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HORNER AND CARLTON TAKE TOP INDIVIDUAL HONORS FOR 1979 NATIONAL LEAGUE SEASON

     Atlanta's Bob Horner, and Philadelphia's Steve Carlton won the National League's Most Valuable Player, and Cy Young awards, respectively, in close votes for both honors.

     Horner edged out Chicago's Dave Kingman for MVP, with a .327 batting average, 45 homeruns and 109 runs batted in. He and Kingman were the only two players to crack the 100 rbi barrier. Pittsburgh's Dave Parker came in third place in the balloting.

     Horner placed second in the league in batting average, homeruns, and runs batted in, and finished tied for third in total hits with 162.  He also had a low strikeout total for a slugger, fanning just 64 times.

     Carlton, with a record of 20-12, was one of three twenty game winners in the N.L.  He will take home the Cy Young Award, after nipping Houston's J.R. Richard, at the wire. Montreal lefty, Bill Lee finished in third place.

     Carlton twice won 4 straight decisions during the season, and finished second in strikeouts to Richard, with 239, against 82 walks.  He had 10 complete games, and 3 shutouts to his credit. His Earned Run Average of 2.82, was in the top ten in the league.



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SUTTON AND LEE WILL SQUARE OFF IN N.L. CHAMPIONSHIP OPENER

     Don Sutton and Bill Lee have been named starting pitchers, when Los Angeles and Montreal meet on October 2sd, for game one of the National League Championship Series in L.A.

     The series is a best of five affair, with the Dodgers hosting the first two games, before switching to Montreal for game three.



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NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

October 2sd, 1979

GAME 1 HEADLINES

SPEIER UNLIKELY SLUGGING HERO AS EXPOS WIN OPENER 7-5 IN WILD, 11 INNING BATTLE

MONTREAL SHORTSTOP BELTS TWO HOMERS, INCLUDING 2 RUN GAME WINNER IN EXTRAS

GARVEY SLAMS TWO RUN CLOUT IN BOTTOM OF 9TH TO SEND GAME PAST REGULATION

BOTH BULLPENS STRUGGLE IN EPIC BATTLE

     Well, game one of the N.L. Championship series is in the books, with the Montreal Expos taking a 1-0 lead in the best of five series, thanks to Chris Speier, who led his club to a thrilling, 7-5 win in 11 innings.

     The Montreal shortstop reached base every time up, and homered twice, first off Don Sutton, in the sixth, and more importantly, stroked a two run clout off Dave Patterson, in the top of the eleventh.

     That second smash proved to be the game winner, as Montreal came away with a very fortunate win, after losing a 5-3 lead, heading into the bottom of the ninth, thereby moving the game into extra innings.

     As the two teams felt each other out, the ice was not broken until Montreal plated the game's first run in the top of the fourth. Andre Dawson singled off Sutton. Gary Carter hit a grounder forcing Dawson, and was safe on the fielder's choice. Rusty Staub singled, putting runners on first and second. Sutton fanned Larry Parrish for the second out, but Speier laced his second single of the day, driving in Carter from second base. Rodney Scott drew a walk, but Sutton retired Bill Lee for the final out of the inning.

     The Expos added on in the fifth, when Carter singled in Ellis Valentine.  That 2-0 lead evaporated quickly in the home half of the fifth. Derrel Thomas led off the inning with a solo homerun off Bill Lee. Bill Russell followed with a double. Lee retired Sutton and Davey Lopes, but Reggie Smith came through with an rbi single.

     Montreal would go ahead in the sixth, on Speier's third hit, and first homerun of the day, putting the Expos up, 3-2.

     In the top of the seventh, after getting the first out, Sutton gave up back to back singles to Dawson and Carter, but Ken Brett came in to face Rusty Staub, and got the hometown hero to hit into an inning ending double play.

     The Dodgers third pitcher of the day, Lerrin LaGrow, would cough up two more Expo runs in the eighth. After getting the first out, he surrendered back to back doubles to Speier and Scott, then an rbi single by pinch hitter, Tony Perez, who batted for Lee.

