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Posted: June 26, 2012 - 11:03pm
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An Indians runner rounds second base against the Reds in Minor Division action on Tuesday at Miller Field.
An Indians runner rounds second base against the Reds in Minor Division action on Tuesday at Miller Field.

Big Thank You!!!:

A big thanks to readers J & D Douglas for updating historical info. While MLB’s Ken Ash is the only pitcher to win a game having thrown only one pitch, there is another who won a game without throwing a pitch. It happened on July 7, 2009 in a game between the Washington Nationals and the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. The game was tied 4-4 going into the top of the 8th. Joel Peralta replaced Juan Rincon as the Rockies’ pitcher (he was the fourth Rockies’ pitcher – their starter was Josh Hammel). He struck out Josh Bard looking, and retired Willie Harris on a deep fly ball to center field. Then Austin Kearns pinch-hit for the Nationals’ pitcher, Sean Burnett. Kearns grounded a singled to right. Then Joel Peralta was replaced as the Rockies’ pitcher by Alan Embree. Before Embree threw a pitch to the plate he picked Kearns off first for the last out of the inning. The Rockies scored an unearned run in the bottom of the 8th {and did it without a hit: two walks and an E3 loaded the bases with one out. Clint Barmes hit a fly to center that was caught for the second out. The runner on third (Carlos Gonzalez) tagged up and scored, but the runner on second (Seth Smith) was thrown out trying to reach third on an 8-6. Gonzalez had already crossed the plate so the run counted}. Anyway, Embree was still the Rockies’ pitcher of record when that run scored. Houston Street replaced Embree as the Rockies pitcher in the top of the 9th and got the save. But Embree never went to the mound again, and got the win without throwing a pitch.

Coed Sportsmanship:

After a wicked and wild weekend of activity in the 8th Annual Capital City Coed Softball Tournament the top two teams squared off for a finals confrontation and the Miller Lite team defeated Ballaholics. Unfortunately, a roster error resulted in Miller Lite having to forfeit their wins, thus relegating them to last place.

While this is an unfortunate occurrence, the tournament ruling is in place to prevent what has happened at some tournaments around the state in all sports, the addition of “ringers” who have not played with the team before. This ruling is one the Gold Medal Basketball Tournament battles through each season to ensure the integrity of the game.

This particular incident was just an accidental oversight as the player in question has been playing for Miller Lite all season.

On a more positive note, the Ballaholics gave their championship winnings to team Miller Lite. Even though the results cannot be officially posted that way, this act of sportsmanship was well noted. The second half of the coed softball season should be fun to watch!

Tourney Underway:

The Gastineau Channel Little League post-season tournaments are under way and results will be posted daily if available. Unfortunately for the Majors division Athletics they had to forfeit their games due to vacation schedules and are out of post season contention.

The Mets put three pitchers on the mound Monday night in their 15-5 loss to the Reds.

Mets pitchers Shay (58 pitches), Andrew (38 pitches) and Dylan (15 pitches) opposed the Reds’ Toby (15 pitches) and Edwardo (84 pitches).

Did You Know???

Bill Voiselle wore the name of his hometown on his uniform. Bill Voiselle was a pitcher for the Giants, Braves and Cubs, who had three stellar seasons in his nine-year career. For the last four seasons of his career, he switched to a number that was more suited for him: 96. So what? High numbers usually mean your going to go down to the minors, right? Not for Bill; you see, 96 was not just a number to him; it was his South Carolina hometown.

Did You Know???

Jack McCarthy threw out three runners at home plate in the same inning. While playing for the Cubs in 1905, outfielder Jack McCarthy was possibly a little angry with his team’s inability to get anyone out. So McCarthy decided to take matters into his own hands. He threw out not one, not two but three runners trying to score. It is such an amazing feat that nobody has come close to matching it in the 108 years since, and unless the outs per inning expand to four, no one will ever have a shot at eclipsing him.

Diamond Quotes:

“Baseball is a fun game. It beats working for a living” - Phil Linz.

