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2074 Season (End of April – MLB)

There are any number of good stories to highlight after the 1st month of the 2074 season – the dominance of Phoenix, Brooklyn, and Pittsburgh in the National League or the strong start for the defending Champion Seattle Sounders (though the Los Angeles Galaxy are right in the mix in the AL West) – but, to me, the most interesting of the bunch is the poor start of Josiah and the Jaguars. Historically a so-so club (.500 lifetime record over the last 81 seasons, 38 playoff appearances & 4 championships), they’ve finished in 1st place in 2072 & 2073. 2072 was particularly painful as Josiah Weber had one of the best pitching campaigns the league has ever seen before getting hurt in the 1st round of the playoffs and while the Jags were able to rally together to make it to the World Series, it’s hard to believe that the outcome wouldn’t have been different with Josiah in the rotation. So far, while Josiah has been his usual excellent self (4-1, 2.00 ERA, 184 ERA +), everyone else on the staff has been trash. They are tops in hitting the long ball, but have been average or worse everywhere else – I hope that eventually, the 6-time Pacheco Award winning Josiah Weber will add a World Series to his list of accomplishments – but with the giant step back the Jaguars seem to have taken that seems unlikely to happen this season. Long way to go, of course… but, c’mon OOTP engine, cement this man’s legacy already!

Batters of the Month:
AL: RF Andrew Beck (TOR): .317 AVG, .402 OBP, 9 jacks, 29 RBIs – drafted 27th in 2068 out of Oregon State University.
NL: RF Paul Swift (BRK): .310 AVG, .352 OBP, 6 ding dongs, 21 RBIs – drafted 79th in 2070 out of Iowa

Pitchers of the Month:
AL: SP Alex Jackal (TOR): 5-1, 1.41 ERA – drafted 152nd in 2060 out of Texas. He’s a 3-Time Pacheco Award recipient.
NL: SP Vicente De La Cruz (ORL): 4-1, 1.49 ERA – undrafted international prospect.
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2074 Season (4/30 – 5/2 Vs San Diego) – Part II

27 of 162: Arnaldo Romero (3-1, 2.27 ERA) @ Cleveland Cornejo (3-0, 5.33 ERA)
San Diego wasted no time getting on the board in the top of the 1st when RF Kelford Jackson hit a 2-out RBI, bringing 3B Jamie Burke home. A fortunate turn of events as Kelford’s hit was the only one given up by CC… Old Man Donny got an undeserved break from the lineup today, but Derek, perhaps in a show of support, hit a solo HR with 2 outs and tied up the game with his well placed 398ft moon shot. Things settled down for a couple of innings before Derek hit a single in an unsuccessful attempt to get a party started – nothing doing, another scoreless inning… until San Diego exploded for a 5-run 5th. They’d put 3 more on the board en route to a 9-2 road victory. For the game, Pepper was a paltry 1-4, and Derek was really our only player of note. Cleveland gave up 6 (only 3 earned) as our 4 errors were as much the story of the game as anything. Pepper flubbed two plays while Milbrandt and McDonnell flubbed one each to make sure he didn’t feel so lonely. Romero pitched 8.2 tip top innings for San Diego and their offense was fantastic putting up 14 hits.

28 of 162: Justice Pangburn (2-2, 3.48 ERA) @ Oswaldo Flores (1-3, 5.34 ERA)
Donny, fresh off his day of rest, gets the start at DH… and continues to suck at it, striking out looking in his first AB… Derek stays lukewarm and drops in a hit to shallow left field and then advances on a wild pitch before Luca brings him in with a single to shallow CF. We score another in the second and San Diego returns the favor in the top of the 3rd… Pepper leads us off in the bottom of the 5th with a single and DONNY brings him home with a 2-out RBI single – maybe now he can get that snowflake icon removed from his name… San Diego stays scrappy and manages to put two on the board in the top of the 7th to knot it up and then does it again in the top of the 8th to take a 2-run lead… Mitchell Cusac leads us off in the bottom of the 9th with a double and your boy PEPPER brings him home with a double of his own down the 3B line… Donny, with an opportunity to bring in the tying run, hits a line drive right to SS Jude Varela and that’s where we leave it – Chargers win 5-4.

