2020 PLAYER / PITCHER OF THE WEEK #25

Jack Street Hustlers @ Lewisberry Country Blumpkins
Series Preview: The battle for 1st in the AL East was played over TeamViewer
Game #1: A 3run bottom of the 8th gives the Blumpkins a 6-3 win
Game #2: Blumpkins blow out Byrd and Hustlers 9-1
Game #3: Jack Street finds their hitting shoes and wins 6-4
Game #4: Blumpkins score 3 in the bottom of the 8th again and win 4-3
Game #5: McGwire’s 2 HRs lead the Hustlers to a 5-1 win
Game #6: Ruth finally pitches like Ruth allowing only 2 hits over 8 innings as Blumpkins win 4-1
Game #7: Jack Street releases frustrations but still has to hang on to win 12-7
Series Summary: Blumpkins win 4.Hodges goes 7/19, 6R, 6RBI, 4HR
Indiana Indians @ Chicago Nine
Series Preview: Indians make short trip across the stateline to take on the Nine.
Game #1: Nine score 4 in the bottom of the 8th to win 5-3. Ramon Martinez gets the W while Broxton takes yet another L. Cunningham and Richardson with 2 hits each for the Nine.
Game #2: Freddie Lindstrom plates Mickey Mantle in the top of the 9th for a 1-0 Indians win. Steve Bedrosian goes 3 innings in his first appearance of the season for the W. Sabathia takes the L.
Game #3: Kerry Wood goes 7.1 for the W as the Indians hold on for a 3-2 win. Felix Hernandez takes the loss. Indians tally 3 runs in the 2nd inning and make it stand.
Game #4: Grover Cleveland Alexander with the CG as Indians with their 3rd in a row 6-4. Zobrist and Frederick each with 2 RBI. J.R. Richard takes the loss.
Game #5: Ken Griffey Jr. with walk-off HR in bottom of the 9th for a 3-2 Chicago victory. William Bell with the CG for the win while Drysdale hurls 8+ for the L.
Game #6: Lon Warneke with 12-hit CG for the Indians 4-1 win. Ron Reed takes the L. Ivan Rodriguez 4-4 for the Nine.
Game #7: The Nine take an early 4-0 lead and hold on for the 4-3 win. C.C. Sabathia over Andy Pettitte.
Series Summary: Indiana takes series 4-3.
Kansas City A’s @ Boston Braves
Series Preview: The Kansas City A’s and the Boston Braves both ensconced in the second tire of the AL East meet at Braves Field for a seven game set. The Braves trailed the A’s in the standings but the teams seemed evenly matched. It will be a personal treat to see a major childhood hero of mine Hank Aaron play in the same series with his partner in setting the all time tandem record for home runs by teammates Eddie Mathews of the Braves.
Game #1: Eddie Cicotte bested Billy O’Dell in a pitcher dominated game 2-1. Eddie gave up just three hits in his gem of a game. Don Buford had two hits while Billy White and Bobby Doerr split the 2 RBI’s
Game #2: The Braves flipped the script from game one with a 2-1 win. Don Newcome spread out 9 A’s hits in his complete game win. Jim Rice homered for the Braves. Walker Copper pounded out three hits for A’s.
Game #3: Juan Marichal and 5 Brave relief pitchers held the A’s to a sole run in a 6-1 win. Bill White homered and doubled for the A’s. Dustin Pedroia’s three run dinger was the key Brave hit. Johnathan Lecroy was among the Braves with two hits.
Game #4: Kansas City evened the series with a 5-2 win. The A’s Roger Maris and Odell Hale collected two RBI’s. Odell Hale socked two hits, one when over the fence. Adrian Gonzalez paced the Braves with two hits.
Game #5: The A’s won 7-4. Bobby Doerr and Odell Hale both had two A’s hits and Rocky Colavito homered in the win. Adrian Gonzalez and Tony Conigliaro homered in a losing Braves effort.
Game #6: Billy O’Dell pitched the Braves to a narrow 3-2 win in the rematch with Cicotte. Rice and David Robertson each had 2 hits for the Braves and six different A’s had a hit.
Game #7: With the series tied and Don Newcombe sporting a 2 run lead going into the 9th a call went to the bullpen for help. My hero Hammering Henry Aaron came off the bench lofting a long two run homer to send the game into extras. The A’s won 8-6 in the twelfth. Louie Aparicio had 3 hits including a double and triple and Bobby Bonds homered for the A’s. Jim Rice homered, doubled and had 4 hits, Eddie Mathews homered for the Braves.
Series Summary: What portended to be a close series sure turned out to be true as it took 12 innings in the tie breaking last game for the A’s to win the series 4 gams to 3. I had a jolly good time playing this series.
Las Vegas Pirates @ Middle Channel Sturgeon
Series Preview: Ron Moidel brings his Pirates to the Middle Channel
Game #1: 5-1 home team
Game #2: Sturgeon win it in 11 2-1
Game #3: 7-4 victory for the Middle Channel
Game #4: Las Vegas gets in the win column 4-2
Game #5: Sturgeon 7-3
Game #6: Sturgeon 7-3
Game #7: Chris Sale and the Sturgeon shut out the Pirates 9-0
Series Summary: The second half of the season continues to be kind to the Sturgeon as they win 6 of 7
Kansas City Blues @ Fort Worth Cats
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Game #1: Ft. Worth explodes for 13 runs off 19 hits. Four Cat players had 3 hits led by Moises Alou, who drove in 3 runs off a single, double, and homer. Jim Kaat goes the distance for his 4th CG of the year.

Ft. Worth wins 13 to 1

Game #2: Craig Kimbrel can’t keep the game tied in the top of the 9th for the Cats. After a lead off walk is erased on a caught stealing he gives up a double to Gary Sheffield and a single to AROD. Luckily for the Cats the single was to right fielder Andy Van Slyke and his 39 arm so Sheffield was held at third, but the Blues clean up hitter came up next and executed a squeeze bunt to score the winning run while Ft. Worth was playing for the double play. Three home runs for KC while the Van Slyke drove in 4 and hit his third homerun of the season for the Cats.

KC wins 6 to 5

Game #3: Another blow out for the Cats as they score 11 runs off 14 hits. POW candidate Alou went 4 for 5 with 3 doubles and a homerun with 6 RBI to lead the way.

Ft. Worth wins 11 to 0.

Game #4: Todd Bridges …er Tommy Bridges cooled the Cats with his 5th CG of the year allowing only 6 hits and striking out 7.

KC wins 6 to 0.

Game #5: Greg Maddux wins his 20th as the Ft. Worth hitters return to form with 6 runs off 12 hits.

Ft. Worth wins 6 to 1

Game #6: Jim Kaat tires in the 9th for the Cats as Juan Gonzalez hits his 2nd homer of the game off him, but Ft. Worth holds on for the victory. Catcher Harry Danning leads the attack for the Cats with 3 hits, including two doubles.

Ft. Worth wins 7 to 4.

Game #7: Even though they’re 20 games under .500 don’t be fooled by KC’s record. They play a lot of close games (20-18 in one run games and 7-3 in extra innings) and they would add to those victory totals as Dennis Eckersley couldn’t preserve a 4-4 tie in the 12th. With two outs Frank Schulte singled and stole 2nd base then Boog Powell followed with a double.

KC wins 5 to 4.

Series Summary: Ft. Worth wins the series 4 games to 3, but things are getting tight in the AL West as news out of Cincinnati is that the Knights swept the Purgolders to pull within 3 games of the first place Cats and the New Westminster Salmonbellies were also looking to get closer as they hosted the cellar dweller Whales of Wrigleyville in week 25 LEG action.
Wrigleyville Whales @ New Westminster Salmonbellies
Series Preview: Wrigleyvale comes upstream in New Westminster to face the Salmonbellies
Game #1: Dutch Ruether for the Whales and Andy Messersmith for the Salmonbellies

In the 5th the Whales go ahead 3 – 1 but in the bottom of the 5th Salmonbellies take a 6 – 3 lead on a Roy Campanella 2 run home run. Lefty O’Doul had a 2 run home run for the Whales. Salmonbellies take home a 6 – 3 victory.

Game #2: Catfish Hunter starts for the Whales and Jeff Tesreau for the Bellies

In the second inning something I have never seen before. Jim Thome walks for the Whales. Tesreau then throws a WP. Thome on 2nd and Tesreau throws a WP. Thome on 3rd and next pitch is a run scoring PB.
Stan Musial hits a 3-run HR in the 6th to win the game. Whales win 5 – 2.

Game #3: Dave McNally for the Whales and Bob Rush for the Salmonbellies

Salmonbellies jump off to a 5 – 2 lead in the 3rd but cannot hang on as the Whales score one in the 8th and 3 in the 9th for a 6 – 5 victory. Lefty O’Doul comes through again with a HR and 4 RBI’s in the game.

Game #4: Dick “Baldy” Rudolph for Wrigleyville vs. Sam “The Goshen Schoolmaster” Leever

The Salmonbellies get off to a 4 – 0 lead in the 4th off of a solo home run from Willie Mays. The hung in until the 7th when. who else, Lefty O’Doul hits 2 run homer going 3 for 4 in the game. This is Lefty’s 3rd home run in the series giving him 7 on the season.
Bellies hang on to win the game 4 – 2.

Game #5: Sandy Koufax pitches for Wrigleyville and Dutch Leonard for the Bellies

In the first Roy Campanella hits a double and Jimmy Wynn follows with his 27th HR. Dihigo has a double and triple and Campanella hits his 12th home run in the bottom of the 8th. Bellies go on to a 9 – 0 victory with Dutch Leonard pitching a 1 hitter getting his 17th victory. Leonard struck out 10 during the game. The one hit, Lefty O’Doul.

Game #6: Dutch Ruether for the Whales and Andy Messersmith for the Salmonbellies

Bottom of the 1st and Chick Stahl starts the game off with a HR for the Bellies. They go on to score 3 runs in the first with 3 doubles to go with the HR. Bellies score 4 more in the 5 on a few doubles. Carlos Beltran comes back in this game off of injury and has a couple of doubles, scores a couple of runs and knocks in a run. Bellies go on to win 9 – 2 with Lefty O’Doul picking up 2 more hits to bring his average up to .228.

Game #7: Catfish Hunter for Wrigleyville vs Jeff Tesreau for New West

Chick Stahl led off the game for the Bellies with a home run, his 3rd in the series. The Bellies build up a 6 – 0 lead until the top of the 6th when Ritchie doubles home Lefty O’Doul who had reached on a FC.
Thome homers as well for the Whales for their only 2 runs of the game.
New Westminster wins 7 – 2

Series Summary: Chick Stahl is the star of the series hitting .444, scoring 8 runs, knocking in 6, hitting his first HR’s of the year, 3 of them, hitting a couple of 2b’s and stealing a couple of bases. Dutch Leonard pitches a 1 hitter while striking out 10. Lefty O’Doul was the main man for the Whales clubbing 3 HR’s.
Madison East Puregolders @ Cincinnati Knights
Series Preview: A showdown among A.L. West teams as third place Cincinnati welcomes the sixth place Maidson East Puregolders to Glenn Sample Field.
Game #1: CIN 12-13-1, MAD 4-8-1
Game #2: CIN 7-12-0, MAD 1-5-0
Game #3: CIN 19-20-1, MAD 0-5-2 – the Knights score seven in the sixth inning and nine in the seventh
Game #4: CIN 10-13-0, MAD 1-4-2 – the Knight score five in the fifth inning
Game #5: CIN 5-8-1, MAD 2-7-0
Game #6: CIN 6-7-0, MAD 0-8-1
Game #7: CIN 4-7-1, MAD 2-6-0
Series Summary: Cincinnati turns loose one of its best pitching performances of the year in the series. Is it impossible to have an entire starting rotation win Pitcher of the Week? The Knights starters went 7-0 with a 1.73 ERA and limited Madison East to 37 hits in 52 innings of work (10 ER and 40 strikeouts).

Ted Williams put up a strong bid for Player of the Week. In six games (he got a day off in there), he batted .500, delivering an 11-for-22 performance with a double, four home runs, seven walks, ten runs and ten RBI. His on-base percentage was .621, slugging percentage was 1.091 and he recorded a 1.712 OPS.

Purry Cowpokes @ Menomonee Minutemen
Series Preview: The Cowpokes travel to Menomonee to face an old friend.
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Series Summary: Purry takes games 1 thru 4 with ease then Altuve comes back for the Minutemen and they take the last 3. So, Purry takes the series 4-3.
Fantomz Force @ Coastline Bobcats
Series Preview: Fantomz (53-67) travels to Coastline (83-37) for a 7 game Division series.

Games played via TeamViewer

Game #1: FAN C.Weilman vs CLB D,Stieb
CLB opens the scoring in the B1 when Kemp 1bs and scores on Burks H&R rbi-2b. In the FAN T3 Lankford bbs, steals 2nd, and Stone hits a 2-run HR to take the lead. FAN adds on in the T4 when Miller bbs, Weilman with a botched sac, Choo bbs, Andrews rbi-1b, and a Lankford rbi-1b kake it 4-1 FAN.FAN isn’t done as they add another in the T5 when Stone 1bs and moves to 2nd on Wilson’s error, Santo 1bs, and Lopez brings Stone home with a groundout. In the CLB B6 Gordon 2bs, moves to 3rd on a Weilman WP, and then scores on M.WIlliams groundout.

That would be all the scoring as Weilman closes out the 6th and 7th and Cishek tosses two scoreless innings for his 2nd save. FAN C.Weilman (8-15) with the win and CLB Stieb (15-6) takes the loss.

FAN 5, CLB 2

Game #2: FAN S.Paige vs CLB S.Maglie
CLB again opens the scoring in the B1 with a C.Ripken solo-HR. FAN ties things up in the T3 with a Judge 1b, Wagner FC, Paige SAC, and a Choo rbi-1b. In the CLB B5 Becker 1bs, moves up on a C.Ripken groundout, and then scores on a Wilson rbi-2b.FAN comes right back in the T6 when Paige bbs, Choo 1bs, a McDougald sac, and a Wiley Sac Fly ties the game at 2-2. But it was short lived as in the CLB B6 Williams 1bs and after a groundout scores on a Becker rbi-1b. FAN, again, ties the game in the T7 when Judge 3bs with 2 out and then scores on PH Cochrane’s rbi-1b.

CLB manages to put away Paige in the T7 when C.Ripken 1bs, Wilson hits into a FC, a Howard groundout, followed by a Gehrig rbi-2b put CLB up 4-3. Gordon then rips an rbi-1b and moves to 2nd on the throw, and then scores on M.Williams rbi-2b.

CLB would bring on Casilla in the T8 for 2 outs followed by Sutter, who gets the last 4 outs for Save#50. CLB Albers (4-1) with the win and FAN S.Paige (13-12) with the loss.

CLB 6, FAN 3

Game #3: FAN G.Perry vs CLB B.Swift
FAN opens the scoring in this game in the T2 when Lankford 1bs, Swift throws away Santo’s grounder, and Lopez rips an rbi-2b. In the CLB B4 with 2 out Howard bbs and Gehrig hits a 2-run HR. FAN retakes the lead in the T6 when with 2 outs Lankford 3bs, Marshall comes on for CLB, PH Doby draws a bb, and then PH Cochrane hits a 2-rbi 2b.In the CLB B7 Gordon bbs, and 1 out later, PH Burks hits a 2-run HR chasing Perry. FAN brings on Vazquez who proceeds to give up back-to-back 2bs to Becker and Jenkins for a 5-3 CLB lead.

CLB Orosco would throw a perfect 8th followed by Sutter with a perfect 9th to nail down the ‘Cats win. CLB Marshall (7-2) with the win, Sutter with Save#51, and FAN G.Perry (11-12) with the loss.

CLB 5, FAN 3

Game #4: FAN M.Harder vs CLB K.Brown
In the FAN T2 Doby 1bs, Lankford H&R 1b, and Judge with a 2-run 2b. In the CLB B4 Jenkins 1b and scores on a C.Ripken H&R rbi-2b. CLB takes the lead in the B6 when Becker bbs, Jenkins FC, C.Ripken H&R rbi-2b, followed by a WIlson 2-run HR (breaking a 22 game HR less streak).But FAN strikes back in the T7 when Judge 1bs, PH Stone bbs, and PH Eaton hits a 3-run HR off CLB Albers. CLB ties it in the B8 when Burks 2bs and scores on a C.Ripken rbi-1b.

The game goes into extra innings where FAN breaks through in the T11 as Coveleski 1bs, Cochrane FC, Choo is HBP, Donaldson rbi-2b, Doby bb, and a Wagner rbi-bb followed by a Lankford 2-rbi 1b puts FAN up 9-5. CLB M.Williams hits a token solo-HR in the B11 to close out the scoring.

FAN S.Coveleski (2-11) with the win and CLB M.Marshall (7-3) takes the loss.

FAN 9, CLB 6

Game #5: FAN C.Weilman vs CLB C.Finley
CLB needed a big start from Finley as their bullpen was stretched pretty thin from the previous couple of games. Finley comes through tossing a 6-hit shutout as he benefited from 2 DPs by his defense. All the runs were scored by CLB in the B1 with the big hit being a J.Gordon Granslam.CLB C.Finley (16-6) with the win and FAN C.Weilman (8-16) with the loss.

CLB 5, FAN 0

Game #6: FAN G.Perry vs CLB D.Stieb
CLB opens the scoring in the B2 with a M.Williams bases loaded rbi-1b, Gehrig would be nailed at the plate which would prove to be a key play in the game. FAN ties it in the T4 on a Lankford 1b and Miller rbi-2b.No more scoring until the FAN T8 when Santo 1bs, CLB Albers comes in, Lankford bbs, and with 2 out PH Cochrane comes through again with an rbi-1b, and Lankford comes around to score on Wilson’s throwing error.

In the FAN T9 Donaldson hits a solo-HR, which would turn out to be needed, as CLB plates two in the B9
on a PH Burks rbi-3b and Gordon rbi-1b. But FAN Cishek retires Williams and Skowron for his 3rd save.

FAN G.Perry (12-12) with the win and CLB D.Stieb (15-7) takes the loss.

FAN 4, CLB 3

Game #7: FAN M.Harder vs CLB S.Maglie
The game was close trough 4 1/2 innings with CLB in front 3-2. But CLB erupts for 3 runs in the B5 and 3 more in the B6 to blow the game open. CLB ends up with 10 runs on 15 hits as M.Harder was left in to take the beating through 6 innings. Jenkins is 3-4 with 4 runs, 2 rbi, and a HR. C.Ripken is 3-5 with 2 runs and 2-rbi and a 2b, H.Wilson is 4-4 w/ 5 rbi and his 32nd HR. FAN Choo is 2-3 with 2 runs, a 2b, and Stone is 2-4 w/ 2-rbi and a 2b in a losing cause.CLB S.Maglie (8-0) earns the win and FAN M.Harder (4-8) gets the loss.

CLB 10, FAN 2

Series Summary: Coastline takes a tough series 4-3 over Fantomz and ends up splitting the season series 7-7. Ripken and H.Wilson have good series for CLB. Choo, Andrews, and Lankford are solid for FAN.
Detroit DeLoreans @ Climax Cougars
Series Preview: A series that could very well determine the fate of all of mankind, the Detroit Deloreans travel north for a cross-border battle with the Climax Cougars. Prior to the game, the Climax president of marketing and media relations filed an application to revoke the charter of the Detroit franchise as the DeLorean was built in Belfast, Northern Ireland … Detroit, the Motor City … ha!
Game #1: A pummelling we will go, a pummelling we will go … hi ho the dario ….
A combined Grade 33 between them, Detroit’s Hippo Vaughn and Climax’s Van Lingle Mungo barely lasted past the exchange of lineups with each of the “aces” allowing six runs within the first three innings.
The Deloreans wasted no time with Joe Cronin leading off with a walk and then Nap Lajoie got an infield hit. Mungo breathed relief after he struck out Ripper “The Terror” Collins but then Babe Herman tripled to score both runners and Chuck Klein added some overkill by hitting yet another triple into the right field corner to put the Double Ds up 3-0 with most of the fans still in line for beer.
The Cougars fought back with a couple of runs in the bottom half of the 1st with Mel Ott doubling home Jim Fregosi and then with the bases loaded they managed a meagre run on a George Grantham sac fly to make it 3-2.
Sam Crawford evened the score with an RBI single in the 2nd and then Josh Gibson dealt the coupe de grace with a 3-run shot to make it 6-2. Adios Hippo …
Mungo was not long behind him though in departing from the game after giving up a solo shot to Klein in the 3rd and then an RBI single to Jake Beckley which made it 6-5 for Climax.
The Climax manager placed what turned out to be blind faith in Mungo by leaving him in to start the 4th and was rewarded with a bloop single by Nap Lajoie who would later come around to score with Cliff Melton on the mound on Herman’s single cuz, of course, it would be too much to ask to stop anyone from scoring.
Detroit moved into a 7-6 lead “reliever” Clay Carroll issued a walk (Klein), hit a batter (Sam Rice) and then watched as his team loaded the bases when 1st baseman Buck Leonard dropped a ground ball to load the bases. Cronin brought the go-ahead run in on a ground out that was nearly an inning-ending double play but oh well.
The Detroit pen held the Cougars in check until the bottom of the 6th inning when Eric O’Flaherty opened the inning by plunking pinch hitter Chief Meyers in the head. Meyers stole second base and then scored on Harlond Clift’s game-tying double who in turn scored when Collins threw Gibson’s grounder into left field on a badly aborted double play. The Cougars then loaded the bases and with the infield drawn in Anthony Rendon’s poor throw in the dirt at home allowed Ott and Gibson to score.
And mercifully that was it … Eric Plunk tossed a perfect 9th and Climax won 10-7.
Game #2: Joe Cronin filled up the box score and went 2/2 with a single and his 17th homer of the season in a 15-5 mulching of the Cougars’ pitching staff.
Cronin also walked four times, scored three runs and drove in four runs in the game. Nap Lajoie provided solid support with a 3/6 day which included four runs scored and two RBIs. Anthony Rendon started his streak of being a huge pain in the ass by going 3/6 and driving in three runs on his 9th homer of the season.
Detroit starter Allie Reynolds pitched poorly (5 runs on 10 hits in six innings), but hit well (two hits) and earned the win to improve to 11-7.
Not much good news for the Cougars in this game except that Jose Bautista kamikazeed into the left field wall and knocked himself out of action for 8 days.
Game #3: Jake Beckley plunk-ed the Plunkman and slammed a line drive over the left field wall in the top of the 12th with Nap Lajoie on base to play hero in a 6-4 Detroit win.
The story of the game was not so much on the field as it was in the infirmary with three players going down to significant injuries and Detroit starter Slim Sallee receiving anger management therapy (he was tossed in the 3rd after being picked off first base and becoming unglued at the call).
Yogi Berra and Ripper Collins collided chasing a pop up in the bottom of the 1st inning which knocked them out of action for five and nine days respectively. Climax starter Dick Redding blew out his shoulder in the top of the 3rd inning and will miss almost a month of action. No big deal as he was only one of our best performing starters this season.
Beckley’s homer was his 6th of the season and before leaving the game Collins managed to mash his 39th which gave Detroit the early 1-0 lead.
Mell Ott (19) and Josh Gibson (9) homered in response for Climax. Sam Crawford was 3 for 6 for Climax.
JC Romero (6-4) pitched two shutout innings to get the win for Detroit.
Game #4: The Deloreans were within one out of finishing off Climax for a 4-2 win but a Jim Brewer mound meltdown resulted in the Cougars scoring three runs with two out to come from behind for a 5-4 win.
Brewer (1-3) came into game in place of JC Romero with two out and newly acquired Ben Chapman on 1st base. Brewer walked pinch hitter Buck Leonard and then the next hitter, Jim Fregosi, laced a ball into the gap that scored both runners to tie the game 4-4. George Grantham was up next and hit a shot into left centre that landed between Roy White and Bob Fothergill which allowed Fregosi to scamper home with the winning run.
Fothergill had three hits in the game including a triple while Joe Cronin (18) and Anthony Rendon (10) proved the power.
For Climax, Fregosi was 2/3 with two runs, two RBIs and two walks.
Game #5: A rematch of the series opener saw both starters pitch much better, but Hippo Vaughn’s wildness proved to be his Achillles heel as the Cougars came away with it 4-1.
Vaughn went the distance for Detroit and gave up just four hits but walked seven to go with seven strikeouts.
Ben Chapman drove in a pair of runs and walked twice to lead the Climax attack while Babe Herman was a cool 3/3 for Detroit.
Game #6: The Climax Cougars pounced on Allie Reynolds for six runs in the first two innings en route to a 8-3 win over Detroit.
Johnny Mize, Sam Crawford and Chief Meyers each had two hits for the Cougars with Crawford doing the bulk of the damage with three RBIs.
Chuck Klein (20) homered for the Deloreans.
Sid Fernandez (6-6) was mediocre and allowed three runs on six hits over seven innings but was good enough to win.
Game #7: Jarrod Washburn’s first start of the season was a good one and he allowed just one run on three hits in six innings, but the home team seemed more interested in marvelling at Slim Sallee’s pitching than hitting it and were blanked 2-0 as a result.
Joe Cronin (19) had a two-hit day and crushed an Eric Plunk pitch in the 9th to provide an insurance run with Anthony Rendon driving in the only other run in the 4th inning.
Sallee and company limited the Cougars to just two hits and Jim Aker nailed down his 14th save.
Series Summary: The secret of my success appears to be if you can’t beat them, beat them up or at least injure them as key injuries to Yogi Berra and Ripper Collins took just enough offensive wind out of the Detroit sails to enable Climax to take the series 4-3. The near split was not enough to make much of a difference in the standings but was probably annoying to the Deloreans as it hampered their pursuit of Coastline for the division lead.
West Michigan Retrogrades @ Pigtown Bombers
Series Preview: West Michigan vs Pigtown. Sorry, no time for detailed writeups…
Game #1: West Michigan wins 2-1. Foster goes 8 innings, gives up 4 hits and a run for the win.
Game #2: Pigtown wins 6-1. McGinnity gets a CG, giving up 6 hits and 1 run. Greenberg hits two HRs. Schmidt injured (again) for 8 games.
Game #3: Pigtown wins 7-3. Sisler goes 5-5 in a losing effort. Greenberg hits another HR. Flick has 4 RBIs.
Game #4: West Michigan wins 4-3. Beltre goes 3-4.
Game #5: Pigtown wins 3-2, scoring 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th to walk it off. Foster and Halladay both go 8 innings and only give up 1 run.
Game #6: West Michigan wins 11-3. Sisler and Cano both have 3 hits as West Michigan cruises. Robinson and Flick both hurt for 7 games.
Game #7: Rubber match taken by Pigtown 4-3. Velarde goes 3-3 in a rare start in replacement of Jackie Robinson.
Series Summary: Pigtown surprisingly wins the series 4-3
Nags Head Surf Sox @ Virginia Cavaliers
Series Preview: Nags Head (54-66) surfs into Virginia (59-61) for a match-up of NL East 5th and 6th place teams. Nags Head, with a slight edge in hitting, hopes it can overcome Virginia’s solid pitching.
Game #1: VIR 12-2 W-B.Turley (9-9) L-C.Hamels (7-8)

Virginia’s pitching asserts itself quickly. Turley goes 8 allowing but 2 hits. His 6 walks account for the only two NAG runs, both coming off SF’s. VIR pounds out 9 hits in the first 3 innings and that’s good enough for 5 runs and a 5-1 lead. The Surf Sox pen didn’t fare any better, as they gave up 11 hits and 7 runs over the next 5 innings. H.Heilmann blasted 2 homers in a 2-5, 3 RBI performance and F.Robinson added another homer with 2 hits and 3 RBI. K.McReynolds was 4-5.

Game #2: VIR 4-3 W-G.Jachson (4-3) L-N.Charlton (3-2)

VIR starter E.Reulbach did his part. Over 7 innings he held the Sox to 2 hits and 1 run. The VIR bats secured a run in the 1st on a RBI single by F.Robinson. And even though NAG tied it in the 6th on a couple of walks, a GO and a SF, VIR led 2-1 after 7 on a RBI double from P.Whitney. But, rather than ask K.Foulke for a 2 inning save, VIR trotted out R,Betancourt for the 8th. “G. STANTON ’12 facing R. BETANCOURT ’09, T 8th, 2 Outs, Bases Empty, Behind 1-2 …BETANCOURT ’09 brings it … and STANTON ’12 takes BETANCOURT ’09 for a ride…going back is MCREYNOLDS ’89 … he’ll look … but he won’t touch it … it’s long gone!…SURF SOX 2, CAVALIERS 2.” For the next 3 innings both teams’ bullpens put up zeros. In the top of the 12th H.Johnson punches a 1-out single to CF, steals 2nd and goes to 3rd on a GO. D.Jeter then slips one into LF scoring Johnson and putting NAG up 3-2. In the bottom half of the 12th, K.McReynolds bounces a single into left-center and steals 2nd. “A. JONES ’03 facing N. CHARLTON ’96, B 12th, 1 Out, Runner on 2nd, Behind 2-3 . … the two-strike pitch … JONES ’03 drives it…deep to left … I think it can … I think it can! … it can! … home run for JONES ’03
it’s all over! … Andruw trots around the bases … he loves a trip downtown…SURF SOX 3, CAVALIERS 4.”

Game #3: NAG 2-1 W-J.Palmer (5-6) L-P.Roe (3-5) SV-D.Guisti (1)

A pitchers game all the way. J.Palmer scattered 5 hits over 7 innings, giving up a first inning F.Robinson solo shot for VIR’s only run of the game. D,Guisti pitched like a grade 23 reliever facing 7 batters in 2 innings of 1-hit ball for his first save of the year. Did I say it was a pitchers’ game all the way? Yeah, well, J.Foxx did contribute a solo shot in the first to put NAG up 1-0 and you saw that Robinson hit one out for VIR to tie it in the bottom of the 1st. So it all comes to pitching. “J. PALMER ’79 facing P. ROE ’52, T 2nd, 1 Out, 1st and 3rd, Tied 1-1 …Infield drawn in a few feet … KINGMAN ’72 with a good lead off third … here he comes…PALMER ’79 clubs a high drive to right … it could be … but isn’t…ROBINSON ’69 short of the track … and he takes it in … KINGMAN ’72’s tagging…they’re waving KINGMAN ’72 in … here comes the throw…and he’s … safe easily … PALMER ’79 picks up a sac fly and an RBI.” SO it all comes down to pitching,…to win it on the mound and drive in the winning run at the plate.

Game #4: VIR 3-2 W-L.Gomez (14-8) L-J.Andujar (4-18) SV-K.Foulke (34)

Back-to-back doubles by G.Carter and J.Samuel helped NAG take a 2-0 lead after 2 innings. These would be the only 2 runs L.Gomez would surrender. In another tight 1-run game, VIR would get to J.Andujar in the 5th. A.Jones led off with a single and went to 2nd on a WP. A.Pujols singled and L.Parrish walked to load the bases. L.Gomez lined one to LF for a RBI single. T.Taylor grounded out to score Pujols and A.Trammell produced the winning run on a liner to CF. Gomez would finesse his way through 8 and hand it off to Foulke for the save as VIR took a 3-1 series lead.

Game #5: NAG 9-3 W-N.Ryan (4-10) L-J.Guzman (5-9)

This one was over as soon as it started. The NAG’s came out gunning for a win and they got it. A lead of single by V.Hayes followed by a D.Jeter double put runners at 1st and 3rd for Mr. James Foxx, “CAVALIERS playing for the out at first … the runners take their lead … the pitch…FOXX ’34 clobbers it … a moon shot to left … this one might poke a hole in the ozone layer…outta here! … a three-run blast.” and just that quick, NAG was up 3-0 and VIR was in trouble. One out later D. Kingman strode to the plate, “GUZMAN ’99 comes to the plate … uh-oh! … way back … HEILMANN ’18 looks up…put it on the board.” D.Winfield then ropes a double to the wall and J.Samuel chases him home with a single to CF. While Guzman was trying to figure out what was happening, NAG was enjoying a 5-0 lead before VIR even came to the plate. Even though that was more than NAG would need to win, they tacked on 4 more including solo bombs by G.Stanton and D.Winfield. Ryan left the game in the 7th and the NAG pe faced 10 batters over the last 3 innings to seal the victory and close the series gap to 3-2.

Game #6: NAG 10-5 W-C.Hamels (8-8) L-B.Turley (9-10)

Turley could not duplicate his game 1 effort against the still hot Surf Sox bats. After scoring single runs in the first and second on a SF and back-to-back doubles by A.Dawson and H.Johnson, the SOX exploded for 5 runs in the 3rd.. J.Foxx started off the 5th with a big fly to left. G.Carter’s single drove in Stanton and J.Samuel got hold of a fastball, “The pitch to SAMUEL ’95 … SAMUEL ’95 puts a charge into this one … a big fly to deep left…ROBINSON ’69 will run out of room … that’s a Baltimore special … a three-run homer…SURF SOX 7, CAVALIERS 0.” Turley scratched his head and looked at the scoreboard. NAG would continue with 3 more runs and even though VIR would eventually get on the board, it would not be near enough. The powerful Surf Sox bats were not to be denied as they tied the series at 3 all.

Game #7: VIR 6-1 W-E.Reulbach (8-9) L-M.Mussina (12-8)

Somebody had to win the game and therefore the series. Fortunately for VIR, their pitching showed up at the right time and the bats came alive to provide the runs necessary to win. E.Reulbach threw 8 strong innings of 4 hit ball and a trio of relievers finished off the win. Six different hitters drove in runs for VIR with P.Whitney providing the long ball and R.Kiner a 3-3 performance.

Series Summary: Virginia somehow took the series 4-3. Pitching may have been the reason, but luck was a big factor.
For NAG – D.Winfield 8-21 a homer and 2 RBI, J.Foxx 6-27 a homer and 4 RBI, G.Stanton 5-19 2 homers 2 RBI.
For VIR P.Whitney 7-28 2 HR 4RBI, T.Taylor and G.Templeton 8 hits each.
Fire Lake Segers @ Clockwork Heros
Series Preview: First place Clockwork has built a huge unexpected lead – and will now host Fire lake for seven games,
Game #1: Kluber and Rixey both go 6 innings. But it’s Fire Lake’s Perez that hits a 2 run homer off Valverde who blows the save and gets the loss in the 8th inning. FireLake 4 Clockwork 3 w-Lavalle 6-4 s-Stewart 5 L-Valverde1-4
Game #2: Blyleven wins his 20th as Terry hits a 3 run homer and Melton a 2 run shot. Clockwork 5 Fire lake 2 W-Blyleven (20-5)S-Tekulve (32) L-Cone(8-11)
Game #3: Matheson was his solid 2 in 9 but so was who was also 2 in 9. In the 1oth Gromek gave up 2 runs but in the 10th Foster hits a 2 run homer and Terry a solo for the 5-4 Clockwork win, W-Gromek 7-0L-Stewart(3-4)
Game #4: Foster homer and4 rbis Uhle 4 hitter. 7-0 Clockwork. W-Uhle(14-7) L-McLain(9-11)
Game #5: Foster and Watson homer Kluber throws a 8 hitter. Clockwork7-0 w-kluber(4-0)Morris (5-5)
Game #6: Bad game for Clockwork pen Tekulve allows 2in the 9th for the blown save. and Valverde allows 5! in the 13th for the loss. Valverde loses both games for Clockwork and his 7.38era is amazing for a 21*. Pinson a triple and 4 rbis for Fire Lake. Fire Lake 9 Clockwork 4 (13) w-stewart(4-4)L-Valverde(1-5)
Game #7: Injuries hit Clockwork as Terry and Vaughn get hurt again this year luckyits 5 and 7 days,. But Matheson wins his 22 as he allows 4 hits and one unearned run in the 7-1win. Bradley and Lopes homer in the win.
Series Summary: Clockwork wins 5 of the 7.
Pitcher of the week christy matheson (1-0) 18 innings 1.00 era 18 strikeouts and just 8 hits and 2 walks,
Player of the week Foster 9 for 26 10 rbis
Hoboken Zephyrs @ Wainwright Wranglers
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Motown Yankees @ Iowa Giants
Series Preview: Yankees come into Iowa in third place West Coast Divsion of National League and Iowa at the bottom.
Game #1: MTY 1-2-0 WP Wainwright 14-6
IOW 0-5- LP Feller 9-18
Adam Wainwright shutout 5 hitter, Feller gives up only two hits and 1 run in loss
Game #2: MTY 4-9-0 WP Hubbell 11-9
IOW 1-4-1 LP Lemon 3-7
Carl Hubbell complete game 4 hitter 1 er 9 k no walks
Game #3: MTY 0-2-0 LP Jansen 4-5
IOW 1-8-0 WP Dean 6-9
Dizzy Dean throws 2 shit shutout with 9 k’s
Game #4: MTY 7-13-0 WP Joss 7-12
IOW 0-3-2 LP Oswalt 0-2
Joss 3 hit shutout complete game
Game #5: MTY 0-3-0 LP Brown 14-11
IOW 2-3-0 WP Feller 10-18Bob Feller three hit shutout
Game #6: MTY 2-8-0 WP Uehara 7-5 SV Ames 3
IOW 1-3-0 LP Dean 6-10
Adam Wainwright started went 6 inning only gave up one hit a Harper homer
Game #7: MTY 13-15-0 WP Hubbell 12-9
IOW 3-7-0 LP Lemon 3-8
Series Summary: A great series 5 games were really close and little runs scored Bob Feller had is best series 18 innings 4 5 hits one run. Yankees moved to 67-60 and Giants keep moving the other way 45-82
San Tan Valley Moonrakers @ Hollywood Zombies
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Series Summary: San Tan takes 4 of 7

2020 PLAYER / PITCHER OF THE WEEK #24

National League Pitchers of the Week –  Cy MORGAN – Detroit

2-0 record, 17.0 innings pitched, 0.53 ERA, 6 hits, 13 strikeouts, & 7 walks

 

 

American League Pitcher of the Week – Sonny SIEBERT – Jack Street

1-0 record, 17.1 innings pitched, 0.00 ERA 9 hits, 12 strikeouts, & 4 walks

 

 

National League Player of the Week – Adrian BELTRE – West Michigan

.423 avg / 0.769 slg, 11 for 26, 3 doubles, 2 home runs, 4 runs, 7 RBIs, & 3 walks

 

 

American League Player of the Week – Jayson WERTH – Chicago

.517 avg / 0.966 slg, 15 for 29, 7 doubles, 2 homers, 10 runs, 5 RBIs, 3 walks, & 1 stolen base

 

 

Feature – There’s the Best and then there’s the Rest

Who Was Best,…Ruth, Hornsby, Cobb?

Ruth, Hornsby, and Cobb. LEG Inaugural Draft picks 1.2.3. Who was the best player of the era between those three? Well. Personally, I think they were all great in different ways. I’m a Yankee fan so I normally gravitate to Ruth. Brian Devine has a personal affection for Hornsby. Supposedly nobody likes Cobb. But what about the people who should know which player was best by playing with them or against them,…the players from that era? According to Jim Thielman, baseball author, sports writer and SABR dues payer, who covered baseball for 16 years, the players definitely had an opinion.

