11/5: Cobras now have a Facebook page. Check it out: "Minneapolis Cobras Baseball" on Facebook.
10/13: End of the Year Cobras party was held at Casa
de Gossard. Nearly all Cobras were present and a good time was had by
all. Rob cooked some giant burgers with onions in them, Deets left
early, Mason told a Delmon Young/stripper story, Natron weighed the pros
and cons of retirement, KT ignored everyone and just played with the
baby, and Davis showed up in "I'm gonna go to the bar and find somebody
to drop a face baby on after this" clothes. And wherever Adrian was, he
fell over. Check back soon for "Cobras Fall Updates."
8/24: Congratulations to the 3 Cobras All-Tournament players
8/22: The end finally came for the Cobras as they lost
7-3 to the St Paul Shamrocks on Sunday. With the loss the Cobras
claimed 3rd place in the Class "A" Tourney, their best finish since 2003
and 2nd best finish ever. The Cobras pounded out 14 hits against
Shamrock pitching, but just couldn't get enough clutch hits when it
counted, banging into 4 double plays. Taking a 3-1 lead to the 8th, the
Shamrocks scored 4 in the 8th and 2 in the 9th for the final score. All
in all, it was an amazing run for the Snakes, as they ended the
tournament with the most wins and runs of any team. Congratulations to
the Minnetonka Millers for winning their 10th overall State Tournament.
Thanks to all the Cobras fans for your support of the team. We'll be
back next year to do it again.
8/21: In game two of the day, the Cobras crushed Air
Freight Unlimited 10-4. Cobras start with another 3 run first and the
game was never really in doubt. Cobras starter Luke Beresford was
throwing pretty slowly, especially early in the game. This slowness was
really screwing up the Air Freight hitters timing. A 6 run fourth blew
the game open for the Cobras, the biggest hit coming on a Mike Davis
double down the right field line plating three. After that, the Cobras
kind of put it in cruise for a while. Beresford pitched 6 great innings
allowing 2 earned runs. John Wengenroth pitched two quick innings after
him. Andrew Beltowsky pitched a not-so-quick inning, but was the
recipient of a ridiculous defensive play to end the game. With two outs
and the bases loaded, the Air Freight hitter hit a deep drive to left
center. Matt Rink raced back, scaled the wall, and robbed the would be
grand slam to end the game. Oddly enough, 5 innings earlier, Kahtan
Al-Kaissy robbed a homerun in right field, although his rob gets less
style points since he turned around 12 times, took his hat off, and did
the hokey pokey before he caught the ball. Mason Reinhart hit another
HR, Bryan Lippincott shuffled over from the Concordia dorms to get 2
hits, and everybody kept glancing up in the stands to see if Joe Mauer
had snuck in to watch his brother play. Also I figured the Air Freight
side would be littered with QuickSwings. Apparently
I was wrong. Cobras keep playing today at Noon, at Dunning against the
St Paul League Champion Shamrocks. Come on out and watch all you Cobras
faithful. We need your help!!
8/21: Cobras pound out 18 hits in beating Stockmen's
Irish, the #1 seed from the Skyline League 10-6. Cobras scored 3 in the
1st on a Mike Davis HR, and pretty much kept hitting the whole game.
Nate Broehm went a solid 5 innings after returning from brewery tours in
Atlanta, and Matty Germar got the 4 inning save. Mason Reinhart also
homered for the Cobras, Davis was 3-4 with 6 RBI's, and Brian Jensen was
4-4 with a couple of doubles, and pretty much everybody was lining the
ball around the yard. A good team win.
8/16: In a high blood pressure inducing game, the
Cobras held off St Louis Park 7-6 to advance to the combined tourney
portion of the tourney beginning Saturday. Cobras bats got off to a hot
start jumping out to a 5-0 lead on a 2 run single by Brian Jensen, a 2
run single by Kevin Truax, and a Sac Fly by Matty Rink. Park answers
with 3 of their own, but the Cobras pushed the lead to 7-3 on a single
by Kahtan Al-Kaissy, and an RBI groundout by Rob (Purple Nurple)
Gossard. Matty Germar was a bulldog on the mound, throwing CG #2 of the
tournament. With the Cobras leading 7-6 in the 9th with a runner on 3rd,
Germar buckled down to retire the last hitter on a deep fly to left.
Then he did a whole lot of fist pumping and chirping, and hopefully his
left arm did not fall off in the process. Adrian yelled really loudly
and fell over. Matt Rink was caught boning his bat in the 4th. Hopefully
he bought his bat flowers afterward. Mike Davis got his weekly
conditioning in, sprinting after (and narrowly missing) numerous pop ups
down the right field line. Cobras get a couple days off and then will
be back in action Saturday at Noon against Stockmen's Irish at Dunning
Field in St Paul. Hopefully this time around the Dunning grounds crew
won't consist of:
1.) A guy with a shovel
2.) A mopey teenager
3.) A baby in a stroller
4.) A homeless man
8/15: A 6 run first propels the Cobras into the next
round, as they eliminate Al's Gators 12-5. In spite of scoring 12 runs,
the Cobras left a mountain of people on base, as they tallied 11 hits,
10 walks, and 3 hit by pitches. John Wengenroth picked up his first
career State Tourney win throwing all 9 innings, and only allowing 1
earned run. Mike Davis, Matt Rink, Mason Reinhart, and Kahtan Al-Kaissy
had two hits, and everybody except KT was on base at least once. Rob
Gossard was hit in the nipple with a pitch, and his nipple is all
swollen and black and blue, and he will gladly show it to you if you
ask. Adrian was questioned about why it always mentions that he falls
over on the website, and then promptly fell over to help illustrate.
