There was lots of activity on the opening day of Bull Oceanic League Winter Meetings, with a trade and two major free agent signings kicking things off. We give the run-down for Day 1 here: Continue reading “Busy Opening for BOL Winter Meetings”
The Hammers pulled out all the stops today to announce the signing of third baseman Corey Dutton. The 31-year-old is one of the game’s preeminent playmakers and has definitely proven why he was such an attractive signing, though he has never played in the Bull League system and is an amateur undrafted free agent.
The contract is a 3-year deal worth $980,000.
The Christchurch Christians players streamed onto the field at Ballpark of Yonkers in jubilation, while heads were hung and few words were spoken in the Hamilton Hammers clubhouse at the conclusion of the BOL League Championships.
In a series that had a bit of everything and went the distance, Christchurch won the final Christmas Day game 4-0 taking the series 3-2.
“It’s hard to describe what we’re feeling right now,” said Christchurch left-hander Bob Sandoval, whose strong pitching performance in the series garnered him MVP honors. “You square off against a good team like Hamilton and anything can happen. Both teams deserved to go on, but thankfully it’s us.”
For the series, Sandoval had a 1.29 ERA over 14 innings pitched. He added 17 strikeouts with a 2-0 record.
Hamilton put in a solid effort but were missing their top ace, Jeremy Pitman, who was injured in his last appearance of the regular season on December 8. Pitman was diagnosed with a torn back muscle, and was told he would miss 5-7 months. He had been 7-0 on the year for the Hammers, with a 1.23 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and just 1 HR allowed in 66.0 innings.
The Christchurch Christians will play against the Newcastle Nuclears in the next round. Newcastle won their series against the Melbourne Dockers 3 games to 1. Game 1 of the Oceanic Cup best-of-7 final starts tomorrow in Christchurch.
The Christchurch Christians and the Hamilton Hammers will take the BOL League Championships to a decisive 5th game. Facing a must-win situation today, the Christians shut out the Hammers 5-0 at Plano Fields to force the series into what will essentially be a one-game playoff. Christchurch left-hander Mamadou Lopes was named player of the game in the win after a strong outing in which he threw 5 innings of shutout ball.
Marcos Gonzalez was a key contributor to the win for the Christians. In the bottom of the seventh with one out, the light-hitting shortstop stroked a double to left. He was 2-4 with a double, while adding 3 RBI.
Gonzalez called the win “a collective effort.”
The next game is set to be played on Christmas Day — Sunday, December 25th, 2016 at Ballpark of Yonkers, in Hamilton. The scheduled starters for the game are Inaki-Luki Aulii for the Christians and Yasushi Matsuoka for the Hammers.
The Hamilton Hammers went into extra innings against the Christchurch Christians but ultimately moved to within one game of the Oceanic Cup today. The Hammers downed the Christians at Plano Fields by a score of 8-2. Hamilton right-hander Fernando Lopez was named player of the game after a solid outing in which he threw 9 innings of 4-hit ball. The win gives the Hammers a 2-1 advantage in the best-of-5 BOL League Championships.
Lopez was effective against the Christians, seldom allowing a hard-hit ball. The right-hander limited Christchurch to just 2 runs on 4 hits over 9.1 innings.
“I had pretty good command out there,” said Lopez.
The next game is set to be played on Friday, December 23rd, 2016 at Plano Fields. The scheduled starters for the game are Etsuji Komatsu for Hamilton and Inaki-Luki Aulii for Christchurch.
The Hamilton Hammers have made it official: Jeremy Pitman is headed to the disabled list. The 31-year-old starting pitcher has been out since 12/08/2016 with a torn back muscle. He is expected to miss 5 months.
To date this season, Pitman has registered 8 starts, 7-0 won-lost mark, 1.23 ERA, 66 IP, 43 strikeouts and 18 walks. Opposing teams have hit .162 against him.
Hammers management are said to be “disappointed.”