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Tuesday, July 7, 2015
11:50 AM - July 7, 2015. Written by apetroski
2020 NCAA FBS Awards
Heisman Memorial TrophyAustin PiotrowskiQBChicago
Maxwell AwardAustin PiotrowskiQBChicago
Walter Camp AwardAustin PiotrowskiQBChicago
Chuck Bednarik AwardJay ThomasDTChicago
Bronko Nagurski TrophyJay ThomasDTChicago
Davey O'Brien AwardAustin PiotrowskiQBChicago
Doak Walker AwardSean DicksonRBChicago
Fred Biletnikoff AwardCory MonroeWROklahoma St.
John Mackey AwardBJ SmithTEChicago
Outland TrophyDavid CarlsonCChicago
Rimington TrophyDavid CarlsonCChicago
Lombardi AwardJay ThomasDTChicago
Linebacker of the YearAndy WalkerROLBOhio St.
Jim Thorpe AwardBernard MartinCBLong Beach St.
Lou Groza AwardMike FletcherKGeorgia Tech
Ray Guy AwardBrandon SmithPChicago
Returner of the YearDavid JohnsonWROklahoma St.
Dynasty: apetroski
11:32 AM - July 7, 2015. Written by apetroski
Wisconsin Badgers at Chicago Maroons
Dec 12, 20201ST2ND3RD4THSCORE
Wisconsin Badgers (6-6)760013
#2 Chicago Maroons (12-0)141414951
Team Stats Comparison
Total Offense235590
Rushing Yards43274
Passing Yards192316
First Downs1117
Punt Return Yards03
Kick Return Yards5042
Total Yards285635
3rd Down Converstion6-136-7
4th Down Conversion0-00-0
2-Point Conversion0-00-0
Red Zone Touchdowns/Field Goals4-1-14-3-1
Posession Time7:5912:01
Scoring Summary
4:09(CHI) TD: A. Piotrowski, 76 Yd run (P. Miller kick)07
3:06(CHI) TD: B. Smith, 27 Yd pass from A. Piotrowski (P. Miller kick)014
1:06(WIS) TD: C. Smart, 10 Yd pass from K. Johnson (B. Jolly kick)714
4:52(CHI) TD: D. Smith, 47 Yd pass from A. Piotrowski (P. Miller kick)721
3:29(WIS) FG: B. Jolly, 38 Yd1021
1:55(CHI) TD: A. Piotrowski, 59 Yd run (P. Miller kick)1028
0:11(WIS) FG: B. Jolly, 22 Yd1328
3:33(CHI) TD: D. Fuqua, 13 Yd pass from A. Piotrowski (P. Miller kick)1335
0:41(CHI) TD: I. Gray, 9 Yd pass from A. Piotrowski (P. Miller kick)1342
3:07(CHI) FG: P. Miller kick, 31 Yd1345
0:59(CHI) TD: S. Dickson, 2 Yd run (missed kick)1351
Wisconsin Badgers
K. Johnson17/3319211
J. Brooks0/2000
K. Johnson11222.00
J. Smith5214.20
C. Walker77410.50
J. Smith45012.50
R. Hall44411.00
C. Smart22412.01
G. Blanco8000
D. Woods6100
M. White5000
B. Jolly2/21/1738
J. Rutledge523747.40
C. Walker35016.60
Chicago Maroons
A. Piotrowski20/2431640
S. Dickson14332.31
A. Piotrowski1024024.02
C. Reed111.00
B. Smith57414.81
S. Dickson4225.50
D. Smith410325.71
L. Robertson48922.20
I. Gray199.01
D. Fuqua11313.01
W. Cronin166.00
R. Burnette8000
B. Byers2100
A. Cooley1010
P. Miller1/16/7932
D. Smith12121.00
J. Harvey12121.00
D. Howard133.00
Dynasty: apetroski
01:38 AM - July 7, 2015. Written by philliesfan136
Trade Spree

Now that most rosters are shaped, I can put the plan into motion.

