Five Hundred. The Oakland Bad Boys have reached the .500 mark for the first time since June 16, 2009 after knocking off the Ruston Monarchs 8-2 at Fuchs Field Wednesday night. The Bad Boys offense finally showed signs of life, scoring 8 runs on 11 hits. Russ Breedlove, Travis Thomas, and Alika Antone had 2 hits apiece. Jeremy Acree and Noel Carlson both drove in 2 runs. Despite not tallying a hit, OBB catcher Josh Jacobson scored three runs and made the second best play of the game with a snap throw to pickoff a runner at first in the bottom of the 7th. Play of the game honors go to Danny Clemans, throwing out a runner at the plate with a laser from right to end the 3rd. On the mound, Marc Grenon, patiently worked through 4 innings, striking out the side in the 2nd inning. Alika and Danny closed the door, throwing 3 hitless innings while striking out 5 batters. NOTES... Steve Sloboda snapped a 9 game hitting streak dating back to August of last year, going 0-1... Speaking of hit streaks, Zack Larson went 1-3 to extend his streak to 4 games... Acree “Bucknered” a ball softly hit to him in 4th for the Bad Boys only error of the day... Larson showed why we need base coaches, ending the 3rd at 3rd, again... After being hit by a pitch in the 2nd, Acree now has more career HBP (9) than BB (8). Josh Hoke got HBP for the second time this year, 15th of his career. Those two have combined for 43% of all HBP in Bad Boys history. This has been the longest statistical breakdown of HBP in the history of sports writing. You're welcome.
Despite facing Cortizone's #3 starter (who tops out at 64mph on the Juggs Gun), the Bad Boys had a tough time in the box and in the field, only mustering 6 hits while committing 6 errors. After giving up 5 runs in the top of the first, Oakland's offense show signs of life with three hits and a run in the bottom half. That was pretty much it for the Bad Boys offense, as they only got 3 more hits the rest of the way. Highlights: Josh Jacobson had two hits in the first 3 innings, driving in the Bad Boys' only run of the game... Alika Antone pitched a solid 9th, striking out his former manager, Mike Tripp and rolling a double play ball to end the inning. Lowlights: OBB defense... OBB offense... Russell Breedlove's base running in the 2nd... Russell Breedlove's base running in the 4th... Russell Breedlove's base running in general... Cortizone stealing bases up 10.
- Danny Clemans pitched one hell of a ballgame. 7IP, 4H, 1ER, 7K's.
- Alika Antone hit a monster shot to deep LCF to lead off the 2nd. He also made the defensive play of the game with an over the shoulder catch down the line in left. With a pepperoni bagel in his pocket.
- Steve Sloboda went 3-4
- Jeremy Acree "heeled" quickly and when 3-3.
- Noel Carlson showed us why he's considered by many to be the best defensive SS in the league with 5 assists and a nice play deep in the hole.
- Despite fouling a ball off his face, Zack Larson extended his hitting streak to 3 games dating back to 2010.
The Bad Boys dropped their season opener (The 0-0 4 inning tie with the Bombers excluded) to the Black Sox 5-7. Oakland is now 1-2 all-time on Opening Day. The top of the order was hot, with Aukland, Sloboda, Jacobsen, & Antone combining to go 7-14. The rest of the lineup was not, going a 2-23 with 11 strikeouts. Both of those hits came off the bat of Zack Larson. Marc Grenon pitched six solid innings, giving up 1 earned run and had 1.0 WHIP. Despite 2 throwing errors, Oakland's defense was solid, turning 3 double plays.
Game Note's from our Jamboree: (passive aggressive comments in parenthesis)
Bad Boys' pitchers didn't allow a walk until the 10th inning of the day. (Bad Boys' “pitchers” didn't allow a walk the entire game.)
The defense was solid, committing only one error in 11 innings played. (Normally reliable with the glove, “Mr. Bad Boy” Jeremy Acree committed the team's only error in 11 innings played. At least he's no longer our everyday shortstop.)
Steve Sloboda had the best hit ball of the day hands down, crushing a double deep to right field. (Steve Sloboda turned a triple into a double after displaying his warning track power)
Brian Airey had a nice showing on the mound, leading the team in strikeouts. He also was productive at the plate, notching two solid hits and an RBI. (Pitcher Brian Airey swung the bat well for a pitcher, with 2 hits in 3 AB's. Too bad jamboree stats don't count in career stats otherwise it would have raised his career AVG to Acree's current weight.)
Zack Larson starts on the hill and plays all 9 positions in order. He wasn't hiding from the ball, as the action found him, and often. Offensively, he was a sparkplug in the Bad Boys season finale win, going 1-1 with a stolen base and 3 runs scored. Zack finishes the 2010 regular season with a .281 average, 7 stolen bases, and 9 runs scored. All tremendous improvements from his '09 numbers of .222, 3 SB's, and 1 run scored.