Friday, July 01, 2022

BEFORE the BUMS 7/1/1890: Brooklyn Bridegrooms Get Two-Hit at Cincinnati

From the desk: FINGERPRINTS OF DEM BUMS

 
In baseball's sixth ever World Series clash of 1889, the National League New York Giants defeated the American Association champion Brooklyn Bridegrooms six games to three, and an inter-city rivalry was born.  While this marked New York's second straight championship victory over the Association, it would be Brooklyn's last as an AA member club.  The following season, the Bridegrooms would make their National League debut.  Welcome to "BEFORE the BUMS" my game-by-game rewind of (the city) Brooklyn's historic 1890 season.
 

GAME #56
Tuesday, July 1, 1890
LEAGUE PARK

Billy Rhines Twirls Two-Hitter

Game two at League Park featured Brooklyn's Tom Lovett against right-hander Billy Rhines for the Reds.  After two scoreless innings, veteran second baseman Bid McPhee delivered home the game's first run in the third.  The score remained unchanged through the seventh inning.  Left fielder Joe Knight connected off Lovett for a two-run home run in the eighth.  The Bridegrooms never mustered a response as Billy Rhines limited Brooklyn to just two hits and one walk with three strikeouts for the shutout victory.  This marks only the second game this season in which the Bridegrooms have been held scoreless.  Tom Lovett allowed ten hits and two walks in the loss.  Brooklyn now falls back into third place behind Cincinnati and Philadelphia.
  • FINAL: BKN 0; CIN 3
  • RECORD: 34-22 (.607); 3rd place, 4.0 GB of Cincinnati Reds



Long Island Ducks Take Series at Staten Island

From the desks: THE WEBBED SPIKES NINE & THAT RICHMOND COUNTY CLUB

EMPIRE STATE
BATTLE of the BIRDS
vs.

Ducks Take Rubber Game at Staten Island Ballpark

Staten Island grabbed an early lead, but the Long Island Ducks seized the day to win the rubber game at the Richmond County baseball grounds.

The Ferry Hawks tallied single runs in the second and third innings but only one was earned.  Long Island bunched together four runs in the top half of the fourth.  Afterwhich, the score remained unchanged over the final five innings of play.

Making his seventh start, Staten Island's Nick Carell allowed four runs on six hits and four walks with two strikeouts in five innings for the loss.  Four Ferry Hawk relievers joined in limiting the Ducks to four hits over four scoreless innings.

Duck starter Akeel Morris yielded two runs, one earned, on six hits and two walks with six strikeouts for the win, and Nick Goody pitched a scoreless ninth with two strikeouts for his fourth save.

Third baseman Joe DeCarlo finished 2 for 4 with a walk, double, triple, run batted in, and run scored.

Brooklyn Cyclones Claw Back at Hudson Valley Renegades

From the desk: THE CONEY ISLAND NINE

I - HVR 5; BKN 2
II - HVR 8; BKN 5
III - BKN 6; HVR 1

Cyclone Twirlers Best Hudson Valley Hurlers

Hudson Valley right-hander Blas Castano retired 15 of his first 16 batters faced.  The only Cyclone to reach base through the first five innings was due to a hit-by-pitch.  Otherwise, Castano allowed no runs on no hits and no walks with four strikeouts.

Brooklyn southpaw Nick Zwack effectively matched his counterpart pitch for pitch.  Zwack likewise allowed no runs on just one hit and two walks with five strikeouts through the fifth.

Center fielder Jaylen Palmer led off the sixth inning against Blas Castano with a home run to left field.  After Castano issued a walk to Matt O'Neill and plunked Mike Rudick with a pitch, Shervyen Newton 
tripled home both runners, then scored himself on a JT Schwartz base hit to left, and just like that, the Cyclones owned a 4-0 lead.

The Renegades were recipients of Cyclone reliever Sammy Tavarez's generosity, who walked the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth, then proceeded to walk his fourth batter to force home a run
and spoil the shutout.

With two more runs in the top of the ninth, the Cyclones clinched their first win of the series by a final score of six to one.

Right-hander Grant Hartwig closed out the game with a four-out save.  

