2016 Championship Series
Ticket Professor 5 Bubba's 4
Well...the playoffs are certainly here. Ticket Pro and Bubba's followed up last night's Chefman-RWC thriller with one of their own. While some prognosticators were predicting a walk in the park, TP refused to get sucked in - besides, they were trying to end this series in two games, and everyone knows that when Yossi hears "walk" he automatically goes for a third. But we digress.
Anyway, Bubba's showed that they weren't going to be pushed around right from the start, with Noam Lazarus driving in a run with a RBI double and Ben Friedman adding a sacrifice fly to give Bubba's the early 2-0 lead. Ticket Pro came right back in the bottom of the first, though, with some heads up running by Aron Schwartz leading to two runs scoring, and the game was tied. Bubba's regained the lead in the top of the third with Noam Lazarus bringing them both home, but the Professors were able to scratch two more across against All-Star Naftali Salomon one inning later (Mendy Halpert with the two run single).
Ticket Pro threatened to break it open in the sixth. A hit by The Rook was followed by two walks (even Aron walked! and he didn't dive) giving them the bases loaded with only one out, but Naftali induced two infield popups to keep the game scoreless. Avi Kagan, freshly back from mountainous water parks of the indoor variety, was matching him zero for zero, and the game fittingly headed for extras.
Two hits and an error gave Bubba's bases loaded with one out in the top of the eighth, with a chance to put an exclamation point on the game and control the series. The batter lofted a fly ball to midrange left field...Ari Weiss, made the catch and fired a bullet home, with Ezzy Katz applying the tag to complete the TP DP and keep the score tied for yet another few minutes. And so we headed for the bottom of the inning...Yosef Silber ran hard out of the box leading off, and ended up at second. Ari Weiss advanced him to third, bringing up Avi Kagan, already with two hits (and on base three times today). Bubba's brought the infield in, a la the 2001 Diamondbacks in the World Series, and Avi Luis Gonzalez'd one over shortstop, scoring Yosef and giving TP the walkoff victory, and a 1-0 lead in the series.Bubba's and Ticket Pro resume hostilities (not really, but saying "friendlies" doesn't quite work in this country) on Wednesday evening. All can - and should - come to watch...it's sure to be entertaining.
Ticket Professor 2 Bubba's 3
Awesome pitching by Laz. Bubba’s defense was both amazing and won the game!!!! The Bubba's outfield of Noam Lazarus, meir Levine and Ben Friedman did a great job supporting Shragi by running down the many fly balls hit their way. Special shoutout to Yitzy Berger for saving the game by throwing out an advancing runner at home plate.
Game ball to Taub due to game winning single in the bottom of the seventh inning.
'The Rook' - Avi Kagan, pitched well, but TPs offense could not find any holes in Bubbas defense tonight.
Stay tuned for Game 3 (Sunday @ 6pm) and see if Captain Mintz can extract another win from this series to advance to Round 2 or will Captain Kahana calculate some changes and synthesize a win for the clinching game?; history shows that anyone can win.Get ready for another amazing game.
Ticket Professor 9 Bubba's 0
Shmuel Loebenberg returned to the mound with a vengeance tonight, making his first start in a series in which both of the first two games ended in walk-off fashion. While he had superb defense behind him, it wasn't really necessary as his pitching was outstanding, allowing only one runner past second base all game and earning the shutout. Ticket Pro executed their game plan to perfection right from the start, scoring five runs in the first inning (punctuated by Meir Baum's two run double). Although Bubba's held them there until the last inning, when four more runs were added, the offense put up bagel after bagel on the scoreboard. There was one threat mid-game when Bubba's loaded the bases with only one out and the middle part of the order coming up, but Shmuel calmly induced a dribbler in front of the mound that Aron Schwartz turned into a great 2-3 DP. Ari Weiss ended the game with an emphatic diving catch in the outfield. Ticket Pro becomes the first team to advance to the semis, and will face either Westrock, Chefman or Rockland Window in Round 2. #RollTP
Rockland Window 6 Chefman 1
On a beautiful night for baseball and RWC coming off their first playoff win in their history and the series tied 1-1 in a do or die game, the shades came out and took a 1-0 lead on Sac fly from Josh B (JB Smooth) in the 1st but Chefman answered to tie the game at 1-1 and it looked like it would be a close game till the 4th when Josh B came through with a clutch 2 run single with 2 outs and in the next inning made one of the best catches you will ever see…a full body dive that deflated Chefman and kept them from scoring any runs. In the 5th Brad smoked a clutch RBI single to make it 4-1 and the shades never looked back winning 6-1 and winning their first playoff series in their history.
Game ball goes to Josh B for his hitting/3 RBI/Fielding and David (The Magician) Samet for shutting down Chefman and allowing only 1 run. Plus Nemtov for smoking the ball and solid hitting and fielding from the whole team.
Rockland Window 3 Ticket Professor 1
What a great beginning to a competitive series.
Ticket pro draw first blood in the 3rd going up 1-0 then David (The Magician) Samet who baffled ticket pro all night and backed by his solid defense, found his groove and held TP off the scoreboard for the rest of the night. In the 5TH inning RWC third baseman (Branden) smoked a ball aver the right fielder’s head for a game tying triple and then Josh F arguably (not so arguably) the best defensive first baseman in the league followed with a sacrifice grounder to take the lead which ended up being the game winner. In the bottom of the 7th inning the crowd got their moneys worth when the heart of TP’s lineup loaded the bases down 3-1 with one out. A sharp grounder to Brandon at third was cleanly fielded who then stepped on the bag and showed off his strong arm over to first where Josh F made his second very nice inning ending scoop to end the game. This promises to be a competitive series and we're all looking forward to Tuesday night as The Shades go for their 2nd series win and a shot at the championshipI was awarded manager of the year by the league. I thank you but this award is not really mine…it belongs to my team who practice together on their own time to improve their game and play competitively as a team…they simply make me look good.
Rockland Window 1 Ticket Professor 7
Hold your horses...Rockland Window earned a well-fought victory in Game 1, but Ticket Pro wasn't about to let that happen again. Aron Schwartz started things off immediately with a RBI triple in the top of the first, as well as some aggressive baserunning to score a second run on Meir Baum's sac fly, to give TP a lead they would never relinquish. Mendy Halpert emphatically added a third inning three run home run (we still need you Yossi!), and Meir Baum and Chaim Heinemann had late game RBIs as well.
The real story goes to the Ticket Pro pitching and defense. Shmuel Loebenberg continued his playoff dominance (now having given up a total of four runs in three games), and the TP D was literally flawless - not a single error on the night. Game 3 of this amazing series will be Sundaynight, but if the Professors hit, pitch and field like they did tonight, the result will be a foregone conclusion. The winner of that game will get to face Merockdim in an all-color-war championship series...should be great.