Chipper's Game Ball Awards
Game 12 - Cubs 10 D'Backs 3
§ Max - 4 pitches, 4 strikes and 3 outs...not a bad 1st inning.
§ Chad - RBI walk...nice eye!
§ Joey Nosek - 3 great catches in the OF
§ Matt Nosek - great heads up play to cover 1st base on a ball hit to the right side
§ Chad and Matt Nosek - great play to get the out at the plate on a running trying to steal home
Game 11 - D'Backs 6 Dodgers 7
§ Stanley - great job stealing home after the catcher over threw the pitcher
§ RJ - great hustle into 2nd base on the overthrow in the 1st inning
§ Wark - great 2 out RBI single in the 1st inning
§ Max/Nosek/Wark - great pick off play in the 2nd inning
§ Chad and Wark - great defensive plays in the 2nd inning
§ Stanley - great sac bunt
§ Ostling - great defensive plays in the 3rd inning. Nice double play!
§ Wark/Nosek/Martin - more great defensive plays in the 4th and 5th inning to kill Dodger rallies
§ RJ - 3 for 3 on the day with 2 RBI's and 2 runs scored. Great job!
Game 10 - D'Backs 8 Orioles 12
§ Ostling - awesome diving catch in CF in the 1st inning
§ Wark - great job fielding ground balls in the 1st and 2nd inning
§ Ostling and Nosek both had RBI hits with two outs in the 2nd inning
§ Harley - perfectly executed hit and run in the 3rd inning
§ Charlie - great 2 out RBI hit in the 3rd inning
§ Wark - great base running hustle in the 4th inning
§ Max - another great pitching performance.
§ Max/Nosek/Charlie - 34 batters face and we only walked 2. Great job!
Game 9 - A's 15 D'Backs 4
§ RJ - great throw to Chad at 3rd to throw out a base stealer!
§ Charlie - 2 out, 2 strike RBI double
§ Great defensive plays by Schmuhl, Martin and Ostling
§ Max - RBI double in the 6th
Game 8 - Rays 12 D'Backs 5
§ Stanley - great throw to second to get the runner trying to advance to 2nd
§ Josh - great hustle down the line to leg out a base hit
§ Charlie - great heads up play to tag the runner after his fake to 2nd base
§ Chad - a lot of great defensive plays. Nice catch!
§ Schmuhl - great defensive play at 2nd base
§ RJ - awesome RBI double in the 4th
§ Max/RJ/Nosek - great double play! Score it 1 - 3 - 2 in the books!
§ Joey/Stanley/Nosek another 4 - 6 - 3 double play in the books!!
Game 7 - D'Backs 8 Braves 8 - Suspended Game
§ RJ - Great 2 out, 2 strike RBI single in the 1st inning
§ Nosek and Chad - great throw, catch and tag to get the running attempting to steal 3rd
§ Chad - Great two out RBI double to tie the game.
§ Max - good reaction to steal the plate on the past ball.
§ RJ - more clutch hitting with a two out RBI in the 5th
Game 6 - Reds 10 D'Backs 6
§ Stanley - with bases loaded and no outs in the 2nd innings you struck out two batters and got a ground out to get out of the inning. Great job!
§ We had our first bunt attempt against us and we executed it perfectly.
§ Will Martin - 5th inning, two out, two strike two RBI single. That is clutch hitting that this team has been missing.
§ Stanley/Nosek - each doubled in the 7th
Stanley - 2 innings giving up 4 runs off 4 hits with 3 K's and two walks
Nosek - 3 innings giving up 2 runs off 3 hits with 4 K's and ZERO walks
Miller - 1 inning giving up 4 runs off 2 hits with 1 K and 3 walks
Wark - 1 inning giving up zero runs off 3 hits, 1 K and ZERO walks
Game 5 - D'Backs 5 Cubs 7
§ Stanley - great throw to Schmuhl to catch a runner stealing at 3rd in the 1st inning.
§ Nosek - great defensive play in the 3rd, fielding the ground ball in the hole and throwing out the runner at first. Wark - nice strrrretch!
§ Max and Nosek back to back doubles to start the 4th.
§ 4th inning hustle plays- RJ's hustle on the drop 3rd strike allowed Stanley to advance to 3rd. With two outs Wark's hustle to beat out the grounder scored Stanley to put us within one.
§ Roberts - great diving grab on the grounder back to the mound to end the 4th.
§ Schmuhl - two out 5th inning double scored Davis to tie up the game.
