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2007-2013 MLB Double Elimination Tournament (Computer)
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March Madness has put me in the mood to do a tournament.  I have a lot of current seasons on the computer, so I will be using the 2007-2013 seasons for this tournament.  The tournament will be a 30 team, double elimination bracket.  Basically, I took each team’s best season (regular season record) and that’s the team that will be representing their respective city.  So, in the case of Philadelphia, they won the World Series in 2008, but I’m using their 2011 team which won more games.  I’m not abandoning my 1990 C&D season at all, just doing this as a little change up.  I go on Spring Break for 10 days tomorrow so I plan on playing a lot of Strat during my time off.  With that being said, here are the list of teams by seed:

 

Seed-Team-Wins-Postseason Finish

1—2009 New York Yankees (103) (World Series 4-1)

2—2011 Philadelphia Phillies (102) (NLDS 2-3)

3—2008 Los Angeles Angels (100) (ALDS 1-3)

4—2012 Washington Nationals (98) (NLDS 2-3)

5—2013 Boston Red Sox (97) (World Series 4-2)

6—2013 St. Louis Cardinals (97) (World Series 2-4)

7—2008 Tampa Bay Devil Rays (97) (World Series 1-4)

8—2012 Cincinnati Reds (97) (NLDS 2-3)

9—2008 Chicago Cubs (97) (NLDS 0-3)

10—2011 Texas Rangers (96) (World Series 3-4)

11—2007 Cleveland Indians (96) (ALCS 3-4)

12—2011 Milwaukee Brewers (96) (NLCS 2-4)

13—2013 Oakland Athletics (96) (ALDS 2-3)

14—2013 Atlanta Braves (96) (NLDS 1-3)

15—2011 Detroit Tigers (95) (ALCS 2-4)

16—2009 Los Angeles Dodgers (95) (NLCS 1-4)

17—2012 San Francisco Giants (94) (World Series 4-0)

18—2011 Arizona Diamondbacks (94) (NLDS 2-3)

19—2013 Pittsburgh Pirates (94) (NLDS 2-3)

20—2010 Minnesota Twins (94) (ALDS 0-3)

21—2012 Baltimore Orioles (93) (ALDS 2-3)

22—2009 Colorado Rockies (92) (NLDS 1-3)

23—2010 San Diego Padres (90) (None)

24—2008 Chicago White Sox (89) (ALDS 1-3)

25—2008 New York Mets (89) (None)

26—2007 Seattle Mariners (88) (None)

27—2009 Florida Marlins (87) (None)

28—2008 Houston Astros (86) (None)

29—2013 Kansas City Royals (86) (None)

30—2008 Toronto Blue Jays (86) (None)

By the Numbers:

Teams by Year:

2007—2

2008—7

2009—4

2010—2

2011—5

2012—4

2013—6

Number of World Series Winners—3 (2009 Yankees, 2013 Red Sox, 2012 Giants)

Number of World Series Runner-Ups—3 (2013 Cardinals, 2008 Devil Rays, 2011 Rangers)

Number of Playoff Teams—23

Number of Non-Playoff Teams—7

Number of Major League Ballparks being played in—12



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Opening Week (7/1-7/6)

 

Pod 1

Busch Stadium—St. Louis, MO

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Game 2—#8 2012 Cincinnati Reds v. #25 2008 New York Mets @11a CST/Noon EST

Game 3—#9 2008 Chicago Cubs v. #24 Chicago White Sox @5p CST/6p EST

 

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Game 15—Loser Game 2 v. Loser Game 3 @Noon CST/1p EST

Game 22—Winner Game 2 v. Loser Game 3 @6p CST/7p EST

 

Pod 2

Miller Park—Milwaukee, WI

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Game 5—#13 2013 Oakland Athletics v. #20 2010 Minnesota Twins @Noon CST/1p EST

Game 4—#4 2012 Washington Nationals v. #29 2013 Kansas City Royals @6p CST/7p EST

 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Game 16—Loser Game 4 v. Loser Game 5 @Noon CST/1 EST

Game 23—Winner Game 4 v. Winner Game 5 @6p CST/7p EST

 

Pod 3

PNC Park—Pittsburgh, PA

Friday, July 3, 2015

Game 7—#12 2011 Milwaukee Brewers v. #21 2012 Baltimore Orioles @Noon EST

Game 6—#5 2013 Boston Red Sox v. #28 2008 Houston Astros @6p EST

 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Game 17—Loser Game 6 v. Loser Game 7 @11a EST

