In the ninth, Edgardo Alfonzo hits a long fly ball to right, tantalizingly close to a two-run homer, but the Mets lead the league in near misses these days. The Mets lose again, 4—3, their seventh consecutive defeat. With all other tactics exhausted, Valentine opts for cockeyed optimism.
What a thing for a manager to say, and to say it at Yankee Stadium, where there is nothing other than victory. The Mets fall yet again, 6—3. Before the game, Steve Phillips is blindsided by published rumors he is about to fire Mets pitching coach Bob Apodaca, whose close relationship with Bobby Valentine means a lot less now than it once did.
Apodaca gets the axe as expected, but so do two other coaches who are close confidants of Bobby Valentine. Now, all are gone.
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The general manager insists the outcome of the Subway Series had no bearing on the move. He offers no explanation as to why this decision was announced in the dead of night on a Saturday. He also denies the firings are a backhanded attempt to force the manager to quit, but it is widely assumed that the Mets see Bobby Valentine out on a ledge and are giving him multiple reasons to jump. He insists his fired underlings insisted he stay on and fight rather than quit, though this contention is regarded with all the skepticism it deserves.
The stage is set for a cringe-inducing press conference prior to the Subway Series finale on June 6. Steve Phillips does most of the talking, defending his actions in clipped, measured phrases, expressing remorse that, sigh , it has come to this.
Bobby Valentine sits at his side, looking like a hyperactive child forced to squirm through Sunday mass, his eyes darting in every direction. The Mets have played fifty-five games to this point in the season. A few outlets interpret this as some brilliant three-dimensional chess move. The Mets desperately need to salvage a victory in the Subway Series finale but will have to do so against Roger Clemens, winner of twenty decisions in a row, an American League record.
The Mets load the bases against Clemens in the top of the second, setting up back-to-back two-run hits, all while the unnerved fireballer stares in at the umpire and stalks the mound when close calls are deemed balls instead of strikes. The visitors sail to a stress-free 7—2 victory. The Mets follow their win over the Yankees by taking the first two games of a series against Toronto at Shea.
But a modest three-game winning streak is not sufficient to end the Bobby Valentine Death Watch. Newspapers urge the team to cut its losses and ditch Valentine for the good of everyone involved. In the strictest sense, this man is not in the dugout but on the top step connecting the dugout to the clubhouse tunnel.
On his head, a black baseball cap with an indecipherable logo. He wears a Mets T-shirt that has the cheap look of a bootleg. His eyes are obscured by a large pair of aviator sunglasses. Below his nose, a laughably fake mustache is painted on with eye black. He rocks side to side, so strenuously trying not to be seen that no one can fail to miss him. The players on the bench do everything in their power to not look at him, which only serves to draw more attention his way.
The mystery man in the ridiculous getup remains silent, for his appearance says everything. For those watching live, he seems to hover there forever. But only a few moments pass before he is gone. Livermore had a short memory from the game yesterday in Round 1 of the Big O Classic.
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Carlmont got the early lead in the game taking a lead in top of the 3rd inning but Livermore wasted little time answering back. The Pokes scored six runs in the bottom of the inning to take a lead. The inning started with a double by Nolan Smith and a beautiful push bunt single by Dylan Silva to put runners on the corners and nobody out.
Luke Foscalina then singled home Smith to open the scoring for the Pokes. Ty Wetzel drove in a run with an RBI single and Mason Paulo hit a hard ground ball that brought home another run when the short stop could not handle the play. For the second straight time, Aaron Aguilar was dominant on the mound for the Pokes.
Aguilar had to come out for the final out because of pitch count restrictions but Mason Paulo got the final out of the game to preserve the victory. The first few innings in the Big O Classic did not go well for the Pokes. Livermore made some costly errors and walked a few batters leading to a lead for the Panthers.
Offensively was not much better in the early going for the Pokes either. Livermore popped out for the majority of their outs making it very easy for Santa Rosa to play defense. Livermore would find a spark in the bottom of the 6th inning and put five runs on the board. Luke Foscalina reached by an error on a hard hit ball and then Jimmy Thomas scorched a single to right field to make it 1st and 2nd with one out. Mason Paulo hit a hard grounder to 1B and he could not handle it and and Dylan Silva who was pinch running for Farner scored from 2B.
Ty Wetzel who had two hits on the day advanced to third and then scored on a balk to cut the lead to However, those would be the only runs the Pokes would get and drop the contest The loss puts them in the consolation bracket of the Big O Tires and they will take on a new opponent tomorrow when they play the Carlmont Belmont, CA Scots. First pitch will be on Thursday. The game started off very slow for the Pokes as SRV struck out the side and then scored two runs of their own in the bottom of the 1st to jump out to a lead.
Aaron Aguilar came into pitch with only one out in the first inning and Livermore already down Aguilar would not allow a run the rest of the game while striking out three and never really getting into any trouble. The outing looked like it might be short lived for Aaron because two batters into his outing he took a line shot off his shin. Somehow he stayed in the game, got out of the inning and shut the door on the Wolves for the rest of the way.
