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Friday, July 21, 2017

The Ponies Finally Lost A Game Postponed Since May

Akron Rubber Ducks @ Binghamton Rumble Ponies

May 13, 2017 -> July 18, 2017

Game One, both times




W: Pannone (1-0, 2.13 ERA); L: Oswalt (3-3, 3.29 ERA)*

The Stats:


Corey Oswalt (L, 7-4, 2.87 ERA)** - 3 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 3 K: 4 BB, HR, 5 GO, 90 Pitches (57 Strikes)
Scarlyn Reyes (1.42 ERA) – 3 IP, H, 3 K, 5 GO: 1 FO, 38 Pitches (25 Strikes)
Josh Smoker (0.00 ERA) – 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 K, 1 GO, 17 Pitches (11 Strikes)

*Note that I have listed Oswalt’s stats as if the game had ended on 5/13 above and as they actually are now after the game ended 7/18 at **.


CF – Champ Stuart – 2-4, 2B, RBI, 2 K
2B – Luis Guillorme – 0-2, SAC
C – Tomas Nido (left game early back in May)
C – Colton Plaia – 0-2, BB, 2 K
DH – Cody Decker – 1-1 (since promoted to Las Vegas)
PH/DH – L.J. Mazzilli – 0-2, GIDP
LF – Kevin Taylor – 0-3, 2 K
1B – Matt Oberste – 2-3, R, 2B, K
3B – David Thompson – 2-4, R, RBI, SB, GIDP
RF – Kevin Kaczmarski – 0-3, K
SS – Gustavo Nunez – 2-3, R, RBI, SB


            The opening game finished between the Binghamton Rumble Ponies and the Akron Rubber Ducks on 7/18 will go down as one of the weirder games either team played this year, and possibly stick out as a source of confusion for stat guys for years to come. The Ponies lost the opener 6-3 Tuesday, although both sides played four innings of scoreless ball, so it’s not as if either team could feel like they won (or lost) anything when it was over.
This game started on May 13, but was suspended due to rain on that day, postponed due to rain multiple times since, and finally wrapped up more than two months after it began. Somehow, the Rubber Ducks starter from May was available to go for Akron Tuesday, so he was fresh when play resumed in the bottom of the 3rd and probably could’ve pushed his pitch count to the 120’s or higher, which would’ve caused confusion from fans who went to check on the box score Thursday.
Another potential weird result from this game came when Josh Smoker entered for the 7th. Smoker was on rehab with Binghamton, but this game counts for May 13th, and he was starting for the Las Vegas 51s on May 13th. That means his game logs will show him pitching for two different teams, in two different leagues, in two different cities, of two different time zones on the same day, and it will have him starting one and finishing the other.
            As for the game, it was a rare dud for Corey Oswalt, and the runs allowed in the 1st snapped a streak of 18+ scoreless innings for the Bingo starter. Oswalt allowed nine runs combined over his first two starts, but this is the only start since that Oswalt has allowed more than three runs during – he’s been very consistent and effective for Binghamton this year.
Oswalt allowed three runs on five hits in the 1st, and it took a nicely turned double play to get him out of the jam. Akron’s Eric Stamets (since promoted) took Oswalt deep for two more in the 2nd, when he walked three batters, and then the Rubber Ducks scratched out a sixth run in the 3rd.

Nice flip, but that turn from Luis Guillorme is crazy

            Champ Stuart singled to start the Bingo 1st but was thrown out trying to score in the frame.

            The Ponies put together a rally in the 2nd that made a huge dent in the lead. Matt Oberste got it started with a double and then came around to score on a David Thompson RBI single. Gustavo Nunez singled Thompson home a few batters later, stole second, and then scored on a Stuart RBI double.




            The rest of the game took place in July. Scarlyn Reyes took over on the hill and went three scoreless, pushing his streak to 12.2 IP over 6 appearances (11 K: 1 BB, 5 H allowed), although it won’t go down that way in the books because this game counts for 5/13.

            The Ponies bats couldn’t get much done against a more experienced and fresh Pannone, managing just a pair of hits after play resumed, including this single from Matt Oberste in the 6th.

            Josh Smoker worked his scoreless inning of relief in the 7th. He got ahead 0-2 on the first batter before allowing back-to-back singles. He then struck out the next two and induced an easy come backer to end his outing.

            Looking ahead, the Ponies gave the ball to 7-inning double-header King P.J. Conlon for game two and it went well…


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