“In ‘46, a decade after Hornsby retired, a poll of players and managers overwhelmingly voted Cobb the greatest player in baseball history. And remember, Cobb played about 10 more years in the dead ball era, about which it was said hitting a baseball during that span was like kicking a coconut.” That poll showed Wagner second, far, far behind Cobb. Ruth was a distant third. And Hornsby? Oh, he was fourth,…garnering TWO votes from players and managers. In fact, “Hornsby was not named to any position as the greatest, losing to Pie Traynor and Jimmy Collins at third and by Eddie Collins and Nap Lajoie at second.”

Poor Babe. Yes he was good. In fact he was great. But only third in the eyes of his peers. Yes, he literally changed baseball and in 1920 when he went to the Yankees, the era he began launching long balls forever became know as the live ball era. But, Cobb, a product of the dead ball era “continued to hit singles, doubles, and triples in his ruthless style of old school, smarts baseball. Bunting, stealing, and yes, sometimes homering Cobb would use a variety of tactics to win.” At the age of 35, in 1922, Cobb put together his last .400 season with a .401 batting average. And to this date, no one has a higher lifetime batting average.

So who was the best? Who knows? Depends on your opinion. That’s one of the reasons I like baseball,…you can always make an argument for something. Maybe that’s why they created umpires.

“I never could stand losing. Second place didn’t interest me. I had a fire in my belly.” – Tyrus Cobb

“I don’t like to sound egotistical, but every time I stepped up to the plate with a bat in my hands, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for the pitcher.” – Rogers Hornsby

“If I’d tried for them dinky singles I could’ve batted around six hundred.” – Babe Rurh

Paul – Virginia 

Feature – A Tale of 32 Cities

“We’ll miss you,” bellowed the collective teams of the AL West to the AL East when the cross division games ended in Week 23. And indeed they will.

No team in the league benefitted more from playing the “other” division than did the Fort Worth Pussycats. The Cats treated the teams of the AL East much the same way that Godzilla treated small Japanese villages and registered a 50-14 record!!! Oy vey!

The New Westminster Salmonbellies will miss the Eastern teams almost as much. They used them as a springboard to leap frog over the Cincinnati Knights (pronounced as K-Niggits in the ol’ Monty Python way) with the Fishbellies going an obscene 46-18 while the sadsack Cincy squad could only manage a 41-23 record … oh for shame!

In fact, all of the AL West teams save for Menomonee (28-36) did at least as well or better against the AL East teams than they did against their divisional rivals. The freaky Minutemen were actually a good 31-25 within their own division. Go figure.

“Our division just isn’t all that good,” said team owner Joe Schall who asked not to be identified earlier this season when explaining his team’s early success and then their mini-collapse when they started playing the AL West teams.

Across the board, the AL East teams fared poorly against the West except of course for the Chicago Nine. Relying heavily in the past few months on micromanagers and visiting team owners to manage his teams for him, Stray discovered the secret to success is to leave his team alone. And success they had indeed as the only AL East team to have a winning record against the West at 37-27. In comparison, division-leading Jack Street was a woeful 25-39 while the Blumpkins blundered their way to a near .500 record at 31-33.

The story in the National League is a far less exciting one when it came to inter-divisional play.

Coastline and Clockwork continued to kick the snot out of everyone they played against so at least they cannot be accused of discriminating. Coastline was 46-18 against the West while Clockwork was 46-18 against the East. Pretty close as Yogi would say.

The Brothers of Collusion, Kevin and the other Weber, also made out like bandits against their brethren from the West with Detroit going 43-21 and West Michigan putting up a 45-19 smackdown.

The Fire Lake Segers and Virginia Cavaliers were the most volatile teams in the NL so far this season. The Segers enjoyed lots of success against the East going 37-27, but against their own Western teams not so much … 22-34. With the remainder of their games against teams in their own division, the Segers will need more than Night Moves to hang onto a playoff position. Meanwhile, Paul Roe’s Cavs unfortunately lacked their owner’s eloquence when it came to playing baseball on the other side of the continent. The Cavs are a sublime 35-21 against the East so far this season but were 24-40 contre le Ouest as they say in New Orleans. The Jekyll/Hyde play does not end there for the Cavaliers as they are 35-25 on the road but only 24-36 at home. As Love & Rockets sang, that’s one “Ball of Confusion.” Only two games back of Climax for 4th in the division though, a return to games within the East is probably a welcome thing.

… and on the 8th day God sayeth “Let there be Ball.”

Nik

Lewisberry Country Blumpkins @ Middle Channel Sturgeon
Series Preview: Top dog Lewisberry visits The Middle Channel
Game #1: The Sturgeon squeeze one out 3-1
Game #2: Another win for the home team 5-2
Game #3: Lewisberry wins it in the 10th 10-8
Game #4: The CB’s score 2 in the 9th to win it 6-4
Game #5: Sturgeon hold on 6-4
Game #6: Another 6-4 win for the Sturgeon
Game #7: A grand slam in the 10th wins it for the Blumpkins
Series Summary: Hopefully, the second half of the season will go better for the Sturgeon. They hung with the top dog Lewisberry squad winning the series 4-3
Chicago Nine @ Boston Braves
Series Preview: The second-place Chicago Nine closing in on the first place Lewisberry Country Blumpkins visited their cousins the Boston Braves who dropped 4 of 5 games to the Nine in their first meeting for a potential repeat 7 game feast.
Game #1: Felix Hernandez picked up his 13th win as the Nine won 7-3. Jayson Werth homered, had 4 hits and 2 RBI’s pacing the Nine offense. The Braves outhit the Nine 9 hits to 8 but King Felix was able to limit the Braves to 3 runs.
Game #2: J.R. Richard tossed a 2 hit. 9 strikeout, shut out gem in a 6-0 Nine win. Bobby Richardson and Mike Trout smacked 2 hits each for the Nine.
Game #3: Don Newcomb dropped his ERA to 2.33 for the Braves in 3-0 win. The Braves keystone combo Dustin Pedroia and Nomar Garciaparra each had 2 hits for the Braves.
Game #4: Chicago recovered in game four with a 5-3 win. Jayson Werth continued to swing his hot bat with 3 hits for the Nine offense aided by 2 hits each from Bobby Richardson, Jose Martinez, and Hank Thompson. Adrian Gonzalez had 3 hits for the Braves.
Game #5: Boston won an 11-8 26 hit slugfest. Hank Thompson of the Nine with a 5 for 5, 3 RBI game was the days best hitter. Jim Rice homered and knocked in 4 runs and Dom DiMaggio collected 3 hits for the Braves.
Game #6: The Nine won a 7-6 11 inning nail bitter in game six. Joe Cunningham and Bobby Richardson each tripled and singled for the Nine. Dave Robertson had 3 hits and 2 RBI’s for the Braves.
Game #7: In the final game, the Braves won 7-4. Bobby Richardson had another 2 hit game while knocking in half the Nines runs. Jim Rice powered the Brave offense plating 3 runs with a double and homer.
Series Summary: The Braves played the Nine tougher than in their first series but still came out of the encounters losing four of the seven games.
Las Vegas Pirates @ Jack Street Hustlers
Series Preview: Back to division battles. Las Vegas, currently in 6th place, and their recent Pitcher of the Week award winner Dean Chance invade 3rd place Jack Street for an epic TeamViewer battle.
Game #1: Jake Arrieta 2-3 takes the mound for Vegas against Tom Glavine 12-4.

Las Vegas draws first blood in the first when Prince Fielder singled in Vince DiMaggio who had doubled with one out. That was the highlight for the Pirates as the Hustlers, powered by their 7 walks and 6 home runs cruised from there for a 11-1 victory.

L 1/4/0
J 11/15/0

WP – Glavine 13-4
LP – Arrieta 2-4
Sv – None
HR – J – Medwick (23), McGwire (32), Justice 2 (9), Palmeiro (14), Hisle (10)

Game #2: Howie Camnitz 9-8 vs. Sonny Siebert 4-10

Doesn’t necessarily look like it would shape up as a pitcher’s duel from the records, but it certainly did. Howie goes 8 2/3 IP giving up 4 hits, 9! walks and striking out 4 and giving up no runs. Sonny goes 8 1/3 giving up 7 hits, 0 runs, 2 walks and striking out 6. So, both pitchers go into the 9th. Siebert leaves with one out in the 9th after a single by Stargell. Brad Hand comes in and gets 2 ground outs to end the inning. In the bottom half, Edgar Martinez picked up a leadoff walk (Camnitz’ 9th), Hornsby grounded out moving Martinez to 2nd. Ducky Medwick grounded out to Camnitz moving EMart to 3rd. So, after facing 39 batters, Camnitz gave way to Mariano Rivera who got Big Mac to ground to short to end the inning and send us to bonus baseball. Dave Veres replaced Hand for the 10th. Beckert and Groat fly out and Hoak strikes out to end the inning. In the bottom half, Mark Guthrie was brought in to replace Rivera. It wasn’t his day. Bob Muesel led off with a single, Dave Justice followed with an infield single and Raffy Palmeiro sent the home fans home happy with a 3 run walkoff homer.

L 0/7/0
J 3/7/0

WP – Veres 4-1
LP – Guthrie 1-1
Sv – None
HR – J – Palmeiro (15)

Game #3: Game 3 featured a matchup of Mike Cuellar (8-6) against Bill Byrd (9-5)

Still feeling the sting of the extra inning loss from the day before, the Pirates wasted no time in taking control of this one. With two outs in teh 1st, Vince DiMaggio sent a Byrd fastball over the boards for a 2 out homer for his first homer of the season. In the second, Vegas plated 4 highlighted by back to back jacks by Don Hoak and Willie Davis, which were the first homers of the season for both of them. Las Vegas cruised from there taking the game 9-4.

L 9/14/0
J 4/8/2

WP – Cuellar 9-6
LP – Byrd 9-6
Sv – None
HR – L – V DiMaggio (1), Hoak (1), Davis (1) J – McGwire (33), Kent (10)

Game #4: Reigning pitcher of the week Dean Chance (4-13) against Carl Lundgren (6-2)

One of the oddest games I think I have ever been involved with. 2nd inning . . . Pirates catcher Edwards gets beaned and is injured for 11 day. Later in the same innings, Raffy Palmeiro falls into the dugout and is injured for the Hustlers for 5 days. So, scoring after each inning: Jack Street 2-0 after 1. Vegas 4-2 after 2. Vegas 4-3. Jack Street 7-4. Jack Street 7-6. Tied 7-7 after 6. Vegas scores 1 in the top of the 7th and Jack Street scores 3 in their half. 10-8 after 7. Unbelievably, no scoring in the 8th, so it’s 10-8 going to the 9th.

In the 9th, Jeff Brantley was trying to close it out for a Hustler victory and Mike Scioscia was brought in to catch and English to play shortstop to shore up the defense. Willie Stargell is the first hitter and he leads off with a double to the gap. Prince Fielder flies out to right for the first out. Smith is the next hitter and he drives one to the left-centerfield gap. Medwick and Hisle collide and right fielder Bob Meusel runs over and gets the ball to hold Smith to a double. Uh-oh, both Medwick and Hisle are still down. Both are injured, Medwick for a day and Hisle for 11. Let’s send in the subs. Hey, Kaline, you go into center and ???, hey no one else on the bench. Hey Hoerner, you suck as a pitcher this year, you and your 20 rated arm go to left. So, runner on 2nd, 1 out, 10-9 and a pitcher in left field. Dave Cash is sent in to pinch hit. Ground ball to 2nd and Hornsby GOES TO 3RD WITH IT!! Manager yelling. . . “what the hell. . . oh nice play” as Smith is tagged out at 3rd for the 2nd out. Dick Groat strides to the plate to be the hero and sends a fly to, get this, deep left field. Joe Hoerner makes the play to end the game.

L 9/12/1
J 10/12/1

WP – Jones 4-4
LP – Fuentes 1-1
Sv – Brantley 21
HR – Medwick (24)

Medwick had 7 rbi in the game.

Game #5: After a wild game 4, Buhl (8-5) takes the mound for the Pirates against Dan Haren (4-13) for the Hustlers.

Hustlers score 4 in the 4th and pretty much had it from there. Davis and Prince Fielder each pick up 2 hits for the Pirates, while EMart, Simmons and Kent all pick up 3 for the Hustlers.

L 3/8/0
J 8/15/0

WP – Haren 5-13
LP – Buhl 8-6
Sv – None
HR – L – Stargell (15) J – Kent (11)

Game #6: Arrieta (2-4) vs. Glavine (13-4)

A rematch of game 1, but a much different game. Jack Street opens the scoring in the 3rd when Scioscia leads off the inning and reaches first on an error by Biggio and is driven in on a 2 out double by Rogers Hornsby. It stayed that way until the 7th when Clemente drew a 1 out walk, moves to 2nd on a single by C Fielder and third on a single by Groat. Dave Cash drove him in with a sac fly to tie the game at 1 going to the bottom half of the 7th. The tie doesn’t last long as David Justice sends the first pitch of the bottom half into the bleachers for a 2-1 lead. Glavine and Brantley shut the Pirates down the rest of the way for the 2-1 victory. Great pitching outings. Arrieta went 7 giving up 5 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned, 1 walk and strikes out 8. Glavine goes 7 2/3 giving up 4 hits, a run, walks 1 and strikes out 3.

L 1/4/1
J 2/5/0

WP – Glavine 14-4
LP – Arrieta 2-5
Sv – Brantley 22
HR – J – Justice (10)

Game #7: Camnitz (9-8) matches up with Siebert (4-10) in a rematch of game 2.

It was a pitcher’s duel in game 2 and it was another in game 7. Unfortunately for Las Vegas, Jack Street pushed across 3 thanks to infield hits, hit by pitches and walks. That was all that Siebert needed, as he throws a 2 hit shutout (in an oddity, both hits were triples) giving up 2 walks and striking out 6. Camnitz deserved a better fate, as he only gave up 5 hits in 7 2/3 innings.

L 0/2/0
J 4/5/2

WP – Siebert 5-10
LP – Camnitz 9-9
Sv – None
HR – J – Medwick (25)

Series Summary: Jack Street take 6 of 7, but most of the games could have easily gone either way.

Recommendations for weekly honors:
Player of the week –
Ducky Medwick – 6 games 9-26 5 runs, 11 rbi, 3 doubles, 3 homers slash 346/370/808
Mark McGwire – 7 g 6-20, 6 R, 7 rbi, 2 double, 2 homers, 12 walks slash 300/563/700
Pitcher of the week –
Sonny Siebert 2 GS 1-0 17 1/3 IP, 9 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 12 K
Tom Glavine 2 GS 2-0 14 2/2 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 9 K

Kansas City A’s @ Indiana Indians
Series Preview: KC A’s visiting Indiana.
Game #1: KC 2-8-0, IND 1-9-0

Ferguson Jenkins with 10 K to lead KC. Joe Carter 3-4 for the Indians.

Game #2: KC 4-10-0 , IND 3-8-3

Joe Horlen over John Donaldson.

Game #3: KC 3-8-2 , IND 2-9-0

Mort Cooper over Don Drysdale.

Game #4: KC 5-11-0 , IND 0-3-0

Cicotte with a 3-hit complete game. David Price with the loss.

Game #5: KC 4-9-0, IND 3-9-0

A’s come back from 3-1 deficit with single tallies in the 7th, 8th and 9th for their 5th win in a row in this series and 7th overall. Niekro over Broxton.

Game #6: KC 0-2-1 , IND 6-11-0

Jenkins strikes out 10 again but also allows 6 runs on 10 hits. Grover Alexander with CG 2-hit shutout.

Game #7: KC 4-11-1 , IND 5-11-2

Tim Wallach with walkoff HR in last of 10th.

Series Summary: KC 5-2
Fort Worth Cats @ Cincinnati Knights
Series Preview: The much anticipated showdown between the A.L. West leading Fort Worth Cats (81-32) and second-place Cincinnati Knights (72-41), heats up at Glenn Sample Park. Trailing the division leaders by nine games, the Knights need wins to stay ahead of the pack in the playoff race.
Game #1: FWC 3-8-0, CIN 0-3-0

Justin Verlander allowed just one hit in seven dominating innings, as Hunter Pence delivered three hits.

Game #2: CIN 8-10-0, FWC 3-6-0

Reggie Smith delivered three doubles, as the Knights erupted for seven extra base hits in the win.

Game #3: CIN 4-8-0, FWC 3-9-0

Reggie Smith delivers a three-run walk-off homer for Cincinnati.

Game #4: CIN 7-9-0, FWC 3-10-3

Ted Williams socked a pair of triples and the Knights took advantage of three Cats errors to score five unearned runs in this one.

Game #5: CIN 6-10-0, FWC 1-8-0

Clayton Kershaw scattered seven hits over seven innings and held Fort Worth to a single run. The bottom third of the Knights lineup went four-for-eight with a triple, a homer and two RBI to pace the attack.

Game #6: CIN 3-7-0, FWC 0-7-0

Ted Williams and Jason Giambi each homered and Dazzy Vance fanned ten, as Cincinnati beat Verlander for the first time this season.

Game #7: FWC 9-14-0, CIN 3-8-0

The Cats sent the final message of the series with the win. Ken Singleton (three hits) was one of four Fort Worth players to deliver multiple hits and Greg Maddux held things in check for seven innings for the victory.

Series Summary: Cincinnati takes five of the seven games to create some breathing room over the pack of playoff-hunting teams. Despite the wins, the Knights are still six games back of the Cats for the Al. West lead and there are just 42 division games remaining in the season.
Menomonee Minutemen @ New Westminster Salmonbellies
Series Preview: Menomonee Minutemen come to New Westminster to face the highest-scoring team in all of LEG baseball. Should be fun facing superstar Socks Seybold for the Minutemen,
Game #1: Minutemen start Tom Gordon against Bob Rush for the Salmonbellies

Benito Santiago hits his first homer of the year, a 3 run smash to take the Minutemen to a 5 – 2 victory. Santiago goes 4 for 4 with 2 runs and 3 RBI. Gordon picks up the victory and Abernathy picks up his 5th loss in relief.

Game #2: Tim Hudson starts for Menonomee and Dutch Leonard for New Westminster.

Things are quiet to the top of the 7th when Socks Seybold knocks in two runs with his 47th double and then scores on an RBI single by Buster Posey. New West gets a run back in the bottom of the 7th on an RBI triple by Chick Stahl. Minutemen take a 3 – 1 lead into the ninth. Ron Hunt picks up a single off of reliever Kenley Jansen and scores on an RBI double by Chick Stahl. Billy Werber runs for Stahl and Beltran walks. They both steal bases and Concepcion strikes out. Comes down to Fred Clarke with one out and two men on and he comes through with a two run single for an exciting 4 – 3 win for the Bellies fans. Socks Seybold ends up with 3 doubles in the game.

Game #3: Marv Grisson gets the start for the Minutemen and Dwight Gooden for the Salmonbellies

Bellies get on the board first in the third on an RBI single by Dihigo. Top of the 4th and Ike Boone comes through with a 2 run home run making the score 2 – 1 for the Minutemen. Bottom of the 4th and the Bellies tie up the game. Beltran scores after doubling. Bellies go ahead in the 6th and Menomonee ties the game in the 9th on a walk to Judnich, a sac and a throwing error by Concepcion.
In the bottom of the 10th the Bellies win the game on a single by Fred Clarke, a groundout moving Clarke to 2nd and he steals 3rd and scores on a Campanella single for the 4 – 3 Bellies victory.

Game #4: Tommy John for the Minutemen and Jeff Tesreau for the Salmonbellies.

Top of the 2nd and Buster Posey scores the first run of the game on an Anthony Rizzo RBI. That is the only run and Bellies go on to score 9 runs on 12 hits. All 9 starters were on base and 7 of them scored runs in a 9 – 1 victory.

Game #5: Jim Scott goes for the Minutemen and Sam Leever for the Bellies

The Bellies go up 5 – 0 in the first to virtually put the game out of reach. The final is 12 – 1. Jimmy Wynn goes 3 for 4 with a couple of HR’s and 6 RBI. Martin Dihigo ends up going 4 for 5 with 2 runs, HR, and 4 RBI bringing his average up to .353.

Game #6: Tom Gordon pitches for Menomonee and Bob Rush makes his 2nd start of the season for New West.

The Bellies get off to a 4 run lead in the 3rd on a 3 run home run by Jack Clark. New Westminster scores 4 more times to go on to an 8 – 1 victory.

Game #7: Tim Hudson for the Minutemen and Dutch Leonard for the Bellies

In the top of the 1st Chuck Knoblauch, replacing the injured Jose Altuve leads off with a single. With 2 out Chipper Jones hits an infield single and Buster Posey jacks one to give the Minutemen a 3 – 0 lead. Top of the 5th and another mess for the Dutchman. Leonard walks Baines, Rizzo hits a double to put the runners and 2nd and 3rd.
Knoblauch knocks in Baines but Fred Clarke throws out Rizzo to relieve the baserunning problems. McCutchen comes up to hit a 2 run home run to make the score 6 – 0. The Dutchman is done. Bottom of the 5th and Jack Clark leads off with a HR. Beltran walks and scores on a Billy Werber single. Bottom of the 6th and Johnny Bassler hits a single and Roy Campanella comes into run. Campy steals 2nd and Jack Clark knocks him home with a single. Hunt runs for Clark and Beltran at the plate and he gets hit with a pitch bringing Felipe Alou to replace the injured Beltran. Martin Dihigo comes up and seems to be pointing his old bat to left field. Bang, he hits a 3 run home run to tie the game at six. All is quiet until the bottom of the 11th with runners on first and third. Martin Dihigo knocks a single over first to win the game.

Series Summary: Salmonbellies take the series 6 games to 1 with 3 one-run games, 2 extra-inning games. Martin Dihigo was the star of the series going 10 for 27 with 5 runs, 10 RBI, 2 HRs.
Wrigleyville Whales @ Purry Cowpokes
Series Preview: Wrigleyville (39-74) travels into Purry County to face the Cowpokes (63-50). Excited to get back to divisional play.
Game #1: Frank Sullivan pitches 8.2 innings and holds the Whales to 2 runs on 8 hits. Purry’s 5 run 3rd inning puts the game out of reach early. Purry 10 Wrigleyville 2
Game #2: Wrigleyville gets homers from Lefty O’Doul, Sherm Lollar, and Ray Chapman as Sandy Koufax improves his record to 3-14. Wrigleyville 7 Purry 5
Game #3: Javier Vazquez throws 8.2 innings of 1 hit ball to improve his record to 17-6. Rickey gets injured for 5 days. Rickey’s not happy. Purry 3 Wrigleyville 0
Game #4: Tris Speaker hits a solo homer in the bottom of the 9th to walk it off for the Cowpokes. Purry 5 Wrigleyville 4
Game #5: Neil Walker’s 2 run blast in the 5th puts Purry on top for good. Purry 6 Wrigleyville 3
Game #6: Graig Nettles goes 2-4 with a homer, 4 rbi’s and 3 runs scored. Purry’s 10 run 4th inning puts this game out of reach early. Purry 16 Wrigleyville 7.
Game #7: Claude Ritchey goes 4-5 with 2 doubles and 3 rbi’s while Dwight Evans homers and adds 3 homers of his own. Sandy Koufax strikes out 5 and surrenders only 1 run on 4 hits over 8 innings. Wrigleyville 9 Purry 1
Series Summary: Purry has it’s way with Wrigleyville but they couldn’t figure out Sandy Koufax. Koufax entered the series with a record 2-14 and doubled his win total in this series. Purry takes the series 5-2.
Madison East Puregolders @ Kansas City Blues
Series Preview: Two teams side by side in the standings meet up for dominance
Game #1: J.Mesa goes 7 strong for a 6-2 win Purgs
Game #2: Blues leading 6-2 early on Purgs score 6 more to take 8-6 lead never look back
Fernando gives up 7 ER
Game #3: Saberhagen goes the distance gives up 3 hits and a 7-1 win for Purgs
Game #4: Greinke and the Blues finally win one 7-3
Game #5: Mizell goes a strong 8 2/3 for a 5-1 Purgs win Koosman goes to 6-14 for the Blues
Game #6: Creacy and Canseco provide 8 rbis 14-run 18-hit attack on Purgs Blues win
Game #7: G.Bush goes the distance for Purgs but gets the loss Fernando gets the win 5-2
Series Summary: Purgs win series 4-3
Climax Cougars @ Coastline Bobcats
Series Preview: Climax (58-55) in 4th place in the NL East visits Coastline (79-34) in 1st place for a 7 game series. Climax is looking to cut into the Bobcats lead and solidify their quest for a playoff spot.

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Game #1: CMC S.Fernandez vs CLB K.Brown
The series starts off with a bang as CLB K.Brown continues to pitch like a Grade 5 rather than a Grade 20. In the CMC T1 after Fregosi bbs and is CS on a busted H&R, Meyers 1bs, Ott flys out, Bautista 1bs, Crawford bbs to load the bases and Grantham rips a 2-rbi 1b followed by a Clift 2-rbi 2b. Its 4-0 CMC before CLB comes to bat!Well, what to expect in the B1 as the ‘Cats come to bat. Kemps bbs, Burks bbs, H.Wilson hits an rbi-2b, Skowron belts a 2-rbi 3b, and Gordon follows with a 2-run HR. Just like that its now 5-4 CLB!So, lets see, CLB K.Brown heads out for the T2 and he can’t be as bad as he was in the T1. Correct, but he’s almost as bad as he gives up 3 more runs when Fregosi bbs, steals 2nd, Meyers bbs, Bautista hits an rbi-2b, and Albers comes in and gives up a 3-run HR to Crawford. It’s now 8-5 CMC!On to the B2 we go and what can you expect, more bad pitching or good hitting, whichever way you look at it. CLB strikes back again when Howard 1bs (in the game on a double switch), Kemp 1bs, and Burks clouts a 3-run HR to tie the game at 8-8! CMC calls on Carroll and after he gets 2 outs Skowron hits a solo-HR to give the ‘Cats a 9-8 lead!After a scoreless 3rd, Glory be! In the T4 CMC ties the game when Ott bbs, steals 2nd, and then scores on a Grantham rbi-1b. The hitters must have gotten tired as we have a scoreless 5th and 6th.CMC brings on S.Wood in the in the B7 and after 2 outs Skowron draws a bb and then scores on a Gordon rbi-2b as Gordon is pegged at 3rd on the cut-off play. In the CLB B8 they add an insurance run when Gehrig 2bs and then scores on a Kemp rbi-1b.CLB calls on Sutter to close out the game and he tosses a perfect 9th for his 48th save. CMC S.Wood (8-7) takes the loss and CLB S.Casilla (6-3) gets the win.CLB 11, CMC 9
Game #2: CMC C.Redding vs CLB C.Finley
CMC again opens the scoring in the T1 when Fregosi 2bs, Clift 1bs, Ott rips an rbi-1b moving Clift to 3rd but is cut down at 2nd, J.Gibson adds an rbi-1b for a 2-0 CMC lead. In the B2 CLB strikes back when Howard bbs, Gehrig 1bs, and then with 2 out M.Williams clubs a 3-run HR.In the CMC T5 Fregosi bbs, steals 2nd, Ott bbs, and Gibson comes through with a 2-run 2b for a 4-3 CMC lead! CLB comes back and ties it in the B6 on a G.Jenkins solo-HR. But in the CMC T7, the star of the game, J.Gibson comes through again with a solo-HR which would prove to be the game-winner. Plunk pitches out of a 2nd and 3rd jam in the B9 by fanning Becker and getting G.Jenkins to P3 to earn the save.CMC C.Melton (1-0) earns the win and Plunk gets his 11th save, CLB C.Finley (15-6) takes the loss.CMC 5, CLB 4
Game #3: CMC R.Waddell vs CLB B.Swift
This game would be all about CLB B.Swift as he tosses a 3-hit Shutout. Swift gets more DPs (3) then he does Ks (2) as he only faces 28 batters in the game. CLB opened the scoring in the B1 when Burks 3bs and Ripken 2bs him home. CLB adds a run in the B6 on a Skowron rbi-2b and 3 more in the B8 on a Burks solo-HR, and rbi-2bs by Gordon and M.Williams.CLB B.Swift (13-8) with the win and CMC R.Waddell (10-8) gets the loss.CLB 5, CMC 0
Game #4: CMC V.Mungo vs CLB D.Stieb
Both pitchers open the game strong and the game is scoreless through 5 innings. In the CLB B6 Becker 1bs, with 2 outs Ripken slashes a H&R 1b to move Becker to 3rd, and H.Wilson hits an infield rbi-1b for a 1-0 CLB lead. CLB adds one in the B7 on a 2 out M.Williams solo-HR,CMC finally breaks through against Stieb in the T8 with a Leonard solo-HR. But CLB gets the run right back in the B8 when Becker bbs, Jenkins 1bs, and Clift throws away Ripken’s grounder.CLB goes to Sutter in the T9 and after he gives up a lead-off bb to Ott, he gets Bautista to hit into a 543 DP and gets Crawford to pop out to end the game.CLB D.Stieb (15-5) with the win, Sutter with Save #49, and CMC V.Mungo (7-7) gets the loss.CLB 3, CMC 1
Game #5: CMC S.Fernandez vs CLB S.Maglie
Another game where the starters toss 5 scoreless innings to open the game. In this game CMC strikes first with a run in the T6 on a Mize solo-HR. CLB finally gets a run on Fernandez in the B8 when M.Williams 1bs, steals 2nd, PH Simmons 1bs, Goslin PRs for Wilson, and Kemp hits a SAC fly to tie the game at 1-1.CLB calls on Sutter in the T9 and the normally dependable reliever gives up a solo-HR to Crawford to give CMC a 2-1 lead. CMC sends Plunk out in the B9 and he tosses a perfect 9th for his 12th save.CMC S.Fernandez (5-6) with the win, Plunk with Save #12, and CLB B. Sutter (3-3) with the loss.CMC 2, CLB 1
Game #6: CMC C.Redding vs CLB K.Brown
Will the real K.Brown please show up. Yes! Finally K.Brown pitches a game worthy of his pitcher rating. K.Brown tosses the shutout, his 1st of the season, giving up 5 hits while fanning 3. CLB opened the scoring in the B1 when Becker 1bs, Jenkins 2bs, and after a Ripken FC, H.Wilson rips a 2-run 3b. CLB would put the game away with 4 runs in the B3 highlighted by a Jenkins solo-HR and a Gordon rbi-2b.CLB K.Brown (13-9) with the win and CMC C.Redding (4-8) with the loss.CLB 8, CMC 0
Game #7: CMC S.Wood vs CLB C.Finley
CLB out early with a run in the B1 when Kemp 1bs, steals 2nd, and Burks rbi-2b drives him home. CMC ties it up right away in the T2 with a Grantham solo-HR. In the CLB B3 Skowron his a solo-HR to regain the lead.CMC takes the lead in the T5 when Crawford 2bs and eventually scores on Wood’s rbi-2b followed by a Fregosi rbi-1b. CLB then ties it back up in the B5 when Becker 1bs and gets around to 3rd on Ott’s error and then scores on Jenkins SAC fly.In the CMC T7 Wood bbs and then scores on a Fregosi rbi-3b for a 4-3 CMC lead! CMC Wood would come out and toss a scoreless B7 and get 2 out in the B87 before giving way to Plunk. Plunk would close out the B8 and then toss a perfect B9 to earn the save,CMC S.Wood (9-7) with the win, Plunk gets Save#13, and CLB M.Albers (3-1) takes the loss.CMC 4, CLB 3
Series Summary: Coastline wins the series 4-3 over Climax. There were some close games and some not so close games but all in all a fun series.
Fantomz Force @ Detroit DeLoreans
Series Preview: The NL East sixth place Fantomz Force (52-61) visit the second-place Detroit DeLoreans (72-41) for a seven-game NL divisional series.
Game #1: FAN 1 – DET 2: Detroit’s 2-run fourth inning was enough for the win. An RBI single by A. Rendon and double by C. Klein held up. The Force’s J. Donaldson homered in the seventh to tighten the score. N. Lajoie went 3 for 4 for the DeLoreans, scoring a run, hitting his 50th double, and stealing his 10th base.
Game #2: FAN 2 – DET 8: A 2-run homer from the Fantomz’s J. Mostil put them on top in the first inning. Their 2-0 lead held up until the bottom of the eighth inning when Detroit exploded for eight runs. The DeLoreans were led by N. Lajoie’s 4 for 5, 2 RBI performance, and C. Klein’s 3 for 4.
Game #3: FAN 0 – DET 6: Detroit’s C. Morgan pitched a complete game 2-hit shutout. While N. Lajoie remained hot, going 2 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI.
Game #4: FAN 2 – DET 3: The DeLoreans jumped out 2-0 in the bottom of the first inning on RBI hits from R. Collins and B. Herman. However, the Force battle back to tie the game in the second and third innings with solo HRs from S. Choo and L. Doby. Detroit won on a walk-off RBI from pinch hitter J. Beckley in the ninth.
Game #5: FAN 3 – DET 2: The Force flip the score for their first series win. L. Doby led the charge for the Fantomz, going 2 for 3 with a HR and 2 RBI. Detroit’s B. Herman went 2 for 3 with a triple (7) and RBI.
Game #6: FAN 0 – DET 5: Detroit’s S. Sallee was the story, pitching a complete game 1-hit shutout. The DeLoreans had multiple hits from N. Lajoie, R. Collins, and A. Rendon.
Game #7: FAN 1 – DET 3: The game was scoreless for the first five-inning until Detroit scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth. The Fantomz’s J. Donaldson tacked on a solo shot (9) in the top of the seventh. Donaldson went 2 for 3. Detroit’s J. Cronin went 2 for 4 with a double and one run scored.
Series Summary: While Detroit won six of seven, each game in the series was close. They were fortunate. The DeLoreans just had a little more offense helped by some timely hits.
 Nags Head Surf Sox @ West Michigan Retrogrades
Series Preview: The Nags Head Surf Sox visit the West Michigan Retrogrades for a seven-game series. The Retrogrades are looking to position themselves for a playoff spot; the Surf Sox are looking to finish the season strongly.
Game #1: NAG 0-WMR 5
Great pitching performance by Urban Shocker who threw a complete game 2-hit shutout (SC 88). Tommy Davis was 3-4 with 2 SB with a run and RBI.
Game #2: NAG 2-WMR 8
Tommy Davis had his hitting shoes on again, going 3-5. Foxx and Winfield had 2 hits each. Curt Davis pitched a solid game
Game #3: NAG 2-WMR 8
Same score, different pitcher shutting down the Surf Sox. This time it was Hal Schumacher who went 7 and gave up 1 earned run. Schumacher also got a hit and is hitting .321 this season. Winfield had 2 hits again.
Game #4: NAG 6-WMR 2
Mike Mussina pitched 7 strong innings only giving up 1 earned run. Jeter and Standon had 2 hits each. The Retrograde bullpen imploded in the final two innings.
Game #5: NAG 2-WMR 6
Another solid pitching performance by Curt Davis, 7 innings 1 earned run. Kingman went 2-4 with a homer and stolen base.Bill Dickey got hit by a BBW shot put pitch and is out 5 games. The Retrogrades would field potential trades for a third catcher to serve as a #3 the rest of the season.
Game #6: NAG 2-WMR 6
Another solid pitching performance by Curt Davis, 7 innings 1 earned run. Kingman went 2-4 with a homer and stolen base.Bill Dickey got hit by a BBW shot put pitch and is out 5 games. The Retrogrades would field potential trades for a third catcher to serve as a #3 the rest of the season.
Game #7: NAG 4-WMR 3
The Retrograde, again, blow a lead. Andre Dawson acted like a Hall of Famer and hit the go-ahead home run. Hal Schumacker hit his FIFTH home run of the season and still sits at .321. If there’s a silver slugger for pitchers, he’s got to be near the top of the list.
Series Summary: In a close series, West Michigan takes is 5 games to 2. A couple of close games could have swung the other way. Urban Shocker might be considered for the pitcher of the week for his game one performance and his overall 16 innings giving up only 2 earned runs. The standout hitter of the series was Tommy Davis, who went 11-30 (.367) with 2 2B, 3 RBI, 4 runs, and 2 SB.

Again, West Michigan is looking to trade for a backup catcher but will use a franchise point to reduce Dickey’s injury by 50%.

Pigtown Bombers @ Virginia Cavaliers
Series Preview: The last place Pigtown Bombers (35-78) fly into Virginia to face the (53-60) Cavaliers. Both teams are struggling to keep team batting averages above the Mendoza line. However, the Bombers pitching staff, like their hitters, claim the bottom slot as well with an ERA over 4.00. The Virginia staff ranks 6th with a 3.04 ERA. But, it should be a good series with few runs (probably based on lack of hitting rather than pitching)
Game #1: Gm.1 VIR 5-3 W-L.Gomez (12-8) L-J.Franco (0-6) SV-K.Foulke (31)

The game didn’t start out so good for Pigtown,…starter J.McGinnity injured his wrist in the 3rd inning and will be unavailable for 7 days…ouch! What makes it worse is that he had a no-hitter going. With McGinnity gone, the Cavaliers finally got to the Bombers in the 4th. Trammell blooped a 1-out single and F.Robinson’s sharp single to CF sent him to 3rd. K.McReynolds’ FC grounder scored Trammell for a 1-0 VIR lead. However, PIG would tie it in the 6th. With one out M.Schmidt hit a rocket into LF, slid into 3rd with a triple and then scored on a J.Robinson squirter into RF. VIR was not finished though. In the bottom of the 6th F.Frisch led off with a single and Trammell stepped to the plate, “ the offering…
a big fly to left … RAMIREZ ’05 backpedals … still drifting back … look out now!…it’s outta here! … RAMIREZ ’05 thought he had a play but the ball carried just beyond his reach … home run for TRAMMELL ’88 … and two runs score…Alan trots around the bases … he loves a trip downtown … he’s greeted at the plate…BOMBERS 1, CAVALIERS 3.” M.Ramirez made up for watching that ball go over his head by sending out one of his own in the 8th. After J.Edmonds drew a walk, “GOMEZ ’38 comes home with it … a blast to right…no doubt about this one … it’s gone! … way over the fence … two-run shot for RAMIREZ ’05…he seems to like base runners … Manny RAMIREZ ’05 will circle the bases…and he’s sure taking his time … he’s greeted at the plate…BOMBERS 3, CAVALIERS 3.” And it looks like Manny has designs on playing extra innings, Not so for VIR. Bottom of the 8th,…Trammell draws a 1-out walk and steals 2nd. PIG decides to put F.Robinson on and play for the DP. K.McReynolds ruins that tactic by slicing one down the RF line for a 2-run double and a 5-3 VIR lead. K.Foulke comes in. Bing-bang-boom! Save #31.

