Team USA takes home the Bronze

The USA Olympic Baseball squad took home the Bronze medal late last night after an 8-4 win over Japan. Starter Brett Anderson allowed only 4 hits and struck out 6 in 7 innings, but gave up all 4 runs thanks to a pair of homers. Taylor Teagarden drove in the go-ahead runs with a 2-run double in the 5th, and Jason Donald padded the lead with a 2-run homer the next at-bat. Yu Darvish came on in relief for the Japanese squad, but by then it was too little, too late.

You can see every team’s cumulative stats here; Angels’ farmhand Matt Brown is an easy pick for team MVP. Korea beat Cuba for the Gold in dramatic fashion, with Yuliesky Gourriel (the best player in the tourney) grounding into a double play with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth down by one run.

Scranton walks-off with a playoff spot

Poor Mighty Matt.

Triple-A Scranton (13-12 win over Lehigh Valley, walk-off style) they were down by 6 as late as the 7th inning … the win clinches a postseason berth
Justin Christian: 4 for 6, 1 R, 1 RBI
Melky Cabrera: 1 for 6, 2 K, 1 CS – he was caught trying to steal third with the game tied and one out in the bottom of the 9th … oof
Juan Miranda: 0 for 1, 2 R, 3 BB
Matt Carson: 1 for 1, 2 R, 1 RBI – pinch ran for Miranda … scored the winning run on a walk-off error by the LF
Shelley: 1 for 6, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 4 K
Ben Broussard: 2 for 6, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
Chris Basak: 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 SB
Eric Duncan: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB – what a game tease
Nick Green & Chad Moeller: both 2 for 5, 1 K – Green scored a run & drove in 2 … Moeller plated 1
Phil Hughes: 3.1 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HB, 2-2 GB/FB – 60 of 86 pitches were strikes (69.8%) … as President of the Phil Hughes Apologists Association, est. 2006, I will gladly point out that Chad Jennings says a good chunk of the damage came on cheap hits … this message was sponsored by the Kevin Thompson for 4th Outfielder Partnership
Zack Kroenke: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HB – 31 of 45 pitches were strikes (68.9%)
Scott Patterson: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K – blew the save in the 9th, setting up the walk-off win

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RAB Fantasy Football League

Due to popular demand, we’re going to form the first ever RAB Fantasy Football League this year. The league is already set up at Yahoo (head-to-head, three weeks of playoffs, nothing crazy), and now we just need participants. If you’re seriously interested, email me at mike (at) riveraveblues (dot) com, and you’re in. Make sure you put “fantasy football” or something to that effect in the subject line. The league is limited to 20 teams (Joe & I are playing, Ben’s too scared), so first come first serve.

The draft is currently scheduled for 1pm EST on Sunday, August 31st (same time as the Yanks game), but I just realized that that’s the day before Labor Day, so I think I’m going to¬†move it up to that Saturday¬†(again, same time as the Yanks game). Let me know in the email what day works best for you. Please note that the comments are closed, so make sure you send me an email if you want in.

Update (4:45pm): Still 9 spots open.

Update (6:00pm): The league is fill. I’ll keep you updated if someone drops out a spot opens up.

Team USA falls to Cuba in Olympic semifinals

The USA Olympic baseball lost 10-2 to Cuba this morning in the semifinal round, meaning Team USA will take on Japan in the bronze-medal game later tonight. SDSU phenom Stephen Strasburg started, but didn’t make it out of the 5th, while relievers Jeff Stevens and Blaine Neal combined to cough up 6 runs in the 8th, putting the game out of reach.

Either Brett Anderson or Jake Arrieta will take the mound for the red, white & blue tonight, while Japan will throw some kid named Yu Darvish. Cuba will take on Korea in the gold medal game tomorrow evening.

Tight rope wins for all

Phil Coke was named to the Eastern League postseason All-Star Team. Well deserved.

Triple-A Scranton (8-7 win over Rochester)
Justin Christian: 2 for 5, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
Melky: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 CS – 6 for 12 (.500) with a 2-4 K/BB ratio since being send down
Juan Miranda: 2 for 4, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K – Chad Jennings says he hit one of the farthest homers he’s seen this year
Shelley: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 1 E (fielding)
Ben Broussard, Eric Duncan & Chad Moeller: all 0 for 3, 1 K – Broussard was hit by a pitch … E-Dunc & Moeller each drew a walk
Nick Green: 1 for 3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 2 SB
The Ghost of Kei Igawa: 5 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 1 WP, 4-3 GB/FB – 66 of 93 pitches were strikes (71.0%)
Steven Jackson: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1-1 GB/FB – 19 of 35 pitches were strikes (54.3%)
Mark Melancon: 1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K – 10 of 18 pitches were strikes (55.6%)
Phil Coke: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP – allowed both inherited runners to score, hence the earned runs charged to Melancon
Scott Strickland: 1.1 IP, zeroes, 2 K

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Marshall, Lassiter make their pro debuts

How many people would be interested in joining a RAB Fantasy Football League? I’d like to get a deep league, like 16-20 teams so it’s nice and challenging. I’m thinking Sunday August 31st for the draft, figure same time as the Yankee game (1pm) so we can BS and watch the game as we pick. Let me know if you’d be interested (only if your serious, please), and I’ll set it up. If there’s enough interest, I’ll post an official “sign up” thread later this week.

Triple-A Scranton (7-2 loss to Rochester)
Justin Christian: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 K, 1 CS
Melky & Shelley: both 2 for 4 – Melk scored a run … Shelley drove one in & K’ed
Juan Miranda, Eric Duncan, Ben Broussard & Chris Basak: all 0 for 4 – Miranda K’ed once … Broussard & E-Dunc each K’ed twice
Chris Stewart: 2 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K
Bernie Castro: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
IPK: 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 2-4 GB/FB – 67 of 101 pitches were strikes (66.3%) … remember, he’s there to work on his two-seamer & curveball, which Chad Jennings says were just missing
Scott Patterson: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K – 11 of 15 pitches were strikes (73.3%)
Phil Coke: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3-1 GB/FB – 13 of 18 pitches were strikes (72.2%)
Scott Strickland: 1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

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