Game 24—Winner Game 6 v. Winner Game 7 @5p EST

 

Pod 4

Great American Ballpark—Cincinnati, OH

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Game 9—#7 2008 Tampa Bay Devil Rays v. #26 2007 Seattle Mariners @2p EST

Game 10—#10 2011 Texas Rangers v. #23 2010 San Diego Padres @8p EST

 

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Game 18—Loser Game 9 v. Loser Game 10 @2p EST

Game 26—Winner Game 9 v. Winner Game 10 @8p EST

 

Pod 5

Safeco Field—Seattle, WA

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Game 11—#3 2008 Los Angeles Angels v. #30 2008 Toronto Blue Jays @Noon PST/3p EST

Game 12—#14 2013 Atlanta Braves v. #19 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates @6 PST/9p EST

 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Game 19—Loser Game 11 v. Loser Game 12 @Noon PST/3p EST

Game 27—Winner Game 11 v. Winner Game 12 @6p PST/9p EST

 

Pod 6

Petco Park—San Diego, CA

Friday, July 3, 2015

Game 14—#11 2007 Cleveland Indians v. #22 2009 Colorado Rockies @Noon PST/3p EST

Game 13—#6 2013 St. Louis Cardinals v. #27 2009 Florida Marlins @6p PST/9p EST

 

Monday, July 6, 2015

Game 20—Loser Game 13 v. Loser Game 14 @Noon PST/3p EST

Game 28—Winner Game 13 v. Winner Game 14 @6p PST/9p EST

 

Pod 7

Camden Yards—Baltimore, MD

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Game 8—#15 2011 Detroit Tigers v. #18 2011 Arizona Diamondbacks @11a EST

Game 1—#16 2009 Los Angeles Dodgers v. #17 2012 San Francisco Giants @5p EST

 

Monday, July 6, 2015

Game 25—#2 2011 Philadelphia Phillies v. Winner Game 8 @Noon EST

Game 21—#1 2009 New York Yankees v. Winner Game 1 @6p EST

 

Second Week (7/8-7/13)

 

East Pod #1

Fenway Park—Boston, MA

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Game 30—Loser Game 26 v. Winner Game 15 @Noon EST

Game 29—Loser Game 1 v. Loser Game 22 @6p EST

 

Friday, July 10, 2015

Game 41—Winner Game 29 v. Winner Game 30 @Noon EST

Game 37—Winner Game 21 v. Winner Game 22 @6p EST

 

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Game 45—Winner Game 41 v. Loser Game 37 @Noon EST

 

Monday, July 13, 2015

Game 49—Winner Game 37 v. Winner Game 38 @6p EST

 

East Pod #2

Yankee Stadium—New York, NY

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Game 31—Loser Game 27 v. Winner Game 16 @Noon EST

Game 32—Loser Game 28 v. Winner Game 17 @6p EST

 

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Game 42—Winner Game 31 v. Winner Game 32 @Noon EST

Game 38—Winner Game 23 v. Winner Game 24 @6p EST

 

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Game 46—Winner Game 42 v. Loser Game 38 @6p EST

 

Monday, July 13, 2015

Game 51—Winner Game 45 v. Winner Game 46 @Noon EST

 

West Pod #1

AT&T Park—San Francisco, CA

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Game 33—Loser Game 8 v. Loser Game 21 @Noon PST/3p EST

Game 34—Loser Game 23 v. Winner Game 18 @6p PST/9p EST

 

Friday, July 10, 2015

Game 43—Winner Game 33 v. Winner Game 34 @Noon PST/3p EST

Game 40—Winner Game 27 v. Winner Game 28 @6p PST/9p EST

 

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Game 47—Winner Game 43 v. Loser Game 39 @Noon PST/3p EST

 

Monday, July 13, 2015

Game 50—Winner Game 39 v. Winner Game 40 @6p PST/9p EST

 

West Pod #2

Dodger Stadium—Los Angeles, CA

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Game 36—Loser Game 25 v. Winner Game 36 @Noon PST/3p EST

Game 35—Loser Game 24 v. Winner Game 19 @6p PST/9p EST

 

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Game 44—Winner Game 35 v. Winner Game 36 @Noon PST/3p EST