PHI trades: C Carlos Ruiz
DET trades: OF Hunter Renfroe (76/B)

PHI trades: CL Jonathan Papelbon, RP Justin DeFratus, SP Matt Boyd (78/C), 3B Harold Hernandez (48/B)
SF trades: 2B Joe Panik, RP Josh Osich (67/C), 1B/3B Angel Villalona (58/C)

PHI trades: RP Jake Diekman
HOU trades: RP Scott Guidry (39/C)

PHI trades: OF Dominic Brown
MIN trades: SP Felix Jorge (66/B)

PHI trades: 1B Ryan Howard, 2B/CF Cesar Hernandez, SP Tom Windle (76/B)
MIA trades: OF Kevin Merchant (58/B), RP Arquimedes Caminero, RP Edgar Olmos

PHI trades: OF Colby Rasmus, OF Mac Williamson (72/B), 1B/C Tommy Joseph (69/C)
SEA trades: OF Austin Wilson (72/B), RP Logan Bawcom, RP Ryan Sisk (61/B)

PHI trades: SP Matt Purke (71/B) and SP Ross Stripling (73/B)
COL trades: OF/1B Kyle Parker and C Dom Nunez (68/C)

PHI trades: 3B Brad Kolb (60/B), 1B Eddie Coates (43/B), OF Scottie Dias (41/B), SP Alvaro Carrillo (48/B), SP Victor Arano (68/C)
WAS trades: OF Steven Souza, RP Blake Treinen

PHI trades: SS Christopher Mozer (51/B), SP Matt Imhof (72/B), OF Barry Brenner (45/B)
CIN trades: C Devin Mesoraco

Dynasty: philliesfan136
01:13 AM - July 7, 2015. Written by philliesfan136
Rule 5 Draft

Philly selects... OF/1B Josh Bell from PIT, RP Nick Burdi from MIN, SP Mark Appel from HOU, OF Tyler Austin from NYY, RP Nick Wittgren from MIA, and SP Kyle Freeland from COL.

The first pick was Tampa Bay's choice of C/OF Kyle Schwarber, an extolled piece from the Cubs. He'll battle with Curt Casali in camp.
Dynasty: philliesfan136
Monday, July 6, 2015
10:04 PM - July 6, 2015. Written by philliesfan136
We secured the services of SP Mike Leake, 1B Max Muncy, SS Deven Marrero, OF Eury Perez, SP Trevor Cahill, and MiLB free agents.

Dynasty: philliesfan136
08:32 PM - July 6, 2015. Written by philliesfan136
Free Agency
My main offers went to Mike Leake (13-11, 3.69, 138 K) for $31.86M over 4 years, Trevor Cahill for $3.50M for 1 year, Neftali Feliz for $16.38M over 2 years, and Carlos Contreras for $3.31M over 4 years. I also pursued Danny Hultzen, Billy Burns, Oliver Drake, Eury Perez, Max Muncy, and various minor-league FAs.

Papelbon and Rasmus wrecked my plans to trade both of them before they hit free agency. They accepted my qualifing offers so I could not get draft pick compensation. I then considered trade possibilites for both postions - teams who might need a closer or outfielder.

Matt Wieters ----> CIN
Jose Bautista ----> DET
David Price ----> MIL
Adrian Beltre ----> CIN
Daniel Murphy ----> COL
Dexter Fowler ----> SD
Clay Buchholz ----> DET
Alexei Ramirez ----> MIA
Gerardo Parra ----> CIN
Neftali Feliz ----> SEA
Rick Porcello ----> LAA
Ian Kennedy ----> DET

The Reds and Tigers sweeped the commerce full-force, locking up multiple upgrades across the board. They say the offseason winners don't recreate that success when the real games come, but these teams look like tough contenders.