Game #2: Gm.2 VIR 6-4 W-J.Guzman (4-8) L-J.Abbott (2-16) SV-R.Betancourt (2)

PIG outhit VIR 12-8, but VIR made their hits count and used 3 SF’s to garner 3 of their 6 runs. With J. Guzman struggling through 6 innings he was able to exit with a 1-run lead and the VIR bullpen handled the last 3 innings. PIG came out of the gates fast in the 1st inning with J.Edmonds dropping a single into RF and scoring on E.Flick’s triple into the RF corner. Flick waltzed home as the next batter, H.Greenberg, singled into LF. That quick, PIG was up 2-0. A SF by VIR in the bottom of the 1st closed the gap to 1. But PIG added 1 in the next inning on a RBI double from E.Flick and led 3-1 only to see VIR add a run in the bottom half of the inning when P.Whitney planted one in the LF bleachers. It stayed PIG’s favor at 3-2 until the 6th. With one out, J.Harris singled to RF and scored on A.Jones double to LF. Jones went to 3rd on the throw home and scored on a SF by P.Whitney to give VIR a 4-3 lead after 6. VIR would increase the lead to 6-3 in the 8th on a J.Harris RBI double and a SF by A.Jones. Back-to-back doubles in the 9th by F.Rodriguez and J.Edmonds closed out the scoring for PIG and VIR’s pen held on for the win.

Game #3: Gm.3 VIR 4-3 W-R.Hernandez (8-1) L-D.Day (1-8)
A nice pitching duel between starters L.Tiant and B.Turley,…for a while. Unfortunately, the Pig’s pen would let them down. Tiant scattered 6 hits over 7 innings while allowing 2 runs before leaving with a 3-2 lead. Turley went 6 innings allowing 2 hits and no runs before he ran into trouble in the 7th. A 2-run double by F.Robinson in the 1st had given VIR a 2-run lead that Turley lost in the 7th. Turley walked the first two batters he faced in the 7th and D.Sims singled in the first PIG run of the game.L.Tiant, of all people, then lined an RBI single into left CF to tie the game at 2-all. M.Ramirez put PIG ahead with an RBI double to CF and Tiant smiled as he left the game with a 3-2 lead. But the baseball gods were not smiling back, L.Parrish led off the bottom of the 8th as a PH’er for T.Pena…”Here he comes … cut on … hit deep to left field … way back … VELARDE ’92 is racing back…it’s long gone! … Lance ties the game! … he got all of that one…Lance trots around the bases … he loves a trip downtown … he claps his hands…BOMBERS 3, CAVALIERS 3.” Not good for the PIG pen,…and it gets worse. H.Heilmann leads off the 9th with a double. T.Taylor pinch runs for him. After K.McReynolds’ groundout moves Taylor to third, PIG walks J.Harris to set up the DP and K’s Templeton for the 2nd out. But up comes the man that tied it up in the last inning,…”L. PARRISH ’89 facing D. O’DAY ’15, B 9th, 2 Outs, 1st and 3rd, Tied 3-3 …TAYLOR ’73 with a good lead off third … the pitch … lined to left center … base hit…it’s all over! … TAYLOR ’73 scores…BOMBERS 3, CAVALIERS 4.”
Game #4: Gm.4 VIR 2-1 W-J.Key (6-8) L-J.Taylor (3-9) SV-K.Foulke (32)
Another tight game between two struggling teams. This time, VIR got a solid performance from J.Key as he held PIG to 7 hits and only one run through 7 innings. After that the tough VIR bullpen closed it out. H.Greenberg was the only batter to put a blemish on Key’s day. Batting just .232, Greenberg crushed his 20th homer of the season deep over the CF wall for what would be PIG’s only run of the game. Ironically this homer would come in the 4th inning,…the same inning VIR would score there only runs. For VIR it would be R.Kiner who did the honors. Batting a robust .184, Kiner turned on a fastball and watched his 7th homer of the season clear the wall with a runner on base. With a 2-1 lead, VIR put the game in the hands of their pitching and they answered the call as Key held PIG at bay and Foulke closed it out.
Game #5: Gm.5 PIG 7-5 J.Abbott (3-16) L-E.Reulbach (7-9) SV-D.Day (14)
One bad inning made this look closer than it was. PIG pretty much controlled this game from beginning to end. With 2 outs in the top of the 2nd, PIG loaded the bases with the pitcher, J.Abbott, coming to the plate…”J. ABBOTT’ 95 facing E. REULBACH ’09, T 2nd, 2 Outs, Bases Loaded, Tied 0-0 …The runners take their lead … here’s the pitch … base hit right field…MCREYNOLDS ’89 is after it … he cuts it off deep in the gap … FLICK ’03 scores…ROBINSON ’54 is well around third…he scores…BOMBERS 2, CAVALIERS 0.” And just like that Abbott helps himself and sets the tone of the game. Two innings later, in the 4th, Abbott does it again. After a base hit and an error puts runners at 1st and 3rd, Abbott sneaks one into RF for a RBI single and a 3-0 PIG lead. With Abbott pitching a 3-hit shutout through 6, PIG tacks on 3 more runs in the 7th. M.Ramirez puts 1 run on the board the short way…”that’s rocked to deep left center … it is high … and long … and gone!…RAMIREZ ’05 with a monster shot.” H.Greenberg follows with a double to the gap in left-center and then…”SCHMIDT ’76 jacks one to deep left … KINER ’53 retreats … still going back…to the track … to the wall … gone! … home run for SCHMIDT ’76…BOMBERS 6, CAVALIERS 0.” The drubbing is on,…or is it? Abbott takes the mound for the bottom of the 7th. R.Kiner singles, L.Parrish singles, T.Taylor follows with a RBI single, PIG 6-1 now, H.Heilmann singles to load the bases. A.Trammell pinch hits for Templeton. “BOMBERS playing for the double play … the pitch … hit deep to left center … way back…RAMIREZ ’05 is racing back … it’s gone! … grand slam for TRAMMELL ’88… ABBOTT’ 95 hung one…and TRAMMELL ’88 made him pay … and ABBOTT’ 95 is just hanging his head.” Suddenly it’s a 1-run game. PIG makes the obvious move and goes to the PIG pen. And boy was that the right call. Over the next 3 innings they allow but 1 measly hit and don’t allow any VIR runners to even sniff home plate. For good measure, E.Flick adds a RBI single in the 9th to push the score to 7-5 and D.Day throws a 3-up 3-down bottom of the 9th for save #14.
Game #6: Gm.6 VIR 4-0 W-L.Gomez (13-8) L-T.Thomas (1-2)
This was all L.Gomez. CG 3-hit shutout with 10 K’s. There’s nothing else to say other than F.Frisch had 2 doubles, 2 walks, and 2 RBI. This was Gomez’ game.
Game #7: Gm.7 VIR 3-2 W-J.Guzman (5-8) L-L.Tiant (8-8) SV-K.Foulke (33)
Another close game (weren’t they all?). VIR got to Tiant early when back- to-back doubles by J.Harris and A.Jones produced a run. Two outs later, T.Pena bounces one off the wall to score Jones and VIR is up 2-0. PIG gets one back in the 3rd when D.Sims leads off…”SIMS ’66 lofts a high fly … down the line to right…MCREYNOLDS ’89 looks as if he’s got it covered … on the warning track…now his back’s to the wall … the leap … and he comes down … empty handed!…SIMS ’66 eases into his home run trot … that ball just wouldn’t die.” Tiant then helps himself in the 5th with a SF that ties the game at 2-all. But he’s not too happy in the 6th when he faces K.McReynolds and watches as KMac airmails a fastball over the leftfield wall for a 3-2 VIR lead. After that, Tiant sadly watches the VIR pen take over and VIR pulls out the 3-2 victory with K.Foulke getting his 33rd save of the season.
Series Summary: A surprising 6-1 series win for VIR, all close games (except Gomez’ shutout) and a run here or there could have altered the outcome. VIR outscored PIG 29-20 and only outhit them 56-54 and out homered them 6-5 as neither team is known for their power. Manny Ramirez was the big gun in the Bombers attack. He hit .321 (9-28) with 2 runs, 4 RBI and 2 homers. Hank Greenberg also had 7 hits for PIG and drilled 2 homeruns while hitting .250.
Virginia had several bats going for the series. Kevin McReynolds was 9-24 .375 with a homer and 5 RBI, Harry Heilmann .7-18 ,388, Pinky Whitney 5-15 .333, a homer and 3 RBI, and Alan Trammell 5-17 .294, 5 runs, 6 RBI and 2 homers (including a GS).
Virginia also had a great pitching performance from Lefty Gomez who threw a 3-hit shutout.
Pigtown goes from the frying pan into the fire as they go home to take on the 3rd place West Michigan Retrogrades. Virginia stays home to host Nags Head, who is 1 game behind them in the middle of the pack.
Clockwork Heros @ Wainwright Wranglers
Series Preview: Powerhouse Clockwork comes to Wainwright AS HEAVY FAVORITES TO WIN THE SERIES
Game #1: Arky Vaugh goes 3 for four and light hitting this season Bill Melton drives in 3 in an easy 8-3 victory. Kirby Puckett goes 3 for 4 with two homers and drove in all three Wainwright runs
Game #2: Mathewson vs Grove in a battle of aces. One throws a complete game and one lasts an inning and it wasn’t my guy grove that threw a complete game. Mathewson won his 20th and Bill Melton had another big game driving in 6 in another 8-3 Clockwork victory. Puckett was Wainwrights only bright spot hitting his third homer of the series
Game #3: Uhle goes 7 strong in leading Clockwork to a 4-2 victory. Bob Watson goes 3 for three and once again Kirby Puckett is Wainwrights lone bright spot going 2 for 4 and driving in a run
Game #4: Kluber goes 7 strong in leading clockwork to another 4-2 victory. Foster drives in a couple and Wainwrights bats continue to struggle. Puckett goes one for 4 to continue his streak of a hit in every game
Game #5: Blyleven wins his 19th and clockwork cruises to a 7-1 victory. Foster drove in a three and Melton a couple to lead the attack Bip Roberts was the only Wanger to get a couple of hits and Puckett went o for 4
Game #6: Mathewson outlasts Neagle and wins his 21st in an uneventful 4-2 victory
Game #7: Uhle wins his 13th and Willis loses his 20th in a 6-5 victory for clockwork. George Foster drove in a couple with a bomb
Series Summary: So the series lived up to its billing as Clockwork made short work of Wainwright in sweeping the series
Hoboken Zephyrs @ Fire Lake Segers
Series Preview: The Zephyrs visit Fire Lake leading the Segers by 5 games in the NL West playoff race.
Game #1: In a hard fought pitchers’ duel, Red Faber improved his record to 13-9, 2.03era. David Cone was brilliant for Fire Lake but to a tough loss.
Hoboken 1 Fire Lake 0
Game #2: Mike Garcia pitched a complete game 5-hitter to improve to 3-7, 3.70era. Stan Spence led the Hoboken attack with a triple, home run and 3 RBIs.  Denny McLain’s record dropped to 9-10.
Hoboken 4 Fire Lake 1
Game #3: Jeff Heath hit a big 3-run blast in the 16th inning to get the win. Ewell Blackwell pitched 6 scoreless innings in relief to get move his record to 4-7, 2.94era. Ron Guidry pitched well enough to win but takes a no-decision. Pete Rose led Fire Lake with 3 hits.
Hoboken 5 Fire Lake 2
Game #4: Noodles Hahn improved to 19-7, 2.14era as Frank Duncan, Tommy Henrich and Kevin Youkilis starred offensively for Hoboken. Eric Davis hit a 3-run blast off Hahn for the only Seger offense.
Hoboken 6 Fire Lake 3
Game #5: The Segers scored two runs late off Faber to snap their 11-game losing streak. Scott Rolen had a big two-run blast early. Mario Soto picked up the win in relief. Soto improved to 6-3, 2.43era.
Fire Lake 4 Hoboken 3
Game #6: Dennis Menke delivered a clutch 2-run blast in the bottom of the 9th to force extra innings. Gary Lavelle improved to 5-4, 2.15era in three scoreless innings of relief.
Fire Lake 5 Hoboken 4
Game #7: Vada Pinson finished the series with a walk-off steal of home. Denny McLain pitched well but took a no-decision. Mike Garcia left with a 6-day injury.
Fire Lake 3 Hoboken 2
Series Summary: Hoboken won the first 4 games of the series and seemed to be cruising along. Fire Lake proceeded to win the next three each by one run. Fire Lake is battling to hold that 8th NL playoff spot.
Motown Yankees @ San Tan Valley Moonrakers
Series Preview: No time for a detailed write-up. Needless to say, Motown put a whoppin’ on San Tan, taking 5 in a row before the Moonrakers saved some face and won the last 2.
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Series Summary: Motown does a number on San Tan, winning the series 5-2.
Hollywood Zombies @ Iowa Giants
Series Preview: Hollywwod Zombies come in at 41-72 tied with the Giants last place in the NHational League West hoping for a exciting series.
Game #1: HOL 2-6-0 WP Zimmerman 3-4 SV Myers 3-4
IOW 1-8-1 LP Feller 8-17
Zimmerman goes 8 innings and Jeff Bagwell 3-4
Game #2: HOL 5-15-0 LP Owens 0-2
IOW 7-7-1 WP Dean 5-9
Rudy York 2-4 Homer Dizzy Dean goes 8 innings and also hut homer
Game #3: HOL 10-15-0 WP W Johnson 12-11
IOW3-8-0 LP Fidrych 1-2
Tim Raines 3-4 5 RBI Homer
Game #4: HOL 6-5-0 WP Plank 5-15
IOW 3-7-0 LP Lemon 3-5
Zombies lose Ron Leflore for 22 games
Game #5: HOL 2-6-1 LP Rogers 7-15
IOW 4-8-1 WP Feller 9-17
Zombies another injury Ventura 9 days
Game #6: HOL 2-6-0 WP F Rodriquez 2-3 Sv Johnson 3
IOW 1-6-1 LP Bonham 7-5
11 inning game
Game #7: HOL 5-13-0 WP Woodeshich 2-5 Sv Johnson 4
IOW 4-11-1 LP Lemon 3-6
12 inning games
Series Summary: Well it was an exciting series all close games, Zombies take 5 of 7 so Iowa falls deeper into the hole

 

2020 PLAYER / PITCHER OF THE WEEK #23

 

National League Pitchers of the Week – Noodles HAHN – Hoboken

1-0 record, 9.0  innings pitched, 0.00 ERA, 1 hit, 8 strikeouts, & 3 walks

 

 

 

American League Pitcher of the Week – Dean CHANCE – Las Vegas

1-0 record, 9 innings pitched, 0.00 ERA, 3 hits, 2 strikeouts,  & 1 walk

 

 

 

National League Player of the Week –Tim RAINES  – Hollywood

.471 avg  / 1.176 slg, 8 for 17, 1 double, 1 triple, 3  home runs, 6  runs, 8 RBIs, & 1 SB

 

 

 

American League Player of the Week –Willie McCOVEY  – Purry

.500 avg / 1.188 slg, 8  for 16,  2 doubles, 3 homers, 4 runs, 9 RBIs, & 2 walks

 

 

Feature : Roe Roe Rock the Boat

As we go into the final months of the season, it’s always nice to look at predictions so we can complain about them later. So, here you go.

American League

Jack Street will overtake Chicago and Lewisberry and win the East Division by 3 games. Chicago will fall to 4th because Stray’s wife Stacey will entice him to spend more time with her rather than LEG. Lewisberry will claim 2nd and the Kansas City A’s will take over 3rd because I like their name.

Fort Worth will hold off a late charge by Ted Williams and his Cincinnati Knights to take the AL West by 6 games. New Westminister will get 3rd all to themselves. Menomonee will overtake Purry for a short time only to see the Cowboys Tris Speaker and Javier Vazquez lasso the 4th spot back again.

National League

Coastline wins it in the East but not because Detroit wasn’t trying. Detroit makes it close by getting within 3 games, but they run out of gas and Doc Brown isn’t around to feed plutonium into the Delorean and have it time travel into the future and ambush the Bobcats.

West Michigan gets 3rd and Climax remains in 4th because we all want Nik to do well.

Clockwork is in another league and has already won the West. I’m going to take the safe pick and go with Hoboken for 2nd place.

I’d normally take Motown because I like the music and I’m a Yankee fan going back to 1957, but Hoboken has a better record against the West Division.

I’m going with San Tan in the 4th spot because I like the way Randy Johnson is throwing the ball and Trosky and Stephens are pounding the ball.

As for the individual awards, that’s all conjecture, but what the heck, that’s what this is about. So, I have predictions for the top 5 spots in a few major areas for batting and pitching. There is not much (if any) difference in what is now the top 10 in each category. I have just predicted (guessed) what end of season stats will look like.

So read and remember. Then you can laugh at me for how far off I am at the end of the season. Enjoy.

American League   National League   American League   National League
             
Wins    Wins   RBI    RBI
Maddux FWC 26-3    Mathewson CWH 28-6   Hornsby JSH 142    Spence HBZ 123
Santana CIN 24-5    Hahn HBZ 26-10   Mayberry CHI 118    Trosky SAN 116
Verlander FWC 23-6    Blyleven CWH 24-7   Bando CIN 110    Collins DET 112
Leonard NWS 20-8    Finley CLB 21-7   McGwire JSH 112    Foster CWH 108
Vazquez PUR 18-10    Seaver HBZ 19-12   Medwick JSH 110    Ripken CLB 107
             
ERA    ERA   HR    HR
Verlander FWC 2.05    Johnson SAN 1.96   Mayberry CHI 47    Collins DET 53
Maddux FWC 2.34    Mathewson CWH 1.99   McGwire JSH 46    Wilson CLB 43
Leonard NWS 2.66    Donovan CWH 2.18   Hornsby JSH 43    Trosky SAN 39
Leever NWS 2.79    Reynolds DET 2.31   Fielder LVP 39    Ripken CLB 35
Newcombe BOS 2.82    Hahn HBZ 2.40   Bando CIN 35    Stephens SAN 33
             
  K   BA    BA
Leonard NWS 250    Mathewson CWH 301   DiHigo NWS .344    Ripken CLB .314
Vance CIN 207    Feller IOW 267   Williams CIN .339    Ott CMC .310
Scherzer MCS 177    Paige FAN 260   Keeler FWC .314    Santop CWH .304
Santana CIN 172    Johnson,R SAN 242   Cobb MCS .320    Hayes NAG .292
Jenkins KCA 166    Uhle CWH 228   White KCA .309    Davis,T WMR .294
Menomonee Minutemen @ Lewisberry Country Blumpkins
Series Preview: The Menomonee Minutemen tried to show their stamina against Orel, BJ and the rest of the barely 1st place Blumpkins but they mostly shot blanks…
Game #1: Hudson vs Hershiser
Orel hurls a 6H CG Shitout for the Blumpkins as Freeman drives in 2 and Ruth hits a solo HR.
Country Blumpkins 4 Minutemen 0
Game #2: Grissom vs Cooper
Ike Boone’s 8th inning RBI 2B off pseudo-reliever Zach Britton gives Menomonee the lead and win. Freeman drives in another for Lewisberry.
Minutemen 2 Country Blumpkins 1
Game #3: Scott (replacement for scheduled starter) vs Ruth
Took 10 innings but Nellie Cruz’s RBI 1B walks it off for the Blumpkins. Seybold (MEN) and F-B Williams (LEW) hit solo HRs. Maury Wills out 5 days for LCB.
Country Blumpkins 4 Minutemen 3
Game #4: Rommel (replacement starter) vs Langston (replacement starter)
Blumpkins score 4 by the 5th. Minutemen chase Langston in the 7th after cutting the lead in 1/2, 4-2. Blumpkins couldn’t hold back anymore and exploded for 5 in the bottom of the 7th to cruise to victory.
Country Blumpkins 9 Minutemen 2
Series Summary: Country Blumpkins win 3. POTW candidate Orel Hershiser goes 9ip, 6H, 1BB, 1K. BJ Surhoff goes 5/12, 3R, 2RBI, 3BB, 2B, HR.
Purry Cowpokes @ Jack Street Hustlers
Series Preview: Jack Street (56-53) currently 2nd in the AL East host the AL West 4th place Purry Cowpokes (62-47). When it comes to the American League, placement in the division can be deceiving with the West being noticeably better West division. The Hustlers come in with a 4-6 record in their last 10, while Purry comes in 7-3 in their last 10 and on a 5 game winning streak.

This series was played using teamviewer. Thanks to Rob for taking the time to play.

Game #1: In game 1, Purry sends Frank Sullivan, making only his 4th start with no decisions but 2 saves to face Sonny Siebert who has struggled his way to a 4-10 record this season.

Purry jumps out early with a 3 run first powered by a Neil Walker 3 run blast. The Cowpokes rode that wave, carrying a 6-2 lead to the bottom of the 5th. However, in the bottom of the 5th, the Hustlers tie up the game with a 4 spot helped by two run homers by both Rogers Hornsby and David Justice. After single runs in the 6th and 7th by Purry, Jack Street roars back in the bottom of the 8th with 2 of their own to tie it up. In the bottom of the 9th, Rafael Palmeiro walks it off with a one out, solo home run.

P 8/8/0
J 9/11/2

WP – Hand 6-4
LP – Soria 2-4
Sv – None
HR – P – Walker 2 (10), Anderson (1) J – Hornsby 2(29), Justice (6), Palmeiro (13)

Game #2: Javier Vazquez 16-5 takes the mound for Purry against Jack Street ace, Bill Byrd 8-5.

Willie McCovey has a day in this one going 2-4 with rbi for Purry, but it wasn’t enough as Jack Street scores 3 early runs and 4 single runs in later innings to hold off Purry and their 3 run 7th.

P 6/9/0
J 7/10/1

WP – Byrd 9-5
LP – Vazquez 16-6
Sv – Brantley 19
HR – P – McCovey (14) J – McGwire (30), Meusel (18), Justice (7)

Game #3: Johnny Cueto 2-4 toes the rubber for Purry against Carl Lundgren 5-2 for Jack Street.

Another great battle. Purry opens the scoring in the 3rd with Brady Anderson’s second homer of the series and of the year. Jack Street answers in the bottom half with 2 of their own. Purry ties it in the top of the 4th on a McCovey double, a ground out and a wild pitch. Jack Street jumps back ahead in the 5th on a Graig Nettles error and a 2 run shot by Medwick. They pick another up in the bottom of the 7th and take a 5-2 lead to the 9th. In the top of the 9th, with closer Jeff Brantley on the mound, Rickey leads off with a single. After a ground out by Speaker, McCovey sends one over the boards to make the score 5-4. Brantley settles down, however, and gets pinch hitter Ed Bailey and Carlos Santana for the save.

P 4/6/2
J 5/7/0

WP – Lundgren 6-2
LP – Cueto 2-5
Sv – Brantley 20
HR – P – McCovey (15), Anderson (2) J – Hornsby (30), Medwick (22)

Game #4: In the final game of the series, Purry sends Jake Weimer (13-5) to try and avoid the sweep against Dan Haren (4-12).

Hustlers open the scoring in the bottom of the 3rd, when Woody English pickup up a one out walk and scores on a double by Jerry Priddy. In the 4th, Jack Street loses a chance to extend the lead when Mark McGwire got thrown out at the plate. Purry takes the lead from Jack Street in the 5th on a McCovey homer, a Wells double and a single by Carlos Santana. 2-1 after 5. Cowpokes extend the lead in the 7th on a double by Santana, a single by Walker, a sac fly by Blackmon and a double by Rickey. 4-1 after 7. Hustlers make it a game again in the 8th when Ducky Medwick leads off the inning with a single and McGwire follows with a bomb, cutting it to 4-3. After a Meusel strikeout, Ted Simmons sends a triple to the gap, but Soria comes in and shuts down the threat by striking out Larry Hisle and getting pinch hitter David Justice to fly out to center. The score stayed 4-3 to the bottom of the 9th, as Billy Wagner came in to close it down. Raffy Palmeiro led off the inning with a walk, but Wagner gets the next three to close it out.

P – 4/10/1
J – 3/8/0

WP – Weimer 14-5
LP – Haren 4-13
Sv – Wagner 12
HR – P – McCovey (16) J – McGwire (31)

Series Summary: Entertaining series that Jack Street was fortunate to come out with a 3-1 series win.

Player of the week nominee – Willie McCovey – 8-16 with 4 runs, 9 rbi, 2 doubles, 3 hr and 2 walks. 500 BA/556 OBP/ 1188 SLUG

Fort Worth Cats @ Chicago Nine
Series Preview: Into the Windy City comes the best team in LEG. Fort Worth is the team to beat & everyone knows it. Can the Nine compete with the big cats from Texas? We shall see.
Game #1: J.R Richard normally strikes guys out. He didn’t do that for Chicago today. He got grounders and flyouts and even had 4 Double Plays behind him on Defense. Hank Thompson had a Triple & 2 RBI’s to lead Chicago’s offense. In the end it was J.R. Richard who did the deed, going the distance in a Complete Game 6 Hit, 1 Walk, 6 K game. Former Nine player Kris Bryant was on hand for the game, yet Ramon Martinez was quietly absent & not even at the park. Issue was resolved later in the series as they both figured out, they were in the wrong cities. It all worked out in the, except for Fort Worth.

Final Score: Chicago 4 – Fort Worth 0

Win: J.R Richard 8-10 (4.59)
Loss: Justin Verlander 16-4 (1.79)

Game #2: Fort Worth forgot how to score runs, but their pitching was awesome as Charlie Root went 7 allowing only 1-Run before Criag Kimbrel shut out the Nine for the final 2 Innings. Chicago’s lone run was a solo Home Run in the 1st Inning by John Mayberry. It was however the game winner. Ramon Martinez was a stud for the Nine, once he flew in that morning, not even realizing he was starting that afternoon.

Final Score: Chicago 1 – Fort Worth 0

Win: Ramon Martinez 2-0 (1.76)
Loss: Charlie Root 9-7 (3.60)

Game #3: 5 Hits, 5 Runs, & 10 Innings wasn’t enough for the big cats from Texas as they couldn’t get past the Nine for the 3rd game in a row. However, Keith Hernandez was 4 for 4 with 2 RBI’s & Wee Willy Keeler and Hunter Pence each chipped in with 3 Hits as well. Chicago’s big man was once again “Big” John Mayberry who blasted 2 Home Runs, had 3 Hits & drove in 5 RBI’s for Chicago. His walk off Home Run in the 10th won it for Chicago.

Final Score: Chicago 7 – Fort Worth 5 (10 Innings)

Win: Rick Reed 1-0 (3.24)
Loss: Ricardo Rincon 1-1 (4.29)

Game #4: C.C Sabathia climbed the hill for Chicago & went 8 strong Innings allowing only 1-Run on 4 Hits, 2 Walks, with 4 K’s. Mike Trout had a Home Run & 3 RBI’s. Chicago easily routed the Fort Worth squad in this one.

Final Score: Chicago 7 – Fort Worth 1

Win: C.C Sabathia 11-10 (5.01)
Loss: Stan Williams 7-8 (4.43)

Series Summary: Chicago did the impossible as they take all 4 games from the Cats from Fort Worth. John Mayberry & the lack of offense from Fort Worth surely helped the Nine. Questions still arise such as, will the Chicago have enough to make it to the playoffs? Will het flounder like fish come next series? As high as they are now, next week will bring a whole new challenge.
Kansas City A’s A Madison East Puregolders
Series Preview: Kansas City A’s come in to Madison looking to pad their stats.
Game #1: Sam McDowell vs. Guy Bush. A 6-6 tie going in to the 9th, the A’s win the 9th inning 5-1. Albert Belle goes 4-4 with 2 HR’s, only to have Dan Plesac waste his effort. Reports are that Belle was looking for Plesac after the game…..
Game #2: Joe Horlen vs. Bret Saberhagen (even number season). Should be some souveniers going into the bleachers with this one. Per normal, the Purgolders scratch out six measly hits and lose 2-0. Babe Adams picks up the save. Belle goes 2-4 and screams the entire team down for wasting his time and efforts.
Game #3: Phil Niekro vs. Hooks Wiltse. Wiltse has his ERA down to an even 5.00 coming in, possibly making him a candidate for a 2nd half All-star candidate. Hooksie was the MAN, until the 5th inning. He ended up giving up 8 earnies to bump that ERA to 5.34. Nowhere near the plump 7plus he was boasting earlier, but there is still time for him to rebound to the upper 6’s for sure. The A’s dominate 9-2 as Belle goes 1-2 and then fear set in and the A’s just walk him twice…..
Game #4: Eddie Cicotte vs. Vinegar Bend Mizelle. Cicotte was seen with four different substances on the brim of his cap in the first inning, and a pocket knife blade sewn in to his glove. Belle went to get his special “Black Betty.” Who is gonna win this battle? Both. Eddie went eight, scattering 6 hits, including an RBI double to Big Al en route to a series sweep and contest final of 9-2. Vinegar Bend stunk up the joint, allowing eleven runners in 5 1/3, with six of them scoring.
Series Summary: Another terrible performance for Madison East resulting in a sweep again. Kansas City bats caused the Purgolders nightmares, again. Manager Roeth was quoted after the finale “We suck. We are 2-8 in the last ten, four losses in a row and Menomonee, the fricken Minutemans for Christ’ sakes are 10 games ahead of us….”
Middle Channel Sturgeon @ New Westminster Salmonbellies
Series Preview: Sturgeon come to town to watch the Salmonbellies
swimming upstream through the Sturgeon spawning grounds
on the Fraser River. Some very good pitching in this series
Game #1: Jack Coombs for Middle Channel faced off against Dutch Leonard for the Bellies.

Bellies got a 3 – 0 lead in the third and then piled it on from the 5th through the 8th. Dihigo was his usual dependable self scoring 3 runs and knocking in 2 while going 3 for 4.

The Salmonbellies go on to win the game 15 – 4 out hitting the Sturgeon 16 – 7.

Game #2: Al Leiter for Middle Channel and Dwight Gooden New Westminster

The Sturgeon score runs in the third and fourth, one a HR by Jose Azcue to go on to a 4 – 1 victory. Bostock went 2 for 4 with a run, RBI and a triple. Al Leiter gave up 2 hits and 4 walks for the victory. Ty Cobb had a double on his birthday.

Game #3: Max Scherzer for the Sturgeon and Jeff Tesreau for the Salmonbellies

The Bellies scored 3 in the 3rd and then the Sturgeon come right back and score 3 in the fourth. The score remained tied until the bottom of the tenth. Fernando Rodney came on for the Sturgeon and walked Concepcion. Dave stole 2nd and Rodney got Ralph Garr. He then IBB to Dihigo to face Campanella. Roy comes through for a 3 run home run and a 6 – 3 victory.

Game #4: Chris Sale for Middle Channel and Sam Leever for New Westminster

The Bellies got off to a good start with a lead off homer from Jack Clark
In the second the Sturgeon come right back and score 3 runs to take a 3 – 1 lead. In the 4th Martin Dihigo connects on his 21st HR. Ty Cobb connects in the top of the 5th for his 21st home run to give the Sturgeon a 4 – 2 lead. But in the bottom of the 5th Campanella picks up another 3 run homer to give the Bellies a 5 – 4 lead. The Bellies go on to score 5 more for a 10 – 4 final.

Series Summary: The superb Middle Channel pitching did not come through in the series
as Middle Channel drops 3 of 4 games to the Salmonbellies.
Dihigo had a big series going 7 for 14 with 8 runs, 1 HR and 3 RBI
Campanella scored 5 runs and had 6 RBI with a couple of HR
Cobb was dangerous throughout with 6 for 18 scoring 3 runs, 1 HR and a couple of RBI.
Las Vegas Pirates @ Wrigleyville Whales
Series Preview: Las Vegas Pirates (48-61, .440, 10-GB) @ Wrigleyville Whales (37-72, .339, 44-GB)
Game #1: G-1- Arrieta v Welch. Ugly game as both starters allowed 6-runs. Welch was fortunate to have plenty of offense backing him, as Whales held a 9-3 lead going into 8th inning. Las Vegas did score 3-runs to close within 3-runs but Whales prevail 9-6. Welch had dropped 3 in a row and 7 of last 9.

Whales outhit Pirates 13-11 with Combs, Musial & Darrell Evan collecting 3-hits apiece. Combs led Whales with 4-RBI, slugging his 2nd homer. Mr. Cub had a clutch, pinch hit 2-run-1B.

Joe D was 3-4 for Vegas and Price Fielder hammered his 20th home run while driving in 4-runs!

FINAL Whales 9 Pirates 6

Game #2: G-2- Spahn v Ruether. There were only 7-hits total as Spahn & Ruether were locked in a 0-0 game until Whales 7th when Mr. Cub drove in Bob Horner with a SF. Goose eggs would fill remainder of game and Wrigleyville would make it 2-straight over Las Vegas with a 1-0 victory! It was 2nd Shut-Out for Ruether who improved his record to 6-11, 4.68-ERA. Ruether faced only 30-Pirates.

Spahn hurled a gem, allowing 1-run on 5-hits, as his record fell to 6-13, 4.15-ERA.

FINAL Whales 1 Pirates 0

Game #3: G-3- Chance v Mays. Pitching dominated again, this time Dean Chance (4-13, 5.13) comes out on top 2-0 on a CG, 3-hitter! Pops Stargell drove in a run with his 11th double in 4th and Bibb Falk drove in 2nd run in Las Vegas 9th. Chance faced only 31-batters and allowed just 3-singles.

Mays (8-10, 4.77) has lost 3-games in a row and 5 of 6.

FINAL Pirates 2 Whales 0

Game #4: G-4- Cuellar v McNally. In a match-up of former O’s pitchers, it was all Cuellar (8-6, 3.92), as he blanked Wrigleyville 6-0 on 4-hits to run their Shut-out string to 19-innings over the Whales! Las Vegas racked up a dozen hits as Joe D. led attack going 3-4, 2B and his 20th home run! Roberto joined DiMaggio (67-RBI) with 2-RBI, going 2-4, 2B and a walk.

