Tag: 2015

Hounds Sweep Red Sox in DH, win 6th and 7th in a row!

The Chicago Hounds defeated the Red Sox in a twin bill today, winning 11-8 in Game 1 and 6-5 in Game 2. The Hounds have now won 7 consecutive games and are 11-10-1 on the season (after starting 3-9-1).
T.J. Rinaldi (#1, CF) was the biggest factor on offense today, reaching base safely in all 7 plate appearances–with 2 singles, 2 walks, a reach by error, a triple, and a monstrous home run into the infield of the Little League field in deep left center of the field at Taft High School. Rinaldi scored 3 times, stole 2 bases, and had 1 RBI (on the home run). Anthony Camacho (#14, EH in Game 1, EH/RF in Game 2) also had a big day–driving in 5 runs on a Sac Fly, a single, a double, and on a fielder’s choice. The Hounds had contributions from everyone up and down the lineup in both games, these were quality team wins.
Robert Bavone (#10, P) came out of early retirement to pitch a complete game win in the first game. The 8 runs given up were more of a factor of the awful field conditions at Taft than anything else. The infield has been overrun with grass and weeds, no bounce is true, it is far, far worse than Winnemac ever was at its worst. Bavone went the distance and the Hounds were very happy to have him back on the hill.
Kurt Kerrigan (#12, RF in Game 1, P in Game 2) also got a complete game win in Game 2 of the doubleheader. Kerrigan was frustrated with his mechanics, but he still managed to strike out 9 Sox, including the final 3 batters in the 7th inning to put the game away. Kerrigan also had a double and scored a run in Game 1.
The Hounds next play the Aviators tomorrow morning at 9:30 am at Winnemac Park. The Aviators beat the Hounds the previous 2 times, both by 1 run each, so the Hounds look to exact revenge and get their 8th win in a row on this fantastic win streak.

Hounds win again!

The Chicago Hounds defeated the Vikings 6-2 tonight at a weedy, horrible Taft High School field tonight, behind the gutty complete game performance of Jeremy Schmitz (#3, P). Schmitz did not have his best stuff and was nursing a sore arm, but he committed to seven innings early in the game and he produced.
The Hounds have won 5 in a row, and are now legitimately in 6th place in the CMBA, which would put them in the 6th playoff spot if the season were to end today. After a 3-9-1 start, this has been a remarkable turnaround for the Hounds. The Hounds continued with great defense tonight, as they were better suited to the ridiculous bounces Taft brought–the home Vikings were much more perplexed and the Hounds reached base several times on hits? errors? how do you score it when it really appears to be the field’s fault? The Hounds were also blessed with some favorable calls from umpire Laguardia Cooper. Yes, I have been in this league for 13 years, and I finally asked Coop what his first name is tonight. Laguardia. Like the airport.
The Hounds offense was led by Nolan Bielinski (#4, C) who reached safely all 4 plate appearances, and scored 2 runs. TJ Rinaldi (#1, CF), Keith Richardson (#17, 1B), Matt Hansen (#26, 2B), and Matthew Steffens (#5, SS) also scored Hound runs, and Max Kiefer (#21, LF) got off a recent snide with a line drive RBI single. The defense was led by Brent Schoenbach (#7, 3B) who made the bad bounces seem like child’s play. The infield turned a nice double play, and Jack Diechl (#31, RF) caught a line-drive ball in the dark and in the rain late in the game that most Hounds were unable to even see. Key play, just need to get him some baserunning lessons!
The Hounds next play the Red Sox in a doubleheader at Taft on Saturday, and play the league leading Aviators on Sunday at Winnemac. A sweep will put the Hounds above .500 for the first time this season.
See you there!

Hounds W

The Chicago Hounds beat the Vikings 9-6 tonight with Nick Freeman getting the complete game win.
The Hounds have won 4 of their last 5 games and are now 7-10-1 on the 2015 season.
Next game is Sunday July 5th v. the Pirates at Walther Lutheran at 9:30 am.
Happy 4th of July!

