MarkB Posted June 11, 2006 Share Posted June 11, 2006 Well, in short, I'm too much of a perfectionist to start a real dynasty, at least for now, so I figure that now that we have a great program by tywiggins that can extract boxscore data, I could post the results of my exhibition games - so that's what I'll be doing. No set structure, no schedule to speak of. As I play most of my exhibition games with the Trenton Thunder, you could say that this is a Thunder dynasty...but it doesn't really work as I'll play a Clippers or either Yankees game once in a while. As most of you probably know, I keep up with the Trenton Thunder more than any other team, an I'll quite often play their opponents at the time of the game, so if, like tonight, Trenton played the Reading Phillies, I might play the R-Phils in an exhibition game. I'm playing all games with updated Ultimate Rosters, meaning that I update the last released version to have updated changes between versions that will be made in the next released version. My first game is posted here and was played on the 28th of May. Rather than post a pile of links, you can just click the Next button on the page to view the next game. Also, you can sneak some views at the progress of my Waterfront Park 2006 mod by checking the screenshots. First game to be posted in full is below. Let me know if you have any comments or thoughts etc. (BTW, apologies for the pixelation of the images: I resized using the wrong configuration. Others will be much smoother in future.) Reading Phillies @ Trenton Thunder (Click link for boxscore.) The Reading Phillies came to Waterfront Park to meet the Trenton Thunder on a windy New Jersey day, with a strong wind heading out to left-center field. Matt DeSalvo got the start for Trenton, his first since being demoted from Columbus, while Scott Mathieson got the start for the R-Phils. Both teams started out quietly, totalling just 3 hits until the bottom of the 4th inning when Trenton got to the Phillies starter by way of a Bronson Sardinha leadoff single and a no-doubt shot from Randy Ruiz, ex-Reading Philly, to put the Thunder ahead by 2. Mathieson struggled to close the inning as Eric Duncan and Kevin Howard walked to threaten again and Phillies lefty Allen Davis began warming up in the bullpen, but Justin Christian flied out to end the threat and the inning. The Thunder had another chance to go ahead in the 5th as Omir Santos led off with a single and advanced to second as Gabe Lopez attempted to bunt his way on base, but ended up with a sacrifice as he was thrown out. Santos was then picked off of second base before Bronson Sardinha singled softly to center field which would have scored Santos. Trenton scored again regardless, as Randy Ruiz stepped to the plate and hit a high 385ft home run to left-center to put Trenton ahead 4-0. Matt DeSalvo scattered just 3 hits until the top of the 7th, when the Phillies started getting to him. After Michael Bourn flied out and Nate Grindell grounded out, DeSalvo walked Curt Miaso and Antoin Gray before John Vanden Berg singled to load the bases. With his pitch count rising, James Brent Cox started warming in the bullpen before DeSalvo induced a ground ball to end the inning, and the Phillies threat. Francisco Butto started the top of the 8th inning and took just 6 pitches to retire the Phillies. Scott Mathieson's day was also over, as he was replaced by Talley Haines in the bottom of the 8th, who acted in much the same way as Butto, taking 7 pitches to retire the 2 Duncan's, Shelley and Eric, and Felix Escalona. Then, in the top of the 9th inning, things got interesting. With a non-save situation, Francisco stayed in the game to close it out with Justin Pope warming in the bullpen just in case. That turned out to be a blessing in disguise as Butto allowed 2 singles before Pope was called on and induced a 4-6-3 double play to leave a man on third base with 2 outs. Pope spotted his pitches well enough to get Gray to ground out to end the game and give the Thunder a solid 4-0 win in New Jersey. Notes: In the top of the 4th inning, Michael Bourn grabbed a double as the Thunder shifted to the 1st base side on him before Bourn slapped a slow grounder to 3rd base, beating the shift and sprinting to second base. Randy Ruiz went 3 for 4 with his 2 homers and a single in the bottom of the 1st inning. Images: Felix Escalona grounds out in the bottom of the second inning - or does he? This was the closest the first baseman's foot got to the bag. Matt DeSalvo enters the stride. Gabe Lopez can't beat out his bunt in the 5th, but the sacrifice works and Santos moves to second base... Only to be picked off 2 pitches later. Randy Ruiz connects for his second home run of the night, a 385ft shot. Gabe Lopez snares a liner headed for the outfield to rob Tim Moss of a hit in the 6th. Matt DeSalvo wants to be left alone after John Vanden Berg singles in the 7th to load the bases. Francisco Butto watches his pitch before being plunked with a line drive off of Nate Grindell's bat which would go for a single as Kevin Howard couldn't make a play on the deflection. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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