Mick Sawinski admitted that he had been a face baby at one time. There
was a disagreement between the Gators and the umpires near the end of
the game that caused a loud "CHRIST!!!" to come from a Gator directed
toward the guy running the tourney. Cobras will now "host" St Louis Park
on Monday at Parade Stadium, with the winner advancing to the combined
Eastside/Westside tourney beginning Saturday at Dunning Field in St
Paul. Time to get things done.
8/14: Cobras lose a tough one to the Pub 2-1. Pub hits
a walk off double in the 9th to account for the final score. Luke
Beresford was terrific on the hill, going the distance, but wound up
being the hard luck loser. Brian Jensen and Kevin Truax had 2 hits
apiece, but the Cobras managed only 5 hits overall, and were unable to
take advantage of their scoring opportunities. Cobras will try to
regroup in an elimination game against Park National rival Al's Gators
at Noon on Sunday at the Vet.
8/13: Cobras take down SLP 4-3 in a terrific opening
round game. Matty Germar was in CG friday mode, and it showed as he
pitched around serious damage from a dangerous Park lineup. Mason
Reinhart and Rob Gossard had 3 hits for the Cobras, Mike Davis was
pitched around all night, Kevin Truax had the game winning RBI, Matt
Rink broke Gnarkill, and Brian Jensen stranded a village on the
basepaths and got a small shaming from Kevin Hoy afterwards. But the
game belonged to Germar who was loud and excited when he recorded the
final out, prompting some SLP'ers to want him to tone it down. Matty G
does not chill out. Cobras resume action today with league rival Lyon's
Pub at 3:00 at Veterans Field.
8/11: Cobras get a decent practice in at Bryn Mawr,
although they had to hit in the cages since the fields were completely
filled with lesbians having seriously competitive ultimate frisbee
practices. Al-Dollar said some foolish things, Matt Rink struck out
trying to hit on a hot softball girl who was lost, Bryan Lippincott is
an unintentional cockblocker, and Adrian fell over. All in all a
8/9: Cobras lose to the Minnetonka Millers 6-2 in a
tune-up game before the State Tournament. Not much is known about this
game since the webmaster wasn't there, but we do know that John
Wengenroth pitched 6 strong innings, the Cobras missed a lot of
opportunities at the plate, Matty Germar played a strong Centerfield,
and Adrian fell over playing first base. Good tune up against one of the
best teams in the state to help get ready to play another one of the
best teams in the state on Friday.
After a 2 year hiatus, the Cobras made it back to
State on Friday with a 6-5 win over the Angels in the deciding game of
the series. Mike Davis opened up the game by launching a 2 run homer,
but after that the Angels pitcher settled down. After the Angels took a
4-2 lead, the Cobras got 1 back in the 6th, and then in the 7th scored
the tying run on a Davis single, the go ahead run on a Dan Thompson
infield hit, and, what turned out to be the game winning run on a Johnny
Camp hit-by-pitch-in-the-shoe. The Angels got 1 back on an unearned run
in the 8th, but in the 9th Matty Germar was able to induce a fly out to
left with a runner on second to end it. Nate Broehm was solid on the
mound, throwing 6 innings and allowing two earned runs. Davis led the
Cobras with 3 hits, and was also hit in the heart with a fastball, which
is unusual (He was OK). Kevin Truax had two, Matt Rink had good at
bats, and Mick Sawinski was an unsung hero, getting on base and starting
rallies. Kahtan Al-Dollar was sending drunken text messages from WE
Fest wondering the score. Special thanks to the "Goon Squad" for being
loud and obnoxious, having at-bat music, and for the rampant homosexual
undertones between all of you for Matt Rink.
Also, a great deal of respect goes to the Minneapolis
Angels and their fans. The Angels played a really terrific series, which
made for an entertaining brand of baseball, and were gracious in
defeat. Hats off to you all. We'll see you next year.