Game 39—Winner Game 25 v. Winner Game 26 @6p PST/9p EST

 

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Game 48—Winner Game 44 v. Loser Game 40 @6p PST/9p EST

 

Monday, July 13, 2015

Game 52—Winner Game 47 v. Winner Game 48 @Noon PST/3p EST

 

Final Week (7/16-7/20)

 

Championship Pod

Wrigley Field—Chicago, IL

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Game 53—Loser Game 50 v. Winner Game 51 @1:20p CST/2:20p EST

Game 54—Loser Game 49 v. Winner Game 52 @7:20p CST/8:20p EST

 

Friday, July 17, 2015

Game 55—Winner Game 49 v. Winner Game 50 @1:20p CST/2:20p EST

Game 56—Winner Game 53 v. Winner Game 54 @7:20p CST/8:20p EST

 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Game 57—Loser Game 55 v. Winner Game 56 @7p CST/8p EST

 

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Game 58—Winner Game 55 v. Winner Game 57 @7p CST/8p EST

 

Monday, July 20, 2015

Game 59—If Necessary @7p CST/8p EST



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I'm debating whether or not to use a DH for all games or let Pitchers bat.  Anyone have any suggestions?  I loathe the DH rule in general but for this format I was thinking it may be the best option.



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This will be fun to follow.  Regarding your DH question, go with whatever one sounds more enjoyable to you.  For what its worth, removing the DH would change some of those AL teams' composition by quite a bit. 

 

My money is on the 2011 Phillies.  They were 82-48 in a 130 game replay I did of 2011 & 2012 teams.  Best record in my league.  Ironically, they lost in the post-season just like real life. Heck of a modern day ball club.  

 

Are you playing sadv?

 

Best,

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-- Edited by kblues on Friday 27th of March 2015 12:00:07 PM

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Thanks kb, and yes, playing SADV. 

Like I said, I'm leaning towards using a DH.  The only other option I thought of was, if an NL team was the higher seed, I'd hit pitchers and if an AL team was a higher seed, I'd use a DH.  Still going back and forth on that.

That Phillies team was pretty loaded.  Halladay (19-6, 2.35), Lee (17-8,2.40), and Hamels (14-9, 2.79) all had great years and they had Oswalt as well as a #4.  I can't believe, with that rotation, they didn't win it all or at least advance further. 



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You have to use the DH.  You can't bench Edgar. wink



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Haha, nice.  I think I'm going to go with the DH.  Seems to make more sense in this kind of format although the thought of mixing it up based off the home team would be interesting as well.



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I like it tj23. Should be a real kick to follow.

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Thanks Strat, good to have you following along.

I ended up going with the DH and have been playing some games tonight.  Will post some results this weekend, possibly tonight but more likely tomorrow.



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Just a few things, as I said, I ended up going with the DH rule for all games. 

Also, each team has a 25 man roster which can be changed up after each week. 

I am not using injuries.  I thought about it but ultimately, I'd rather play with everyones best players each game. 

Finally, I set a 3-4 man rotation for each team.  Some teams will use 3 or possibly 4 starters, while others won't have to.  Teams in the losers bracket will play more games and therefore need to start more pitchers each week.  I'm using the rest set by strat to determine when a pitcher can come back and throw.  The only little rule I added, a team cannot start the same pitcher in back-to-back games, regardless of rest.



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Pod 1--#25 2008 New York Mets v. #8 2012 Cincinnati Reds (Busch Stadium)
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ST. LOUIS -- The first game of this double elimination tournament needed extra frames to settle a winner.  The Mets threatened in the first on a Dan Murphy triple and had runners on the corners with one out but couldn't get a run home Johnny Cueto.  The Mets had runners on the corners with nobody out in the fourth but a lineout and double play ended that inning withouth any runners crossing the plate.  Cueto and Mets starter Johan Santana eached pitched eight innings of shutout baseball before turning over the game to their repective bullpens.  Only two Reds baserunners reached scoring position in Santana's eight innings of work.  The Reds tried to end it in the ninth with a leadoff single by Jay Bruce, which led to Santana coming out of the coming and reliever Joe Smith entering.  Ryan Ludwich then hit an infield single, but second baseman Luis Castillo threw the ball away allowing both runners to advance into scoring position with nobody out.  Todd Frazier came up next and hit a bullet to David Wright who snagged the ball, then dove to the third base bag beating Bruce for a lineout double play.  The next batter was retired to end the inning.  Mets closer BIlly Wagner entered in the ninth and gave up a leadoff single to Joey Votto and then a two-run blast to Brandon Phillips to end the game with the Reds surviving for a 2-0 victory.  The Mets fall to the loser's bracket and will face the loser of the Chicago Cubs/Chicago White Sox game later tonight.  The Reds will face the winner of that contest.  Both games will be on Saturday.

