Saturday February 25th, 2017 – On perhaps the hottest day of this long Buenos Aires summer, the Shankee bus languidly rumbled down the streets of Buenos Aires to take-on Japanese Club Nichia Gakuin at home in Bajo Flores.
Packed with power and speed, the Shankees jumped out to an early one-run lead by way of solid hitting and aggressive base-running, something characteristic of manager Jay Bartelli´s style of baseball, which set the tone of the game as the Shankees never looked back. Jeret Adair (4-5) led the way for the Shankee offense with three singles, a sac fly, and a solo-homerun over the monster wall in left center. Gabriel Di-Sabatino also had a huge day by going 3-4 with three singles and four runs scored, not to mention taking one for the team; twice. Fabian Placencia went 2-4 with two singles and three RBIs, while slugger Sammy Carter struggled to get in the groove. However, the big righty from Los Angeles hit a sharp single in the top of the ninth to drive-in a couple insurance runs.
Defensively, Fabian Placencia, who threw 116 pitches last week in a win over the Venezuelan Criollos, was back on the mound for the Shankees. Seemingly unfazed by the heat, Placencia revved-up in the fourth and dominated throughout eight innings with 9ks and zero runs allowed. Placencia also adjusted very well to the assortment of battery mates; Ivan Zapata, Marco Fonseca, and Iñaki Picco, all in their debut as Shankees. The former, Zapata from Venezuela, has all the makings of a superstar behind the dish.
Team Nichia Gakuin, deep in Argentine baseball history and consisting of mainly Japanese players, threatened to score on a few occasions. A lead-off single by Kogakenji (3-5 with two singles and a stolen base) and a walk by Kuda was followed by a pass ball that put both runners in scoring position. However, the Shankee infield, which ticked like a Swiss watch behind team captain, Mariano Boccardo, who made several phenomenal plays at short, third baseman Cesar Bracho, and second baseman, Gabriel Di-Santino, combined perfectly with Jeret Adair at first. Pitcher Angelo Martinez entered the game in the 8th in relief of Placencia and pitched superbly, while older brother, Wilfredo Martinez in left, Julio Bracho in right, and Sammy Carter in center, saw little action as few balls found their way into the outfield. It was Carter who had the most fun, throwing out a man at first from center and making a diving catch in the bottom of the ninth to seal the Shankees victory. Final Score: Shankees 14 – Nichia 3Next week the Shankees are once again at Daom to host the Japanese Association team from La Plata. Go Shankees!
Reporting for the Shankee Press, Jack Green.
The 2017 Shankees rolled into Bajo Flores under cloudy skies to host division rivals the Criollos at beautiful Daom Field on what was a most particular opening day. Donning new uniforms and with a totally revamped roster, this Shankees team is unique for many reasons, not only were there three sets of siblings in the likes of the Martinez, Boccardo and Bracho brothers, but also for the three U.S. players, Jeret Adair, Sammy Carter, and Fabian Placencia, on board to help the Shankees capture that elusive league division title. The Criollos, who beat the Shankees twice last season by capitalizing on lackadaisical defense and shabby at bats, felt confident they could once out-hit the Shankees. But that didn´t happen today as the Shankees defense held their ground and their bats blazed into the emerging sunset. Pitcher Fabian Placencia got the start on the mound for the Shankees and pitched a solid 8 innings (116 pitches) despite getting out of the gate slow, giving up a leadoff hit and two walks followed by a triple to put the Shankees down by three early in the first inning. He settled down and struck out two batters looking as the Shankees defense stepped up the rest of the way with an almost error-free outing. Offensively, Placencia shined by going 2-4 with a walk and two runs scored. Leading the charge at the dish was Jeret Adair, who was a homerun away from completing the cycle. Adiar went 3-4 with a walk, 4 rbi´s and 1 run scored, establishing himself as a threat at the plate. Clean-up hitter and centerfielder, Sammy Carter (2-5), dropped a bomb in the 5th inning to score shortstop and team captain Mariano Boccardo, who was most productive offensively with 3 walks, 1 hit and 3 runs scored. Another new Shankee on the block, Gabriel Di Sabatino, who got the start at 2nd base, went 1-3 with a double, two walks and one run scored. Lucas Boccardo, who got the start behind the dish, had a quiet day at the plate going 1-3 with a walk and 1 run scored. The veteran catcher held his ground behind the dish catching 9 full innings under a blazing summer sun in a 3:20-minute game. Siblings Wilfredo and Angelo Martinez had a quiet day with right fielder Wildredo batting lead-off going 0-3 with a sac bunt and younger brother, righty pitcher Angelo, waiting in the wings to take the mound. The Bracho brothers for their part held their own as older sibling Cesar played solid at third with the youngster Julio entering in relief in the top of the eighth to seal the Shankees 11-8 victory. Full team stats coming soon. Reporting for the Shankee Press, Jack Green. Go Shankees!!