Last-place Milwaukee pulled off the surprise move of the period, bringing in ace David Price for 6 years at a whopping $167.9 million.
Dynasty: philliesfan136
08:07 PM - July 6, 2015. Written by philliesfan136
Our budget was increased by 24% for the 2016 season, probably due to the 82 wins accumulated.

Tentatively, the pitching will look like this:
SP Cole Hamels
SP Cliff Lee
SP Aaron Nola
SP Jaime Garcia
SP Jason Hursh
LR Matt Barnes
MR Justin DeFratus
MR Jake Diekman
MR Griffin Murphy
SU Jonathan Papelbon
SU Phillipe Aumont
CL Ken Giles

...Cliff retires, with Chase and Izturis following suit. We'll never forget their contributions as Phillies but it's one way to ease into the rebuild.

Other notable retirees
Shane Victorino, Mark Buehrle, David Ortiz, David DeJesus, Bartolo Colon, Tim Hudson, Marlon Byrd, Kyle Lohse.

On to free agency! The objectives are to trade veterans in tow & try to find MLB-ready starting pitching and outfielders through trades or on the open market.

Top Available Free Agents
C Matt Wieters
2B Gordon Beckham
SP David Price
2B/3B Daniel Murphy
SP Ian Kennedy
SP Trevor Cahill
OF Dexter Fowler
SP Rick Porcello
RP Neftali Feliz
SP Derek Holland
SS Alexei Ramirez
SS Jimmy Rollins
OF Gerardo Parra
SP Mike Leake
SP Alfredo Simon
3B Adrian Beltre
OF Jose Bautista
OF Will Venable
SP Clay Buchholz
Dynasty: philliesfan136
UFC Fight Night: Ellenberger vs. Thompson
3rd Saturday of August 2015 from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada


Main Card

Round 1
An exchange of jabs kicks off the round. Doane lands a right hook. Sanders with a jab. Sanders lands a double jab. Doane fires a jab of his own. Doane lands a weak left hook but it opened up a scything low leg kick. Doane hits a 1-2. Sanders hits two short rights as he circles away from Doane's right hand. Doane lands a straight right. Sanders lands a left hook. Sanders hits a jab-straight combination. There's a hook from Sanders. Close round between the two, surely the judge's will be divided through Round 1.

10-9 Sanders

Round 2
Doane comes in to strike and gets caught out by a defensive jab from Sanders. Doane whiffs on a body kick and eats two left jabs. Doane lands a 1-2 but suffers two jabs in return. Doane lands the 1-2 this time without eating any responding shots. Sanders comes forward after avoiding a wayward strike and grabs clinch control on Doane. Sanders hits the trip takedown and winds up in side control. Sanders tries to step over into mount, but it was high and sloppy. Doane bucks causing a scramble that results in Sanders pulling half guard. Doane doesn't do much from the top position except land small taps to the body. The round ends there.

20-18 Sanders...it could easily be 19-19 though depending how the judge's saw round one. Will be interesting if Doane wins Round 3.

Round 3
Sanders hits a left-right combo. They bound around the cage. Sanders doesn't want to engage, he seems to want to coast on his past two round work. A dangerous strategy, but Doane isn't forcing the action either. Doane comes forward with his hands low and gets hit with a right straight. Doane with two left hands and a kick to the ribs. Doane lands a 1-2 combo but eats a stiff straight right. Sanders comes in quick and ducks a Doane punch. Sanders hits a single leg takedown and he's in Doane's guard. Sanders works his way into side control eventually and starts searching for an arm triangle but the horn sounds and the fight ends.

The Judge's score the contest 29-28 Doane / 30-27 Sanders and 29-28 for your winner by Split Decision......Jerrod "J-Reazie" Sanders!"

