfredo Simon was rocked for 6 runs in only 2 innings of work, a disappointing start to his season.
With 5 of 54 games played thus far, the Dodgers and Cubs both sit atop the Ten-acious Baseball League with a 4-1 record. Both teams are off to a hot start while enduring a road trip to begin the season. Rounding out the top four are the Cardinals and Rockies at 3-2, with Texas and Kansas City out of the playoff picture on account of their run differential.
Results – June 16, 2016
White Sox 5, Los Angeles 4
W: E. Johnson (1-0, 5.14 ERA)
L: Bolsinger (0-1, 9.00 ERA)
H: Albers (1); S: Robertson (2)
HR: LAD Turner (2); CHW LaRoche (2), Saladino (1)
Colorado 11, Milwaukee 8
W: Oberg (1-0, 13.5 ERA)
L: Jeffress (0-1, 6.75 ERA)
H: Flande (1); S: Axford (2); BS: Jeffress (1)
HR: COL Arenado (3), Gonzalez 2 (2); MIL Davis (4)
Texas 5, Cubs 4
W: Holland (1-0, 3.68 ERA)
L: Hendricks (0-1, 10.4 ERA)
H: Diekman (1), Dyson (1) S: Tolleson (1)
HR: CHC Montero (2), Soler (2); TEX Chirinos (1), Moreland (3)
St. Louis 9, Detroit 0
W: C. Martinez (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
L: Simon (0-1, 27.0 ERA)
HR: STL Moss (1), Piscotty (1)
Minnesota 3, Kansas City 0
W: Hughes (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
L: Guthrie (0-1, 2.25 ERA)
S: Perkins (1)
HR: Hunter (2)
Upcoming Games – June 16, 2016
Los Angeles (Kershaw, 1-0, 2.00 ERA) at Chicago White Sox (Quintana, 1-0, 2.25 ERA)
Colorado (de la Rosa, 1-0, 0.00 ERA) at Milwaukee (Nelson, 0-1, 6.00 ERA)
Chicago Cubs (Arrieta, 1-0, 2.00 ERA) at Texas (Gallardo, 0-1, 7.71 ERA)
Detroit (Verlander, 0-1, 4.50 ERA) at St. Louis (Lackey, 0-1, 1.58 ERA)
Kansas City (Volquez, 1-0, 3.86 ERA) at Minnesota (Gibson, 0-1, 2.70 ERA)
Updated Statistics (after 5 games)
The Rockies were cruising along in the 8th inning, leading host Milwaukee 9-2. Then the Brewers bats woke up. They erupted for 8 runs in the final 2 frames to steal a victory from the visitors.
Colorado rode Nolan Arenado’s first 2 home runs of the season, setting up starter Chris Rusin for what looked like an easy win. But Scott Oberg and John Axford were unable to put away the Brew Crew.
After Khris Davis cut the lead to 9-7 on a solo home run, the wheels fell off for closer Axford. A DJ LeMahieu error, a single, and a walk loaded the bases for Hernan Perez. The Venezuelan third baseman grounded out, forcing home a run. Then pinch-hitter Scooter Gennett hit a gapper which completed the improbable comeback. The win was Milwaukee’s first of the season.
In other action:
- The Los Angeles Dodgers continued their road trip success by defeating the Chicago White Sox 9-3. Home runs from Scott van Slyke, Yasiel Puig, and Alex Guerrero secured the easy win for starter Alex Wood.
- The Cubs also ran their record to 4-0 with a 7-5 result over Texas. Kris Bryant went 4-for-4 with a home run, and Jorge Soler pounded a 3-run shot to lead the way.
- St. Louis got back to 0.500 in their win over Detroit. Tiger pitchers combined to walk the Cardinals 9 times, which contributed to St. Louis’s 7 run output on only 1 extra base hit.
- The Twins dropped to 0-4 after their 3-0 loss to Kansas City. The Royals cobbled together 3 runs on 8 hits, handing a tough loss to Mike Pelfrey. Yordano Ventura pitched 7 scoreless innings for the victory.