Nick Zwack yielded no runs on one hit and three walks with six strikeouts in six innings for the win.  He improved to 2-1 with a 1.58 ERA through nine starts, and 40.0 innings pitched since his promotion from St. Lucie.

Meanwhile, Hudson Valley's Blas Castano, who started brilliantly, takes the loss.  Boxscore


The Metsian Podcast: Three Months Down, Three Months To Go

From the desk: HEAD-BUTTING MR. MET


Remain calm.  All is well.  Or is it?  The Mets barely survived the month of June but still hold a tenuous lead over the Braves.  Will it last?  Their recent play brings that and many other questions into play.  While the Braves and Phillies have at each other in Philadelphia this evening, Sam Maxwell and I try to sort things out in a quick reaction episode of ... 
The Metsian Podcast

 





Thursday, June 30, 2022

BEFORE the BUMS 6/30/1890: Brooklyn Bridegrooms Win Series Opener at Cincinnati

From the desk: FINGERPRINTS OF DEM BUMS

 
In baseball's sixth ever World Series clash of 1889, the National League New York Giants defeated the American Association champion Brooklyn Bridegrooms six games to three, and an inter-city rivalry was born.  While this marked New York's second straight championship victory over the Association, it would be Brooklyn's last as an AA member club.  The following season, the Bridegrooms would make their National League debut.  Welcome to "BEFORE the BUMS" my game-by-game rewind of (the city) Brooklyn's historic 1890 season.


GAME #55
Monday, June 30, 1890
LEAGUE PARK

Bridegrooms Close In On Cincinnati

The Bridegrooms arrived at League Park seeking to alter their four-game standing behind the first-place Reds.  Facing right-hander Frank Foreman, Brooklyn tallied twice in the third and added single runs in the fourth and fifth innings.  However, Brooklyn starter Adonis Terry gave it all back in the bottom half of the fifth.  But the stalemate did not last long.  Hits by Tom DalyHub Collins, and George Pinkney 
helped generate two more runs in the sixth.  Not yet done, triples by Collins and Pinkney in the eighth produced two more runs as the Bridegrooms went on to post an 8-6 victory in the series opener against their old American Association foes.
  • FINAL: BKN 8; CIN 6
  • RECORD: 34-21 (.618); 2nd place, 3.0 GB of Cincinnati Reds



Hudson Valley Renegades Take Second Straight From Brooklyn Cyclones

From the desk: THE CONEY ISLAND NINE

I - HVR 5; BKN 2
II - HVR 8; BKN 5

Cyclones Lose Second Straight at Hudson Valley

Brooklyn got off to a good start.  Of course, it's how you finish that matters.

Left fielder Matt Rudick drew a walk to open the game, and Shervyen Newton was hit by a pitch.  Afterwhich, designated hitter Nic Gaddis delivered both runners with a home run to left field.

After two scoreless at-bats, the Renegades caught up to starter Mike Vasil with three hits and two runs in the third and another three hits and three runs, including a home run in the fourth.

Shervyen Newton doubled home a run in the fifth, and Mike Rudick homered in the top of the seventh to tie the game at five.

However, right-hander Nolan Clenney yielded three runs in the bottom half of the seventh.

Renegade reliever Ryan Miller won the game in relief of starter Matt Sauer, and Nelson Alvarez 
converted a five-out save.

Making his sixth start with the Cyclones, Mike Vasil escaped with a no-decision while Nolan Clenney took the loss.  

Four of the Cyclones' six hits went for extra bases, but they only drew two walks and struck out ten times.

Mike Vasil's earned run average continues to grow after posting a 1.80 mark in eight starts and 35.0 innings with St. Lucie.  He presently sports a 5.40 ERA through 28.1 innings since being promoted to Brooklyn. 


Staten Island Ferry Hawks Pluck Long Island Ducks

From the desks: THE WEBBED SPIKES NINE & THAT RICHMOND COUNTY CLUB

EMPIRE STATE
BATTLE of the BIRDS
vs.

Staten Island Evens Series With Long Island

After being shut out on Tuesday, left-handed Bronx native Anthony Rodriguez set Staten Island on a winning course in game two.  The Ferry Hawk starter kept Long Island scoreless on just two hits and one walk through the fifth inning.