On This Date In Baseball History, June 27:

1917 — Catcher Hank Gowdy of the Braves became the first major league player to enter military service in World War I.

1939 — The Brooklyn Dodgers and the Boston Braves played a 23-inning, 2-2 tie. Whit Wyatt pitched the first 16 innings for the Dodgers. Both clubs played a 26-inning tie in 1920 at the same Braves Field.

1958 — Billy Pierce of the Chicago White Sox retired 26 straight Washington batters before pinch-hitter Ed Fitzgerald hit a double just inside the right-field line for the only hit. Pierce then struck out Albie Pearson on three pitches and beat the Senators 3-0.

1973 — David Clyde, a $125,000, 18-year-old bonus baby with the Rangers, pitched five innings, struck out eight and allowed one hit in his first major league start. Texas beat the Minnesota Twins 4-3 before 35,698 fans — the Rangers’ first home sellout at Arlington Stadium.

1980 — The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Jerry Reuss pitched a no-hitter against the San Francisco Giants in an 8-0 victory at Candlestick Park. The only player to reach base was Jack Clark in the first inning on a throwing error by shortstop Bill Russell.

1986 — San Francisco rookie Robby Thompson set a major league record when he was caught stealing four times in the Giants’ 7-6, 12-inning victory over the Cincinnati Reds. Catcher Bo Diaz threw out Thompson in the fourth, sixth, ninth and 11th innings.

1993 — Anthony Young of the New York Mets set a major league record by losing his 24th straight decision, 5-3 to the St. Louis Cardinals.

1999 — Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 27th homer and robbed Juan Gonzalez of a three-run shot with a spectacular over-the-fence catch as the Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 5-2 in the final game at the Kingdome.

2003 — Boston set a major league record by scoring 10 runs before the first out. The 50-minute, 91-pitch first inning came during a 25-8 victory over Florida. The Red Sox also tied an AL record with 14 first-inning runs. Johnny Damon matched a major league mark with three hits in an inning.

2007 — Ryan Howard hit his 100th career homer in his 325th game, becoming the fastest player to reach that total. Howard’s three-run shot off Cincinnati’s Aaron Harang gave the Phillies a 3-0 lead in the fifth inning. The 505-foot drive was the longest in the four-year history of Citizens Bank Park.

2008 — Carlos Delgado of the New York Mets homered twice, including a grand slam, and set a franchise record with nine RBIs in a 15-6 rout of the Yankees at Yankee Stadium in the opener of the teams’ two-ballpark doubleheader. The Yankees beat the Mets 9-0 at Shea Stadium in the night game.

2009 — A.J. Burnett pitched a one-hitter to give the New York Yankees a 5-0 win over the New York Mets. Alex Cora got the Mets’ only hit, lining a clean single to center to lead off the sixth. He had been 0 for 21 with eight strikeouts against Burnett.

2010 — Jamie Moyer surrendered his record-breaking 506th home run but was sharp otherwise, and the Philadelphia Phillies took advantage of Toronto’s troubles to beat the Blue Jays 11-2. Moyer’s only mistake was a two-run homer by Vernon Wells in the third inning. Moyer passed former Phillies Hall of Famer Robin Roberts for the most homers allowed in a career.

Today’s birthday: Jim Johnson 29.

Did You Also Know???

No one had an RBI in the 1968 All-Star game.

In 1968, the All-Star Game was played indoors for the first time at Houston’s famous Astrodome. In the bottom of the first, the National League put a runner on third with no outs. Willie McCovey then stepped up and hit into a double play that scored the runner on third.

After Hank Aaron walked, Ron Santo was retired on a groundout, the game remained 1-0 for the remaining eight innings, and since no RBI is awarded on a fielder’s choice; the NL won without an RBI. Oh yeah, who was the runner on third base?....Willie Mays, who won the MVP.

Diamond Quotes:

“Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer” - Ted Williams.

Diamond Quotes:

“You can’t sit on a lead and run a few plays into the line and just kill the clock. You’ve got to throw the ball over the darn plate and give the other man his chance. That’s why baseball is the greatest game of the all” - Earl Weaver.

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