December 2, 2013
• Two SP78 games were played this past weekend, both at site AZ8 in Peoria, Arizona. The first game was an afternoon contest between the Angels and Brewers at County Stadium, an 8-2 victory for California where Halos starter Don Aase (4-9) picked up the win despite leaving the game with back spasms at the beginning of the sixth inning. Rookie Dave Machemer hit his second home run in as many career games for the Angels. Later that night, at Comiskey Park, the White Sox fought back from a 3-0 deficit to snap Oakland’s 4-game winning streak, defeating the A’s 6-5. Chisox center fielder Chet Lemon’s second home run of the evening, a solo shot in the eighth, proved to be the game-winning run. Jim Willoughby earned his first win, while Ron Schueler garnered his first save.
• A’s leadoff batter Mike Edwards achieved an SP78 first by stealing second, third, and home in the first inning of the Oakland-Chicago contest at Comiskey Park on Sunday. The play prompted Chisox pitcher Ross Baumgarten to throw high and inside to Edwards during his next at-bat one inning later; the pitch struck Edwards on the helmet, knocking him to the ground and forcing the dazed batter to leave the game. Baumgarten, who was making his first start of the season, was immediately ejected, and may face disciplinary action by the SP78 offices for what umpires considered a ‘probable retaliatory gesture’ by the pitcher.
• Site AZ8 in Peoria, Arizona celebrated its 200th game with a 7-3 Yankees win over the Indians at Yankee Stadium, in Game #1328 played two weeks ago. The site is the first ever in SP78 play to reach 200 games hosted.
• April statistics for all teams have been re-checked and finalized, and are currently being uploaded to the SP78 blog site; all NL teams are completed, and work on AL teams is in-progress. Check the ‘Statistics’ dropdown on the main pager header to see these stats, and watch soon for a listing of April award winners!
• During the April stat re-checks, it was discovered that batters who reached first base due to catcher interference should not have been charged with an at-bat, based on entry 10.02(a)(1) in the MLB rulebook. There were three instances of catcher interference found in April; thus, Pat Kelly of the Orioles, Phil Mankowski of the Tigers, and Terry Puhl of the Astros all saw their batting averages climb by a few points after having their April at-bat totals adjusted accordingly.
• The July 27th slate of games will wind up tomorrow night with a meeting of AL West combatants Kansas City and Seattle at Royals Stadium in KC. Listen to the radio simulcast on SP78 Radio, with Dave Niehaus and Ken Wilson providing the play-by-play for the Mariners’ flagship station, KVI 570.