Facing Duck right-hander Scott Harkin, the Ferry Hawks opened the scoring on designated hitter Joseph Reyes' double in the second.  Reyes then doubled home his second run of the game in the fourth.  In the fifth inning, Antoine Duplantis and Angel Aguilar each delivered home a run giving Staten Island a 4-0 lead.

Left fielder L.J. Mazzilli spoiled the shutout with a home run to left/center field, leading off the top of the sixth inning.  Reliever Sandy Baez then took over pitching duties for Long Island in the bottom of the sixth.

Right-hander Connor Law entered the game in the top of the seventh in relief of Anthony Rodriguez.  

Long Island's Chad Hockin entered the game in the bottom of the seventh and yielded a run-scoring double to Ricardo Cespedes, extending Staten Island's lead to four.

After a scoreless eighth, Staten Island's Victor Capellan closed out the ninth.  Anthony Rodriguez earned his second win of the season.  Scott Harkin took the loss.

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

OTD 6/29/1924: Catasauqua A.A. Defeat Dick "Cannonball" Redding and Brooklyn Royal Giants

From the desk: DEM BARNSTORMERS

In a non-Eastern Colored League matchup, the Brooklyn Royal Giants ventured one hundred miles west to Allentown, Pennsylvania, where Charlie Albert's Catasauqua A.A. team greeted them at Clearview Field.

Brooklyn took a one run lead in the second.  But the home team countered in the fourth.  Right-hander Dick "Cannonball" Redding, rated as the greatest colored pitcher in the country, was easy pickin's for the Iron Borough batters.  Two singles, two doubles and pitcher Ray Kepner's home run staked Catasauqua to a 5-1 lead from which the Royal Giants would not recover.

The locals added single runs in the fifth and eighth frames.  Brooklyn fell short with one run in the sixth and two in the ninth.  Both teams welded twelve hits.  First baseman Eddie Douglass finished 2 for 5, with a game-high ten putouts.  The Royal Giants committed no errors, but stranded ten men on base.  Right fielder Irvin Brooks finished 3 for 5 with a home run.

Cannonball Redding walked two and struck out three in losing effort.



Brooklyn Cyclones Drop Opener Against Hudson Valley Renegades

From the desk: THE CONEY ISLAND NINE

I - HVR 5; BKN 2 

You guessed it ... the curse of Wappingers Falls endures.  

The Cyclones are back at Dutchess Stadium, where they've become notorious for wielding minimal hits, much less seeing-eye ground balls or even foul tips.  Tuesday evening proved no different.  Despite being issued seven bases on balls, Brooklyn mustered a mere three hits and again recorded double-digit strikeouts against the Renegades.

First baseman JT Schwartz, shortstop Shervyen Newton, and second baseman Jose Peroza who tripled home Brooklyn's only two runs, accounted for Brooklyn's only hits.

Right-hander Junior Santos allowed four earned runs on six hits and one walk with six strikeouts in five innings pitched for the loss.  Right-handed reliever Daison Acosta allowed a run on three hits and three walks with four strikeouts over the final three innings.


Long Island Ducks Hurl Shutout Over Staten Island Ferry Hawks

From the desks: THE WEBBED SPIKES NINE & THAT RICHMOND COUNTY CLUB

EMPIRE STATE
BATTLE of the BIRDS
vs.

Stephen Tarpley, Ducks Bullpen Outduel Ferry Hawks in Series Opener on Staten Island

The battle of the birds resumed at Richmond County grounds on Tuesday.  

Left-hander Stephen Tarpley climbed the hill for Long Island, and seven-year independent league veteran Dakota Freese started for the host Ferry Hawks.  Both pitchers held the opposition scoreless through the first four innings, each allowing just two hits, respectively.

The Ferry Hawks threatened in the fifth, but with runners on the corners and one out, catcher Bryan Gonzalez bounced into an inning-ending 5-4-3 double play.

Long Island finally broke through in the sixth.  Recently acquired Phil Caulfield drew a one-out walk and soon scored on Alejandro De Aza's fielder's choice to second.