BOXSCORE: 2008 New York (NL) Mets At 2012 Cincinnati Reds            7/1/2015
Game 2 - Busch Stadium - St. Louis, MO - 11a CST

  Mets               AB  R  H RBI AVG     Reds               AB  R  H RBI AVG
  J.Reyes SS          5  0  2  0 .400     Z.Cozart SS         5  0  1  0 .200  
  D.Murphy LF         5  0  2  0 .400     J.Votto 1B          3  1  1  0 .333  
  D.Wright 3B         4  0  0  0 .000     B.Phillips 2B       5  1  1  2 .200  
  C.Beltran CF        4  0  3  0 .750     J.Bruce RF          4  0  1  0 .250  
  C.Delgado 1B        4  0  1  0 .250     R.Ludwick LF        4  0  1  0 .250  
  R.Church RF         5  0  1  0 .200     T.Frazier DH        4  0  2  0 .500  
  F.Tatis DH          5  0  0  0 .000     R.Hanigan C         4  0  1  0 .250  
  B.Schneider C       3  0  0  0 .000     S.Rolen 3B          4  0  1  0 .250  
  L.Castillo 2B       4  0  1  0 .250     D.Stubbs CF         4  0  0  0 .000  
                     -- -- -- ---                            -- -- -- ---      
         Totals      39  0 10  0                 Totals      37  2  9  2


Mets............ 0 0 0  0 0 0  0 0 0  0 0 -  0 10  1
Reds............ 0 0 0  0 0 0  0 0 0  0 2 -  2  9  0

Mets (0-1)               IP       H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR  PC    ERA
J.Santana                 8       6   0   0   2   6   0 121   0.00
J.Smith                   2       1   0   0   0   0   0  22   0.00
B.Wagner LOSS(0-1)        0       2   2   2   0   0   1   8   ----
Totals                   10       9   2   2   2   6   1

Reds (1-0)               IP       H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR  PC    ERA
J.Cueto                   8       8   0   0   1   7   0 126   0.00
A.Chapman                 2       1   0   0   1   2   0  25   0.00
S.Lecure WIN(1-0)         1       1   0   0   1   2   0  19   0.00
Totals                   11      10   0   0   3  11   0

ATTENDANCE- 23,688 DATE- Wednesday, July 1st 2015 TIME- Day WEATHER- Average
T- 3:00
LEFT ON BASE- Mets:10  Reds: 7
DOUBLE PLAYS- Mets: 2  Reds: 4
ERRORS- L.Castillo
TRIPLES- D.Murphy(1st)
HOME RUNS- B.Phillips(1st)
RBIs- B.Phillips-2(2nd)
WALKS- D.Wright, C.Beltran, B.Schneider, J.Votto-2
HIT BY PITCH- C.Delgado
STRIKE OUTS- D.Murphy-2, D.Wright, C.Delgado-2, R.Church-3, F.Tatis-2,
             L.Castillo, Z.Cozart, J.Votto, B.Phillips, J.Bruce, S.Rolen,
             D.Stubbs
GIDP- D.Murphy, D.Wright, C.Delgado, F.Tatis, B.Phillips
RLISP 2-out- R.Church-2, S.Rolen, D.Wright, R.Hanigan, F.Tatis

At Busch Stadium Sam Lecure(1-0) got the win and the Cincinnati Reds shutout
the New York (NL) Mets in 11 innings 2 to 0.

No runners had crossed home plate after the regulation nine.  Cincinnati ended
up winning it in the 11th inning.  Joey Votto led off and started the attack
as he banged out a single.  Brandon Phillips next to the plate and he cleared
the fences for a two-run home run making Cincinnati the victors to the
delight of the home town faithful.  Cincinnati managed 9 hits in their
victory.  

Billy Wagner(0-1) took the loss in relief.  He was unable to retire a batter
and surrendered 2 hits and no walks.

