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HenryLouisAaron

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One of my favorite things about softball/baseball - is to watch the best hitters go up against the best pitchers.

Last night, Rachel Fox (of the Scrapyard Dawgs) had given up 1 run through the first 4 innings and her team was beating the Pride 3-1. Fox had given up an RBI single to Chamberlain in the first - but had settled down with three consecutive scoreless innings. 

Kirsti Merritt led off the 5th with a single... and the Dawgs manager decided it was time to bring in Monica Abbott - to try and get the last nine outs. Abbott struck out Wiggins for the first out... but then Kelly Kretschman homered to tie the game (3-3). The next batter, Sierra Romero, got HBP - and then stole second base. Lauren Chamberlain followed with a double down the LF line to give the Pride the go ahead run (4-3). 

After LC's double, Abbott struck out both Pendley and Goodacre - to end the 5th.

In the 6th... Abbott got Wilson to pop up to SS, struck out Duran and got Merritt on a gb to second. 

In the 7th... Abbott gave up an infield single to Wiggins - but then struck out the side (Kretschman, Romero and Chamberlain - all swinging).

No one scored after the fifth - so the Pride held on to win 4-3. 

Abbott struck out 7 in her 3 innings... but suffered both a blown save - and got her first loss of the season. She is now 6-1 with 2 saves... and her ERA ballooned all the way up to 1.00.

She now has 73 Ks in 42 IP (12.17 per 7 IP).

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Chamberlain has hit a HR and a double off of Abbott in her last two games against her. She is 2 for 5 (with 3 Ks). 

Kretschman is 1 for 4 against Abbott - with a HR, a BB and 2 Ks (and one deep fly out to LF).

Sierra Romero is 0 for 4 against Abbott with 4 Ks (and 1 HBP).

Shelby Pendley is 0 for 4 against Abbott with 3 Ks and a pop up to third.
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Here is some more classic SPAM for you, 3LT...

After pitching the final three innings of last night's game - Monica Abbott started tonight's game vs. The USSSA Pride and pitched the entire 9 innings, giving up a 2 run HR to Chelsea Goodacre in the top of the 9th to take the loss by a 3-1 score. Abbott threw 188 pitches tonight, struck out 16 - but walked 8. 

Romero went 0 for 4 with 4 Ks and 1 BB.
Pendley went 0 for 1 with 1 K and 4 BB*.
Kretschman went 1 for 2 with an RBI single, a BB and 1 K.
Chamberlain was out with the flu and DNP.

In the three times Abbott has pitched against the Pride in 2017...
Sierra Romero is now 0 for 8 with 8 Ks (1 BB). She is having a very tough time seeing what Abbott is dealing.
Shelby Pendley is 0 for 5 with 4 Ks and 1 pop up to third (with 5 BB).
Kelly Kretschman is 2 for 6 with a 2 run HR, an RBI single, 2 BB, a deep fly out and 3 Ks.

Kretschman currently has a .525 BA, a .661 OBP, a .950 SLG% and a 1.611 OPS.

*Interestingly... during Pendley's first time up - she took the first two pitches for called strikes - but the third base umpire called an illegal pitch on both of them. There was a long delay as the Dawg's coach came out and had an extended discussion with the ump about what exactly those call were about (I still have no idea). Pendley swung and missed the next pitch - but was eventually walked. She took one pitch that was a called ball - and three that were called strikes - which were all turned into balls by illegal pitch calls by the third base ump.

The second time up, Pendley took the pitch on a 3-2 count... that was called ball four (but easily could have been called strike three on the outside corner). Throughout the game Shelby seemed to be looking to walk - probably because she has had a tough time even putting the ball into play against Abbott - and the umps seemed to help her a bit - to get those walks in four of her five plate appearances. 

Ricketts got the win - and Jordan Taylor came in to get the last three outs for the save.
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Monica Abbott pitches illegally a lot.

A blue will call it in the first inning then occasionally in the second then NEVER again. Its like they just give up. It sucks that everyone makes a big deal about her but she cant seem to learn to pitch right. or simply doesn't want to.
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last year the NPF changed the illegal pitch rule. It is now just a ball and a runner does not advance.

Did you see the idiot coach that got thrown out? I couldn't hear what he was saying but throwing his weight around like that was so unnecessary - everyone knows she is illegal
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<< Monica Abbott pitches illegally a lot.

A blue will call it in the first inning then occasionally in the second then NEVER again. Its like they just give up. It sucks that everyone makes a big deal about her but she cant seem to learn to pitch right. or simply doesn't want to... 

...Did you see the idiot coach that got thrown out? I couldn't hear what he was saying but throwing his weight around like that was so unnecessary - everyone knows she is illegal. >> (smileyface)

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It just seems weird to me (at this point in her career - I mean she has been around for a LONG, LONG TIME) that umps choose to call it on some seemingly total random occasions... but not at all about 99% of the time. 

Watching last night - I didn't see her do anything different when those few illegal pitches were called... than during the other 183 pitches when they weren't called. 

Just wondering... did you see her do anything different on those few illegal pitch calls - than she did on all her other pitches that were not called illegal..?
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No, that's exactly my point. The blue gives up. Why not hold your ground and make her pitch right? if she cant figure it out then the coach should pull her out of the game and let someone else pitch. Hold her accountable. A couple weeks ago she had it called 6 times in one inning - you cant tell me all of a sudden she didn't do it anymore - the blue just quit calling it.

Even in the short commercial they have with her pitching she picks up her foot and replants it then leaps.
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