Thursday, August 25, 2016

L.I. Ducks: The Untimely Struggles of John Brownell

From the desk of:  THE WEBBED SPIKES NINE



Long Island Ducks: Dog days of Summer taking huge bite out of staff ace John Brownell.

We have a pennant race.  Let the pigeons loose...!

Having already clinched a first-half pennant, the Flock seek a season sweep of this year's Liberty Division standings.  However key loses to their starting rotation (purchased by affiliated baseball) and injuries have conspired to make that an increasingly difficult goal to achieve.

It certainly didn't help that Long Island lost 10 of their previous 12 games prior to playing Southern Maryland, during which they endured a seven game losing streak and getting swept by New Britain.

Wednesday's Action:
  • The Ducks split a pair of abbreviated games against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs.  They took the conclusion of Tuesday's (postponed) game by a 9-3 margin, then fell 6-4 in game two.
  • The Bluefish and Bees went into extra innings, with Bridgeport prevailing in the 11th inning.
  • The Patriots bowed to the sub-par Lancaster Barnstormers.
Thursday Standings
LIBERTY DIVISION
Bridgeport     24-21     *
Somerset      24-22    .5
Long Island   21-23  2.5

The Ducks have seven scheduled series left in their season.  And of their final 26 games, all but four will come against Freedom Division foes.  Ferry Cup rival Bridgeport is the lone exception.  Long Island will host the Fish Sept. 5th through the 8th at Bethpage Ballpark, in what could amount to a second half, Liberty Division defining four game series.

But, make no mistake.  The Somerset Patriots will have something to say.  Be sure.  Only problem is the Flock and Patriots have no remaining games left against one another.  If that sounds familiar, there's a good reason.  Long Island did not face the Somerset Patriots over the first-half's final 46 games either.

Talk about your traditional non-confrontational pennant race...

THURSDAY
SERIES FINALE
Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
vs.
Long Island Ducks
FROM
Bethpage Ballpark


While Mark Minicozzi, DJ, Mitchell, and Dan Lyons remain out, Lew Ford made his return to the Flock from a hamstring injury on Wednesday.  Playing in his first game since June 29, Ford went 2 for 3 with a double in his first at-bat in game two against the Blue Crabs.

What Happened to John Brownell?

Once is an event, twice is a coincidence, and three times is a trend...

John Brownell will now have gone a month without a win.  His last victory came on July 27 against New Britain.  Since then, he's gone 0-3 with two no-decisions over his last five starts, surrendering 18 earned runs for a 4.61 ERA, and a whopping 48 hits through 35.1 innings pitched.  He has now allowed double digit hits in each of his last three starts.


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Beisbol de Puerto Rico Part Three: Caguas

Estadios de Beisbol de Puerto Rico



PARQUE YLDEFONSO SOLA MORALES
Hogar de los
CRIOLLOS de CAGUAS
miembro del equipo
LIGA de BASEBALL PROFESIONAL ROBERTO CLEMENTE





CAMPEONES NACIONALES
1940-41   1947-48   1949-50
1953-54   1955-56   1957-58
1959-60   1967-68   1973-74
1976-77   1978-79   1980-81
1986-87   2000-01   2010-11
2012-13

CAMPEONES del TORNEO del CARIBE
1953-54   1973-74   1986-87 






Construccion 1947
Renovado: 1977-78 and 1994-95
Capacidad: 10,000






LIGA JOSE MANUEL CORA
Founder of Little League in Caguas





Beisbol de Puerto Rico Part Two: Arroyo

Estadios de Beisbol de Puerto Rico




ESTADIO MUNICIPAL
JOSE "Cheo" CRUZ
Hogar de los
BUCANEROS de ARROYO
(AA)



Construir para el pueblo de Arroyo de Cheo Cruz

(wikipedia image)

Born in Arroyo,
Jose Cruz number was retired in 1992 by the Houston Astros.

"one of the best and most underrated players I have ever seen."
Joe Morgan HOF


8/21/2016
Yabucoa Azucareros Jr.
vs.
Arroyo Doble-A Jr.





!Cuadranglar Solitario!
(Solo Home Run)

Yabucoa Azucareros Jr. 
derroto al Arroyo Doble-A Jr.



In July, Arroyo hosted the 2016 Latin America Tournament
featuring teams from:
USA * Virgin Islands * Peru
Puerto Rico * Venezuela * Panama
Japan * Mexico * Dominican Republic * Columbia



ARROYO, PUERTO RICO
FOUNDED 1855












Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Beisbol de Puerto Rico Part One: Guayama

Estadios de Beisbol de Puerto Rico



ESTADIO MUNICIPAL 
MARCELINO BLONDET
Hogar de los 
Brujos de Guayama
(AA)






Guayama, Puerto Rico
Pueblo de los Brujos ~ City of Witches



BRUJOS de GUAYAMA
**CHAMPIONS**
1938-39 ~ 1939-1940
Liga de Beisbol Profesional de Puerto Rico
(now known as Liga de Beisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente)
First two seasons of league's existence.

*Satchel Paige pitched for Guayama in 1940*


Caguas/Guayama
Campeones 1947-1948


(AA)-Campeones
1987










Mini Estadio de Beisbol
Jose A. Martinez Reyes
Municipio de Guayama
(A-Level Baseball)


Barrancas Complex
A-Level



Visitors: Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate 

GUAYAMA, Puerto Rico
founded 1736




La Plaza de Recreo 
Cristobal Colon