29 of 162: Ryan Burg (3-1, 2.35) @ Ash Newman (2-1, 3.82 ERA)
Derek’s turn to get a day off… Chargers take a 2-run lead in the 1st, we put up 3-hits but can’t get anyone across… We manage to tie it up in the bottom of the 2nd – let’s go Suns! Of course, the Chargers manage to put up a couple more in the 3rd and while we do get one back in the 4th, they do it to us again in the top of the 5th… We never manage to get any closer than that and finish the game with another loss, our 3rd in a row and 5th to the Chargers this season, 9-5. Bummer biscuits. File under “Insult to Injury”: CF Smith Wells, the man with two last names, gets the #1 player of the day honor after going 3 for 4 with 2 homers, 3 RBI and 4 runs… He is worthy of your hatred.

Up next: We begin our 12-game road trip in Chicago against the 11-19 Fire – given our form, we will need to dig deep to get a series win against them over the weekend.

Notes: Josiah and the Jags also begin May with 3 losses to Green Bay – things are not looking up for the former AL East juggernaut. April NL Pitcher of the Month Vincente De La Cruz suffered an injury in his start against the Philadelphia 76ers and will miss the next 8 weeks of the season - that's lame.
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2074 Season (5/4 – 5/6 @ Chicago Fire)

Phoenix Suns (17-12, .586) @ Chicago Fire (11-19, .367)
Some interleague fun… Winners of 6 World Series titles in their 82 year history, the Chicago Fire have only made the playoffs twice in the last 10 years and last won the whole enchilada in 2069 when they defeated the Vancouver Whitecaps 4-2. Currently, they are dead last in 3 of 4 offensive categories and are 9th in the other and while their bullpen has been really good, this team hasn’t really put anything substantial together all season. Looking to have a much better May than April, the Fire came out and took 2 of 3 off the visiting Toronto Reds during their last series and are now 5-5 in their last 10. They are led by 3B Gavin Nalley – he’s has had a rough start to the season, batting a weak .183 with no homers through 28 starts. We have an opportunity to get back on track here – let’s hope we don’t squander it.


30 of 162: Del Miller (3-0, 5.04 ERA) @ Tom Wallace (1-3, 4.33 ERA)
We start the series with both Jeter Bros in the starting lineup… After Hamza McDonnell earns a walk to open the game, Donny moves him over to second with a base hit up the middle – Derek moves the runner over and Milbrandt brings McDonnell in to give us an early lead… Chicago answers in the bottom of the inning and we now have an 8-inning ballgame… Kai-Fa Chiang hits a 2-out RBI single in the 2nd to get our lead back, but Chicago is quick to answer back in the bottom of the frame… through 3-innings, we have 3 stolen bases – not bad! Chicago get a run in each of the first 4 innings and after we get one in the top of the 5th are up 4-3… In the top of the 6th, Cusac draws a walk, steals second & third, and gives PEPPER a chance to tie it up with no outs… PEPPER rises to the occasion with a hard hit double – tie game! After loading the bases on walks, Chicago reliver Brendan Morgan follows that mess up with a wild pitch allowing PEPPER to score – we’re up 5-4… LET’S GO! We score another in the inning and 2 more after that to earn the W, 8-5. We reduced our errors by half of the previous games total – we only got two today. That’s what you call a win-win. Losing streak snapped!

Elsewhere: Toronto 1B Terry Romero improved his consecutive game hitting streak to 32 games. The league record is 47 games and was set by LF Vica Cabrera while with the San Diego Chargers (gross) in 2036. The 32-game streak puts Romero in a two-way tie with Los Angeles Lakers SS Jhonnatan Candido, who accomplished the feat in 1997, for 15th all-time.

31 of 162: Cleveland Cornejo (3-1, 5.46 ERA) @ Trev Anderson (2-1, 2.10 ERA)

We have both Jeter Bros in the lineup – two games in a row – good thing we keep a doc on retainer… Also, they both struck out in the 1st, so there is that… Chicago put 3 on the board in the bottom of the second and now we have an uphill battle on our hands, Pepper leads of the top of the 3rd and reaches second on an error – we’ll take it – but, at the end of our turn we’ve brought nothing home… We finally put some runs on the board in the top of the 7th and Luca Milbrandt hits a 3-run HR for us in the 8th to secure the lead 5-4… in all we used 7 total pitchers to get the W. Jeter Bros finish 0-6 with a BB each and Pepper goes 0-4 with 2 K’s…

Elsewhere: Romero has now hit safely in 33 straight games, he’s now tied with OKC’s Szak Hodo who accomplished it during the 2028 season.