FINAL Pirates 6 Whales 0

Series Summary: Las Vegas out-scored Wrigleyville 12-10 and outhit the Whales 33-25 with both smashing 2-HR’s.
Cincinnati Knights @ Boston Braves
Series Preview: Second place Cincinnati 31 games over the 500 mark journeyed to Braves Field to play the Braves 17 games under the 500 mark. Would the worm turn?
Game #1: The Braves plated three runs in the eight inning for a come from behind 5-3 win. Adrian Gonzalez, Freddy Sanchez, and Jeff Cirillo all hat 2 hits for the Braves as did Sweet Lou Whitaker for the Knights.
Game #2: Johnny Antonelli and Steve Howe whitewashed the Knights on four hits in a 3-1 Brave win. Monte Irvine counted a triple among his team leading two hits in the game.
Game #3: The Braves three run eight allowed the Braves to experience a 5-3 comeback win in game three. Chick Hafley with two hits pacing the Knight offence. David Robertson and Jimmy Hall stroke two hits and Jim Rice two doubles for the Braves.
Game #4: Pedro Martinez backed by a 13 hit, 9 run offense collected his sixth win in this 9-2 Brave win. Gabby Hartnett had three hits, Jim Rice, Dominic DiMaggio, and Nomar Garciaparra all had two Brave safeties, one of Nomar’s the major Brave blow a 3 run homer. Sal Bando homered and Billy Goodman two Knight hits.
Series Summary: The worm turned in a surprise second consecutive series win for Braves make more surprising by the fact the Cincinnati Knights with a slight turn of fortune could have won the series 3-1.
Kansas City Blues @ Indiana Indians
Series Preview: Kansas City Blues visit NW Indiana to take on the Indians. Both teams playing the string out as both are way below .500 and no shot at playoffs.
Game #1: Valenzuela vs. Price – The Blues use 11 walks and 9 hits to pound the Indians 8-0. Earl Williams goes 3-4 with 5 RBI to lead the Blues attack. Valenzuela goes 8 shutout innings for the W. Price takes the L.
Game #2: Degrom vs. Alexander. Grover Cleveland Alexander tosses the 4-hit shutout for a 4-0 Indians win. Tiexiera with a 2-run HR for the Indians.
Game #3: Greinke vs. Pettitte. Rico Carty drives in 7 to lead the Blues to an 11-3 win. Blues collect 14 hits off of 3 different Indian pitchers. Indians get 13 hits but only manage 3 runs. Greinke gets the win and Pettitte takes the loss.
Game #4: Koosman vs. Drysdale. Sheffield and Schulte drive in 3 each to lead the Blues to a 10-9 win. Indians plate 4 in the bottom of the 9th to make it closer than it really was.
Series Summary: Blues take 3 to drop the Indians 23 games under .500 and looking forward to the end of season.
Wainwright Wranglers @ Coastline Bobcats
Series Preview: Wainwright (46-63) travels into Coastline (75-34) for a 4 game series.
Game #1: WWW N.Rucker vs CLB B.Swift
This game would be a good old slugfest! WWW opens the scoring in the T2 on a Grace 2b, Pucket bb, and Rucker 2-rbi 2b. (yep…. Rucker with the big hit) CLB strikes back in the B4 when C.Ripken 1bs, Wilson 2bs, Skowron inf rbi-1b, Gordon rbi-2b, and a M.Williams 2-rbi 1b.WWW gets a run back in the T5 when Gwynn 2bs with 2 out and scores on a Daulton rbi-1b. CLB gets the run right back in the B5 as Kemp 1bs and scores on Burks rbi-3b. In the B6 Wilson leads off with a bb, Skowron bbs, and that’s all for Rucker as D.Jones comes in for WWW. Gordon greets hin with an rbi-2b and M.Williams follows with a 3-run HR for a 9-3 CLB lead!CLB brings Sutton on for some work with the big lead and it doesn’t work out well as WWW knocks him around. Roberts bbs, Fernandez 1bs, Daulton rips a 2-run 3b, and Manush lines an rbi-1b off Burks glove (but is nailed at 3rd trying to stretch it) CLB lead now sits at 9-6. CLB gets 2 back in the B7 when Wilson bbs and Skowron hits a 2-run HR.CLB Sutton is still on the hill in the T9 and PH Carew leads off with a 1b, Roberts rips an rbi-3b, Fernandez follows with an rbi-2b which knocks out Sutton. Sutter comes on and only gives up a Daulton 1b as he closes out the game for his 46th save.CLB B.Swift (12-8) gets the win, Sutter earns Save#46, Rucker (5-14) takes the loss.CLB 11, WWW 8
Game #2: WWW L.Grove vs CLB C.Finley
This game would be all about CLB C.Finley and the CLB bullpen. CLB opens the scoring in the B3 when Williams 2bs, White 1bs, and a Kemp rbi-2b. WWW ties it in the T4 when Grace 1bs, Puckett is HBP, and Fernandez strokes an rbi-1b. But that would be all the scoring for WWW in the game.CLB takes the lead in the B5 on a Burks rbi-1b and put the game out of reach in the B8 behind a Gordon 2-rbi 2b, M.Williams rbi-1b, and White rbi-3b.CLB Finley goes 6 scattering 7 hits and a walk but gives up only the 1 run. CLB Albers, Casilla, and Marshall come out of the pen and go 3 scoreless innings.CLB C.Finley (15-5) picks up the win and WWW L.Grove (12-9) gets the loss.CLB 6, WWW 1
Game #3: WWW V.Willis vs CLB D.Stieb
WWW scores 1st in the T4 when Gwynn bbs, Daulton reaches on Stieb’s error, and Grace hits an rbi-1b. WWW adds another in the T5 when Brett 1bs, Willis is HBP, and Roberts has an rbi-1b, 2-0 WWW lead. It doesn’t last as CLB ties it in the B5 when Gordon bbs, M.Williams H&R 1b, and Becker hits a 2-rbi 2b.But WWW comes right back in the T6 when Daultonbbs, Manush with a sac, and Puckett with the eventual rbi-1b. CLB retakes the lead in the B7 on back-to-back solo-HRs by Gordon and M.Williams. In the T8 WWW Gwynn bbs, Daulton 2bs, CLB calls on Orosco for the lefty on lefty match-up against Manush. Manush then ties the game with an inf rbi-1b. But with no out Orosco comes through getting Grace, Puckett, and Brett to preserve the tie.The game goes into extra frames and WWW gets 1.1IP of scoreless relief out of D.Ward before giving the ball to French in the 11th. In the B11 CLB Howard 1bs, Bresnahan PRs and steals 2nd, Gehrig is then IW, Gordon P4, and M.Williams F7. Kemp is then called on to PH for Sutter and he comes through with the PH 3-run HR for the game winner!CLB B.Sutter (3-2) gets the win and WWW L.French (1-2) is handed the loss.CLB 7, WWW 4
Game #4: WWW D.White vs CLB S.Maglie
CLB strikes first in the B2 when Wilson 2bs, Skowron bbs, and Gordon hits a 3-run HR. WWW White and CLB Maglie then trade scoreless innings through the 6th. In the T6 WWW gets on the board when Puckett 1bs, Brett 1bs, and White 1bs to load the bases; Roberts gets a rbi-FC to plate the run. Maglie then gets Fernandez on a FC grounder to put out the fire. CLB would get the run back in the B7 on a White throwing error.In the T9 Sutter, as is the norm, is called on to close out the game but things would not go as smoothly as they usually do. After Grace grounds out to open the inning, Puckett smacks a solo-HR to make it 4-2, and Grace 2bs. WWW brings in PH Encarnacion who draws a bb, Suarez PRs, and Roberts then 1bs to load the bases. Fernandez then strides to the plate and hits into a game ending 5-2-3 DP!
Coastline breathes a great sigh of relief!CLB S.Maglie (7-0) gets the win and stays perfect on the season, Sutter works hard for his 47th save, and WWW D.White (11-15) take the loss.CLB 4, WWW 2
Series Summary: Coastline earns the tough 4-0 sweep over Wainwright. Wainwright actually out hit Coastline in 2 of the 4 games, but the difference in the series was the long ball. Coastline hit 6 HRs to Wainwright’s 1, and several of the ‘Cats HRs were crucial big hits.
Fantomz Force @ Hoboken Zephyrs
Series Preview: The Force travel to Hoboken hoping to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Zephyrs look to hold onto a playoff spot as they struggle through the second half of the season.
Game #1: Red Faber and Satchel Paige locked up in a brilliant pitching duel. Paige threw 8 scoreless innings while Faber dropped 10 goose eggs on the Force. The game was decided by a two-run throwing error in the top of the 11th inning.
Fantom 2 Hoboken 0
Game #2: Jered Weaver and Gaylord Perry gave solid performances in Game 2. Weaver faltered in the 9th to blow a 4-3 lead. Ray Lankford and Stan Spence led their teams offensively both driving in two runs each.
Fantom 5 Hoboken 4
Game #3: Tom Seaver came into Game 3 determined to stop the Zephyrs’ 6-game losing streak. He was more than up to the task. Seaver improved to 15-8, 3.24era scattering 7 hits, allowing just one run and striking out eight in a complete game victory. Stan Spence had two big RBIs to lead the Hoboken offense.
Hoboken 3 Fantom 1
Game #4: Noodles Hahn was brilliant allowing just one hit in a complete game shutout to lead the Zephyrs to a series split. Hahn’s record improved to 18-7, 2.10era. Stan Spence provided the only offense with a two-run blast as he recorded two RBIs in three consecutive games.
Hoboken 2 Fantom 0
Series Summary: The series was characterized by very strong pitching and resulted in a hard fought split. Noodles Hahn Game 4 one-hitter was likely the most impressive showing of the series.
Fire Lake Segers @ Detroit DeLoreans
Series Preview: The Fire Lake Segers (56-53) visit the Detroit DeLoreans (68-41) for a rematch four-game NL divisional crossover series.
Game #1: FLS 1 – DET 3: Segers jumped out first with a fourth-inning homer from Gus Bell. However, a 2-run double from Sam Rice in the fifth inning put the DeLoreans ahead for good. Detroit’s Roy White added an insurance solo homer in the bottom of the eighth inning. Allie Reynolds with another strong pitching performance for the DeLoreans, striking out 10 in 7.2 IP.
Game #2: FLS 1 – DET 2: Three solo home runs were all the scoring in this one. Fire Lake’s Pete Rose went deep in the top of the fourth inning, then Detroit’s Anthony Rendon tied it in the bottom of the frame. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Roy White hit his second homer of the series to give the DeLoreans a 2-1 lead.
Game #3: FLS 1 – DET 5: Detroit jumped out to a 5-0 behind two Joe Cronin home runs. Cronin, N. Lajoie, C. Klein, A. Rendon, and Y. Berra all had multi-hit games for the DeLoreans.
Game #4: FLS 1 – DET 2: Pete Rose led the game off with a triple and scored on a Jose Cardenal sac fly. Detroit tied it in the bottom of the second inning on an RBI sing from Sam Rice. In the bottom of the fifth, the DeLorean’s pitcher Hippo Vaughn helped himself out with his second homer of the season.
Series Summary: Detroit with a sweep in a very tight series. Not much offense for either team. Timely hits were the only major difference.
San Tan Valley Moonrakers @ West Michigan Retrogrades
Series Preview: The San Tan Valley Moonrakers visit the struggling West Michigan Retrogrades in a four game tilt.
Game #1: After Heavy Johnson led off the game with a homer, the Retrogrades raced out to a 6-0 lead. Behind a solid pitching performance from Urban Shocker, West Michigan cruised to victory. V. Stephens and Mike Piazza had 2 hits each for San Tan. West Michigan got 2 hits R. Cano and A. Beltre.
FINAL SCORE : MOONRAKERS 2, RETROGRADES 6
Game #2: After an inning, it was a 2-1 West Michigan lead. However, San Tan strung runs together and had a 4-2 lead going into the bottom of the 7th. Joe Tinker started the Retrogrades comeback with a pinch-hit homer. West Michigan tied the game in the bottom of the 8th and then won it in the 10th on a Bob Boone base hit. Unfortunately, the Retrogrades lost the services of Heavy Johnson for 7 game after he was, again, hit by a pitch. LEG, like all BBW games, uses shotputs for baseballs that leave hairline fractures to batsmen. If Ron Hunt played in LEG he’d be out for a week every other at bat. For San Tan, H. Trosky had 2 hits, including a homer and V. Stephens had 3. T. Davis and J. Tinker collected two knocks a piece for West Michigan.
FINAL SCORE : MOONRAKERS 4, RETROGRADES 5 (10 innings)
Game #3: The wind was blowing out in West Michigan as both teams combined for 27 hits and 18 runs. Fortunately for the Retrogrades, they scored 13 of the runs. G. Sisler and T. Davis each had 3 hits for the Retrogrades. The Moonrakers got 2 hits a piece from the top 3 spots in their order including a homer from V. Stephens.
FINAL SCORE : MOONRAKERS 5, RETROGRADES 13
Game #4: Once again, the Moonrakers had a 4-2 lead heading into the bottom of the 7th but couldn’t hold on. However, San Tan got great performances from H. Trosky (homer and 2 hits) and V. Stephens (3 hits). Duke Snider had 3 hits for the Retrogrades. Also, Snider tied the game with a base hit in the bottom of the 8th. Then, Austin McHenry (filling in for Heavy Johnson) hit a booming homer in the bottom of the 10th for the walk-off winner.
FINAL SCORE : MOONRAKERS 4, RETROGRADES 5 (10 innings)
Series Summary: With two extra inning games, the series easily could have been a split rather than a West Michigan sweep. Vern Stephens should be considered for player of the week for his 9-17 (.529), 1 homer, 1 double, 4 RBI series.
Clockwork Heroes @ Climax Cougars
Series Preview: Thunder and lightning rolled into the sleepy Saskatchewan town of Climax this week in the form of the Clockwork Heros. Unlike their good fortunate when playing San Tan Valley earlier this month where the team was able to dodge a start from Randy Johnson, there would be no avoiding uber pitcher Christy Mathewson in Game 3 of this series. Brace yourselves, kids – it’s gonna be a bumpy ride.
Game #1: This game was to feature George Uhle taking the mound for Clockwork against Sid Fernandez, but the lefty complained of fear of being made to look like an idiot before the game so was swapped for another lefty – this one era compatible – in Rube Waddell who was heard to say “shur, I’ll f-in’ start” when he was asked to take the mound.
A pretty inauspicious (that means “sucky”, Bob) start for the Cougars as it looked like Lenny Dykstra was going to register an out courtesy of the awe-inspiring popout to the catcher, but Chief Meyers had trouble with his 21st century-style catcher’s mitt and dropped the pop up just inside fair territory. Bob Watson followed with a flare over 2nd baseman George Grantham and then usually reliable right fielder Mel Ott let the ball bounce past him to make it runners on 2nd and 3rd with two errors committed and none out. Arky Vaughan ripped a single up the middle off Waddell and that sent both baserunners home and just like that it was 2-0.
Pretty miraculously Waddell was able to hold the Heros there for a while and the next scoring did not occur until the 5th inning and even more miraculously it was by the Cougars. Uhle had been cruising along this point with walks being a bigger problem than hits and the two problems came together in the 5th. Uhle game up a double to Jim Fregosi and then walked Meyers bringing up Ott who more than made up for the elusive ball he muffed in the first inning by depositing the Hero’s starter’s pitch deep into the right field stands at old Comiskey giving Climax a 3-2 lead.
The effect of the homer was immediate. The Heros were pissed.
George Foster and Bill Terry continued their march towards 100-RBI seasons with Foster singling home two runners and then Terry knocking in another as the game’s fortunes reversed into a 5-3 Clockwork lead.
Fregosi cut the margin to 5-4 with a single that scored Jose Mendez – the latter entering the game after 2nd baseman Grantham was tossed for arguing a call at 1st base two innings earlier.
So the trend continues … Climax scores, Clockwork gets ticked and scores some more.
In this case, the Heros added two runs again thanks to the top of the order with Foster and Terry combining with pinch hitter Dick Wakefield to make it 7-4.
With Uhle out of the game, the Cougars could do nothing against Steve Gromek in the 7th, but Gromek was removed for pinch hitter Bill Melton in the 8th and was replaced by Schoolboy Rowe. Rowe didn’t quite work out as planned and led off the inning by giving up a mammoth homer to Jose Bautista to start the inning. He did register two outs in the inning but not before having problems with some control which led to him loading the bases and being replaced by Terry Forster who walked Harlond Clift to bring in the game-tying run.
Extra frames here we go …
The bullpens kept the hitters at bay into the 12th with Kent Tekulve in control for Clockwork and Greg Harris for Climax.
Tekulve went into the 12th having pitched a perfect 11th and the 12th began the same way with Tekulve striking out Fregosi and getting Meyers to ground out. Walks to Ott and Bautista (the third of the game for each of them) brought up Johnny Mize who had a single in five trips at this point in the game in a rare start at 1st base. Mize made no mistake and smacked a rocket into the right field cheapies for a walkoff 10-7 Climax win that stunned everyone (me the most).
W-Harris (4-5. 3.94)
L-Tekulve (3-5, 3.05)
HR-CMC: Ott (17), Bautista (18), Mize (5)
Game #2: Game 2 had modern day ace Corey Kluber hitting the mound against Negro League Hall of Famer Dick (Cannonball) Redding.
Redding and the Climax fans were hoping to see him continue to pitch over his head and make a bid for pitcher of the week. Instead, we should have been hoping for him to be able to make it out of the 1st inning … which he didn’t.
Redding’s mechanics were FUBAR from the opening pitch (later blaming his lack of control to being unable to wash Omar’s Cajun Stick to Yer Ribs Rib Sauce off his hands). Redding’s 2/3 of an inning were eventful – he gave up a walk to Lenny Dykstra, induced a pop out by Louis Santop, walked Arky Vaughan, loaded the bases on an infield single to Bob Watson, gave up an RBI SAC fly to George Foster, got Bill Terry to ground into a fielder’s choice that scored a run, smacked Bill Bradley in the chops with a fastball to load the bases again, liked the sound so much he repeated the deed with the next hitter (Red Schoendienst) bringing in another run and the last straw was the RBI single he gave up to Kluber. When the dust settled Clockwork had a 7-0 lead after one.
Climax’s field boss was already looking forward to possible subs for his more fragile players, but for now was content with keeping things as is (cuz they were going so well).
Sid Fernandez, who had put out the 1st inning inferno, stayed in for the Cougars through to the end of the 4th inning without any further damage.
In the bottom of the 4th, the Cougars edged closer with a 3-spot on an RBI groundout by George Grantham and a two-run double by Sam Crawford.
The 5th inning saw the two teams trade single runs on a solo homer by George Foster for Clockwork and an unearned run by the Cougars thanks to a muffed play on a fly ball to Bob Watson.
In the bottom of the 7th, Mel Ott connected on a Kluber fastball to drive in two with the two-out home run and that was the end of the day for Kluber. Almost as bad as Redding had been in allowing six runs compared to seven, but stretched out over a more palatable period. Hal Newhouser got Johnny Mize to fly out to shallow right to end the inning at 8-6 for Clockwork.
Dykstra did his part to crush the hometown crowd’s hopes by golfing a ball over the center field wall courtesy of an Ellis Kinder grotesquely hanging curve which made it 9-6 for Clockwork.
Schoolboy Rowe popped in to say hello and try and close out the game with his 2nd inning of work against the Cougars but continued to have problems with this team. He left the game with Ott on 2nd and one run in. Steve Gromek was called in to face Jose Bautista and put out the fire, but Bautista had his team and the entire crowd on their feet with a fly ball to left that carried and carried and carried until it cleared the wall and tied up the game. Extra innings here we go again.
Kinder stayed in for Climax and continued to make things interesting in the 10th by giving up base hits to Dykstra and Watson, but managed to strike out two in the inning to strand the runners at 1st and 3rd.
Clockwork turned to funky armed Kent Tekulve who opened the inning by getting a soft groundout from Crawford. Tekulve was not so lucky with the next hitter – Clift – who was already 3/4 with two doubles high off the outfield wall in left. Clift managed to improve upon those two extra base hits with just enough extra loft on Tekulve’s first pitch and it was all over with another dramatic walkoff home run. Fans who went home stunned after the first game were still wandering for hours after the game in the concourses and parking lots with stupid grins and blank stares thanks to the 10-9 win.
W-Kinder (5-2, 3.73)
L-Tekulve (3-6, 3.20)
HR-CWH:Dykstra (4), Foster (19); CMC: Ott (18), Bautista (19), Clift (7)
Game #3: … and here cometh the undodgeable bullet – Christy Mathewson.
Looking for his 20th win … seriously? We’re only just over 100 games into the season. Good grief. Mathewson took the mound to end the mini-slump and two game skid by the Heros. Facing him was none other than Greg Harris who was such a household name that there were two of him pitching in the majors in the early 90s.
The unthinkable happened in the 1st inning and the Cougars got on the board 1st on a home run by George Grantham that barely cleared the glove of leaping Lenny Dykstra in left field. Grantham felt so genuinely bad of committing the crime against the legendary righty that he had to be restrained from rushing the mound and grovelling for forgiveness.
The Heros restored order in the cosmos in the 3rd inning when Dykstra walked, stole 2nd base and then scored on Louis Santop’s line drive single down the right field line.
Mathewson was in his groove heading into the 6th inning already having notched 8 strikeouts and having allowed all of one hit (a double by Sam Crawford in the 2nd). Mathewson got Jim Fregosi and Grantham out to start the inning, but then Mel Ott was able to reach on an infield roller to 3rd base that he was able to leg out. Jose Bautista followed that with a solid single over short that dunked into left field. Johnny Mize then one-upped things by missing a homer by a few inches when he bashed the ball off the right field wall and limp-armed rightfielder Bob Watson could only roll the ball back to the infield as both runners raced around to score and make it 3-1.
… and that was it.
Harris unbelievably went the distance with the 2-hitter and guaranteed the Cougars the series win.
W-Harris (5-5, 3.58)
L-Mathewson (19-4, 1.74)
HR-CMC: Grantham (8)
Game #4: We now return you to our regularly scheduled programming.
Dick Donovan continued his National League dominance even when coming into the game Itchy.
Donovan tossed eight innings out shutout ball and all that the Cougars could muster in this one was two unearned runs off Jose Valverde in the 9th in a 6-2 Clockwork win.
This game was doomed from the outset for Climax with shortstop Jim Fregosi bobbling Arky Vaughan’s grounder which loaded the bases. George Foster brought in a run with a one-out single and then with two outs Bill Bradley brought in two to make it 3-0 after the 1st.
Pitcher Donovan crushed a Clay Carroll pitch in the 7th to make it 4-0 and then in the 8th the Heros added two more on a single by Bradley.
In the 9th with Sam Crawford and Buck Leonard on base, Chief Meyers singled to centre field where Foster was patrolling. Foster had a bit of trouble finding the ball and threw to home trying to nail Crawford. The ball sailed past catcher Louis Santop’s head and off the backstop allowing Leonard to scamper home from 3rd as well.
Way too little, way too late and Donovan was way too good as Clockwork closed out the series with a 6-2 win.
W-Donovan (11-1, 1.91)
L-Mungo (7-6, 2.80)
HR-CWH: Donovan (1)
Series Summary: Well much better a result than we could have ever hoped for against arguably the best team in the National League. Most importantly for the Cougars was the awakening of the hitters home run stroke with 7 in the series against some top flight pitching. Still, we’re not delusional and without the comebacks and the extra-inning heroics we could just as easily been on the other side of a 3-1 series.
Virginia Cavaliers @ Iowa Giants
Series Preview: Cavaliers and Giants both come in struggling for the season, Cavaliers a slighting better record but the Giants hope to improve their record
Game #1: VIR 4-6-3 WP Gomez 11-8
IOW 1-6-3 LP Feller 8-16
Gomez has a great game going 7 innings allowing 5 hits and 1 er
Game #2: VIR 2-6-1 LP G Jackson 3-3
IOW 3-6-1 WP Rincon 3-2 SV Fidrych 1
Preacher Roegets gets the start and on first pitch hurts his arm and now out for 12 games, Dizzy Dean gets the start goes five innings 6 hits 2 er, and Mark Fidyrch gets his first save of the year. Lou Broudeau hits a homer in the Giants win.
Game #3: VIR 2-5-0 WP Turley 8-9 Foulke SV 29
IOW 0-2-0 LP Oswalt
Turley has a great start goes 7 innings allowing 1 hit and no runs, hope he is consider for player of the week. Heilman 2-3 homer and 2 rbi’s
Game #4: VIR 4-4-0 WP Reulbach 7-8 Foulke SV 30
IOW 2-6-2 LP Dean 4-9
Foulke records his 30th save
Game #5: 6-6 Cole Hamels v 12-6 Adam Wainwright – Wainwright was the story – a critical game after the 14 inning, bullpen blowing loss from game 1, Wainwright tosses a 2 hit CG shutout for win#13, 7-0. He allowed only 4 base runners, and lowered his RA to 2.61. Fred McGriff and Wes Westrum did the damage for Motown, combining to go 3-8 with 3 runs, 5 RBI’s, on a 2B and 2 HR’s.
Series Summary: All games were close Cavaliers pitching was just to much for Giants to score. Iowa just moves closer to a nice pick in the draft, on a side note Giants have traded LaTroy Hawkins and wish him luck, LaTroy went 6-1 with a 4.10 ERA in 37 1/3 innings
Nags Head Surf Sox @ Motown Yankees
Series Preview: Two teams struggling to find their place – playoffs or draft position? Neither team has much room for error if the answer is playoffs……
Game #1: Nolan Ryan v. Larry Jansen – after opening scores for both squads, it was a pitchers duel…..Motown taking a 2-1 lead into the top of the ninth……Steve Mingori and his grade 21 comes in to blow his 7th, yes 7th, save of the season. Motown punished him by making him throw 6 more innings, facing 26 batters, and taking the loss in the 14th (also incurring RUse fines for Motown). It was Mingori’s 7th loss to go with those 7 blown saves. Both teams squandered plenty of chances, but the top of Nags Head order delivered, with Von Hayes and Derek Jeter combining to go 6-12 with 2 runs, 2 RBI’s, 2 2B’s and a triple. Convesele, Motown’s top 2 combined for a nice 0-10 effort.

Nags Head takes game 1 3-2 in 14. Side note – Mingori cannot fail any more this season.

Game #2: 6-6 Cole Hamels v 12-6 Adam Wainwright – Wainwright was the story – a critical game after the 14 inning, bullpen blowing loss from game 1, Wainwright tosses a 2 hit CG shutout for win#13, 7-0. He allowed only 4 base runners, and lowered his RA to 2.61. Fred McGriff and Wes Westrum did the damage for Motown, combining to go 3-8 with 3 runs, 5 RBI’s, on a 2B and 2 HR’s.
Game #3: Mussina, 10-7, v Dave Brown, 12-10. Motown was confident with Brown and his 2.41 toeing the rubber, but Nags Head busted that confidence up with 7 earned between the 3rd and 4th. Nags Head offense was on fire, posting 12 hits and scoring 9 in a lopsided 9-3 victory.
Game #4: Palmer v. Joss – Nags Head continues their offensive attack with a 3 run 1st, but Motown fought back to tie it at 3 through 6. Motown’s other grade 21 couldn’t hold up, with Nags Head pushing across the lead run in the top of the 9th, and Cordero shutting the door for his 22nd save. Stanton was the hitting star going 3-4 with 2 runs and 2 RBI’s and an HR. Nags Head takes game 4 4-3.
Series Summary: Nags Head took the series, 3-1, kicking Motown down as they fight for their playoff lives. Not that righties are great, but don’t throw lefties at this squad – they destroy them! Wainwright should get pitcher of the week honors for the 2 hit CG SO. Von Hayes went 7-17 with a handful of runs and RBI’s – don’t know that it’s enough for Player of the week but I will let Nags Head decide if they want to back him.
Hollywood Zombies @ Pigtown Bombers
Series Preview: An epic battle for the Toilet Bowl trophy between last place teams, Hollywood and Pigtown.
Game #1: Hollywood pounds out 12 hits and gets a strong game from Walter Johnson to win the opener 5-4. Four players for the Zombies had multiple hits (Butler, Collins, Guerrero and Tejada). Pigtown got only 5 hits, but they included a solo HR from Manny R and a 3-run shot from Ernie Lombardo.
Game #2: A 13 inning game where both starters (Owens and Abbott) failed to get quality starts (therefore the bullpens were gassed). Hollywood pulls it out 8-6. Raines led the way for Hollywood going 4-7 with a 2B and HR. Collins had 3 RBIs and Guerrero had 3 more hits.
Game #3: Another extra inning game…Pigtown jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, but could not hold on. Hollywood battled back led by Rock Raines (3-6 with a 3B, HR and 5 RBIs) and take the game 8-5 in 11 innings. Pigtown drops to 1-15 in extra innings games.
Game #4: And another extra inning game…This time Pigtown pulls it out and wins 3-2.
Series Summary: A 1-run game and 3 extra inning games in the battle for the 1st pick of the 2021 LEG draft. Pigtown takes a step towards that achievement, but loses the series 3-1. No PoW pitchers, but Tim Raines deserves to win the award this week for hitting. He played 3 games and went 8-17 with 3 HRs, 1 2B, 1 3B, 6 runs and 8 RBIs. If he doesn’t win this week, I give up…

2020 PLAYER / PITCHER OF THE WEEK #22

National League Pitchers of the Week – randy JOHNSON – San Tan Valley

1-0 record, 9.0 innings pitched, 0.00 ERA, 3 hits, 10 strikeouts, &  3 walks.

 

 

American League Pitcher of the Week – David PRICE – Indiana

1-0 record, 9 innings pitched, 0.00 ERA, 3 hits, 4 strikeouts, & 2 walks

 

 

 

National League Player of the Week – Anthony Rendon – Detroit

.500 avg / 1.063 slg, 8 for 16, 6 doubles, 1 home run, 4 runs, 6 RBIs, 1 SB, & 2 walks

 

 

American League Player of the Week – Jack Clark  – New Westminster

.417 avg / 1.167 slg, 5  for 12,  3 homers, 6 runs, 5 RBIs, &6 walks

 

Feature: This week in LEG Ball

As we prepare to end our inter-division play and go back to divisional play, there is not much change.

In the AL East, Lewisberry, Jack Street and Chicago are struggling to decide who wants the top spot as all three teams are in the midst of losing streaks. Kansa City (A’s), Middle Channel and Vegas are locked in a battle for king of the middle spots and Boston and Indiana are trying to get out of the cellar.

In the AL West, Ft. Worth sits soundly in first with a 9-game lead. Cincinnati claims the number two spot with New Westminster nipping at their heels as they continue on an upstream coarse. Purry and Menomonee, with records good enough to be in the top tier of the AL East, seem to have been pushed into the middle of the AL West. Madison and Kansas’ other team (the Blues) are looking toward next year and poor Wrigleyville is pinning its hopes on securing one of the top draft picks. As they prepare to face one another over the remainder of the season, we should see more separation as the top tier teams start jockeying for playoff positions.

          In the NL East Coastline continues to maintain a comfortable lead over Detroit and West Michigan as those two teams try to figure out how they can overtake Coastline. Hint: beat them head-to-head cause nobody else is doing it. Climax, Fantomz, Virginia, and Nags Head are fumbling around

trying to figure out whether they are going to be playoff contenders or whether they can start worrying about player usage. And Pigtown? They’re going to get a real good draft pick.

Over in the NL West Clockwork has pretty much wrapped up the Division crown with a 21-game lead. Hoboken, Fire Lake, Motown, and San Tan Valley are in their own race for second place with only 6 games separating those four teams. Iowa and Hollywood? Yes, they’re still there. I like to see them as the foundation of their Division…everyone else is building powerhouses on top of them.

          With the Division titles pretty much decided, with the exception of the AL East, the fun thing to watch is the playoff races. Several teams are in the running for spots and a battle is sure to develop as we head down the back stretch headed for the far turn. Good luck to all.

Finish last in your league and they call you idiot. Finish last in medical school and they call you doctor. –

Abe Lemons

New Westminster Salmonbellies @ Lewisberry Country Blumpkins
Series Preview: The New Westminster Salmonbellies ambushed the Country Blumpkins as they were looking upstream along Mud Run for their arrival The PR guy forgot to tell the team they swim upstream…
Game #1: Clark (solo & 2run), Dhigo (2run) and Campanella (solo) all homer for the Bellies as it wasn’t much of a game as Ruth loses again. I should trade him.
Salmonbellies 9 Country Blumpkins 2
Game #2: It took 10 innings, but Beltran’s solo HR in the top of the inning proved to be the game winner. NWS had tied it up in the 8th. Freddie Freeman hits a solo shot for Lewisberry.
Salmonbellies 5 Country Blumpkins 4 10inn
Game #3: Jeff Tesreau was getting too many outs after 7ip, allowing only 4 hits as his manager costs him a POTW nomination. Campanella hits 2 HRs and Clark adds a solo in a laugher.
Salmonbellies 10 Country Blumpkins 0
Game #4: Blumpkins’ David Ortiz’s solo Hr was no match for Dihigo’s 3run blast or Wynn’s solo as Bellies cruise to victory.
Salmonbellies 4 Country Blumpkins 1
Series Summary: Salmonbellies win 4 as scoring 7 runs in a series just isn’t gonna cut it in this league. Dihigo goes 6/17, 6RBI, 4R, 2HR.
Chicago Nine @ Cincinnati Knights
Series Preview: The Chicago Nine come to Cincinnati for a four game set.
Game #1: CIN 4-5-0, CHI 2-7-2
Game #2: CIN 11-19-2, CHI 5-9-0 Sal Bando rips his 25th homer of the year and the his LEG-leading third GRAND SLAM.
Game #3: CIN 7-9-1, CHI 2-12-0
Game #4: CIN 6-11-1, CHI 4-10-0
Series Summary: The Knights avenge an earlier series loss in the Windy City. Ted Williams makes his bid Player of the Week by going four-for-11 (.364 batting average), walks EIGHT times (.632 OBP — including his 100th walk of the year), clubs two homers (.909 slugging), scores five times, drives in five and has a 1.541 OPS for the series.
Wrigleyville Whales @ Jack Street Hustlers
Series Preview: The Wrigleyville Whales 36-69 travel to Jack Street to take on the Hustlers 53-52 in an interdivision matchup. The matchup was played live over Teamviewer. Thanks to Paul for the fun. I had saved the scripts to help my memory, but I forgot where I saved them. . . so it will kind of be from memory (which if you can’t remember where you store a file, this probably won’t be good).
Game #1: Dutch Ruether (5-10) takes the mound for Wrigleyville against Hustler supposed ace Bill Byrd (7-5). Jack Street set the tone for this one, as they scored 5 in the first. The story of the game was Bill Byrd who completed 6 hitless innings against the Whales. The 7th was a little odd to say the least. An error and 3 walks led to the first run of the game for the Whales. Then up steps Yaz who belts a pinch hit grand slam to give Wrigleyville 5 runs on 1 hit. That’s all the hits and runs Wrigleyville could muster, as Jack Street takes the opener 12-5.

W 5/1/0
J 12/14/1

WP – Byrd 8-5
LP – Ruether 5-11
Sv – None
HR – W – Yaz (8) J – Hornsby (27) McGwire (29), Hisle (9)

Game #2: Carl Mays 8-8 for the Whales against Carl Lundgren 4-2 for the Hustlers.

After game 1’s run fest, this game took a different route. Jack Street once again scored first in the bottom half of the first on a Medwick 2 run homer. That was all that they would get and were depending on Lundgren to pick them up. Carl was up to the task, giving up only a solo shot to Stan the Man in the fourth, as Jack Street takes game two 2-1. Rogers Hornsby shows the offense the way by going 4-4 with a double and a run. Stan the Man goes 2-2 with a double, homer, run and an rbi.

W 1/4/0
J 2/10/0

WP – Lundgren 5-2
LP – Mays 8-9
Sv – Brantley 17
HR – W – Musial (8) J – Medwick (21)

Game #3: The Whales, looking for a little revenge, sends Dave McNally 1-3 to the mound to face Dan Haren 4-11.

Both starters were dealing donuts until the bottom of the 6th, when the Hustlers, once again, took the early lead on a solo shot by JD Drew. That was the last runs that they would score but, unlike Lundgren in game 2, Haren couldn’t make it hold up. In the top of the 7th, Wrigleyville plated 4 runs on RBIs by Combs, Musial and Meusel. Dave McNally was dealing the whole game, going the distance giving up 4 hits, a run, 3 walks and striking out 10.

W 4/7/0
J 1/4/1

WP – McNally 2-3
LP – Haren 4-12
Sv – None
HR – J – Drew (6)

Game #4: The final game of the series. Wrigleyville was hoping Dick Rudolph 1-3 could gain a series split against Tom Glavine 12-4 for Jack Street.

As has been a series staple, Jack Street scored first in the bottom of the 1st with a single run and followed that up in the second and third with a run in each to take a 3-0 lead after 3. The Whales stormed back in the 5th posting a big 5 on the scoreboard and posted single runs in the 6th and 7th to take a 7-3 to the bottom of the 7th and things were looking bleak for the home team. The Hustlers went nuts in the bottom of the 7th and posted 7 to take the game 10-7. Lots of hitting in this one as Bob Horner and Johnny Bates each picking up a pair of hits (including a double for each) and Bates and Lazzeri (ph double) each droive in a pair. The Hustlers were lead on offense by Bob Meusel who went 2-3 with 2 doubles, 2 runs, a walk and 3 rbis. Crash in LF sends Drew (7 days) and Bartell (12 days) to the injured list for Jack Street.

W 7/10/3
J 10/9/0

WP – Jones 3-4
LP – Burke 0-3
Sv – Brantley 18
HR – W – Davis (7)

Series Summary: Jack Street takes a hard fought series 3-1.

Nominees for weekly awards:
Pitcher – Bill Byrd 9 IP 1 H 5 R 0 ER 5 BB 5 K
Hitter – Rogers Hornsby 8-11, 3 runs, 4 rbi, double, homer 2 bb

Middle Channel Sturgeons @ Purry Cowpokes
Series Preview: The Sturgeons of Middle Channel (48-61) travel to Purry to face the Cowpokes (62-47).
Game #1: Rickey Henderson, Ted Strong, and Shane Victorino each drive in 3 runs as the Cowpokes take game 1, 13-5.
Game #2: Javier Vazquez records his 16th win and Carlos Santana and Graig Nettles drove in 2 runs apiece as Purry wins 7-4.
Game #3: Steve Carlton holds Middle Channel to 1 run on 3 hits over 6.3 innings. Purry wins 3-1.
Game #4: Willie McCovey homered for the 3rd game in a row and Carlos Santana drove in Shane Victorino in the bottom of the 9th for a 3-2 Purry victory.
Series Summary: Purry sweep the visiting Sturgeons. Javier Vazquez improves his record to 16-5. Willie McCovey goes 7-17, with 3 homers, 4 rbi’s, and 4 runs scored.
Las Vegas Pirates @ Fort Worth Cats
Series Preview:  
Game #1: Prince Fielder drove home two on a single and a solo home run – his 18th while Jake Arrieta stymied the Cats offense as they could only score twice. Homerun Baker had his 5th homer of the year bringing Ft. Worth to within one in the 8th, but they went down quietly in the 9th.

Final Score: Pirates 3, Cats 2

Game #2: Back to back two out doubles by Moises Alou and Al Oliver gave the Cats a 2-0 lead after one inning. In the third two 1 out doubles by Alou and Hunter Pence padded the lead to 4-0. In the 4th Prince Fielder nearly erased the lead with a three run jimmy jack for his 19th blast of the year. Joe Dimaggio would however tie the game in 5th for Las Vegas with a two out RBI single. It didn’t take long for the Cats to take back the lead. After Hunter Pence singled in the go ahead run, Ken Singleton pinch hit for Pete Runnels, “The runners take their lead … the pitch … SINGLETON ’77 puts a charge into this one a big fly to deep left … FALK ’26 will run out of room … that’s a Baltimore special … a three-run homer … SINGLETON ’77 has his 12th homer … and the CATS are out in front 8-4” Ft. Worth would another run in the 5th and hang on to win game two.

Final Score Cats 9, Pirates 7

Game #3: Kaat allowed a leadoff walk in the first and it came back to bite him when Joe Dimaggio singles home Craig Biggio to give Las Vegas a 1-0 lead. Ft. Worth would tie the game in the 5th on a sac fly by Toby Harrah in the 5th. The Pirates go back in front in the 7th on a fielder’s choice, but the Cats tie the game in the bottom of the 7th on a double by Keith Hernandez. The Cats would take the lead for good in the 8th on an error by the Pirates shortstop, “CHANCE ’25 with the pitch grounded to short … KESSINGER ’74’s there … this should do it … and he fires it right by MADLOCK ’85 … OLIVER ’83 rounds third … he’s headed for home … he’ll score … CATS lead! … ALLEY ’68 never made the turn toward second and has to settle for first … that should be an error on KESSINGER ’74 … and it is…E6 … oh! … the streak is over … 25 straight games without a miscue. And the CATS break the tie and now lead 3-2”

Final Score Cats 3, Pirates 2

Game #4: Three different Pirates drove in a run and two other hitters had triples, but the Cats scored three times in the 6th for the win. They could have score more if not for a weird play, “Infielders back … the runners take their lead … the pitch … DANNING ’38 lashes one to right base hit … MAY ’69 scores … ALOU ’00’s around third … they’re waving him home two runs score … tie game! … going first to third is Ken SINGLETON ’77 the throw comes into second … and DANNING ’38 is on with a single BUTTS ’47 with a bat in hand … Steps up to face FINGERS ’84 … in the box now wait a minute … what’s this … FINGERS ’84 steps off the rubber … throws to HOAK ’54 there’s an appeal at third … and he’s out! … ALOU ’00 missed third base … one run scores DANNING ’38 loses the hit and an RBI” Not sure why Danning had to lose the hit. Thankfully for Ft. Worth home crowd Tommy PeeWee Butts followed with a double officially scoring the 2nd and 3rd runs of the inning.

Final Score: Cats 4, Pirates 3

Series Summary: Cats take the series 3 games to 1.

The Cats are a little sad to see their interdivision time on the schedule come to an end after next weeks series in Chicago as they’ve gone 50-10 against the AL East. Overall Ft. Worth has gone 71 and 17 since starting the season at 10 and 11.

Starting next week the Cats begin a difficult stretch playing 25 of the next 32 games on the road including series at Cincinnati and at New Westminster as those two teams hope to narrow the gap between them and Ft. Worth. Even with their great record after 109 games anything can happen the last third of the season among the top 5 teams of the AL West. Buckle your seat belt it’s gonna be a wild ride to the end!

Kansas City A’s @ Menonomee Minutemen
Series Preview: The KC A’s head to the state of Beer and cheese to face the Minutemen of Menomonee.
Series Summary: KC took 3 of 4 from the struggling men of minutes and ran from town with cases of beer and cheese curds laughing about how they stole the series. Let’s be honest all they stole was the alcohol for which we drown our tears. Although that would be a lie because there was plenty of brandy and whiskey to go around still. So happy drinking A’s
Boston Braves @ Kansas City Blues
Series Preview: Bottom feeders face each other
Game #1: Blues 14 hit attack win 8-4
Game #2: Blues pull it out in bottom of the 12th win 6-5
Game #3: The Braves A. Gonzalez and Mo Vaughn both homer 4 rbi each win easily 12-2
Koosman gives up 10 er
Game #4: Braves 14 hits too much for Blues win 13-8
Series Summary: Boston and the Blues split 2-2
Madison East Puregolders @ Indiana Indians
Series Preview: Series split. Indians take first two then lose 2 in a row.
Series Summary: Series split. Indians take first two then lose 2 in a row.
Coastline Bobcats @ Fire Lake Segers
Series Preview: Coastline (72-33) leading the NL East travels to Fire Lake (54-50), 3rd in the NL West, for a 4 game series.

