2020 PLAYOFFS – LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN – WORLD SERIES

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Fort Worth Cats @ Clockwork Heros
Series Preview: Played over Zoom – March 19th, 2021 Jarl for the AL Cats Ken for the NL Heros
The Fort Worth Cats won 109 games in the AL to lead the league. Clockwork tied for first in the NL with 112 wins. Fort Worth had two of the best starters in the set with Verlander(23-5) and Maddux (23-3) and Kaat 21-4) vs Matheson(28-7) and Blyleven(26-7) and Donovan(11-4). During the year Clockwork was 3rd in fielding, 2nd in pitching, and lead NL in runs scored at 737. Fire cats scored 727 runs with the leagues’ best average, league average fielding, and best pitching for the AL. Vegas figured Clockwork in 7 games, as their power of 167 homers without the DH to 100 with the Dh seems big in a series.
Game #1: Well, what happened in the season was not on point in game 1. The fire cats hit Matheson so hard he was downgraded in the 3rd. Keller 3 hits, Butts triple Runnels triple, 18 hits off the clockwork Heros had never been done all year. Verlander was good enough 3 runs 1 earned in 6 innings for the win. Ft Worth 8 Clockwork 3. W-Verlander (4-2) L-Matheson (4-3) – Manger quotes Ken “Wow not seen that many hits vs my pitching all year, 18 wows…” Jarl “as long as the team did not use up all the hits in game 1 we should be good.
Game #2: Blyleven and Maddux were pitching well but the Cats got a run in the 4th off of Bert to take 1-0 lead. But Terry got hurt and Torgersen came in and hit a solo homer then Mr clutch Davy Lopes hits a 3 run shocker in the 5th off of the Brave Hall of Famer! Clockwork up 4-1 after 5. With Blyleven in the dugout Tekulve tried to save the 4-1 game a double and Van Slyke triple made it 4-3 with 1 out up Tekulve took a deep breath and held the runner on 3rd. Clockwork 4 Ft worth 3. W-Blyleven(4-1)Tekulve S (4) L- Maddux(4-1)
Game #3: Now AL rules and the DH. Terry out till game 7. Matheson gets the call and is back to normal 1 run in 8 innings just 3 hits but one a solo shot by Alou. Kaat did great too 2 runs in 7.2 innings. In a questionable move game and a 2-1 game Tekulve came in for the save but allowed 2 runners but held on., 2-1 Clockwork. W_Matheson(5-3) L-Kaat(1-2) S-Tekulve(5)
Game #4: Verlander again was not great he allowed a George Foster 2 run homer and 2 errors lead to 3 move runs as he allowed 5 runs in 3 innings. Donovan for Clockwork was solid 1 in 6. Gromek allowed two runs in the 8th but Tekluve locked it down with bases loaded. Clockwork 6 Cats 3 w-Donovan(2-1) S-Tekulve(6) L-Verlander(4-3)
Game #5: Down 3 to 1 at homer Greg Maddux gets the call. He was up 3-0 as Singleton, Oliver, and Hernandez scored with Keeler getting 2 huge ribs. But Maddux again gives up the 3 run homer this time to Bradley big power guy from the first decade of the 20th century, game tied 3-3. Clockwork using its depth asked School Boy Rowe to keep the game tied, Eckersley got the extra-inning role for Ft Worth. the game was still tied into the 12 Eck out and Root in but he allowed a rbi triple to Lewis scoring Wakefield. Clockwork leads 4-3 and with Tekulve tired Rowe was asked to pitch 4.1 innings to win the World Series as he got Pence, Butts, and Keeler to hold on to the win. Clockwork 4 Ft Worth 3 W-Rowe(1-0) L-Root(0-2)
Series Summary: Can’t ask for more than the two best teams to meet and play the World Series but Clockworks’ depth in pitching, Difference, and Power made the difference. Jarls’ team was great but as he thought maybe he used too much of his hitting to win game 1, a clutch 2 out hits weren’t there in the next 4 games.
Playoff stats
Saves-Tekulve (CWH)leads with 6 (3 in World Series)
Wins- Matheson(CWH) 5
Runs -Santop (CWH) 15, Keller (FWC) 14
RBIs – Terry(CWH) 15 Lopes(CWH) 15
Hits – Keeler (FWC) 28
Homers: Lopes(CWH) 7
Team Clockwork had better playoff fielding .991 to .981, runs allowed 65 to 64 in one more game, 93 to 86 in runs scored but did play 1 more game the Ft. Worth. Ft Worth had the highest hitting average .257 to .223 but Clockwork outhomered the Cats 19-5 in the playoffs.
Davy Lopes’s 7 homers and 15 RBIs in the playoffs should make him MVP. His 3 run homer off Greg Maddux changed the series.

2020 PLAYOFFS – AMERICAN LEAGUE – LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

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Cincinnati Knights @ Fort Worth Cats
Series Preview: Cincinnati and Ft. Worth battled all year in the wild wild West in the American League as the Cats won the division by only two games over the Knights and the Salmonbellies. Ft. Worth and Cincinnati were the top two home teams in the AL and the Knights were the 2nd best road team.

The two teams were ranked one-two for team batting average and team ERA with the Cats having a slight advantage on the pitching side and the Knights having a large advantage in home runs (232-100)

The two teams split the season series 7 games to 7 games.

Game #1: Back and forth game. The Cats go up 2-0 behind RBI doubles by Pete Runnels and Keith Hernandez, but then Monte Irvin tied the game with a 2-run blast in the top of the 5th. Ft. Worth went back in front when Moises Alou singled home Hernandez in the bottom of the 6th, but the Knights Ted Williams tied the game again with an RBI double in the 7th. The two teams stayed tied into extra innings where Lee May walked it off for the Cats with a pinch-hit home run.

Final Score: Cats 4, Knights 3

Game #2: Scoreless game until one out in the top of the 4th when Ival Goodman tripled home Sal Bando for Cincinnati. However, the Knights couldn’t get Goodman home as he was thrown out on a fielder’s choice for the 2nd out of the inning. One inning later the Knights were able to get to Ft. Worth starter Justin Verlander on an RBI single by Joe Sewell followed by a two-run homer by Ted Williams. Verlander left after giving up a lead-off walk to Ray Grimes, who later came around to score and Cincinnati was in control 5-0. Ft. Worth made it a game in the bottom of the 6th. Peewee Butts singled home two to give the hometown crowd some hope and they got really excited after an RBI double by Willie Keeler made it a one-run game. Insurance runs in the 8th and 9th off a homerun by Grimes and an RBI triple by Sewell preserved the victory.

Final Score: Knights 7, Cats 4

Game #3: Home run Baker hammered a two-run shot with one out in the top of the 2nd and Cincinnati quickly tied the game with single runs in the 2nd and 3rd innings on an RBI single by Lou Whitaker and Grimes. Ken Singleton put Ft. Worth in front for good with a 2 run homer of his own in the 6th a couple of insurance runs and a strong bullpen put the Cats up two games to one in the ALCS.

Final Score: Cats 6, Knights 2

Game #4: The Cats won game four easily behind 14 hits including 5 doubles thanks in part to another strong pitching performance by Jim Kaat and two relievers.

Final Score: Cats 7, Knights 1

Game #5: With their backs against the wall, Cincinnati struck first in the bottom of the first with RBI hits by Bill Freehand and Sal Bando to go up 2-0. A run-scoring error and a single by Keeler tied the game in the 6th for the Cats, but a double by Ted Williams in the bottom of 6th gave back the lead to Cincinnati for good and the Knight’s bullpen shut the door on the Ft. Worth bats to stay alive going back to Cowtown for game 6.

Final Score: Knights 3, Cats 2

Game #6: The Cats scored first on a triple by Keeler in the first and the Knights tied the game in the 4th off a hit by Ray Grimes, “The runners take their lead … he cranks and fires … line drive base hit … right field WILLIAMS ’41 scores … tie game … PENCE ’11 fields the ball … FREEHAN ’67’s around third they’re waving FREEHAN ’67 in here comes the throw home … here’s the play at the plate … and he’s … out!…just missed getting in … go to town, CATS! they cut off the go-ahead run!” Both starting pitchers battled keeping the game tied at 1 as they both pitch 9 and a third. We went to extra innings again and hometown Cats provided more theatrics in the 10th. Butts lead off with a double and one out later Keith Hernandez walked the game and the series off with a pinch-hit single.

Final Score: Cats 2, Knights 1

Series Summary: The Cats go to the LEG World Series courtesy of two walk-off wins by Lee May and Keith Hernandez and two strong starts by ALCS MVP, Greg Maddux, who went 1-0 with a 1.76 ERA in 15.1 innings pitched.

2020 PLAYOFFS – NATIONAL LEAGUE – LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

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Hoboken Zephyrs @ Clockwork Heros
Series Preview: Two of the best pitching teams in the league go at it. Clockwork had more depth but Hoboken has even higher grade A starters. Clockworks hitting is a little better but in a short series, depth doesn’t mean much… Vegas says this one going 7 and it’s even money. Joel and I tried all day to connect on Zoom but could not match up. So I gave up and played traditional micros.
Game #1: Blyleven did not have it as Hoboken hit him for 4 runs in 4 plus innings as Collins Stanky and Heath came through. Hahn was great for Hoboken and shutdown the Heros to just 3 hits. 4-0 Hoboken
Game #2: Faber gives up 3 runs early Arky Vaughn and Terry drive in runs. With CY Young-winning Matheson on the mound, it’s over as he allows 5 singles and doubles in the 3-0 Clockwork win. On a nightmare note, Eddie Stanky gets hurt for 11 days so likely Stirweiss gets the call at 2B for Hoboken
Game #3: Jered Weaver was strong holding the Clockwork offense to just two earned runs in a complete-game victory. Weaver ran his playoff record to 3-0, 3.00era. Jim Bottomley led the Hoboken attack with 3 hits along with Jeff Heath and Stan Spence each chipping in two hits. George Foster was the Hero leader with two hits including a double and an RBI.
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Game #4: The Clockwork offense was running on all cylinders in Game 4. Bill Terry started the scoring with a 3-run triple in the 1st frame. The game was tied at 4 heading into the 8th inning when Bill Bradley touched off a clutch grand slam to double the Hero lead. Arky Vaughan doubled and homered scoring three times while driving in two. Lenny Dykstra also provided 3 hits in the leadoff slot. Bert Blyleven earned his third postseason win in a solid outing.
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Game #5: The Clockwork offense remained red hot scoring 9 runs; led by two-run blasts by George Foster and Davey Lopes. Cy Young winner, Christy Mathewson, was brilliant holding the Zephyrs to just one earned run on three hits. Mathewson also chipped in two RBIs while earning his fourth playoff win.
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Game #6: Clockwork bats woke up in games 4 and 5 in Hoboken as Clockwork was up 3 games to 2 heading home. Hoboken sent Seaver and Clockwork big three are tired so Uhle got the call he’s an 18 and threw a no-hitter this year, so Hero depth came up in the NL LCS.

Seaver did not have his best stuff as Clockwork bats got 8 hits and 4 runs off the Hall of Famer in 6 innings including an Arky Vaughn homer, Terry drove in 2 as well. Lopes hit a homer off Derringer and Clockwork scored 6 runs. On the other side yikes. Uhle had a no-hitter into the 8th, Duncan broke it up. In the 9th Yost walked and health double him in by Tekulve got Spence as Clockwork won 6-1

Series Summary: Clockwork bats were better than Hoboken and they came through in games 4, 5, and 6. Hero fans will be hoping the bats stay hot in the world series. Joels Zephyrs had a great year and that starting pitching was amazing. Heath was their best hitter at .298 in the playoffs but it wasn’t enough.
Series MVP Matheson 2-0 with 1 run in 17 innings for Clockwork,