With the win, the Cobras advance to the 2010 Class A
State Tournament (Westside Version), where they will open up Friday
August 13th, against St Louis Park, 7:00 PM at Veterans Field in
8/5: Cobras pound out 12 hits and tie the best of
three series with the Angels 8-3. Johnny Camp was stellar on the mound
again for the Cobras, pitching all 9 innings, and making the Angels beat
the ball into the ground all night. Camp finished the 9th with a
flourish, striking out the 2-3-4 hitters after the bases were loaded
with nobody out. The first 5 batters in the Cobra lineup accounted for
10 hits, including 3 doubles, a triple, and a majestic home run by Mike
Davis that sailed into the night. Catcher Rob Gossard stifled the Angels
running game, throwing out 2 of 3 attempted base stealers. Do or die
for both teams tonight, with a still angry Cobras team looking for their
first State Tournament berth since 2007. Game time is 7pm. The Matt
Rink Fan Club will be in attendance. Should be fun.
8/4: Cobras lose a tough one, dropping the opener of
the series to the Angels 10-8 in 10 innings. Both teams hit the ball all
over the yard, and in spite of the loss, it was a pretty entertaining
game. Bryan Lippincott hit his first Home Run as a Cobra, and the Cobras
made a nice comeback, tying the game at 8 after being down 7-1. The
Angels plated 2 in the 10th on 2 walks and a well placed single, and the
Cobras couldn't respond, stranding the tying run on first in the bottom
half of the inning. Now it's do or die time, and some Cobras are pretty
angry and fired up for game 2, scheduled for 8:30 at Parade tonight.
8/2: Cobras lose to Coon Rapids 8-1 in a playoff
tune-up. The bats were quieted by a good Coon Rapids pitching staff, but
the Cobras got some swings in against a quality opponent. Josh Fossan
took the loss for the Cobras but got his work in and was solid. Mike
Davis killed Face Baby 1. The humidity was humid. Adrian fell over.
Al-Dollar got fined a lot. A truck with a meth lab in it drove through
the parking lot after the game. That's about it. Cobras take on the
Angels in Game 1 of the best of 3 series Wednesday at 6:15 at Parade
8/1: Cobras will play the Angels in the 2/3 series beginning 8/4. The winner earns the right to go to the state tournament.
7/29: Update: Cobras pick up a game with Coon Rapids, Monday 8/2 at 7:30 PM at Wintercrest Park in Coon Rapids.
7/28: Cobras win 5-4 in 8 innings in what can only be
described as a really weird game all around. With the win the Cobras
secure a bye in the first round of the Park National League Playoffs.
Matty Germar, in his first start since being activated from the DL,
pitched 8 gutsy innings, allowing 8 hits while striking out 4 Metro
Merchants. The day started poorly for the Snakes as the Merch plated 1
in the first on a wild pitch and 2 in the second on a routine grounder
that hit a clump of crud and bounced over SS Bryan Lippincott's
shoulder. Trailing 4-1 in the bottom of the 6th, the game started
getting weird. With 2 outs, Kahtan Al-Dollar laced a RBI single to make
the score 4-2. Rob Gossard then singled to put runners on the corners.
Then the Merch pitcher was called for a balk on a pick off attempt.
Kahtan, standing at 3rd at the time, had to be shoved home because he
didn't understand that Everybody
got to move up a base on a balk. 4-3. Pinch Runner Mick Sawinski then
moved to 3rd on a wild pitch, and scored on another wild pitch. 4-4.
After Germar retired the Merchants 1-2-3 in the top of the 7th, the
Cobras loaded the bases on a Mike Davis double, and walks to Matt Rink
and Brian Jensen, and Lippincott had a 3-0 count on him, but was
eventually retired by the Merchants pitcher. After Germar cruised
through the top of the 8th, the Cobras loaded the bases again with 2
outs. With Matt Rink up, the Merchants pitcher just sort of stopped
pitching mid-wind up. The result was the first walk off Balk in Cobras
history, and plate umpire Larry Gallagher was visibly angry as he left
the field, remarking that that was a stupid way to lose a game. Cobras
will be the #3 seed in the playoffs, and will open the playoffs on 8/4
at 6:15 at Parade Stadium.
7/27: Cobras game vs Minnetonka canceled after two
innings due to heavy rain. Kahtan slid around in the puddles during the
rainstorm. The Millers seemed delighted over this. Huge league game
tonight at Parade vs the Metro Merchants. If the Cobras win, they take
3rd place in the conference and earn a bye to the 2 of 3 playoff series.
7/26: Cobras take one on the chin from a tough Coon
Rapids team 14-3. Mike Davis hit a monstrous home run in the 1st with a
face baby, and Bryan Lippincott has decided to never get out again going
4-4. Matty Germar made a return from the abyss and collected 2 hits on
the night, but the Redbirds knocked the ball around pretty well and
cruised to the win. Some highlights of the night:
Kahtan had 12 passed balls
Kahtan threw the ball over the pitcher's head 3 times
Kahtan broke his bat and sulked
Joey Rollwagen inexplicably sprinted over to cover first base on a foul ball to the backscreen
Matt Rink did a little dance after a foul ball was just out of his reach
Matty Germar went to left field with his phone in his
pocket, then ran back, and asked a certain Cobra to hide it, so as not
to incur a fine. After the game, he asked the Cobra if he had "the
thing" like it was drugs or something.
A certain left arm is feeling better.
