Saturday, June 10, 2023

8.1 Hitless Innings Not Enough for Dominicans, as Bonds Father-Son Win in 10th

The California line-up that pounded Pennsylvania for 22 hits the last two games ran into the 2022 best pitcher in baseball, Dominican Sandy Alcantara, who threw 8.1 innings of hitless ball before Tony Gwynn's single.

Alcantara was the unanimous selection for the Cy Young last year with a league high innings (228) and complete games (6) with a sparkling 2.28 ERA.

However California's Garrit Cole basically matched him with 8 innings of one hit ball, though his no hitter ended in the second inning on a Sammy Sosa double. 

That left a scoreless tie after nine innings. Bobby Bonds was inserted for Alan Trammell as the runner on 2nd base to start the top of the 10th against Armando Benitez, as Alcantara would have been reduced to a PB 2-6 if he came back out for the 10th inning.

Bobby Bonds used his A speed to steal third base, and his son Barry Bonds singled him home to finally break the scoreless tie. Barry also stole second base, and with two outs raced around on a Joe DiMaggio single, but Vladimir Guerrero (father of the current superstar with the same name) threw him out at home to end the top of the 10th with a 1-0 California lead.

The Dominican Republic then also went to their bench for a pinch runner, bringing in one of the rare AA speed runners in history - Cesar Cedeno. Cedeno tried to take third, but in a key to the game Gary Carter threw him out. If we played 2023 rules where our stolen base charts are adjusted for the bases being larger and closer together he would not have been out (odd numbers can no longer be caught stealing in our 2023 games to replicate the stolen base success rate jumping from 65% to 82% since the rule change). Trevor Hoffman retired the next two for the save, and to make Dennis Eckersley the win.

With the win, California improves to 4-1 and advances to the championship pool along with Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. The Dominican Republic won our previous Statis-Pro World Baseball Classic of current players, but in this tournament of the all-time players for all of MLB and Negro League history had only two pre 1980s players (Felipe Alou and Juan Marichal). Meanwhile California drew on players going back to Frank Chance, whose career started in 1898.

              California Line-up                     Pos       AB   R    H     BI       Notes
1Alan Trammell 6-SS4000 
 Bobby BondsPR0100SB, GW R in 10th
 Nomar Garciaparra6-SS0000 
2Joe Gordon 4-2B3000BB
3Barry Bonds7-OF4011GW RBI, SB
4Ted Williams 7-OF4000 
5Joe DiMaggio 7-OF4010 
6Eddie Murray 3-1B3000 
7Gary Carter 2-C300010th caught stealing
8Graig Nettles5-3B3000 
9Gerrit Cole1-P2000 
 Tony Gwynn PH1010 
 Frank Chance PR0000CS
ThCalifornia PitchingIPHRERW/KNotes
RHPGerrit Cole81001`/7 
RHPDennis Eckersley 10000`/0Win
RHPTrevor Hoffman 10000`/1Save
0Dominican Rep. Line-upPosABRHBINotes
1Fernando Tatis Jr.6-SS4000 
2Jose Ramirez5-3B4000 
 Cesar CedenoPR0000Caught Steal
3Vladimir Guerrero 7-OF4000OF assist in 10th
4Manny Ramirez7-OF4000 
5Sammy Sosa7-OF3010double, only EB Hit
6David Ortiz 3-1B3000 
7Robinson Canó4-2B2000walk
8Tony Pena2-C3000 
9Sandy Alcantara1-P2000 
 Felipe Alou7-OF1000 
ThDominican Republic PitchingIPHRERW/KNotes
RHPSandy Alcantara91001'/2 
RHPArmando Benitez12100`/0Loss

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