Monelo’s No Hitter and Rand’s One Hitter Make Opening Day History in Nicewonger Division

May 3, 2015

Twins pitcher Michael Monelo pitched a no hitter, striking out 17 batters to lead his team to a 4-0 victory over the Rockies. Monelo hit a batter to narrowly miss out on a perfect game! Twins won the second game 12-4 to complete the sweep of Rockies who were making their league debut under manager Derek Carter.

Colt .45’s pitcher Jon Rand pitched his own gem firing a one hitter to defeat the defending Nicewonger division champion Mets 1-0. Rand struck out 9 Mets in his seven inning gem. The Mets took the opening game 6-0 behind eight shutout innings from Travis Bearden.

The San Jose Angels defeated the Reds 8-0 in the first game of their doubleheader behind the shutout pitching of Jason Hershfield. Reds came back to take the second game 10-0.

There were an amazing five shutouts pitched in the six games played in the Nicewonger division!

Marlins and Orioles Pull Off Opening Day Ettare Division Upsets

May 3, 2015

In their first game ever, the Marlins (mostly last year’s Padres) shocked the defending division champion Yankees 15-9. Marlins manager Aaron Parker got six solid innings from winning pitcher Will St Clair and Joe Duran raked four hits to pace the Marlins onslaught.

The Orioles, despite losing 13 players from 2014 roster (left to form Royals), outslugged the Phillies 19-14. The O’s broke open a 5-5 tie after four innings by scoring 5 runs in the 5th and 7 more in the 6th inning.

The Red Sox turned back the Mariners 10-6 behind Pete Madden who homered in the first inning and pitched the last few innings to get the win. The scrappy Mariners did erase a 6-0 deficit to tie the game before the Red Sox put it away late.

Braves edged the White Sox 10-9 with Paul Codiga pitching seven innings and Juan Ramos earning the win in relief in the closely contested game. Eight Braves had two hits each.

Pirates beat the Rays 14-2 behind the pitching of manager Jeff Jovel and a balanced attack with seven Pirates getting two or more hits.

Indians Stun Champion Giants and Tigers Pull Off Triple Play to Headline Dunn Division Action

May 3, 2015

The Indians and rookie manager Rob Sanchez ambushed the defending division champion Giants 11-5 behind the solid pitching of Alex Garcia and big bats of Tim Wat (2-4, HR, 3 RBI) and newcomer Roberto Celestino (3 hits).

Tigers pulled off a triple play, Todd Leanues smacked a 450 foot homer and veteran Craig Jones was the mound stalwart in a 10-0 win over the Santa Cruz Angels

The Astros spoiled the league debut of the Royals with a 5-2 win breaking open a tie game in the 7th inning. Rob Reid, Jon Norris (win) and Isaack Wilhelm (save) pitched the Astros to victory.

Brewers turned back the Athletics 7-2 behind winning pitcher Fernando Gonzalez. Manager Dave Meier, appearing in his 28th league Opening Day (every opener since league started in 1988) was 1-2 with 2 RBI. Amazing!

2014 MSBL World Series Hall of Fame Inductee: Mike Denevi

February 26, 2015 (Original posting December 2, 2014)
Mike Denevi Hall of Fame

Mike Denevi is a 61 year old staple of the San José MSBL and has been playing in the league since 1989. He is also an ex-professional player in the Royals organization and has played alongside the likes of Clint Hurdle, Willie Wilson, Rick Cerone and also played ball 'back in the day' in Alaska with Juan Eichelberger, who is also an ex-professional from the Padres, Indians and Braves organizations and an MSBL tournament mainstay. Mike can now add the MSBL World Series Hall of Fame to his list of baseball achievements.

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San José Brew Crew Wins Desert Classic 25+ Wood In Palm Springs

January 19, 2015
2015 25+ Desert Classic Champions

San José Brew Crew- a team of mostly Mets, Reds, and Twins players - came back from a 5-0 deficit in the 3rd inning to beat the San Diego Knights 9-8 and claim the 25+ Wood Championship at the 2015 Desert Classic in Palm Springs. Twins pitcher Michael Monelo had 17 K's in the semi-final game in the morning and got the save today in the championship.

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