Staten Island threatened again in the home sixth with three consecutive singles to load the bases.  But with one out, Stephen Tarpley struck out center fielder Ricardo Cespedes for out number two, then fanned Dilson Herrera on five pitches to end the frame.

Ferry Hawk manager Edgardo Alfonzo handed the ball over to reliever Eddy Reynoso in the seventh.  

Starter Dakota Freese allowed one run on three hits and two walks with four strikeouts in six innings. 

The Ducks promptly put two runners on base on an E-5 and a hit-by-pitch.  Reynoso gathered himself and struck out Dustin Woodcock for out number two.  Shortstop Vladimir Frias popped out to Dilson Herrera in foul territory to end the threat.

Flock skipper Wally Backman summoned right-hander Nick Goody from the bullpen for the bottom of the seventh.  

Starter Stephen Tarpley allowed six hits and one walk with eight strikeouts over six scoreless innings pitched.  He faced 23 batters while throwing 90 pitches, with 57 (63.3%) going for strikes.

Alejandro De Aza was hit with a pitch in the eighth and left the game.  It was the second batter hit by Eddy Reynoso.  It gave the Ducks runners on first and second with no outs.  With Sam Travis at the plate, L.J. Mazzilli got thrown out at third on the front end of an attempted double steal.  Travis then bounced back to the pitcher.

Southpaw Tyler Webb entered the game in the bottom of the eighth in relief of Nick Goody.

Right-hander Joe Kuzia pitched a scoreless top half of the ninth for Staten Island.

Former Arizona Diamondback farmhand Kai-Wei Lin was tasked by Wally Backman with closing out the ninth, and he did not disappoint, retiring the side in order and striking out the last man looking.

Three Staten Island pitchers limited the Ducks to just three hits.  Dakota Freese took the loss.  

Stephen Tarpley improves to 3-3 with a 2.75 ERA.

The Ducks and Ferry Hawks have now played ten games this season, with Long Island winning seven and Staten Island three.  However, the teams are even at 3-3 over their last six meetings.


Tuesday, June 28, 2022

BEFORE the BUMS 6/28/1890: Brooklyn Bridegrooms Head to Cincinnati for Showdown Against Reds

From the desk: FINGERPRINTS OF DEM BUMS

 
In baseball's sixth ever World Series clash of 1889, the National League New York Giants defeated the American Association champion Brooklyn Bridegrooms six games to three, and an inter-city rivalry was born.  While this marked New York's second straight championship victory over the Association, it would be Brooklyn's last as an AA member club.  The following season, the Bridegrooms would make their National League debut.  Welcome to "BEFORE the BUMS" my game-by-game rewind of (the city) Brooklyn's historic 1890 season.


GAME #54
Saturday, June 28, 1890
WEST SIDE PARK

Bridegrooms Depart Chicago With Split Against Colts 

The visiting Bridegrooms saved their best for last.  But not before Chicago treated them to a display of power.  To the delight of 2,650 fans, first baseman Cap Anson homered to left field in the second, and center fielder Walt Wilmot hit for the circuit in the fourth.  The Colts tallied again in the fifth and one last time in the eighth inning.  However, by then, it was too little too late for the Colts.  In the sixth inning, second baseman Hub Collins doubled and scored the first Bridegroom run.  With the bases loaded in the seventh, Hub Collins delivered home two runs with a single.  With the bases again loaded in the eighth, Germany Smith singled, driving home two, and starter Bob Caruthers aided his own cause by driving home a third.  Not yet done, Hub Collins ignited another two-run rally in the ninth as the Bridegrooms doubled up on the Colts by a final score of eight to four.  Collins led all batters with three hits, and Caruthers allowed eight hits and just one walk for the win.  With the victory, the Bridegrooms manage a series split against the Colts and will take the field next at Cincinnati on Monday.
  • FINAL: BKN 8; CHI 4
  • RECORD: 33-21 (.611); 3rd place, 4.0 GB of Cincinnati Reds



New Jersey Generals Get Outflanked By Philadelphia Stars

From the desk: FIVE STAR PIGSKIN

NORTH DIVISION PLAYOFF
Philadelphia Stars       19
New Jersey Generals  14
FINAL


Third Time For Philadelphia Stars Is A Charm

Philadelphia opened the scoring with a first-quarter field goal.  