32 of 162: Isaiah Zuno (2-2, 4.82 ERA) @ Alfredo Mendez (0-4, 4.64 ERA)
If we get the sweep, Donny want be in the lineup to enjoy – old boy is tired. Again. Chicago opens the scoring in the bottom of the 4th, scoring two runs… through 4, we already have two errors. Like, we can’t field, ya know? We finally put some runs of our own on the board in the top of the 7th, but by that time Chicago has already scored three more… now, at 6-3, with Chicago in the lead, we still have a ways to go if we are going to get the sweep… They score another run on us in the bottom of the 7th and we manage to come alive a bit in the top of the 9th to score 3… but it’s not enough and it ends with Chicago victorious by a score of 7-6.

Elsewhere: Romero’s streak ended at 33.

Notes: Well, we will take series win anytime. I mean a sweep would have been sweet, but there isn’t much we can do about it now… next up we head north to Toronto who are 3-3 this month (we’re 2-4, so…) and find themselves leading the AL East by half a game over the Packers.
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2074 Season (5/8 – 5/10 @ Toronto Reds BC)

Phoenix Suns (19-13, .594) @ Toronto Reds BC (19-13, .594)
A good defensive team with some pop, the Toronto Reds find themselves leading the AL East despite their other offensive deficiencies. They have a couple of top pitchers in CL Enzo Mercado (winner of the Kingston Cashmore award in 2072 (awarded to the best reliever)) and SP Alex Jackal (3-time Victor Pacheco award winner (most recently in 2070) and have an offense led by RF Andrew Beck (named to the all-star team in 2072 & 2073), who, at 27 years old is entering his prime years. They’ve played a gritty brand of small ball and earned two sweeps (over Jacksonville and Chicago) during the first month of the season. Like us, they’ve been better than the sum of their parts so far – something’s got to give.

33 of 162: Oswaldo Flores (1-3, 5.15 ERA) @ Loyd Aaron (2-2, 4.25 ERA)
Rumor has it that Loyd Aaron dropped the second L from his first name after going 0-10 in Rookie Ball… We’ve been unable to substantiate this claim, but, like the story, and haven’t really tried that hard to do our due diligence. For the game, we were hit by pitches 5 times. FIVE. And got caught stealing twice – in the first inning. Of the two runs we scored, one was on a walk – in short, we weren’t very good in this one. Loyd, despite hitting 4 batters with pitches, only gave up 1 run over 7.2 innings and Toronto’s offense did just enough to secure the win. Donny finished 1 for 4 and struck out looking while Derek finished 0 for 2 (he did get a Sac Fly) and struck out swinging… And Pepper? 0 for 3 with 2 K’s… Reds BC wins 3-2.

34 of 162: Ash Newman (2-2, 4.37 ERA) @ Paul Pentz (5-1, 4.23 ERA)
In the top of the 9th, with the game tied, the wheels came off for Toronto as some timely hitting for Phoenix and two costly errors led to a 3-run inning for the visiting club. JR Marsh went 3 for 4, Derek scored a couple of runs, and Pepper hit a sacrifice bunt – a good if not entirely earned a win for the Suns in this one – we’ll take it, we’re gonna need as many of these as we can get.

35 of 162: Del Miller (4-0, 4.86) @ Alex Jackal (6-1, 1.37 ERA)
SP Del Miller has been on a phenomenal good luck streak, at 4-0 so far this season he hasn’t really pitched great, it’s just that the guy on the other side has pitched worse – with Alex Jackal on the mound for Toronto today, something tells me his luck may run out. Derek gets the day off and our Skipper decided to bat Pepper in the 3-hole. Interesting, as he hasn’t hit earlier than 6th in the order all year. PEPPER responds to the vote of confidence by hitting a 434 homer in the top of the 1st – our Skipper is a misunderstood genius, a card-carrying member of Mensa, and a homespun pottery savant. We win the rubber match as PEPPER finished 2 for 4 with 3 RBIs and a home run, Del has a fine outing giving up only 2 earned over 8 innings of work while Alex Jackal has the misfortune of seeing 4 of the 6 runs scored during his time on the mound come across unearned as his defense committed 5 errors – really ugly day on the diamond for Toronto. Del Miller needs to buy some lottery tickets – this kind of good fortune doesn’t come along that often.