Series played using TeamViewer

Game #1: CLB C.Finley vs FLS R.Guidry
This game was a good old fashioned pitcher’s duel. Finley and Guidry trade scoreless inning through the 5th. After Guidry strands Kemp on third in the T6, the Segers come looking for some runs in the B6. FLS Bench answers with a lead-off solo-HR to start things, Sanders 1bs, Rolen 1bs and Sanders moves to 3rd on M.Williams throwing error. Finley then throws a WP letting Sanders socre and a 2-0 FLS lead. That’s all the scoring as FLS Louisiana Lightning tosses the CG Shutout giving up only 4 hits. FLS Guidry (8-10) with the win and CLB C.Finley (14-5) with the loss.FLS 2, CLB 0
Game #2: CLB S.Maglie vs FLS E.Rixey
FLS opens the scoring in the B1 when Pinson 2bs, Votto bbs, and Rolen rips an rbi-1b. CLB wastes no time evening the score in the T2 on a Skowron solo-HR. In the B5 FLS retakes the lead when Menke 1bs, PH Daniels 1bs, Rose 1bs to load the bases, and Pinson gets an FC-rbi on a grounder to 3rd. But Maglie, as in the 1st, manages to get out of the 5th giving up only 1 run.FLS brings in Soto in the T6 and CLB wastes no time as PH Becker 2bs; FLS then brings in Gullett to face PH G.Jenkins and he fans him. But CLB C.Ripken follows with a 2-run HR for a 3-2 CB lead, Wilson 1bs chasing Gullett, and Skowron rips an rbi-3b off new reliever J.Smoltz.FLS came storming right back in the B6 when Cardenal 1bs, Menke executes a perfect H&R 1b with 2 out, and Evers follows with a 2-run 2b to tie the score at 4-4! But the theme of this game holds true as CLB regains the lead in the T7 when PH Goslin 1bs, steals 2nd, and scores on a Becker rbi-1b.However, this time, the CLB bullpen of Albers, Marshall, and Sutter close out the game for a CLB win.
CLB S.Maglie (6-0) gets the win, Sutter earns Save#44, and FLS J.Smoltz (5-3) takes the loss.CLB 5, FLS 4
Game #3: CLB D.Stieb vs FLS D.McLain
After 3 scoreless innings CLB opens the scoring in the T4 with a Howard solo-HR. On the mound CLB Stieb is in control giving up only 4 hits through 7 innings. In the CLB T8 G.Jenkins hits a solo-HR for a 2-0 CLB lead. CLB then puts the game away with a Gordon 3-run HR in the T9. CLB Stieb gives up 1 more hit but no runs for the CG Shutout.CLB D.Stieb (14-5) with the win and FLS D.McLain (9-8) gets the loss.CLB 5, FLS 0
Game #4: CLB K.Brown vs FLS M.Morris
CLB gets on the board in the T2 when Howard 3bs and then scores on a Gehrig groundout. In the CLB T3 Jenkins 1bs and then scores on a C.Ripken H&R rbi-2b. CLB adds another run in the T4 when Gordon 2bs and then scores on M.Williams rrbi-1b (Williams cut down at 2nd on the cutoff).FLS breaks though against K.Brown in the B4 when Pinson 1bs, Votto with a H&R 1b, and Rolen hits a Sac Fly. Cardenal 1bs, but Brown bears down and fans Roseboro and gets Larkin to F8. FLS cuts the CLB lead to 1 with a run in the B6 when with 2 outs Cardenal 2bs and scores on a Roseboro rbi-1b.FLS completes the comeback and ties the game in the B8 with back-to-back 2bs by Cardenal and Roseboro. But, once again, with Gullett still on for FLS, CLB strikes back in the T9 when M.Williams 1bs and Skowron hits a 2-run HR. CLB calls on Sutter and he tosses a perfect 9th for his 45th save.CLB S.Casilla (5-3) gets the win, Sutter gets Save #45, and FLS Gullett (3-7) takes the loss.CLB 5, FLS 3
Series Summary: Overall a close fought series with Coastline squeeking out a 3-1 series win over Fire Lake. FLS Guidry and CLB Stieb are Pitcher of the Week candidates for their Shutouts. CLB Skowron has a big series going 4-10, 4-rbi, 1-3b, and 2-HRs. But what was of more importance was that every one of his hits and rbis were crucial in each game.
Hoboken Zephyrs @ Detroit DeLoreans
Series Preview: The Hoboken Zephyrs (59-46) visit the Detroit DeLoreans (64-41) for a rematch four-game NL divisional crossover series between a pair of second place teams.
Game #1: HBZ 0 – DET 6: Back from a missed start due to injury, Detroit’s Allie Reynolds spun a complete game shutout. Yogi Berra went 2 for 4 with a homer and 2 RBI.
Game #2: HBZ 1 – DET 3: A scoreless game until the eighth inning when the Zephyrs got on the board with an unearned run. However, a 2-run double from Anthony Rendon put the DeLoreans ahead in a 3-run bottom of the eighth. Jack Aker nailed down his eleventh save of the season in the ninth inning. Both Eddie Yost and Anthony Rendon had multi-hit games for their clubs.
Game #3: HBZ 6 – DET 10: Detroit’s Anthony Rendon was the star of the game. He went 4 for 4 with 2 doubles, a homer, 3 RBI, 4 runs scored, and a stolen base. The Zephyrs hit four homers, getting round-trippers from C. Flood (1), E. Stanky (1), E. Yost (10), and T. Jackson (1).
Game #4: HBZ 3 – DET 4 (18): After Hoboken tied the game in the top of the ninth inning, another game got played as Ripper Collins hit his 37th HR in the bottom of the eighteenth inning to win it for Detroit. Plenty of plate appearances for everyone. Wally Schang had three hits for the Zephyrs. Nap Lajoie and Roy White each had four hits for Detroit.
Series Summary: Detroit avenges a sweep from earlier in the season with a sweep of their own. Player of the week considerations should be given to Detroit’s Allie Reynolds (9 Ips, 0 ER, 8 Ks) and Anthony Rendon (.500, 8 for 16 with 6 doubles, a homer, 4 runs, and 6 RBI).
Motown Yankees @ West Michigan Retrogrades
Series Preview: In a series played over TeamViewer, struggling West Michigan hosts Motown.
Game #1: Motown 6 – West Michigan 4 (12 innings)
Game #2: Motown 5 – West Michigan 1
Game #3: Motown 0 – West Michigan 1
Game #4: Motown 4 – West Michigan 1
Series Summary: Motown takes the series 3-1. West Michigan has now lost 7 of their last 10. The Yankees had timely hitting, the Retrogrades hit into more double plays than they scored runs. West Michigan isn’t lucky enough to win 82% of their home games like some teams.
Fantomz Force @ Hollywood Zombies
Series Preview: In the miracles of miracles, Hollywood takes 3 of 4 games!! Eddie Plank throws a 4 hit shutout which may finally get Hollywood a player-of-the-week! Of course watch out for a 1-hitter or a no-hitter this week that kills our spirits…..
Series Summary: In the miracles of miracles, Hollywood takes 3 of 4 games!! Eddie Plank throws a 4 hit shutout which may finally get Hollywood a player-of-the-week! Of course watch out for a 1-hitter or a no-hitter this week that kills our spirits…..
Nags Head Surf Sox @ Clockwork Heroes
Series Preview: Clockwork decided to play Bob Watson more as hes been one off our best bats off the bench actually hitting similar to real life. Nagshead has just B starters and the way Clockwork has been playing it might be a tough series,
Game #1: Clockwork is starting Kluber to get his innings in and once again he was solid allowing 3 runs in 7 innings and Samuel homers off Klubot. Hamels was solid 3 (2 earned) in 6.2. The game went into extra innings when in the 10th Bob Watson his a 3 run walkoff homer. Clockwork 6 Nagshead 3 (10) w-Gromek (6-0) L-Cordero (3-3)
Game #2: Uhle shuts down Nagshead 3 hits one run(Hayes homer) in 7 innings. Valverde tries to blow it allowing 2 and leave two on, but Tekulve comes in and saves the day. Clockwork 5 Nagshead 3 W_Uhle(11-7) L-Mussina (10-7) S-Tekulve (28)
Game #3: Matheson was great again throwing a CG 5 hitter allowing 1 run on a Hojo homer.Jim Palmer got blasted as Arky Vaughn, Foster and Melton homer in this 10-1 blowout. W_Matheson 19-3 L-Palmer (4-6)
Game #4: Bert Blyleven was great too as he goes 8 innings 2 hits 1 run(McCarver homer). Andujar did not fair as well as Foster hit a 3-run homer and Melton a 2-3 homer,. Clockwork 5 Nagshead 1 W-Blyleven 17-5, L-Andujar(4-15)
Series Summary: Tough series for Nagshead pitching had trouble with the Hero bats, and more to the point the 18 starters all had similar games of a lone solo homer allowed and almost nothing else.
Clockwork has now won 11 in a row, and have dominated at home like I have rarely seen, and have second best road record in the league.
HOW – George Foster 2 homers 7 rbis
POW – Bert Blyleven 81 games score 8 innings 2 hits 1 run no walks 7 K’s
Climax Cougars @ Wainwright Wranglers
Series Preview: Dwayne has a plate full of covid and craziness so asked me to play host for his Wranglers as they took on the Climax Cougars in a battle of western Canadian teams.
Game #1: Nap Rucker couldn’t make it out of the 3rd inning as the Cougars piled up their runs early and then went to sleep, but it was enough as the Wranglers bats were equally drowsy in a 6-2 win for Climax.
Sam Crawford has a couple of hits for Climax including a 3-run homer in the 1st inning as part of a 4-RBI day to pace the Cougars. Josh Gibson and Jim Fregosi each added two hits.
Edwin Encarnacion had the honor of putting Climax starter Rune Waddell out of the game by blasting a no-doubter to left field in the 6th with Heinie Manush on base. Waddell left allowing only three hits in the game but he was a tad wild with six walks and just two Ks.
FINAL: CLIMAX 6, WAINWRIGHT 2
W-Waddell (10-7, 3.52)
L-Rucker (5-13, 4.75)
HR-CMC: Crawford (9); WWW: Encarnacion (9)
Game #2: Cannonball Redding and Lefty Grove had a heckuva pitchers duel going with Grove no-hitting the Cougars through 7, but then the bottom fell out for both pitchers with some late-inning heroics on both sides.
Tony Gwynn was the first to break the scoring ice with a line drive single between 1st and 2nd that scored Eugenio Suarez and Darren Daulton in the 7th to make it 2-0.
After no-hitting the Cougars for seven innings, Grove could do nothing right in the 8th and gave up four runs thanks to doubles by Harlond Clift, George Grantham and pinch hitter Ossee Schrecongost.
With Climax in the driver’s seat heading into the 9th and Mr. Reliable Eric Plunk on the mound it looked like the Cougars had things well in hand – not so. Plunk was in trouble from the start with walks to Tony Gywnn and Mark Grace. He was able to get George Brett to foul out , but then gave up an infield single to pinch hitter Jose Vidro which jammed the bases. Plunkster praying for the double play that never came. He was able to get Bip Roberts to pop out to shallow left but then Johnny Kling hit a slow grounder through the infield and into right allowing Gwynn and Grace to score and tie it and move Vidro to 3rd. Daulton carrying a 185 game on base streak or something like that came through yet again for his team while Plunk did not … he ripped one over first base allowing Vidro to score easily with the winning run.
FINAL: WAINWRGHT 5, CLIMAX 4
W-Ward (6-2, 1.25)
L-Plunk (BS 2,2-3, 2.37)
HR-none
Game #3: Another game in which the Cougars pounced on the Wainwright starter early, but this time it was Vic Willis who staggered into but not out of the 4th inning in a 8-4 win by Climax.
The Cougars were lucky in this one though as the Wranglers took advantage of weary Smoky Joe Wood and completely ineffective Jarrod Washburn to score runs in the 6th and 7th and then coming close to tying it up in the 8th but George Brett popped out to 1st base with the bases loaded.
George Grantham had three RBIs thanks to a double and a triple with Mel Ott and Johnny Mize each driving in a pair. Sam Crawford had three hits and scored once while Harlond Clift had two hits and scored twice.
Mr incredible Darren Daulton missed hitting for the cycle by the usual triple but scored twice and drove in a pair for Wainwright. Bip Roberts had two hits, scored once and drove in one run.
FINAL: CLIMAX 8, WAINWRIGHT 4
W-Wood (8-6, 4.92)
L-Willis (8-18, 4.01)
HR-WWW: Daulton (18)
Game #4: Van Lingle Mungo fanned nine and gave up just three hits as he combined with the bullpen to blank the Wranglers 1-0 in a great pitchers’ duel.
Doc Whte was steady but not flashy in his start for the Wranglers. Although he only struck out one and walked four his only real hiccups came in the 3rd inning when he allowed a one-out triple to Buck Leonard followed by a double to Mel Ott that accounted for the only run of the game.
Leonard had two hits for Climax while Tony Gwynn did the same for Wainwright.
Mungo had little problem with any of the Wranglers save for Kirby Puckett who apparently put the fear of God into him and wound up with all three walks the righty issued on the day.
FINAL: CLIMAX 1, WaINWRIGHT 0
W-Mungo (7-5, 2.85)
Sv-Plunk (10, 2.25)
L-White (11-14, 4.37)
HR-none
Series Summary: A close series with Climax taking three of four, but being outhomered a whopping 2-1. Darren Daulton was a modest 6/15 in the series but was always in the thick of whatever mayhem Wainwright was brewing up. I hope things settle down for Dwayne!
Virginia Cavaliers @ San Tan Valley Moonrakers
Series Preview: Two middle of the roaders meet in hopes of something getting started for an end of the year push.
Game #1: Lefty Gomez wins his 10th. Keith Foulke saves his 26th and Virginia gets homers from Frank Robinson (2), Kevin McReynolds, and Lance Parrish in the Cavaliers 6-4 win.
Game #2: Alan Trammell’s 2 run 8th inning homer gives the Cavs a 4-2 win. Foulke saves another. Keltner homers for the Moonrakers.
Game #3: Another 8th inning game winning homer, this time from San Tan’s Earl Averill. Moonrakers win 2-1.
Game #4: Hal Trotsky and Mike Piazza go long for San Tan, but that’s not the big story. It’s…..wait for it…..Randy Johnson with yet another shutout, a 3 hit, 10 K, no walk gem. It’s his 9th shutout of the year.
Series Summary: A series split. Kind of figures it would be.

Johnson with yet another Player of the Week candidacy..9 shutouts in this league…whew!!!!

Iowa Giants @ Pigtown Bombers
Series Preview: A battle of two leading contenders to get the 1st pick in the 2021 LEG draft…
Game #1: Pigtown gets a lead off homer from Edmunds in the 1st and then…absolutely nothing. Bob Feller dominates for Iowa and the visitors win 5-1. Schalk goes 3-4 with 2 runs and 2 RBIs (2B & 3B). Pigtown does win the injury battle by getting three guys hurt for 5 games each (Tiant, J, Robinson and Flick).
Game #2: Pigtown takes the 2nd game with a makeshift line up 6-1. Johnny Taylor is the star, going 8 innings giving up 6 hits and only 1 run. More impressively, he went 2-3 from the plate with 3 RBIs on a bases clearing 2B (who says pitchers can’t hit).
Game #3: Pigtown continued its string of luck with a 3-2 win. Greenberg had a 2 run double and Edmunds hit the go ahead HR in the 8th. Doak (Iowa) pitched great (6 IP, 2hits and 2 runs), but the Iowa bats stayed asleep.
Game #4: The rooster finally did his job and woke Iowa’s bats for the finale. Iowa jumps out to an early 6-1 lead and never looked back. Final score 8-4 Iowa. York goes 3-3 with 2 2B, 1 3B to lead the way.
Series Summary: 2-2 series split. Pigtown gets a chance to continue to play guys to make sure that everyone gets the required 50% PAs to keep them on the team for next year (almost done). Possible SoW candidates – York (5-16 with 4 runs, 2 RBIs, 1 HR, 2 2B, 1 3B) and Johnny Taylor (8 IP, 1 run, 2-3 batting with 3 RBIs)

2020 PLAYER / PITCHER OF THE WEEK #21

 

National League Pitchers of the Week – Randy JOHNSON – San Tan Valley

1-0 record, 9.0  innings pitched, 0.00 ERA, 1 hit, 11 strikeouts,  &3 walks

 

 

 

American League Pitcher of the Week – Dazzy VANCE  – Cincinnati

1-0 record, 9 innings pitched, 0.00 ERA, 2 hits, 12 strikeouts, & 2 walks

 

 

 

National League Player of the Week – Joe MORGAN  – Iowa

.421 avg  / 0.842 slg,  8 for 19,  1 double, 2 triples, 1  home run, 6  runs, 6 RBIs, & 1 SB

 

 

 

American League Player of the Week – Adrian GONZALEZ  – Boston

.500 avg / 1.143 slg, 7  for 14,  3 homers, 3 runs, & 8 RBIs

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2020 PLAYER / PITCHER OF THE WEEK #20

 

National League Pitchers of the Week – Chuck Finley – Coastline

1-0 record, 9.0  innings pitched, 0.00 ERA, 1 hit, 3 strikeouts, & 3 walks

 

 

 

American League Pitcher of the Week – Bob Gibson  – KC Blues

1-0 record, 8 innings pitched, 0.00 ERA, 2 hits, 8 strikeouts, & 3 walks

 

 

 

National League Player of the Week – Cal Ripken Jr.  – Coastline

.571 avg  / 1.071 slg, 8 for 14, 1 double, 2 home runs, 7  runs, 4 RBIs, & 1 walk

 

 

 

American League Player of the Week – Carlos Gonzalez  – Madison East

.533 avg / 1.467 slg, 8  for 15, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 3 homers, 5 runs, 8 RBIs & 2 walks

 

 

Feature: Around the League …

An interesting look at LEG stats as a whole rather than at individual leagues.

Let’s start with pitching. When it comes to the top ten in wins, the AL has 5 pitchers with 14 wins or more and the NL 4. Each league has one pitcher each with 18 wins (G.Maddux FWC-AL and C.Mathewson CWH-NL) and 16 wins (J.Verlander FWC-AL and N.Hahn HBZ-NL.), In ERA the NL dominates with 7 of the top 10. C.Mathewson CWH-NL leads the way at 1.62 followed by J.Verlander FWC-AL at 1.76. The NL having 7 pitchers with a 2.33 or lower ERA is not surprising considering the league ERA in the AL is 4.03 and the NL 3.42. (Is it really better pitching or the roll of the die?) Most innings pitched is an interesting one to me. The NL has all 10 of the top 10. In a league known for pulling pitchers for a pinch hitter one would think that IP’s would be in the low numbers. But that’s not the case for some reason. All I can determine is that the starting pitchers are so good (High grades) that mangers are leaving them in longer and relying on them rather than any relief pitchers they may have. And I know of several NL teams that did not draft with an eye toward a deep, strong bullpen so that would make sense, especially if they use starters as relievers ( A bit of a difference from the heavy use of relievers in today’s MLB games). When it comes to Games Started the NL once again has all top 10. Again interesting. But maybe the NL has more 4 man rotations, or even 3 man. Or maybe the NL is not worried about getting the minimum BF’s for many of their pitchers and the AL is? Or maybe the AL has better bullpens? Supporting the idea that the NL has many high grade starting pitchers or weaker (?) bullpens is the fact that the NL has 9 of the top 10 Complete Game leaders. The interesting thing about those pitchers is that they all are pitchers from before the 1940’s. Hmmm. Just as a side note, the NL also has 8 of the top 9 strikeout leaders. I guess that means The NL either has a lot of strikeout type pitchers or really poor contact batters. 6 of the top 10 batters in strikeouts do come from thr NL.

Now, in the batting department. The AL appears to dominate here like the NL did in pitching. First, batting leaders. The AL has 7 of the top 10. Considering the AL league average is .248 compared to the NL’s .226, that is not surprising. M.Dihigo’s (NWS-AL) .344 leads the way with two other AL batters right behind him, T.Williams (CIN) .341 and W.Keeler (FWC) .327. C.Ripken’s (CLB) .319 at #4 gives the NL it’s top representative. The interesting stat is that the two leagues each have five leaders in the most hits category (even though the AL has 13,655 hits to the NL’s 12,215) . One would think with each league having 5 hit leaders that would put them fairly even in the batting average category,…but it didn’t. In the slugging arena, the AL again has 7 of the top 10 with T.Williams (CIN), J.Mayberry (CHI) and S.Seybold (MEN) all over .600. R.Collins (DET) at .597 leads the NL contingent. With the AL having an advantage in slugging it would make sense that the AL would have more hitters in the HR top ten. And of course, they do. 5 of the top 8 HR leaders come from the AL even though 2 NL players have the top two spots, R.Collins (DET) with 34 and H.Wilson (CLB) 29. (and no one named Ruth is in the top HR leaders) The AL also has the advantage in RBI claiming 7 of the top 10.

So what does all this mean? Who knows? Do the AL pitchers stink?  Do the NL hitters stink? Does the computer dice rolls stink? It just makes for interesting stats and that is one of the things this game is about.

“Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical.” – Yogi Berra

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2020 PLAYER / PITCHER OF THE WEEK #19

 

National League Pitchers of the Week – Tom SEAVER – Hoboken

1-0 record, 11.0  innings pitched, 0.00 ERA, 3 hits, 15 strikeouts, & 1 walk

 

 

 

American League Pitcher of the Week – Phil NIEKRO  – KC A’s

1-0 record, 9 innings pitched – NO HITTER, 0.00 ERA, 0 hits,1 strikeout, & 3 walks

 

 

 

National League Player of the Week – Ripper COLLINS – Detroit (yes, again)

.438 avg  / 0.938 slg, 7 for 16, 2 doubles, 2 home runs, 4  runs, 4 RBIs, & 2 walks

 

 

 

American League Player of the Week – Tris SPEAKER  – Purry

.500 avg / 1.333 slg, 6 for 12, 4 doubles, 2 homers, 3 runs, 7 RBIs, & 3 walks

Fort Worth Cats @ Lewisberry Country Blumpkins
Series Preview: The 1st Place Cats traveled to the 1st Place Country Blumpkins for a potential playoff preview
Game #1: Lee May breaks a 1-1 tie in the 3rd with a Sac Fly and Cats use Blumpkin pitchers as a scratching post. Blumpkins score 2 in the bottom of the 9th for no good reason.
Cats 5 Country Blumpkins 3
Game #2: Forever-Blumpkin Bernie Williams crushes a 3run homer in the 5th to give Lewisberry a 4-2 lead and victory.
Country Blumpkins 4 Cats 2
Game #3: Justin Turdlander must have been getting too many outs after 7 innings, allowing only 3 hits, as he gets pulled but it really didn’t matter. Lost out on POTW consideration tho.
Cats 5 Country Blumpkins 0
Game #4: The Babe gets clawed again as the Cats scratch out runs in 4 different innings. Blumpkins offense was very offensive.
Cats 5 Country Blumpkins 3
Series Summary: Cats win 3 in a series that had only 1 HR, a pitcher hurling a 3hit shutout get pulled and Hunter Fuckin’ Pence going 6-14 with 2 2B, 3B, 2 runs and 3 RBIs for the Cats. Abysmal.
Kansas City Blues @ Jack Street Hustlers
Series Preview: Battle of two American League Teams.
Game #1: Bridges for the Blues against Siebert for the Hustlers. Kansas City cruises to a 4-0 lead after 6 and cruises from there. Canseco’s 2 run homer in the 6th is the big blow.

K 4/8/2
J 2/6/0

WP – Bridges 7-9
LP – Siebert 4-10
Sv – Aguilera 18
HR – K – Sheffield (8), Canseco (11) J – Meusel (15)

Game #2: Valenzuela takes the hill for KC vs. Byrd for Jack Street. Jack Street takes an early 2-0 lead after 1, but KC scores 4 in the 4th and it looks like they are going to win their second in a row. But Jack Street picks up 2 in the 8th and it stands that way to extra inning. In the bottom of the 10th, Bob Meusel doubles in Jeff Kent for the winning run. Meusel goes 3-5 with 2 doubles and3 rbi.

K 4/8/2
J 5/11/1

WP – Brantley 3-3
LP – Lopat 1-2
Sv – None
HR – None

Game #3: Bob Gibson on the mound for KC vs. Viola for Jack Street. Single runs in the 1st and 3rd for KC and 2 in the 2nd for Jack Street leads to a 2-2 tie after 3. That’s the way it stays until the 8th when KC picks up 2 more, but Jack Street picks up 3 in the bottom half and bring in Brantley in the top of the 9th for the save. The Blues had other ideas, however, as they beat up Brantley and Brantley for 4 runs and take the game. Bescher goes 2-4 with a homer an rbi and scores 3 runs.

K 8/10/0
J 5/9/1

WP – Aguilera 3-1
LP – Brantley 3-4
Sv – None
HR – K – Bescher (2), Canseco (12) J – Hornsby (24)

Game #4: Leading the series 2-1, KC sends Greinke to the mound against Dan Haren for Jack Street. Good game (3-2) until the 6th when KC blows it open with 3. Leon Durham is the hero of this one as he goes 3-4 with a double, homer, 2 runs and 3 rbi.

K 6/11/2
J 2/5/0

WP – Greinke 6-9
LP – Haren 4-10
Sv – Aguilera 19
HR – K – Schulte (10), Durham (6) J – Muesel (16), Simmons (4)

Series Summary: Kansas City comes to town and takes 3 of 4 from the home struggling Hustlers.
Middle Channel Sturgeon @ Cincinnati Knights
Series Preview: The Middle Channel Sturgeon come to southern Ohio this week for a four game set.
Game #1: MCS 5-11-0, CIN 10-13-2

Bill Freehan paces the Cincinnati attach, going three-for-four with a homer, three RBI and two runs scored.

Game #2: MCS 1-10-2, CIN 11-13-0

Sal Bando was the offensive hero for the Knights, also going three-for-four with a homer and three RBI — before being lifted late.

Game #3: MCS 10-13-0, CIN 2-7-2

Frank Thomas goes three-for-four with a double, homer and four RBI for Middle Channel.

Game #4: MCS 2-3-3, CIN 13-13-0

Ted Williams goes three-for-four with three RBI and a double for Cincinnati. Johan Santana works eight innings to get the win, limiting ther Sturgeon to two hits and seven Ks.

Series Summary: Cincinnati takes three of four from Middle Channel to solidify its hold on second place in the American League West.

Player of the Week Nominee: Ted Williams. Ted played in just three games this week, but made them all count. He went five-for-eight batting (.625 batting average), had three doubles (one in each game and a 1.000 slugging percentage). With three walks, he wound up with a .727 on base percentage and a 1.727 OPS. He has improved his batting average nine points and is at .346 for the season.

Las Vegas Pirates @ Madison East  Puregolders
Series Summary: Series Split. In game 3, the Purgolders staff combine for a 1-0 shutout victory.
Kansas City A’s @ Wrigleyville Whales
Series Preview: Kansas City A’s (42-55, .433, 11-GB) @ Wrigleyville Whales (33-64, .340, 37-GB)

No-No by Kansas City!

Game #1: G-1- P.Niekro v Welch. Knucksie (4-4-, 4.20) hurled a No-Hitter for A’s in 3-0 win! He faced 30-Whales, walking one and striking out 1. It was his 1st CG of the season. Bobby Doerr led A’s 7-hit attack, going 2-3 with his 17th double and 10th homer! Aparicio stole his 39th base for K.C. Welch (6-9, 4.50) allowed 3-runs, 2-earned in CG loss.

FINAL A’s 3 Whales 0

Game #2: G-2- Maloney v Quinn. A’s pitching hurled another 8-innings of Shut out ball in 3-1 K.C. win. Whales scored with 2-outs in 9th and only due to Doerr and Aparicio colliding on a pop fly by Ritchie, which allowed Chapman to score from 2nd. Maloney (1-1) tossesd 7-innings of 4-hit, 0-run ball. Aparicio was 3-4, including his 1st home run, driving in 2 and stealing base # 40. Cooper (11) slugged a solo homer off of Quinn.

FINAL A’s 3 Whales 2

Game #3: G-3- Horlen v H.Coveleski. A’s took advantage of 4-Whales errors as they rolled to an 11-5 win! Doerr (11) cracked A’s lone home run, while D. Evans (5) smashed a 3-Run-HR in 2nd for Whales. Horlen (1-0, 9.69) allowed 5-runs, 4-earned on 6-hits and 8-walks. Both teams had 13-LOB. Whales hurlers walked 12.

FINAL A’s 11 Whales 5

Game #4: G-4- Jenkins v Hunter. Whales pop 4-HR’s in 8-5 win as they salvage series finale. Combs (1), Ritchie (9), Thome (2) and Chapman (2) drove in all 8-Whales runs and 9 of Wrigleyville’s 13-hits went for extra-bases! Buford (6), Cooper (12) and B. Williams (2) ripped HR’s for A’s. Fergie allowed 8-runs on 11-hits, including 4-HR’s in 6.1-IP, while Catfish gave up 5-runs on 6-hits, 6-walks and 3-HR’s over 7-IP.

FINAL Whales 8 A’s 5

Series Summary: A’s out-scores Wrigleyville 22-14 and out-hit Whales 31-27 in 3-1 series win! A’s out-homered Whales 7-5.
Boston Braves @ New Westminster Salmonbellies
Series Preview: Boston comes to town
to visit New Westminster
after a long road trip for the Salmonbellies.
Game #1: Billy O’Dell pitches against Andy Messersmith for the Salmonbellies. Andy does not do so well giving up 8 hits in 4.1 and 4 runs to lose the game.
O’Dell pitchers a 5 hit shutout striking out 1 and walking 2.Eddie Mathews does the damage with a 3 for 4 game, 3 rbi, and a home run. Boston wins 4 – 0
Game #2: Juan Marichal of the Braves goes against Dutch Leonard.

Marichal only lasts 1.1 giving up 7 runs on 7 hits and a couple of walks.
Concepcion has a great game with a grand slam and scoring 3 runs in a 3 for 5 contest.
Dutch Leonard pitches a great game. Gives up 2 hits and K’s 7. Had a no hitter going for 7.1 but it was broken up by a Lucroy single.

Final score was New Westminster 11 and Boston 0

Game #3: Pedro Martinez pitching for Boston against Jeff Tesreau.

Jeff Tesreau comes through with a 3 hit shutout. Two pitchers of the week from the same team. The Salmonbellies put the game away in the 4th with a 3 run inning for a 4 – 0 shutout.

Game #4: Don Newcombe vs Sam Leever for the Salmonbellies.

Gabby Hartnett hits a HR and knocks in a couple of runs.
Don Newcombe pitches a complete game for a 4 – 2 victory.
Sam Leever only lasted 1.1 as he was pitching like it was his
100th birthday. Eddie Watt takes the loss for New West on the
Hartnett home run.

Series Summary: Boston did a good job of keeping the Salmonbellies bats quiet for two games to gain a split
in the series
Purry Cowpokes @ Indiana Indians
Series Preview: Manager Rob Gabel and his Purry Cowpokes (52-41) travel to Indiana (via Teamviewer) to take on the Indians (36-57) for a 4-game series. Cowpokes are still in the Wildcard hunt in the AL while the Indians are tied for last in the AL East and appear to be playing for next year.
Game #1: Jake Weimer vs. Grover Cleveland Alexander. Tris Speaker and Rickey Henderson each collect 3 hits to lead the Cowpokes 13 hit attack for an easy W. Indians tally 4 in the bottom of the 9th to make the score closer than the game actually was. Weimer gets the W (11-4) and Alexander is tagged with the L (6-9). Billy Wagner collects his 9th save. Cowpokes 6, Indians 5.
Game #2: Javier Vazquez vs. String Bean Williams. Indiana jumps out to 5-1 lead after 6 innings only to watch as the Cowpokes score 3 in the 7th and 2 in the 8th to take a 6-5 lead. Indians tally the tying run in their half on the 8th but Paul Shuey (8.10 ERA) gives up 2 in the top of the 10th. Billy Wagner notches his 10th save. Cowpokes 8, Indians 6.
Game #3: Johnny Cueto vs. Don Drysdale. Drysdale strikes out 7 for the CG win. Indians collect only 5 hits but Cowpokes are held to 4 hits. Mickey Mantle and Thurman Munson each homer for the victorious Indians. Final; Indians 3, Cowpokes 1.
Game #4: Frank Sullivan vs. Andy Pettitte. The Indians fight back from a 4-1 deficit to secure the victory and salvage a split of the series. Johnny Sain pitched 4 innings of 1-run relief to notch the W. Jokiam Soria with the BS and the loss. Broxton pitches 2/3 of an inning for his 10th save. Final; Indians 5, Cowpokes 4.
Series Summary: Fun series played via Teamviewer as the Tribe come back to win final 2 games.
Drysdale is nominee for Pitcher of the Week with his CG 4-hitter. Tris Speaker with 7 RBI for the Cowpokes. Mantle was 6-15 in the series.
Clockwork Heros @ Pigtown Bombers
Series Preview: The National League West leading Clockwork Heros visit the National League East losing Pigtown “Bombers” for a quick 4 game series.
Game #1: Uhle (10-7) pitched 8 strong innings for Clockwork, giving up 0 runs and only 4 hits to lead his team to the win.
Game #2: A great pitcher’s duel between Blyleven (14-5 3.07 ERA) and Jim Abbott (2-13 3.33 ERA). Clockwork wins 2-1 on timely hits by Len Dykstra (3-4, 1 run, 1 RBI). Radcliffe hits a HR for Pigtown, but it was not enough. Blyleven and Tekulve combine on a 2 hitter for the win.
Game #3: Another great pitching matchup between Cy Young candidate Christy Mathewson (17-3 1.65 ERA) vs Luis Tiant (7-6 3.66 ERA). Mathewson wins the duel tossing a CG SHO giving up only 4 hits while striking out 13. Vaughn and Foster get back-to-back hits in the 8th to each drive in a run. Clockwork wins 2-0.
Game #4: Pigtown salvages the finale by hitting two HRs in the 2nd (3-run shot by Simms and solo HR by Greenwell) to stake them to a 4-0 lead. Pigtown then held on by their white knuckles and ended up winning 5-4.
Series Summary: Another frustrating offensively offensive NL series. The visitors outscored the home team 13-6 (total runs). Pitching stars for the series (both from Clockwork) are Uhle (1-0, 8 IP, 4 hits, 0 runs) and Mathewson (1-0, 9 IP, 0 runs, 4 hits). Not much on the offensive side. Dykstra was 5-10. Luis Tiant was 2-3 against Mathewson (which should qualify him for lucky player of the week).
Nags Head Surf Sox @ Hoboken Zephyrs
Series Preview: The Surf Sox travel to Hoboken just one game out of a coveted playoff spot. The Zephyrs will look to maintain their firm grip on second place in the NL West.
Game #1: Steve Blass got a rare start for Hoboken in the series opener. He pitched well enough to win but got little offensive support. Mike Stanton delivered the game-winning blow with a 3-run blast in the 5th frame dropping Blass to 0-2, 3.66era. Mike Mussina was strong for the visitors going 7 2/3 innings for the win. He improved to 9-6, 3.44era. Norm Charlton came on to earn his first save of the season. Hoboken battled and had their chances but just couldn’t come up with the clutch delivery.
Nags Head 4 Hoboken 3
Game #2: Game 2 would feature a classic pitching matchup between Jim Palmer and Tom Seaver. These two lived up to all expectations. Palmer allowed just 5 hits over 8 innings to improve his ERA to 3.47 in a no decision. Seaver was spectacular in one of the best performances of the season. He took a no-no into the 8th inning broken up by a Gary Carter single with one out. Seaver was masterful allowing only 4 base runners for an 11-inning shutout victory! He improved to 14-5, 2.88era. Jeff Heath went 3 for 4 and delivered the walk-off two-run blast off Tony Watson to seal the Hoboken victory.
Hoboken 2 Nags Head 0 11 innings
Game #3: As is so often the case, both offenses erupted after the Game 2 pitching duel. The Zephyrs roughed up Nolan Ryan for 4 runs in the first. Ryan took an early shower allowing 7 earned in 5.1 innings. His record dropped to 3-8, 4.48era. The heart of the Hoboken lineup provided four home runs to pace the 9-run attack. Noodles Hahn survived his second straight rocky start allowing blasts to Jimmie Foxx and Juan Samuel to bring Nags Head within one run(6-5) in the 6th inning. Hahn’s record improved to 15-7, 2.03.
Hoboken 9 Nags Head 5
Game #4: Cole Hamels battled Red Faber in another pitching duel in Game 4. Hamels was masterful allowing just one earned run over 7 innings to earn a split for the Sox. His record improved to 7-5, 3.96. Francisco Cordero came on in the 9th to earn his 21st save. Giancarlo Stanton’s solo shot in the 8th proved to be the winner. Faber was extremely strong allowing just two earned over 8 innings. His record dropped to 12-7, 2.23era.
Series Summary: The split achieved what both teams were looking for coming into the series. The Sox’ playoff hopes are still very much alive and Hoboken should remain firmly ensconced in second place. Nags Head got some very good pitching and excellent defense(no errors) to come away with a hard-fought road split. Giancarlo Stanton and Jeff Heath both homered twice in the series with clutch game winners.
Fire Lake Segers @ West Michigan Retrogrades
Series Preview: The Fire Lake Segers (48-44) visit the West Michigan Retrogrades (57-36) in a battle of playoff hopefuls. This interdivisional showdown was played via TeamViewer. Thanks for joining me, Terry Graham!
Game #1: Game one saw the Segers get an awesome pitching performance from Denny McLain, who the Retrogrades having been eyeing in a trade. McLain played West Michigan like an organ an pitched a complete game 5-hit shutout, striking out 6, for an SC of 81. Considering the Retrogrades have the best team batting average in the NL, McLain should be considered for pitcher of the week. Rose, Menke, and Pinson collected hits for Fire Lake, while Roseboro had 2 knocks. The Retrogrades got hits from Davis, Cano, Dickey, Beltre, and Wallace.
FIRE LAKE SEGERS 2 – WEST MICHIGAN RETROGRADES 0
Game #2: The Segers got out to an early led and held on for the victory, getting a crazy double-play to end the contest. Rose had 3 hits; Larkin, Menke, and Roseboro had 2 hits for the Segers. Beltre went 2-4 with an HR for the Retrogrades.
FIRE LAKE SEGERS 5 -WEST MICHIGAN RETROGRADES 3
Game #3: Again, the Segers jumped out to an early lead and the Retrogrades needed a comeback. This time, the completed the effort. After George Sisler was ejected for arguing ball and strikes, his Retrogrades teammates found renewed focus to tie the game. Then, in the 8th inning, Tommy Davis and Bill Dickey hit back-to-back homers to give West Michigan a 2-run lead. The Segers got hits from Rose, Larkin, Votto, Menke, Pinson, Cardenal, and Rolen. For West Michigan, Davis had the go-ahead homer, Dickey had 3 hits, Adrian Beltre and Bobby Wallace had 2 hits, while Snider, Johnson, and Davis had a hit a piece.
FIRE LAKE SEGERS 4 – WEST MICHIGAN RETROGRADES 6
Game #4: Again, the Segers jumped on top with 2 runs in the opening frame. The Retrogrades got single runs in the 1st, 6th, and 8th innings to complete the comeback. George Sisler had the big, go-ahead hit in the 8th inning. Cardenal had 2 hits for Fire Lake, while Bench, Sanders, and Menke had a hit a piece. West Michigan saw Heavy Johnson go 2-3 with a HR, Sisler get 2 hits, and Davis and Wallace each get a hit. Adrian Beltre had 3 walks. Cone and Foster both pitched well for their respective clubs.
FIRE LAKE SEGERS 2 – WEST MICHIGAN RETROGRADES 3
Series Summary: A competitive split for both ball clubs. The series easily could have gone south for either team, so the split seems acceptable. Denis Menke and Bobby Wallace both went 5-14 for the series. Denny McLain should be considered for pitcher of the week for his game 1 performance. Adrian Beltre should be in the talk for player of the week for his 5-9 (.556), 1 HR, 2 RBI, 5 BB series that saw him on base 71% of the time.
San Tan Valley Moonrakers @ Detroit DeLoreans
Series Preview: The San Tan Valley Moonrakers (46-47) visit the Detroit DeLoreans (54-39) for a rematch four-game NL divisional crossover series.
Game #1: SAN 0 – DET 1: Detroit’s A. Reynolds spun a complete game 3-hit shutout while striking out seven. The DeLorean’s S. Rice singled in A. Rendon in the seventh inning for the game’s only run. N. Lajoie and R. Collins each had multi-hit games for Detroit.
Game #2: SAN 0 – DET 2: Another low scoring affair that had Detroit’s S. Sallee throwing a 5-hit shutout, while San Tan’s R. Johnson also went the distance. However, Johnson walked five while Sallee walked none. The Moonrakers S. Magee went 2 for 4. Detroit’s B. Avila collected his first hit and RBI of the season while giving N. Lajoie a needed rest.
Game #3: SAN 4 – DET 5 (10): After 25 scoreless innings, the Moonrakers knotted the game at two in the top of the fifth inning, then tallied two more in the seventh to take a 4-2 lead. However, Detroit tied the game in the bottom of the eighth inning when R. Collins hit his second 2-run homer of the game. Then an RBI sing by C. Klein won it for the DeLoreans in the bottom of the tenth inning.
Game #4: SAN 2 – DET 9: Detroit’s bats rapped out 14 hits and nine runs in the rout. Five DeLoreans had multi-hit games, led by N. Lajoie, 2 for 5 with 3 RBI and two doubles and A. Rendon, 3 for 5 with 3 RBI and two doubles. The Moonrakers were led by C. Cedeno, 2 for 5 with a double and K. Keltner, 2 for 4 with a double, homer, and 1 RBI.
Series Summary: Detroit sweeps the series and avenges the sweep earlier in the season by San Tan Valley. Player of the week consideration should be afforded to A. Reynolds (9 Ips, 0 ER, 7 Ks), N. Lajoie (.538, 7 for 13, 2 R, 3 RBI, 3 doubles), and R. Collins (.438, 7 for 16, 4 R, 4 RBI, 2 HRs, 2 doubles)
Fantomz Force @ Motown Yankees
Series Preview: Simple series between two teams working to stay playoff relevant, both coming in with sub-.500 records.
Game #1: Adam Wainwright was the story, going the CG shut-out route, allowing only baserunners and punching out 8 for a game score of 88. Motown touched up Satchell Paige with 3 in the 3rd and a couple of  relievers with another 3 spot in the 7th as Motown was able to parlay 11 hits into a 6-o victory. Stan Hack and Dixie Walker went a combined 5-6 with 4 runs and 2RBI’s.
Game #2: FF came in hopping mad, injuring both Dixie Walker and Dave Bancroft on the second play of the game, for the remainder of this series and a few games into the next one, and plating a run in the top of the 1st. Motown came back with a single run in the bottom of the 1st, and it was a pitchers duel through the 5th. FF scored another run in the top of the 6th, while Motown came back strong against Gaylord Perry, taking a 4-2 lead after 6 after Stan Hack knocked a 2 run single. FF OF Judge rocked a solo shot in the top of the 8th, but Cal Hubbell steadied and closed out FF for another CC victory, 4-3. Wes Westrum went deep for Motown, while Judge and Donaldson rocked HR’s for FF.
Game #3: FF came out strong again scoring a top 1 run off Motown ace Dave Brown, with Weilman tossing a shutout through 7. Choo scored in the top of the 8th to give FF a 2-0 lead, but Motown came back with 2 in the bottom of the 8th, highlighted by an Ashburn double and a sac bunt with the infield in by PH Heinie Groh, plating Ashburn. Season long arsonist Steve Mingori brought his late inning 3.88 ERA in the 9th and surprisingly worked through a 1-2-3 inning. Stan Hack continued his hot series by hitting one out in the bottom of the 9th for a 3-2 Motown victory.
Game #4: Addie Joss went 7 shutout innings for his 5th win of the season, with Mingori picking up his 5th save. Torriente went deep, and Ashburn and Marion knocked in single runs for the Motown 3-0 victory.
Series Summary: Motown completes the surprising sweep, with some admitted horrible Force dice rolls greatly contributing to the cause. Adam Wainwright’s game 1 performance should put him in the center of pitcher of the week consideration.
Virginia Cavaliers @ Wainwright Wranglers
Series Preview: No time for write up wainwright wins a series sorry im almost late
Series Summary: Wainwright wins a series on pitching
Coastline Bobacat @ Iowa Giants
Series Preview: Coastline continues its road trip as they visit Iowa for a 4 game series.

