Sunday, October 19, 2014

#PackADailyCircus #ootp - Programming Note

I will post today's championship series games a little later, but I wanted to let you know that I will be in Minneapolis this coming week, so the OOTP games will have to wait until I get back.

I may post during the week, depending on what hobby-related stuff I happen across while there.

Thanks for tuning in!!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

#PackADailyCircus #ootp - BLCS and WCLS Game 4 Action and a Mascot Trial Update!

Good evening, folks! Welcome to another night of PAD Circus Championship baseball! Last night, the Texas PlayAtThePlates held off the Dominic FDNYs, winning their first game of the BLCS! The FDNYs still lead the series two games to one, however. Will the FDNYs show their dominance or will Texas tie things up in the series? And, how about the Florida Workmans!? They lead the series against the Ontario Kazis three games to none. Will the Kazis fight back or do the Workmans become the first team in Tribecards history to make it to the giveaway World Series!? This could prove to be an exciting night, no matter which way things go.

Let's get into it and see what happens. As has become something of the norm around here, I will break things down according to every 3rd inning. So, without further rambling, here we go!

The Kazis jumped into their game with a 2-run 1st inning start! They then added another run in the 2nd inning. The Workmans finally put a run on the board in the 3rd inning, but trailed 3-1 at the end of three. Meanwhile, Texas put a run in the books during the 2nd inning and then added two more in the 3rd inning while keeping the FDNYs from scoring at all through three innings.

As we look at innings 4 through 6, the Workmans add a run in the 4th and the Kazis answer right back with 3 of their own. The teams went scoreless in the 5th and 6th, so at the end of six innings, the Kazis led 6-2. These guys are not going quietly! In the other game, neither team scored in the 4th or 5th innings, but in the top of the 6th, the FDNYs grab two runs, cutting the Texas lead to one run at they finished up the 6th with Texas having 3 runs and FDNYs with a pair.

The Workmans trail heading into the 7th inning by a score of 6-2. Both teams go scoreless in the 7th inning, but in the bottom of the 8th, the Kazis tack on a whopping 4 more runs to lead the game 10-2 heading into the 9th. As that is going on, Texas adds a run in the 7th and another run in the 8th, increasing their lead to 5-2 as that game headed into the 9th.

In the top of the ninth inning, the Kazis shut down the Workmans, and they fight to see another day of Championship play! Final score: Kazis 10, Workmans 2. The Workmans lead that series 3-1, so we'll see if they can take the WLCS title or if the Kazis can continue fighting to stay alive!  Just as the Kazis kept their opponent from scoring in the ninth, so, too, did Texas. The PlayAtThePlates keep the FDNYs scoreless in the ninth and win the game, tying the series at 2 games each!

In other PAD Circus News, we have an update regarding the fraud scheme cooked up by the Marlins Mascot (in the fictional PAD Circus League. This isn't real, folks!):

Friday, October 17, 2014

#PackADailyCircus #ootp - BLCS/WLCS Championship Rounds, Game 3

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen! We've had a couple nights off here in the PAD Circus Championship Series, so hopefully the teams are well-rested and ready for action!

When we left things, the Dominic FDNYs led the Blogger League 2-0 over the Texas PlayAtThePlates. Can Texas hold on and keep the FDNYs from jumping out to a 3-game lead? We'll find out in a moment.

Before we look at results, though, let's talk about the Wordpress League. The Florida Workmans grabbed a 2-game lead over the Ontario Kazis. So, much like Texas in the other series, the Kazis are hoping to put the kibosh on Florida.

So, let's see what happened in each series game, three innings at a time.  In the BLCS, both teams were scoreless at the end of the first, but Texas knocked in a run in the bottom of the 2nd inning. At the end of three, Texas led 1-0.  Meanwhile, in the WLCS, both teams remained scoreless through two innings, but each grabbed a run in the 3rd, resulting in a 1-1 tie after three.

Shifting back to the FDNYs/PlayAtThePlates game, Dominic scores a run in the top of the 5th and Texas answers with a run in the bottom of the sixth, taking lead 2-1 after six innings.  Neither the Workmans nor the Kazis can muster up a run in the next three innings there, so they remain tied at one run apiece when the final out of the 6th inning is called.