 



-- Edited by tj23 on Monday 30th of March 2015 02:16:12 PM

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Classic duel to open your project.

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Pod 4--#26 2007 Seattle Mariners v. #7 2008 Tamba Bay Devil Rays (Great American Ballpark)
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CINCINNATI -- Ichiro Suzuki showed why he's been one of the most exciting players in baseball as he singled to the start the game off Rays starter James Shields, stole second, moved to third on a groundout, and then scored on another groundout to give Seattle an early 1-0 lead.  The score stayed that way until the third with Tamba Bay tying the game, but the inning could have been much worse. Carl Crawford singled and stole second to start the inning against "King Felix", Mariners young starter Felix Hernandez.  B.J. Upton followed with a single but Crawford was gunned down at the plate on a perfect strike from Ichiro in right field.  Carlos Pena followed with a single and then Upton scored on Evan Longoria's double to tie the game and put two runners in scoring position with only one out.  Hernandez managed to get a pop up and strikeout to end the threat with the score still tied.  The Rays came back in the fifth with opening inning walks from Upton and Pena.  Longoria followed with a deep fly ball which allowed both runners to move into scoring position.  Hernandez then uncorked a wild pitch to Cliff Floyd bring Upton home.  Floyd then came through with an RBI single to put Tampa Bay up 3-1.  Seattle managed to cut into the lead the next inning on back-to-back singles to open the inning but Jose Vidro would then hit into a double play, scoring the run, but ending any chance to put together an inning.  Seattle would not have another runner in scoring position as Tamba took the game 3-2.  Seattle will move to the loser's bracket and will play the loser of the Texas Rangers and San Diego Padres later tonight.  The Rays will play the winner of that matchup.  Both games will be played on Saturday.

BOXSCORE: 2007 Seattle Mariners At 2008 Tampa Bay Rays               7/1/2015
Pod 4 - Great American Ballpark - Cincinnati, OH - 2p EST

  Mariners           AB  R  H RBI AVG     Rays               AB  R  H RBI AVG
  I.Suzuki CF         4  1  2  0 .500     A.Iwamura 2B        5  0  2  0 .400  
  J.Vidro DH          4  0  0  0 .000     C.Crawford LF       5  0  1  0 .200  
  J.Guillen RF        4  0  0  1 .000     B.Upton CF          3  2  3  01.000  
  R.Ibanez LF         3  0  1  0 .333     C.Pena 1B           3  1  1  0 .333  
  A.Beltre 3B         4  0  1  0 .250     E.Longoria 3B       4  0  1  1 .250  
  R.Sexson 1B         3  0  0  0 .000     C.Floyd DH          4  0  2  1 .500  
  K.Johjima C         3  0  0  0 .000     D.Navarro C         3  0  2  0 .667  
  J.Lopez 2B          3  0  0  0 .000     E.Hinske RF         4  0  0  0 .000  
  Y.Betancourt SS     3  1  2  0 .667     J.Bartlett SS       3  0  0  0 .000  
                     -- -- -- ---                            -- -- -- ---      
         Totals      31  2  6  1                 Totals      34  3 12  2


Mariners........ 1 0 0  0 0 1  0 0 0  -  2  6  0
Rays............ 0 0 1  0 2 0  0 0    -  3 12  0

Mariners (0-1)           IP       H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR  PC    ERA
F.Hernandez LOSS(0-1)     6      11   3   3   3   8   0 123   4.50
G.Sherrill                1       1   0   0   2   2   0  20   0.00
E.O'Flaherty              1       0   0   0   1   1   0   4   0.00
Totals                    8      12   3   3   6  11   0

Rays (1-0)               IP       H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR  PC    ERA
J.Shields WIN(1-0)        7 1/3   6   2   2   1   6   0 111   2.45
J.Howell HOLD(1st)        0 2/3   0   0   0   0   1   0  10   0.00
G.Balfour SAVE(1st)       1       0   0   0   0   1   0  15   0.00
Totals                    9       6   2   2   1   8   0