2020 PLAYOFFS – NATIONAL LEAGUE – DIVISION SERIES ROUND

Hoboken Zephyrs @ Detroit DeLoreans
Series Preview: This series is a battle between the two divisional runners-up. Detroit comes in a pretty solid favorite with their 106 regular wins compared to Hoboken’s 90. Detroit will be leaning on the offensive prowess of Ripper Collins and Nap Lajoie while the Zephyrs rely heavily on their pitching staff led by Noodles Hahn and Red Faber.
Game #1: Game 1 proved to be a pitching duel between Jered Weaver and Hippo Vaughn. Hoboken scored single runs in the 2nd and 3rd frames and Weaver made them hold up. Weaver started the scoring in the second with a clutch rbi single to left-center. Jeff Heath doubled the lead in the 3rd with a solo blast to deep right field, his second home run of the post-season. Ripper Collins hit a solo shot in the bottom of the 8th but Weaver’s beautiful 4-hitter would prevail.
Hoboken 2 Detroit 1
Game #2: Lefty Tyler was outdueling Hoboken ace, Noodles Hahn, taking a 2-1 lead into the 8th frame. The Zephyr offense woke up for three runs in the 8th led by a clutch two-run triple from Jim Bottomley. The Delorean offense was led by Nap Lajoie’s two doubles and Joe Cronin’s two-hit out of the leadoff spot. Hahn pitched just well enough to win with Bryan Harvey coming on for a six-out save, his second of the post-season. Hahn earned his first playoff win after taking two losses in Round 1 against West Michigan.
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Game #3: As the series shifted to Hoboken, the Zephyr fanbase hoped to see their beloved team earn a trip to the NLCS without the series going back to Detroit. Johnny Schmitz pitched brilliantly allowing only six Hoboken baserunners the entire game. Jeff Heath and Eddie Stanky provided early-inning rbi singles to give the Zephyrs a 2-0 lead after 3 innings. This proved to be all support Red Faber would need as he masterfully shut down Detroit in a four-hit shutout. Faber earned his third playoff victory staking Hoboken to a commanding 3-0 series lead.
Hoboken 2 Detroit 0
Game #4: The raucous Hoboken faithful saw their beloved first-round pick, Tom Seaver, take the mound for Game 4. There was great apprehension among Zephyrs fans that Seaver was pitching on too much rest. Their fears would soon be dispelled. Nap Lajoie gave the Deloreans a 1-0 lead in the third with an RBI double. Nap went 3 for 4 with two doubles as Detroit’s clear offensive star for the series. Stan Spence hit a two-run blast in the bottom of the frame to take away the short-lived Detroit lead. Curt Flood and Tom Seaver added solo bombs to secure a 4-1 victory for Seaver, his first post-season win. Seaver allowed just 6 hits and zero earned in the complete game.
Hoboken 4 Detroit 1
Series Summary: The Hoboken team is built on pitching and the pitchers showed up for this series. They allowed just 5 runs and 21 hits over the four games.
Hoboken Zephyrs @ Clockwork Heros
Series Preview: Two of the best pitching teams in the league go at it. Clockwork had more depth but Hoboken has even higher grade A starters. Clockworks hitting is a little better but in a short series, depth doesn’t mean much.. Vegas says this one going 7 and it’s even money. Joel and I tried all day to connect on Zoom but could not match up. So I gave up and played traditional micros.
Game #1: Blyleven did not have it as Hoboken hit him for 4 runs in 4 plus innings as Collins Stanky and Heath came through. Hahn was great for Hoboken and shutdown the Heros to just 3 hits. 4-0 Hoboken
Game #2: Faber gives up 3 runs early Arky Vaughn and Terry drive in runs. With CY Young-winning Matheson on the mound, it’s over as he allows 5 singles and doubles in the 3-0 Clockwork win. On a nightmare note, Eddie Stanky gets hurt for 11 days so likely Stirweiss gets the call at 2B for Hoboken
Game #3: Jered Weaver was strong holding the Clockwork offense to just two earned runs in a complete-game victory. Weaver ran his playoff record to 3-0, 3.00era. Jim Bottomley led the Hoboken attack with 3 hits along with Jeff Heath and Stan Spence each chipping in two hits. George Foster was the Hero leader with two hits including a double and an RBI.
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Game #4: The Clockwork offense was running on all cylinders in Game 4. Bill Terry started the scoring with a 3-run triple in the 1st frame. The game was tied at 4 heading into the 8th inning when Bill Bradley touched off a clutch grand slam to double the Hero lead. Arky Vaughan doubled and homered scoring three times while driving in two. Lenny Dykstra also provided 3 hits in the leadoff slot. Bert Blyleven earned his third postseason win in a solid outing.
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Game #5: The Clockwork offense remained red hot scoring 9 runs; led by two-run blasts by George Foster and Davey Lopes. Cy Young winner, Christy Mathewson, was brilliant holding the Zephyrs to just one earned run on three hits. Mathewson also chipped in two RBIs while earning his fourth playoff win.
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Game #6: Clockwork bats woke up in games 4 and 5 in Hoboken as Clockwork was up 3 games to 2 heading home. Hoboken sent Seaver and Clockwork big three are tired so Uhle got the call he’s an 18 and threw a no-hitter this year, so Hero depth came up in the NL LCS.

Seaver did not have his best stuff as Clockwork bats got 8 hits and 4 runs off the Hall of Famer in 6 innings including an Arky Vaughn homer, Terry drove in 2 as well. Lopes hit a homer off Derringer and Clockwork scored 6 runs. On the other side yikes. Uhle had a no-hitter into the 8th, Duncan broke it up. In the 9th Yost walked and health double him in by Tekulve got Spence as Clockwork won 6-1

Series Summary: Clockwork bats were better than Hoboken and they came through in games 4, 5 and 6. Hero fans will be hoping the bats stay hot in the world series. Joels Zephyrs had a great year and that starting pitching was amazing. Heath was their best hitter at .298 in the playoffs but it wasn’t enough.
Series MVP Matheson 2-0 with 1 run in 17 innings for Clockwork,

2020 PLAYOFFS – AMERICAN LEAGUE – DIVISION SERIES ROUND

Cincinnati Knights @ Jack Street Hustlers
Series Preview: The American League season is into its semifinal round and the #2 seeded Jack Street Hustlers, champions of the East Division, welcome the #3 seed and West Division runners up, the Cincinnati Knights for a best-of-seven series.
Game #1: CIN 4-10-0, JSH 0-3-0

Dazzy Vance scattered three hits in a complete-game shutout, that featured eleven strikeouts. Jason Giambi’s two-run homer in the eighth extended, and sealed, the win. Ted Williams delivered three hits in the winning cause.

Game #2: CIN 3-8-2, JSH 0-4-3

Johan Santana extended Cincinnati’s pitching brilliance at Jack Street with a four-hit complete game. Lou Whitaker came up with three hits for the Knights, while Ival Goodman’s fourth-inning homer ended the scoring in this one.

Game #3: JSH 5-7-0, CIN 1-7-0

Home field disadvantage continued as the series moved to Cincinnati. Jack Street collected a 5-1 win behind a pair of homers from Bob Meusel. Mark McGwire added a two-run homer in the third inning for the Hustlers, who built a 4-0 lead early and held on.

Bill Byrd got the win, working seven-and-a-third and allowing just a single run. Cincinnati now leads the series, two games to one.

Game #4: CIN 3-8-1, JSH 2-4-0

Reb Russell fired seven-and-two-thirds innings, allowing three hits and a pair of runs to give Cincinnati a 3-2 win and a three games to one edge in the series. Ted Williams delivered three hits and Sal Bando cracked a pair of doubles that netted two RBI for the Knights.

Joe Medwick homered for Jack Street, which rallied late in the game. Ryan Madson locked down the game in the ninth inning for the save.

Game #5: JSH 9-12-0, CIN 1-3-0

Facing elimination, Jack Street turned to Dan Haren and he delivered five innings of one-hit baseball and the bullpen locked it down in the 9-1 win.

Rogers Hornsby delivered a pair of hits, including a two-run homer to pace the attack. Dazzy Vance, who controlled game one, barely made it through five innings and surrendered five earned runs.

Ted Simmons collected a double and triple for the Hustlers, who inched closer to getting back in the series, three games to two.

Game #6: CIN 6-11-0, JSH 4-8-0 (12 innings)

The series moved for the final time to Jack Street. Ival Goodman’s two-run homer in the top of the 12th inning proved to be the final runs in the 6-4 Cincinnati win, that advances the Knights to the A.L. Championship series.

The extra session was forced when Edgar Martinez doubled to left-center in the bottom of the ninth with two outs and was thrown out at third trying to stretch it into a triple.

Ted Williams and Bill Freehan each homered and delivered a pair of hits to the Cincinnati charge.

Series Summary: Cincinnati heads to the American League Championship Series against either Fort Worth or Purry, next week.

This was a great series and congratulations to Joe for a GREAT first season. The Hustlers gave a great effort all season and should be commended on claiming the East Division championship! It was fun to play this head-to-head, as we figured out how to get TeamViewer to work.

Purry Cowpokes @ Fort Worth Cats
Series Preview: Round 2 LEG AL playoffs Purry vs Ft. Worth
Both teams won their first-round series 3 games to 2.
Game #1: Back-to-back doubles by Lee May and Ken Singleton in the 2nd inning gave the Cats 1-0 lead. Ft. Worth got another run in the 5th when Keith Hernandez doubled with two outs coming around to score on a single by Alou. The Cats added another insurance run the next inning on a throwing error by Jake Weimer. Thanks to a strong pitching performance Greg Maddux and a trio of relievers the Cat’s held on to take game 1.

Final Cats 3, Cowpokes 0

Game #2: Purry started the scoring in this one by scoring on a bases-loaded no-out double-play grounder, in the 2nd but Ft. Worth quickly tied in the bottom half when Hernandez singled home Willie Keeler who had led off the inning with a single. The Cowpokes chased Jim Kaat from the game in the 5th starting with back-to-back homers by Saer and Bailey. After a single by Walker Ricky Henderson tripled him home and Kaat went to the dugout. A sac fly followed and the line for Kaat and the game was basically over for the Cats.

Final Cowpokes 5, Cats 1

Game #3: Back-to-back homers by Rickey Henderson and Tris Speaker put Purry into the lead after 3 innings 2 to 1. The Cat’s speed helped them retake the lead in the 5th off a couple of hit and run plays and an infield single by Willie Keeler. A throwing error by Home Run Baker allowed the Cowpokes to tie the game in 7th, but the Cats were still able to prevail thanks to a two-out RBI-single by Pete Runnels in the 8th.

Final Cats 4, Cowpokes 3

Game #4: Ft. Worth jumped ahead 5-0 through five innings with lots of singles and a couple of well-placed doubles and cruised to victory behind starter Justin Verlander and a trio of relievers to mop it up.

Final Cats 6, Cowpokes 3

Game #5: A great pitching duel between Ted Double Duty Radcliffe and Greg Maddux, who both went 8 innings plus. The only scoring occurred in the 5th, “* P. RUNNELS ’60 facing T. RADCLIFFE ’30, T 5th, 1 Out, Bases Loaded, Tied 0-0 COWPOKES playing for the double play … the runners take their lead … now the pitch
fisted to right by RUNNELS ’60 … and it falls in front of SPEAKER ’22 … BAKER ’19 scores
ALLEY ’68’s rounding third … KEELER ’04’s around second they’re waving ALLEY ’68 in
they’re sending KEELER ’04 to third also … the throw goes home … here’s the play at the plate … and he’s … out by inches! … go to town, COWPOKES! they cut off the run! … and the aggressive baserunning does not pay off” Outstanding performances by both starters, but the difference was some really nifty double plays turned by the Cats infielders. Keith Hernandez may be one of the top defensive first basemen of all time. A bit of controversy in the bottom of the 9th as pinch-runner Brady Anderson stole 2nd with one out and although he had a big lead was thrown out at third for the 2nd out of the inning. Team officials have not said if Anderson went on his own or was sent by the third base coach. With the bases empty Cats closer Dennis Eckersley finished of the Cowpokes as Ft. Worth took game 5 and the series.

Final Score Cats 1, Cowpokes 0

Series Summary: Cats win the three games in Purry to take the series 4 games to 1. A very competitive series where Cats seemed to get the key hits and turn the key defensive double plays when they needed it most.

Cats head to the ALCS to face off against division rivals Cincinnati Knights

2020 PLAYOFFS – AMERICAN LEAGUE – WILD CARD ROUND

Lewisberry Country Blumpkins vs Jack Street Hustlers
Series Preview: #7 seed Lewisberry (82-80) and 3rd in the AL East take on #2 seed Jack Street (90-72) and AL East division winner. Lewisberry had the better of Jack Street during the season, taking 8 of the 14 games played and winning 4 of the 7 at each ball park.

This game was played over TeamViewer.

Game #1: Game 1 matches Orel Hershiser 18-12 with a 3.38 ERA during the regular season for Lewisberry against Dan Haren 11-14 with a 3.99 ERA.

After Haren sent down the visitors in order, the Hustlers got on the board quickly. Back to back doubles by the 1 and 2 hitters, Edgar Martinez and Rogers Hornsby and the homestanders were up 1-0. The loaded the bases in that first inning, but Hershiser shut them down before any other damage could occur.

Jack Street put another on the board in the third when Ducky Medwick led off the inning with a home run to put them up 2-0 after 3.

In the 5th, Lewisberry dented the scoreboard. After a leadoff walk to the Babe, Maury Wills executed a perfect hit and run to send Ruth to third. Wade Boggs was the next hitter. He grounded out to Hornsby to score Ruth and make it a 2-1 game.

Jack Street and their all or nothing offense got that run back in the bottom half of the 5th. Edgar Martinez led off the inning with a solo blast. Giving them back their 2 run edge at 3-1.

That’s the way it stayed until the 9th. Hershiser ended up going 6 and giving up 5 hits, 3 runs, 5 walks and 4 strikeouts. Haren was a little better, as he went 7 and gave up 4 hits, 1 run, a walk and 2 strikeouts.

In the top of the 9th with Brad Hand on the mound, Bernie Williams lined a single through the right side of the infield. Freddie Freeman dribbled one that the defense couldn’t get to in time to put runners on 1st and 2nd with no one out. With Freeman being the tying run, Bob brought in Mookie Betts to run. Babe Ruth was the next hitter and you could sense the fear from the fans in the stadium. Ruth popped out to Hornsby for the first out. That ended the day for Hand. Hustler closer Jeff Brantley was brought in to close the door. Maury Wills was the next batter, but he was lifted for pinch hitter Gil Hodges. Hodges grounded out to short, but the runners moved up. Justin Turner was next up. Turner popped one down the left field line that no one could get to, tying the game and leaving him on 2nd as the go ahead run. BJ Surhoff was the next batter. He flew out to right to end the inning and send the game to the bottom of the 9th.

Trevor Hoffman was brought in to handle the 9th. Hoffman got leadoff hitter Ted Simmons to ground to 2b. Dick Bartell was then lifted for Larry “no hassle” Hisle. Hisle did his job, sending one back up the middle and into center field. Bernie Williams had the ball skip by him and Hisle ended up on 2nd. Edgar Martinez, the next hitter, then singled to right. Betts picked up the ball as Hisle was sent careening towards the plate. The throw, the catch, the tag . . . too late. Jack Street takes the game 4-3.