With the Generals threatening deep inside Philadelphia territory in the second quarter, Luis Perez, under duress, was intercepted at the Stars' three-yard line, which was returned to the Generals' 13-yard line.  Philadelphia quickly converted the turnover into six points when Case Cookus kept it himself into the end zone for a 10-0 lead at the half.

In the third quarter, Luis Perez and Darrius Shepherd connected on a 59-yard strike putting the ball on the Philadelphia five-yard line.  Darius Victor punched it for a touchdown to bring the Generals within three.

New Jersey found themselves in retreat during their first offensive possession of the fourth quarter, penalty after penalty being the cause - case in point, being faced with a 4th and 32 with eleven minutes left.

The Generals' defense held on Philadelphia's next possession.  KaVontae Turpin then accomplished what the offense was failing to do: score points.  He returned kicker Luis Aguilar's punt 78-yards for a touchdown giving the Generals a 14-10 lead with just over ten minutes left.

Another defensive stand by New Jersey limited the Stars to a field goal with six minutes left.

On the Generals' next possession, Darius Victor gained a first down with 4:30 left, followed by a twelve-yard rumble.  Coach Riley then inserted and extracted De'Andre Johnson on several plays.  The strategy failed as the Generals were stuffed on a 2nd and 12 attempt.  Afterwhich, the Stars wisely called a time-out.  Faced with a 3rd and 11, Luis Perez was reinserted at quarterback and got sacked just before the two-minute warning.

When play resumed, Philadelphia's Maurice Alexander returned Brock Miller's punt 87 yards for a touchdown with 1:41 left on the clock.  The Stars botched the extra points attempt but nevertheless seized a 19-14 lead.

Unfortunately, New Jersey's next possession was just as ineffective as any other they'd attempted this afternoon.  Philadelphia should be credited for mounting sustained pressure.  More misplays and penalties, a batted pass attempt at the line of scrimmage on a 1st and 15 play, were all merely preludes of what was to come.  On a 1st and 10 with 0:41 on the clock, Luis Perez was hit in the pocket by defensive end Adam Rodriguez, and his pass was subsequently picked off by cornerback Amani Dennis at the Philadelphia 17-yard line.

Like that, the New Jersey Generals' wildly successful relaunch ends abruptly.  In this instance, the old football axiom held true: beating teams three times in one season is hard.  The teams were very evenly matched.  However, the Generals could not survive three turnovers.  Ultimately, special teams proved the decisive factor for both combatants.

Philadelphia may have lost both regular-season games against the Generals, but I left off last week saying the Stars were closing the gap, especially in this back-to-back weeks scenario.

Saturday's defeat was New Jersey's first since losing the season opener to the Birmingham Stallions, who will now play Philadelphia in next week's USFL championship game.


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I entered the season with an open mind knowing this would in no way resemble the league I once enjoyed watching back in the 1980s.  That league drafted and signed top-tier college talents who played alongside many former NFL players who either jumped leagues for the money, were looking to get back in league favor, or were merely extending their careers.  I'm happy to say I'm one of the many local fans who would occasionally help sell out New Jersey Generals games at Giants Stadium.  Watching the Generals march to a 9-1 regular season made for an enjoyable spring.  They played very intriguing football, and I look forward to this league growing into something more compatible with its predecessor.


Monday, June 27, 2022

BEFORE the BUMS 6/27/1890: Brooklyn Bridegrooms Achieve First National League Victory at Chicago

From the desk: FINGERPRINTS OF DEM BUMS

 
In baseball's sixth ever World Series clash of 1889, the National League New York Giants defeated the American Association champion Brooklyn Bridegrooms six games to three, and an inter-city rivalry was born.  While this marked New York's second straight championship victory over the Association, it would be Brooklyn's last as an AA member club.  The following season, the Bridegrooms would make their National League debut.  Welcome to "BEFORE the BUMS" my game-by-game rewind of (the city) Brooklyn's historic 1890 season.