     LaGrow did fan Valentine and Cromartie to end the inning, but by then, the damage was done.

     With a 5-2 lead, Montreal went to Elias Sosa, but he too, was ineffective. Reggie Smith singled to start the home eighth, then Garvey's basehit moved Smith to third base. A sacrifice fly by Dusty Baker, put the score at 5-3, Montreal. Ron Cey doubled, but Garvey had to hold at third, and Sosa retired Steve Yeager and Thomas to get out of the jam.

    L.A. reliever, Bob Welch set the Expos down in order in the top of the ninth, and despite the shaky eighth, Montreal stayed with Sosa for the ninth. He got Bill Russell to ground out for the first out, but pinch hitter Mickey Hatcher singled, then Steve Garvey smashed a deep homerun, to knot the game at five all.

    When Smith singled, the Expos pulled the plug on Sosa, and called on Dave Patterson, who on one pitch, got Garvey to hit into a twin killing, and therefore sending the game to extra innings.

    The Expos missed a golden opportunity in the visitor's tenth. Larry Parrish lined out off Patterson, to begin things, but the Dodger reliever lost both Speier and Scott to back to back free passes. Dave Cash came in to pinch hit, but failed to deliver, popping out to shortstop.

    The Dodger faithful squirmed nervously in their seats, when Patterson lost Valentine on a 3-2 count, loading the bases, all on walks.

    But Cromartie, swinging on the first pitch, flew out to left, ending a great chance for the Expos.

    Woodie Fryman faced the Dodgers' 4,5 and 6 hitters in the last of the ninth. He too, had control issues, and walked Baker. A short single by Cey put the winning run in scoring position. But Fryman settled down, and retired the next three batters in order, to send the game into extra innings.

    Not wanting to tax the bullpen further, and unsure how long the game would continue, Los Angeles rolled the dice, and stayed with Patterson. When he struck out Carter, and got Staub to fly out, for two quick outs in the tenth, it appeared to be the correct decision.

    But Larry Parrish singled to right, and then the man of the hour, Speier, connected on a Patterson fastball, for his second homerun, and more important, a 7-5 Expo advantage.

    Fryman had only to close the door, but again, it wasn't easy. Pinch hitter, Ted Martinez singled. He moved to second on a passed ball by Carter,  but Lopes then hit a foul popout to the Montreal backstop. Smith extended the game by reaching with yet another free pass.

    Montreal would finally clinch it, when Garvey could not duplicate his 9th inning heroics, grounding into a game ending double play.

    With the Expos up 1-0, the series continues tomorrow with game two. Steve Rogers is expected to face Burt Hooton.

                 1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11     R   H   E

Montreal         0   0   0   1   1   1   0   2   0   0    2      7  16   0

Los Angeles      0   0   0   0   2   0   0   1   2   0    0      5  14   0

     2B-Cey, Russell, Scott, Speier

     HR-Lopes(1), Speier 2(2), Thomas(1)

MONTREAL

 PLAYER          AB    R    H    RBI    

Valentine RF     5     1    1     0

Cromartie LF     6     0    0     0

Dawson    CF     5     0    2     0

Carter    C      6     1    2     1

Staub    1B      6     0    1     0

Parrish  3B      6     1    1     0

Speier   SS      5     3    5     4

Scott    2B      4     1    1     1

Lee      P       3     0    2     0

Perez    ph      1     0    1     1

Sosa     P       0     0    0     0

Bahnsen  P       0     0    0     0

Cash     ph      1     0    0     0

Fryman   P       0     0    0     0

LOS ANGELES

PLAYER         AB      R    H     RBI

Lopes   2B       6     1    1     2

Smith   RF       5     1    4     1

Garvey  1B       6     0    2     0

Baker   LF       3     0    0     1

Cey     3B       5     0    2     0

Yeager  C        5     0    0     0

Thomas  CF       5     1    1     1

Russell SS       5     1    1     0

Sutton  P        2     0    0     0

Brett   P        0     0    0     0

Mota   ph        1     0    1     0

LaGrow  P        0     0    0     0

Welch   P        0     0    0     0

Hatcher ph       1     1    1     0

Patterson P      0     0    0     0

Martinez  ph     1     0    1     0

 

