Sunday, June 4, 2023

DiMaggio Singles Home Give California split with Venezuela

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Venezuelan pitchers shut out California's HOF lineup for 14 innings for a 2-0 win and 1-0 lead after five innings in the nightcap. (The roster of the greatest California and Venezuela players of all time used in our Statis-Pro game appear at the bottom of the blog with links to their baseball reference page.)

However both loaded lineups the exploded against both bullpens until Joe DiMaggio singled and speedy Barry Bonds raced him from 2nd base for a 9-8 win.

The split leaves Pennsylvania in first place in the wild card round robin at 2-0, and Venezuela slight ahead in 2nd place since they allowed 9 runs and California allowed 10 runs.

The first game was a battle of ace lefties, and Johan Santana scattered 8 baserunners over 6 shutout innings, and their three top relievers each gave a scoreless inning for Venezuela's 2-0 win. 

One big advantage Venezuela does have against all the great all-time pitchers in this division as the other three teams have very little speed, but the first four players in the Venezuela line-up are all A/A speed - meaning they can steal, take extra bases on hits and occasionally bunt for a single. They needed the speed to scratch out anything against Randy Johnson in the opener. Jose Altuve singled in the first and tole second base, then raced home from second on a Luis Aparicio single. In the third, Aparicio tried to bunt for a single and Gary Carter threw it away to land Aparicio on third based and he scored on a 2-out single by Miguel Cabrera for the 2-0 win.

The second game looked like a similar pitchers duel when both Venezuela's Felix Hernandez and California's Tom Seaver allowed only one run, but the loaded line-ups feasted on the bullpens.

In the top of the 6th the speedy top of the line-up made it 4-0 after advancing on a stolen base and wild pitch.

Ronald Acuna Jr. scored the first run in that inning, and in the bottom of the 6th threw Ted Williams out at home on a DiMaggio single to keep the score at 4-1. Williams had doubled home Bonds earlier in the inning.

California took a 5-4 lead with four hits in the bottom of the 7th. The rest of the way both teams scored two run in every frame - making it 6-5 Venezuela in the middle of the 8th, 7-6 California at the end of the 8th, 8-7 Venezuela in the middle of the 9th, and then 9-9 California as the final.

California all-time team Pos

Kevin Appier       P

Barry Bonds        OF

Bobby Bonds      OF

Gary Carter         C

Frank Chance     1B

Gerrit Cole           P

Joe Cronin           SS

Joe DiMaggio     OF

Bobby Doerr       2B

Don Drysdale     P

Don Drysdale     P

Dennis Eckersley               P

Darrell Evans      3B

Trevor Hoffman P

Larry French       P

Max Fried            P

Nomar Garciaparra          SS

Lefty Gomez       P

Joe Gordon         2B

Tony Gwynn        OF

Cole Hamels        P

Harry Heilmann                 OF

Randy Johnson P

Jason Kendall     C

Mark Langston  P

Bob Lemon         P

Ernie Lombardi  C

Eddie Murray     1B

Graig Nettles      3B

Mark Prior           P

Dan Quisenberry              P

CC Sabathia        P

Tom Seaver         P

Duke Snider        OF

Dave Stieb           P

Alan Trammell   SS

Jered Weaver     P

Ted Williams       OF

Venezuela all-time team

Bobby Abreu      OF

Ronald Acuna Jr.               OF

Edgardo Alfonzo               3B

Jose Altuve         2B

Wilson Alvarez   P

Henderson Alvarez III      P

Luis Aparicio       SS

Miguel Cabrera  1B

Carlos Carrasco P

Jhoulys Chacin   P

Dave Concepcion              SS

Willson Contreras            C

Kelvim Escobar  P

Andres Galarraga              1B

Freddy Garcia     P

Carlos Gonzalez OF

Felix Hernandez P

Ramon Hernandez           C

Omar Infante     2B

Luis Leal                P

Pablo Lopez        P

German Marquez             P

Victor Martinez 1B

Melvin Mora      3B

Magglio Ordonez              OF

Salvador Perez   C

Francisco Rodriguez        P

Eduardo Rodriguez          P

Anibal Sanchez  P

Johan Santana   P

Ranger Suarez    P

Eugenio Suarez  3B

Cesar Tovar         OF

Ugueth Urbina   P

Felipe Vazquez  P

Omar Vizquel     SS

Carlos Zambrano              P

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