Dedicated to fans of Long Beach State Dirtbags baseball (well, okay, officially the 49ers).

Dirtbag's 2006 Rankings

15th in ESPN/Sports Weekly
15th in NCBWA
16th in Collegiate Baseball
16th in Baseball America
1st in Non-Conference "Intended" SOS -
21st in Overall "Intended" SOS -

Posted Articles [View Selected Article Only]

Jason Vargas Dominates Dodgers


03/01/2004 - 04/01/2004
04/01/2004 - 05/01/2004
05/01/2004 - 06/01/2004
06/01/2004 - 07/01/2004
07/01/2004 - 08/01/2004
08/01/2004 - 09/01/2004
09/01/2004 - 10/01/2004
10/01/2004 - 11/01/2004
11/01/2004 - 12/01/2004
12/01/2004 - 01/01/2005
01/01/2005 - 02/01/2005
02/01/2005 - 03/01/2005
03/01/2005 - 04/01/2005
04/01/2005 - 05/01/2005
05/01/2005 - 06/01/2005
06/01/2005 - 07/01/2005
07/01/2005 - 08/01/2005
08/01/2005 - 09/01/2005
09/01/2005 - 10/01/2005
10/01/2005 - 11/01/2005
11/01/2005 - 12/01/2005
12/01/2005 - 01/01/2006
01/01/2006 - 02/01/2006
02/01/2006 - 03/01/2006
03/01/2006 - 04/01/2006

Long Beach State
& Dirtbags Links

Long Beach State Baseball [official]
LBSU 49ers Who Played MLB
Dr. Dan's Diamond Dust Blog
LBSU 49ers Links

Audio and Gametracker
Games on the Internet
The Mike Weathers Show


Message Boards
49er Sports Message Board
LBS Hoops [+baseball!] Board

Long Beach State
2006 Opponents' Links

Baylor [Official]
+ BaylorFans [Fan Site]
+ BearsDen [Fan Msg. Brd.]
California [Official]
UC Davis [Official]
Cal. Poly SLO [Official]
Fullerton [Official]
+ TitanCentral [Fan Msg. Brd.]
Illinois-Chicago [Official]
UC Irvine [Official]
+ Irvine Board [Fan Msg. Brd.]
Lamar [Official]
UCLA [Official]
+ BruinsRO [Fan Msg. Brd.]
Loyola Marymount [Official]
Northridge [Official]
Oklahoma [Official]
+ Sooners Illustrated [Fan Msg. Brd.]
+ SoonersFans [Fan Msg. Brd.]
Pacific [Official]
Pepperdine [Official]
+ BreakingWaves [Fan Msg. Brd.]
Rice [Official]
Riverside [Official]
+ Riverside Board [Fan Msg. Brd.]
San Diego State [Official]
UC Santa Barbara [Official]
+ GauchoLocos [Fan Site]
USC [Official]
+ WeAreSC [Fan Msg. Brd.]
Texas [Official]
+ Texas Insider [Fan Msg. Brd.]
+ Horn Fans [Fan Msg. Brd.]
Wichita State [Official]
+ ShockerNet Baseball [Fan Msg. Brd.]

Blair Field Tour

Take a Virtual Tour of Blair Field - Home of the Dirtbags - Courtesy


"Weekend Link: Dirtbags Baseball. Although "dedicated to fans of Long Beach State Dirtbags baseball," Jeff Agnew covers college baseball about as well as anyone."

...from Rich Lederer at The Baseball Analysts

"...our hot stove league web wizard Jeffrey from his Dirtbag Blog..."