PITCHING:

MONTREAL        IP    ER    HA    K    BB

Lee            7      2     6     3    0

Sosa           1.33   3     6     0    0

Bahnsen         .66   0     0     0    0

Fryman W(1-0)  2      0     2     0    2

LOS ANGELES     IP    ER    HA    K    BB

Sutton         6.33   3    11     2    1

Brett           .66   0     0     0    0

LaGrow         1      2     3     2    0

Welch          1      0     0     1    0

Pattrsn W(1-0) 2      2     2     1    3 



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Wow! The Dodgers overachieved their win total by a ton. That's not too bad considering they were a below .500 team. What do you attribute to their success?

 

Looks like the pitching totally dominated the hitting in your replay.



-- Edited by captaincarl8 on Sunday 18th of June 2017 02:06:46 AM

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That is quite a game to start off the NLCS.

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I think that the clock is going to strike midnight for the Cinderella Dodgers. I predict the Expos in 4.

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Wow! The Dodgers overachieved their win total by a ton. That's not too bad considering they were a below .500 team. What do you attribute to their success?

 

Looks like the pitching totally dominated the hitting in your replay.



-- Edited by captaincarl8 on Sunday 18th of June 2017 02:06:46 AM


      I can't explain it. Any more than I can explain why the Reds finished dead last in the West. I will say this. If you look on the Strat-O-Magic instructions sheet, there is a paragraph, which to paraphrase, says: Above all, we want you to have fun playing our game. Play it the way you want to. Just be aware that the farther you deviate from the rules, the more your results will be skewed.

     Let's just say I deviate fron the rules a tad. In the first place, I'm using a vintage set. Only advanced, lefty, righty sides. Not super advanced. No runner holds, ballpark effects, weather, or any other bells and whistles. I do use catchers arm rating on steals, and outfielder rating on throws.

      Another thing I do differently is the fatiigue dot. Rather than mess around with the 3 hits or walks, or whatever the hell it is combo, I just say the dot doesn't come into play until the inning after what the card says. In other words, if the fatigue rating is 6, dot is not in play until the 7th.

      I don't religpiously follow real life at bats, or innings pitched. For example, for Atlanta, for me, Rowland Office had over 400 at bats. No where near that in real life. The only other CF on the team in my set is Eddie Miller, an extra player.

     I just rest or play a guy when I feel like it. No one in this replay had close to 600 at bats. I used 4 man rotations regardless of what they did in real life, because it keeps things consistent across my replays. There's always a lot of inninags pitched, shutouts, etc.

     My goal is not to see how close I can come to duplicating the RL results ,as is it to just rolling the games under my house rules, and seeing how things shake out.

     When you questioned earlier about the 163 games played and counted deal, i said that was a mistake on my part. I followed the Retrosheet daily schedule, and counted some postponed games twice. I just left it be.

     At the end of the day, I just like to roll the games, and compile my pencil and paper stats. It's relaxing for me the way I do it. Others may disagree, but when it's all said and done, we're all a bunch of adult nerds playing a kids game.



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Great start to the NLCS!



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banny wrote:
captaincarl8 wrote:

Wow! The Dodgers overachieved their win total by a ton. That's not too bad considering they were a below .500 team. What do you attribute to their success?

 

Looks like the pitching totally dominated the hitting in your replay.



-- Edited by captaincarl8 on Sunday 18th of June 2017 02:06:46 AM


      I can't explain it. Any more than I can explain why the Reds finished dead last in the West. I will say this. If you look on the Strat-O-Magic instructions sheet, there is a paragraph, which to paraphrase, says: Above all, we want you to have fun playing our game. Play it the way you want to. Just be aware that the farther you deviate from the rules, the more your results will be skewed.

