Great Performances of the First Half

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Great Performances of the First Half

Post by HoosierVic » Mon Apr 29, 2019 4:14 pm

By Vince Morelli
Bancroft League Columnist
UMEBA Weekly

With the All-Star break quickly receding in the rearview mirror, it’s high time – perhaps past time – to highlight some of the best performances of the first half of the Unified Middle East Baseball Associations 2038 schedule.

From near-no hitters to three-homer offensive barrages, UMEBA players from the Bart and Bancroft leagues turned in a number of notable games in the first three months of the season.

Here’s a sampling from both pitchers and position players:

Pitching Performances

Almost historic:
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Lawrence Reséndez
Lawrence Reséndez of the Manama Pearls nearly threw the UMEBA’s first no-hitter, but had to settle for a 1-hit gem against Istanbul on June 12. The lone hit came in the bottom of the 8th, when Istanbul right fielder Jeremy Raines hit a sharp ground ball single past shortstop Chris Fowler to break up the no-hit bid. Reséndez struck out 5 and walked 2 across 9 innings.

What’s a guy gotta do for a win?: Matt Hansen of Cairo struck out 10 Manama Pearls in 8 innings during a July 8 start. He walked just 1 batter, allowed only 4 hits, and 1 run – but did not get the victory. Neither did Cairo, for that matter. The game went into the 10th inning tied at 1, when center fielder Claudio Moreno hit an RBI single with runners on first and second to bring home the decisive score. Manama won 2-1, with Juan Pagán picking up the victory in relief.

In control: Raúl Sánchez of Beirut shut down Jerusalem on June 20, striking out 8 and walking no one en route to an 8-0 victory. He allowed just 4 hits in what the BNN ranked as the second most-dominating start of the season so far (behind only the 1-hitter thrown by Manama’s Reséndez).

Double digit K’s: Salvador Gonzáles of Mumbai struck out 10 batters and walked no one over 8.1 innings against Bucharest on April 18, picking up an 8-2 win. Gonzáles allowed 1 run on 4 hits before being lifted for relief pitcher Kevin Fowler.

Batting Performances

Who says RBIs don’t matter?
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Miguel Gil
Well, not Cairo’s Miguel Gil, that’s for sure. He knocked in 8 runs on 4 hits – including a 2-run homer and a grand slam – in a 20-5 blowout of Baghdad on May 4. BNN ranked this as the top hitting performance of the season, and it’s hard to argue. Those 8 RBIs are the Burt regular season record … so far! He's currently working his way back from a shoulder injury that sidelined him for five weeks.

Getting it done across the board: Jerusalem catcher Bob Wagner filled out the box score nicely against Mumbai on June 1, going 3 for 3 (with 2 walks!), hitting two homers, knocking in 4 runs, and scoring another 4. Needless to say, it was a big win for the Hebrew Hammers, who rode Wagner’s performance to a 17-2 victory.

Not just chicks dig the long ball: Left fielder José Ramírez of Jerusalem gave everyone what they wanted (well, for the most part) in a home game against Bucharest on June 29. He smashed three homers, one 2-run shot and two solo blasts as he went 3-4 with 4 RBIs and 3 runs scored. It was a Herculean effort, to be sure, but still not enough: the Hebrew Hammers lost the game 10-7. Ramírez’s feat was the second time a UMEBA player has hit 3 homers in a game. The first time came on Sept. 9, 2037 when Roberto Pérez – also of Jerusalem – jacked three out of the park against Beirut.

Unlucky 7: Cairo DH Byron Hearle hit a grand slam and a 3-run homer in a June 4 game against Istanbul, as he went 2 for 3 with 7 RBIs. It wasn’t enough for a win, though, as the Bosphorus outslugged the Chariot Archers 11-7.

For a look at more outstanding performances, check out the BNN rankings here.
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Re: Great Performances of the First Half

Post by bschr682 » Mon Apr 29, 2019 4:31 pm

nicely done sir

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Re: Great Performances of the First Half

Post by HoosierVic » Mon Apr 29, 2019 5:08 pm

I decided to do it when I got curious whether anyone had pitched a no hitter yet for the UMEBA. Poor Reséndez got so close!

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Post by Ted » Mon Apr 29, 2019 10:14 pm

Good stuff.
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Re: Great Performances of the First Half

Post by Spiccoli » Tue Apr 30, 2019 5:36 pm

Excellent feature

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