Note: In the Toronto write-up, I mentioned that they were a good defensive team, and before this series they were... They gave us a gift by committing 9 errors in our two wins, talk about falling apart. Yikes.
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2074 Season (5/11 – 5/13 @ Oklahoma City Thunder)

Phoenix Suns (21-14, .600) @ Oklahoma City Thunder (19-15, .559, 1 ½ games back)
There are positives and negatives to be found in every away city - the positive thing about playing a 3-game set in OKC is that you don’t have to concern yourself with the types of potential off the field shenanigans that you need to be cognizant of, say, in Toronto. In that respect - it’s nice to be in OKC. Having said that, there are scenarios where trouble comes around, and try as you might to avoid it, finds you whether you like it or not. In OKC that trouble is SP Josh Allen, who, while not at what many believe will be the height of his powers, has been on a tear, and has had good success against us in the past. We get him in the third game of the series, so, we need to stay sharp in the first two games if we are to have a realistic chance at getting a series win. And even that may be a stretch as the Thunder are an incredibly balanced and competent team, that, when the dust settles, should find themselves leading the NL West. Given the average age of their roster and the average potential of their players - we may be on the precipice of a nice 3-year window for these guys to bring home a World Series banner (or two, or none - who knows, baseball is funky like that).

36 of 162: Cleveland Cornejo (3-1, 5.86 ERA) @ Carson Vu (1-2, 6.46 ERA)
An inauspicious start as we strike out in order to start the game – all swinging… 1B Iraj Mansouri killed us today going 3-4 with a homer and 2 RBI’s and was responsible for bringing the go-ahead run on a well placed single against RP Paul Williams. Cleveland picked up his second loss of the season, Donny went 2-4, and Pepper went 1-3 with HR in the 8th. Fun times. With the 3-2 win, Oklahoma is now only a ½ game behind us in the NL West.

Elsewhere: SP Josiah Weber was masterful in New York as he picked up his 6th win of the season and helped his Jaguars improve to 18-18 on the season. Weber gave up 2-runs on 7 hits in 8 innings of work. The 35-year old still has a bit in the tank. He’s now 6-1, 2.23 ERA, 11.4 K/9, and 169 ERA+.

37 of 162: Isaiah Zuno (2-3, 4.33 ERA) @ Jimmy Garcia (4-0, 3.13 ERA)

Donny & Pepper get the day off – seems like our Skipper is throwing in the towel here, no? Turns out it was the right call as we managed to get a hard-earned 5-4 win despite committing 2 errors during the game. Backup Catcher Norton Manning put together one of his best offensive performances of the season as he went 2-4 with a run and an RBI. Always nice when we get something, anything really, from him. Zuno pitched a nice complete game for us and only gave up 3 runs through 9. Nice to get a win, but earning the W in the rubber match with Allen on the mound will be a tall order.

38 of 162: Graham Doyle (0-0, 0.00 ERA) @ Tim Kelly (4-3, 3.83 ERA)
We placed CL Ricky Surber on the 60-day disabled list after the diagnosis of his injury sustained in Toronto came back as a torn ulnar collateral ligament – he’ll have a long road to recovery – and called 25-year-old SP Graham Doyle up from Tucson. This will be the Major League debut for 94th overall draft pick out of Tennessee in 2070. He lines up against SP Tim Kelly as OKC elected to give SP Josh Allen an additional day to rest – good for us, hopefully. Pepper is still riding the pine for this one, but we do have full representation from the Jeter Bros. After an unearned run got across in the bottom of the second, Doyle walked two runs in – not a great debut so far… When we pulled him in the 3rd he’d given up 4 runs with 4 walks, 3 K’s, and a wild pitch – command issues. In the end we lost 7-3, and, fortunately, managed to keep our NL West lead at ½ a game even though we lost the series in OKC.
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2074 Season (5/14 – 5/16 @ Vancouver Whitecaps)