Series played via TeamViewer

Game #1: CLB Swift against IOW B.Feller.
IOW out early in the B1 as Morgan 2bs and Nieman rips an rbi-3b, but Swift is able to strand Nieman. CLB H.Wilson hits a solo-HR in the T2 to tie it at 1-1. In the B3 Harper 1bs, moves up on a groundout, and Nieman comes through again with an rbi-2b. The pitchers, Swift and Orosco for CLB, and Feller for IOW, take over from there and toss scoreless innings through the 7th. In the B8 IOW gets an insurance run as Morgan 3bs and scores on Hamilton’s Sac Fly. In the T9 Ripken draws a lead-off walk to chase Feller. IOW brings in Gossage who then walks H.Wilson, but Gossage bears down and gets E.Howard, Gehrig, and PH Skowron to end the game. IOW Feller (6-15) with the win, Gossage gets his 16th save, and Swift (10-8) takes the loss.IOW 3, CLB 1
Game #2: CLB C.Finley against IOW D.Dean
CLB C.Ripken opens the scoring in the T1 with a solo-HR. In the B4 IOW gets a 2 out rally as Yelich 1bs, scores an Harper’s H&R rbi-2b, and then Alexander rips an rbi-1b for a 2-1 IOW lead. In the T6 Niedenfeuer comes on for IOW and M.Williams 1bs, PH Burks bbs, Becker 1bs to load the bases to chase Niedenfeuer, and Richert comes in. Jenkins is left in to hit and he comes through with a Sac Fly to tie the game 2-2 as Burks moves to 3rd. Richert then uncorks a WP to score Burks and give CLB the lead 3-2. IOW brings in Rincon and Ripken laces an rbi-1b to extend the CLB lead to 4-2. But Rincon stops the bleeding getting H.Wilson to hit into a 643 DP to end the inning.CLB then gets 2 scoreless innings from Maglie, 1 from Casilla (thou IOW got 2 runners on with 2 out in the inning), and then Sutter closed it out for the CLB win. CLB C.Finley (12-4) gets the win, Sutter picks up save #39, and Niedenfeuer (1-4) ends up with the loss.CLB 4, IOW 2
Game #3: CLB D.Stieb against IOW M.Lanier
IOW takes the early lead in the B2 when Sosa 1bs and York hits a 2-run HR. In the T4 CLB gets one back when Ripken 2bs, moves up on a H.Wilson groundout, and scores on Skowron’s rbi-1b. In the T7 CLB Gordon bbs, M.Williams H&R 1b puts runners at the corners, which brings on Niedenfeuer. S.White then ties the game with a Sac Fly. CLB takes the lead in the T9 when M.Williams 1bs, moves up on a groundout, and Gehrig 1bs him home.CLB Sutter comes on in the B9 to close it out but IOW is up to the task as Sosa 1bs, a York FC, Weaver 2bs, and then Masi lays down the perfect squeeze bunt to tie the game at 3-3! Sutter fans Alexander and the game goes to extra frames. In the T10 Gossage is still on the hill for IOW as he gets Jenkins 1-3 to open the inning. But Ripken beats out an inf-1b bringing up A.Simmons (came on for defense for H.Wilson in the 9th). A,Simmons then picks a great time to hit his 1st ever LEG HR as he strokes a 2-run HR to Deep LF.In the B10 Sutter throws away Schalks grounder, but then gets Hamilton to hit into a 463 DP before giving way to Albers for the 1 out save. Sutter (2-2) blows the save but earns the win, Alber gets his 1st save, and Gossage (1-3) gets the loss.CLB 5, IOW 3
Game #4: CLB K.Brown against IOW R.Oswalt
In the T1 CLB Becker hits a solo-HR for a quick 1-0 CLB lead. In the B2 IOW Sosa 1bs, Alexander 1bs, and K.Brown uncorks a WP to move the runners up. York then follows with a rbi-1b to score Sosa, but H.Wilson is able to nail Alexander at the plate to keep the game tied at 1-1. IOW keeps coming in the B3 when Oswalt 1bs (1st hit of the year), Morgan 2bs, PH Nieman bbs to load the bases, and Sosa draws a rbi-bb. Alexander rips an 2-rbi 2b followed by a York rbi-1b, but Alexander is again nailed at the plate trying to score (this time by Jenkins) as IOW takes a 5-1 lead!CLB starts to inch back into the game in the T5 with a Gehrig solo-HR. CLB adds another in the T6 after walks to Becker and H.Wilson followed by a Howard rbi-1b making it 5-3 IOW that knocks Oswalt out of the game. Niedenfeuer then fans Gehrig to end the inning. In the T7 CLB Gordon leads off with a solo-HR, PH Goslin then draws a 1-out bb, steals 2nd, and Becker plates him with an rbi-2b to tie the game at 5-5! After Niedenfeuer gets Jenkins on a comebacker 1-3, Fidrych is brought in, Ripken then rips an rbi-1b to give CLB the lead but is nailed at 2nd to end the inning.CLB Casilla tosses a perfect B7 to set up the T8 for the ‘Cats. In the T8 Wilson bbs, Howard 2bs, Gehrig hits an rbi-1b, Gordon then hits into a 363 DP that scores Howard for a 8-5 CLB lead. In the B9 CLB Sutter comes on and is once again roughed up by IOW as Schalk bbs, Boudrerau 2bs, and J.Bell hits a Sac Fly. But Sutter bears down and gets Harper 1-3 to end the game and pick up his 40th save. K.Brown (11-8), despite pitching poorly, gets the win and Niedenfeuer (1-5), who have a tough series takes the loss.CLB 8, IOW 6
Series Summary: Coastline wins another close series 3-1 over Iowa. All the games were tough hard played games and could’ve gone either way with a timely hit here or there.
Climax Cougars @ Hollywood Zombies
Series Summary: Hollywood miraculously splits with the Cougars, as they don’t Climax in the series.

2020 PLAYER / PITCHER OF THE WEEK #18

National League Pitchers of the Week – Bruce Sutter – Coastline / Francisco Cordero – Nags Head

0-0 record, 3 Saves, 3.0  innings pitched, 0.00 ERA, 2 hits, 3 strikeouts, & 0 walks

 

 

 

 

American League Pitcher of the Week – Carl Mays  – Wrigleyville

1-0 record, 9 innings pitched, 0.00 ERA, 2 hits,4 strikeouts & 1 walk

 

 

 

National League Player of the Week – Arky Vaughan – Clockwork

.467 avg  / 0.867 slg, 7 for 15, 2 doubles, 2 triples, 3  runs, 3 RBIs & 2 walks

 

 

 

American League Player of the Week – Joe Dimaggio  – Las Vegas

.421 avg / 1.105 slg, 8 for 19, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 3 homers, 5 runs, 10 RBIs & 1 walk

Cincinnati Knights @ Lewisberry Country Blumpkins
Series Preview: The 2nd Place Knights visit the accidental 1st Place Blumpkins as LCB was looking to make Cincinnati kneel before them to be knighted properly…
Game #1: Giambi, Lynn and Teddy Baseball all hit solo shots as Cincinnati wins 4-2.
Game #2: A 3run 1st, highlighted by Gil Hodges’ 2RBI 2B, propels the Blumpkins as the pen hangs on for a Country Blumpkin 4-3 win.
Game #3: Knights score 6 in the 4th off Babe as Jim Viox caps it off with a bases loaded 2B. He added another RBI in the 8th as the Knights win easily, 7-2.
Game #4: Freehan and Bando (with a TRIPLE!?!?!??!) knock in runs in the top of the 9th to break a 3-3 tie and clinch the Knights 5-3 victory.
Series Summary: Knights win series 3-1 in a fairly close series. No player really stood out.
New Westminster Salmonbellies @ Chicago Nine
Series Preview: NWM Heads into CHI for 4.
Series Summary: Chicago gets spanked 3 games to 1.
Middle Channel Sturgeon @ Kansas City Blues
Series Preview: Blues going for a split
Game #1: Easy 9-3 win for Sturgeon
Game #2: Scgerzer pitches a gem Sturgeon win 9-3
Game #3: Degrom wins 5-1 for the Blues
Game #4: Sturgeon win with an 11th inning 3 run homer by Dave Parker
Series Summary: Sturgeon wins series 3-1
Boston Braves @ Purry Cowpokes
Series Preview: The Boston Braves travel to Purry to take on the Cowpokes. Robyn and I attempted to play via Teamviewer but Robyn had issues on his end. We decided to play over the phone.
Game #1: In the bottom of the 1st, Rickey Henderson walked, stole 2nd, and scored on the 1st of Nomar’s 2 errors. That was the only run scored and it was unearned. Jake Weimer followed up his no-hitter by striking out 7 in his 5 hit shut-out. Johnny Antonelli also went the distance for the Braves, striking out 4 on 6 hits. Final score Purry 1 Boston 0
Game #2: Javier Vazquez improved to 15-3 with a 5-hit complete game. Carlos Santana’s 3-run homer in the 1st were all the runs that Vazquez needed. Final score Purry 6 Boston 2
Game #3: Jimmie Hall homered off of Steve Carlton to tie the game at 2. Jim Rice drove in Diamond Bill Monroe in the top of the 9th and Billy O’Dell recorded the last 3 outs to gain the victory. Final score Boston 3 Purry 2
Game #4: Jim Rice hit 2 homers and drove in 3 as the Braves came back from an early deficit to gain a win for Don Newcombe. Final score Boston 4 Purry 2
Series Summary: Game 1 was an instant classic. A pretty even and well pitched series as there were two 1-run games and one decided by 2 runs. It was very enjoyable and entertaining to play Robyn over the phone. I learned a lot about Red Sox lore. Series was a split.
Wrigleville Whales @ Indiana Indians
Series Preview: Two last place teams going nowhere meet in Indiana.
Series Summary: Indians take 3 of 4 from Whales. No player stands out for player or pitcher of the week.
Kansas City A’s @ Fort Worth Cats
Series Preview: A’s enter the series having playing relatively well going 6 and 4 in their last 10 games although they were on a 3 game losing streaks. Cats come in hot on a 10 game winning streak.
Game #1: Luis Aparicio lead off the game with a triple for the A’s scoring on a single by Bill White, but the lead was short lived as Ken Singleton blasted a three run bomb in the bottom of the first for Ft. Worth. Dale Murphy hit a solo home run in the 4th with one out and after the 2nd out KC hit 4 straight singles, the last being an infield single, to score two more runs to go back in the lead at 4-3. Hunter Pence singles home the tying run in the bottom of the 7th for the Cats, but the A’s went back in front in the 8th with two singles and an error. In bottom of the 9th Pete Runnels lead off with a single, but two outs quickly followed when Al Oliver stepped up, “The pitch … base hit right field … it drops in front of COLAVITO ’66 he has to play the long bounce … RUNNELS ’60’s around third they’re waving RUNNELS ’60
here comes the throw home here’s the play at the plate … and he’s … safe easily … tie ballgame!21 ribbies now for OLIVER ’83” After singles by Pence and pinch hitter Lee May loaded the bases another pinch hitter entered the game, ” CATS skipper Jarl Jackson walking down the bench He’s calling on his reserves … Moises ALOU ’00 will now hit for HARRAH ’83 … The runners take their lead … the offering to ALOU ’00 … lined to left AARON ’70 and BONDS ’79 both give chase … but it’s going to land in no man’s land it’s all over! … two runs will score And the CATS take it! …in dramatic fashion they have beaten the A’s in a squeaker 6-5″Final Score: Cats 6, A’s 5 – Pete Runnels extends hitting streak to 18 games.
Game #2: Justin Verlander pitched a one hit complete game striking out 7. The only damage was a solo home run by Walker Cooper in the 2nd. F. Worth scored five runs over the first two innings and cruised from there. Gene Alley led the team with 3 hits and Ken Singleton hit his 10th home run of the year.

Final Score: Cats 6, A’s 1

Game #3: Ft. Worth scored three in the first highlighted by a two run homer by Lee May his 17th of the year and Greg Maddux plus a trio of relievers kept KC hitters off balance all game.

Final Score: Cats 4, A’s 1 – Pete Runnels extends hitting streak to 19 games.

Game #4: Hank Aaron opened and closed out the scoring in the game with a two run homer in the first and a ribbie single in the 9th for the A’s. Unfortunately for KC the Cats scored 7 times in between. Three Ft. Worth hitters had three hits and Robby Thompson hit his first homer of the year.

Final Score: Cats 7, A’s 3

Series Summary: Cats sweep and will face AL East division leader, Lewisberry next week.
Coastline Bobcats @ San Tan Valley  Moonrakers
Series Preview: Coastline (59-30) opens its road trip by traveling to San Tan Valley (45-44) for a 4 game series.

Series played via TeamViewer

Game #1: CLB opens the series facing SAN dominant ace R.Johnson. R.Johnson opens the game by striking out Kemp and Burks in the T1, but Ripken then 2bs, bringing H.Wilson to the plate. H.Wilson then rips an rbi-1b to score Ripken but is pegged at 2nd on the cutoff. SAN wastes no time getting the run back in the B1 as Cedeno 2bs, moves to 3rd on a groundout, and then eventually scores on Stephens rbi-1b. CLB continues to treat R.Johnson poorly in the T2 as Skowron 1bs and Gordon hits a 2-run HR. In the B4 with 2 out SAN Randolph reaches on White’s error, Piazza 1bs, and R.Johnson helps himself with an rbi-1b to pull SAN within a run. In the T5 CLB Ripken hits a solo-HR to get the run back. But SAN Trosky answers with a solo-HR in the B5. CLB keeps the pressure on in the T8 when Gordon 2bs, M.Williams 1bs, but Gordon is pegged at the plate as Williams takes 2nd. S.White then follows with an rbi-1b. In the T9 Burks hits a solo-HR to make it 6-3 CLB. Sutter comes on to pitch a perfect B9 for his 36th save. CLB Swift (10-7) gets the win and SAN R.Johnson (11-5) takes the loss.

CLB 6, SAN 3

Game #2: SAN jumps out ahead in the B2 when Stephens 2bs, J.Williams rips an rbi-2b, Magee 1bs, and Walsh bloops an rbi-1b for a 2-0 SAN lead. That’s how it stays through the 5th as Finley and Walsh trade scoreless innings. In the T6 Jenkins 1bs, steals 2nd, and scores on a H.Wilson rbi-1b. CLB M.Williams opens the T7 by drawing a walk, Goslin comes on to PH, and SAN brings in Lyle for the lefty on lefty match-up. Goslin then laces a H&R rbi-2b to tie the game at 2-2! Both bullpens take over and toss scoreless innings through the 11th inning. In the T12 SAN Becker 2bs to lead off and that brings on Stratton, and then 1 out later Ripken hits a 2-run HR. Sutter comes on in the B12 and has to pitch around a Piazza and Averill 1b, but gets Charleston to hit into a 5-4-3 game ending DP. Maglie (4-0) earns the win, Sutter notches his 37th save, and Garrelts (3-4) gets the loss.

CLB 4, SAN 2

Game #3: CLB opens the scoring in the T2 when Gehrig 2bs with 2 out and M.Williams 1bs him home. In the B4 SAN Stephens 2bs, Magee 1bs, Randolph bbs to load the bases, and Piazza lines a 2-rbi 1b, Cedeno then has a rbi-2b to make it 3-1 SAN. In the T6 CLB Jenkins 1bs with 2 out, Ripken follows with a H&R 1b, and Howard ties the game with a 2-rbi 2b! In the T7 CLB again does it with 2 outs as Goslin 2bs and then PH Kemp drives him home with an rbi-1b. CLB uses Marshall and Albers in the 7th and 8th before Sutter closes out the game in the 9th. Stieb (11-5) with the win, Sutter with his 38th save, and V.Trucks (4-8) takes the loss.

CLB 4, SAN 3

Game #4: SAN looking to avoid the sweep scores first in the B2 when Magee 1bs and Randolph’s H&R rbi-2b drives him home. CLB Gehrig’s solo-HR in the T4 ties the game 1-1. SAN then gets their own 2 out rally in the B$ when randolph 2bs and Triandos hits a 2-run HR! SAN stretches their lead in the B5 when Trosky 2bs, Stephens hits an rbi-1b, Keltner 1bs, and with 2 out Triandos hits a fly to CF that Goslin misplays allowing Stephens to score, but Keltner is pegged at 3rd to end the inning. In the T7 CLB M.Williams bbs, White 1bs, Goslin bbs, Jenkins then rips a 2-rbi 1b to bring CLB within 2 runs. After Ripken bbs, Lyle gets H.Wilson to ground out to end the inning. SAN Barnes would then come on to pitch a perfect 8th and 9th for his 8th save. Hadley (8-6) gets the win and K.Brown (10-8) picks up the loss.

SAN 5, CLB 3

Series Summary: Coastline takes the series 3-1 over San Tan Valley. Another closely played series that could’ve gone either way.
West Michigan Retrogrades @ Hoboken Zephyrs
Series Preview: The Retrogrades travel to Hoboken for a solid match-up of second-place teams. The Zephyrs will look to avenge the earlier sweep at West Michigan.
Game #1: Tom Seaver improved his record to 13-5, 3.12era in a solid pitching duel with Curt Davis. Jud Wilson provided the offense with a two-run blast. Willie Brown plated the only Retrograde run with a pinch-hit solo blast.
Hoboken 2 West Michigan 1
Game #2: Urban Shocker was brilliant in facing Hoboken ace Noodles Hahn. Shocker improved to 12-8, 2.86 allowing only one run in a complete game. Bill Dickey led the WM offense with 3 RBIs and a home run. Hahn dropped to 14-7, 1.86.
West Michigan 6 Hoboken 1
Game #3: Red Faber and Prince Hal Schumacher locked horns in a strong pitching match-up as Hoboken prevailed 3-2. Faber improved to 12-6, 2.22 as Schumacher dropped to 11-4, 4.93. Travis Jackson’s clutch two-run single in the 2nd frame proved to be the game winner.
Hoboken 3 West Michigan 2
Game #4: Willie Foster was brilliant scattering six hits to shut out the Zephyrs in the get away game. Foster improved to 11-7, 2.58. Heavy Johnson starred offensively clobbering two two-run homers to account for all four Retrograde runs. Jered Weaver pitched well but dropped to 9-4, 3.41.
West Michigan 4 Hoboken 0
Series Summary: A well-played split between to likely playoff teams.
Motown Yankees @ Detroit DeLoreans
Series Preview: A TeamViewer NL crossover rematch between the Motown Yankees (41-48) and Detroit DeLoreans (52-37).
Game #1: MTY 5 – DET 1 (17) – Setting the pitching-dominant tone of the series, both A. Wainwright and A. Reynolds were sharp. The Yankees scratched a run in the top of the eighth inning and Detroit tied it up in the bottom of the ninth. There would be no more runs until Motown plated four runs in the top of the 17th inning to win 5-1. K. Loften was the only batter with multiple hits.
Game #2: MTY 0 – DET 2 – Detroit’s Cy Morgan pitched a complete game shutout for a 2-0 DeLoreans victory. Detroit’s Ripper Collins was the only player with multiple hits going 2-3 with a double and home run.
Game #3: MTY 0 – DET 2 – H. Vaughn and J. Romero combined for the Detroit shutout in another pitching duel. Again, only one player with multiple hits. This time it was Nap Lajoie who went 2 for 4 with a double (40).
Game #4: MTY 5 – DET 1 – Just like it started, Motown wins 5-1 with a final at-bat rally. D. Walker was strong at the plate for Motown, going 2 for 4 with a double and two RBI.
Series Summary: A series split with the Yankees winning the first and last games 5-1 and the DeLoreans winning the middle two games 2-0. Pitchers were the standout performers in the series.
Iowa Giants @ Climax Cougars
Series Preview: Two sub-.500 teams swat at each other with their purses for four games.
Game #1: Bob Feller was brilliant, but the trio of Van Lingle Mungo, Ellis Kinder and Clay Carrol was brilliant-er for the Climax Cougars as they finally broke the game-long scoring drought thanks to Josh Gibson’s line drive hit into the left field alley in the 10th in a 1-0 victory.
For Feller (5-15), it was more of the same hardluck as he has had all season. He gave up just four hits including the game winner to Gibson while striking out nine and walking three while going the distance.
Mungo was like a tornado on the mound for Climax and kept the Iowa hitters off-balance never knowing where the ball was going to make ground. Mungo lasted 7.2 innings and gave up just four hits but walked 7 while striking out four. Kinder and Carroll (1-4) were perfect in their 2-1/3 innings of relief.
The win extended the Cougars streak to five games.
Game #2: More great pitching was on the menu but this time the Giants were the winners coming out ahead 2-1 thanks to a 2-run 3rd inning.
Iowa out-hit Climax 7-6 with Josh Hamilton driving home the game-winning run with a sacrifice fly to deep right that allowed Buck Weaver to score easily from 3rd.
Dizzy Dean (4-8) fanned seven in 7 innings and gave up five hits and as many walks. Goose Gossage pitched two shutout innings to earn his 15th save of the year.
Harlond Clift drove in the lone Climax run with a sacrifice fly.
With two of the three runs scored in the game coming off the sac fly and all of one run scored in the first game, the fans were reaching for their heart meds with all the excitement.
Game #3: Forensic scientists had to be called in to identify the remains of the Iowa pitching staff after Climax exploded for an 18-2 win over the Giants.
Jim Fregosi was 5/5 with three singles, a double and a triple and drove in a game-high six runs while Buck Leonard (11) and Josh Gibson (5) smacked home runs with the latter scoring four runs in the game.
Of course, the win came with a pretty heavy cost as the last pitcher of the game for Iowa, Bob Lemon, decided to exact a little payback by plonking Sam Crawford in the head with a pitch sending the outfielder to the DL for seven days.
Game #4: Queue the scoring drought …
Bryce Harper smashed a home run in the top of the 11th to lead the Giants to a 2-1 win and earn the split for Iowa.
Harper’s homer was his 6th and was accompanied in the power department by Rudy York (18) who blasted one in the 5th inning off Rube Waddell.
Mel Ott (14) answered with a solo shot of his own in the bottom of the 1st inning off Iowa starter Roy Oswalt who despite coming into the game itchy and downgraded to a 1 allowed just one run on six hits and two walks over 7 innings. He also struck out 9 of the Sam Crawford-less Cougars. In fairness, Jose Mendez (Crawford’s replacement) was one of the better performers for Climax with a hit and a walk in four trips to the plate.
Iowa won despite getting just three hits in the game – the same number Mel Ott had for Climax.
Series Summary: A very frustrating split for home team Climax as they had hoped for more and probably should have won more considering that they outscored the Giants 21-6 in the series, but the timing of when the runs were scored sucked. The icing on the cake was the one-week injury to their best player not named Mel Ott.
Fantomz Force @ Clockwork Heros
Series Preview: Near .500 Fantomz(43-46) in the NL West visits 1st in the NL West and Clockwork(63-26). It turned out to be a great and unexpected 4 games but results were in line with the season so far.
Game #1: Paige is a solid 2 in 5.2 for Fantomz but so is Uhle for Clockwork 2 in 7 innings. When Terry drives in Vaughns triple to give Selkirk and tekulve a 3-2 lead. Gromek pitches the ninth but a double and walk made it interesting. Clockwork 3 Phantomz 2 W-Tekulve (3-4) S-Gromek L-Cishek (3-2)
Game #2: Choo homers on the first pitch of the game off Blyleven but that was it for Phantomz.Wakefield homers and Foster a huge disappointment drives in 2 in the 4-1 Clockwork win. W-Blyleven (13-5) L-Perry (10-7) S- Tekulve(23)
Game #3: Wow what a game Mathesom amazing all year did not have it allow 3 runs 2 earned in 6 innings.Weilman gives up 5 in 7.2 innings. Doby, Judge and Mcdougald all homer for Phantomz Force. Clockwork only manage 1 homer lopes to tie the game 7-7 in the 9th. But judge won it in the 10th off Newhouser for the Force win 8-7 in 10 innings. W-Ziegler (4-1) S-Chisek (1) L-Newhouser(3-3)
Game #4: Donaldson homered for Phantomz off Kluber who was not good as the Heros try to get his batters faced in. He went 6 innings but allowed 5 runs. Fortunately Clockwork’s Lewis just off the DL this series had a huge game with 3 hits and a homer. But it was bad control from (trying not to say something nasty here) Vazquez that lead to the game winning hit by Terry, Clockwork 6 Phantomz 5 w- Gromek (4-0) L-Vazquez(2-2)
Series Summary: Clockwork Heros manage to win 3 of the 4 games. The series was extremely close. Its amazing the Clockwork is winning the West as their best hitters have really disappointed
Like rest of the NL our hitters Foster 100pts of average lower R/G not the expected 8 but 3.6, dykstra not 8 but 4.2, Arky Vaughn 13.3 but 7.0 as the great opposing pitchers have held the team to almost half the expected runs.
Thankfully our grade 18 pitchers are doing their real life numbers as Christy Matheson 1.72 era, Blyleven 3.15 era, Donovan 2.05 era, Uhle 2.97 era, Rowe 2.34 era have carried the team. Other than Gromek 2.35 era, our 17+ pen has been hit pretty hard Tekulve 2.76, Valverde 6.00,newhouser 4.74 era.Hitter of the week OF Lewis 6 for 14 with 6 rbis and a homer in 4 games.
Virginia Cavaliers @ Fire Lake Segers
Series Preview: Virginia (43-46) travels to Fire Lake (46-42) to try and avenge the Segers’ 4 game sweep just a few short weeks ago. The Cavaliers looking to get back to .500. Fire Lake has quietly won 22 of their last 31 games, to move into 3rd place in the tough N.L. West.

These games were played via Team Viewer. Thanks Paul!

Game #1: Lefty Gomez (7-8,2.83) vs Ron Guidry (6-9,4.54)

Top of the 2nd, Ralph Kiner’s 6th home run of the season, staked Lefty Gomez to an early 1-0 lead. Denis Menke’s 4th inning rbi single tied it up in the 4th and it was 1-1 through 5 innings. In the top of the 6th, Al Rosen put the visitors on top with a rbi double. When Kevin McReynolds followed with a 2-run homerun (his 5th), Virginia had a 4-1 lead and Guidry was laboring. The Cavaliers added a 5 spot in the 7th to chase Guidry and Camilo Pascual, though all 5 runs were unearned. That was the ballgame. Lopez went 8 innings, scattering 4 hits in allowing just the single run. Rosen, McReynolds and Lance Parrish each had 2 hits. McReynolds drove in 4 of the Cavaliers nine runs.

VIRGINIA – 9, FIRE LAKE – 1

Game #2: Bob Turley (6-8,3.05) vs Denny McLain (6-7,3.58)

Scheduled starter Eppa Rixey wasn’t available, so Denny McLain’s start was moved up a day. It wasn’t his best day, as Virginia scored 4 runs in his 6 innings of work. Frank Robinson (his 12th) in the first inning and Andruw Jones (his 8th) in the fourth inning, both homered off Denny McLain as the visitors took an early 3-0 lead. Fire Lake was up to the task though, as they also scored 4 runs off Turley in his 6 innings, erasing that early 3-0 Virginia lead. In the top of the 7th, Frankie Frisch (7th) homered off Matt Morris to give Virginia their third lead of the game, 5-4. In the bottom of the 7th, Scott Rolen (6th) homered off Roberto Hernandez to tie the game up yet again. 5-5 after 7 innings, the two bullpens put up zeros through the 11th inning. Gary LaVelle came on to throw a 1-2-3 top of the 12th. Virginia called on Keith Foulke in the bottom of the 12th. Foulke retired Joey Votto, then Scott Rolen singled for his 3rd hit of the game. With Rolen off and running, Vada Pinson laced a walk-off double (for his 3rd hit) that tied the series at one game apiece.

FIRE LAKE – 6, VIRGINIA – 5 (12 INNINGS)

Game #3: Juan Guzman (3-4,2.97) vs Eppa Rixey (4-2,3.13)

Eppa Rixey answered the bell in game three, and it was worth the wait for the home crowd. Scoreless through 4, Rico Petrocelli (making a rare start in place of Barry Larkin) hit his first home run of the season to put the Segers up 1-0. Time and again, the Cavaliers put Rixey’s feet to the fire as the lefty walked 5 around three hits and two Petrocelli errors. And, every single time, he got himself out of trouble with a key double play. Virginia hit into three double plays and every one of them was huge. Petrocelli’s home run was the game’s only run. Eppa’s unlikely complete game shutout came with a game score of 78.

FIRE LAKE – 1, VIRGINIA – 0

Game #4: Ed Reulbach (6-7,4.41) vs David Cone (7-8,2.74)

Virginia struck early in this one, as Frank Robinson’s (who has to wonder why he’s not on Fire Lake’s roster?) 1st inning rbi single scored Alan Trammell who had doubled with one out. In the bottom of the 4th, Jose Cardenal put the Segers in front 2-1, driving in Rolen and Pinson. With David Cone cruising through 7, the home crowd was feeling good about a third consecutive win. Then Daniel Murphy led off the top of the 8th with a pinch-hit double, and Cone’s day was over. Don Gullett got the call, but Trammell’s Sac Fly scored pinch runner Dale Mitchell to tie the game at 2-2. Gullett and Foulke both threw 3 hitless innings and to the 11th inning they went. Gullett was lifted for a pinch hitter in the 10th and Fire Lake called on Dave Stewart to stop the visitors in the 11th. Frank Robinson singled and scored on Al Rosen’s 3rd hit of the game, this one a H&R double. Matt Morris was called on to stop Albert Pujols and the old guy dribbled a 15 hop single into the outfield to give Virginia a 4-2 lead. When Grant Jackson left the Virginia bullpen with a save on the line, the Fire Lake crowd confidently ordered more beers. Unbelievably, Jackson set down Votto-Rolen-Pinson in order to earn his first LEG Save and give the Cavaliers a series split.

VIRGINIA – 4, FIRE LAKE – 2 (11 INNINGS)

Series Summary: A fun series to play, but a series split, by two teams hovering around .500… Eppa Rixey’s game 3 shutout was the series’ best pitched game and should get him some consideration for pitcher of the week. Al Rosen was the series’ best hitter, going 7-for-17, 3 runs, 2 doubles, 2 rbis and 2 walks.

Virginia out homered Fire Lake 5 to 2, and out hit them 29 to 25. Fire Lake wins the season series 6 games to 2.

Nags Head Surf Sox @ Hollywood Zombies
Series Summary: Hollywood drops 3 of 4 to Nags Head
Wainwright Wranglers @ Pigtown Bombers
Series Preview: A series with two teams who are a combined 58 games out of 1st place.
Game #1: A relatively easy 10-5 win for Pigtown. Wainwright actually outhit Pigtown 16-8, but 3 RBIs from Jackie Robinson and Ernie Lombardi along with a 7-run 4th inning allowed the home team to win the opener.
Game #2: A tale of two halves of a game. Pigtown was cruising at up 2-0 through six innings. Jim Abbott was pitching a two hitter and the home crowd was celebrating a likely win…Then the 7th inning came and Wainwright’s E. Suarez hit a 3-run bomb and Lefty Grove just kept throwing darts. Wainwright wins 5-4.
Game #3: An epic 17 inning game with Wainwright coming out on top 8-6 on a 3-run HR by Vidro. The bullpens for both teams were completely exhausted.
Game #4: Wainwright takes the finale 7-5 and wins the series. Both starters went most of the game. Puckett hit a HR and had a 2-run 2B for the winners.
Series Summary: Wainwright wins the series 3-1. Not star pitchers. Battings stars are as follows: Ernie Lombardi 5-14, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs, Darren Daulton 5-14, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, Kirby Puckett 9-21, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, Jackie Robinson 6-18, 3 2Bs, 7 RBIs
Las Vegas Pirates @ Menomonee Minutemen
Series Preview: Las Vegas travels to the chilly state of Wisconsin for a 4 game set against the Minutemen of Menomonee. Both teams are 5th in their divisions, however, the Minutemen have a better record.
Game #1: Chance vs Hudson
The Minutemen scatter 3 hits, 2 walks, and 2 errors to score 3 and blank the Pirates.
Huddy throws a 5 hit shut-out.
Final Score: LVP 0 MEN 3
Game #2: Cuellar vs Grissom
The battle of which pitcher is worse. Cuellar gets the hook after 2.3 IP and 5 ER. Men manager $#%$#%$ allows Grissom to go 5 IP and give up 9 ER before the hook. LVP continues the rampage and absolultly throttles MEN. Players of the game are Dimaggio 5-6 3B 3 HR 5 R and 10 RBI, Fielder 3-4 2 HR 2 R 6 RBI
Final Score: LVP 18 MEN 7
Game #3: Spahn vs John
Spahn and John both throw gems but sadly John’s gem was slightly better because he did not give up the only run of the game, which was a solo HR by Adcock.
Player of the game John 9 IP 4 H 5 K 4 BB Shutout.
Final Score: LVP 0 MEN 1
Game #4: Camnitz vs Scott
Scott goes 10 IP only giving up 2 ER via HR’s from Stargill and Fielder. However when he was pulled and Jansen comes in MEN commits 3 errors and allows LVP to score 3 runs in the 11th to win the game.
Final Score: LVP 5 MEN 2
Series Summary: Great series by both teams in their split and LVP shows why they should have a better record and MEN shows why they are so bad, so glad we got Jugg head to do nothing this season.