Cobras return to action tonight at Veterans Field against the Minnetonka Millers. Game time is 7:30
7/22: Cobras finish out an amazing week with a 6-5 win
over the Angels on Thursday night. With the win the Cobras have
defeated the top three teams in the Park National in 4 nights and
vaulted themselves into 3rd place in the league with a chance at 2nd,
depending on the cooperation of the Metro Merchants. Nate Broehm was
solid on the hill for the Cobras, allowing 3 runs in 4 innings, while
the Cobras plated 2 in the 3rd, and 4 in the 4th. John Wengenroth came
in and pitched well, helped out by a stellar double play with the bases
loaded to keep the score at 6-4. Kahtan Al-Kaissy then came in and shut
the door on the Angels, freezing the last batter with a fastball on the
inside corner. Bryan Lippincott led the Cobras with 3 hits, and a diving
stop to begin the aforementioned double play, Mason Reinhart had two,
and the Cobras generally made life tough for the Angels pitcher, taking
walks and fouling off a lot of pitches. The win puts the Cobras at 11-6
in conference and gives them a chance to secure a bye in the upcoming
playoffs with a win wednesday over the Metro Merchants. Cobras will be
doing a little scoreboard watching until then, as a Merchants win over
the Gators on Monday, coupled with a Cobras win over the Merchants on
Wednesday would put the Cobras into 2nd place to end the season. After
the game, Adrian showed off his new bald head, complete with a giant
hairy spot that he had missed behind his ear. Kahtan was fined a lot,
and took approximately 30 minutes explaining a fine and was subsequently
fined for fining for too long. Nearby, the Angels were whooping and
hollering at something, which was too much for the Iraqi Redneck to
handle, so he started whooping and hollering too, like a moose giving a
mating call. Cobras have the weekend off to reflect on the week, but
will be back on Monday at Wintercrest Park in Coon Rapids against the
Class B power Coon Rapids Redbirds at 7:30.
7/21: Momentum continued. Playing like the best team
in the Park National for the 2nd straight game, the Cobras take it to
the Warriors 8-2. At 14-1 in league play, the Warriors came in with
a well deserved reputation as one of the best teams in the state. With
that in mind, the Cobras played as if they were looking to regain the
same status. The star of the game was Johnny Camp. Camp, in his 1st
start of the year, was fantastic on the mound, throwing a complete game,
scattering 8 hits, and keeping the dangerous Pub lineup at bay. The 6th
and 7th innings really showed Camp's makeup, as he worked out of
serious jams, while only allowing 1 run. The offense was led by Bryan
Lippincott, Mike Davis, and Matt Rink, who each had two hits, and again,
everybody had good, productive at bats, against 2 better than average
pitchers. The Cobras play their most important game of the year on
Thursday against the Angels at 8:30 at Parade Stadium.
7/19: Cobras play one of their best all around games
of the year, throttling a very good Gators team 12-6. Luke Beresford was
terrific on the mound, scattering 9 hits over 6 innings with only one
walk, letting the defense make plays behind him. Andrew Beltowsky
finished up the 7th. The offense was on crush mode all night, getting 13
hits and 8 walks off of Gators pitching. Kahtan "Mister Dollar"
Al-Kaissy and Brian Jensen had 3 hits, Bryan Lippincott and Mason
Reinhart had 2 apiece, and everybody else had some really good swings
against one of the top pitching staffs in the state. Base umpire had a
rough game, but definitely won the staring contest vs the Gators dugout
in the 4th inning. Cobras will try to ride the momentum of this big
victory to Wednesday where they will meet the 1st place Minneapolis
Warriors at 7:00 at the Cobras only appearance at Fort Gay in 2010. Just
as a reminder, that game is 7:00 PM, not AM.
7/16-7/18: Nick Bell Classic-Cold Spring, MN:
The Cobras didn't do much to help their reputation in
Cold Spring, losing twice and getting a game canceled due to tornado
lurking nearby. In game 1, the Cobras had their annual meeting with the
Brainerd Bees. The Bees shamelessly slapped Texas Leaguers all over the
ball yard, and capitalized on some walks and errors to blast the Cobras
16-6 in a game ended by the 10 run rule. Mike Davis and Brian Jensen
were both 2-2 in the game. Saturday's game with Bemidji was moved back
and then eventually canceled because of weather, but a few Cobras took
advantage of the off day with some bass fishing, bar hopping, and
drawing the interest of some of St Cloud's drunkest, least scrupulous
women. On Sunday the sun popped back out and the Cobras played the host
Cold Spring Springers. A 6 run 3rd doomed the Cobras, who otherwise
didn't play badly, as they took the loss 7-4. Mason Reinhart had 3 hits
on the day for the Cobras, while John Wengenroth pitched well in relief.
Cobras get no time to lick their wounds as a huge week in league play
begins with Al's Gators on Monday at Parade Stadium.
7/14: Cobras get a measure of revenge, taking down the
Rats 7-6 on an extremely muggy "re-make" night at Parade Stadium.
