Sunday, September 9, 2018

Indians Await World Series Opponent: DBacks Corbin No-HItter 1st of 3 Straight Wins to Bring Cubs to Brink of Elimination (3-1)

This blog is the home for the 2018 Statis-Pro Championship featuring the 2017 player cards and 2018 rosters. Click here for accounts of the season and playoffs that resulted in the Indians winning the AL title in a thrilling 7-game ALCS and the Arizona Diamondbacks and 3-time defending champion Cubs making it to the NLCS. This link includes a complete free version of the game along with 2018 pitcher and player "cards" in sheet format for all 30 major league teams, with an account of a "sneak preview" single game elimination using those card/sheets.

More than 8,000 baseball fans clicked on this blog with copies of the 2017 traditional cards for the Indians and Yankees appear here with further instructions for first-timers for how to play the game.

The result of the most recent NCLS game or subsequent World Series game will appear first below, and the accounts of the other game in preceding order.

NLCS Game 5 - Dynasty Not Dead Yet! Cubs Pound 14 Hits to beat Dbacks 9-5


The bats finally awakened as the Cubs pounded 14-hits and jumped on Arizona early.  Anthony Rizzo broke out of his post-season slump going 2-4, with 4 RBI's.  A decent start from Jon Lester gets the job done and gets the Cubs back to Chicago.  Now can Patrick Corbin duplicate his effort from game 2 and get the Diamondbacks to their first ever Statis-Pro World Series?

Chicago    9
Arizona     5

(Diamondbacks lead series 3-2)



NLCS Game 4 - Cubs Must Win 3 Straight to Keep NL Dynasty Alive


The same formula established in Game 3 below plays out in Game 4.  A pair of 2-run HR's in the first from unlikely sources carry the Diamondbacks.  Ketel Marte and Nick Ahmed each went deep.  As for pitching, Robbie Ray has underachieved in the regular season (2-4) and the playoffs (0-2), but finally gives a quality start. (6 IP, 2 ER). Meanwhile, Cole Hamels continues the bad NLCS trend of providing his worst post-season start during this series.

Chicago  2
Arizona   5
(Diamondbacks lead series 3-1)

NLCS Game 3 - Goldsmith Powers Dback to 2-1 Series Lead over Cubs

It is a simple combination of quality pitching and timely hitting and Arizona has it at just the right time.  Zach Godley continues his solid post-season with another quality start (7 IP, 2 ER).  He is now 3-0 in 4 playoff starts this year.  For Chicago, it was bad timing for Jose Quintana to turn in his worst start of the playoffs.  Paul Goldschmidt added another 2 RBI's as the Diamondbacks take the series lead.

Chicago   3
Arizona    5
(Diamondbacks lead series 2-1)




NLCS Game 2 - Corbin's no-hitter ties Diamondbacks and Cubs at 1-1


The Arizona Diamondbacks Patrick Corbin throws a no-hitter in Game 2 of the NLCS.
Once again Statis-Pro illustrates the somewhat random nature of these with Corbin's less-than-overpowering card, but it was his day (several numbers breaking his way).  Arizona got all the offense they would need with a huge third inning when 10 batters went to the plate and four scored.

Patrick Corbin final stats:
He allowed 2-baserunners.
4th: Walk to Kris Bryant. (DP erased this, so he faced one over the minimum)
9th: Error allowed Willson Contreras to reach.

9 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 11 K

Arizona    4
Chicago   0
(Series tied 1-1)

NLCS Game 1 - Former Nat Murphy caps Cubs rally to take 1-0 Lead over DBacks


The Diamondbacks are kicking themselves since they could be looking at a big early series lead.  After Chicago erupted for a 4-run first, Arizona comes all the way back and Jon Jay's 2-out, 2-run pinch-hit single gave them the 5-4 lead after 6-innings.  Bottom of 9th, two outs, runner on first, the Diamondbacks are ready to clinch the opener as Archie Bradley prepares for his 5th straight playoff save.  But Anthony Rizzo's fly ball is misplayed by David Peralta, the run scores and it is extra innings.  In the 10th, Ketel Marte throws one away and puts a runner on 2nd, Daniel Murphy follows with the walk-off hit and the Cubs rally for the win.

Arizona   5
Chicago  6  (10 innings)
(Cubs lead series 1-0)


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