2020 PLAYER / PITCHER OF THE WEEK #17

Lewisberry  Country Blumpkins @ Kansas City Blues
Series Preview: Blues try to get a winning effort from the franchise
Game #1: Hershiser pitches CG 5-hit shutout win 11-0
Game #2: Bunning vs DeGrom Blues out hit Blumkins 10-7 but come up short 4-3
Game #3: Blues hang on to 9-8 win Ruth gives up 7 unearned
Game #4: Blumpkins 9-run 15-hit barrage win 9-2
Series Summary: Blues under perform once again lose series 3-1 to the Blumpkins
Maybe if I had a cool name like the Blumpkins I would do better
Menomonee Minutemen @ Jack Street Hustlers
Series Preview: It’s a battle of teams with similar records, but different statuses in their division. Menomonee comes in at 48-41, 14 games back and in 5th in the AL West. Jack Street’s record stands at 49-40, but is only 1 game behind Lewisberry in the AL East. Should be a good series.
Game #1: Marv Grissom (6-6) takes the mound for the Minutemen against Frank Viola (4-3) for the Hustlers.

MM 6/8/0
JS 18/16/1

WP – Viola 5-3
LP – Grissom 6-7
Sv – None
HR – M – Goldschmidt (13), Posey (4) J – Martinez (10), Medwick (18), Hisle (8) Scioscia (3)

It was a merry-go-round for the Hustlers as they took advantage of 16 hits and 12 walks to post 18 runs. Medwick & Scioscia both pick up 3 hits and 4 rbis in the victory. Jack Street loses Joe Hoerner for 7 days.

Game #2: Tommy John (8-5) vs. Dan Haren (4-8)

M 2/5/0
J 0/4/0

WP – John 9-5
LP – Haren 4-9
Sv – None
HR – None

Tommy John comes in and puts out the bat fire going the distance walking 2 and striking out 3. Not much offense in this one, Jose Altuve does pickup up 2 hits, including a double, scores 1 and drives in 1.

Game #3: Jim Scott (9-6) vs. Tom Glavine (9-3)

M 6/8/1
J 16/15/0

WP – Glavine 10-3
LP – Scott 9-7
Sv – None
HR – J – McGwire (26), Kent (7)

Turns out the bat fire wasn’t out, just smoldering and it relit. Jack Street took an 8-0 lead in the first and never looked back. McGwire gets out of his homer slump with a grand slam and drives in 6 runs on the day. Jeff Kent also drives in 4 for the Hustlers. Harold Baines has a nice day for the Minutemen going 3-4 with a triple and 2 runs.

Game #4: Tom Gordon (1-0) vs. Sonny Siebert (4-9)

M 4/9/0
J 5/8/1

WP – Hand 4-3
LP – Gordon 1-1
Sv – Brantley 15
HR – M – Bonds (16) J – Hornsby (23), Medwick (19), Justice (5)

Good battle. Menomonee comes out with single runs in the first and second. Hustlers push across 3 in the third, but Minutemen come back and tie it in the 4th. Jack Street gets 1 in the 7th and Minutemen tie it up in the 8th. Jack Street pushes across the game winner in the bottom of the 8th on David Justice’s solo shot. Hits spread around in this game. Bonds & Seybold pick up 2 hits for Minutemen with Bonds also posting 2 rbi. Hornsby and Medwick both rap two hits and two rbis for the Hustlers.

Series Summary: A couple of really good games in this series. Hopefully, for the Hustler fans, the hitting is back for this team. Nominees for pitcher of the week – Tommy John. Nominee for hitter of the week: Edgar Martinez 8-15 with 5 runs 6 rbis a double, a homer and 5 walks
Purry Cowpokes @ Chicago Nine
Series Preview: The 50-39 Purry Cowpokes travel to Chicago to take on the 46-43 Nine. Stray is out of town and invited me to play the series.
Game #1: NO-HITTER ALERT !!!
Neil Walker homered twice but the story of the game was the no-hitter fired by Jake Weimer. Weimer struck out 7 and walked 3 in the Cowpokes 8-0 victory.
Game #2: Mel Stottlemyre fired 8.3 innings of 4-hit ball for the Nine in a 6-2 Chicago win.
Game #3: JD Martinez and Griffey Jr homered for the Nine as they take game 3, 4-1.
Game #4: King Felix fires a 4-hit, 1-run complete game and Hank Thompson collects 3 hits. The Nine win 6-1.
Series Summary: The highlight of the series was Jake Weimer’s game 1 no-hitter. (Side-note. I never had heard of him before the draft but I felt that I had to take him since Weimer is my wife’s maiden name). The rest of the series was all Chicago as the Nine pitching held Purry to 4 runs over the final 3 games.
New Westminster Salmonbellies @ Las Vegas Pirates
Series Preview: The Salmonbellies came in battling for the top spot in the west. The Pirates were looking to get back towards .500.
Game #1: In this game the Salmonbellies put it all together. Messersmith went the distance giving up only 3 ER’s while also giving up 12 hits. The Pirates could not get one clutch hit. The ‘bellies finished with 3 dingers from Jack Clark, Jimmy Wynn, & Dave Concepcion while beating up John Candelaria & Dean Chance.
SALMONBELLIES 10, PIRATES 3
Game #2: In this game both teams banked on their bats. The Pirates behind the bats of Hal Smith’s 4 singles & Dave Cash’s 3 singles while the ‘bellies finished with 3 hits from Fred Clarke & 2 hits by Willie Mays 2 hits, one of which was a 2 run HR in the 1st inning, grabbing an early lead for the ‘bellies in inning 1 which they never gave up the 4-2 lead. Billy Pierce went 8 innings, striking out 7 while giving up only 2 ER’s
SALMONBELLIES 9, PIRATES 6
Game #3: In this game the Pirates scored 2 in the 1st & 1 more in the 9th to finish their scoring, while for the 2nd straight game the Pirates out hit the visitor’s. Here Mays & Concepcion drove in a pair while Doc Gooden went 6.2 innings & only gave up 2 ER’s.
SALMONBELLIES 4, PIRATES 3
Game #4: Here was the Pirates last chance to get a win. That didn’t stop Sam Leever from pitching a 4 hitter & not giving up an earned run. The Pirates again outhit the ‘bellies & lost the game.
SALMONBELLIES 3, PIRATES 2
Series Summary: The Pirates pitchers faired okay but the bellies almost scored at will. They deserved a better fate, but the Salmonbellies had a better idea for them, as the .bellies made every attempt fruitless
Cincinnati Knights @ Kansas City A’s
Series Preview: Cincinnati Knight 54-31 at K.C. A’s 38-47
Game #1: It’s all A’s 9 -1 behind Three Finger Brown’s 8.2 innings of 1 run ball. Walker Cooper and Roger Maris homer for the A’s.
Game #2: Cincy wins 6-3 as Johan Santana gets the win and Janssen gets the save. Ted Williams doubles and homers and drives in 3 and Northey got a big pinch hit 2 run homer for the Knights. Dale Murphy hoers for the A’s.
Goodman and Whitaker collide in short right field and both are injured. Goodman 8 days and Whitaker for 5 days.
Game #3: Cincy scores 8 runs in the last 3 innings for a come from behind 8-4 win. Freehan knocks in 3 and Sal Bando got a big 3 runs homer in the 8th. Ken Boyer, Hale and Tresh all hit solo homers in a losing effort.
Game #4: Cincy scores 5 in the 1st off Eddie Cicotte and cruise to a 12-7 victory. Ted Williams goes 3 for 3 with a homer and 4 RBI and Giambi also homers for the Knights. Don Buford homered for the A’s.
Series Summary: Cincinnati wins the series 3 games to 1.
Indiana Indians @ Fort Worth Cats
Series Preview: Cats sweep holding the Indians to 9 hits total in the first three games then seeing Indiana explode for 7 hits in the finale. Willie Keeler went 5 for 5 in the series including a pinch hit home run in the first game. Hunter Pence had 2 triples in game three.
Wrigleyville Whales @ Boston Braves
Series Preview: The Al Star game is over in is now followed by the battle of the basements of the AL, East vs. West.
Game #1: Johnny Antonelli fell behind 4 -0 in the second inning but righted the ship and held on for a 8-4 win backed by an out of character 15 hit attack. Dom DiMaggio had four hits two of which were doubles and Eddie Mathews and Adrian Gonzalez three hits each for the Braves. Daryl Evans doubled and knocked in half the Whales runs.
Game #2: Pedro Martinez struck out 8 and stranded 11 Wrigleyville run on baser in a 3-1 Braves win. Mathews continued swinging a productive bat in game driving in 2 of the 3 Brave run via a couple of safeties Ernie “Lets play two” Banks had two hit one a double for the Whales..
Game #3: The Braves cruised to their third series win on the strong arm of Don Newcombe’s three hit shut out 7-0. Adrian Gonzalez had four Rbi’s and Gabby Hartnett three hits in leading the Braves offense. Earle Combs had 2 of the 3 Wrigleyville hits.
Game #4: Wrigleyville powered their way to a win in the series finally 12-11. Bob Muscel had three hits one a homer and Jim Thome was perfect going four for four in the Whales win. Freddie Sanchez and Jeff Cirillo each had three hits for the Braves. Cirillo collected four RBI’s.
Series Summary: The Braves made their miniscule contribution to AL East pride winning three of four from Wrigleyville. The beantown nine’s happiness was tempered by Dustin Pedroia’s second visit to the DL a 15 game vacation
Motown Yankees @ Coastline Bobcats
Series Preview: Motown (40-45) travels to Coastline (56-29) for their final 4 game series against the Bobcats this season.
Game #1: CLB is out quick in the B1 when Becker 1bs and H.Wilson hits a 2-run HR. In the B2 Gehrig 1bs, moves up on a Gordon groundout, and then scores when Bancroft throws away M.Williams grounder, 3-0 CLB. MTY wakes up in the T3 when Ashburn 1bs and Hack 2bs him home. MTY keeps coming and ties the game in the T4 when Bancroft 1bs and Mackey hits a 2-run HR. MTY takes the lead in the T5 when with 2 outs Torriente 1bs, steals 2nd, and Bancroft drives him with an rbi-1b. In the B5 CLB Jenkins 1bs, Ripken’s grounder moves him up, H.Wilson is IW, Howard then hits a grounder to Hack, who makes a errant throw allowing Jenkins to score and tie the game. After a scoreless 6th and T7, CLB Becker 1bs to open the B7 and then scores on Jenkins H&R rbi-2b to give the ‘Cats the lead. Ripken F7, H.Wilson is IW again, Howard F9 bringing up Gehrig. Gehrig makes the home crowd happy as he smacks a 3-run HR for an 8-4 CLB lead. MTY doesn’t roll over as they get an Bancroft 1b and a Mackey 1b to put runners at the corners. Lansford comes on to PR for Mackey, D.Walker comes in to PH for White and lines into a H&R 9-3DP that scores Bancroft. CLB Sutter comes on in the T9 and gives up a 1 out 1b to Hack and then McGriff hits a 2-run HR an out later to pull MTY within a run; Torriente bbs, but Bancroft L5 to end the game. CLB Maglie (3-0) gets the win in relief, Sutter earns his 34th save, and Jansen (2-4) goes the distance and gets the loss.

CLB 8, MTY 7

Game #2: MTY grabs the early lead in the T2 when Westrum bbs, Bancroft rips an rbi-3b, and F.White hits an rbi-groundout. MTY extends its lead in the T4 when McGriff 2bs, Westrum 2bs him home but is thrown out at 3rd trying to stretch it. Bancroft then 1bs, F.White’s H&R 1b puts runners at the corners, Gehrig then throws away Lofton grounder to score Bancroft, and Ashburn’s rbi-1b closes out the scoring for a 5-0 MTY lead. CLB answers right away in the B4 as Wilson 1bs, Gehrig 2bs with 2 out, Gordon hits a 2-rbi 2b, M.Williams bbs, and PH Goslin rips a 2-rbi 2b to pull CLB with 1 run at 5-4. After a scoreless 5th and 6th MTY adds a run in the T7 when Hack draws a 2 out bb and Olerud hits a tapper in front of the plate that Orosco throws away allowing Hack to score. MTY Mingori is out to pitch his 2nd inning in the B8 and fans Ripken to start the inning. H.Wilson then 1bs and Howard 2bs which brings on PH Burks. Burks doesn’t disappoint as he clubs a 3-run HR to give CLB a 7-6 lead! CLB Sutter comes on and tosses a perfect 9th for his 35th save. Albers (3-0) picks up the win and Mingori (7-5) is tagged with the loss.

CLB 7, MTY 6

Game #3: MTY out in front in the T2 when Stieb walks Bancroft, White, and Lofton to load the bases and Brown then executes a perfect squeeze bunt to bring home Bancroft. CLB ties it in the B% when Skowron 1bs (1st hit of the game) and M.Williams hits an rb-3b 1 out later. In the T6 MTY Torriente 2bs, Mackey 1bs, and Banroft makes his 1st HR of the season a big one as he hits a 3-run blast to give MTY a 4-1 lead! MTY adds 1 more in the T7 and that’s the way the game would end. MTY D.Brown (11-7) is dominant giving up only 1 run on 3 hits while fanning 10 to earn the win. Stieb (10-5) takes the loss.

MTY 5, CLB 1

Game #4: CLB scores first with a run in the B2 when Skowron 3bs and eventually scores on M.Williams rbi-groundout. MTY Hubbell settles in and does not give up a another hit through his 7ip of work. But CLB K.Brown is just as tough as he holds MTY scoreless through 5 innings. In the MTY T6 McGriff breaks through and hits a solo-HR to tie the game at 1-1! The remains tied after 9 as the MTY Uehara comes on to toss 2 scoreless innings, and CLB Marshall tosses a scoreless 9th and 10th. In the T10 Uehara is lifted for PH Olerud which brings Mingori into the game in the B10. MTY Mingori fans Skowron, gets Gordon on a 4-3 groundout, but M.Williams connects on a fastball and hits a solo-HR over the LF wall for the win! CLB Marshall (6-2) gets the win and MTY Mingori (7-6) takes the loss.

CLB 2, MTY 1

Series Summary: Coastline wins the series 3-1 over Motown. But the series was extremely close and could’ve just as easily been a 4-0 Motown sweep.
Hollywood Zombies @ West Michigan Retrogrades
Series Preview: The Hollywood Zombies (NL West 30-55) travel from the west coast of the United States to the west coast of Michigan to take on the West Michigan Retrogrades (NL East 52-33). With warm temperatures in the Great Lakes region, playing conditions were perfect.
Game #1: In a tight, well-pitched game, the Zombies’ Walter Johnson made one mistake in his 7 innings of work. In the 2nd inning, after a Duke Snider double, Bobby Wallace singled him home. Hollywood tied the game in the 7th on a solo homer from Shawn Green. West Michigan’s Curt Davis matched the Hall of Famer with 7 innings of work and only 1 earned run allowed. The starters gave way to the bullpens and the Retrogrades outlasted the Zombies. In the bottom of the 10th, with one out pinch hitter Austin McHenry drew a walk. Marty McManus pinch ran for him. West Michigan put the hit & run on with Max Carey at the plate. Carey ripped a ball into the right field corner and McManus easily scored from first base for the walk of win for the Retrogrades. Miguel Tejada was 2 for 4.
ZOMBIES 1, RETROGRADES 2 (10 innings)
Game #2: The Retrogrades sent their ace, Urban Shocker up against another Hollywood Hall of Famer hurlers, Eddie Plank. Both pitched well for 5 innings, only surrendering a run a piece. Hollywood took the lead in the top of the 6th when Shawn Green singled in Jeff Bagwell who reached on a base hit. But in the bottom of the frame, the Retrogrades stormed back. Roy Sievers walked, Tommy Davis singled, Adrian Beltre doubled in a run, Bobby Wallace drove in a run on a ground out, then Bill Dickey hit a 2-run homer. West Michigan would add another run in the 7th when Urban Shocker doubled and then was doubled home by Roy Sievers. Adrian Beltre was 3 for 3 on the day; Bill Dickey was 2 for 4.
FINAL SCORE : ZOMBIES 2, RETROGRADES 6
Game #3: After falling behind by 2 runs after one inning, the Zombies “came alive” in the top of the 2nd, scoring 7 runs off starter George Mullin. Mullin was having control problems and served up a ball that skimmed the ground to Vlad Guerrero who smashed it over the left centerfield fence for 3 runs. The Retrogrades bullpen held Hollywood in check the rest of the game, but the damage was done and the Zombies cruised to victory. In addition to Vlad’s bomb, Tommy Davis also hit a homer for the Retrogrades and went 3 for 4. West Michigan also got 2 hits a piece from Heavy Johnson and George Sisler. The Zombies got 2 hits a piece from Miguel Tejada, Brett Butler, and Eddie Collins.
FINAL SCORE : ZOMBIES 8, RETROGRADES 4
Game #4: This excellent game was scoreless until the bottom of the second when Bill Dickey and Duke Snider hit back-to-back solo home runs. That score remained until the top of the 6th when the Zombies took a one-run lead with a two-run triple from Miguel Tejada and then an RBI single from Yadier Molina. Hollywood took the lead in the 7th when Jeff Bagwell singled home Brett Butler who’d walked and stolen second base. The Zombies clung to the lead until the bottom of the 9th. With one out, Duke Snider ripped a double. Hollywood brought in Mike Meyers to the nightmare inning. With two-outs, Bobby Wallace doubled home Snider. The Zombies walked Robinson Cano to get to the pitchers spot in the order. The Retrogrades pinch hit with Austin McHenry who hit a blooper just behind shortstop which scored Wallace for the walk-off victory. Bill Dickey and Duke Snider each had two hit; Shawn Green and Yadier Molina each had two hits.
FINAL SCORE : ZOMBIES 4, RETROGRADES 5 (walk-off)
Series Summary: Even though West Michigan took the series three games to one, it easily could have been a three win series for Hollywood, or even a sweep. Each team won a game easily and the other two ball games were lucky, walk-off wins for the Retrogrades. Hollywood currently stands at 31-58 and will host Nags Head next week. West Michigan improves to 55-34 and will travel to Hoboken next week to take on NL West’s 2nd place club.
Detroit DeLoreans @ Clockwork Heros 
Series Preview: Clockwork feeling good after facing the Bobcats for 8 games, and winning 7. But now a solid Detroit team was hoping to take advantage of Clockwork.
Game #1: Mathewson goes a solid 7 innings allowing a Cronin triple to score and giving up a Chuck Klein blast. Reynolds was better allowing 1 in 7.2 innings. But in the bottom of the 9th Clockwork got two off O’Flaherty as Collins made a bad error. Then Aker gave up the game winning hit as Lopata comes through. Clockwork 3 Detroit 2 W- Rowe (6-2) L-O’flaherty (1-3)
Game #2: Uhle was great allowing just 2 hits in 7 innings but a walk by Rice scored. Arky Vaughn homered for Clockwork to send the 1-1 game into the 12th inning. Bradley off the bench singled in the Jet
jethroe to win the game 2-1. W_Newhouser 3-2 L-Casey (6-3)
Game #3: Hippo Vaughn is solid for Detroit only mistake is a 3 run homer to Foster. Blyleven did not have it for Clockwork as Rip Collins homers and Herman has a nice game. Detroit 6 Clockwork 3 W-Vaughn(10-5) Romero S (7) L- Blyleven(12-5)
Game #4: Mathewson dominates 9 innings 4 hits one run. the Hero bats woke up as Melton hits 2, Terry 1 and Lopata another. Clockwork 12 Detroit 1 . W-Mathewson (16-3) L-Sallee(9-6)
Series Summary: Clockwork does not let up and wins 3 of the 4 games.Mathewson goes 16 innings and just 3 runs and 9 hits.
Hoboken Zephyrs @ Virginia Cavaliers
Series Preview: Virginia at 42-43 and in 4th place in the East plays host to Hoboken 50-35 and in 2nd place in the West. Virginia hovering around the .500 mark not knowing how to win,…especially at home and Hoboken with a great home record playing around .500 on the road. Not a good situation for Virginia. Joel and I played via TV and it was a great series to play with close games. Thanks Joel, it was fun.
Game #1: Gm.1 HBK 5-4 W-N.Hahn (14-6) L-L.Gomez (7-8)

Well, not much changed for Virginia. Hoboken exploded out of the gate. Eddie Stanky took the first pitch of the game and looped it into right for a single and Stan Spence then smoked one to right that sailed over the wall for his 20th homer of the season and a quick 2-0 Hoboken lead. With the lead and Noodles Hahn on the mound with his sub 2.00 ERA, Virginia was in trouble. However, uncharacteristically, Virginia fought back. Al Rosen singled to lead off the 2nd for Virginia and went to 3rd on a H&R single by Kevin McReynolds. Ralph Kiner walked and suddenly the bases were loaded for the Cavaliers. When lance Parrish lined an RBI single into LF Virginia fans were pumped. But this was Virginia and Hahn was on the mound. Noodles quickly got Pujols to fly out to shallow LF and induced Gomez to ground into an inning ending DP. Still, Virginia had scored and was only down 2-1. An inning later Frankie Frisch and Al Rosen doubled and suddenly it was a new game at 2-2. It didn’t stay that way long. In the 5th Hahn singled, Eddie Stanky walked, Stan Spence flew out, Jeff Heath walked to load the bases, and then Lefty Gomez lost all recognition of where the plate was and walked the next two batters on 8 pitches,…Hoboken 4-2. Back to back doubles from Eddie Yost and Tommy Henrich in the 7th bumped the Hoboken lead to 5-2. Virginia would score 2 more runs in the 8th on a solo homer from Frank Robinson and a RBI single by Andruw Jones. That 5-4 score would hold up for Hoboken as Hahn finished the complete game despite giving up 4 runs and having his ERA jump to 1.74. And once again it was another Virginia home loss.

Game #2: Gm.2 VIR 3-2 W- B.Turley (6-8) L-T.Seaver (12-5) SV- K.Foulke (25)

Another close game, but Virginia was able to scratch its way back for the win. Jud Wilson provided the only offense for Hoboken with a 2nd inning blast over the RF wall for a 2-0 Hoboken lead. Then, after giving up two hits in the first two innings, Virginia’s Bob Turley somehow managed to only give up two more in the next 7 innings without allowing a runner to cross the plate. That opened the door for Virginia if they could take advantage of it. And they did. In the 2nd inning Kevin McReynolds hit his 4th homer of the year to narrow the lead to 2-1 Hoboken. Virginia tied it in the 6th on an error and a FC DP that scored the tying run. The winning run came in the 8th when PH’er Daniel Murphy doubled and scored later on a SF by Alan Trammell. Keith Foulke then came in to register his 25th save and give Virginia the rare win.

Game #3: Gm.3 HBK 3-2 W-Red Faber (11-6) L-J.Guzman (3-4)

Hoboken rebounded quickly from the previous game loss. Continuing to score first, Hoboken plated a run in the second courtesy of a Travis Jackson SF and then added 2 more in the 3rd when Eddie Stanky doubled and scored on a FC and Tommy Herich later drove in Jeff Heath with a double. Frank Robinson then put Virginia on the board with his 11th homer in the bottom of the 3rd but Hoboken was still ahead 3-1. With Red Faber teasing Virginia hitters, Hoboken was able to maintain the lead in spite of Virginia getting one more run in the 7th on Joe Harris’s RBI single. From there Faber kept Virginia at bay and collected his 11th win of the year.

Game #4: Gm.4 HBK 5-1 W-J. Weaver (9-3) L-E.Reulbach (6-7)

After three 1-run games, this one looked like a rout. However, it was basically close until the 9th. After two it was 0-0. Then in the 3rd Hoboken broke through with 3 runs. Pitcher Jeff Weaver knocked in the first run with a RBI single and after Stan Spence singled putting runners at 1st and 3rd, Jeff Heath doubled to the wall driving both runners in for a 3-0 Hoboken lead. (Boy is that a run-on sentence) With that lead, Weaver put up goose eggs until the 7th when Al Rosen doubled in Frank Robinson to make it 3-1 Hoboken. Just for good measure, Stan Spence took a Rafael Betancourt pitch to the opposite field for a 2-run homer in the top of the 9th to finalize the score at 5-1.

Series Summary: Hoboken (surprise! surprise!) took the series 3-1. They were led at the plate by Stan “The Man” Spence who was 7-16 with 4 RBI and a homer. Tommy Henrich chipped in going 4-11 with 3 RBI in 3 games for a .364 BA. On Virginia’s side, Frank Robinson was 7-17 with 2 solo homers and a .412 BA and Al Rosen was 5-12 (.417) with an RBI. The amazing stat (to me) was that Hoboken had 4 complete games. Of course, when you have the numbers those pitchers have you can understand why. Virginia on the other hand, used 5 different relievers 7 times for a total of 8.2 innings,…but it didn’t help, Hoboken was just that good!
Wainwright Wranglers Fantomz Force
Series Preview: Two struggling teams faced off in Force Field this weekend … and are weighing their prospects for this season and next …
Game #1: Game 86 – Nap Rucker ’11 (4-9) v. Satchel Paige ‘41 (11-7)

Fantomz 4-3 (10): Wainwright wasted no time scoring, as leadoff hitter Bip Roberts scored on Tony Gwynn’s 1st-inning double. The Force tied the game in the 5th when Ron Santo scored on an infield groundout. The teams went back-and-forth during the middle innings, with the Wranglers tying the game in the 9th inning when Mark Grace scored on an infield groundout. In the 10th inning, Al Lopez singled home Joe Judge, who beat the throw home for the winning run.

W – Russell (2-3) L – Ward (3-2)

Game #2: Game 87 – Lefty Grove ‘87 (11-6) v. Gaylord Perry ’74 (9-6)

Fantomz 2-0: Joe Judge delivered a two-run 2nd inning that accounted for all the game’s runs. Gaylord Perry pitched a six-hit shutout, striking out seven and walking one, while Gil McDougald had Fantomz’ other two hits. Wainwright’s Lefty Grove absorbed a tough loss.

W – Perry (10-6) L – Perry (11-7)

Game #3: Game 88 – Vic Willis ’06 (6-15) v. Carl Weilman ’14 (6-11)

Fantomz 3-2: Two struggling pitchers matched up in a classic pitchers’ duel. The Wranglers scored first when Kirby Puckett singled home Darren Daulton in the 2nd inning. The Force tied the game during the following frame when Adam Eaton doubled home Ron Santo. Fantomz inched ahead in the 4th inning when Shin-Soo Choo doubled home Larry Doby. Both offenses went silent after Doby’s run. Weilman limited Wainwright to three hits.

W – Weilman (7-11) L – Willis (6-16)

Game #4: Game 89 – Doc White ’03 (8-12) v. Stan Coveleski ‘23 (1-10)

Wainwright 7-6 (10): The Wranglers built a 4-0 lead after five innings, highlighted by Kirby Puckett’s sixth dinger. The Force went ahead with two 6th-inning and three 7th-inning runs, consisting mostly of singles and walks. Wainwright inched ahead in the 8th inning, only to have Fantomz tie the score on Doby’s second double. The momentum shifted to Wainwright after Choo was thrown out at home attempting to score the winning run during the 9th inning. In the 11th inning, George Brett plated Puckett with the winning run.

W – Smoltz (4-2) L – Russell (1-3)

Series Summary: The equally-matched teams played three one-run games and one two-run game, as a lucky bounce here and there would have completely changed the series.

Player of the Week nominee: Fantomz’ Gil McDougald, hovering around .200 all season, hit 8-for-18 with three rbi.

Pitcher of the Week nominee: Fantomz’ Gaylord Perry for firing a six-hit shutout with seven strikeouts for an 81 Game Score.

Iowa Giants @ Nags Head Surf Sox
Series Preview: IOWA GIANTS (29-56) vs. NAGS HEAD SURF SOX (40-45)

The Iowa Giants, residing in the cellar of the N.L. West, and losers of 10 straight, visit the suddenly hot Nags Head Surf Sox. The Giants are 11-33 on the road, but hoping for some success along the Atlantic.

Game #1: Bob Feller (4-14 4.06 ERA) vs. Nolan Ryan (3-6 4.44 ERA)

Bob Feller is having an off year to say the least. Not sure how a 22 XY gets an ERA of over 4 and has only won 4 of 18 decisions. He faces Nolan Ryan, who returns from the disabled list for his first start since early June.

Top 1 – Nolan is looking a little rusty. Bryce Harper starts the game with a single and is followed by Joe Morgan who clubs one over the center field fence, his 5th round tripper on the season. Giants take an early 2-0 lead.

Bottom 3 – Back to back singles by McCarver and Jeter put runners at the corners. McCarver scores on a Sandberg SAC fly. IOWA 2-1

The pitching on both sides shut down the offenses the rest of the way and the Giants hold on for the one run victory, ending their losing skid. Feller tosses a good one, going 7, scattering 4 hits and 4 walks and striking out 8 for his 5th win of the year. Gossage tosses 2 scoreless innings for his 12th save. Joe Morgan had 3 hits, 2 RBIs, 2 doubles, and a homerun … all the offense Iowa needed. Jeter went 2 for 2 with a walk for the Sox. Ryan has a decent outing for his return to the rotation, he just didn’t get any support from his offense.

IOWA 2 6 0
SOX 1 4 0
WP – Feller (5-14)
LP – Ryan (3-7)
S – Gossage (12)

Game #2: Dizzy Dean (3-7 4.89 ERA) vs. Cole Hamels (5-5 4.34 ERA)

Top 4 – Phil Masi RBI double scores Sosa for a 1-0 Giant lead.

Bottom 4 – A Jimmie Foxx walk, Stanton single, and Winfield HBP load ‘em up for the Sox with no outs. Gary Carter bounces into a double play, scoring Foxx to tie the game 1-1

Bottom 7 – Gary Carter scores on a passed ball to give the Sox the lead, 2-1. Following a Samuel walk, that puts runners at the corners, Von Hayes connects for a 3 run blast, his 6th home run of the year, and Nags Head leads 5-1

Top 8 – Rudy York hits a 2 run, pinch hit, homerun off Mitch Williams to cut the Sox lead in half. Sox 5-3

Francisco Cordero comes in and tosses a scoreless ninth, registering his 17th save of the season, and evening the series at a game apiece. Dean goes the distance in a losing effort for the Giants, and Sosa had a pair of hits. Samuel, Hayes, and Stanton each had 2 hits in support of Cole Hamels, who goes 7 and only allows one run on 5 hits.

IOWA 3 7 0
SOX 5 8 2
WP – Hamels (6-5)
LP – Dean (3-8)
S – Cordero (17)

Game #3: Bob Lemon (1-3 9.71 ERA) vs. Joaquin Andujar (4-12 5.37 ERA)

Top 2 – Buck Weaver’s RBI single scores Dale Alexander for a 1-0 Giant lead

Top 4 – It’s déjà vu all over again … Dale Alexander scores on a Weaver RBI single, 2-0 Giants

Bottom 5 – A Winfield walk, McCarver single, and Andujar bunt single load the bases with none out. Sandberg grounds a double play ball to Judy Johnson who boots it, allowing Winfield and McCarver to score and tie the game. Andujar scores the go ahead run on a SAC fly off the bat of Jeter. Sox 3-2

Top 6 – Iowa strikes back – Judy Johnson redeems himself with a double that puts runners on 2nd and 3rd with 1 out. Andujar strikes out Masi and intentionally walks Buck Weaver to get to the pitcher. Lemon makes the Sox pay, however, smacking a 2 run single to put the Giants back in front 4-3

Top 7 – Josh Hamilton’s 2 run homerun, his 3rd, gives Iowa a 6-3 lead

Rincon and Gossage combine to hold the Sox hitless over the final 3 innings, and the Giants are victorious in game 3. Dale Alexander scores 3 times, Weaver, Lemon, and Hamilton each knock in 2. Lemon came into the game with an ERA near 10, but only allows 1 earned run over 6 innings. Andujar drops his 13th.

IOWA 6 9 1
SOX 3 6 0
WP – Lemon (2-3)
LP – Andujar (4-13)
S – Gossage (13)

Game #4: Bill Doak (0-3 6.16 ERA) vs. Zane Smith (4-1 2.76 ERA)

Top 1 – For the 4th straight game Iowa takes the early lead. This one really hurt the Sox, literally. Zane Smith retires the 1st 2 batters before Josh Hamilton reaches on a 2 out single. Sammy Sosa follows with a looper to right … Sandberg and Dawson collide going for the ball and it drops … Hamilton scores from first, but the big issue for Nags Head is they lose Dawson for 5 days and Sandberg for 7 … which is going to make for some difficult decisions regarding the D.L. prior to the next series. Giants 1-0

It’s all zeros until the Giant half of the 8th when Sammy Sosa’s solo round tripper, his 9th of the year, gives Iowa an insurance run – Iowa 2-0

Top 9 – Buck Weaver’s SAC fly scores Judy Johnson 3-0 Giants

Gossage comes on and pitches a scoreless ninth for his 3rd save of the series.

Bill Doak pitches a gem for Iowa, throwing 8 shut out innings, allowing only 5 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 7. Sosa led the Giant offense with 2 hits, including the homerun, and 2 RBIs. Zane Smith had another strong outing for the Sox, going 8, allowing only 2 runs, but the offense is unable to support him.

IOWA 3 8 1
SOX 0 5 1
WP – Doak (1-3)
LP – Smith (4-2)
S – Gossage (14)

Series  Summary: So much for the streaking Sox as they lay an egg against Iowa, dropping 3 of 4. The Giants’ pitching was stellar in the series, holding Nags Head to only 9 runs on 23 hits over the 4 games.
San Tan Valley Moonrakers @ Climax Cougars
Series Preview: A pretty darned good team, San Tan Valley Moonrakers (45-40) sitting in a tie for 3rd place in the NL West heads to central Canuckland for four games against a badly underachieving team in the Climax Cougars (39-45 and 7th in the NL East) hoping to continue the pounding the rest of the league has put on the home team’s pitching that has them worst in the League.
Game #1: What was it that I said about pitching?
The only saving grace in this one was that as it turned out good pitching was in short supplies for both teams in this game.
Climax starter Greg Harris did what only Greg Harris has done all season for the Cougars – sucked – and gave up a leadoff double high off the wall to Cesar Cedeno. San Tan’s manager mercifully didn’t advance the speedy Cedeno despite a fairly deeply hit fly ball by all-star 3rd baseman Bob Elliott, but it didn’t matter as run-machine Hal Trosky ripped one for a double down the right field line that made it 1-0 for the Moonrakers. But wait … Harris was not done …Vern Stephens was up next and hit a hard grounder through the 1b-2b hole and Trosky raced around 3rd base and home … only Ott threw a bullet in from right field and Chief Meyers applied the tag to end the threat.
Monty Stratton’s bottom of the 1st included a one-out walk to Meyers followed by a tape measure blast by Mel Ott which had Climax up 2-1 heading into the 2nd inning.
Skip ahead just one inning and the top of the order for San Tan Valley continued to give Harris fits … are we sure we got the right Greg Harris???? Cedeno doubled again (with one out) and then Elliott lined one over the infield to bring Cedeno in and tie it 2-2.
The bottom of the 3rd looked like it was going to be a snoozer, but Stratton’s defence crapped out on him when shortstop Vern Stephens muffed a throw on Meyer’s slow grounder. Still cursing his infielder’s sloppiness, Stratton threw one high and inside a little too inside to Ott and nailed him to make it runners on 2nd and 3rd with two outs. That brought up Jose Bautista who had not done much of anything since the first month of the season. Nothing breaks you out of a slump better than a 3-run homer though and that is what he did, bopping it into the left field cheapies to make it 5-2. With Harris pitching though …
Earl Averill led off the 4th with a high high high high fly ball that had it been straight would have gone 700 feet. It did go over 400 feet though which put it about 15 feet over the right field wall and made it 5-3. Harris … hmmm. Bullpen on alert. Sherry Magee was up next and hit one back to the mound … and past Harris and under the glove of sprawling shortstop Jose Mendez for a single. Harris got a chance to redeem himself on the next play as Willie Randolph chopped one back to the mound, but nope … once a useless tool always a useless tool. Harris bobbled the ball and Randolph was easily safe.
Fearing that Harris’s next move may be to spontaneously combust, the righty was mercifully removed for Ellis Kinder. Inheriting the mess with none outs, Kinder surprised everyone by getting Mike Piazza to foul out to first base, Stratton popped out to shallow left and Bautista robbed Cedeno of an extrabase hit by making a shoestring catch to left.
Frank Smith, one of the more pleasant surprises for the Cougars this season with a 1.38 ERA, was brought in to pitch the 5th with a 5-3 lead. Trouble started immediately for the deadball era righty as the trainer rushed out after Smith’s first pitch had about as much on it as a cheese pizza (not much up here in Canada). Smith said he was good to go but we questioned that after Elliott hammered the next pitch into the gap in left field for two bases. Smith chickened out and rather than face Mr. RBI Trosky, he walked him to bring up Stephens who is just only slightly less dangerous. Smith got Stephens looking (his 3rd K of the game) and then struck out Averill. The most dangerous hitters out of the way, Smith took something off his next pitch and Sherry Magee ripped it into centre field allowing Elliott to score easily and make it 5-4. Smith then walked Randolph to load the bases, bringing up everyone’s fav Piazza (and not the cheese Piazza). Smith couldn’t come anywhere near the plate and walked Piazza on four pitches which brought in the tying run. That brought up San Tan Valley pitcher Stratton and the first pitch Smith unleashed to him bounced halfway to the plate and over Meyer’s head allowing the runners to advance and make it 6-5 for the visitors. El Sid Fernandez came in and ended the bloodshed by getting Stratton to fly out to right field.
So the pitchers’ duel moved to the bottom of the 5th with Stratton still out there but for how long? A little too long perhaps as Harlond Clift opened with an opposite field single and then advanced to 2nd base on Meyers’ ground out. Ott then singled to right allowing Clift to score to tit it 6-6, but Bautista (now sporting the nickname Hobo) ground into a double play that ended the inning.
Fernandez opened the 6th throwing smoke and got Cedeno swinging for the first out. Elliott followed up by catching up to the fastball and smashed it to the wall and luckily glove of Sam Crawford in centre to make it two down. Well, as we know where there is smoke there eventually is fire and it came in the form of Trosky’s bat. The lefty all-star hammered the ball well over Ott’s head in right field to give the Moonrakers back the lead. Stephens was up next and made it obvious where there was smoke at the start of the inning, Fernandez was just running on fumes as the slugging shortstop mashed the ball into Kelsey’s Pub and Grill across the street from the ballpark. San Tan Valley leads 8-6. Ugh. To quote Climax catcher Meyers on the mound visit following the homer, “If he (Fernandez) was a coonhound I’d take him out back of the woodshed and put one right between his eyes.” ’nuff said
Stratton finally ran out of gas in the Cougars’ half of the 6th when he opened the inning by allowing a double off the base of the centre field wall by Crawford and then a walk to George Grantham. Jess Barnes replaced Stratton and got Johnny Mize to pop out to first base and then Mendez grounded out to make it two outs but he advanced the runners to 2nd and 3rd base. There was no way Fernandez was going to be allowed to hit and in came Buck Leonard. Leonard launched a ball that still had not come down at the time this series writeup was being completed, but it made it suddenly and shockingly 9-8 for Climax.
The Cougars tacked on three more runs against Barnes in the 7th on an RBI double by Bautista, an RBI-single by Grantham and a startling error by gold glove catcher Piazza that allowed a run to score from 3rd base … and that was it. Climax comes from behind in a messy game on both sides to win the series opener 12-8.
W-Fernandez (2-5) Sv-Carroll (6) L-Barnes (2-1)
HR-SAN: Trosky (22), Stephens (22), Averill (8); CMC: Ott (13), Bautista (15), Leonard (10)
Game #2: San Tan Valley starter Virgil Trucks was perfect heading into the 4th inning against the Cougars, but wound up dying a death of a thousand cuts as the Climax hitters churned out 13 hits over the next five innings that translated to a 7-1 win over the Moonrakers.
Smoky Joe Wood earned game MVP honors after allowing just one unearned run over 8 innings with the only San Tan run scoring on a passed ball by Chief Meyers and the pitcher was a slick 3/3 at the plate with a double and an RBI.
Not much action in this one compared to the first game other than that the Cougars tattooed a dent in the left field wall with seven doubles to left centre in the game.
W-Wood (6-6) Sv-none L-Trucks (4-7)
HR-none
Game #3: Bump Hadley and Cannonball Redding brought their A game into Game three so hits and runs were hard to come by.
It did not start out that way as Hadley started the game with a bit of a case of the jitters loading the bases with two outs on walks to Mel Ott, Jose Bautista and Harlond Clift (who coincidentally I think are 1-2-3 in walks among hitetrs in the NL) and then gave up a two-run double to Sam Crawford.
Hadley gave up pretty much all of nothing after that other than the odd walk here or there, but Josh Gibson got to him in the 6th with a double high off the wall in left field that scored Bautista (who walked three times in the game).
Meanwhile, all Redding was doing was trying to qualify for Pitcher of the Week. As with Hadley, Redding went the distance but unlike Hadley he only gave up one hit – a bloop double to Vern Stephens in the 5th – as the Cougars won their 3rd straight 3-0.
Hadley’s complete game was a bit of a wild one. He struck out 8 (including George Grantham 3 times) but gave up 7 walks to go with the four hits.
Redding’s one-hitter included eight strikeouts and one walk.
W-Redding (3-5) Sv-none L-Hadley (7-6)
HR-none
Game #4: Climax’s lack of power this season appeared to have become contagious as the two teams were now two games without knocking one out of the park.
The power outage didn’t continue too long for Climax as the second hitter of the game for the Cougars, George Grantham, smacked a line drive over the centre field wall that was gone almost before it left Eric Gagne’s hand.
Mel Ott then singled and then Johnny Mize crushed one over the left field wall to make it 4-0 after the first inning.
… and that is as close as the game got as the Cougars’ Grantham got his second homer of the game off reliever Dave Righetti in the 6th and pinch hitter Ossee Schrecongost bonked one out in the 7th as Climax coasted to a 11-3 win.
Oscar Charleston and Cesar Cedeno each had a couple of his for San Tan Valley but the rest of the lineup could only account for a total of two hits – Hal Trosky, of course, hit a two-run double and Jimmy Williams singled and walked twice.
Grantham scored three runs in the game for Climax as part of a 4/5 day with the two solo home runs. Fregosi and Mize each had two hits.
W-Waddell (7-6) Sv-none L-Gagne (1-5)
HR-SAN: none; CMC: Grantham 2 (6), Mize (2), Schrecongost (1)
Series Summary: The series can be summarized by one simple sentence: Climax avoided facing Randy Johnson. The shocking sweep of the Moonrakers leaves both teams scrambling among the unwashed masses of the league as they fight to stay within sight of league-leaders Coastline and Clockwork.
Pigtown Bombers @ Fire Lake Segers
Series Preview: Pigtown traveled to Fire Lake and earned a split of the 4 games. Sorry for the lack of a write up this week.
Player of the week nominee, Pigtown’s Hank Greenberg. 7-for-20, 7 rbis, 3 doubles and a grand slam.
Pitcher of the week nominee, Fire Lake’s David Cone. 4-hit shutout, all singles, Struck out 5, walked none. Game Score 84. Also, Pigtown’s Luis Tiant, 7 innings of 1-hit ball, Game Score 80.