Cobras jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 2nd on a Sac Fly by Kevin Truax,
and a 2 out single by Bryan Lippincott. Rats tie the game in the top of
the 3rd on a bunch of bunts and errors. Cobras respond with a big 5 run
4th where they batted around to take a 7-2 lead. Rats answered in top of
the 5th with 4 to make it close, but Johnny Camp came in and shut the
door, throwing the final 2 1/3 innings for the save. Kahtan Al-Kaissy
battled through the first 4 2/3 innings to get the "W". He hit some
guys, walked some guys, and struck out some guys. Cobras managed 12 hits
on the night against the Rats pitcher who was determined to throw his
curveball 60% of the time. Mike Davis led the Snakes with three hits, a
night after spanking the ball all over the yard against the U18 All
Stars/Future Bonus Babies. Lippincott, Dollar Factory Al-Kaissy, and
Mason Reinhart each chipped in with 2 hits apiece. Adrian fell over.
Cobras will be up in Cold Spring for the annual Nick Bell Invitational
over the weekend, playing Brainerd, Bemidji, and the host Cold Spring
Springers, and possibly fishing for basses during down time and trying
to avoid catching ringworm from a foster cat. Gametime Friday is 8:30
7/11: The Cobras split two games today, beating the
Richtown Bombers 7-2, and losing to the Mpls Angels 7-5. Before game 1,
Mike Davis went behind the shed and threw up intentionally. This is
apparently really good luck because the Cobras struck early when Matt
Rink's 2 out single made the score 1-0 and never looked back, scoring in
5 different innings, and taking a 7-0 lead until the 7th when the
Bombers would plate 2 for the final score. Matt Rink was 4-4 on the day
for the Cobras, including his league leading 7th triple. Brian Jensen
hit a 2 run home run, and just about everybody else got into the action
as well. Nate Broehm was dominant on the hill before tiring a little in
the 7th, and the defense behind him was stellar, turning 3 double plays.
In game 2, walks and a tiny strike zone hurt the Cobras, as the Angels
only managed about 5 hits on the day. The Angels had a 7-3 lead going
into the 7th, but the Cobras cut it to 7-5 and had the bases loaded, but
new Cobra Bryan Lippincott's liner was snared by the Angels leftfielder
to end the game. The Cobras now stand at 7-6 and in 4th place in the
league. Next game is Wednesday 7/14 at Parade vs the Rats in a game that
Kahtan would call a "rain check" game. In related news, Kahtan is a
7/7: Cobras and Rats rained out tonight. This game will be made up on July 14 at 6:15 at Parade.
7/5: The Cobras and Warriors meet again for the second
time in a week. The weather would not hold off as only 4 innings of
baseball were completed. This game will be re-started and made up on
July 21 at the dreaded "Fort Gay".
6/29: Cobras lost to the Warriors 11-2 tonight. It was a closer game than the score indicates. Some very weird things happend.
6/26 - 6/27 - Stockmen's Invitational Tourney
Cobras win their first game of the tourney 8-7 over a very scrappy and
young Roosters team. Crafty righthander John Wengenroth pitches a
complete game, scattering 10 hits over 7 innings. Dan Thompson put the
Cobras ahead for good in the 6th when he hit the second ever bases
clearing single in Cobras history. Mason Reinhart added 2 RBI and Mick
Sawinski was on base three times scoring two runs.
In the Cobras
second game of the tourney, they played the host Stockmen's team on
Saturday night. The Cobras put up a 3 spot in the first, but couldn't
muster anything after that and lose 6-3 in a rain shortened game. Mason
hit a bomb, and Dan Thompson added the other 2 RBI.
played Rosetown on Sunday in the Third Place game. Rob Gossard made his
return to the mound and ended up getting the win. Matt Rink accounted
for all three Cobras runs, driving in the first and scoring the next
two. John Wengenroth hit a seed in the sixth that put the Cobras ahead
3-2, which is how the game ended. Overall a pretty good weekend for the
Cobras, back above .500.
On a side note, Kahtan Al-Kaissy accomplished his goal for the weekend while drinking heavily up in Ely. Nice Job to him!
6/24: The Cobras beat the Gators tonight 10-6. The
Cobras started out the game scoring two runs in the first, both with two
outs. The Gators took the lead scoring 3 in the third, but the Cobras
responded in the fourth with 4 and never looked back. The Gators kept
things interesting, loading the bases in the 7th on a few walks mixed
with a hit, but Kahtan Al-Kaissy shut the door with a strikeout to end
the game. Nate Broehm threw a solid 6 innings for the win. Kahtan led
the Cobras with 3 RBI, while Matt Rink scored 3 runs with his enormous
fan club watching. Overall, good game for the Cobras. Next up:
Stockman's Tournament this weekend with two games Sat. 2pm & 8pm.
Should be fun!