For Lewisberry, it was 3 runs on 7 hits and no errors. Jack Street tallied 4 runs on 8 hits and no errors. Jeff Brantley picks up the win in relief and Hoffman the loss. Edgar Martinez was the offensive hero, driving in the winning run and going 3-4 with a double, a homer, 2 runs and 2 rbi.

Game #2: Trying to even the series, Lewisberry sends Josh Beckett 8-11 with a 4.51 ERA during the season against Bill Byrd 13-9 with a 4.12 ERA.

Lewisberry gets on the board first in this one in the second innings. Freddie Freeman led off with a double off the wall. Babe Ruth followed with a double of his own for the 1-0 lead. After a Maury Wills flyout, Wade Boggs singled to right. The 3rd base coach had the windmill churning for Ruth, but Medwick ended the story at the plate cutting off the 2nd run. Surhoff popped out to end the inning.

In the bottom of the 2nd, David Justice led off with a single. Palmeiro then flew out to left bringing up JD Drew. Drew lined one into the corner in right, scoring Justice and ending up on 3rd with a triple. Ted Simmons then pulled one through the hole on the left side scoring Drew and giving the Hustlers a 2-1 lead.

The Blumpkins got to Byrd in the 4th. Freddie Freeman led off the innings with a triple. Babe Ruth followed with a double, tying the score at 2. The next hitter, Maury Wills, lined one to right center and it went OVER THE WALL. Let’s do a little checking on Wills in 1963 and how many homers he hit. . . hmmm none. But he hit one here to give Lewisberry a 4-2 lead.

They pushed another across in the 5th. Lou Brock (the Jack Street manager’s all time favorite player) led off with a walk. Moved to 2nd on a ground out. Stole third and scored on a ground out by Bernie Williams. 5-2 Lewisberry.

In the bottom of the 7th, down 5-2, Beckett got Hisle, pinch hitting for Dick Bartell, to ground out to lead off the inning and bring up the top of the order. It worked the way it is supposed to for Jack Street. Edgar Martinez singled, Hornsby walked, Ducky Medwick singled to load the bases and bring up the AL home run champ, Mark McGwire. He did what he is paid to do, blasting a grand slam over Bernie Williams’ head and giving them a 6-5 lead. Beckett composed himself and struck out David Justice before Raffy Palmeiro walked to send Beckett to the showers with a line of 6 2/3 IP, 11 H, 6 ER, 3 BB and 5 K. Steve Kline came on in relief and walked Drew then Simmons to load the bases for Larry Hisle getting his 2nd ab as a pinch hitter. 2nd trip was as effective as the first as he grounds to shortstop to end the inning. 6-5 Jack Street lead heading to the 8th.

Bernie Williams led off the 8th with a single and stole second, but the bullpen got Hodges, Ruth and Wills to end the inning.

In the bottom half, Tyler Clippard is sent to the hill. He gets Martinez and Hornsby before Medwick singles bringing up Big Mac again. He does what he does and Jack Street has two more runs.

Jeff Brantley is brought in for the save and gets them 1-2-3 for a Jack Street winner.

Lewisberry picks up 5 runs on 9 hits and no errors. Jack Street 8 runs on 13 hits with no errors. Pat Neshek picks up the win, Brantley the save and Josh Beckett shoulders the loss.

Hitting stars of the game – Mark McGwire 3-4 with 2 homers, a walk, 2 runs and 6 rbis and Ducky Medwick 5-5 with a double, a triple and 2 runs.

Game #3: The series shifts to Lewisberry with the Country Blumpkins trying to claw their way back. Tom Glavine 17-6 with a 3.46 ERA climbs the hill for Jack Street to face Babe Ruth 10-19 with a 3.20 ERA.

Nothing doing in the first as both teams go in order. In the top of the 2nd, McGwire led off the inning with his third straight homer. Bob Meusel singled, Larry Hisle homered. Ted Simmons then popped one to the infield that no one caught. Drew and Bartell singled to load the bases. Edgar grounds to Justin Turner who cuts the run down at the plate. Hornsby hits a sac fly to make the 4-0. Ducky Medwick then touched one-off and the stadium was quiet as a morgue with the visitors taking a 7-0 lead.

Jack Street scored a single tally in the 4th and 4 more in the 7th. Lewisberry got their lone run on a solo homer by Nelson Cruz in the 5th.

Final tally, Jack Street scores 12 on 15 hits with no errors. Lewisberry gets 1 on 2 hits with 1 error. Glavine picks up the win, Ruth the loss.

Series Summary: The story of this series was the home run. When discussing the series before we played, I stated that this team wins when it hits homers and loses when it doesn’t. There aren’t rallies for this team, it’s feast or famine. Unfortunately for Lewisberry, it was a feast for these three games. Jack Street 10 home runs (3 McGwire, 2 Medwick, 2 Hisle, 2 Martinez, 1 Drew) and 18 of the 22 runs involved homers.

Congratulations to Bob on a great season!

Chicago Nine vs Cincinnati Knights
Series Preview: The Quarterfinal Series in the A.L. between #6 seeded Chicago (84-78) and #3 Cincinnati (107-55) was scheduled to be a head-to-head showdown via TeamViewer. However, after an hour delay with technology, this plan was scrapped.
Game #1: CINCINNATI 8, CHICAGO 5 – 13 innings

Lou Whitaker’s dramatic two-out, three-run homer in the 13th walked it off for Cincinnati. The blast by Whitaker was his third hit of the day and gave the Knights the early lead in the series.

The contest featured three ties and four lead changes. The Nine got help from Bobby Richardson, as he delivered three hits on the evening. The two #9 hole hitters combined to go six-for-ten for the day.

The Chicago bullpen was key to staying in the game, working 5.2 innings of scoreless baseball until the homer. Whitey Ford took the loss, while Bob Wickman claimed the win.

CIN 8-10-0, CHI 5-11-2

Game #2: CINCINNATI 6, CHICAGO 2

Ted Williams doubled and homered to drive in three runs and send Cincinnati to a 2-0 lead in the best of five series with Chicago. Williams opened the scoring with a solo blast in the first and then delivered a key bases-loaded double in the fifth to give the Knights a 3-1 lead they would not relinquish.

Johan Santana went the distance, scattering five hits and fanning six along the way. Jason Werth did the most damage for Chicago, delivering a double and homer of his own to account for all the scoring for the Nine.

CIN 6-8-0, CHI 2-5-0

Game #3: CINCINNATI 6, CHICAGO 2

The series shifted to the Windy City and the Knights closed out the sweep. Hans Lobert’s fifth inning, three-run homer, extended the Cincinnati lead to 5-0 and sent the visitors to the Semifinal Round of the A.L. Playoffs.

Clayton Kershaw went the distance for the Knights, spreading out six hits and holding the Nine to a pair of runs. Frank Laporte delivered a pair of hits for Chicago.

CIN 6-13-0, CHI 2-6-0

Series Summary: Chicago’s season comes to an end and Stray should be pleased with his club. Had game one gone to the Nine, this may have been a different series. For Cincinnati, it must wait for results to determine whom it will play next.

Checking for an MVP of the series, it was difficult to find anyone–from either team–that jumped out. It seemed both teams were well constructed and that timely hits were spread among numerous players on both squads.

Purry Cowpokes vs New Westminster Salmonbellies
Series Preview: Purry Cowpokes come to New Westminster to get the
best of 5 series started.
Game #1: New Westminster scores first on a single by Concepcion putting him on base and Dihigo knocks him home with a triple in the 3rd.

Bottom of the 7th with Fred Clarke on first Martin Dihigo hits a single moving Clarke to third. With Ferris Fain pinch hitting Dihigo is thrown out stealing sencond. Fain then hits a double knocking Clarke for a 2 – 0 lead. Dutch Leonard goes on to a 2 – 0 victory with a 3 hitter.
The Bellies managed 8 hits.

Game #2: Dwight Gooden couldn’t get out of the 2nd inning giving up 4 runs.
Jesse Barfield leads off the 2nd with a home run. Spoke Speaker then doubles in two more runs. In the 6th a Barfield walk and a HBP to Sauer brings up Ed Bailey and Billy Pierce is brought in to give up a
3 run home run to Bailey. Ted Radcliffe pitched a good game for Purry. Game over.
Game #3: Martin Dihigo breaks up a 2-2 tie in the 5th with a 2 run homer and Carlos Beltran adds a 2 run shot in the 6th. Jeff Tesreau pitches a complete game to put New Westminster up 2 games to 1. Final score New Westminster 6 Purry 2
Game #4: Jesse Barfield goes 3-4 with a homer and 4 rbi’s and Ted Strong and Willie Wells also homered as the Cowpokes peppered Dutch Leonard. Purry wins 8-2 to even the series at 2 games apiece.
Game #5: New Westminster came out showing absolutely nothing. You don’t hit you don’t win, Hank Sauer hits 2 run homer and and double. Purry wins the game 7 – 1.
Series Summary: Purry goes on to take the series 3 – 2 and carry on in the playoffs.
Kansas City A’s @  Fort Worth Cats
Series Preview: LEG first-round playoffs!
Game #1: Cat scratch fever as Ft. Worth gets 13 runs off 15 hits – including 12 singles. Justin Verlander barely broke a sweat allowing just 5 hits in 7 innings while striking out 6. Home Run Baker led the offense with 3 hits and Lee May capped off the scoring with a pinch-hit bases-clearing double in the 7th. Dale Murphy had a pinch-hit 3 run homer in 8th for KC.

Final Score: Cat’s 13, A’s 4

Game #2: The Cat’s other ace Greg Maddux allowed only a single run and 4 hits in a game 2 complete-game victory. He also punched out 9. For the Ft. Worth hitters Keith Hernandez led the way with two doubles and a homer driving in 5.

Final Score: Cat’s 8, A’s 1

Game #3: Facing elimination Three-Finger Brown tamed the Cats through 6 innings, but the Cat’s managed to tie the game in the 7th. But Ft. Worth’s pen couldn’t stop the A’s who scored twice in the 8th to survive another day.

Final Score: A’s 5, Cat’s 3

Game #4: KC may have survived game 3, but the Ft. Worth batters were gasping for air in game 4 against Phil Nasty Knuckler Niekro, who pitched a complete-game shutout allowing 4 hits. Meanwhile, Hank Aaron hit a three-run homer

Final Score: A’s 5, Cat’s 0

Game #5: No scoring until the top of the third when Don Buford came up with runners on the corners, “Infield deep … FRYMAN ’90 takes his lead at third … the pitch … the swing
his bat snaps it two! … the barrel is headed out toward short
and the ball pops over second into shallow right … it’ll be a base hit … FRYMAN ’90 scores
APARICIO ’61 is rounding third … they’re waving APARICIO ’61 in … here’s the play at the plate … and he’s … safe…ahead of the ball. So the single drives in two … and the A’s go ahead by two 2-0 … here in the 3rd for Don BUFORD ’70, his 2nd hit of the series … and BUFORD ’70 now with 3 runs batted in.” Facing Reggie Jackson and Walker Cooper Verlander wiggles out of any more damage.In the bottom of the 4th doubles by Ken Singleton and Baker cut the lead in half. Then Cat’s catcher Severeid doubles home Baker to tie the game at 2.

Back-to-back doubles with one out by Singleton and Al Oliver gave Ft. Worth the lead in the 6th. After a wild pitch, Home Run Baker brings Oliver home with a sac fly.

The insurance run would come in handy as Billy Williams doubles home Travis Fryman in top of the 7th, but the Cats would hold on to win despite Dennis Eckersley giving up two hits in the 9th.

Final Score: Cat’s 4, A’s 3

Series Summary: The # 8 seed almost upset the #1 seed proving the regular season may not matter as much in this comic world. Cats win the first-round series 3 games to 2.

2020 PLAYOFFS – NATIONAL LEAGUE – WILD CARD ROUND

Motown Yankees vs Coastline Bobcats
Series Preview: National League playoff series Round One with #7 seed Motown meeting National League wins leader (tie) and #2 seed Coastline. Coastline took 7 of 8 during the regular season.
Game #1: Motown’s Dave Brown, 19-13, 2.07 faces off against Coastline’s Kevin Brown, 16-11, 4.07.

Motown struck first, with Stan Hack muscling a 2R HR for a quick 2-0 lead. Kevin Brown settled in from there and threw goose eggs through the 7th. Meanwhile, Coastline’s bats went to work, pushing a pair across in each of the 3rd and 5th innings, and tacking a single run on in the 6th for a 5-2 lead. Motown scrambled for 3 in the top of the 8th off Casilla to tie, only to have season-long arsonist Steve Mingori give up the lead on his first pitch to Joe Gordon in the bottom of the inning, with Gordon smacking a LONG home run to give Coastline the lead. Sutter continued his regular season dominance with a clean 9th, giving Coastline Game 1 and the early series lead.

2 hitters stood out – Motown’s Cristobal Torriente, batting leadoff for the first time this season, went 3-5 with 2 doubles and scored 2 runs, while Moose Skowron knocked in 4 with 2 hits, including a double.

Coastline wins – 6-5

Game #2: Motown’s Adam Wainwright, 16-7, 2.49 facing Coastline’s Dave Stieb, 18-7, 3.04

Scoreless through 3, Motown pushes across single runs in the 4th and 5th, with more goose eggs through 7. With Motown leading 2-0, Stan Hack smacks his 2nd home run of the game, and 3rd of the series, to give Motown some cushion with a 5-0 lead. Adam Wainwright was the star, going the full 9 and scattering 3 hits for the CG shutout and tying the series at 1 game apiece.

Motown wins, 5-0

Game #3: Coastline’s Chuck Finley, 20-7 2.80 v. Carl Hubbell, 15-12 2.45.

