GCLL baseball reports:
In Wednesday Senior League action at Adair Kennedy the Dodger’s pulled the year’s biggest upset by stopping the Yankees 2012 regular season unbeaten streak 8-3. For the Dodger’s, pitcher “Tibbs” pitched a complete game and utilized all aspects of his arsenal …including some amazing defense from the mound on line drives right up the middle. Dodger center fielder Brady made some amazing catches in center field to rob Yankee batters of what might have been ‘hits for extra bases’. Yankee’s notables included a good effort from pitchers Jake Tanner, Grant Ainsworth, & Matt Cunningham. A close game until the top of the 7th, when with the scored tied 3 -3, Dodgers bats lit up and between a combination of smart hitting / base running, and capitalizing on Yankee errors…Dodgers lit up the board to what proved to be the winning score of 8 – 3.
And: Nearby at Miller Field, Triple AAA minor league action featured the Reds versus the Royals. The Reds won the hard fought victory over the Royals.
Notable: Red’s batter ‘Nepthali’ had a walk off single up the middle that proved decisive. Final regular season games for Gastineau Channel little baseball is either here, or fast approaching. Get your sunscreen on and get out there & cheer on the boys of summer in these last few exciting games, before the post-season play begins.
Also: Juneau 2012 All Star baseball teams have been selected, stay tuned for details.
Yogi Berra said:
“Swing at the strikes.”
“Closed.” (Yogi’s comment when asked what he liked best about school.)
On This Date In Baseball History, June 22:
1925 — The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 24-6 with Kiki Cuyler and Pie Traynor each hitting a grand slam and Max Carey getting two hits in the first and eighth innings.
1930 — Lou Gehrig hit three home runs to lead the New York Yankees to a 20-13 victory over the Philadelphia Athletics in the second game of a doubleheader. Babe Ruth, who hit three homers in the nightcap the previous day, hit two homers in the opener and one in the nightcap for the Yankees. Ruth tied major league records for five homers in two games and six homers in three games.
1944 — Jim Tobin of the Boston Braves threw a five-inning 7-0 no-hitter in the second game of a doubleheader against the Philadelphia Phillies.
1947 — Cincinnati’s Ewell Blackwell almost duplicated Johnny Vander Meer’s double no-hit record by following up his June 18 gem over Boston. Brooklyn’s Eddie Stanky singled with one out in the ninth to end Blackwell’s bid. Blackwell ended up with a 4-0 two-hitter.
1962 — Baltimore Orioles first baseman Boog Powell became the first batter to hit a home run over the center-field hedge at Memorial Stadium. The 469-foot clout came off Don Schwall of the Boston Red Sox.
1982 — Philadelphia’s Pete Rose doubled off St. Louis pitcher John Stuper in the third inning to move into second place on the career hit list. Rose moved ahead of Hank Aaron with hit No. 3,772.
1993 — Carlton Fisk set the major league record for most games caught as the Chicago White Sox beat the Texas Rangers 3-2. Fisk, 45, passed Bob Boone with his 2,226th game.
1994 — Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 31st home run of the season in Seattle’s 12-3 victory at California, breaking Babe Ruth’s record for most homers before the end of June. Ruth needed 63 games to reach 30 homers in 1928 and 68 games in 1930. Griffey did it in the Mariners’ 70th game.
1997 — The Atlanta Braves, behind a four-homer, nine-run third, beat the Philadelphia Phillies 12-5. Chipper Jones, Fred McGriff, Michael Tucker and Jeff Blauser homered in the inning.
2002 — The Detroit Tigers ended Luis Castillo’s 35-game hitting streak. Castillo went 0-for-4 and was left on deck when the Florida Marlins finished off a four-run, ninth-inning rally to beat the Tigers 5-4.
2006 — Anthony Reyes pitched a one-hitter in just his fourth major league start, but St. Louis fell to the Chicago White Sox 1-0. Jim Thome homered in the seventh inning for Chicago’s only hit.
2008 — Atlanta’s Mark Teixeira hit three home runs and finished with four RBIs in an 8-3 win over Seattle. Teixeira hit solo drives batting left-handed in the second and fourth innings, and a two-run shot from the right side in the seventh.
2011 — Cincinnati leadoff hitter Chris Heisey hits three home runs and drives in five runs as the Reds beat the New York Yankees 10-2.
Today’s birthdays: Cesar Ramos 27; Ian Kinsler 29; Jason Motte 29; Brad Hawpe 32; Willie Harris 33.
Did You Know???
Don Baylor played in three straight World Series....for three different teams. Don Baylor was a world-class manager and a very good player for a number of teams, winning the MVP in 1979 and three silver slugger awards. Baylor is regarded as one of the most underrated players of all-time. Baylor made the World Series three times in his career, and they just happened to be consecutively, in 1986 (Red Sox), 1987 (Twins), and 1988 (Athletics). Only the Twins won him a championship in 1987, a year he was seldom used.
And Did You Know???
Bobby Richardson won the World Series MVP for a losing team. The team he played for was the Yankees in the historic 1960 World Series. Coming off a down year the Yankees chewed up the league, and going into the World Series against the Pirates; people had already given the Yanks another title. It was not meant to be, as we all know the script: Bill Mazeroski hit a home run to win it for the Pirates and pull off a major upset. Richardson stole the show, however; batting .367, driving in 12, and hitting a grand slam. Richardson is the only player to win an MVP on the World Series runner-up.