     Let's just say I deviate fron the rules a tad. In the first place, I'm using a vintage set. Only advanced, lefty, righty sides. Not super advanced. No runner holds, ballpark effects, weather, or any other bells and whistles. I do use catchers arm rating on steals, and outfielder rating on throws.

      Another thing I do differently is the fatiigue dot. Rather than mess around with the 3 hits or walks, or whatever the hell it is combo, I just say the dot doesn't come into play until the inning after what the card says. In other words, if the fatigue rating is 6, dot is not in play until the 7th.

      I don't religpiously follow real life at bats, or innings pitched. For example, for Atlanta, for me, Rowland Office had over 400 at bats. No where near that in real life. The only other CF on the team in my set is Eddie Miller, an extra player.

     I just rest or play a guy when I feel like it. No one in this replay had close to 600 at bats. I used 4 man rotations regardless of what they did in real life, because it keeps things consistent across my replays. There's always a lot of inninags pitched, shutouts, etc.

     My goal is not to see how close I can come to duplicating the RL results ,as is it to just rolling the games under my house rules, and seeing how things shake out.

     When you questioned earlier about the 163 games played and counted deal, i said that was a mistake on my part. I followed the Retrosheet daily schedule, and counted some postponed games twice. I just left it be.

     At the end of the day, I just like to roll the games, and compile my pencil and paper stats. It's relaxing for me the way I do it. Others may disagree, but when it's all said and done, we're all a bunch of adult nerds playing a kids game.


 Not a problem with me. I was just wondering. We are at the mercy of the tumbling dice anyway.

 

With myself, I like playing "as played" but even playing it that way, we are at the mercy of those things and whatever happens in the games, happens. I'm not going to duplicate the RL results because the dice will cause win streaks, losing streaks, hitting streaks, aces getting shelled, pitchers with 5+ ERA throwing a bunch of shutout innings, and so on.

I use the computer game to keep track of my stats and standings so I can't make any posting mistakes with the stats. I tend to do that at times.

They are right. The fun part comes first. There really isn't a right or wrong way to play replays. Besides, I use a different method to fatigue the pitcher anyway. I also don't use the dot changes if a pitcher becomes fatigued and is due up to bat the following half inning.



-- Edited by captaincarl8 on Sunday 18th of June 2017 08:21:35 AM

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banny wrote:
captaincarl8 wrote:

Wow! The Dodgers overachieved their win total by a ton. That's not too bad considering they were a below .500 team. What do you attribute to their success?

 

Looks like the pitching totally dominated the hitting in your replay.



-- Edited by captaincarl8 on Sunday 18th of June 2017 02:06:46 AM


      I can't explain it. Any more than I can explain why the Reds finished dead last in the West. I will say this. If you look on the Strat-O-Magic instructions sheet, there is a paragraph, which to paraphrase, says: Above all, we want you to have fun playing our game. Play it the way you want to. Just be aware that the farther you deviate from the rules, the more your results will be skewed.

     Let's just say I deviate fron the rules a tad. In the first place, I'm using a vintage set. Only advanced, lefty, righty sides. Not super advanced. No runner holds, ballpark effects, weather, or any other bells and whistles. I do use catchers arm rating on steals, and outfielder rating on throws.

      Another thing I do differently is the fatiigue dot. Rather than mess around with the 3 hits or walks, or whatever the hell it is combo, I just say the dot doesn't come into play until the inning after what the card says. In other words, if the fatigue rating is 6, dot is not in play until the 7th.

      I don't religpiously follow real life at bats, or innings pitched. For example, for Atlanta, for me, Rowland Office had over 400 at bats. No where near that in real life. The only other CF on the team in my set is Eddie Miller, an extra player.

     I just rest or play a guy when I feel like it. No one in this replay had close to 600 at bats. I used 4 man rotations regardless of what they did in real life, because it keeps things consistent across my replays. There's always a lot of inninags pitched, shutouts, etc.

     My goal is not to see how close I can come to duplicating the RL results ,as is it to just rolling the games under my house rules, and seeing how things shake out.