Motown’s single run in the bottom of the 2nd staked them to the lead until Coastline’s Cal Ripken singled across pinch runner Ian Kinsler with 2 down in the top of the 6th. 1-1 heading into the bottom of the 8th, Motown’s Richie Ashburn got on and stole 2nd, and was quickly followed by back-to-back doubles by Dixie Walker and Fred McGriff off Coastline’s Mike Marshall for a 3-1 Motown lead. Hubbell held on through the 9th and completed the game, giving Motown the game 3 win and 2-1 series lead.

Motown wins, 3-1

Game #4: Coastline’s Kevin Brown, 16-11 in the regular season and Game 1 starter, faces off against Motown’s Addie Joss, 12-13 2.53

This game was all Brown and Joss – literally. Only 3 hits between the teams heading into the 9th. Joss shut down Coastline in the top of the inning, allowing only 1 Hack Wilson single earlier in the game. Bruce Sutter entered in the bottom of the 9th for Coastline. Dave Bancroft rocked a 1 out double, and Motown pinch hit Elmer Valo for 2B Frank White – Sutter promptly put Valo on to set up the double play. Kenny Lofton grounded out for out #2, bringing Joss to the plate. Motown pinch hit Heinie Groh, who laced a Sutter splitter to RF – Coastline RF Geoff Jenkins bobbled the ball, allowing Dave Bancroft to score the winning (unearned) run.

Motown wins, 1-0

Game #5:  
Series Summary: Motown realizes they had no business winning this series – Brian is an awesome manager with a great team, and the dice just could not have been worse for him, scoring only 1 run in the final 27 innings.
Fire Lake Segers @ Clockwork Heros
Series Preview: NL tied for best Clockwork got to face the Fire Like Segers who should be the reds. Terry built a really nice team focused on Cincinnati’s finest. Clockwork Heros went all in this year but so far the first round of the playoffs has been a nightmare for the better regular-season records. The series was played over team viewer.
Game #1: Mclain for Fire Lake Christy Matheson for Clockwork. Rolen plays the hero and drills a 3 run homer off the hall of fame Clockwork ace. Clockwork clawed back to make in 4-3 after 4 as Bradley homered. But Bench in for injured Roseborro hits a game-winning double. 5-4 Fire Lake! w-Gullett (1-0) s-lavalle(1) L-Uhle(0-1)
Game #2: A Terry triple and Clockwork was up 4-1 after 6 innings. Blyleven gave up a run in the 7th but it was still 4-2 Clockwork when Tekulve the closer came in for two innings. He was solid in the 8th but in the 9th he fell apart allowing a Bench homer two runs then with two out and a fast runner trying to score Clockwork’s LF Foster plays hero and nails the winning run at home! But Fire lake did tie it 4-4 as Tekulve blows the save. But in the bottom of the 9th Lavalle give up a solo homer to Terry! Clockwork wins 5-4 W- Tekulve (1-0) L-Lavelle(0-1)
Game #3: Terry hits a 3 run homer in the first and clockwork added more as Davey Lopes hits 2 homers and drives in 3 more. up 7-1 in the 9th Fire Lake did get 2 runs off Matheson as Zisk hits a 2 run homer. Valverde allowed a hit then Nehouser ended it. 7-3 clockwork w-Matheson(1-0) L-Guidry (0-1)
Game #4: ouch…Arky Vaughn and George Foster homer and Clockwork score 8 of Mclain and crew. Donovan allows just 2 hits as Tony Perez hits his 3 rd double in 5 at-bats. But this time Tekulve closes out the blowout. 8-1 Clockwork W-Donovan(1-0) L-McLain (0-1)
Series Summary: Clockwork changed the entire series on getting the game two winning run at home by George Foster the one missing Big Red Machine piece. Terry’s underdog team played great and had me sweating through the series, A 5 game series is a nightmare…
Santop the hero catcher was great .375 5 runs and steal. Terry through had the big hits with two homers and 4 RBIs. Bench was the best Seger hitting .308 with a homer and 3 RBIs. Perez was amazing off the bench, going 4 for 6 with 3 doubles and 3 rbi while Votto was a disappointing 1 for 13
Climax Cougars @ Detroit DeLoreans
Series Preview: This National League round one playoff matchup between the Climax Cougars and the Detroit DeLoreans was played over Zoom.
Game #1: #1 CMC 7 – DET 5: After one inning the DeLoreans were up 4-1 led by an Anthony Rendon 2-run HR. However, the Cougars stormed back with four runs in the fifth inning on five hits, including a double from Smokey Joe Wood and a triple from Mel Ott. Then George Grantham and Mel Ott added solo shots in the sixth and ninth innings to complete the Climax victory.
Game #2: #2 CMC 0 – DET 4: Hippo Vaughn spun a 2-hit, 11 strikeout shutout to tie the series at a game apiece. Detroit’s Nap Lajoie and Chuck Klein each had two hits and an RBI to lead Detroit.
Game #3: #3 DET 2 – CMC 3: The series shifted to Climax. The Cougars jumped out 3-0 and never looked back. Chief Meyers and Buck Leonard led the attack, each with two hits. While Leonard and George Grantham hit homers.
Game #4: #4 DET 9 – CMC 1: Backs against the wall, the DeLoreans responded with a 9-1 rout. Babe Herman went 4 for 5 with three doubles, a triple, and three RBI. Johnny Schmitz carried a shout into the ninth but surrendered one unearned run in 8.2 innings.
Game #5: #5 CMC 5 – DET 6: The series finale shifted back to Detroit. Both teams scored in the first inning on a homer from George Grantham and then an RBI double from Babe Herman. By the sixth inning, Detroit held a 6-1 lead guided by Ripper Collins, Herman, and Chuck Klein. However, the Cougars battled back with three runs in the eighth inning and another in the ninth. Jim Fregosi, Grantham, and Mel Ott led the near comeback.
Series Summary: As expected, it was a close and exciting series that literally “could’ve gone either way.” There were some excellent hitting and pitching performances. The biggest star was George Grantham, who led all hitters with a .444/.500/.944 slash and 3 HRs. He did everything he could to guide the Cougars to victory.
West Michigan Retrogrades vs Hoboken Zephyrs
Series Preview: West Michigan and Hoboken will face off as the #4 and #5 seeds respectively. Only 3 games separated these teams in final standings so expect a tight series.
Game #1: Adrian Beltre and Duke Snider both homered to hand Noodles Hahn the Game 1 loss. Willie Foster allowed just one hit over 6 innings and three relievers held the Zephyrs scoreless over the final three frames. The Retrograde defense turned three double plays.
West Michigan 4 Hoboken 1
Game #2: Jeff Heath hit a huge 3-run blast off Joe Sambito to cap a 4-run 8th inning. George Sisler went 3 for 4 for WM. Red Faber allowed just two runs over 7 innings as Bryan Harvey came on to close out with a 6-out save.
Hoboken 4 West Michigan 2
Game #3: Stan Spence and Jim Bottomley led the Hoboken attack combining for 5 hits and 5 RBIs. The Zephyrs scored 8 runs in the first four frames to cruise to a pivotal Game 3 win.
Hoboken 9 West Michigan 6
Game #4: Noodles Hahn was breezing along with a 3-1 lead into the 9th with two outs and one on. Hahn then allowed an ill-timed walk and Manager Kevin Weber made a brilliant move bringing on Roy Sievers to pinch-hit. Sievers delivered a clutch three-run blast to give Hahn his second loss of the series. The Retrogrades had all the momentum going home for a decisive Game 5.
West Michigan 4 Hoboken 3
Game #5: Red Faber hurled a brilliant 5-hitter allowing just one first-inning run. Tommy Henrich capped off a strong series with a 3 for 4 performance as the Zephyrs scraped out two runs against Urban Shocker.
Hoboken 2 West Michigan 1
Series Summary: Hoboken won a hard-fought series that could have gone either way. Red Faber took home series MVP honors by going 2-0, 1.69era in two starts. The Retrogrades were led by George Sisler(.400BA) and Duke Snider(.400BA/.500OBP). Strong performers for Hoboken included Jim Bottomley(.429BA), Tommy Henrich(.389BA) and Eddie Stanky(.333BA).

2020 PLAYER / PITCHER OF THE WEEK #30

 

National League Pitcher of the Week (co-winner) – Doc WHITE – Wainwright

2-0 record, 17.2  innings pitched, 1.53 ERA, 11 hits, 8 strikeouts, & 1 walk

 

 

 

National League Pitcher of the Week (co-winner) – Bob FELLER – Iowa

1-1 record, No HITTER vs Fire Lake, 14.0  innings pitched, 1.93 ERA, 5 hits, 12 strikeouts, & 6 walks

 

 

 

American League Pitcher of the Week – Don NEWCOMBE – Boston

2-0 record, 16.0 innings pitched, 0.56 ERA, 12 hits, 7 strikeouts, & 1 walk

 

 

 

National League Player of the Week – Shin Soo CHOO  – Fantomz

13/33 .394 avg, 0.758 slg, 7 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run, 5 runs scored, 13 RBIs & 4 walks

 

 

 

American League Player of the Week – Barry BONDS  – Menomonee

10/28 .357 avg, 1.107 Slg, 3 doubles, 6 home runs, 10 runs scored, 11 RBIs & 4 walks

Boston Braves @ Jack Street Hustlers
Series Preview: Bob and I played the game over Zoom. As always, a lot of fun to talk baseball with him.

Jack Street comes in at 87-68 needing 1 win to capture the division title. Boston is in 6th at 70-85.

Game #1: Game 1 features Don Newcombe 12-10 on the hill against little used Cy Young at 1-0.

Boston picks up 2 in the third and 1 in the fifth to give Newcombe all he would need in the game. Braves put up 4 more in the 8th just to rub it in.

Newcombe goes the distance for the shutout giving up 5 hits, no walks and striking out 3. Dom DiMaggio, Dustin Pedroia and Jim Rice all drive in 3 in the victory.

B 7/15/1
J 0/5/1

WP – Newcombe 13-10
LP – Young 1-1
Sv – None
HR – B – Rice (30), Cirillo (6)

Game #2: Conley 8-8 for the Braves for Sadecki making his debut in the last series of the year.

Boston jumped on top early in this one, as well, as they plated one in the first. The big inning was the 6th, as they scored 5 big runs and the Hustlers had no answers. Dustin Pedroia continued his RBI binge with a 3 run homer in the 6th. Conley went 8 giving up 5 hits, a run, 3 walks and striking out 6.

B 8/11/0
J 1/5/0

WP – Conley 9-8
LP – Sadecki 0-1
Sv – None
HR – B – Pedroia (4)

Game #3: Jack Street, still looking for that division clincher sends Sonny Siebert 9-11 to the mound to face all time great Juan Marichal, having a rough season at 2-14.

Braves put up 1 each in the 1st and 3rd before Jack Street plates 2 in the bottom half of the third and then gets another run in the 4th to take their first lead of the series. Siebert and friends shut down the Braves after the third, as Jack Street moves on to a 6-2 win. Jerry Priddy was the hero in this one, as he goes 3-5, with a run, 3 rbis and misses the cycle by a triple.

B 2/5/0
J 6/14/3

WP – Siebert 10-11
LP – Marichal 2-15
Sv – Brantley 32
HR – J – Priddy (2)

Game #4: Boston sends the 2nd half of their Dominican Dynamic Duo, Pedro Martinez (8-14) to the bump to face Frank “sweet music” Viola (8-7)

The runs came early and often in this one, as the Braves plated 4 in the 2nd and 5 in the third in addition to singles in the 3rd and 6th and run away with this one 11-6. Jimmie Hall and Dave Robertson led the way in this one with 4 and 3 rbis, respectively.

The Hustlers Jeff Kent was injured for 5 days.

B 11/13/2
J 6/9/1

WP – Martinez 9-14
LP – Viola 8-8
Sv – None
HR – B – Robertson (2), A Gonzalez (24), Hall (11) J – Palmeiro (22), Pratt (1)

Game #5: Possibly the most fun game of the series as 12-10 Billy O’Dell took the hill for Boston against 6-3 Carl Lundgren.

The game started out as a real pitcher’s duel with both starters shutting down the opponents for 6 innings. In the 7th, 9th hitter Pagliaroni works a one out walk, which is followed by a 2 run homer by Dom DiMaggio to give the Braves a 2-0 lead. That held until the bottom of the 8th when pinch hitter Raffy Palmeiro worked a leadoff walk. After O’Dell strikes out Justice he beans Lance Berkman, sending him to the trainer’s room and to a 29 day injury and chasing O’Dell in favor of Jeff Shaw. Shaw’s first batter, Rogers Hornsby picks up a single to load the bases with 1 out. Ducky Medwick follows with a 2 run single scoring Palmeiro and PR Larry Hisle. Shaw then gets pinch hitter Mark McGwire to line into a DP to end the inning. Dave Veres comes in to work the 9th and gets the Braves 1-2-3. In the bottom half, Shaw gets Priddy and Bartell to bring up Mike Scioscia. With a deep bench because of the roster expansion, Scioscia is bypassed at the plate for Bob Meusel who, on the 2nd pitch, lined one over the boards for a game winner.

B 2/9/0
J 3/6/1

WP – Veres 6-2
LP – Shaw 6-1
Sv – None
HR – B – DiMaggio (5) J – Meusel (27)

Game #6: With the series at 3-2 Boston, the Braves send Antonelli 9-17 to the mound to face Cy Young 1-1.