6/22: There don't seem to be any easy wins in the Park
National this year. The Cobras beat the Bluesox tonight 8-7 in extra
innings. Joey Rollwagen pitched decent through 5 innings, but had
trouble throwing the ball to 1B and there were 4 unearned runs that
resulted in those bad throws. The Crafty righthander John Wengenroth
came in and pitched three pretty good innings for the win. The Cobras
plated the winning run in the bottom of the eighth when Dan Thompson hit
home Kevin Truax from third. Rink hit yet another triple, and Adrian
scored a run while pinch running and did not fall over. The win moves
the Cobras into 5th in the Park National and above .500 in league play
for the first time this season. Next up, Albert's Gators (Also known as
Fat Alberts to a certain wife on our team) at 8:30 on Thursday night at
6/21: In a game where it was tough to get anybody out
for either team, the Cobras come back from down 13-7 in the final two
innings to win the game 14-13. It was back and forth for the first
three innings, and the Lakers extedned their lead in the 5th to 13-7.
The Cobras scored three times in the 6th and 4 in the seventh, all with
two outs, with big hits from Rink, Deetz, Kahtan, Johnny Camp and Luke.
Nate Broehm was summoned to the mound with the bases loaded in the
bottom of the 7th and two outs, and he earned the save in one pitch with
a harmless groundout to SS. Nice comeback win for the Snakes.
6/18: Wow. Really? In one of the least impressive (as
far as quality of baseball) league games in Cobras history, the boys
were literally mauled to death by the pandemic causing, disease infested
Rats, losing 4-2 on a beautiful friday night at Parade. (On an actual
serious note, it was a well played game by the Rats. They made the plays
that needed to be made, and their 2nd pitcher made numerous Cobras
hitters look much less than good with a nasty, disappearing curveball.
Quality win for them.) Now back to the ugliness. Some of the factors
that lead to the teams 4th loss in league play were: a definate lack of
energy and/or enthusiasm, very little timely hitting (2 runs in 7
innings usually isn't enough), multiple defensive miscues (both physical
and mental), and some absolutely terrible baserunning. What do all of
these things add up to? BAD BASEBALL! Let's hope we can get things going
in the right direction with a W against the Lakers monday night at 8:30
6/16: In a pitchers dual on a muggy June night, the
Cobras squeak out a 2-1 victory over the very Rocks team that put up 16
runs vs. the Cobras on Sunday. Matty G got the complete game win, but
failed to get the "CG shutout wednesday" win, giving up 3 hits, walking
2, hitting 1 batter, while striking out 2. The only run he gave up was
unearned. In his words, "ugly, but effective". When Kahtan wasn't
creeping out young girls in the parking lot, he was catching fly balls
and getting an RBI groundout. "Sweet" Johnny Camp drove in the run that
put the Cobras ahead for good with a single, while Dan Thompson and
Matt Rink each had two hits. Next up for the Cobras is a friday night
league game at Parade against the always dangerous, bubonic plague
carrying River Rats. Watch out for them!
6/14: Game tonight vs Angels CANCELLED due to the City
of Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Department leaving the historic and
picturesque Parade Stadium sprinkler system on all night AGAIN! Make up
date will be announced asap.
6/13: The Championship Game of the Cannon Falls
Tourney featured two Park National teams, and could've have easily been
played at NEAF instead of an hour away. The Cobras fail to hit in the
first 5 innings, while the defense didn't play very well either. New
Cobra Nico Balcos started on the hill and pitched well enough to keep us
in the game for three innings. After that it got a bit ugly. Cobras
fall to the Rocks 16-5 in a game they were never really in from the get
go. Up next, Vs. the Angels at Parade Monday at 8:30.
6/12: Winners bracket game at Cannon Falls proved to
be an offensive break out for the Cobras, beating a young Kasson team
21-8. On the day: 21 Runs, 17 hits, 8 Cobras got hits, and 8 Cobras
scores runs. Crafty right hander John Wengenroth threw plenty of
strikes to get the CG win on the hill. Cobra pin-up model Matt Rink was
"GNARKILLING" the ball all over the yard, smoking 3 doubles and a
single, and Joey Rollwagen and Nico Balcos each had great games at the
plate. Mason hit a bomb, Kahtan caught two fly balls, and Mick Sawinski
made another dazzling defensive play. Next up, Championship game at
5pm Sunday in the Cannon Falls Tourney.
6/11: Game tonight vs Gators is cancelled due to the
field being a soggy, saturated sponge. At this moment, currently
scheduled to play in Cannon Falls tomorrow morning at 10 am. We shall
see. Go away rain!
6/9: Cobras gut out a tough win in a well played game
by both teams in the opening game of the Cannon Falls tourney, beating
the host Bears 4-2. Cobras starter Nate Broehm was "Strasburgesque",
dominating on the hill through 6 innings. Khatan Al-Kaisy pitched well
in his two innings of relief, and Luke Beresford was Joey Nate for the
save. Dan Thompson and Matt Rink paced the Cobras offense, both with 2
big hits, and there were numerous dazzling defensive played made in the
infield (Mick Sawinski, Deetz, JC). The Cobras actually trailed 2-1
going into the 9th, but a nice 3 run rally marked by some timely
clutch hitting proved to be the difference. Also, new guy Nico Balcos
was looking downright filthy out in the bullpen. Very nice win!