Phoenix Suns (22-16, .579) @ Vancouver Whitecaps (12-24, .333)
We are 5-7 in May... What a difference a month makes. But, with a trip to Vancouver (A city I love, BTW) on tap, now is as good a time as any to right the ship. Historically, Vancouver has been a quality club, winning 3 titles in the last 82 years with 31 playoff appearances with alot of that success coming in the last 20 years (2 titles / 12 playoff appearances (9 consecutive)) and while this hasn’t been a typical campaign for their club thus far there is plenty of time for them to get something going, but, after taking 2 of 3 off of them when they were in Phoenix, with Pepper doing most of the damage to his old club, it shouldn’t be against us... Vancouver is the proud owner of the worst record in league at 12-24, are rated 10th in Average, 9th in runs scored, and 11th in runs against & defensive efficiency and have a -41 rDiff.

39 of 162: Oswaldo Flores (1-4, 4.67 ERA) @ Julian Brooks (2-2, 5.34 ERA)
Vancouver tied the game in the bottom of the 7th at 8 each, and it took another 5 innings to settle the affair. Donny showed that he still has some life left in the top of the 13th when he brought PJ Amador home from second. The Jeter Bros were a combined 4 for 14 at the plate with 9 strikeouts between them – so outside of that at-bat, Donny and Derek didn’t show much. Pepper didn’t play and Oswaldo was injured in the 3rd – “dead arm” will keep him out for two weeks.

40 of 162: Keiki Kaneko (0-0, 3.86 ERA) @ Nolan Wilkins (1-4, 6.65 ERA)
Luca Milbrandt was the lone bright spot for Phoenix today as we lost 7-5 in Vancouver. He went 2 for 3 with an RBI and 3 runs scored. Vancouver 3B Kevin Palmer put his best foot forward and was 4 for 5 with an RBI and a run. Every Vancouver batter managed at least one hit in the game. Donny finished 0 for 4 with 3 K’s and Derek finished 1 for 4 with a run and 2 K’s – they really haven’t shown me much lately. Pepper was out again today, sitting consecutive games for the first time this season – not sure what is up with that. We also started a reliever in Kaneko as Cleveland is skipping a start to get some extra rest.

41 of 162: Del Miller (5-0, 4.40 ERA) @ Nick Boyer (0-2, 5.50 ERA)
Phoenix bounced back from a disappointing effort in the previous game and ended the long road trip on a positive note beating the Vancouver Whitecaps, 6-3. Pepper was back in the lineup and went 1 for 2 with a solo home run, 2 runs, and 2 walks – his discipline at the plate seems to be improving. Our first baseman Jacob Wells was 2 for 4 with 2 home runs and 3 RBI’s and DH Donny Jeter went 2 for 4 with a HR, 2 RBI and a walk – vintage. Del gave us a quality start while Derek watched from the bench. Nice 2-1 series win – should make the flight back to Phoenix an enjoyable one. With the win, and OKC’s 2 losses to the San Francisco 49ers, we move to 1 ½ games ahead of the Thunder for 1st in the NL West.

Note: This poorly planned & scheduled 12-game road trip saw us log 5,842 miles in 13 days – they had us going north, then south, then north again before heading south to Phoenix. Where do I have to send a bottle of scotch to make sure that doesn’t happen again? We’ll be happy to get back to Phoenix to enjoy our day off before welcoming San Francisco and LA to town.
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2074 Season (5/18 – 5/20 Vs San Francisco 49ers)

San Francisco 49ers (20-21, .488) @ Phoenix Suns (24-17, .585)
After finishing April at 14-12, San Francisco is 6-9 so far in May and are 4-6 in their last 10 games. They have a top-notch offense but rely too heavily on it as their pitching staff is 10th in ERA (Starters & Bullpen) and 12th in runs against at 214 – they can field, they just can’t field that much. From a skill perspective they certainly appear to have what it takes, just not enough to get started. We’ll get their Ace in the first game of the set, but it’s really all downhill from there.