A game of big innings, as Jack Street gets on the board first with 4 runs in the 1st and another in the third. Boston ties it in the 6th with 5, before Jack Street put 3 more up in the 7th and closes it out. DiMaggiio, Gonzalez, Pedroia and Cirillo all pick up a pair of hits for Boston. Bob Meusel picks up his 2nd homer in as many at bats in the first, hitting a 3 run homer and finishing the day with 4 rbi.

In a real oddity, Larry “no hassle” Hisle, he of the 25 arm, throws out Pedroia and Cirillo at the plate.

B 6/10/0
J 8/8/1

WP – Hoerner 1-0
LP – Antonelli 9-18
Sv – Brantley 33
HR – J – Meusel (28)

Game #7: The rubber game of the 7 game series feature Don Newcombe 13-10 against Ray Sadecki 0-1

In the top half of the 2nd, Hall draws a two out walk and is driven in by a double by Pedrioa (Hisle tried to throw him out at the plate, but had used all his energy the previous day). Boston scores again in the third as Gabby Harnett launches a two run homer with 1 out in the inning scoring DiMaggio who had singled right before him. Jack Street pushed a run across in the third, but that was it for the scoring and Boston takes the series 4-3.

B 3/6/0
J 1/8/1

WP – Newcombe 14-10
LP – Sadecki 0-2
Sv – Corsi 11
HR – B – Hartnett (14)

Series Summary: Always a lot of fun to play “face to face”, especially with Bob and all his Boston Braves/Red Sox knowledge. Boston takes the series 4-3.

Nominations for players of the week
Boston – Conigliaro 3g 6-11, 1 run, 1 rbi, 2 doubles 545/583/727
Jack Street – Palmeiro 6g 7-14, 6 runs, 3 rbi, hr, 7 walks 500/667/714

Pitcher of the week nomination:
Don Newcombe 2 GS 16IP, 12 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K 2-0

Chicago Nine @ Las Vegas Pirates
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Kansas City A’s @  Lewisberry Country Blumpkins
Series Preview: KC A’s travel to North Lewisberry to face a Blumpkin team playing like it doesn’t care
Game #1: Blumpkins win 7-4
Game #2: Blumpkins win 4-3 in 10 inn. A walkoff Freeman solo HR.
Game #3: A’s win 7-0
Game #4: Blumpkins win 2-1. A Dave Philly PH walkoff RBI 2B in the 9th.
Game #5: A’s win 8-5
Game #6: A’s win 10-9 on a Hale solo HR in the 9th.
Game #7: A’s win 4-1
Series Summary: A’s win series 4-3. Blumpkins suck and blow.
Indianapolis Indians @ Middle Channel Sturgeon
Series Preview: Indiana visits the Middle Channel
Game #1: a 3 run 9th wins it for Indiana 5-4
Game #2: The Sturgeon don’t blow this one 2-1
Game #3: Indy 8-3
Game #4: More Indy 9-2
Game #5: The Indians hang on 1-0
Game #6: Indy wins a slugfest 12-10
Game #7: The Sturgeon hang on 1-0
Series Summary: Indy flexes their muscles at the end of the year taking 5 of 7
Fort Worth Cats @ Wrigleyville Whales
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Cincinnati  Knights @ Purry Cowpokes
Series Preview: Cincy travels to Purry
Game #1: Jake Weimer gets his 16th win. Purry 8 Cincinnati 4
Game #2: Mike Scott shuts out the Cowpokes. Cincinnati 6 Purry 0
Game #3: Chick Hafey homers 3 times and drives in 5. Cincinnati 7 Purry 1
Game #4: Billy Wagner blows his 7th save as the Knights score 3 times in the 9th. Cincinnati 7 Purry 6
Game #5: Clayton Kershaw out-pitches Johnny Cueto. Cincinnati 3 Purry 1
Game #6: Joe Sewell homers in the 15th to break a 2-2 tie. Cincinnati 3 Purry 2 (15)
Game #7: Graig Nettles and Joe Rudi both homered to drive in all 5 Cowpokes runs. Purry 5 Cincinnati 4
Series Summary: Purry wins the 1st and last game of the series and the Knights win the 5 in between. Cincinnati wins the series 5 games to 2. I screwed up and created a franchise file after game 6, no idea why game 7 didn’t come up automatically. I’ve attached 2 f-files.
Kansas City Blues @ New Westminster Salmonbellies
Series Preview: Last series of the season. Should be good.
Game #1: The game goes back and forth. In the first the Blues get off to a 2 – 0 lead. In the 4th, the Bellies go ahead 3 – 2 on a Billy Werber HR. Top of the 5th Blues put up a 2 spot to go ahead 4 – 3. The Bellies then put up 3 runs in the 6th and one in the 7th to take 7 – 4 lead.
The Blues don’t quit. Top of the 8th they put up 2 runs to make the score 7 – 6 Bellies. Bill Caudill finishes the game off with his 23rd save.
Game #2: Bellies put up 11 runs on 15 hits while the Blues managed 5 runs 6 hits
on home runs by Rico Carty, Gary Sheffield and Dewey Creacy. Jimmie Wynn hit his 33rd for New Westminster.
Game #3: Kansas City gets off to a 2 – 0 lead after 2 innings against Jeff Tesreau but New Westminster scores 5 in the third to win 6 – 2
Game #4: The Salmonbellies took a 9 – 0 lead after 3 innings on a 3 run home run from Dave Concepcion. The Blues score 2 in the 8th with a homerun from Earl Williams. Final was 9 – 2 for the Bellies.
Game #5: Kansas City Blues, Fernando Valenzuela had a tough go of it giving up 5 runs in the first 2 innings. Dwight Gooden comes back from his owie and pitches a complete game in the 11 – 0 victory. Jimmie Wynn and Roy Campanella homered for the Bellies.
Game #6: New West hammers 5 home runs in the game and KC hits 3 but New West goes on to a 12 – 6 victory.
Game #7: This was quite a game. The game goes into the 7th tied at 4 when New West takes a 7 – 4 lead but KC battle back into the top of the 8th to tie the game at 7. The game goes to the bottom the 10th and fittingly, after having a great season, Martin Dihigo hits his 31st home run to win the game.
Series Summary: Jimmie Wynn had quite a series chasing the rbi crown hitting 5 HR’s and 15 RBI New Westminster sweeps the series and now can look forward to the playoffs.
Madison East  Purgolders @ Menomonee Minutemen
Series Preview: The Purgolders travel 2 hours to face the Minutemen in the season finale.
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Series Summary: MEN wins the series 4-3,

The overachiever of the series is Barry Bonds who went 10-28 with 6 HRs and 10 RBIs

Coastline Bobcats @ West Michigan Retrogrades
Series Preview: Coastline visits West Michigan looking to wrap up the division championship. West Michigan looks to stop an unbelievable losing streak.
Game #1: FINAL SCORE: BOBCATS 8, RETROGRADES 3
Game #2: FINAL SCORE: BOBCATS 17, RETROGRADES 1
Game #3: FINAL SCORE: BOBCATS 6, RETROGRADES 4
Game #4: FINAL SCORE: BOBCATS 3, RETROGRADES 1
Game #5: FINAL SCORE: BOBCATS 3, RETROGRADES 1
Game #6: FINAL SCORE: BOBCATS 2, RETROGRADES 1
Game #7: FINAL SCORE: BOBCATS 0, RETROGRADES 3
Series Summary: The Bobcats are NL East champions! Congratulations Brian! The Retrogrades end the season with a victory after spinning around in the toilet on an unbelievable FOURTEEN game losing streak. However, West Michigan has the #4 seed in the NL wrapped up and hopes for better results in the playoffs.
Detroit DeLoreans @ Virginia Cavaliers
Series Preview: The Deloreans from Detroit (103-52) brought their 16 game win streak East, to the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, to take on the Cavaliers of Virginia (71-84). The Deloreans are chasing Coastline for title rights of the East Division and are looking to take advantage of the downtrodden team from Virginia.
Game #1: VIR 3-1 W-B.Turley (10-13) L-J.Schmitz (3-1)

Little used, but highly graded, Johnny Schmitz got the rare start against Virginia’s Bob Turley. DET got on the board in the first when J.Cronin reached on an error and scored on a Babe Herman single, the second hit of the inning. Unfortunately for DET, Turley was lights out from then on as he allowed only one more hit. VIR got the winning runs on a Baltimore special from Lance Parrish in the 4th and it was all Turley from there on.

Game #2: VIR 12-2 W- L. Gomez (17-11) L-L.Tyler (1-2)

A 2-run double from Andruw Jones in the 4th followed by a SF, broke a 2-2 tie and gave VIR 5-3 lead. They tacked on 2 more runs in the 5th on a A.Rosen RBI single and a K.McReynolds RBI double. A 3-run homer from A.Jones highlighted a 5-run 7th as VIR padded an already large lead, DET got RBI’s from Ripper Collins and Chuck Klein. Andruw Jones was 2-3 with 5 RBI for the Cavaliers.

Game #3: DET 5-3 W-A.Reynolds (16-8) L-R.Betancourt (1-6) SV-J.Romero (11)

Deloreans get into the win column on the arm of A.Reynolds and the bat of Ripper Collins. Reynolds scattered 5 hits over 8 innings while striking out 7 in his 16th win of the year. Collins meanwhile cranked 2 RBI doubles in 4 appearances to lead an 11 hit attack. Joe Cronin also chipped in with 3 hits and 2 runs for DET. Tied at 3-all when VIR plated 3 runs in the 7th, DET jumped on hard-luck reliever R,Betancourt in the top of the 9th, Joe Cronin struck first with a RBI single and Nap LaJoie followed with a double to the gap scoring Cronin. That gave DET a 5-3 lead and Romero made sure it stayed that

Game #4: VIR 7-6 W-G.Jackson (5-4) L-J.Aker (8-6) SV-K.Foulke (37)

This one slipped away from DET. They came out fast with 3 runs in the first thanks to a 3-run blast by Babe Herman, his 16th of the season. After VIR put up 1 in the 4th, DET put up 3 more in the 5th on a 2-run double off the bat of Ripper Collins and a GO RBI from Babe Herman, giving him 4 RBI for the day. That would be it for the Deloreans as three VIR relievers shut down the boys from DET on 1 hit the rest of the game. Down 6-2 in the 7th, VIR began their comeback. Andruw Jones blasted a 2-run oppo taco to RF and PH’er P.Whitney popped one over the LF fence to make the score 6-5 DET. When F.Robinson walked in the 8th, J.Akers came in for DET to protect the lead. He faced 3 batters and gave up 3 hits. But it was A.Rendon’s throwing error that was costly. The first batter he faced dribbled one to 3rd and Rendon threw it past Collins putting runners at 1st and 3rd with 1 out. H.Heilmann lined the next pitch into CF to tie the game at 6-6. K.McReynolds then knocked in the go-ahead run with a single to left-center and DET found itself on the wrong end of a 7-6 score. K.Foulke kept it that way with his 37 save as VIR pilled out a wild win.

Game #5: VIR 3-2 W-L.Day (2-1) L-C.Morgan (14-9) SV- K.Foulke (38)

VIR only got 4 hits in the game. But, two of them were back-to-back doubles by F.Frisch and D.Murphy that produced 3 runs in the 3rd. With L.Day pitching out of jams and scattering 6 hits over 8 innings, VIR was able to hold the lead and claim their 4th win of the series. Ripper Collins and Sam Rice tried to get DET back in the game, but their RBI efforts in the 7th and 8th fell 1 run short as Foulke again came in for the save.

Game #6: DET 13-1 W-S.Sallee (18-7) L-B.Turley (10-14)

Great pitching from the DET pitchers and lots of hits from their batters. DET put it to VIR. They only allowed the Cavaliers 3 hits. One happened to be R.Kiner’s 8th homer. It didn’t matter. N.LaJoie was 2-3 with 2 runs and 2 RBI. Ripper Collins only got 1 hit,…but it was a 3-run smash. A.Rendon was 2-3 with 3 runs and 2 RBI with a homer. Sam Rice had a 3-run triple and even Sallee got in the act with a hit, a RBI and 2 runs. Both teams unloaded their benches and lots of players got playing time as DET enjoyed the blow-out.

Game #7: DET 5-3 W-L.Tyler (2-2) L-L.Gomez (17-12) SV-J.Aker (17)

DET got out 2-0 on a R.Collins RBI and a PB. VIR, having a hard time getting hits, tied it with 1 out in the 6th on a 2-run double off the bat of A. Trammell. But, Tyler regrouped and got out of the inning without any more damage. His team rewarded him by scoring 3 runs in the next inning on a N.LaJoie RBI single and Ripper Collins 2-run double. Even though A.Trammell would knock in another VIR run, it wouldn’t be enough. J.Aker’s came in to nil down his 17th save and preserve the win for DET.

Series Summary: Not the outcome Detroit was hoping for. Virginia stopped their winning streak and went on to take the series 4-3. Detroit now awaits the scores in the Coastline / West Michigan game. For Detroit, Nap LaJoie had 10 hits and 5 RBI. Ripper Collins had 10 hits and 12 RBI. For Virginia, Harry Heikmann 6 hits and 5 RBI, Andruw Jones 3 hits and 7 RBI. Detroit now prepares for the playoffs and Virginia prepares for next year.
Climax Cougars @ Nags Head Surfsox
Series Preview: Climax Cougars (82-73) at Nags Head Surf Sox (67-88)

The Climax Cougars visit Nags Head in a rematch of the series that started the season for both clubs. Thanks to Nik for an enjoyable TeamViewer matchup.

Game #1: Rube Waddell vs. Cole Hamels

Chief Meyers’ 2 hits and a run scored, Buck Leonard’s 2 run double, and Jose Mendez’s 2 runs scored lead the Cougars to a series opening victory. Rube Waddell tosses 6 innings of 3 hit ball, surviving 4 walks, to win his 14th.