Results – June 15, 2016
Los Angeles 9, White Sox 3
W: Wood (1-0, 1.45 ERA)
L: Danks (0-1, 12.5 ERA)
HR: LAD Van Slyke (1), Puig (1), Guerrero (1); CHW LaRoche (1)
Milwaukee 10, Colorado 9
W: Blazek (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
L: Axford (0-1, 6.75 ERA)
BS: Axford (1)
HR: COL LeMahieu (1), Arenado 2 (2); MIL Davis (3)
Cubs 7, Texas 5
W: Hammel (1-0, 4.50 ERA)
L: Lewis (0-1, 8.44 ERA)
H: Grimm (1), Russell (2)
S: Rondon (2)
HR: CHC Bryant (3), Soler (1); TEX Beltre (1), Moreland (2)
St. Louis 7, Detroit 2
W: Cishek (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
L: Alburquerque (0-1, 22.5 ERA)
BS: Alburquerque (1)
Kansas City 3, Minnesota 0
W: Ventura (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
L: Pelfrey (0-1, 5.40 ERA)
H: Davis (2)
S: Madson (1)
Upcoming Games – June 16, 2016
Los Angeles (Bolsinger, 0-0, 0.00 ERA) at Chicago White Sox (E. Johnson, 0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Colorado (Butler, 0-0, 0.00 ERA) at Milwaukee (Lohse, 0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Chicago Cubs (Hendricks, 0-0, 0.00 ERA) at Texas (Holland, 0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Detroit (Simon, 0-0, 0.00 ERA) at St. Louis (Martinez, 0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Kansas City (Guthrie, 0-0, 0.00 ERA) at Minnesota (Hughes, 0-0, 0.00 ERA)
The Brew Crew hung tough, but couldn’t quite pull out their first victory of the TBL Season.
With the score tied at 5 in the 7th inning, Jimmy Rollins tripled and scored the deciding run as the Los Angeles Dodgers outlasted Milwaukee 7-5. Rollins went 3-for-5 with 2 RBI’s for the Dodgers, who improved their record to 3-0 after the first series. Kenley Jansen worked the 9th for his 2nd save. Brewers’ left fielder Khris Davis smacked 2 home runs and drove in 4 in the loss.
The Chicago Cubs also remained undefeated, completing the sweep of Minnesota by way of a 3-2 road victory. All of the Cubs’ runs were scored in the 6th inning, capped off by Anthony Rizzo’s 2-run home run to put them ahead 3-1. The Twins got one back on an Eduardo Escobar single, scoring Shane Robinson. But Hector Rondon closed out the game for Chicago to preserve the win for starter Jon Lester.
The Cardinals salvaged a game in their series with Colorado, 3-1. Starting pitcher Jaime Garcia pitched 8 scoreless innings, conceding only 2 hits while striking out 8 Rockies. Matt Carpenter provided the big bat, crushing a 1st inning 2-run home run off losing pitcher Kyle Kendrick. Carlos Gonzalez took St. Louis closer Trevor Rosenthal deep with 2 ours in the 9th. But Rosenthal got Nolan Arenado to pop out to end the ball game.
Texas scored 5 runs in the first 3 innings to overpower the Chicago White Sox 6-2. Shin-Soo Choo and Prince Fielder cranked homers in the 1st inning, while Mitch Moreland hit a 2-run dinger in the 3rd to shell Jeff Samardzija early and often. The Ranger pitching trio of Martin Perez, Tanner Scheppers, and Anthony Bass combined to limit the Sox to 4 hits.
Finally, at Kauffman Stadium, the Royals held off a late charge by Detroit. The 4-3 victory was led by solo shots from Eric Hosmer and Kendrys Morales, though the deciding runs were scored with small ball by a Drew Butera squeeze and a 2-out single from Christian Colon. Danny Duffy picked up the victory, and Greg Holland got the save.
Results – June 14, 2016
Los Angeles 7, Milwaukee 5
W: Baez (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
L: Peralta (0-1, 8.53 ERA)
S: Jansen (2)
HR: LAD Pederson (1); MIL Davis 2 (2)
Texas 6, Chicago White Sox 2
W: Perez (1-0, 2.70 ERA)
L: Samardzija (0-1, 7.11 ERA)
HR: TEX Choo (1), Fielder (2), Moreland (1)
St. Louis 3, Colorado 1
W: Garcia (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
L: Kendrick (0-1, 3.52 ERA)
S: Rosenthal (1)
HR: STL Carpenter (1)
Chicago Cubs 3, Minnesota 2
W: Lester (1-0, 2.70 ERA)
L: Santana (0-1, 3.86 ERA)
S: Rondon (1)
HR: CHC Rizzo (2)
Kansas City 4, Kansas City 3
W: Duffy (1-0, 4.05 ERA)
L: Sanchez (0-1, 6.0 ERA)
S: Holland (1)
HR: DET J.D. Martinez 2 (3); KAN Hosmer (1), Morales (1)
Upcoming Games – June 14, 2016
Los Angeles (Wood, 0-0, 0.00 ERA) at Chicago White Sox (Danks, 0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Colorado (Rusin, 0-0, 0.00 ERA) at Milwaukee (Garza, 0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Chicago Cubs (Hammel, 0-0, 0.00 ERA) at Texas (Lewis, 0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Detroit (Boyd, 0-0, 0.00 ERA) at St. Louis (Wacha, 0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Kansas City (Ventura, 0-0, 0.00 ERA) at Minnesota (Pelfrey, 0-0, 0.00 ERA)
(Note: I will spotlight the most interesting game of the day in the headline of these updates. I realize this is the second Dodgers headine, but there is no intended bias in that choice. Additionally, I will post updated Standings after each day, and periodically I will add a download that will contain some statistical leaders and such. This post contains such an update. I don’t know how often I’ll be able to provide such updates.)