CMBA Standings

Hounds–here are the standings so far this season. 2 points for a win, 1 for a tie. I organize it by points per game (a little different than the league website, where they just go by points).
Most of our losses have come from the top 3 teams, we play a lot of games against the middle and bottom of the pack the rest of the way, so we still have a great shot at the playoffs if we keep winning. The top 6 teams make the playoffs–2 teams get a bye, and 2 teams are the wildcard–3 plays 6, and 4 plays 5.
*CMBA (Hounds v.)*
*W*
*L*
*T*

*Pts*
*Pts/G*
*%*

*Runs*
*RPG*

*RA*
*RAG*

*R+/-*
*Aviators (0-2)*
10
3
0

20
1.54
.769

105
8.08

78
6.00

2.08
*Electrons (1-2)*
10
5
0

20
1.33
.667

119
7.93

72
4.80

3.13
*Marlins (0-2)*
9
4
0

17
1.31
.692

56
4.31

46
3.54

0.77
*Browns (1-1)*
9
6
0

18
1.20
.600

127
8.47

94
6.27

2.20
*Yankees (2-1)*
6
6
0

12
1.00
.500

61
5.08

74
6.17

(1.08)
*Vikings (0-0-1)*
5
5
1

11
1.00
.500

33
3.00

72
6.55

(3.55)

*Red Sox (0-1)*
6
7
0

12
0.92
.462

93
7.15

85
6.54

0.62
*CHICAGO HOUNDS*
*6*
*10*
*1*

*13*
*0.76*
*.382*

*73*
*4.29*

*75*
*4.41*

*(0.12)*
*Orioles (1-1)*
4
7
0

8
0.73
.364

53
4.82

62
5.64

(0.82)
*Pirates (1-0)*
5
10
0

10
0.67
.333

69
4.60

107
7.13

(2.53)
*Rangers*
3
10
0

6
0.46
.231

65
5.00

87
6.69

(1.69)

You know the drill, but things are about to turn around

You know the drill, these things write themselves. The Chicago Hounds displayed great defense, yet again had stellar pitching, couldn’t score, lost by 1. Today it was a 3-2 loss to the Orioles at Ridgewood High School.

Matt Burch (#6, P, 3-1, ERA 2.00 in 28 innings pitched) suffered his first loss of the year, scattering 7 hits, walking only 2, and striking out 6, pitching a complete game. He has been the Hounds mound MVP this season, and will be looking to provide some offense tomorrow as the DH.

The Hounds defense only gave up one error today. Matthew Steffens (#5, SS) had 4 putouts and 5 assists at shortstop, and Tony Correa (#13, C) was stellar behind the plate, including adding to the popular Hound catcher assist stat, this time on a throw to second to force a runner after a fly pop dropped in between the mound and the plate.

The Hounds only had 5 hits today. Steffens had 2 singles, T.J. Rinaldi (#1, CF) singled and scored, Max Kiefer (#21, RF) singled and had 2 RsBI, and Kyle Hanson (#2, PH) had a line-drive pinch hit single in the final frame. Keith Richardson (#17, LF), Brent Schoenbach (#7, 3B), Rinaldi, Correa, Eduardo Sotelo (#25, 1B), and Patrick Stacy (#16, RF) each walked, and Kiefer also reached by error. But despite those 12 baserunners, the Hounds could only plate 2 (Rinaldi and Correa off of the single by Kiefer). Twice the Hounds failed to score after loading the bases (in the third, and again in the 7th).

The best play of the game came in the 4th inning when the game was tied. With 1 out the Orioles catcher singled and was replaced at first by a courtesy runner. The Orioles only had 9 men at the game, and were not employing a first base coach. The Oriole pinch runner asked Eduardo at first base how many outs there were, and Eduardo simply lied to him and said “two outs.” The next Oriole batter hit a routine fly ball to short, but the courtesy runner scooted to second, thinking there were 2 outs. Steffens threw to Sotelo for a quick 6-3 double play, as the duped runner screamed, “but he told me there were two outs!!!!”

Hounds play the Electrons tomorrow at Winnemac Park at 9:30 am. Jeremy Schmitz is on the mound, the Hounds look to start a very long winning streak by bringing some anger to their at-bats tomorrow, and then we will celebrate at K’s Dugout, this time, we will buy the Electrons their beers.