An Example Game of Santas Baseball Solitaire
The set up
To start, weve laid out the ace through nine of diamonds as the batting
order. Above this will be the scoreboard; at the end of each inning
well move scoring cards up there. Below it is where well play
cards for the current inning. And below that is our five card hand.
The first batter up is number one (ace). We have no ace, so we will have to
make an out. Planning ahead, we can see that well be able to score by
hitting a double with the 2s and driving in the run with the 4. The king and
the 7 are expendable, but we might be able to save the 7 for the second
inning. So we play the king as an out, face down. We show face down cards
here as purple, and for convenience we show the number of outs on the card.
We use yellow to show the card in hand that is being played.
We play both 2s for a double. We put the heart on top, so that well get
an extra base when we play the four of hearts. The 2 is played straight up,
showing that the runner is on second base.
We have no three, so we have to throw away something. We might save the two
jacks, hoping to draw two more face cards to draw a walk for a future batter.
But we want to keep the 7 for next inning, so we toss a jack.
We play the 4 for a single. The runner on second gets an extra base (and
scores) because its suit matches the batters. We slant the 4 to the
right to show that the runner is on first. We turn the 2 sideways to show
that it has scored a run.
We have no five, so we throw away the jack and end the inning. We turn the
batting order 6 so that well remember where to start the next inning.
Then we gather up the cards from the current inning and set them aside. Since
we scored one run, we place one of the cards in the scoreboard for the first
The first batter up is the number 6 hitter. This will be an out since we have
no six. But looking at our cards, we see well be able to reach base
with batters 7, 9, and 1. But all our cards are good cards! What should we
throw away here? The best choice is to throw away a 7. We lose the chance to
hit a double; but with the hits from our 9 and 1 batters, the 7 batter will
Batter 7 hits a single.
We have no 8, so well make another out. Tens can be used as sacrifice
bunts if they match the suit of all runners. In this case we only have
one runner and the suit maches our ten, so we can bunt the runner to second.
Batter nine hits a single. The runner doesnt match the batter's suit,
so he stops at third base. We slant the seven to the left to show that
its on third.
Batter one hits a double. The runner on third scores. We can choose either
hearts or clubs as the batters suit, but neither matches the runner on
first, so he has to stop at third.
We have no 2, so the inning will end with two runners on. We might be tempted
to keep face cards for a walk, but since were going to be holding the
pair of sixes for a while, we wouldnt also be able to get the four face
cards needed for a walk. So we throw away a face card. To end the inning, we
turn the 3, gather up the cards, and put one card in the scoreboard for the
We start the third inning in the three slot. We see we have a double coming
up at position 6, but we dont see anything good happening before that.
We make an out with a face card, and hope to draw a 4 or 5.
We throw away another face card, hoping to draw a 5.
We were lucky and drew a 5; but its the wrong suit (we needed a heart
or club to match the 6). If we play the 5 here and the double 6, we
wont score unless we draw a 7 in those three cards. Weve already
used two 7s so there are only five left (remember, one is used in the batting
order)out the odds are against getting a 7. On the other hand, if we
make an out here, we can lead off the next inning with a double. We want to
save the 9 to drive in the 6. Wed also like to save the A to follow the
9. In fact, well throw away the 6 of clubs, planning to score a run with
the 6-9-A. Note that we cant throw away the 5 to make an out it
would be a single.
As planned, we lead off with a single
No luck drawing a 7 (good thing we didn't try to score last inning), so we
make an out.
We make another out, saving the 3 instead of the 5 since the 3 will come to
We had planned a single for here, but in the meantime we drew a 9 so we get a
double instead. We put the heart on top so that runner 6 will score, and so
that the upcoming ace of hearts will drive in another run.
A single drives in the run.
The inning ends with a face card. Two more runs go into the scoreboard.
Batter three leads off with a double. We put the diamond on top so the next
batter can bunt him to second.
We use the ten for a bunt.
Batter five drives in the run with a single.
Batter six is out. We can see the next three batters will all reach base.
Batter seven singles, with the runner moving to second.
Batter eight singles. The runner on second scores while the runner on first
stops at second.
Batter nine singles, driving in the runner from second.
Back to the top of the order, but the leadoff man ends the inning. Three more
runs go on the scoreboard.
Prospects are poor for the sixth inning. Number 2 leads off, and we have
nothing better than a 7. Best we can hope for is to draw at least one base
runner so that we can use the 7-8-9 next inning with only one out. We throw
away the face card.
We throw away the ten.
We throw away the jack. Three up, three down. Even though we didnt get
any runners, we drew a 5 which we can use next inning.
Looking ahead to the next inning, we see 5-7-8-9, so four batters will reach
with one out. It has the potential for a big inning. Ill drop the
example here though, since I think the rules and strategy should be pretty
clear by now.