CLI 4 2 1
SOX 2 4 0

WP – Waddell (14-11)
LP – Hamels (9-13)
S – Plunk (22)

Game #2: Cannonball Redding vs. Mike Mussina

Strong pitching performances on both sides in this one. Redding and Mussina exchange zeroes until the top of the 5th. Johnny Mize leads off the visitor 5th with a double. Jose Mendez follows with a single to put Cougars on the corners. Redding helps himself with a single to score Mize and put Climax on the board. Following a Grantham walk that loads the bases, Mussina gets Mel Ott to bounce into a double play, but Mendez scores putting Climax up 2-0.

Redding is sharp, pitching 5 2/3 innings of no-hit ball, until Von Hayes breaks through with a 2 out single, but other than a Giancarlo Stanton double, the Sox would manage nothing else. Redding goes the distance, earning the 2 hit shutout.

CLI 2 7 0
SOX 0 2 1

WP – Redding (7-8)
LP – Mussina (14-12)

Game #3: Sid Fernandez vs. Jim Palmer

The Cougars come out firing in the first. Bankhead singles home Chapman for a 1-0 lead. White doubles scoring Mize for the early 2-0 lead. The Sox bats finally awaken, however. Dave Winfield’s 2 out, bases clearing double puts the Sox in front 3-2. Gary Carter follows with a blast to right center, for homerun #7 and a 5-2 Sox lead after 1.

Jimmie Foxx’s 2 out RBI double scores Sandberg – 6-2 Sox after 2. Climax gets a run back in the 4th, but Nags Head breaks it open in the 5th, with another 2 out rally. With 2 out, Winfield and Carter walk and Longoria is plunked by a Frank Smith pitch to load the bases. Climax calls on Clay Carroll to face pinch hitter Dave Kingman who connects with a bases clearing double – Sox lead 9-3.

Both teams use the score to share some playing time and Nags Head holds on for a 9-6 victory. Pop Lloyd led the way for Climax, going 3 for 4 with 3 runs scored. Carter had 2 hits, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBIs for the Sox. Palmer goes 5 innings to earn his 9th win of the season.

CLI 6 13 0
SOX 9 9 0

WP – Palmer (9-8)
LP – Fernandez (6-7)
S – Cordero (28)

Game #4: Smokey Joe Wood vs. Joaquin Andujar

Climax strikes first again – Josh Gibson’s 2 run triple starts the 1st inning scoring barrage. Clift singles in Gibson for a 3-0 lead. Following a Mize double, the Cougars have runners at 2nd and 3rd. Andujar gets Peckinpaugh to ground out. The Sox manager decides to issue a free pass to Jose Mendez to load the bases and take his chances with the pitcher, Smokey Joe Wood … a move that Nik quickly applauded. And … Wood makes the best of the opportunity, whacking a 2 run single to right, plating Clift and Mize, and Climax leads 5-0 before Nags Head bats.

A Stanton RBI double scores Sandberg, cutting the Cougar lead to 5-1 after 1. The Sox would get within 2, but end up falling 7-4. Grantham has a 4 for 4 day for Climax, knocking in 2. Bautista, Gibson, and Clift each have a pair of hits for the Cougars. Stanton and Dawson each have 2 hits and 2 RBIs for Nags Head. Wood wins #11, Andujar wraps up a disappointing season, dropping his 20th.

CLI 7 14 0
SOX 4 7 0

WP – Wood (11-9)
LP – Andujar (5-20)
S – Plunk (23)

Game #5: Van Lingle Mungo vs. Nolan Ryan

Cougar bats once again bash the Sox pitch staff. Jose Bautista leads the attack with 2 hits, 2 walks, and 2 runs scored. Pop Lloyd and Chief Meyers each had 2 hits, and Peckinpaugh knocked in 2. Mungo was sharp on the mound, only allowing a walk and 3 hits over 7 innings. Sandberg’s RBI double was the only blemish on Mungo’s line.

CLI 8 11 1
SOX 1 3 0

WP – Mungo (12-8)
LP – Ryan (5-15)

Game #6: Waddell vs. Hamels

The Sox pitching finally quiets the Climax offensive attack. Cole Hamels pitches 7 innings of 2 hit shutout ball, and a trio of relievers, Street, Charlton, and Cordero combine to shutout Climax. Waddell was almost as good, but a HOJO 4th inning RBI double scores Jimmie Foxx, with the game’s only run.

CLI 0 2 0
SOX 1 3 0

WP – Hamels (10-13)
LP – Waddell (14-12)
S – Cordero (29)

Game #7: Redding vs. Mussina

The Cougars plate single runs in the 1st, 2nd, and 4th to take a 3-0 lead. Redding is cruising until the bottom of the 5th. Chris Hoiles hits his only double of the season to lead off the inning. Pinch hitter Mike Marshall singles to put runners at the corners. The Sox get their first run on a Samuel FC ground out. Jimmie Foxx follows with a 2 run shot, his 30th of the season, to tie the ball game 3-3.

Sox are feeling good after clawing their way back in this one! On to the 7th. Chief Meyers and Pop Lloyd singles put 2 on with one out. Light hitting Roger Peckinpaugh steps to the plate and drills a Giusti pitch over the fence for his first, and only, homerun of the season, to give Climax the 6-3 lead … the Cougars would add 2 more in the 8th, but it was the Peckinpaugh hit that did in the Sox, a fitting end to a disappointing season!

CLI 8 11 0
SOX 3 7 1

WP – Kinder (9-3)
LP – Giusti (6-6)

Series Summary: Climax wins 5 of 7 and gains some momentum heading into the postseason.

It’s a wrap on the Surf Sox season. Jimmie Foxx and Von Hayes had solid seasons, but generally speaking, the NL East pitching was too much for the Nags Head lineup, as no one approached their actual numbers. Mussina lead the starters with a strong season. Ryan and Andujar were particularly disappointing. Cordero has a great season out of the pen … he’s still stewing after being left off the All Star squad.

Next for the franchise, the team plans a 2021 move up the East Coast to Baltimore for season 2.

Thanks to Nik for running a great season!

Fantomz Force @ Pigtown Bombers
Series Preview: Final series of the year…
Game #1: Pigtown wins 5-4 (12)
Game #2: Fantomz win 15-0
Game #3: Fantomz win 4-1
Game #4: Fantomz win 9-5
Game #5: Fantomz win 8-3
Game #6: Fantomz win 3-2
Game #7: Fantomz win 6-4
Series Summary: Fantomz win the series 6-1…Pigtown does not get to 50 wins for the season. To quote the Cubs, there is always next year
Clockwork Heros @ Motown Yankees
Series Preview: Closing the season with a series that will have practically no impact on the standings, Motown is hoping Clockwork is bringing on the scrubs and resting the starters
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Series Summary: Given there is little standings impact, just a few fun facts:

Motown somehow scrapes out 5 of 7
5 games decided by 1 run
One 13 inning game (won by CWH)
One 14 inning game (Won by Motown)
Motown won the first 4
Motown won a game started by Christy Mathewson
Every time George Foster swung it seemed like it went to the wall or the warning track, if not over the fence
Kenny Lofton and Dixie Walker had 12 hits apiece and seemed like they were on base all series
Motown is happy for the end of the season with 2 injured SP’s and the top 2 bullpen options used up…..

Motown has no interest in seeing Clockwork in the playoffs……

Hoboken Zephyrs @ Hollywood Zombies
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Series Summary: Hollywood takes 3 with smoke and mirrors
Fire Lake Segers @ Iowa Giants
Series Preview: FIRE LAKE SEGERS COME IN ONE GAME OVER 500 4TH PLACE IN THE NATIONAL LEAGUE WEST DIVISION AND IOWA GIANTS UNDER FIVE HUNDRED AND LAST PLACE IN THE WESTERN DIVISION BEEN A LONG SEASON.
Game #1: FLS 0-0-0 LP MCLAIN 11-14
IOW 5-1-2 WP bob Feller 15-22
yes yes Bob Feller no no 9 innings three baserunner on one walk and two errors, he was just cruising along 11k’s Vic Power two run shot in the 8th sealed the win for the Giants
Game #2: FLS 6-9-0 WP Gullet 5-7 SV Lavelle 1
IOW 3-6-3 LP Bonham 8-6
Tony Perez three run homer in 5th power Seger to the win
Game #3: FLS 1-5-1 LP Guidry 9-13
IOW 3-7-0 WP Lanier 3-14
Giants used 8 pitchers in game to get win Morgan Sosa both homer in the win
Game #4: FLS 7-15-0 WP Smoltz 7-4 Sv 1 Cone
IOW 2-5-1 Niedenfeur 1-6
Dave Cone throws 4 innings 1 hit relief and Dennis Menke goes 4-5
Game #5: FLS 9-13-0 WP McLain 12-14
IOW 1-4-2 LP Feller 15-23
Menke 2-4 homer, McLain complete game 4 hits 1 er
Game #6: FLS 1-5-1 LP Morris 8-6
IOW 4-10-1 WP DEAN 10-13 SV Rincon 1
Dean 6 2/3 4 hits 1 unearned run and Sosa homer
Game #7: FLS 5-10-0 WP LaVelle 9-8
IOW 1-7-1 LP Oswalt 1-6
Votto homer LaVelle and Smoltz in relief shut down the Giants
Series Summary: A REAL JOY PLAYING AGAINST TERRY HE RUNS HIS TEAM VERY WELL MAKES ALOT OF GOOD STRATEGIC MOVES YOU AS THE OPPONENT NEED TO BE ON YOUR TOES. FELLER GOT HIS NO HITTER SO HE, MY PLAYER OF THE SERIES, I ALSO BELIEVE HE WAS FOR THE TEAM THIS YEAR.
Wainwright Wranglers @ San Tan Valley Moonrakers
Series Preview: San Tan Valley and Wainwright, middle of the pack mates, end the season.
Game #1: San Tan’s Bump Hadley had a 6-0 lead in the 8th and then I decided to get cute. Scott Garrelts and Jessie Barnes give up 6 9th inning runs on 5 hits and 3 walks, a Devon White 3 run homer starting it. In the bottom of the 10th Hal Trotsky doubled home Ken Keltner for the 7-6 win. Trotsky had a double and a homer in the game.
Game #2: A 2-2 tie in the 9th and, again, Devon White cracks a two run homer off ace Randy Johnson. It holds up in a 4-3 Wrangler win. Oscar Charleston and Vern Stevens homer for the Moonrakers. Duane Ward gets his 17th save.
Game #3: Ken Keltner hits 2 three run homers, Mike Piazza adds a solo shot and Virgil Trucks holds Wainwright to 8 hits and a single run. Nap Rucker loses, walks 6 and drops his record to 6-24. San Tan wins 7-1.
Game #4: Left Grove wins his 16th for Wainwright, allowing only one run ( another Keltner homer). Darren Daulton hits a solo homer in the 3-1 win.
Game #5: Daulton hits a two run homer in this game, sparking a 5-3 win for Vic Willis (14-23).
Game #6: Doc White evens his record at 19-19, Hiene Manusch goes 3-3 and Wainwright wins it’s 3rd in a row 3-2. Trotsky hits another homer for San Tan.
Game #7: Last game of the season, last chance for Randy Johnson to win his 20th…He wasn’t really sharp, giving up 10 hits and three runs but the Moonrakers put on a power display with homers from Stephens, Keltner, and two 2 run homers from the white hot Hal Trotsky. Johnson wins his 20th 7-3.
Series Summary: Wainwright takes 4 of 7 with a pretty diverse offense. San Tan was powered by Trotsky (6-29, 3 runs, 9 RBI, a double and 4 homers) and Keltner (6-25,3 runs, 9 RBI, and 4 homers.

2020 PLAYER / PITCHER OF THE WEEK #29

National League Pitcher of the Week – Stan COVELESKI – Fantomz

2-0 record, 16.1  innings pitched, 1.10 ERA, 5 hits, 10 strikeouts, & 7 walks

 

 

 

American League Pitcher of the Week – Greg MADDUX – Fort Worth

2-0 record, 18.0 innings pitched, 0.00 ERA, 3 hits, 9 strikeouts, & 5 walks

 

 

National League Player of the Week – Chuck KLEIN  – Detroit

12/23 .522 avg, 1.217 slg, 4 double, 4 home runs, 5 runs scored, 12 RBIs, & 1 walk

 

 

American League Player of the Week – Billy WERBER  – New Westminster

12/27 .567 avg, 1.037 Slg, 2 triples, 4 home runs, 8 runs scored, 10 RBIs, & 1 steal

Jack Street Hustlers @ Indianapolis Indians
Series Summary: Teams split first four games then Hustlers win last 3 to take 5 out of 7.
Lewisberry Country Blumpkins @ Chicago Nine
Series Preview: Third place Chicago takes on second place Lewisberry in a heated division race.
Game #1: The Country Blumpkins kick @$$ and take names. Steve Sax has 3 RBI’s at the top of the order & Justin Turner has 4 RBI’s at the bottom.

Final Score: Lewisberry 16 – Chicago 3

Win: Orel Hershiser 17-10 (3.13)
Loss: C.C. Sabathia 12-15 (5.08)

Game #2: J.R. Richard is a stud & goes the distance allowing only 2 Runs. J.D. Martinez has a Home Run & 2 RBI’s.

Final Score: Chicago 3 – Lewisberry 2

Win: J.R. Richard 13-13 (4.46)
Loss: Babe Ruth 10-16 (3.17)

Game #3: Ramon Martinez goes long in the Complete Game Shutout.