The Pokes struggled to get any offense going until the top of the 6th inning and then they erupted for eight runs six coming with two outs! The inning started off in a frustrating way when Kacen Shreffler line a bullet that was headed into left field for a hit when the SRV third baseman made an acrobatic diving play to rob Shreffler. Ryan Mitchell who had three hits on the day and Jimmy Thomas who had two hits on the day both singled to get the Pokes rolling.
Bobby Farner kept the singles streak alive and singled to left field. As the throw came in, Coach Perotti decided late to hold Mitchell coming from 2B. The throw sailed into the outfield and Mitchell scored and Dennett moved up to 3B. With runners on 1st and 3rd, Mason Paulo hit a hard ground ball and beat out the attempt at a double play and Dennett scored the tying run. Then came the two big blows from the Pokes.
Brett Oelrich singled home two runs to push the lead to and Kacen Shreffler lined a deep double over the center fielders head to score two more. Mitchell capped off the scoring with his third hit of the day driving home Shreffler. This win propels the Pokes into their own tournament starting next week. Livermore plays Santa Rosa in their first game on Thursday at Livermore and Granada always seem to play wild, crazy games.
Last year, the Pokes won a 14 inning four-hour thriller in the final game of the season and in the first game, Granada jumped out to an early lead only to hang on for a win with the Pokes having bases loaded and a chance to tie. The first game of the version saw a very similar game to the first game last year. Granada took and lead, extended to a lead and then pushed it to before the Pokes' bats finally woke up.
The battled and scrapped together three runs in the bottom of the 5th inning. Kacen Shreffler led off with a HBP and Mason Paulo stung a hard ground ball down the first base line and it bounced off the 1B glove and Shreffler wound up at third base. Brett Oelrich then hit a ball down the third base line that was a tough play for their third baseman and Shreffler had a great read and scored on the play. The result of the play left Paulo at 3B and Oelrich at 2B.
Cole Arnold then stung a single to left to score both runners. There wasn't much action until the 7th inning when the Pokes made it interesting. Granada scored a solo run in the top of the inning on a sacrifice fly, but Livermore battled in the bottom half of the inning.http://front.parohod.biz/sartre-foucault-and-historical-reason.php
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Cole Arnold walked and scored on a line double to left center by Luke Foscalina. Bobby Farner then singled in a run to make it with runners on 1st and 3rd. Granada then balked home a run to make it with the tying run on 2B. The Pokes could not push across the tying run dropping the game Livermore played Monday in a make up from the rain out on Friday. The Gaels scratched out five runs using a variety of small ball and stealing to take the victory.
Livermore had a runner on second in the first from a Luke Foscalina double, but they could not manage to score him. Teh Pokes then loaded the bases two times with nobody out but could not find that clutch hit to gain any momentum. The Gaels used the energy from escaping those jams to push across five runs.
Nick Hermann threw a pretty good game but came away with the loss. He threw all six innings striking out two and only gave up one earned run. With the rain and weather being a major issue this season, the Pokes will play Granada tomorrow instead of Wednesday because the weather looks better tomorrow. First pitch is Livermore rolled into Amador with the thought of a low scoring affair. Amador usually has the wind blowing in and it seems like you are hitting uphill at the Dons home field. Today was vastly different as the wind was blowing out and it was actually a hitters park.
Amador jumped out to a lead in the bottom of the first inning, but the Pokes stormed right back with their potent offense to take a lead in the top of the 2nd inning. Jimmy Thomas led off by getting hit by a pitch and Cole Arnold who had three hits on the day followed with a line shot double to make it second and third with nobody out. However, this would be all the scoring the Pokes would get. They had other chances and loaded the bases two different times, but could not push across anymore runs.
The forecast does not look promising for Wednesday afternoon, so Livermore and Amador are being proactive in their scheduling and have pushed up their game to Tuesday. The game is still at at Amador. The JV and Freshman will keep their games on Wednesday because there are not enough umpires to cover all the games.
Livermore had a bye in EBAL play and they traveled to Northgate for their first road game of the year. The offense came to play exploding for six runs in the top of the second inning and the Pokes never looked back. Livermore went somewhat quietly in the first inning but Brad Archer nearly missed a homerun by blasting one off the sign for a double. He was left stranded at 2nd base but the Pokes made up for it in the 2nd inning.
They sent 11 batters to the plate and scored six runs.
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Ryan Mitchell also had an RBI single in the inning. Cole Arnold walked twice and scored once in the inning. The Pokes tacked one more run in the 4th, 6th and 7th innings. A few Northgate miscues and some more solid hitting led the way for the Pokes. Luke Foscalina continued his hot streak with two more hits in the game and eight of the nine batter recorded at least one hit in the game.