     When you questioned earlier about the 163 games played and counted deal, i said that was a mistake on my part. I followed the Retrosheet daily schedule, and counted some postponed games twice. I just left it be.

     At the end of the day, I just like to roll the games, and compile my pencil and paper stats. It's relaxing for me the way I do it. Others may disagree, but when it's all said and done, we're all a bunch of adult nerds playing a kids game.


 That should be your signature line!!

Because I am a sports addict, I have issues about reality....let me explain........

I won't watch most sports movies because in all of them, directors use "creative license", which means they at times deviate from real life stuff.  What aggravates and irritates me is when the movie stuff completely flies in the face of reality.  Example, in "Field of Dreams", Joe Jackson is played by Ray Liotta, and he plays him as a right handed batter.  I have A HUGE ISSUE WITH THAT!!!  You mean to tell me you either a) were too lazy to do actual basic research, or b) just wanted to make up your own damn rules about basic stuff.

When I started doing my replays, there was this guy on another site called Dodger Don, and he used to do Dodger replays.  His replays were sooooooo far unrealistic that it became unbearable to follow them, and if you called him out on it he would get....irritated.  It would be like TT doing a replay of the 1972 Phillies (the year Carlton won 27 but the rest of the team won 32 others for 59 total, so yeah they were a bad team) and having them win 125 games.  And that isn't really that far off, I think this guy did his replay and the Dodger team (I think it was 1977) won something like 135 games. No No NO NO NO!!!!!!!

It was then I realized........"you know what, there are people that don't like YOUR computer replays.  They don't care about you replaying 1882 or whatever season from a million years ago."  So I gave up trying to make everybody else's replays like mine, or more realistic.  If I thought they were uninteresting for whatever reason, I just didn't look at their threads.

I actually liked your replay and followed it pretty hard, especially the HR race between Horner and Kingman.  The only reason I personally questioned the games played deal between Montreal and Pittsburgh was I wanted to know how you were going to handle it.  There are replays here I don't look at (sorry guys) because they don't interest me.  Has nothing to do with the individual poster.

The one cool thing about Strat, like you said, is you can play the game as minimal, or as intense, as you want.  Look at seajaw, he has a pretty large homebrewed "Rare Play Chart".  Some people play only basic straight up, if a guy only hit 2 triples in real life and hits 17 in the replay, so be it.

Bottom line is, I am glad you did this replay, however you choose to do it.  And I am squeezing for Le Expos!!






-- Edited by nacster on Sunday 18th of June 2017 12:55:56 PM

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nacster wrote:
banny wrote:
captaincarl8 wrote:

Wow! The Dodgers overachieved their win total by a ton. That's not too bad considering they were a below .500 team. What do you attribute to their success?

 

Looks like the pitching totally dominated the hitting in your replay.



-- Edited by captaincarl8 on Sunday 18th of June 2017 02:06:46 AM


      I can't explain it. Any more than I can explain why the Reds finished dead last in the West. I will say this. If you look on the Strat-O-Magic instructions sheet, there is a paragraph, which to paraphrase, says: Above all, we want you to have fun playing our game. Play it the way you want to. Just be aware that the farther you deviate from the rules, the more your results will be skewed.

     Let's just say I deviate fron the rules a tad. In the first place, I'm using a vintage set. Only advanced, lefty, righty sides. Not super advanced. No runner holds, ballpark effects, weather, or any other bells and whistles. I do use catchers arm rating on steals, and outfielder rating on throws.

      Another thing I do differently is the fatiigue dot. Rather than mess around with the 3 hits or walks, or whatever the hell it is combo, I just say the dot doesn't come into play until the inning after what the card says. In other words, if the fatigue rating is 6, dot is not in play until the 7th.

      I don't religpiously follow real life at bats, or innings pitched. For example, for Atlanta, for me, Rowland Office had over 400 at bats. No where near that in real life. The only other CF on the team in my set is Eddie Miller, an extra player.