Final Score: Chicago 4 – Lewisberry 0

Win: Ramon Martinez 6-1 (2.35)
Loss: Josh Beckett 8-11 (4.54)

Game #4: Roger Clemens gets left in and gives up 3 Runs in the 9th, but he had such a big lead it didn’t matter. The middle of the Chicago lineup, J.D. Martinez 3 RBI, John Mayberry Home Run & 3 RBI’s, & Joe Cunningham 2 Home Runs & 4 RBI’s did most of the damage for Chicago.

Final Score: Chicago 11 – Lewisberry 5

Win: Roger Clemens 5-5 (4.38)
Loss: Jack Morris 12-14 (4.37)

Game #5: C.C. Sabathia pitches well over 7.1 Innings. Latroy Hawkins closes the door. J.D. Martinez has a Home Run & 3 RBI’s for Chicago.

Final Score: Chicago 4 – Lewisberry 2

Win: C.C. Sabathia 13-15 (4.99)
Loss: Orel Hershiser 17-11 (3.14)
Save: Latroy Hawkins #4

Game #6: J.R. Richard outduels Babe Ruth. Nothing spectacular for either of these teams in this one, Though J.R. Richard did pitch well.

Final Score: Chicago 5 – Lewisberry 1

Win: J.R. Richard 14-13 (4.33)
Loss: Babe Ruth 10-17 (3.26)
Save: Brad Lidge #6

Game #7: The Blumpkins were pissed off in this one & came out screaming at the Demolition. Steve Sax has 3 RBI’s & Billy Williams chimes in with 2 RBI’s himself. Wilbur Cooper goes the distance in a Complete Game 1-Hit Shutout.

Final Score: Lewisberry 11 – Chicago 1

Win: Wilbur Cooper 9-9 (3.89)
Loss: Rick Reed 1-2 (4.85)

Series Summary: The Blumpkins take the bookends of the seven-game series, with big wins. However, the middle is all Chicago & they jump ahead of the Blumpkins in the standings now by 1 Game.
Las Vegas Pirates @ Kansas City A’s
Series Preview: Las Vegas (60-88) at K.C A’S (70-78)
Game #1: Walker goes 7 innings for a 3-2 Vegas win, John Romano hit a 2 run homer for the A’S in a losing effort.
Game #2: The A”S even the series winning 6-3 behind 2 run homers from Billie Williams and Travis Fryman.
Game #3: Warren Spahn tosses a 4 hit shutout in a 7-0 Vegas win.
Game #4: Vegas wins 7-4 as Dean Chance gets his 5th win, Willie Stargell hit a 2 run homer in the win.
Game #5: Reggie Jackson hit a pinch hit 2 run shot off M. Rivera in the bottom of the 8th for a come from 6-5 win for the A’S.
Game #6: Eddie Cicotte goes 6.1 innings for his 16th win and Hank Aaron hits 3 straight homers and drives in 6 for a 9-4 K.C. win.
Game #7: Bill White singles off of Warren Spahn in the bottom of the 10th to score pinch runner Luis Aparicio for a 4 -3 K.C. walkoff win.
Series Summary: Kansas City wins the last 3 games to win the series 4 games to 3.
Middle Channel Sturgeon @ Boston Braves
Series Preview: The Middle Channel Sturgeon’s a couple games ahead of the Boston Braves in the LEG AL East standings visited Braves field for a seven game tussle between two teams with similar track records.
Game #1: In 11 innings the Sturgeon’s won a 3-2 game paced by Jake Daubert’s three hits and a Nellie Fox double knocking in 2 of 3 Sturgeon runs. Adrian Gonzalez had 3 hits for the losing team.
Game #2: The Braves recovered in game two winning 6-4 with fireworks provided by Jeff Cirillo’s two run HR and pairs of hits from Dominick DiMaggio, Gabby Hartnett and Jimmy Hall. Billy O’Dell won his twelfth game for the Braves.
Game #3: Middle Channel roared back with a 6-3 win allowing Mat Scherzer to collect his sixteenth win of the season. The offense was provided by Willie Horton with 2 hits, a homer and 3 RBI’s along with pairs of hits from Ty Cobb, Jake Daubert, and Charlie Hollocher.
Game #4: Boston evened the series again with a 7-6 win in game four. Sal Perez had a perfect four for four day, Ty Cobb homered and Nellie Fox banged out three hits for the Sturgeons. Cobb’s homer was his twenty seventh of the season and you thought he wasn’t a power guy! Freddie Sanchez homered and picked up three RBI’s to pace the Braves winning offense.
Game #5: Al Leiter and two relievers limited the Braves to one run in a 9-1 Sturgeon rout in game five. Willie Horton homered and smashed 2 hits while driving in three runs for Middle Channel. Matt Carpenter had four Sturgeon hits.
Game #6: Middle Channel assured themselves of winning the series in game six with a 4-2 complete game win twirled by Jack Coombs collecting his third win of the season. Sal Perez had 3 hits and Matt Carpenter 2 hits for the Sturgeon’s.
Game #7: The Braves took the adios game 8-3. Herb Score won his second game in two series for the Braves with strong help from three relievers. Jim Rice and Gabby Hartnett each had three hits, one of Rice’s went into the stands for the Braves. Jake Daubert and Billy Cox had two hit each for Middle Channel.
Series Summary: The series played out as you might expect with two evenly matched teams. Middle Channel extended their lead on the Braves with a 4-3 game winning of the series.
Menomonee Minutemen @ Fort Worth Cats
Series Summary: Both teams had 10 run blowouts. Cats won 13 to 3 in game 1 and the Minutemen won game 4 by a score of 10-0.

Keith Hernandez and a pinch hit walk off 2 run homer in game 3.

Greg Maddux had two complete game shutouts allowing just 3 hits while striking out 9

Ft. Worth takes the series 5 games to 2

New Westminster Salmonbellies @ Cincinnati Knights
Series Preview: The much anticipated showdown for second place in the A.L. West between third-place New Westminster and second-place Cincinnati comes to Glenn Sample Field. The Knights enter with a three-game lead over the Salmonbellies, but the tables could turn quickly in this seven game set.
Game #1: NWM 6-10-2, CIN 4-11-0
Game #2: NWM 8-11-1, CIN 1-7-1
Game #3: NWM 5-8-0, CIN 2-6-1
Game #4: CIN 10-10-1, NWM 4-4-2
Game #5: CIN 7-11-0, NWM 2-6-1
Game #6: CIN 16-20-1, NWM 1-4-2
Game #7: NWM 11-15-2, CIN 8-12-0
Series Summary: New Westminster takes the series four games to three and climbs to within two games of second place with just one series left in the regular season. Both teams will head to the postseason. The Salmonbellies won the first three games and nearly did major damage to the Knights’ postseason thoughts.
Virginia Cavaliers @ Coastline Bobcats
Series Preview: Virginia (68-80) travel to Coastline (102-46) for a 7 game series to close out the ‘Cats home schedule for LEG Season 1.