2020 PLAYER / PITCHER OF THE WEEK #16

 

National League Pitcher of the Week – Zane Smith – Nags Head

1-0 record, 9.0  innings pitched, 0.00 ERA, 2 hits, 5 strikeouts, &  walks

 

 

 

American League Pitcher of the Week – Dutch Leonard  – New Westminster

1-0 record, 9 innings pitched, 0.00 ERA, 4 hits, 8 strikeouts, & 0 walks

 

 

 

National League Player of the Week – Joe Cronin – Detroit

.556 avg  / 1.056 slg, 10 for 18, 3 doubles, 2 home runs, 8  runs, 4 RBIs, & 4 walks

 

 

 

American League Player of the Week – John Mayberry  – Chicago

.500 avg / 1.300 slg, 5 for 10, 2 doubles, 2 homers, 4 runs, 3 RBIs, 7 walks

New Westminster Salmonbellies @ Jack Street Hustlers
Series Preview: The New Westminster Salmonbellies, 3rd in the AL West come to battle the first place (although 4 games worse) Jack Street Hustlers. The Hustlers “riding” an 11 game home losing streak.
Game #1: Tesreau toes the rubber for New Westminster vs. Dan Haren for the Hustlers.

NW 11-13-0
JS 2-8-0

WP – Tesreau 9-5
LP – Haren 4-8
Sv – None
HR – NW – Beltran (13), Clarke (1), Clark (11), Campanella (5)

This one was all Salmonbellies, as the picked up 4 in the third and 2 in the fourth and then just ran away and hid. Tesreau went 8 giving up 7 hits, 2 runs, 3 walks and striking out 8. F. Clarke went 4-5 with 3 singles and a homer, 3 runs and 2 rbi. Campanella also drives in 3 in the win.

Game #2: D Leonard vs. Glavine

NW – 5-8-0
JS – 0-4-3

WP – Leonard 12-5
LP – Glavine 9-3
Sv – None
HR – NW – Wynn (17)

Dutch Leonard was on fire in this one and the Salmonbellie offense put up 3 in the first, which was MORE than enough. Dihigo 2-5 and Toy Cannon Wynn 2-4 were the offensive heroes. Dutch Leonard went the distance giving up the 4 hits, walking no one and striking out 8. Good candidate for pitcher of the month.

Game #3: Doc Gooden vs. Sonny Siebert

NW 6-8-1
JS 3-7-1

WP – Gooden 9-3
LP – Siebert 4-9
Sv – Caudill 9
HR – NW – Clark (12), Wynn (18) JS – Martinez (9)

New Westminster again posts a 3 spot in the first and were never really in danger. Game was not as close as the score. Jimmy Wynn continued his hot hitting going 3-4 falling just a double short of the cycle. He also score a run and drove in 3. Jack Clark did some damage as well, going 2-3 with 2 runs and 2 rbi.

Game #4: June’s Pitcher of the Month Sam Leever vs. Hustler Ace Bill Byrd

NW 1-5-1
JS 4-9-3

WP – Byrd 7-4
LP – Leever 10-5
Sv – None
HR – None

The Hustler home losing streak is stopped at 14, as Bill Byrd was aceworthy going the distance giving up the 5 hits, an unearned run, walking 5 and striking out 7. Ducky Medwick was the offensive hero goign a perfect 3-3 with a double, run, rbi and a walk.

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Series Summary: Same result as last week. New Westminster takes the Hustlers to school taking 3 of 4. Jimmy Wynn would be the Player of the week nominee going 7-16 with a triple, 2 homers, 3 runs and 6 rbi. Dutch Leonard is worthy of pitcher of the week consideration as well.
Lewisberry Country Blumpkins @ Madison East Puregolders
Series Preview: Lewisberry Country Blumpkins (One of my favorite team names ever) at the Mighty Purgolders of Madison East.
Game #1: Orel Hershiser dominates, outdueling Jose Mesa by throwing a three-hit shutout at the hapless Purgolders. Lewisberry eeks out at 3-0 win.
Game #2: Josh Beckett for the Bad guys (I am a Cubs fans, and Beckett is using that damn 2003 Bartman tainted card…) vs. the highly honorable Vinegar Bend Mizell, a mid-season pickup simply because we like the nickname. Turns out he stinks on the mound too, giving up 3 in the third and 2 in the fourth for the loss. Bad guys 8-3.
Game #3: Babe Ruth vs. a guy who was not as fit as Babe, Mark Buerhle. Surely this cannot end badly? Or the Blumpkins could spurt out three in the 7th and three in the 9th to win 9-3. The Blumpkins look very comfortable and satisfied sitting back and experiencing victory shot after victory shot…..
Game #4: Jack Morris vs. Art Nehf. at least this time the Good guys were competitive, losing only 7-5. Trevor Hoffman snatches the baton and tugs it to victory.
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Series Summary: The Purgolders swallowed this series sweep pretty hard. Managerr Rick Roeth was feeling very salty after the finale, asking the crowd “What beats a blumpkin?” No one had an answer….

Babe Ruth was 5-9 as the DH in the first two games, including missing the cycle by a HR in game 2 (ironic, right?) He also won game 3 as the starting pitcher.

Chicago Nine @ Wrigleyville Whales
Series Preview: Chicago Nine (43-42, .506, 4-GB) @ Wrigleyville Whales (31-54, .365, 27-GB)
Game #1: G-1- Stottlemyre v Coveliski. Pitching duel with Chicago prevailing by a 2-1 score! Mel (2-3, 3.24) hurled 7.1-Innings of 1-run, 5-hit ball and Jeff Nelson (Sv-14, 2.08) picked up save with 1.2-innings of no-hit ball. Bryant & Ivan Rodriguez drove in runs for Nine, while Ritchey supplied a solo homer, his 8th, for Wrigleyville. Coveleski (0-2, 8.68) tossed CG, allowing 8-hit with 6-walks in loss.

FINAL Nine 2 Whales 1

Game #2: G-2- Sabathia v Mays. Chicago took advantage of 2-Wrigleyville errors and won game-2 by a 4-2 score! CC (7-8, 5.48) scattered 7-hits and K’d 6 over 8-innings with Nelson coming on to earn his 15th save! Thompson & Richardson had 3-hits apiece for Nine and Bobby drove in 2-runs. Banks & Chapman had 2-hits each for Whales. Chicago stole 3-bases but was also nailed 3-times by Lollar.

FINAL Nine 4 Whales 2

Game #3: G-3- King Felix v Hunter. Catfish (1-1, 8.24) was roughed up for 4-runs on 8-hits and 7-walks but Whales offense woke up and scored 7-runs in 7-5 victory! Hunter allowed 2-HR’s, both solo homers by John Mayberry. Ernie Banks & Irish Meusel combined for a 7-7 game, 2-BB, scoring 2-runs and drive in 2-runs. Lazzeri (11) and Thome (1) cracked HR’s for Whales.

FINAL Whales 7 Nine 5

Game #4: G-4- Richard v McNally. A McNally error led to 3-unearned runs in 7-6 Chicago win! JD Martinez (11) smashed a 2-run-HR and Richardson drove in 2-runs for Nine. JR was roughed up for 5-runs over 4.1-Innings but Shields and Nelson combined for 4.2-innings of 1-run ball with Shields (5-2, 3.25) earning “W” and Nelson (2.18) Save # 16.

Yaz (5), Darrell Evans (1) and Lazzeri (12) clubbed HR’s in Whales loss.

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Series Summary: Chicago out-scores Wrigleyville 18-16 and out-hit Whales 38-33 in 3-1 series win and Nelson earned 3-Saves! Whales out-homered Nine 6-3.
Middle Channel Sturgeon @ Menomonee Minutemen
Series Preview: Middle Channel at Menomonee
Game #1: MCS 1 MEN 9
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L: CoombsMEN runs Sale from the game early scoring 6 in the first two innings, MCS never recovers.
Game #2: MCS 9 MEN 4
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Game #3: MCS 2 MEN 4
W: Gordon
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S: RojasMCS takes the early lead but MEN takes the lead in the bottom of the 5th and never looks back.
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Purry Cowpokes @ Las Vegas Pirates
Series Preview: This series was pitted to play 2 Pennsylvanian’s against each other. The Cowpokes record being far better than the Pirates, I expected dem cowpokes to reek havoc on these under tapped potential Buccos.
Game #1: In this game, the Pirates broke out to an early 1-0 lead until Purry broke thru to the “Candyman” John Candelaria in the 4th, & then again in the 6th & 7th to lead the Cowpokes to a 3-1 lead. That’s when the Pirates squeaked out 2 more single runs in the 6th & 8th, to tie the score at 3 until the 10th, where King Cecil Fielder did what Cecil has done all season long, as he did all year long, & hit a 2 run dinger, while his son Prince could only watch.
COWPOKES 3, PIRATES 5 (IN 10)
Game #2: This game the Cowpokes played it like expected. They broke ahead early & never looked back. With HR’s by Strong & Wells, which led the 14 hit attack. Javier Vazquez let his team with his 14th win while giving up only 1 earned run.
COWPOKES 9, PIRATES 4
Game #3: In this game, the game started out with the first 5 innings of shutout baseball to both potent offenses. Then after “Da Pokes” scored the games first run in the 6th, before these scrappy, crappy Pirates blew the doors off of this game over the next 3 innings, by scoring 9 unexpected runs, highlighted by Joe DiMaggio’s first HR of the year with the bases crammed with Bucs. Bob Buhl pitched 7 & 2/3 of 4 hit baseball. Also homering was Prince Fielder. One further note here. The Pirates finished with 9 runs on 9 hits. 2 HR’s & 7 doubles with no singles.
COWPOKES 3, PIRATES 9
Game #4: This game was Howie Camnitz’s first game back from the DL, & he wanted to show he belonged. He went 6 & 2/3 of scoreless 2 hit ball, with bat help by Dave Cash, Hal Smith, & Dick Groat, who all had 2 hits. The Cowpokes made a game of it in the 9th, with a 3 run HR by shortstop Wells. The game was capped off by Mariano Rivera’s 12th save as he lowered his ERA to a tiny 1.08 ERA.
COWPOKES 4, PIRATES 6
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Series Summary: The 4 game series had a lot of action on both sides, capped off by 6 HR’s by each side. The Pirates pulled off an extremely unexpected 3 out of 4 games win. Purry has a n exceptionally good team will be back for many years to come.
Kansas City Blues @ Kansas City A’s
Series Preview: Battle of Kansas City: The Blues 32-49 at the A’s 35-46.
Game #1: The A’s win 8-1 behind Fergie Jenkins 7 innings of 2 hit 1 run pitching, Hal Morris had the big hit with a pinch hit bases loaded clearing double in the 7th. Boog Powell homered for Blues only run.
Game #2: Blues even the series with a 11-7 victory, led by Delgado’s 2 homer 4 RBI game. Boog (Alou) Powell hit a 3 run shot and Jose Canseco drove in 3. Bobby Doerr had 3 hits and 3 RBI for the A’s.
Game #3: A’s win 9-3 behind Mort Cooper’s solid 7.2 of solid pitching and Bill White had 2 hits including a 3 run shot. Mort’s brother Walker contributed an RBI double, the Coopers graduated about 55 years ahead of Mgr. Alderson from William Chrisman High School in Independence, MO. as did President Harry Truman and legendary TV producer Paul Henning, the creator of the Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction and Green Acres. Schulte homered for the Blues.
Game #4: A’s win game 4, 3-1 behind Eddie Cicotte’s 3 hit complete game.
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Indiana Indians @ Cincinnati Knights
Series Preview: The Indiana Indians visit Glenn Sample Field less than a week after the Cincinnati Knights went to the Hoosier State and participated in the first-ever ‘Battle of I-74’. The teams battle to a series split in the last series before the All-Star break, how would things turn out in the meeting right after?
Game #1: IND 4-5-0, CIN 6-14-1

Mike Scott worked eight and two-thirds innings, allowing five hits and four earned runs, while fanning seven for his seventh win. Five different Knights had multiple hit games and Cincinnati stranded 13 runners in the victory. Ted Williams chipped in with a homer for the winners.

Game #2: IND 1-4-2, CIN 2-5-0

In a pitchers duel, Stephen Strasburg went the distance, allowing a single earned run on four hits and struck out eleven in picking up his fifth win. David Price was brilliant in the loss as well, working eight and two-thirds innings — before Chick Hafey’s double walked it off for the Knights.

Game #3: IND 0-4-0, CIN 4-7-1

Reb Russell tossed a gem for Cincinnati, going eight shutout innings and surrendering three hits and amassing five Ks. Jason Giambi went two-for-three with a double and a pair of runs scored. Indiana suffered a blow when Julio Franco and Mickey Mantle collided on a fly ball in the sixth inning. Franco will miss six games and Mantle will be down nine.

Game #4: IND 1-5-0, CIN 6-8-0

Wilbur Wood’s lone start of the season was masterful. Wood allowed one unearned run in eight innings of work, holding the Indians to five hits and striking out three. Ted Williams paced the offense, going two-for-three with two RBI, a double and a homer.

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Series Summary: Cincinnati sweeps the four game set from Indiana, solidifying its hold on second place in the American League West. Indiana remains in the seventh in the American League East and has to head to Fort Worth for a showdown the the A.L. West leaders next week.
Fort Worth Cats @ Boston Braves
Series Preview: The Fort Worth Cats 52 games over 500 firmly fixed in first place in the American League west pulled into Boston solidly in the AL easts cellar. The Cats blitzkrieged their way to a four game sweep and a 81-25 season record.
Game #1: Justin Verlander held the Braves to 1 run posting his twelfth win. Lee May had two solo round trippers and Frank Chance two hits for the Cats. Dom DiMaggio, Adrian Gonzalez and Tony Conigliaro all had two safeties for the 6-1 losers.
Game #2: Greg Maddux won his fourteenth game in uncharacteristic fashion giving up three run in a 9-4 18 hit rout. Pete Runnels returning to he city where he won two AL batting titles lead the Cats offense with 3 hits Hunter Pence matched his hit total and five others collected two hits. Jeff Cirillo-s two hits and Freddy Sanchez’s 2 run triple were key hits for the Braves.
Game #3: Jim Kaat, one of my personal favorites, won his eleventh game in a 10-7 Cat win despite yielding 12 Brave safeties. Moises Alou ‘s grand slam and three hits each form Keith Hernandez and Willie Keeler were major clogs in the Cats offensive performance. Gabby Hartnett’s three hits, 2 hits each from Bo Jackson and Dom DiMaggio augmented by a Adrian Gonzalez homer fueled the Brave offense.
Game #4: The Fort Worth hit parade continued in a game four in a17-4 23 hit explosion. Moises Alou enjoyed a perfect 4 for 4 day at the plate Frank Homerun Baker and Hunter Pence each had three hit, two of Pence’s were home runs in the Cats batting practice of a game. Tony Conigliaro and Gabby Hartnett each had 2 hits for the Braves. Hartnett’s heroics pushed his season average to .300. When your in the cellar count your blessing even the small ones.
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Series Summary: The Fort Worth Cats sweep of the Braves advanced their admirable record to 81-25 and an apparent strangle hold on first place in the Al West. If they loose the entire rest of their season games the will not fall bel0ow 500. Jarl Jackson has created a superbly constructed and played team as well as possession of one of the LEG’s best senses of humor.
Clockwork Heros @ Coastline Bobcats
Series Preview: Coastline hosts Clockwork in a 4 game series coming out of the All-Star break.

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Game #1: CWH gets on the board in the T2 when Terry 1bs, Wakefield rips an rbi-3b, Schoendienst then plates Wakefield with a rbi-groundout. In the CWH T3 Mathewson 1bs, Santop reaches on a FC, steals 2nd, and scores on a Foster rbi-1b. Foster would then score when Gehrig misplays Ripken’s throw on a Terry grounder. CWH adds 1 more in the T6 on singles by Bradley, Wakefield, and Schoendienst. CWH Mathewson is strong through 6 innings before giving up a solo-HR to Wilson in the B7. CLB M.Williams hits a solo-HR in the B8 to close out the scoring. CWH Tekulve comes on in the B9 to close out the game. Mathewson ends up with 12Ks and goes to 15-3 on the season, Tekulve picks up his 21st save. CLB Swift falls to 9-7 with the loss.

CWH 5, CLB 2

Game #2: CWH jumps on Finley quickly in the T1 when Dykstra bbs, Santop plates him with a H&R rbi-2b, Foster 1bs, and Terry hits a Sac Fly. CWH adds another in the T2 on a Uhle solo-HR. In the B3 CLB Becker hits a solo-HR. But CWH gets the run right back in the T4 with a Bradley solo-HR. CLB Ripken hits a solo-HR in the B4 to bring the score to 4-2 CWH. That’s the way the game would end as both bullpens are strong and close out the game with scoreless innings. CWH Gromek gets the win in relief, Tekulve gets his 22nd save, and CLB Finley falls to 11-4 on the season.

CWH 4, CLB 2

Game #3: CWH opens up the scoring in the T1 again when Wakefield 1bs and Vaughan hits a 2-run HR. In the CWH T3 Vaughan hits a solo-HR, his 2nd of the game. CLB Jenkins hits a 2-run HR in the B6 to bring the game within 1 run. But CWH puts the game away with 3 run in the T8 off CLB ALbers and Marshall with the big hit being a Terry 2-run 2b. CWH adds another in the T9. CLB doesn’t score after the 6th and its another CWH win. CWH Blyleven is strong going 8IP, giving up only 3 hits while fanning 5.
Blyleven goes to 12-4 with the win and Stieb falls to 10-4 with the loss.CWH 7, CLB 2
Game #4: CWH decides to give Kluber a start and he doesn’t disappoint as he goes 7IP giving up only 4 hits and 1 run. Kluber, the 8 graded starter pitches like a 20, while CLB Brown, the 20 grade, pitches like the grade 8. CWH got all the run it would need in the T1 on a Terry 3-run HR. Terry would add another solo-HR in the T3. CWH cruises to a 5-1 win and the sweep. CLB lone run came on a Becker solo-HR in the B6.
CWH Kluber goes to 2-0 with the win and K.Brown is now 10-7 with the loss.CWH 5, CLB 1
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Series Summary: Clockwork solidifies it claim to the best team in the NL with the 4 game sweep over Coastline. Coastline is left wondering what happened to its offense that had done so well against the other pitching rich teams in the NL West. Coastline hopes to have another shot at Clockwork in the playoffs.
Detroit DeLoreans @ Wainwright Wranglers
Series Preview: Battle of a contender and non contender
Game #1: over early as Detroit hammers on Nate Rucker for fpor 7 runs in an inning and a third and cruize to a 12-4 victory
Game #2: Detroit hammers 11 hits off ace Lefty grove and cruise to a 7-3 victory
Game #3: Wainwrights pitching continues to shit the bed as Detroit hammers them again in a 8-4 victory
Game #4: A continuation of the first three games and Wainwright starters all sucking as Detroit cruises to a 6-3 victory
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Series Summary: Pretty easy series to summarize if you get pitching and hit you win if you dont you lose. To frustrated for much of a right up I thought we were better than this going into season. I didnt draft to win this year but thought we be competitive
Fire Lake Segers @  Fantomz Force
Series Preview: The Fire Lake Segers traveled to Force Field to start the second half against the Fantomz Force … Fire Lake won three of four in their meeting just before the all-star break, with the Force hoping to regain some last ground …
Game #1: Game 83 – Ron Guidry ‘83 (6-8) v. Satchel Paige ‘41 (11-7)

Fantomz 4-3 (10): Fire Lake wasted no time scoring, as Vida Pinson scored on Kal Daniels’ 2nd-inning double. The Force tied the game in the 4th on Larry Doby’s longball and inched ahead in the 5th on Gil McDougald’s blast. The Force clung to that 2-1 lead until the 9th inning when Gus Bell deposited a Jeff Russell offering into the right-field seats. The Force tied the game in the bottom half when McDougald doubled home John Stone. In the 10th, Mel Harder, who entered the game to pitch the top half, doubled home Ray Lankford with the winning run.

W – Harder (3-3) L – Morris (4-4)

Game #2: Game 84 – David Cone ‘98 (5-8) v. Gaylord Perry ’74 (9-5)

Fire Lake 5-1: David Cone pitched an excellent eight innings, allowing one run on seven hits while striking out nine. Daniels paced Fire Lake’s offense with a 3-for-3 night, driving in two runs. Eric Davis drove home two 9th-inning runs with a pinch-hit single. Fantomz’s lone run came courtesy of backup catcher Al Lopez’s first home run this season.

W – Cone (6-8) L – Perry (9-6)

Game #3: Game 85 – Eppa Rixey ’28 (3-1) v. Carl Weilman ’14 (6-10)

Fire Lake 5-2: The teams exchanged runs during the 4th inning, then the Segers went ahead in the 5th inning and added two runs during the following frame, highlighted by Tony Perez’s second double. Perez doubled three times and drove home two runs while pinch-hitter and second baseman Dennis Menke went 3-for-3 with two rbi. Rixey allowed one run over five innings for his fourth win.

W – Rixey (4-1) L – Weilman (6-11)

Game #4: Game 84 – Dennis McLean ’68 (6-7) v. Stan Coveleski ‘23 (1-10)

Fire Lake 6-5 (10): The Segers struck first with two 1st-inning runs, but the Force rallied to tie the game Honus Wagner’s two-run triple then moved ahead on Ray Lankford’s two-run 2nd-inning clout. The Segers inched ahead in the 6th inning highlighted by a Menke two-run triple. The Force tied the game in the 8th, but Scott Rolen’s 10th-inning homer run off closer Jeff Russell gave Fire Lake the winning margin.

W – Smoltz (4-2) L – Russell (1-3)

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Series Summary: Fire Lake repeated their earlier series win against Fantomz by taking three of four with Fantomz’ coaching staff left scratching their heads wondering about the ineffectiveness of the bullpen.

Player of the Week nominee: Fire Lake’s Dennis Menke hit 4-for-6 with four rbi.

Pitcher of the Week nominee: Fire Lake’s David Cone, for allowing one run over eight innings for his sixth win and a 73 Game Score.

Virginia Cavaliers @ Hollywood Zombies
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Climax Cougars @ Motown Yankees
Series Preview: 2 bad teams going nowhere, even against each other. Apologies to Nik that we couldn’t once again laugh about our teams futility in person.
Game #1: Van Lingle Mungo is all you need to know – 2-0 Complete Game shutout, with run scoring doubles in the 5th and 6th from Johnny Mize and Harlond Clift …….Wainwright takes the loss to drop to 9-6
Game #2: Greg Harris pitched 5 no-hit innings in relief, and Mel Ott hit a 2 run blast in the top of the 14th to tag 18 rated Addie Joss with his 10th loss of the season. He went all 14 for his trouble.
Game #3: Dave Brown picked up win #10 and Steve Mingori finally shut down a team for an inning to pick up his 4th save. Stan Hack went 3-3 with 2 RBI’s, while Climax managed 4 hits and a single earned run, dropping game 3 4-3.
Game #4: Looked like Motown and Carl Hubbell were looking at a series loss as Climax capitalized on 3 Motown 8th inning errors to plate 2 runs and take a 3 run lead. True to form, Climax gave up 3 between the 8th and 9th, while plating the winning run in the bottom of the 10th. Both teams combined to leave 15 on base.
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Series Summary: True to form – 2 teams with higher hopes continue to tread water on the outside of the playoff picture.
San Tan Valley  Moonrakers @ Nags Head Surf Sox
Series Preview: SAN TAN VALLEY MOONRAKERS (44-37) vs. NAGS HEAD SURF SOX (37-44)

As the 2nd half of the season begins, San Tan Valley looks to avenge a 3-1 series loss to the Sox in the series preceding the All Star break. Nags Head is on their strongest stretch of the season so far, winners of 8 of their last 10.

Game #1: Ed Walsh (3-2 3.38) vs. Cole Hamels (5-5 4.27)

Bottom 2 – Tim McCarver SAC fly scores Giancarlo Stanton with the game’s first run. NH 1-0

Top 3 – After pitcher Ed Walsh gets his first hit of the season, Oscar Charleston clubs a Cole Hamels pitch over the right centerfield fence to put San Tan up 2-1

Bottom 3 – Jimmie Foxx’s 17th home run of the season; NH reclaims the lead 3-2

Bottom 4 – Following a Derek Jeter 2 out single, Cole Hamels collects his first double and RBI of the season – NH 4-2

Top 5 – Gus Triandos’ 4th homerun of the season scores Sherry Magee and ties the game at 4

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Top 10 – NH calls on their ace closer, Francisco Cordero, with a 0.33 ERA and 15 saves, he’s feeling a little slighted for being left off the All Star Team … it all must have gotten into his head because he wasn’t his normal sharp self, walking Charleston and Cedeno to start the inning. Trosky then doubles to score Charlston for a 5-4 Moonraker lead. Vern Stephens then steps to the plate and smacks a double of his own, plating both runners and STV has a 7-4 lead.

Bottom 10 – Sparky Lyle comes in to pitch the 10th for the Moonrakers. Nags Head puts 2 runners on, but Lyle gets HOJO to fly out to end the game and preserve the victory for STV.

Dawson had 3 hits for the Sox. Charleston, Stephens, and Triandos each had a pair of RBIs, and Hadley tosses 3 innings of one hit, shut out, ball to get the win for STV.

STV 7 9 0
SOX 4 11 0
WP – Hadley (7-5)
LP – Cordero (2-2)
S – Lyle (8)

Game #2: Eric Gagne (1-4 5.56) vs. Joaquin Andujar (4-12 5.28)

Top 4 – Bob Elliot’s home run, #10, a solo shot, and Vern Stephens’ 2 run blast, his 21st, put STV up 3-0. Later in the inning, Averill triples and scores on a Piazza RBI single and the Moonrakers lead 4-0

Bottom 4 – Andre Dawson’s solo homerun (#13) puts the Sox on the board

Bottom 5 – Von Hayes’ RBI single scores Gary Carter and cuts the Moonraker lead to 4-2.

Bottom 7 – Gagne, who had pitched well through 6, starts the 7th issuing back to back walks to Samuel and Sandberg. Muddy Harris pulls Gagne for Sparky Lyle. A Kingman RBI single scores Samuel to make it a one run game. Andre Dawson follows with a blast to left, his 2nd homerun of the game, and the Sox are in front 6-4

Charlton tosses a scoreless 8th, and Cordero returns to his dominating self in the 9th to even the series.

Averill and Piazza each had two hits for STV, Dawson led the Sox with 2 homeruns and 4 RBIs

STV 4 7 0
SOX 6 7 0
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Game #3: Randy Johnson (11-3 1.65) vs. Zane Smith (3-1 3.38)

Bottom 1 – The Sox get to Randy Johnson early, Von Hayes picks up a one out single. Jimmie Foxx follows with a rocket to left, a 2 run homerun, #18 on the year, NH 2-0

Top 6 – Zane Smith, masterfully is tossing a one hitter. With 2 outs, Cedeno slugs one to center that goes off Von Hayes’ glove … a 4 base error that cuts the Sox lead in half, 2-1. The error ends Hayes’ 62 game streak without an error. So, what happens on the next play, Trosky smacks one to Hayes … off his glove AGAIN … Trosky makes it to third on the back to back errors on Hayes! Smith does get Stephens to bounce out to end the inning and cling to the one run lead.

Bottom 7 – Gary Carter’s solo homerun gives NH a little breathing room 3-1

Other than a Jimmy Williams single, Smith shuts down the Moonrakers to best Randy Johnson on this afternoon. Both starters go the distance an pitch well – Johnson scatters 5 hits, but 2 are homeruns.

Smith only allows 2 hits and the unearned run, while striking out 5, making a strong claim to a permanent position in the starting rotation.

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Game #4: Rafael Soriano (0-2 5.06) vs. Mike Mussina (6-6 3.61)

Top 3 – Trosky’s RBI single scores Bob Elliott to put the Moonrakers up 1-0

Soriano and Mussina shut down the opponent offenses until the Sox break through in the bottom of the 7th. HOJO draws a walk to start the inning. He steals second. McCarver then skies one to Cedeno in left … Cedeno drops it, putting runners at the corners. Jeter comes to the plate and lines a single to right to score Johnson and tie the game. Dave Kingman is called on to bat for Mussina and he delivers a single to score McCarver and put Nags Head up 2-1. The Moonrakers will use Lyle and Garrelts in the inning, but when the dust clears 7 Sox runs score, the big hit, an Andre Dawson 3 run double. 7-1 Sox after 7.

Top 8 – with a 6 run lead, Mitch Williams makes his LEG debut … and it goes about as well as you would expected … Wild Thing does manage to get one out, but he allows 4 hits and a run before leaving with the bases loaded. Charlton comes in to face the left-handed hitting Earl Averill. Averill flies out to left, scoring Elliot, before Charlton retires the side. NH 7-3

Bottom 8 – Mike Marshall’s first LEG homerun, a solo shot, puts NH up 8-3

Dan Quisenberry tosses a scoreless 9th to preserve the Sox victory.
The top 4 in the STV lineup get two hits each in this one, Trosky adds a pair of RBIs, Elliot scores twice. Dawson’s 3 RBIs, and Mussina’s 7 inning, 5 hit 1 run effort lead the home team.

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Iowa Giants @ West Michigan Retrogrades
Series Preview: With the All-Star break in view, the red-hot West Michigan Retrogrades (48-33) host the Iowa Giants (29-52) in a four game series.
Game #1: The second half of the season got off to a rough start for Iowa in the bottom of the 1st when leadoff hitter Heavy Johnson “hit a drive deep to left field carrying and BELL ’27 makes a great catch and slams into the wall! But he has the ball in his mitt! for out number one. BELL ’27’s down and it doesn’t look good. He’s shaken up and he won’t be able to continue let’s hope he returns soon for the GIANTS sake and he gets a big hand from the crowd. The report from the clubhouse… the GIANTS left fielder James Cool Papa BELL ’27 injured for 14 days.
Luckily, the Giants had Bob Feller on the mound, who for 6 innings nearly single-handedly beat the Retrogrades.
West Michigan got the scoring starting in the second when Adrian Beltre doubled in Max Carey.
The Giants tied the game in the top of the third when Christian Yelich doubled in Chet Lemon. Then they took the lead in the fifth when Bob Feller smashed a hanging Curt Davis curveball into the leftfield stands.
The Retrogrades tied the game in the bottom of the sixth when Robinson Cano doubled home Bobby Veach.
Feller was at again in the seventh when he blasted another pitch over the wall, this time in center, to put the Giants ahead.
Goose Gossage took over for Feller in the seventh but he ran into trouble in the eighth when Heavy Johnson turned around a 99 MPH fastball and smoked it over the fence in left.
A tired Goosage gave way to Tom Niedenfeuer in the bottom of the 9th. Niedenfeuer, unfortunately for the Giants, was channeling the 1985 playoffs and served up a cock shot to Max Carey, who drilled it into the right field stands for the walk-off game winning home run!
FINAL SCORE : GIANTS 3, RETROGRADES 4
Game #2: The Retrogrades jumped on the Giant’s Dizzy Dean early when Robinson Cano launched a 3-run homer in the second inning. That’s all the support Urban Shocker would need in his seven innings of work. West Michigan would tag on three more runs in the next three innings with RBI from George Sisler, Adrian Beltre, and Heavy Johnson. Duke Snider and Tommy Davis each had three hits a piece.
FINAL SCORE : GIANTS 1, RETROGRADES 6
Game #3: West Michigan got the bats going early, tagging Iowa for four runs in the first, to cruise to victory. Bill Dickey hit a big home run in the first inning. Tommy Davis added a homer of his own later. Adrian Beltre and Bobby Wallace had three hits a piece. Willie Foster pitched seven inning, only giving up one earned run for the victory to lower his season ERA to 2.62.
FINAL SCORE : GIANTS 1, RETROGRADES 10
Game #4: The story of this game was Hal Schumacher, who pitched a complete game shutout, scattering 7 hits, striking out five and improving his season record to 11-3. More than that, Schumacher was also the best hitter in this contest, going 2-3 and hitting his fourth home run of the season. He also improved his batting average to .349. If LEG had a Silver Slugger award, he’d be in the running for the NL honor.
FINAL SCORE : GIANTS 0, RETROGRADES 2
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Series Summary: West Michigan sweeps Iowa with two games being close and two games being lopsided. Player of the Week candidates would be Hal Schumacher with his complete game shutout (SC 74) while going 2 for 3 with a homer. Iowa’s Joe Morgan should be considered for POW for his 6-17 series with two SBs.
Iowa now sits at 29-56; West Michigan is 52-33.
Pigtown Bombers @ Hoboken Zephyrs
Series Preview: Pigtown travels to Hoboken to carry us into the All-Star break.
Game #1: Noodles Hahn was brilliant scattering 8 hits over 8 innings. Hahn improved his record to 13-6, 1.61era. Roy Halladay got roughed taking an early third-inning exit. His record dropped to 3-3, 6.52era. Stan Spence and Frank Duncan had 3 knocks each, Jud Wilson a two-run blast and Noodles drove in 3 to help his own cause as the Zephyrs routed the Bombers.
Hoboken 9 Pigtown 1
Game #2: Red Faber twirled a lovely two-hitter allowing a late solo blast to Benny Kauff. Faber’s record improved to 10-6, 2.25era. Eddie Stanky went 3 for 3 scoring 3 runs out of the leadoff spot for Hoboken. Stan Spence chipped in two hits and two rbis. Jim Abbott’s record dropped to 2-12, 3.45era.
Hoboken 5 Pigtown 1
Game #3: Hoboken was able to take a wild seesaw victory in 10 innings. Pigtown was led by Bobby Grich and Manny Ramirez both with two-run homers. Ewell Blackwell earned the win in long relief improving his record to3-7, 3.65era. Jeff Heath led the Zephyrs with 4 rbis and Bill Dahlen had 3 hits.
Hoboken 8 Pigtown 7 10 innings
Game #4: Joe McGinnity made Hank Greenberg’s first inning two-run blast hold up. McGinnity allowed just one earned over 7 innings; a solo shot by Frank Duncan. McGinnity’s record improved to 9-7, 3.93era as John Franco came on to earn his 4th save. Jud Wilson also chipped in a solo homer for Hoboken. Tom Seaver, working on long rest, took an early exit. Seaver’s record dropped to 12-4, 3.30era.
Pigtown 4 Hoboken 2
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Series Summary: Hoboken took 3 of 4 from a struggling Bomber outfit. The Zephyrs leaned heavily on their 1-2 punch of Noodles Hahn and Red Faber to take the first two games. Pigtown escaped a sweep behind Joe McGinnity’s strong outing in Game 4.