Nosek - 2 innings giving up 3 runs off 5 hits with 3 K's and zero walks
Roberts - 3 innings giving up 1 run off 1 hit with 2 K's and 1 walk
Wark - 1 inning giving up 3 runs off 2 hits and a walk
Miller - 1 inning giving up zero runs off 1 hit and 1 K.
Game 4 - Cardinals 8 D'Backs 20
§ How about this start to a game:
Max - Walk
Nosek - 2B
Ostling - Walk
RJ - Single, 2 RBI's
Wark - Walk
Harley - Single, 2 RBI
Davis - Single, 2 RBI
§ Wark - with runners on 2nd and 3rd with 1 out you strike out two batters in a row. Great job taking control of the situation and pitching strikes!
§ RJ - great toss to Nosek to get the runner attempting to steal 3rd.
§ Miller - you are hitting the ball hard....right at the centerfielder. Keep hitting. They will fall.
§ Ostling- bases loaded triple....great drive in the gap!
§ Wark - 3 walks...they call that a Buckwheat.
§ Max/Nosek/Sutter/Wark/Harley/Davis - all on base 3 or more times.
Game 3 - Yankees 5 D'Backs 11
§ Betty - great back up fielding the ground ball off off Charlie's foot. Just like we practiced it.
§ Betty - great job tracking down the deep fly ball in the 3rd inning
§ Max - good job leading off the 3rd inning with a double
§ Betty - clutch two out hit in the 3rd to score Max and tie up the game
§ Miller/Max/Schmuhl - perfect execution of pick off move at second base in the 4th
§ Ostling - awesome heads up play in 4th to get our first double play of the year
§ Miller - on an empty tank in the 5th you buckled down to strike out the last two batters
§ Martin - great job leading off the 5th with a hit and a stolen base
§ Ostling/Nosek/Stewart - all reached base 3 out of 4 times
§ Stewart - 3 innings, 4 runs off of 7 hits, 4 K's and ZERO walks. I said ZERO walks. I SAID ZERO WALKS!!
§ Miller - 2 innings, ZERO runs off of 1 hit, 2 K's and 1 walk
§ Betty - 1 inning. 1 run off of 1 hit, 2 K's and 2 walks
Game 2 - D'Backs 4 Reds 6
§ Max - again in the 1st inning clutch two out hitting to score our first run
§ Wark - great throw from deep shortstop to the plate. I don't care what that umpire called. I think you got him.
§ Wark/Miller - great pick off move in the 3rd inning
§ Miller - clutch two out RBI in the 4th to tie up the game.
§ Nosek, M - great diving stop at 1st base in bottom of the 4th
§ Chad - awesome throw from behind the plate to second to end the 4th
§ Nosek, M - crushed the ball in the 5th inning to tie up the game
§ Stanley - 2 innings, 2 runs off 1 hit, 4 K's and 3 walks
§ Wark - 3 innings, 2 runs off 5 hits, 3 K's and 1 walk. Great job in the 5th inning striking out the batter with the bases loaded and full count.
§ Nosek, M - 1 inning, 2 runs off 2 hits, 3 K's and no walks
Things to work on:
§ Lead offs - we have got to take better lead offs at all bases
§ Chatter - we need to support each other better. We have the game on the line and our dugout is silent.
Game 1 - D'Backs 14 White Sox 7
§ Max great two out RBI single in the 1st inning. We took the lead and never looked back.
§ Wark/J. Nosek great job leading off the 2nd inning with walks setting the table for M. Noseks two out base clearing triple.
§ Josh/Chad great execution of the 1st Move first and third play in the 4th
§ Chad monster two out base clearing double in the 7th inning to score two much needed insurance runs.
§ Wark/Ostling/Stanley great job holding the runners on second to a short lead. Executed just as we practiced.
§ Gold Gloves go to Max, Wark and Chad
§ Stanley 3 innings pitched giving up 4 runs while striking out 4.
§ Nosek 3 innings pitched giving up 2 runs while striking out 5. Great 3rd to 1st pickoff.
§ Miller 1 inning, 6 batters, 3 strikeouts
Things to work on:
§ Chatter bottom of the 7th with bases runners on and I could hear a pin drop
§ Base running base running mistakes lead to needless outs
§ Signals we missed a lot of signals
§ Bunting for some reason everything that we did so well in practice got thrown out the window. Bunt execution in big games will be the difference between winning and losing.