42 of 162: Landon Sampson (3-2, 2.09 ERA) @ Isaiah Zuno (3-3, 4.10 ERA)
And… we get a complete game shutout courtesy of Mr. Sampson – 11 K’s… Ugh. The only two batters he didn’t strikeout were JR Marsh and Donny Jeter in a PH appearance. Zuno, for his part, was sharp too – he went 8 innings and only gave up one run but was a lot less dominant in the strikeout department posting only two on the day. Pepper continues to struggle in the field – he had 2 errors today putting him at 14 for the year. With 14 he’s only our 3rd worst fielder behind SS Hamza McDonnell (15) and C Yoshi Nakamura (16). His ZR of -3.4 is a team-low though.

43 of 162: Justin Covert (2-4, 4.85 ERA) @ Graham Doyle (0-1, 5.40 ERA)
Doyle rebounded from his poor 3 inning debut and went 6 strong innings with no runs scored and 4 K’s – not bad for the young man. JR Marsh went 1 for 4 and hit a 3 run HR that was the difference maker in our 6-3 win over the visiting 49ers. Derek went 0 for 3 with 2 K’s and a walk while Donny went 1 for 4 with a 2-run homer and 2 K’s. Pepper was error-free in the field and went 1 for 3 with a run scored. Doyle earned his first Major League win. Phoenix wins 6-3. Good stuff.

44 of 162: Ryan Wiggins (0-5, 6.60 ERA) @ Cleveland Cornejo (3-2, 6.17 ERA)
Cleveland rocked today! He gave us a complete game performance with 1 earned and 8 K’s – nice to see him put it together for us to win the series. Donny stayed hot and went 2 for 3 with a solo homer and a walk while Derek went 1 for 4 with 2 RBI – neither Jeter struck out today. Pepper was 1 for 3 with a run, a walk, and 2 K’s. Phoenix wins 4-2.

Bonus Game (NCAA 1st Round): #1 Seed Vanderbilt Vs. #32 Nebraska Cornhuskers
Vanderbilt Senior SP Vincent Urquhart turned in a fine performance against the Nebraska Cornhuskers as the future professional went 7.1 innings giving up 3 runs with 7 hit and 10 K’s. Vanderbilt C Bentley Jones hit a triple and earned 4 RBI on the day to secure the victory. Nebraska Junior CF Joseph Zody did all he could for his Cornhuskers going 2 for 4 with a HR and 2 RBI – he’ll have one more year of eligibility before entering the draft – some scouts already see him as a late first round pick. The Commodores will face the New Mexico State Lobos in the 2nd Round.
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2074 Season (5/21 – 5/23 Vs Los Angeles Lakers)

Los Angeles Lakers (16-27, .372) @ Phoenix Suns (26-18, .591)
When I decided to follow the Suns for the 2074 season after Donny signed with the team, I figured that the club would finish 4th in the NL West at best – and while there is still time for them to prove me right, I think that the Lakers’ (who I pegged for 3rd in the NL West at worst) ship has sailed. Owners of the 4th worst record in the league, Los Angeles has a sturdy collection of talent, but with 3 significant bullpen contributors on the 60-day DL, it’s hard to see the route they can take to dig themselves out of this mess. They are still hitting homers at a league-leading clip but are in the bottom half of the bottom half in every other offensive category and are as close to last in runs against and defensive efficiency as you can get without being last. The Lakers haven’t finished higher than 3rd in the last 3 years, but with some of their off-season moves and the continued development of their core players, 2074 felt like a good year to make a playoff appearance. The only thing the Lakers have going for them is that they have the #2 prospect in their system getting in some reps with their AAA Compton Raiders franchise. SP Newton Weiser has been in their farm system for two full seasons already and has shown a lot of potential but has yet to make any demonstratable rating improvements – so even that call out was a bit of a stretch.

45 of 162: Benjamin Pogan (3-3, 2.29 ERA) @ Keiki Kaneko (0-0, 3.86 ERA)
Keiki gave up 5 runs in 4 innings in his last outing but gave us a lot better effort today going 8 innings with 8 hits, 4 runs, 1 walk and 9 K’s – unfortunately – it wasn’t enough to secure the win as the Los Angeles Lakers found a way to eke out a 4-3 win over the Suns. Kaneko walked four straight before being pulled from the game and RP Paul Williams let the runners he left stranded get across the plate. Donny Jeter went 1 for 4 with 2 RBI for the Suns – we had 5 hits on the day. Keiki gets his first decision of the season and it’ll go in the L column – Suns lose to the Lakers, 4-3.