Round 1
Blanco hits a jab but de la Torre launches a right head kick over a Blanco left hook and it lands clean. de la Torre hunts down left jab, right hook combo. Blanco manages a weak counter jab. Blanco misses a right and gets hit with two jabs. Blanco is able to land a roundhouse to the ribs though. Blanco lands a right hook but eats a shot to the body. Blanco hits a right cross and right hook. de la Torre side steps a Blanco punch and scores a beautiful right hand. de la Torre is feeling it now, really forcing Blanoc on the backfoot. de la Torre steps in to throw a shot and Blanco fires off a damaging uppercut! He's down! He's out! Maximo Blanco with the vicious knockout!

Your winner by Knockout (Uppercut) at the 4:05 mark of Round 1...Maximo "Maxi" Blanco!

Round 1
Waterson tosses a counter jab as Magana presses forward but it misses. Magana lands a heavy left and right combination. Magana again lands a heavy left and right. Magana rushes in for a takedown and completes it as she drives Waterson to the ground, seated with her back against the cage. Magana is sitting very heavy on Waterson. Magana is able to get into mount! Working for an armbar....it's locked in! Waterson taps out.

Your winner by Submission (Armbar) at the 2:09 mark of Round 1...Angela Magana!

Round 1
Masvidal doubles up on a jab. Masvidal lands a roundhouse kick to the ribs. Ferreira hits a straight right. Ferrieira lands a pair of right hands and glances a high kick off Masvidal's shoulder. Masivdal responds with a right hook. Masvidal lands a double jab and about ten seconds later Ferreira doubles up on one. They exchange jabs but Masvidal lands a crisp right hand. Jab/right hook combo from Masvidal. An exchange of jabs. A few more jab exchanges to end the round.

10-9 Masvidal

Round 2
Masvidal opens up with two jabs. Masvidal darts around hitting jabs and backpedaling out of the way of Ferreira's responses. Masvidal trades jabs with Ferriera but lands a crushing right hook. Ferreira is hurt! Ferriera is able to duck away from a straight and land a counter jab. A jab-straight combination from Masvidal and Ferreira looks really unsteady. Ferreira takes a step forward AND WALKS RIGHT INTO A STRAGIHT! He's out! It's over!

Your winner by Knockout (Punch) at the 2:45 mark of Round 2....Jorge "GameBred" Masvidal

Round 1
It's our main event of the evening! Jake Ellenberger vs. Stephen Thompson! 5 rounds in the Welterweight division and we are underway. Thompson launches a head kick to start and it makes glancing contact off the top of Ellenberger's head. Thompson lands a jab and a straight while Ellenberger hit's a jab in an exchange. Ellenberger is able to clinch with Thompson. And up Thompson goes! It's a slam and Ellenberger finds himself in half guard. Ellenberger lands a nasty elbow before slipping into side control. Ellenberger slips into north-south where he spends the rest of the round teeing off on Thompson's ribs.

10-9 Ellenberger

Round 2
A straight cross lands for Thompson while Ellenberger hits a jab and hook. Looks like Ellenberger was poked in the eye. Mario Yamasaki gives Jake a few to rest up. It didn't look too bad and after about twenty seconds we're back underway. Thompson hits a right hook and a kick to the lead leg. Ellenberger fires off a jab and right hook that both land. He takes the opportunity as well to move in and grapple with Thompson. Ellenberger again hoists Thompson onto his shoulder and plants him. Ellenberger is in guard. Ellenberger is trying to posture but Thompson is just clinging to Jake's head. There's no movement happening between the two. After about forty seconds of lay-n-pray the two are stood up. They engage again at center, Ellenberger lands a jab. Thompson lands two jabs and a leg kick. Ellenberger eats a massive straight right on his may to grab the clinch but he isn't halted and ends up driving Thompson into the cage. Pressed against the fence, Ellenberger launches dirty boxing attacks until the bell.