...from Dr. Dan's Diamond Dust

College Baseball Links

Baseball America - College
Boyd's World
College Baseball Insider
College Baseball Usenet Baseball
College World Series
Gametracker [non-official]
NCAA Baseball
Rosenblatt Report
Southeastern Baseball
Sports Network NCAA Baseball
USA Today College Baseball
Yahoo! Sports - NCAA Baseball

Links to All NCAA Div. I Baseball Members (Thanks to Boyd's World)

NCAA Division I Scores (Thanks to

Big West Conference Baseball

Big West Conference

Official Sites:
UC Davis [Provisional Member]
Cal State Fullerton
UC Irvine
Long Beach State
Cal State Northridge
UC Riverside
Cal Poly SLO
UC Santa Barbara

Non-Official Sites:
Big West Baseball Board
49er Sports Message Board
LBS Hoops [+baseball!] Board
Fullerton Board
UC Irvine Board
UC Riverside Board
Gaucho - UCSB

Baseball Blogs

The Baseball Analysts
Minor League Ball
MVN Minor Details
On Deck Baseball Prospects
6-4-2 [Angels/Dodgers] Blog

Other Baseball Links

All About
BA Minor League Stats
Baseball America Player Finder
ESPN MLB Transactions
Major League Baseball [Official]
Minor League Baseball [Official]


Welcome to Dirtbags Baseball blog! I was introduced to Long Beach State baseball in 2002 when my nephew, Neil Jamison, joined the team (and university) as a freshman. I started the blog in March of 2004, and generally discuss the team, current players and those that have moved on to professional baseball - as Neil has done in the San Diego Padres organization. Living in San Diego County, and with Neil moving to the next level, I won't be attending as many Dirtbags games. But, mostly from a distance, I'll remain a Dirtbags fan. I welcome tips on stories and information concerning the Dirtbags (current, past and future). I can be contacted at


design by maystar
powered by blogger

This website is not affiliated with Long Beach State University or its NCAA Division I baseball program. All original material copyright 2004-2006 by Jeffrey A. Agnew.

Welcome to Dirtbags Baseball Blog! The blog is interactive. At the end of each article is a link that says "Click here to read comments posted by others or to post your comments." Please feel free to click this link and add your own comments. This link also takes you to comments that have been left by others. You need to register with Blogger to leave comments, which is free (there is a link on the comments page to do this).

RSS Feed

Monday, August 22, 2005

Jason Vargas Dominates Dodgers

This on former Dirtbag Jason Vargas' 1st complete game victory - over the Dodgers yesterday (from
Vargas dominates Dodgers
Lefty allows one run in first complete game of young career
By Joe Frisaro /

MIAMI -- One impressive performance doesn't put a pitcher in elite company.

But emerging rookie Jason Vargas certainly made a statement in his fifth Major League start on a blistering 91-degree Sunday afternoon at Dolphins Stadium.

In front of 26,211, the 22-year-old left-hander went the distance, scattering six hits while striking out seven in the Marlins' 7-1 win over the Dodgers.

A second-round pick out of Long Beach State in 2004, Vargas helped himself with a two-run single off Derek Lowe (8-12), who suffered the loss.

Vargas delivered the Marlins' 13th complete game of the season, the most in the Major Leagues. Vargas joined Florida's "Big Three" of A.J. Burnett, Josh Beckett and Dontrelle Willis as Florida pitchers with a complete game in 2005.

"I don't impress easily," Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria said. "But that was something. That was worth sitting out there in the sun."

The addition of Vargas suddenly gives the Marlins another formidable starter. Still one game behind the Phillies in the Wild Card race, strong starting pitching promises to be Florida's best weapon in its playoff pursuit.

"I think my part is the same as any other pitcher on the pitching staff -- go deep into games and keep the team in the ballgame," said the left-hander from Apple Valley, Calif., who tossed a career-high 117 pitches. "That's my only thought right now. I'm not here to pitch like a rookie or act like one. I'm here to help these guys get to the playoffs and win a World Series."

Brought up from Double-A Carolina on July 14, Vargas stepped into the rotation when Al Leiter, who was 3-7 with a 6.64 ERA in 17 games in the first half, was designated for assignment the same day. Now 4-1 with a 2.43 ERA, Vargas, who wasn't sure if he had thrown a complete game since high school, has the distinction of tossing his first Major League complete game in his fifth start.