After blowing a 4-0 lead in the 9th inning, the Texas Rangers used a walk-off Delino DeShields single to finish off the Chicago White Sox in the 15th inning. Leonys Martin led off the inning with a single and took second on a steal. DeShields obliged with a drawn-in outfield, finding the gap with a line drive. Earlier in the game, Elvis Andrus doubled home 2 runs to stake the Rangers to a 4-0 lead.
Yet while Cole Hamels worked into the 9th, the Rangers ran into trouble after handing the ball off to Shawn Tolleson. The closer gave up a 3-run home run to Jose Abreu to tie the game. After extending the game, the White Sox only mustered 3 further hits and Carlos Rodon picked up the loss.
- A 6th inning two-out grand slam by Nick Hundley propelled Colorado to a 6-3 final score versus the St. Louis Cardinals. Jose Reyes tacked on a 2-run home run in the 8th for insurance, helping Chad Bettis earn his first victory of the young season. Lance Lynn took the loss for the Cardinals.
- Zach Greinke dominated the Milwaukee Brewers, allowing 5 hits while striking out 9 in a 3-1 victory. Justin Turner provided all the offense the Dodgers needed, homering to left in the 4th inning off Taylor Jungmann. Kenley Jansen struck out the side in the 9th for his first save.
- Daniel Norris gave up 2 runs on 3 hits to earn the win as Detroit defeated Kansas City 7-2. Miguel Cabrera and Jose Iglesias each drove in two runs for the Tigers, who chased Johnny Cueto in the 6th inning.
- The Cubs ensured their 2-0 start to the season with a 9-3 drubbing of the Minnesota Twins. Dan Haren pitched the complete game for Chicago. Kris Bryant delivered the standout performance for the Cubs offensively, driving in 4 runs on two homers and a sacrifice fly.
Results – June 13, 2016
Los Angeles 3, Milwaukee 1
W: Greinke (1-0, 1.13 ERA)
L: Jungmann (0-1, 2.57 ERA)
S: Jansen (1)
HR: LAD Turner (1)
Texas 5, Chicago White Sox 4 (15 innings)
W: N. Martinez (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
L: Rodon (0-1, 9.00 ERA)
BS: Tolleson (1)
HR: CWS Abreu (1); TEX Napoli (1)
Colorado 6, St. Louis 3
W: Bettis (1-0, 1.29 ERA)
L: Lynn (0-1, 6.35 ERA)
Chicago Cubs 9, Minnesota 3
W: Haren (1-0, 3.00 ERA)
L: Milone (0-1, 9.00 ERA)
HR: CHC Bryant 2 (2), Jackson (1)
Detroit 7, Kansas City 2
W: Norris (1-0, 2.25 ERA)
L: Cueto (0-1, 4.77 ERA)
HR: DET J.D. Martinez (1); KAN Moustakas (1)
Upcoming Games – June 14, 2016
Los Angeles (Anderson, 0-0, 0.00 ERA) at Milwaukee (Peralta, 0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Chicago White Sox (Samardzija, 0-0, 0.00 ERA) at Texas (Perez, 0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Colorado (Kendrick, 0-0, 0.00 ERA) at St. Louis (Garcia, 0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Chicago Cubs (Lester, 0-0, 0.00 ERA) at Minnesota (Santana, 0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Detroit (Sanchez, 0-0, 0.00 ERA) at Kansas City (Duffy, 0-0, 0.00 ERA)
As the Ten-acious Baseball League opened play for the 2016 season, the Los Angeles Dodgers gifted starter Clayton Kershaw (1-0) a 6 run advantage in the 1st inning on 4 straight singles to lead off the game. The dominant left-hander proceeded to strike out 11 Brewers while giving up 3 runs in a complete game 6-3 victory at Miller Park. Shortstop Jimmy Rollins went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI in the victory, while Brewer starter Jimmy Nelson (0-1) overcame his rocky 1st inning to settle down and relinquish no further runs in his own complete game 8 strike out performance.