20-18 Ellenberger

Round 3
Two left jabs and a kick to the body for Thompson to start the round. Ellenberger looks tired but he's able to get ahold of Thompson and bully him into the cage again. Thompson is fighting back hard but Ellenberger just seems to be stronger. Jake lands a few short punches to the head and some knees to Thompson's thigh. Thompson is trying to generate enough space to throw some elbows but he's only able to get enough to space to land one in the whole ordeal. Finally they're separated and they're back at center. Thompson hits two jabs and a low kick. Two jabs and a straight right land for Thompson at the bell.

29-28 Ellenberger

Round 4
On our unofficial scorecard it's 2 rounds to 1 for Ellenberger with 2 to go. Ellenberger shoots in for a double leg takedown but Thompson stuff it. However Ellenberger doesn't give up and turns the takedown into a clinch and from there hits another slam. Ellenberger is in guard. Some boos ring out from the crowd as they're certainly hoping Jake does more on the ground this time than at other points in this fight. Ellenberger is doing nothing for awhile. Thompson is able to kick Ellenberger's leg away and a scramble starts. Thompson is up first but he's shoved into the cage by Ellenberger who has a waist lock from behind. Ellenberger is more active this time though as he's able to keep Thompson against the cage and Ellenberger batters him with punches until the horn sounds.

39-37 Ellenberger....Thompson is going to need a finish.

Round 5
Thompson launches a superman punch but it misses and Ellenberger sends him careening into the cage. Ellenberger is again exerting control and both men look absolutely gassed. Ellenberger lands some pitter-patter punches but Thompson has no answer. Finally they're separated and at center cage. Thompson has two and a half minutes to find a KO or submission. Thompson shoots in for a takedown! But it's stuffed and Ellenberger turns him into the cage. They'll end the round here amongst a chorus of loud boos. The fans were not happy at all with this fight. A wall-n-stall/lay-n-pray decision victory for Jake Ellenberger.

The Judge's score the contest 49-46/49-46/50-45 for your winner by unanimous decision....Jake "The Juggernaut" Ellenberger

----UFC Fight Night: Ellenberger vs. Thompson Post Fight Presser----

-Dana White said he was ashamed of the Main Event on Twitter. Called it boring and apologized to the fans.

-Ellenberger said he had no regrets and enjoyed how he fought. Said he knew that he couldn't take too many more losses or he'd be risking his job.

-Thompson voiced his anger about fighting a guy who didn't wanna fight.

-Angela Magana said something weird and unintelligible about deserving a title shot next.

-Michelle Waterson is disappointed in her performance. Said she didn't put on enough muscle to be effective at 115 yet and hopes to perform better in her next bout.

-Maximo Blanco said he severely underestimated Mike de la Torre but was happy to walk out a winner.

-Jerrod Sanders is thrilled with his performance, acknowledges it probably saved his job.

Performance of the Night Bonuses - Maximo Blanco, Angela Magana, Darrell Montague and Willie Gates.

UFC Fight Night: Mir vs. Duffee Pre-Fight Conference Call

-Mir thinks he's genuinely a few wins away from a title shot. Mir says that's his goal as long as he's in the division.

-Duffee thinks adding a name like Mir to his resume' will really boost his name value. Eyeing fights with guys like Overeem and JDS after he wins.

-Gilbert Melendez looking to reassert himself after his loss to Eddie Alvarez.

-Al Iaquinta thinks a win over Gilbert makes him a bonafide Top 10 at 155. Wants to be pushed up the card on PPVs with a win here.

-Holly Holm believes that Reneau has nothing for her in the stand up or on the ground. Holm won't commit to calling out Ronda Rousey. Says that Ronda has a tough fight against Bethe Correia coming up and that she'll fight whoever they put in front of her.

-Reneau believes she'll knock Holm out and wants a title shot afterward. Says that her stand-up game would be too wicked for Rousey.

-Scott Jorgensen believes it's win or go home time for him in the UFC against Manny Gamburyan.