Germany Smith Powers Bridegrooms to First National League Victory at Chicago

Chicago opened the scoring in the second inning, but it was the last lead they would own.  Brooklyn stormed back with four runs in the fourth inning.  Center fielder Pop Corkhill and Bob Caruthers, making a start in left field, each delivered home a run, and shortstop Germany Smith followed with a two-run home run.  The Colts then mustered an unearned run in the fifth.  But the Bridegrooms again answered with three more runs in the eighth inning, highlighted by an Oyster Burns triple and Pop Corkhill's second run batted in.  Right-hander Adonis Terry allowed seven hits and five walks with three strikeouts for the win.  The Bridegrooms look to salvage a series split with the Colts tomorrow before departing to Cincinnati for their upcoming showdown against the first-place Reds.
  • FINAL: BKN 7; CHI 2
  • RECORD: 32-21 (.604); 3rd place, 4.0 GB of Cincinnati Reds



Brooklyn Cyclones Open Second Half With Series Victory Over Jersey Shore

From the desk: THE SURF AVENUE SLUGGERS

BATTLE OF THE BEACHES
I - BK 4; JS 3
II - JS 5; BK 3
III - BK 3; JS 1
IV - BK 2; JS 1
V - BK 6; JS 2
VI - BK 3; JS 2

Cyclones Take Sunday Finale; Bullpen Closes Out Strong Series Performance

Yet another pitching duel unfolded at Coney Island on Sunday afternoon.  

The Blue Claws and Cyclones entered the eighth inning tied at two with only four and three hits, respectively.  Catcher Nic Gaddis doubled home Brooklyn's first run in the opening frame, and JT Schwartz scored on a wild pitch in the fourth.  Jersey Shore recovered with two runs in the fifth.

Brooklyn put the potential go-ahead run at second base with one out in the home eighth but left him stranded.  In the top of the ninth, right fielder Joe Suozzi threw out the potential tying run at the plate to preserve the tie.

In the bottom of the ninth, designated hitter Matt O'Neill singled home Jose Peroza with the winning run.

Making his third start with Brooklyn, Luis Moreno allowed two earned runs on three hits and two walks with three strikeouts in a no-decision effort.

The bullpen once again performed brilliantly.  Right-hander Brendan Hardy allowed no runs and no hits with two strikeouts in 1.1 innings, and Carson Seymour allowed no hits in two scoreless innings pitched.  Both pitchers graduated up from St. Lucie this season.  Brooklyn mainstay Justin Courtney 
threw a scoreless ninth to earn his fourth win this season.

With the victory, the Cyclones win their third straight, take the series from Jersey City five games to one, and begin the second half of the season with a 3-0 record.


Sunday, June 26, 2022

BEFORE the BUMS 6/26/1890: Brooklyn Bridegrooms Remain Winless in Chicago

From the desk: FINGERPRINTS OF DEM BUMS

 
In baseball's sixth ever World Series clash of 1889, the National League New York Giants defeated the American Association champion Brooklyn Bridegrooms six games to three, and an inter-city rivalry was born.  While this marked New York's second straight championship victory over the Association, it would be Brooklyn's last as an AA member club.  The following season, the Bridegrooms would make their National League debut.  Welcome to "BEFORE the BUMS" my game-by-game rewind of (the city) Brooklyn's historic 1890 season.


GAME #52
Thursday, June 26, 1890
WEST SIDE PARK

Anson's Colts Hand Bridegrooms Second Straight Defeat

Chicago won their second straight decision from the Bridegrooms, who were defeated rather handily on Thursday.  With Tom Lovett starting for Brooklyn, the Colts immediately posted four runs in the first inning.  However, the Bridegrooms matched them in the second and even took a 5-4 lead in the third.  But that was the last they would tally against the rookie Pat Luby, who finished with six scoreless frames.  Chicago reclaimed the lead with two runs in the fourth, then erupted for five runs in the seventh inning for an 11-5 margin of victory.  Back playing center field, Pop Corkhill accounted for three of Brooklyn's nine hits, and Tom Lovett wielded two.  With the loss, Brooklyn falls a season-high five games out of first place.
  • FINAL: BKN 5; CHI 11
  • RECORD: 31-21 (.596); 3rd place, 5.0 GB of Cincinnati