The FDNYs cannot get a runner to cross the plate before the outs add up. They lose the game 2-1, though they maintain a 2-1 lead in the series.  In the other game, Florida adds three runs in the 7th inning, leaving Ontario to play catch-up. They can't do it, however, and the Workmans now lead that series 3-0 over the Kazis.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

#PackADailyCircus #ootp - Championship Series Games 1 and 2!

Good evening, folks! Sorry we have been away longer than anticipated, but the good news is we have a DOUBLE-HEADER to kick off the Tribecards PAD Circus Championship Series!

Tonight, we have the Blogger League Championship Series (BLCS) and the Wordpress League Championship Series (WLCS).

Featured in the Blogger League, we have the Texas PlayAtThePlates playing against the Dominic FDNYs in Game One action!

Over in the Wordpess League, we'll watch the Ontario Kazis take on the Florida Workmans.

Remember, we have TWO games tonight.  As always, here is the link to the game logs:

In first game action, the Texas PlayAtThePlates scored THREE RUNS in the 1st inning! Things were looking bad for the FDNYs until the pulled in a run during the bottom of the 3rd. The PlayAtThePlates could not add any more points through the 6th inning, but in the bottom of the 6th, the FDNYs stepped up and knocked in 4 runs to take lead! Going into the 8th, Texas trailed by 2 runs. They managed to score a run in the 8th inning, but that's all they could muster and the FDNYs walk away with Game 1, winning 5-4.

Meanwhile, the Kazis also jumped out early, grabbing a run in the 2nd inning followed by 2 more in the 3rd! The Workmans would remain scoreless until the 5th inning, but they could only score 1 run. Going into the bottom of the 9th, the Workmans trailed 2-3 and things did not look good. But, they managed to knock in 2 runs to tie the game and force Game One into extra innings. Neither team scored in the 10th, and the Kazis ended the 11th still tied with Workmans . In the bottom of the 11th, though, Florida brought a runner home after a crazy balk and an error from the Kazis. the Workmans win it in 11, 4-3!!

After suffering a loss, could Texas tie things up against the Dominic FDNYs, or will the FDNYs jump out to a two-game lead? Let's see what happened... The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the 3rd when FDNYs scored a run. Two innings later, they added another run to the board while the PlayAtThePlates had yet to find home plate. The scored remained 2-0 through 8 innings. In the top of the ninth, Texas grabbed a single run, but could not find a way to tie the game. The FDNYs now lead the series 2 games to 0.

As we moved into the second game of the double-header, the Kazis had to be asking themselves what they could do to keep the Workmans from scoring. Unfortunately, they did not have the answers, giving up 5 runs in the first inning! The Workmans came in ready and fired up from their first game and they never looked back, adding a run in the 3rd, 2 runs in the 4th, and another run in the 5th. As the Kazis came up to bat in the top of the sixth inning, they found themselves trailing 9-0. And, that is where things stood for the rest of the game. Workmans win the game 9-0 and take a 2-game lead in the series.

Who will face each other in the World Series? So far, it looks pretty cut and dry. But, we have a long way to go before we crown the Blogger League and WordPress League champions. Stay tuned for more baseball action in the coming days!

BBA Awards Continued - Misc Chapter

Here are the nominees/choices for the Misc Chapter of the BBA:

Goose Gossage AL (Reliever):
Greg Holland
Dellin Betances
Zach Britton

Goose Gossage NL (Reliever):
Craig Kimbrel
Kenley Jansen
Aroldis Chapman

Walter Johnson AL (Pitcher):
Corey Kluber
Feliz Hernandez
Chris Sale

Walter Johnson NL (Pitcher):
Clayon Kershaw
Adam Wainwright
Johnny Cueto

Stan Musial AL (Player):
Mike Trout
Michael Brantley
Jose Abreu
Jose Altuve
Felix Hernandez
Jose Bautista
Robinson Cano
Victor Martinez
Ian Kinsler
Alex Gordon

Stan Musial NL (Player):
Andrew McCutchen
Giancarlo Stanton
Clayton Kershaw
Yasiel Puig
Anthony Rizzo
Buster Posey
Jordan Zimmermann
Adrian Gonzalez
Matt Kemp

Nelson Cruz

Methodology: These were reported to me either by web address or by direct email. All names submitted were entered into a spreadsheet. I sorted the categories and picked the names that had the most votes. In cases of ties, I chose the player(s) I would have picked from the lists as my vote(s). This mainly came into play for POY since we needed 10 names and many players only had one vote.