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Game #1: VIR R. Sewell vs CLB B. Swift
CLB opens the scoring in the B1 on a C.Ripken solo-HR. VIR ties it up in the T2 when Whitney 2bs and scores on a Pena rbi-1b. CLB retakes the lead in the B2 with a Skowron solo-HR. CLB starts to pull away with 2 runs in the B4 when Skowron 2bs, Gordon rbi-3b, and a S.White rbi-1b. VIR stays within reach with a run in the T6 on a McReynolds solo-HR.In the CLB B6 Skowron bbs, Gordon reaches on a FC, M.Williams with a H&R rbi-2b, followed by a Simmons rbi-2b for a 6-2 CLB lead. CLB then puts the game away with a 3 spot in the B7 with the big hit being a C.Ripken 2-run HR. CLB add 1 more in the B8 to close out the scoring.CLB Swift goes 5IP giving up 4 hits and 1ER, and the bullpen takes it home for the ‘Cats win.CLB B.Swift (17-8) gets the win and VIR R.Sewell (0-3) with the loss.CLB 10, VIR 2
Game #2: VIR B.Turley vs CLB D.Stieb
CLB out in front quickly with a run in the B1 on a C.Ripken 3b and Wilson rbi-1b. In the VIR T5 Whitney bbs, Parrish 1bs and both runners move up on M.Williams throwing error. T.Taylor follows with a SF to tie the game and Turley helps himself with an rbi-1b.VIR Turley settles in after the 1st inning run and tosses 7 scoreless innings giving up only 4 hits and fanning 7 before being lifted for a PH in the T9. R.Hernandez tosses a scoreless B8 before giving way to Foulke in the B9. CLB Gordon reaches on a 1-out 1b, moves to 2nd on M.Williams groundout, and then PH Burks ties the game with an rbi-1b. Becker then follows with an rbi-1b to RF as the ‘Cats get an unexpected come from behind win!CLB M.Marshall (9-4) gets the win and VIR Foulke (3-8) blows the save and takes the loss.CLB 3, VIR 2
Game #3: VIR L.Gomez vs CLB C.Finley
CLB Finley going for his 20th win on the season against VIR ace L.Gomez.
VIR opens the scoring in the T2 when Heilmann hits a solo-HR. Its a short lived lead as CLB comes back in the B2 when Skowron 1bs, Gordon 1bs, M.Williams bbs to load the bases and S,White rips a 2 rbi-1b.In the B3 CLB Kemp bbs and Burks hits a 2-run HR for a 4-1 ‘Cats lead. VIR would get one back in the T6 when Trammel bbs, Rosen1bs, and Heilmann rips an rbi-2b. C.Finley bears down and gets McReynolds and Kiner to end the inning.That would be all the scoring in the game as CLB turns the game over to its bullpen and Casilla, Albers, and Sutter close out the game.CLB C.Finley (20-6) gets his 20th win, Sutter with Save#61, and VIR L.Gomez (16-11) with the loss.CLB 4, VIR 2
Game #4: VIR J.Key vs CLB K.Brown
In the B1 CLB Kemp 2bs, and 1 out later C.Ripken 1bs to CF, and VIR F.Robinson guns out Kemp at home to snuff out a CLB run. That would be as close as CLB would come to scoring for the rest of the game as VIR J.Key dominates giving up only 1 more hit in the game (7th inning 1b by Ripken). Key would toss the SHutout giving up the 3 hits, walking none and fanning 6.The lone run of the game came in the VIR T5 when F.Robinson1bs, steals 2nd, moves to third on a Whitney groundout, and scores on a Mitchell SF to deep CF.CLB K.Brown pitches well giving up only 2 hits in his 6IP of work but is still stuck with the tough loss.VIR J.Key (7-8) earns the win and CLB K.Brown (16-11) takes the hard luck loss.VIR 1, CLB 0
Game #5: VIR P.Roe vs CLB S.Maglie
VIR opens the scoring in the T3 when Frisch 1bs with 2 out, steals 2nd, and then scores on S.Finley’s 2-run HR.CLB finally breaks a 20 inning scoreless streak with a Gordon solo-HR in the B7. But VIR puts the game away with 4 runs in the T8 on a Finley 1b, F.Robinson 1b, Heilmann rbi-1b, Trammell rbi-1b, Harris rbi-1b,
and a D.Sutton wild pitch. VIR adds another run in the T9 on another Sutton wild pitch and CLB gets a token run in the B9 to close out the scoring.VIR P.Roe is strong going 7IP giving up only 4 hits and 1ER while fanning 4.VIR P.Roe (4-7) with the win and CLB S.Maglie (8-2) takes the loss.VIR 7, CLB 2
Game #6: VIR E.Reulbach vs CLB D.Stieb
VIR gets the first run in the T2 on a Trammel 2 out 1b and a Kiner rbi-2b. CLB takes the lead in the B3 when Stieb 1bs, Becker bbs, Jenkins rbi-1b, C.Ripken rbi-1b (#100 rbi on the season), and then get a freebie on a VIR Parrish passed ball letting Jenkins score.CLB keeps the pressure on in the B4 with a Gordon solo-HR. In the CLB B6 PH Gibson bbs with 2 out, Becker H&R 1b, and Jenkins with an rbi-1b to make it 5-1 CLB. In the T7 VIR gets a run on Heilmann’s solo-HR but Heilmann gives it back to CLB in the B8 with a throwing error.CLB Marshall and Roebuck close out the 8th and 9th for the ‘Cats win.CLB D.Stieb (18-7) with the win and VIR E.Reulbach (10-12) gets the loss.CLB 6, VIR 2
Game #7: VIR R.Sewell vs CLB C.Finley
CLB M.Williams hits a solo-HR in the B3 for a 1-0 ‘Cats lead. CLB Finley is looking good through 6 innings of shutout ball. Sewell is matching him inning for inning having only given up the HR (the only hit he has given up in the game)But lightning would strike in the VIR T7 when Pena leads off with a 1b, PH Whitney with an inf-1b, and then PH Trammell clubs a 3-run HR!VIR would get 1.2IP of scoreless ball from Betancourt, 1IP of scoreless ball from R,Hernandez, and Foulke gets the 1 out save. R.Sewell gives up 1 hit in 6IP of work,VIR R.Sewell (1-3) gets his first win on the season and CLB C.Finley (20-7) gets the loss.VIR 3, CLB 1
Series Summary: Coastline takes the series 4-3 as they close in on winning the NL East Division. VIR plays the ‘Cats tough and gets some unexpected strong performances from their backup players.
West Michigan Retrogrades @ Detroit DeLoreans
Series Preview: While playing over Zoom, the NL East’s third-place West Michigan Retrogrades (92-56) visit the second-place Detroit DeLoreans (96-52). Both teams entered the series with playoff spots secured but still had an opportunity to improve their seeding positions.
Game #1: #1 WMR 2 – DET 3: A Tommy Harper sac fly and Steve O’Neill RBI single put Detroit on in the bottom of the second inning. However, West Michigan tied it in the top of the fifth on RBIs from Bobby Wallace and Bill Dickey. A Bob Fothergill single in the sixth inning pushed across Joe Cronin for what would result in the game-winning run for the DeLoreans.
Game #2: #2 WMR 1 – DET 5: Ripper Collins hit a 2-run HR (49) in the bottom of the first to put Detroit on top. The Retrogrades got one back in the sixth inning when George Sisler went deep. However, Detroit added three more runs on RBI from Chuck Klein, Babe Herman, and Yogi Berra to pad their lead. Allie Reynolds went the distance for his 14th win.
Game #3: #3 WMR 7 – DET 8: One of the most exciting games of the series saw both teams combine for 22 hits and six HRs. Max Carey (4), Tommy Davis (28), and Cy Seymour (1) went deep for West Michigan. While Ripper Collins (50&51) and Chuck Klein (22) hit shots for Detroit. The DeLoreans held a 7-3 lead heading into the seventh inning until West Michigan tied the game on a Max Carey 3-run HR. However, in the bottom on the ninth MVP candidate, Ripper Collins hit his league-leading 51st HR for a walk-off Detroit victory.
Game #4: #4 WMR 6 – DET 11: West Michigan jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two innings led by Heavy Johnson, George Sisler, and Tommy Davis. It wasn’t enough though, as Detroit scored 11 runs, led by a 4 for 5, 3 RBI performance from Chuck Klein.
Game #5: #5 WMR 1 – DET 7: Detroit jumped out early in the first inning on a 2-run HR from Ripper Collins (52) and cruised to a 7-1 victory. West Michigan’s George Sisler went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI. While Detroit’s Joe Cronin, Ripper Collins, Anthony Rendon, and Frank Howard all had two hits each. The DeLoreans’ Hippo Vaughn through a complete game for his 19th win.
Game #6: #6 WMR 2 – DET 6: The Retrogrades jumped out 1-0 in the third inning on a George Sisler triple that he was thrown out trying to stretch into an inside-the-parker. The Detroit scored four runs in the 4th inning led by a 2-run Chuck Klein HR (24). Babe Herman led the offense for the DeLoreans by going 3 for 4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Also of note, Detroit’s Sam Rice swiped his 50th base of the season.
Game #7: #7 WMR 1 – DET 5: A Tommy Davis sac fly in the first inning was the only run the Retrogrades could muster. Detroit snatched back the lead in the bottom of the first with RBIs from Anthony Rendon and Chuck Klein. The only other scoring in the game came in the bottom of the fifth inning when Chuck Klein hit a 3-run HR. Slim Sallee, back from injury, pitched a complete game for his 17th win of the season.
Series Summary: A tough series for West Michigan who suffers the sweep but still holds their playoff position. They hit into 11 double plays and could never collect a key two-out hit. Detroit’s Chuck Klein had 12 hits in the series, including four HRs.
Pigtown Bombers @ Climax Cougars
Series Preview: Two team owners take advantage of self-imposed and government imposed isolation to crank out 7 games as they tried to get in some much needed innings and plate appearances for players at season end.
Game #1: Joe McGinnity (PIG) v. Rube Waddell (CMC)
The Bombers started off by Jim Edmonds (one of my fav players of the last 20 years or so) hitting a shallow fly ball to Jose Bautista (one of my least fav players of the last 20 years) who promptly bobbled and dropped it and allowed the hitter to move to 2nd base. Two hitters later Manny Ramirez (another of my least fav players of the past 20 years) slapped the ball into the gap in left centre and while Bautista was trying to nag centrefielder Sam Crawford into chasing it down for him Edmonds scored and ManRam made it to 2nd base. 1-0 Pigtown
Move to the bottom of the 2nd base and the Cougars tie it up after McGinnity gives up a couple of walks and a single to load the bases with none out and then Jose Mendez hits into a fielder’s choice that allowed the runner on 3rd to score. The Cougars moved into the lead 2-1 when Randy Velarde bobbled the 2-out grounder by Jim Fregosi and George Grantham danced home.
No need to get excited though as that was it for the Climax offense on the day – one run on a ground out and one on an error – simply awe-inspiring.
Pigtown, however, was not done.
Edmonds crushed a Waddell offering to tie it up in the 3rd and then they added a pair in the 6th on a two-run shot by Jackie Robinson (what a bum!) that made it 4-2.
Climax bullpen mainstays Clay Carroll and Ellis Kinder took over in the 8th and combined to poop the bed and allowed three runs with Robinson getting a bloop RBI double, Jim Gentile an RBI single, and cannon-armed Benny Kauff an RBI on a Sac fly.
… and that was it.
FINAL – PIGTOWN 7, climax 2
W-McGinnity (12-15)
L-Waddell (12-11)
HR-PIG: Robinson (8), Edmonds (18)
Game #2: Luis Tiant (PIG) v. Greg W. Harris (CMC)
The teams could have saved a lot of time and effort by just playing the 6th inning.
The fearsome Climax offense comes through again by relying on the ineptitude of others with Jose Bautista opening the 6th with a double into the gap that Jim Edmonds could not handle and le voila the two-base error = 1 unearned run and a 1-0 Cougars lead. Luis Tiant then walked Mel Ott – no crime since it was his 130th of the season – who scored two batters later on Buck Leonard’s triple into the right field corner. George Grantham then launched a deep fly ball that was far enough out Leonard was able to score easily and … nothing else for either team.
The Bombers squandered some chances in the game stranding 9 baserunners, but Greg Harris did a good job of scattering four hits in his 8-1/3 innings and combined with closer Eric Plunk to get the shutout 3-0.
FINAL -CLIMAX 3, pigtown 0
W-Harris (8-7)
L-Tiant (8-13) only 1 earned run
Sv-Plunk (21)
Game #3: Jim Abbott (PIG) v. Smoky Joe Wood (CMC)
A few runs early and one early late and that was it in this game.
Pigtown opened the scoring in the 2nd inning when Mike Schmidt led off with a double and then Mickey Tettleton hit the ball into the right field corner. Schmidt scored easily, of course, but somehow Tettleton and his Baserunning 3 made it all the way to 3rd base while Mel Ott was hastily scarfing down a meatball hoagie.
On a side note, I have to mention that the catching duo of Ernie Lombardi and Mickey Tettleton are probably about the slowest in history. the only thing that moves slower than this is CSPAN’s coverage of a filibuster. Combined, the two dudes have a baserunning speed of 4. Pigtown owner Tim Braue commented that he once saw Lombardi (normally a 1) reduced to 0 after being hit by a pitch. That puts him at a point where probably any shambling zombie from the Walking Dead with at least one leg could outrace him.
Oh and despite the fact that Elmer Flick bopped a flyball to the edge of the warning track Tettleton was nailed at the plate by Mel Ott. Speed kills.
I can only figure that Fruit Loop was still tired from the triple and then trying to race home from 3rd from the prior inning cuz he opened the bottom half of the inning by bobbling a ball Harlond Clift hit all of two feet from home and put him on 1st base. Sam Crawford then followed with a long drive to right field that cleared the fence and it was 2-1 Climax.
The lead lasted all of a few minutes as Edmonds and Hank Greenberg combined to bring in the game-tying run and it was 2-2 after 3.
Move ahead to the 6th … nothing’s happening.
Move ahead again to the 9th … still nothing happening. Well actually, the Bombers had runners on 1st and 2nd with one out, but Manny Ramirez ground into a double play to end the Pigtown threat.
Climax was not at all interested in generating any offense though so into extra innings we went.
In the top of the 10th, the Bombers once again got runners on 1st and 2nd but this time with 2 outs when Edmonds reached on a bad throw to 1st base by catcher Josh Gibson and then speed demon Lombardi walked. Ellis Kinder came in to replace Sid Fernandez on the mound and got Hank Greenberg to foul out to 3rd base.
Felix Rodriguez was the reliever of choice to open the bottom of the 10th for Pigtown. He opened with a walk to Gibson then got Pop Lloyd to live up to his name and foul out to the catcher to make it one out. Soon to be free agent Roger Peckinpaugh hit a hard grounder back to the mound off Rodriguez’s shins and it was men on 1st and 2nd. Exit Rodriguez, enter lefty John Franco (would his career have lasted as long had the 3-batter minimum been in play back then?). Anyway, Franco walked Ott (#132) to load the bases and in came Darren (Happy) O’Day to face pinch hitter Ben Chapman who himself was pinch hit for by Johnny Mize. Mize hit a fly ball to the right fielder and Gibson (more than 3 times as fast as Lombardi and Tettleton together) raced towards home. The throw home from Benny Kauff nailed Gibson at the plate … or rather would have had he been playing right field instead of Elmer Flick … so instead Gibson got the very unsexy winning run on the sacrifice fly.
FINAL – CLIMAX 3, pigtown 2 (10)
W-Kinder (8-2)
L-Rodriguez (2-2)
HR-CMC: Crawford (16)
Game #4: John Tudor (PIG) v Dick Redding (CMC)
This game was decided pretty much in the early going with Redding being generally sharp and striking out 10 in a 6-2 Climax win.
Climax’s shortstop Jim Fregosi started things off right in the bottom of the 1st with a home run off Tudor, but the Bombers erased the lead with an RBI triple by some guy named Jackie Robinson in the top of the 2nd base.
No matter as the next inning with two outs and two on Fregosi cranked one down the left field line that just stayed fair to make it 4-1 and pretty much put an end to Tudor’s day.
Jose Mendez got a rare hit in the 3rd to bring home Harlond Clift and extend the lead to 5-1, but Manny Ramirez got that one back with a huge blast into the bleachers. Clift doubled a few innings later to bring in the final run of the day and complete the 6-2 win.
FINAL – CLIMAX 6, pigtown 2
W-Redding (6-8)
L-Tudor (3-9)
HR-PIG: Ramirez (16); CMC: Fregosi 2 (6)
Game #5: Joe McGinnity (PIG) v. Van Lingle Mungo (CMC)
This was a really close game until late with the Bombers leading 6-5 – and then the 8th inning happened.
I should note to set this up that the Cougars had the bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the 7th and were on the verge of tying it and hopefully moving into the lead, but Game 4 hero Jim Fregosi hit into what seemed like the 20th inning-ending double play.
Jackie Robinson opened the Pigtown 8th by walking. Several subs later on both sides pinch hitter Duke Sims hits one to Fregosi – not his day – who threw it past Buck Leonard at 1st and made it runners on 1st and 3rd. In comes Mickey Tettleton who walks and loads the bases (really slowly). The next hitter, Jim Edmonds, hits a hard grounder to 2nd base and with the infield in the Cougars cut off the run at home and set up the double play for pinch hitter Max West to hit into. That was the plan anyway but West had his own script which included him crushing a ball over the fence for a grand slam and quickly turning a close game into one where the Cougars were just looking at their feet, kicking rocks and wondering if the new episode of Snowpiercer would be any good.
FINAL-PIGTOWN 10, climax 5
W-McGinnity (13-15)
L-Mungo (11-8)
HR-PIG: West (2), Greenberg (29), Schmidt (21)
Game #6: Luis Tiant (PIG) v. Rube Waddell (CMC)
Mel Ott launched two into the cheap seats and Rube Waddell was on his game as the Cougars got past Pigtown 5-2.
Other than Ott (who also walked twice), the Cougars did not much, but they didn’t have to as the Deadball Era lefty made really just one mistake on the day – solo homer by Bobby Grich – while allowing just four hits and striking out eight. Pigtown got its other run by Mike Schmidt driving home Jim Edmonds on a SAC fly.
FINAL-CLIMAX 5, pigtown 2
W-Waddell (13-11)
L-Tiant (8-14)
HR-PIG: Grich (2); CMC: Ott 2 (23)
Game #7: John Tudor (PIG) v. Greg Harris (CMC)
In a very close game in which the home team clawed it’s way back from a 5-2 deficit to tie it 5-5 heading into the bottom of the 9th this game went down to the wire.
Mel Ott opened the Climax side of the 9th with a double (his 2nd of the game) that eluded Elmer Flick in center field. Darren O’Day made short work of Mr. Personality Jose Bautista by striking him out, but Buck Leonard was the next hitter and slapped one over first base and down the line into right field sending Ott flying around 3rd. The difference in this game was Benny Kauff was in right and nailed Ott. O’Day then got Sam Crawford to ground out and end the threat. Just like that a good chance at a win turned into a free ticket to extra innings.
In the top of the 10th, Edmonds ripped a one-out double and then came around to score when the next hitter – Flick – lined the ball between 1st and 2nd.
end of story
FINAL-PIGTOWN 6, climax 5 (10)
W-O’Day (5-11)
Sv-Rodriguez (1)
L-Kinder (8-3)
HR-CMC: Bautista (24)
Series Summary: A pretty enjoyable series with some soul-crushing frustration at just the right moments to keep us honest with Climax taking 4/7 against Pigtown.
Nags Head Surf Sox @ Fantomz Force
Series Preview: Two NL East division rivals on the outside looking in wrapped up Fantomz’ home season
Game #1: Game 149 – Joaquin Andujar ‘84 (5-19) v. Gaylord Perry ’74 (12-14)

Fantomz 3-2: Nags Head crossed the plate first with a 1st-inning homer by Jimmie Foxx. The Force responded in the 6th inning on Larry Doby’s sacrifice fly. Andre Dawson’s single in the following frame inched the visitors ahead. In the 8th, Fantomz tied the game on Johnny Mostil’s solo shot. