Tag: California Tidals

Pit Bulls Threepeat!

(GAME DATE — Oct. 28, 2022) — The Chicago Pit Bulls (106-56) have won their third consecutive Bull Cup championship, achieving a feat that has not been done since the former New York Minutemen went back-to-back-to-back from 1997 to 1999.

The Pit Bulls, who went into the playoffs as the favorite and predicted to face the equally potent offense of the Nevada Speeders, eventually faced the wild-card entry California Tidals (89-73) in the championship series. The underdog Tidals took the Pit Bulls all the way to Game 7 after coming back from a 3-1 series disadvantage.

California indeed proved a tough opponent for Chicago, taking Game 5 by a lopsided 10-5 score, then downing the Pit Bulls 7-3 in Game 6 to force the deciding 7th game.  The Tidals outscored Chicago 39-35 during the series, and saw solid offense all through their lineup, with five players earning 10 or more hits against Chicago pitchers.

Rambo was named Bull Cup MVP for 2022, for his 2nd time in just 3 years.

But in the end, it was the Chicago power hitting that saw them through at the end, with two-time Triple Crown winner and probable repeat LL MVP John Rambo homering in each of the first 4 games, before adding a 5th in the deciding Game 7. His playoff performance earned him the series MVP nod as well.

The Pit Bulls relied on deft bull pen handling, making use of opener and followers for many games, limiting the batters faced and going to fresh arms whenever things looked shaky for them. It’s a strategy that did not always work, but was flawlessly executed in Game 7, opened by Morgan Marley, who threw 1.1 IP, allowing just a hit and a run before handing over the mound duties to James Andree, a capable lefty who weathered 4 California runs, just 2 of which were earned, and 7 hits, but got sufficient run support to get the W.

California defense was frenetic and solid most of the series, accumulating OF assists in Games 1 and 7, as well as several double plays throughout the set of seven.

GM Scott Davis was pleased with the 3rd championship, but acknowledged California was one of the toughest teams his squad had faced in the postseason, and noting that they were difficult to prepare for as they had played no inter-league games against the Tidals during the regular season, and several trades during the preceding year had put very capable former Chicago players in the Tidals lineup.

Ben Bunker, the Tidals GM, was said to be ecstatic and surprised at his team’s placing in the finals. It became clear that the team would be a playoff contender not long after the All Star Game. Though it would mark the Tidals third consecutive postseason appearance, they were once again going to be going as a wild card entry, overshadowed by the more dominant Nevada Speeders (107-55), who had spent the 2022 season battling with Chicago for the best record.

The Speeders did indeed win a record number of games in 2022, but were shell-shocked at being swept out of the MLCS by California, marking the second season in a row they failed to break through the MLCS.

The Pit Bulls and the Tidals can now focus on 2023, with Chicago of course aiming to become the first team to four-peat, and the Tidals hoping to make Bull Cup finals appearances a lasting trend and perhaps gather a third franchise championship trophy.

 

 

Tidals Clinch Wild Card

(GAME DATE — Sep. 29, 2020) — The California Tidals are Metropolitan League wild card winners.

The postseason berth became official today and players and coaches alike celebrated as the team prepares to go in search of the franchise’s 3rd Bull Cup.

“We’re proud of where we are right now, but know there’s a lot of work ahead of us to get what we all want,” said first baseman Hiroki Omiya. “We’re definitely not satisfied just to make the playoffs.”

Cowboys Take First Division Title

(GAME DATE — Sep. 26, 2020) — The Arizona Cowboys were already guaranteed a playoff spot a week ago, but now they can claim their first division title as they have cemented their seat atop the Metro League West division for the 2020 season.

Currently 89-70, they are now 4 games ahead of the Nevada Speeders with just 3 games left to play — the Speeders are firmly in the wild card, but are now mathematically unable to unseat Arizona. Continue reading “Cowboys Take First Division Title”

Will We See Lengthy Bull Cup Drought End in 2020?

(GAME DATE — Sept. 19, 2020) — Several probable and confirmed pennant race teams this year have lengthy Bull Cup droughts, or have never won at all, meaning this year could see a record set when it’s all over.

Most prominent are the LL East division title winners, the Boston Brawlers, who have never won a Bull Cup in the 29 years since the trophy has been awarded. They came close just once, in the inaugural year, losing to the ten Chicago Knights in 1991, the first year the cup was contested. Continue reading “Will We See Lengthy Bull Cup Drought End in 2020?”

Motorheads End Baker’s Streak

(GAME DATE — July 6, 2020) — The 20-game hitting streak of David Baker has come to an end. The Minneapolis Ravens third baseman went 0-for-4 today in his team’s 3-2 loss to the Detroit Motorheads at Comerica Park.

“It’s not just David who came up short today,” Ravens manager Scott Stutter said in his postgame press conference. “This was a team loss.” Continue reading “Motorheads End Baker’s Streak”

Lozano Tags Number 200

(GAME DATE — May 29, 2020) — Veteran Roberto Lozano hit a historic home run today — career blast number 200. “I am happy to be in such elite company. It has been quite a ride so far,” Lozano said after the game.

The California Tidals third baseman went 1 for 3 with 1 home run and 2 runs batted in as the won 16-2 over the New York Dragons in interleague play. Continue reading “Lozano Tags Number 200”