Sunday's effort gives Vargas a piece of franchise history. In 1998, Brian Meadows also logged a complete game in his fifth start.

Vargas is the first National League rookie to toss a complete game this season.

"I was kind of hoping the kid could get the shutout," Marlins manager Jack McKeon said. "You can't say enough good things about the kid. He's a delight to be around. He's in the game. He's a gamer. He's very knowledgeable about pitching. [He] has a plan when he goes out there. He's got a great attitude. I was kind of rooting for him to get the shutout. He was going to get the complete game. I didn't care if he threw 140 pitches, as long as it didn't get to the point where it was save territory."

While Vargas has a ways to go before achieving the status of Willis, Beckett and Burnett, the rookie has accomplished a complete game faster than any of them.

As a rookie in 2003, Willis went the distance for the first time in his eighth start, which was a one-hit, 1-0 win over the Mets. Burnett's first complete game was in his 22nd start, his no-hitter at San Diego on May 12, 2001. And Beckett's first complete game came in his 68th big league start, on Aug. 31, 2004, at the Mets.

Vargas is the latest to feed of stellar outings from the "Big Three," who offer him encouragement.

"They all trust me," Vargas said. "They know I can go out there and pitch. They just tell me to stay focused and stay in my game -- not try to overdo anything. Pretty much do what I do that helped me get here, and you'll be fine up here. Just seeing that confidence from them just helps me every time I go out."

The Marlins tagged Lowe for four runs in the second inning. Carlos Delgado led off with a double, and after Jeff Conine walked, Paul Lo Duca's sacrifice bunt advanced both runners. A walk to Mike Lowell loaded the bases, setting up Alex Gonzalez's two-run double. Juan Pierre added a two-out, two-run single, snapping an 0-for-14 drought.

Lowe exited after 3 2/3 innings after the Marlins scored twice in the fourth inning. With one out, Lowell singled and Gonzalez's second double of the game put runners on second and third for Vargas. The Dodgers brought their infield in, and the rookie pitcher floated a two-run single to left.

Once a first baseman and designated hitter in college, Vargas collected his first two big-league RBIs.

The one Dodger who gave Vargas trouble was Milton Bradley, who had three hits, including a double in the seventh.

Trailing, 6-0, the Dodgers had a chance to get on the board in the seventh inning. With two outs, Antonio Perez singled sharply to left field. Miguel Cabrera charged and made a perfect throw to the plate, enabling Lo Duca to tag out the sliding Bradley.

Cabrera leads all Marlins outfielders in assists with 10.

The Dodgers broke up Vargas' shutout bid in the eighth inning when Cesar Izturis avoided tapping into a double play. Izturis' fielder's choice scored Jason Phillips, who led off the inning with a walk. Former Marlin Hee-Seop Choi had a pinch-hit single, moving Phillips to third. Izturis bounced to second base, and while the Marlins forced Choi at second, the speedy Dodgers shortstop beat the relay throw to first.

Entering the ninth, Vargas had thrown 96 pitches, and he gave up a one-out double to Olmedo Saenz. From there, the left-hander struck out Jayson Werth looking and got Perez to swing through strike three with the count full to end the game.

After Perez went down on strikes, the typically level Vargas let out an emotional burst.

"I was pretty excited at the end there, especially to strike out a guy who can handle the bat," Vargas said. "To make that be the last out of my first complete game made everything fall into place."

McKeon was determined to get Vargas the complete game.

"I think this was the turning point right here, for him to say, 'I can finish the game I start,'" McKeon said. "He does have a knack. He's a little bit like Dontrelle in that he has a knack for being able to get out of jams, to battle out of some jams."

posted on 8/22/2005 by Jeff Agnew

Comments: Post a Comment