Editor´s note: Two months ago, the Shankees roster consisted of only three players, as team President Paul Perry, decided to totally revamp the team and set course on a new direction. Thanks to the efforts of the Shankees Front office, which includes U.S. recruiter, Scott Weaver, team manager Jay Bartelli, and sponsors like Fred Badagnani and Jason Hermes, the Shankees are once again on course for a historic season.
The fully revamped Shankees are ready to set sail towards that elusive division title when they host rivals Criollos, who beat the Shankees twice last season. Team President & Founder, Paul Perry, and the entire front office has worked arduously during the off season to put together a high-caliber and serious roster. “The Saturday picnic days in the dugout are over. It´s time to dominate the A2 division and move up the A1,” stated Perry, confident manager Jay Bartelli can lead this revamped squad to club history. Game Time: 2:30 p.m./ Venue: Daom Field in Bajo Flores, BA. / Team & Fan Bus at 12 noon sharp from the Shankees Clubhouse in Palermo. Inquire at email@example.com for Clubhouse address. Go Shankees!
The totally revamped Shankees are hard at work gearing-up for another season of Baseball in Buenos Aires. “These past four weeks have been truly phenomenal, as it’s gonna be a season unlike any other given the talent we got!” stated the fervent Shankees President, Paul Perry, after Saturday’s full practice at Jupiter Field in Ciudad Evita. Coach Jay Bartelli for his part, is building an army of disciplined ball players set to wreak havoc on the opposing teams that eagerly await. Some of these teams include, the always dangerous and heavy-hitting Cuban Almendares, the scrappy and aggressive Dominican Cardenales, the division rivals Criollos of Venezuela, as well as Nichia and La Plata from Japan, not to mention A1 division Club Comu and Club Jupiter. This will be by far the most competitive season ever in terms of Shankees baseball. “A whole new era of Shankees baseball is upon us, can’t wait for opening day!” states Perry. Check out the Roster and check out the new Shankees! Full Preseason Report coming soon. – The Shankee Press.
Former Cleveland Indian pitcher and current MLB scout, Charlie Vargas, took time away from his Buenos Aires vacation to visit a trio of Shankees at the beautiful Bosques de Palermo. New Shankee on the block, Iñaki Picco, lefty ace, Julio Bracho, and his battery mate and older brother Cesar Bracho, took part in a three hour pitching clinic by the former big leaguer. Also on hand were team President Paul Perry and team Manager, Jay Bartelli, who look to assemble a winning team based on talent and chemistry before the season starts in mid-February. “Our young players gained great insight today. I´m so glad they were given this opportunity,” stated Perry after the workout. Julio Bracho, who debuted last season with 8 Ks in nine full inning against the Japanese Association team from La Plata, looked ecstatic as the former Indian showed him the ropes. Older brother Cesar commented, “It was a great workout. I really needed that.” Hopefully Vargas is the first of many former big-leaguers that make their way down to BA and share their passion for baseball with the Shankees.