6/7: Cobras leave way too many runners on base and gift wrap a league win for the Merchants, losing 4-2. Merry Christmas.
6/6: The Cobras squeaked one out on a beautiful sunday
afternoon, blanking the Bombers 1-0 in 8 innings at The Cathedral of
NAFE. Wrong-armer Matt Germar backed up his bold claim of "cg shutout
sunday" by going the distance, allowing only 4 hits and 0 walks while
fanning 8 Bombers batters. After the game he stated that "he was the
blind squirrel that found a nut"? Nice win with quality defense.
6/3: New guy Mike Davis made his Cobras debut by
smacking two doubles and a single as the "good guys" hung on to defeat
the feisty Whitebeartownship Mullets 7-6 in a 9 inning tilt somewhere
near Wisconsin. O C Matt Germar returned to action, hurling three
scoreless innings of relief after being sidelined for three weeks with
an undisclosed mental "condition", and was promptly called a "$&@%*!# psycho" by the head mullet after striking out the last mullet batter to end the game. Little did he know. Good team win.
6/1: Cobras lose a tough game to the Bloomington
Bandits 7-6. For the second straight game a 5 run first inning hurts the
Cobras. The Bandits, a scrappy team filled with young kids who run
well, took advantage of the Cobras in the first, scoring their runs on
many bloopers and stolen bases. Their starting pitcher had a no hitter
until Kahtan Al-Kaissy broke it up in the 5th. In the 6th, the Cobras
plated 6 runs, and had the bases loaded until Mason Reinhart hit into a
double play which was poorly called by an umpire who decided not to move
from home plate. The Cobras had a runner on 2nd in the 7th, but Johhny
Camp flied out to deep left to end the game. Brian Jensen and Kahtan
Al-Kaissy had 2 hits to pace the Cobras, and after the 1st inning Kevin
Truax, Joey Rollwagen, Niko Balcos, and Natron did a good job keeping
the Bandits off the bases. Next up is the White Bear Township team on
Thursday at 7:00.
5/27: Cobras lose to Sport & Spine 6-2. A 5 run
first and a patchwork lineup dooms the Cobras who managed only 5 hits on
the day. Not really much else to add. Outside of the long 1st inning
the game took about 55 minutes. Cobras are off until after Memorial Day
which is appropriate since May killed us.
5/26: Victory, at last. After some serious sputtering
the last two weeks, the Cobras finally got the monkeys off their back,
defeating the Blue Sox 7-4 for their first league victory. The Cobras
jumped out to an early 7-0 lead and never looked back. Everybody hit the
ball well, and Kahtan Al-Kaissy pitched 5 solid innings before giving
way to Nate Broehm, who got the save. Cobras have little time to savor
the victory, as they are back in action Thursday against St Paul Sport
The cathedral that is North East Athletic Field was locked until 15 minutes prior to game time. Nice.
The infield grass was long enough to hide a baseball in. Also nice.
The game was delayed 47 times by people kicking soccer balls over the right field fence and into play
Brian Jensen swung and missed at a ball while hitting infield
Matt Germar named all his bats. They sounded like names you might give a racehorse. Personally, I liked "Get behind me Satan."
Rob Gossard is still on the DL with "whatthehelldoidowiththisbaby-itis"
Congratulations to Rob and Jane Gossard as after 2
straight months of labor they welcomed Madeline Jean Gossard into the
world. For those who aren't sure, this is a baby baby, and not another
dog. Little Madeline was born with an instant affinity for dogs whose
faces look smashed in, and Rodeo Cheeseburgers. Welcome to the world.
5/24: Cobras continue to struggle, losing 7-4 to the
Lakers on Monday. Lakers strung together 3 in the first as they took
advantage of Kevin Truax's control issues. Truax settled down after
that, but the Lakers still managed to plate a couple runs thanks to
bloopers and stolen bases. Johnny Camp had 2 hits for the Cobras and Dan
Thompson hit the ball well, but it wasn't enough. The Cobras drop to
0-2 in the league for the first time in their history. Snakes will try
to turn it around on Wednesday against the Blue Sox at the Cathedral
that is NorthEast Athletic Field.
5/22: Defensive mistakes kill Cobras as they lose 8-6
to the St Paul Mudhens at Dunning Field. John Wengenroth pitched a
complete game for the Cobras, but his defense didn't help him out much.
The Mudhens were an improved team from last year and it showed. But
after a rain delay and a really super long fixit job by the Dunning
grounds crew, consisting of one guy with a bucket of sand, one casual
observer, and one baby in a stroller, the Cobras at least got 5 at bats
against live pitching out of the day. League game #2 vs the Lakers comes
up Monday at Parade Stadium.