46 of 162: Dalbert Anhalt (1-0, 2.45 ERA) @ Del Miller (5-0, 4.62 ERA)
It took 15 innings to decide this one – Donny decided it for us when he brought in one on an RBI single. He finished 3 for 8 with 2 RBI and only 1 K – he’s in a good way right now, it’s been a stretch since he’s been in such good form. Derek was 1 for 1 in a PH appearance with 1 RBI while Pepper went 0 for 7 with a walk and 3 K’s – he fielded well though. Del Miller put up 7.2 innings of work for us – he was serviceable, not good… 6 earned on 7 hits with 3 walks and 7 K’s. Los Angeles got 2 HR’s from their DH Dave Pinchak – probably his best game of the season for the Lakers – 3 for 6, 3 runs, 2 RBI. The 8-7 win comes at a critical time with OKC surging - hopefully, we’re starting to put a little something together.

Bonus Game (Round 2 – NCAA Tourney): Ridgemont CC Tasty Waves @ Villanova Wildcats
Villanova finished 2nd in the Big East behind Pennsylvania and won their first-round matchup against Purdue, 5-3. Their RF King Disney (you can’t make this stuff up) had a huge 2-HR game for the Wildcats. The Tasty Waves won their first-round matchup with UC Santa Barbara by a score of 3-2, and their RF Adley Workman was the difference maker with a 3-5, HR, and 2 RBI day. Both would have big games in the 2nd round – but, while Adley went 3 for 4 with a R, King Disney went 5 for 5 with a double, 2 homers, 7 RBI and 3 runs to lead the Wildcats to a 13-4 victory. Dominant win for ‘Nova.

47 of 162: John Aivazian (1-6, 5.22 ERA) @ Isaiah Zuno (3-4, 3.71 ERA)
In addition to being a poor starting pitcher, Aivazian has a last name that sounds like it’s an experimental drug manufactured to treat restless eyelid syndrome – or something equally ridiculous. He went 7 innings for LA and was serviceable – 8 hits, 3 earned runs, 6 K’s – not terrible, but it certainly won’t cure what ails the Lakers. Zuno wasn’t much better giving up 5 earned in 7.2 innings of work – but Luca Milbrandt made sure it was enough with his 3 for 4, 3 RBI performance as Phoenix made it 2 in a row with the 8-6 victory. Derek made the most of his reappearance in the lineup with a 2 for 4, 2 run performance and Pepper, well, it’s not worth talking about – let’s just say, on the brightside, he didn’t make any fielding errors today.
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2074 Season (5/24 – 5/27 @ St. Louis Rams)

Phoenix Suns (28-19, .596) @ St. Louis Rams (15-29, .341)
Rams Right Fielder, Jonah Dove, won the Boyce Rigg Award in 2072, but, after a good start to the 2073 season he went down with shoulder tendinitis for 8 weeks and followed that up with 2 more weeks on the DL with a herniated disc in his neck – 2074 looks to be a bounce back year for his power as he is on track to hit 37 homers, but his all-around game has suffered since the injuries. Not unlike Jonah, his St. Louis team won back-to-back titles in 2067 & 2068, made the playoffs in 2069 & 2070, but have since finished no higher than 5th. Key losses to free agency and a series of poor draft choices have earned them their place near the bottom of the league. So far this season they are last in the NL East at 15-29 and sit at #11 in runs score and #10 in Bullpen ERA – they are a long way from their glory days. Even their top prospect, CF Wasp Hauck, has struggled in AAA. We meet them for a 4-game set, and we expect our club to stay focused and take care of business while we are in town.

48 of 162: Graham Doyle (1-1, 1.80 ERA) @ Nick Colbaugh (0-7, 5.59)
Jonah Dove crushed us today – 3 for 5, 3 runs, 6 RBI, and a homer. He just did whatever he wanted to do. Colbaugh was his usual self – yanked after giving up 4 runs in 4.1 innings – he did manage 5 K’s though – we fanned 13 times in the game, St. Louis only did it 4 times. Donny went 2 for 3 and Derek was 2 for 4 with 2 RBI in the loss. Pepper went 0 for 3, struck out twice and committed a fielding error – he was trash today. Complete lack of focus from that guy. St. Louis merked us, 14-4.