     I just rest or play a guy when I feel like it. No one in this replay had close to 600 at bats. I used 4 man rotations regardless of what they did in real life, because it keeps things consistent across my replays. There's always a lot of inninags pitched, shutouts, etc.

     My goal is not to see how close I can come to duplicating the RL results ,as is it to just rolling the games under my house rules, and seeing how things shake out.

     When you questioned earlier about the 163 games played and counted deal, i said that was a mistake on my part. I followed the Retrosheet daily schedule, and counted some postponed games twice. I just left it be.

     At the end of the day, I just like to roll the games, and compile my pencil and paper stats. It's relaxing for me the way I do it. Others may disagree, but when it's all said and done, we're all a bunch of adult nerds playing a kids game.


 That should be your signature line!!

Because I am a sports addict, I have issues about reality....let me explain........

I won't watch most sports movies because in all of them, directors use "creative license", which means they at times deviate from real life stuff.  What aggravates and irritates me is when the movie stuff completely flies in the face of reality.  Example, in "Field of Dreams", Joe Jackson is played by Ray Liotta, and he plays him as a right handed batter.  I have A HUGE ISSUE WITH THAT!!!  You mean to tell me you either a) were too lazy to do actual basic research, or b) just wanted to make up your own damn rules about basic stuff.

When I started doing my replays, there was this guy on another site called Dodger Don, and he used to do Dodger replays.  His replays were sooooooo far unrealistic that it became unbearable to follow them, and if you called him out on it he would get....irritated.  It would be like TT doing a replay of the 1972 Phillies (the year Carlton won 27 but the rest of the team won 33 others for 59 total, so yeah they were a bad team) and having them win 125 games.  And that isn't really that far off, I think this guy did his replay and the Dodger team (I think it was 1977) won something like 135 games. No No NO NO NO!!!!!!!

It was then I realized........"you know what, there are people that don't like YOUR computer replays.  They don't care about you replaying 1882 of whatever season from a million years ago."  So I gave up trying to make everybody else's replays like mine, or more realistic.  If I thought they were uninteresting for whatever reason, I just didn't look at their threads.

I actually liked your replay and followed it pretty hard, especially the HR race between Horner and Kingman.  The only reason I personally questioned the games played deal between Montreal and Pittsburgh was I wanted to know how you were going to handle it.  There are replays here I don't look at (sorry guys) because they don't interest me.  Has nothing to do with the individual poster.

The one cool thing about Strat, like you said, is you can play the game as minimal, or as intense, as you want.  Look at seajaw, he has a pretty large homebrewed "Rare Play Chart".  Some people play only basic straight up, if a guy only hit 2 triples in real life and hits 17 in the replay, so be it.

Bottom line is, I am glad you did this replay, however you choose to do it.  And I am squeezing for Le Expos!!


Whatever gets you to the final out. wink

Just in this one small forum, we've seen countless different ways to roll the games.  All that matters is that you have fun doing it.

Some people (we won't name him) get so caught up in the minutia that they can't see the forest for the trees.  I have a few home-brewed charts, as do many gamers.  I can get intense when it comes to discussing some of the finer points.

Others toss half the charts they have and just "Play Ball!"

No one way is the "right" way to play, as long as you have fun doing it!  That's the only rule that matters.

Thanks, banny, for reminding us of that.  That's a tweak we can all use now and then.



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MONTREAL ON VERGE ON NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER 7-4, GAME TWO WIN

CARTER'S BAT IS DIFFERENCE

REGGIE SMITH 3 RUN, 8TH INN CLOUT GIVES L.A.HOPE, BUT EXPOS WON'T BE DENIED

October 3rd, 1979

      The Montreal Expos will head home to Olympic Stadium in Montreal Canada, needing just one win in three games to clinch the National League Baseball Championship.

      This comes as a result of a 7-4 victory, and with a two game sweep of the Dodgers on their home field, the gritty Expos can smell the title.

      Montreal drew first blood, when Andre Dawson tripled in the first stanza, and was knocked in by the very next batter, catcher, Gary Carter.  And the fun loving backstop was just getting started.