-Rani Yahya predicts first round submission win over Masanori Kanehara.
Dynasty: sirvalkyerie
07:41 PM - July 6, 2015. Written by philliesfan136
Final Statistics
C Carlos Ruiz .258/8/44
C Cameron Rupp .317/10/29
1B Christian Walker .304/13/33
1B Ryan Howard .259/26/90 (142 K)
2B Chase Utley .268/11/48
3B Maikel Franco .214/18/54
3B/SS Hunter Dozier .267/1/4
2B Devon Travis .264/5/10
SS/2B/CF Cesar Hernandez .262/7/60 (14 SB)
OF Ben Revere .266/10/47 (40 SB)
OF Brian Goodwin .205/4/19 (7 SB)
OF Colby Rasmus .233/16/53 (160 K)
OF Dom Brown .246/20/58

SP Cole Hamels 17-9, 3.34, 254 K
SP Cliff Lee 13-8, 3.24, 210 K
SP Jaime Garcia 11-10, 4.50, 155 K
SP Jason Hursh 4-5, 4.01, 21 K (51.2 IP)
SP Chad Billingsley 6-9, 4.05, 107 K
SP Matt Barnes 2-2, 5.70, 32 K (30 IP)
RP Phillipe Aumont 9-4, 2.91, 103 K
RP Justin DeFratus 5-2, 2.64, 101 K
RP Jake Diekman 5-1, 3.00, 55 K
RP Joely Rodriguez 3-2, 4.59, 30 K (51 IP)
SU Ken Giles 1-2, 1.98, 74 K
CL Jonathan Papelbon 0-4, 4.82, 45 SV, 47 K

Ben Revere won a Gold Glove for left field. He placed 4th in doubles (38) and stolen bases (40). Cole Hamels tied for 4th in wins (17) and lead the league in strikeouts (254). Cliff Lee tied for 9th in strikeouts (210). Jonathan Papelbon tied for third in saves (45).
Dynasty: philliesfan136
07:31 PM - July 6, 2015. Written by philliesfan136
The 2015 season ends at 82-80 for our beloved Phillies. That's 4 back of the 86-76 Nationals and 9 of the 91-71 Braves.

MVP - Andrew McCutchen (.326/36/125) & Mike Trout (.299/38/127)
Cy Young - Kris Medlen (20-5/3.44/193 K) & Jon Lester (19-9/2.98/208 K)
Delivery Man - Craig Kimbrel (57 SV/2.54/61 K)
ROTY - Kris Bryant (.296/29/88) & Luke Jackson (15-11/2.86/178 K)

The Orioles defeated the Braves, 4-2, to win the 2015 World Series.

Dynasty: philliesfan136
Sunday, July 5, 2015
03:15 PM - July 5, 2015. Written by philliesfan136
Cameron Rupp has taken a stronghold on the catcher job from the loyal and trusty Carlos Ruiz. His .310/8/23 line without starting has me questioning the need for Kevin Plawecki and A.J. Jimenez. This position has become one of strength to my surprise, when you include Andrew Knapp.

Christian Walker is taking the reigns from Ryan Howard. He's batting for a higher average with half the homers, in 2.82 times less PAs. I'll be glad to shed Big Piece's contract and 116 whiffs this offseason.

Maicer Izturis was up for grabs this entire season and no one bit, so I took him in. He could go for an August waiver claim seeing as he can still get on base at 34 and is versatile.

Phil Gosselin reached his end on the 25-man. Devon Travis doesn't play other positions than 2B but he is my second bench IF due to his hitting prowess. I like his chances to be Chase Utley's heir apparent. Draft pick Miguel Santana (.277, 4 HR, 35 RBI) is next on the totem.

Cesar Hernandez turned the corner, bringing his BA to .279 on 129 hits. He's stolen 10 bases and struck out 100 times but overall I'm happier with him than I was months ago. J.P. Crawford (.211, 14 HR, 51 RBI, 116 SO, 26 SB) has likewise stumbled in the average area, but I am deadset on him being the SS of the future.

CF Roman Quinn is a contender for the Paul Owens Award - he has advanced further than I thought possible. The speed was there but his .277/11/44 slash line cannot be undermined.