Bonus Game (NCAA Great 8): Pepperdine @ Blue Mountain State
Hudson Dorsch (20/55) @ Stretch Worthington (20/20)

Blue Mountain State made the Great 8 after beating the Oklahoma Sooners in a close one, 3 to 1. They got a great performance from their SS Julius Etcheverry (20/28) – 4 for 5 and a run from the leadoff spot. They are a well-rounded team that finished the NCAA regular season at 31-19. In Pepperdine, 28-22 in the regular season, they meet a dangerous squad led by RF Emil Berg (20/23) – he went 2 for 5 against Ohio State in the last round. Emil was much better against BMS – he went 3 for 4 with 3 runs and an RBI from the leadoff spot and LF Shawn Sullivan (20/66) was 3 for 5 with 3 runs, 7 RBI and 3 HRs – craziness. Pepperdine wins 12-2. They’ll face the Virginia Cavaliers while the Pennsylvania Quakers (after defeating Tournament favorite Vanderbilt) will meet the Kentucky Wildcats in the Final Four.

49 of 162: Cleveland Cornejo (4-2, 5.26 ERA) @ Dimitri Pimentel (4-5, 2.20 ERA)
JR Marsh went 2 for 5 with 2 HR (doubling his HR total on the season in one game) and 4 RBI while Cleveland gave us 7.1 innings with 5 K’s ad 5 earned. The Jeter Bros were a combined 2 for 9 with 6 K’s (mostly Donny’s fault) and Pepper went hitless again. We fell apart in the bottom of the 8th and let 3 get across and had to secure the win in extras when JR Marsh hit his second ding dong of the day. Phoenix wins 6-5.

50 of 162: Keiki Kaneko (0-1, 4.02 ERA) @ Mick Kornbluh (3-4, 2.35 ERA)
The inconsistency continues – we’re really blowing it in this series losing 2 of the first 3 to one of the worst teams in the league - maximum suckage. St. Louis got a lit bit of something from their whole team in this win while we got a whole lotta nothing from 1 through 9. 13 K’s for the team… THIRTEEN!

Bonus Game #2 (Final Four): Kentucky @ Pennsylvania
Rasheed Paez (20/45) @ Nicholas Hughes (20/25)

Pennsylvania punched their ticket to the NCAA Championship Game with a 3-1 win over Kentucky and held on to a shutout until the top of the 9th when Kentucky looked poised to go on a run. That effort was thwarted with some fine defensive work from the Quakers – DH Nesto Gamboa (20/20) was tossed from the game in the 4th inning after arguing a strike call. His inner Bryce Harper was in full effect. They’ll face a surging Pepperdine in the final – my money is on the Waves – the 4-time NCAA Champion looks to be the 1st College team to win 5 titles – currently they are tied for 1st at 4 with Vanderbilt and Santa Clara. Pennsylvania has one championship in their history… waaaaaay back in 2016.

51 of 162: Del Miller (6-0, 4.62 ERA) @ Kent Miller (0-4, 8.39 ERA) – no relation.
And… the wheels have come off. Losing 3 of 4 to the St. Louis Rams is our low point of the season thus far – but, don’t worry we still have 112 games (err - 111, math is hard) to reach depths you could never imagine. C Jasper Herrera was 4 for 4 with a double and an RBI for the Rams and Kent improved his ERA by nearly 2 points after 8 innings of work where he only allowed two earned runs. Donny sat on the bench, Derek went hitless and Pepper… well, he did hit a sacrifice bunt – you don’t see that every day. St. Louis wins 4-2 and the San Diego Chargers take over the top spot in the NL West. We also struck out 47 times over the 4 game set. If you're counting thats ~12 K's / Game. We're awesome at baseball.

We’re heading back home with our tails between our legs to welcome the 29-21 Brooklyn Citizens to town. If a lowly squad like St. Louis can handle us like that, I can’t wait to see what a good team does to us. Contemplating using the teams' twitter account to tell our home fans not to bother showing up. Good thing I forgot my password.
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