       The Expos would add on in the top of the second, when starting pitcher, Steve Rogers, helped his own cause with a sacrifice fly that plated Larry Parrish.

      Los Angeles would break through, thanks to a solo homerun by Steve Garvey in the home half of the fourth, to make it a 2-1 game.

      After giving up the initial two runs, Dodger starter, Burt Hooton found his groove, and set down 10 in a row, from the second through the fifth.

      However, things would change quickly for Hooton in the top of the sixth. Warren Cromartie opened the inning with a double. Dawson lined out, but Carter singled to right, for his second rbi of the game. A second two bagger by Tony Perez ended Hooton's day, and he was relieved by Bob Welch.

      Perez's double put runners on second and third, then Parrish hit a deep fly, scoring Carter, before Chris Speier struck out to end the inning.

      Welch set the Expos down 1,2,3 in the top of the seventh, and had two outs in the eighth, when Carter again rose to the occasion, smashing a solo homer, which put Montreal up, 5-1. That homerun would be key.

       It was looking like the game was on ice, but Rogers, despite allowing just one run, on two hits, to that point; had also walked 3 batters. His control would further decline in the Dodger eighth, as Rogers issued back to back free passes to pinch hitter, Manny Mota, and Davey Lopes.

       Not one to let an opportunity like that go by, Reggie Smith joined the homerun derby by clubbing a 3 run job off Rogers, and putting L.A. within one run.

       The call to the bullpen went to David Palmer, who calmly retired Garvey and Ron Cey. He did issue a single to Gary Thomasson, but set down Yeager, to put out the fire.

       With Lerrin LaGrow on the mound in the top of the ninth, Montreal got right back to work. Speier reached on a one out single, then Rusty Staub gave his club some breathing room, with a pinch hit, two run homer, the fourth circuit clout of the game.

       Ross Grimsley took care of business in the last of the ninth, as the Expos return home, squarely in the driver's seat, as they attempt to nab their first N.L. crown.

       The two teams will next meet on October 5th, in Montreal, in what will be an elimination game for Los Angeles.  Jerry Reuss will face Scott Sanderson in that match up.

               1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9     R   H   E

Montreal       1   1   0   0   0   2   0   1   2     7  10   0

Los Angeles    0   0   0   1   0   0   0   3   0     4   5   0

               2B-Cromartie, Perez

               3B-Dawson

               HR-Carter(1), Garvey(1), Smith(1), Staub(1)

     MONTREAL

          PLAYER          AB     R     H     RBI

Valentine  rf             5      0     1      0

Cromartie  lf             5      1     1      0

Dawson     cf             4      1     1      0

Carter     c              4      2     3      3

Perez     1b              4      0     1      0

Parrish   3b              3      1     1      1

Speier    ss              3      1     1      0

Scott     2b              4      0     0      0

Rogers     p              1      0     0      1

Palmer     p              1      0     0      0

Staub     ph              1      1     1      2

Grimsley   p              0      0     0      0

     LOS ANGELES

PLAYER                  AB      R      H      RBI

Lopes     2b             2      1      0      0

Smith     rf             4      1      1      3

Garvey    1b             4      1      2      1

Cey       3b             3      0      0      0

Thomasson lf             4      0      2      0

Yeager     c             4      0      0      0

Joshua    cf             3      0      0      0

Russell   ss             4      0      0      0

Hooton     p             2      0      0      0

Welch      p             0      0      0      0

Mota      ph             0      1      0      0

LaGrow     p             0      0      0      0

Ferguson  ph             1      0      0      0

      PITCHING

MONTREAL               IP     ER     HA     K     BB

Rogers W(1-0)          7      4      4      5      5

Palmer                 1      0      1      0      0

Grimsley s             1      0      0      1      0

LOS ANGELES            IP     ER     HA     K     BB

Hooton               5.33     4      6      0      1

Welch L(0-1)         2.66     1      1      2      0

LaGrow               1        2      3      1      0

      



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