I'm proud of the progress made by outfield prospects Dylan Cozens and Cord Sandberg. The duo of 20 year-olds have been admirable for Reading, and the latter was bumped up to AAA.

As GM, I've been super greedy in regards to pitching prospects. It's proper rationale though, you always need some in the pipeline when vets like Cole and Cliff retire, or in case injury strikes. Especially in this age it's crucial, when pitching has been emphasized over hitting. In particular the following are stepping it up: Aaron Nola (10-7, 3.41), Jesse Biddle (10-5, 3.10), Matt Boyd (10-6, 3.13), Ben Lively (7-10, 3.35), and Severino Gonzalez (12-7, 3.03).
Dynasty: philliesfan136
01:21 PM - July 5, 2015. Written by Reiny09
Kansas City Royals at Minnesota Twins
Apr 13, 2015123456789RHE
Kansas City (3-4)010400000580
Minnesota (3-4)000001100272
W: E. Volquez (1-1) L: T. Milone (0-2) S: G. Holland (3)
Scoring Summary
KAN2Gordon homered to center.10
KAN4Rios tripled to left. Moustakas scores. Gordon scores. Infante scores.40
KAN4Dyson grounded out to 2B. Rios scores.50
MIN6Plouffe homered to center.51
MIN7Pinto hit a sac fly to center. Hunter scores.52
Kansas City Royals
Dyson, CF5011000.091
Escobar, SS5010000.207
Hosmer, 1B5000010.100
Morales, DH3010100.200
Moustakas, 3B3110100.346
Gordon, LF4221001.370
Perez, C3000110.286
Infante, 2B4100000.174
Rios, RF4123010.238
3B: A. Rios (1)
HR: A. Gordon (2)
RBI: A. Gordon (6), J. Dyson (1), A. Rios 3 (3)
GIDP: O. Infante
SB: A. Escobar (2)
Minnesota Twins
Nunez, SS4000000.250
Santana, DH4010000.286
Mauer, 1B4010000.231
Dozier, 2B4010010.393
Hunter, RF3120100.240
Quentin, LF3010100.333
Pinto, C3001000.273
Heredia, CF2000110.167
Plouffe, 3B3111001.200
2B: T. Hunter (1)
HR: T. Plouffe (2)
RBI: T. Plouffe (4), J. Pinto (3)
SF: J. Pinto
GIDP: J. Pinto, C. Quentin
SB: D. Santana (4)
CS: B. Dozier (1)
E: T. Hunter (1), E. Nunez (1)
Kansas City Royals
E. Volquez (W, 1-1)8.07222211.80
G. Holland (S, 3)1.00001000.00
TEAM TOTALS9.0722321
Minnesota Twins
T. Milone (L, 0-2)4.25533016.75
M. Pelfrey4.13000302.16
TEAM TOTALS9.0853331
Dynasty: Reiny09
Saturday, July 4, 2015
03:51 PM - July 4, 2015. Written by tel5027
It is opening day for both the Mets AAA and AA baseball teams. The focus, however, is on each mound, as AAA Vegas features a pitcher trying to make a comeback, and AA Binghamton features a young pitcher being held in high regard in the organization.

AAA: Fresno: 5, Las Vegas: 1
Old friend Johan Santana took the mound for Las Vegas, as he hopes to make a major league comeback with the team which he gave both his and their first no-hitter. Santana suffered the loss in his first game, going 6 innings, giving up 3 earned runs and striking out 2. Scouts who watched him pitch say that there were definite signs of rust making this start, and to keep an eye on him as the season goes along. If he can shake this rust off, don't be surprised to see him back in Queens in late August, or as a September call up.