ATTENDANCE- 19,466 DATE- Wednesday, July 1st 2015 TIME- Day WEATHER- Good
T- 3:00
LEFT ON BASE- Mariners: 3  Rays:13
DOUBLE PLAYS- Mariners: 1  Rays: 2
DOUBLES- E.Longoria(1st)
TRIPLES- A.Iwamura(1st)
RBIs- J.Guillen(1st), E.Longoria(1st), C.Floyd(1st)
STOLEN BASES- I.Suzuki(1st), C.Crawford(1st)
WALKS- R.Ibanez, B.Upton-2, C.Pena-2, D.Navarro, J.Bartlett
STRIKE OUTS- I.Suzuki-2, J.Vidro, R.Ibanez-2, R.Sexson, K.Johjima, Y.Betancourt,
             A.Iwamura, C.Crawford-2, C.Pena-2, E.Longoria-2, C.Floyd,
             D.Navarro, E.Hinske, J.Bartlett
GIDP- J.Vidro, R.Sexson, C.Crawford
WILD PITCHES- F.Hernandez
RLISP 2-out- E.Longoria, A.Iwamura, D.Navarro-2, C.Crawford, J.Bartlett,
             K.Johjima, C.Pena

One run was the difference at Great American Bpk as the Tampa Bay Rays
defeated the Seattle Mariners 3 to 2.

Tampa Bay had 2 runs cross the plate in the 5th inning.  Grant Balfour
relieved and was untouched by Seattle as he recorded the save, his 1st.

The win was credited to James Shields(1-0) who went 7 and 1/3 innings allowing
2 runs. Felix Hernandez(0-1) suffered the loss.  He got hammered, allowing 11
hits and 3 walks in 6 innings.

 



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Pod 1--#24 2008 Chicago White Sox v. #9 2008 Chicago Cubs (Busch Stadium)
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ST. LOUIS -- The tournament committee had to be happy when the seeds were drawn up and it was determined the Cubs and White Sox would renew their crosstown rivalry in an opening round game.  The two division winners split their 2008 series with each team sweeping the other in their home park.  This game would be played on a neutral field, down I-55 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.  Fans from both teams made the pilgrimmage and saw another pitcher's duel, just as fans of the today's earlier contest between the Mets and Reds saw.  Ryan Dempster outdueled his counterpart, Mark Buehrle with a complete game shutout as the Cubs took the opening round game 2-0.  Dempster struck out 12 White Sox hitters on the day while surrendering just four hits.  Buehrle pitched well, but made two mistakes, giving up solo homeruns to Derrick Lee and Geovany Soto.  The White Sox had just three men in scoring position all day.  The ninth inning was a bit entertaining, as Dempster sandwiched two hit batsman around three strikeout to finish off the Sox.  The Cubs will now play the Reds on Saturday at 5p local time with the White Sox squaring off earlier in the day against the Mets with first pitch at 11a.

BOXSCORE: 2008 Chicago (AL) White Sox At 2008 Chicago (NL) Cubs      7/1/2015
Pod 1 - Busch Stadium - St. Louis, MO - 5p CST

  White Sox          AB  R  H RBI AVG     Cubs               AB  R  H RBI AVG
  O.Cabrera SS        2  0  0  0 .000     A.Soriano LF        4  0  0  0 .000  
  A.Pierzynski C      4  0  1  0 .250     R.Theriot SS        4  0  1  0 .250  
  C.Quentin LF        3  0  0  0 .000     D.Lee 1B            4  1  1  1 .250  
  J.Dye RF            4  0  1  0 .250     A.Ramirez 3B        4  0  0  0 .000  
  J.Thome DH          4  0  0  0 .000     G.Soto C            4  1  2  1 .500  
  P.Konerko 1B        3  0  0  0 .000     M.Derosa 2B         2  0  0  0 .000  
  N.Swisher CF        3  0  0  0 .000     K.Fukudome RF       3  0  1  0 .333  
  J.Crede 3B          3  0  1  0 .333     R.Johnson CF        3  0  2  0 .667  
  A.Ramirez 2B        3  0  1  0 .333     M.Hoffpauir DH      3  0  0  0 .000  
                     -- -- -- ---                            -- -- -- ---      
         Totals      29  0  4  0                 Totals      31  2  7  2


White Sox....... 0 0 0  0 0 0  0 0 0  -  0  4  0
Cubs............ 1 0 0  0 0 1  0 0    -  2  7  0

White Sox (0-1)          IP       H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR  PC    ERA
M.Buehrle LOSS(0-1)       6 1/3   7   2   2   0   3   2 111   2.84
S.Linebrink               1 2/3   0   0   0   0   3   0  19   0.00
Totals                    8       7   2   2   0   6   2