Deep in the heart of Texas, the Chicago White Sox started off their season in style with a 4-2 victory over the Rangers. A Melky Cabrera double plated 2 runs in the 5th inning to put the Sox ahead for good. Jose Quintana went 8 innings to earn the victory, while Yovani Gallardo was chased in the 5th inning. Prince Fielder hit his 1st home run of the year in the loss.
The Colorado Rockies took it to John Lackey (0-1) and the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium, earning a 5-2 victory. Jorge de la Rosa (1-0) yielded only 3 hits in 8 scoreless innings for the victory. Lackey conceded all 5 runs in only 5 2/3 innings of work.
The other Windy City team, the Cubs, took care of Minnesota 7-3 with little trouble. Staff ace Jake Arrieta pitched a complete game, giving up 3 runs on 9 hits while striking out 6. Miguel Montero drove in 3 runs courtesy of a 2-run home run and a sacrifice fly, while Starlin Castro hit a solo shot in the 1st. Kyle Gibson got the loss for the Twins.
In the final game of the day, the Royals topped the Tigers 7-3. After going down early, Detroit fired back to tie the game at 3 on a Victor Martinez 3-run home run in the 6th inning. But Kansas City hung tough, and benefited from a a ball that squirted through Anthony Gose’s legs, bringing home Jarrod Dyson for the decisive run. The Royals struck for 14 hits against the Tigers, with Edinson Volquez getting the victory.
Results – June 12, 2016
Los Angeles 6, Milwaukee 2
W: Kershaw (1-0, 2.00 ERA)
L: Nelson (0-1, 6.00 ERA)
Chicago White Sox 4, Texas 2
W: Quintana (1-0, 2.25 ERA)
L: Gallardo (0-1, 7.72 ERA)
SV: Robertson (1)
HR: TEX Fielder (1)
Colorado 5, St. Louis 2
W: de la Rosa (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
L: Lackey (0-1, 1.59 ERA)
SV: Axford (1)
Chicago Cubs 7, Minnesota 3
W: Arrieta (1-0, 2.00 ERA)
L: Gibson (0-1, 2.70 ERA)
HR: CHC Castro (1), Rizzo (1), Montero (1); MIN Hunter (1)
Kansas City 7, Detroit 3
W: Volquez (1-0, 3.86 ERA)
L: Verlander (0-1, 4.50 ERA)
HR: DET V. Martinez (1); KAN Zobrist (1)
Upcoming Games – June 13, 2016
Los Angeles (Greinke, 0-0, 0.00 ERA) at Milwaukee (Jungmann, 0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Chicago White Sox (Sale, 0-0, 0.00 ERA) at Texas (Hamels, 0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Colorado (Bettis, 0-0, 0.00 ERA) at St. Louis (Lynn, 0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Chicago Cubs (Haren, 0-0, 0.00 ERA) at Minnesota (Milone, 0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Detroit (Norris, 0-0, 0.00 ERA) at Kansas City (Cueto, 0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Strat-o-matic Baseball is an enjoyable, realistic baseball simulation. It involved cards, dice, and a game board that you don’t really use once you’ve gotten the hang of it. If you buy the full current game set, you receive 27 player cards for all 30 Major League Baseball teams, plus some traded player cards and some other odds and ends. Where you go from there is often simple: follow the basic rules, get a few games under your belt, and then shoot for the stars.
That’s what the Ten-acious Baseball League is for me. I play this game solo, since my kids have yet to catch the baseball bug. I wanted to find a way to simulate a major league season without the sheer number of games. So my idea was to pick 10 teams (hence, Ten-acious) from the 2015 set and, well, “let it roll.”
Rather than pick the top 10 teams based on record, I thought it would be more fun to make it a random choice. I enlisted Random.org to juggle all 30 names into an unordered list, and I grabbed the first 10 teams. They are:
Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Colorado Rockies, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, Minnesota Twins, St. Louis Cardinals, and Texas Rangers.
As might be expected, there is a decent diversity in terms of the good (top regular-season record St. Louis & World Series champion KC), all the way to the “ugly” end (Colorado & the Brew Crew).
Each team will play the other 9 teams in two 3-game series (one home, one away), amounting to a 54 game season. At the end of the season, the top 4 teams will be seeded into 7-game series to anoint the Ten-acious Champion. The league will use the designated hitter exclusively.
With respects to the idea of AB/IP limits, I don’t think that makes complete sense. If a Strat player likes to replicate seasons, it’s understandable. In this case, a team like Colorado probably stunk because Justin Morneau only played in 49 games due to injury. My expectation would be that Strat-o-matic would increase the likelihood of Morneau getting injured, thus limiting his appearances. We’ll see I guess.