AA: Binghamton: 7, New Hampshire: 5
Taking the mound for Binghamton, young pitcher Augustin Brown, whom the Mets signed through international free agency last season, made his season debut. He labored through 6 tough innings, giving up 7 hits and 5 runs (3 earned) though he did strike out 11. There is certainly work to do on his end control wise, as he gave up 5 walks as well.
Dynasty: tel5027
03:42 PM - July 4, 2015. Written by tel5027
The New York Mets have chosen to option rookie relief pitcher Hansel Robles to AAA Las Vegas. Robles made an appearance in the finale of the 3 game set vs. the Nationals, pitching a scoreless inning.

To shore up their bench, the Mets called up CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis from Vegas. Nieuwenhuis last saw Major League action in 2015, where he was 9-46 with 6 RBI. Having Nieuwenhuis on the bench will give Terry Francona another left-handed option to pinch hit in late game situations.
Dynasty: tel5027
03:34 PM - July 4, 2015. Written by tel5027
Washington Nationals at New York Mets
Apr 5, 2017123456789RHE
Washington (1-2)000000000050
New York (2-1)01000001X2100
W: J. Lester (1-0) L: F. Rivero (0-1) S: B. Logan (1)
Scoring Summary
NYM2D. Smith homered to center.01
NYM8C. Puello singled to center. M. Betts scored. J. Lagares to 2nd02
Washington Nationals
M. Choice (CF)3000100.091
C. Terrero (LF)4000000.182
B. Butler (1B)4010010.250
B. Harper (RF)4000020.167
W. Ramos (C)3000100.182
R. Zimmerman (3B)4020000.333
A. Rendon (2B)4010010.250
D. Dietrich (SS)3010000.300
F. Rivero (P)2000010.000
G. Gentry (PH)1000010.000
A. Barrett (P)0000000.000
T. Gonzalez (P)0000000.000
2B: B. Butler (1)
New York Mets
J. Lagares (CF)4010010.444
C. Puello (LF)4031010.500
D. Wright (3B)4010000.167
D. Herrera (2B)3000010.143
W. Metzger (SS)3010000.300
D. Smith (1B)3121011.273
M. Trout (RF)3000010.250
F. Cervelli (C)3000000.000
J. Lester (P)2010000.500
H. Robles (P)0000000.000
G. Kontos (P)0000000.000
L. Duda (PH)1010000.500
M. Betts (PR)0100000.000
B. Logan (P)0000000.000
TEAM TOTALS302102051
2B: W. Metzger (2)
HR: D. Smith (1)
RBI: D. Smith (3), C. Puello (2)
GIDP: D. Wright, J. Lagares
Washington Nationals
F. Rivero (L, 0-1)6.06110411.50
A. Barrett1.13110107.71
T. Gonzalez0.21000000.00
TEAM TOTALS8.01022051
New York Mets
J. Lester (W, 1-0)6.03002300.00
H. Robles (H, 1)1.02000100.00
G. Kontos (H, 1)1.00000200.00
B. Logan (S, 1)1.00000000.00
TEAM TOTALS9.0500260

The New York Mets take the season opening series from the Washington Nationals with a 2-0 win in the finale.

Jon Lester was electric in his six innings, only allowing 3 hits and striking out 3. Despite the low strikeout count, Lester was dominant, mixing speeds and location extremely well. He kept the Nats offense off-balance all afternoon, as they could only come up with 5 hits all afternoon.

In the bottom of the 2nd, Dominic Smith hit his first home run of the young season, a solo shot, to give the Mets the only run they would need to pull off the win. Cesar Puello would tack on an insurance run later in the 8th inning, to make it 2-0.

Felipe Rivero was fairly dominant on the hill for Washington as well, the only blemish being the home run by Dom Smith. His offense could not score him any runs despite his performance, however, and he walks away with the tough luck loss.

Next up, the Mets welcome the Baltimore Orioles for a 3 game interleague set at Citi Field. Former Met Trevor May (0-0, 0.00) makes his O's debut against the guy he was traded for, Jacob deGrom (0-0, 0.00), who is making his return to the Mets.

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