Cubs (1-0)               IP       H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR  PC    ERA
R.Dempster WIN(1-0)       9       4   0   0   3  12   0 127   0.00
Totals                    9       4   0   0   3  12   0

ATTENDANCE- 41,240 DATE- Wednesday, July 1st 2015 TIME- Night WEATHER- Good
T- 2:25
LEFT ON BASE- White Sox: 7  Cubs: 6
DOUBLE PLAYS- White Sox: 0  Cubs: 1
DOUBLES- J.Dye(1st), J.Crede(1st)
HOME RUNS- D.Lee(1st), G.Soto(1st)
RBIs- D.Lee(1st), G.Soto(1st)
WALKS- O.Cabrera-2, N.Swisher
HIT BY PITCH- C.Quentin, P.Konerko, M.Derosa
STRIKE OUTS- O.Cabrera, A.Pierzynski, C.Quentin, J.Dye-2, J.Thome-2,
             P.Konerko-2, N.Swisher-2, J.Crede, D.Lee, A.Ramirez, G.Soto-2,
             M.Derosa-2
GIDP- C.Quentin
2-out RBI- D.Lee
RLISP 2-out- M.Hoffpauir, O.Cabrera, D.Lee, R.Theriot, N.Swisher
WEB GEMS- Top 1st: Geovany Soto blocked the plate, saving a run!

Ryan Dempster struck out 12 batters at Busch Stadium where the Chicago (NL)
Cubs beat the Chicago (AL) White Sox by the score of 2 to 0.

Dempster(1-0) pitched one of his finer games as he simply was too much for the
Chicago (AL) batters.  He allowed only 4 hits and 3 walks in 9 innings.
Chicago (NL) rapped out 7 hits for the night.  

Mark Buehrle(0-1) was charged with the loss.  When asked about his strikeout
total for the game, Dempster offered, 'The fan's really got into it.  It is
fun to see them tally up the strikeout totals up there in the stands.
Fortunately, I kept them busy tonight - of course, it would be all for naught
without the 'W'.'

 



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Pod 4--#23 2010 San Diego Padres v. #10 2011 Texas Rangers (Great American Ballpark)
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CINCINNATI -- We have our first upset of the tournament as the number 23 seed San Diego Padres take down the number 10 seed and World Series runner-up, Texas Rangers.  Adrian Beltre got Texas on the board first with a solo shot in the second inning off Padres starter Mat Latos.  The score stayed that way until the sixth when David Eckstein doubled home Aaron Cunninghame to tie the game, but Rangers starter C.J. Wilson managed to keep his team out the big inning by working out of a jam, allowing just one run.  The score didn't stay tied for long as Josh Hamilton came up the next inning and added a solo shot of his own to put the Rangers back in front 2-1.  Wilson was cruising along heading into the eighth, have thrown just 86 pitches, but he ran into some trouble early.  Cunningham and Jerry Hairston led off with singles and then Eckstein walked to load the bases and chase Wilson from the game.  Darren Oliver would enter the game and he was greeted with a line single off the bat of Adrian Gonzalez to tie the game and keep the bases loaded with still nobody out.  One out later, Chase Headley would rope a single to left center giving the Padres their first lead of the game at 4-2.  Latos would start the eighth but served up a leadoff homerun to Ian Kinsler, the Rangers third solo homer of the game, to cut the lead in half at 4-3.  Latos day would be finished, and he would be one of four pitchers to throw in the eighth inning for the Padres.  Mike Adams came on and gave up a single to Elvis Andrus.  He was then relieved by Joe Thatcher who struck out Hamilton but gave up a double to Michael Young putting the tying run at third and winning run at second.  Thatcher was then relieved by Tim Stauffer who got Beltre to ground out with the infield in and then got Nelson Cruz to ground out to end the inning.  Heath Bell closed out the game for the save and the victory in the ninth.  With the win, the Padres will now play Tampa Bay on Saturday at 8p while the Rangers will play Seattle in the loser's bracket at 2p.
 
