The Statis-Pro Padres may have the best cards in the league, and they opened by defeating last year's surprise NL Champs the Phillies 6-2.
However, the had a 6-1 lead going into the bottom of the 8th to give them a chance at credit for a 3 game sweep (up by 5 at end of 8th without using their closer Josh Hader), and the Phillies scratched out a run to avoid the sweep.
Some tips on strategy and what we record on the scoresheet developing ...
If you look closely at the scoresheet you will see after each inning we list how much endurance the pitcher has remaining - so Blake Snell starts at 14 and was "12-SR" after one inning (lose one when every inning and one runner reached), "9-SR" after two innings (two more baserunners , one on CD1 Nola not getting to a ball to allow a single), 5-SR after three innings, 2-SR after four innings. At the end of five innings he dropped to SR-0 exactly, which actually means we shift to his PB dropping by one for each new baserunner, earned run allowed or inning ending after that.
Note that after five innings Snell dropped to a PB2-7. However, we left him in for the sixth inning to face the bottom of the batting order because the option as the 4th best reliever, Drew Pomeranz, was also a PB2-7. If Snell allowed any runners to drop to a PB 4-7 then Pomeranz was ready to go, but since he went 1-2-3 to get to the 7th. That left two PB2-8 pitchers and then Hader's PB2-9 to cover the last three innings with Snell finishing six innings with only one run allowed for the win.
The first PB 2-8 Robert Suarez pitched a scoreless inning, but the second one Luis Garcia gave up three hits and a run to blow the 5-run lead that would have been a sweep. To get sweep credit, a team cannot use their closer before the 9th inning, so the single by Jake Cave off Garcia made the score 6-2.
Reminder Note: To play our own Statis-Pro Baseball games, click and print the batters cards here, then these pitchers' cards and finally the Statis-Pro rules which will have everything you need to play. Also note that we had one error in earlier notes - the adjustments listed at the bottom of some pitcher cards to the batters they face (changing a HR to Out or vice versa) must be used every time they pitch, not just in road games as previously listed. You may notice this season that our blogs are picked up by https://www.baseball-reference.com/ so when a player is mentioned you can link for their stats by clicking.
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