5/20: An 8 run 4th dooms the Cobras in St Louis Park
as they lose 11-2. Starting pitcher Joey Rollwagen kept the Park hitters
off balance for the first 3 innings with his submarine style delivery,
and his willingness to plunk every 3rd batter in the butt. In the 4th,
many walks and a grand slam accounted for 8 quick runs. The Cobras got 2
in the 9th on a Matt Rink triple to account for the scoring. Kahtan
Al-Kaissy had 3 hits for the Cobras, but also forgot it was his turn to
bat once. Dan Thompson also hit the ball well. Cobras resume play
Saturday against the St Paul Mudhens at Dunning Field.
5/17: Cobras lose a nail biter to the Rocks 4-3. With
Matty Germar nursing a sore hammy, Kahtan Al-Kaissy got the start on the
hill, pitching a solid 4 innings until Nate Broehm finished up. Cobras
took a 2-1 lead in the 4th. Brian Jensen doubled home Dan Thompson and
then scored himself on an error. The Rocks strung together a few hits
and scored 3 in the bottom of the 4th inning, which also included a
scary moment when the Rocks leadoff hitter was hit in the face with a
fastball which apparently resulted in some broken orbital bones. We wish
him a speedy recovery. The Cobras threatened in the 7th when Kevin
Truax doubled home Rob Gossard, but Mason Reinhart grounded to 3rd to
end the threat. Cobras have a couple of days off before taking on St
Louis Park on Thursday at Dakota Field.
5/16: Cobras lose to Minnetonka 5-0. Cobras manage
only 2 hits on the night and kick the ball around a little bit in the
infield. League opener vs the Rocks is Monday @ 8:30 PM.
5/12: Cobras and Cannon Falls rained out. Also, Friday
night's game with the Princeton Panthers is also canceled due to lack
of field availability. The Cobras will attempt to get another non-league
game in vs the Minnetonka Millers, sunday night at 7:30 at Veterans
Field in Minnetonka.
5/8: On a chilly Wisconsin night, the Cobras beat the
New Richmond Millers 7-3 before a crowd of nearly 65 at the newly
revamped Citizens Field. Cobras set the tone early putting up a 3 spot
in the first, led by Dan Thompson's lead off double, Mason Reinhart's
RBI double, and Matty Germar's 2 out RBI single. After that, the
temperatures began dropping rapidly, but the Cobras still managed to
squeak out 4 more runs throughout the game thanks to some based loaded
walks and hit batsmen. Matty Germar was dominant on the hill, allowing 1
run on 2 hits with 9 strikeouts in 6 innings. Nate Broehm and Brian
Jensen finished up on the bump. The Cobras are off until Wednesday when
they travel down to John Burch Park to take on the Cannon Falls Bears at
Johnny Camp got lost and arrived in the 4th inning,
and then proceeded to verbally assault the webmaster for excluding him
from the Blaine highlights.
Goose showed up in the 5th inning dressed like a Hamline Piper
Citizens Field has a new fence since the last time we
were there. This makes the field more attractive looking, but
unfortunately nr ow the large tree in right field is no longer in play
Face babies were mentioned just a little.
suffer their first loss of the year, 7-3 to the Blaine Fusion. Blaine
pitchers were throwing hard for the early season and it showed, as the
Cobras managed only 5 hits on the game. Rob Gossard threw the first 6
innings, allowing 7 runs on a variety of infield hits and well placed
liners. Brian Jensen finished up and looked kind of wild in the process.
Luke Beresford led the Cobras with 2 hits and 2 RBI's, Mason Reinhart
and Adrian had hits, and Brian Jensen had a double and a run scored.
After the game, Mason told the "director's cut" version of the Face Baby
story which took approximately 32 minutes to tell. The Cobras have a
couple of days off to lick their wounds until Saturday when they travel
to New Richmond, WI to take on the New Richmond Millers. There may be a
fence dedication, and there may be snow. It's difficult to predict. Game
time is 7:30PM.
Cobras opened up their season in fine fashion, beating Pine Island 4-2,
in a crisp game that lasted just over 2 hours. The good guys plated 2 in
the 3rd, on a RBI groundout by Brian Jensen, and a wild pitch, and
added 2 more in the 4th on a monstrous 2 run bomb by Matt Rink. This
marks the third consecutive year Rink, who has obviously recovered from
his torn taint, has homered on opening day. Nate Broehm, Matty Germar,
and Kevin Truax were all sharp on the hill, throwing 9 innings, while
striking out 13, walking only 2, and giving up only 3 hits. The offense
managed 12 hits total on the day, 3 each by Jon Rasmussen, (who is not
allowed to not play), and Johnny Camp, in his Cobra debut, and 2 by Matt
Rink and new Cobra Adam Easterbrook (who also forgot to wear a helmet
during one AB). Adrian, not in attendance, fell over with joy. The
Cobras will try to continue their winning ways on Tuesday when they
travel to Blaine, to take on the Blaine Fusion. Game time is set for
Note: Cobras set single game broken bat record with 5 today. Not sure if that's a good thing.
With the first game looming in 6 days, the Cobras are finishing up their
preseason practices, and looking forward to getting out and playing
some baseball. Experts believe, with a renewed attendance commitment,
that this could be the best Cobras team in years.