BOXSCORE: 2010 San Diego Padres At 2011 Texas Rangers                7/1/2015
Pod 4 - Great American Ballpark - Cincinnati, OH - 8p EST

  Padres             AB  R  H RBI AVG     Rangers            AB  R  H RBI AVG
  J.Hairston Jr SS    5  1  1  0 .200     I.Kinsler 2B        4  1  1  1 .250  
  D.Eckstein 2B       3  1  1  1 .333     E.Andrus SS         4  0  2  0 .500  
  A.Gonzalez 1B       4  0  1  1 .250     J.Hamilton CF       4  1  1  1 .250  
  R.Ludwick RF        4  0  0  0 .000     M.Young DH          4  0  2  0 .500  
  C.Headley 3B        4  0  1  2 .250     A.Beltre 3B         3  1  1  1 .333  
  M.Tejada DH         4  0  0  0 .000     N.Cruz RF           4  0  1  0 .250  
  N.Hundley C         3  0  1  0 .333     M.Napoli C          4  0  1  0 .250  
  C.Denorfia CF       4  0  1  0 .250   A-C.Gentry PR         0  0  0  0 ----  
  A.Cunningham LF     4  2  3  0 .750     M.Moreland 1B       3  0  0  0 .000  
                                          D.Murphy LF         3  0  0  0 .000  
                     -- -- -- ---                            -- -- -- ---      
         Totals      35  4  9  4                 Totals      33  3  9  3

A-Pinch Ran For Napoli In 9th Inning

Padres.......... 0 0 0  0 0 1  0 3 0  -  4  9  0
Rangers......... 0 1 0  0 0 1  0 1 0  -  3  9  0

Padres (1-0)             IP       H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR  PC    ERA
M.Latos WIN(1-0)          7       6   3   3   3   9   3  97   3.86
M.Adams                   0       1   0   0   0   0   0   5   ----
J.Thatcher HOLD(1st)      0 1/3   1   0   0   0   1   0   7   0.00
T.Stauffer HOLD(1st)      0 2/3   0   0   0   0   0   0   7   0.00
H.Bell SAVE(1st)          1       1   0   0   0   0   0   7   0.00
Totals                    9       9   3   3   3  10   3

Rangers (0-1)            IP       H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR  PC    ERA
C.Wilson LOSS(0-1)        7       7   4   4   2   5   0  98   5.14
D.Oliver BS(1st)          1 1/3   2   0   0   0   1   0  21   0.00
N.Feliz                   0 2/3   0   0   0   0   1   0   9   0.00
Totals                    9       9   4   4   2   7   0

ATTENDANCE- 46,197 DATE- Wednesday, July 1st 2015 TIME- Night WEATHER- Good
T- 3:10
LEFT ON BASE- Padres: 6  Rangers: 6
DOUBLE PLAYS- Padres: 2  Rangers: 1
DOUBLES- D.Eckstein(1st), M.Young(1st), N.Cruz(1st)
HOME RUNS- I.Kinsler(1st), J.Hamilton(1st), A.Beltre(1st)
RBIs- D.Eckstein(1st), A.Gonzalez(1st), C.Headley-2(2nd), I.Kinsler(1st),
      J.Hamilton(1st), A.Beltre(1st)
CAUGHT STEALING- E.Andrus
WALKS- D.Eckstein, N.Hundley, A.Beltre, M.Moreland, D.Murphy
STRIKE OUTS- J.Hairston Jr, R.Ludwick-2, C.Headley, M.Tejada-3, I.Kinsler,
             E.Andrus, J.Hamilton-2, A.Beltre, N.Cruz, M.Napoli-2, D.Murphy-2
GIDP- J.Hairston Jr, N.Cruz, M.Moreland
RLISP 2-out- J.Hamilton, M.Napoli, R.Ludwick-2, D.Murphy, N.Hundley, N.Cruz-2

Left fielder Aaron Cunningham had 3 base hits at Great American Bpk as the San
Diego Padres beat the Texas Rangers by the count of 4 to 3.

San Diego scored the winning runs in the 8th inning plating 3 runs using 4
hits.  Cunningham opened up the inning nicely when he ripped a base-knock.
Jerry Hairston Jr stepped up to the plate and he delivered a base-hit.  David
Eckstein then drew a walk to load the bases.  Adrian Gonzalez came up and he
stroked a single.  Ryan Ludwick was a strikeout victim, unable to help out.
Chase Headley added to the uprising and slapped a one-base hit.  Texas tried
unsuccessfully to come back in the 9th.  

Mat Latos(1-0) went 7 innings allowing 3 runs for the victory. Heath Bell got
the save, his 1st.  C.J. Wilson(0-1) was the loser.  He pitched 7 innings
allowing 7 hits and 2 walks.


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