It was a solid offensive effort for the Pokes while the defense played well too. They made some key plays to get out of a few jams for the pitching staff. Grant Ikeda came in the game in the 5th inning with bases loaded and only one out. He got a strike out and pop out to end the inning after only one run scoring.
He then threw two more solid innings to close out the game. The league is known for quality baseball and these two teams did not disappoint! There was solid pitching, timely hitting and great defense on both sides of the field. Jack Wilson got his first start of the year and threw a gutty game even though he got the loss.
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Brett Oelrich turned an amazing double play and Luke Foscalina had three hits in the game. Foothill got out to an early lead in the first off an unearned run and added a second run in the 2nd inning. Livermore got both runs back in the bottom of the second when Jimmy Thomas and Cole Arnold both singled and Bobby Farner walked to load the bases. Luke Foscalina then scorched a double off the Monster to score two runs to tie the game. Foothill scrapped across another run to give them a lead but Livermore once again responded in the bottom of the 4th inning.
Cole Arnold led off with a triple down the right field line and scored on an error by the Foothill center fielder. The Pokes went on to load the bases that same inning with nobody out but they could not push across another run. The Falcons took the lead in the top of the 6th inning, but the Pokes fought until the end.
They had runners on second and third in the bottom of the 7th inning and Bobby Farner lined a shot down the left field line that was foul by a couple inches. Foothill then managed to get out of the inning to preserve the win. These two teams always play close and entertaining games. The game will be the Pokes first away game of the season. First pitch is set for Friday at There are some days that you want to forget in baseball. Today was one of those days for Livermore. Newark came to the yard and took it to the Pokes. The pitching staff struggled to throw strikes and the defense struggled to make plays resulting in a tough loss.
Newark went up in the first inning but the Pokes came right back with a run of their own with a two out rally. Brad Archer reached on an error and then stole second base. Jimmy Thomas continued his hot streak to the season by singling home Archer. Thomas finished with two hits on the day and Archer had a long double later in the game. The Pokes continued their streak on the base paths by stealing four more bases. The Cougars took control from there and cruised to a win.
First pitch is set for Livermore handled the Falcons from the beginning and never looked back in the non league win at home. They added to the lead in the 2nd inning behind two wild pitches scoring runs Luke Foscalina who had singled and Brett Oelrich who had one of his five walks on the day. The 3rd inning saw much of the same for the Pokes. Nolan Smith and Bobby Farner were the heads up base runners this time.
The Pokes struck again in the 6th inning for four more runs to cap the scoring at Kacen Shreffler tripled home a run, Luke Foscalina and Dylan Silva singled home a run and Jimmy Thomas drove home a run on a fielder's choice. The pitching staff was led by Nathan Findley and they threw very well to shut down the Falcons. Nick Hermann threw a scoreless 5th inning and Scott Ragatz got his first Varsity inning throwing well in the 6th inning. Jack Wilson closed out the game with a tidy 7th inning of work. The win pushes Livermore's record to with another non-league game on Monday against Newark Memorial.
This is a make-up of a make-up from this week. First pitch is time change this weekend allows for later start times. Arroyo won on a walk off wild pitch in while Livermore won in when the Pokes threw a guy out at the plate on a passed ball that bounced off the bricks back to the pitcher. He fielded the passed ball and threw the ball back to the catcher for the final out of the game. It would have been the tying run! They play every year and it is always back and forth and this year was no different. The game started out rough for the Pokes as the Dons scored three runs in the blink of an eye.
However, Livermore jumped right back into the game in the bottom of the 1st inning when Jimmy Thomas tripled with the bases loaded to tie the game. Arroyo then scored four runs over the next two innings to make the score Livermore jumped right back in the bottom of the 3rd inning when they scored two runs when the Pokes loaded the bases with three singles by Brad Archer, Ryan Mitchell and Ty Wetzel. Luke Foscalina then singled home Archer and Mitchell to cut the lead to Livermore then held Arroyo scoreless in the 4th to set the stage for Bobby Farner.
After the Pokes loaded the bases again, Farner delivered a clutch two out single to clear the bases and give Livermore an lead. Arroyo just refused to go away and scored six runs in the top of the 5th inning to take a lead. It was getting dark so the Arroyo coach had their player get picked off intentionally so the Pokes could hit and the game would be over.
Livermore scratched across a run with an RBI single by Cole Arnold, but that was the only run they would get. Both teams thought the game was over, but the ump said to keep playing. It was getting really dark and hard to see the ball, so Coach Perotti pulled his team off the field because of safety reasons. The ump seemed very confused by this as it seemed he was confused and overwhelmed most of the game.
The game was slightly out of control due to the poor strike zone and lack of control by the umpire crew. The home plate ump even threw out Coach Perotti's 7-year old son for "liability" reasons! It was quite the circus of a game that ended with the score reverting to the 5th inning and a Arroyo win.
The loss drops the Pokes to and they will now face Mt.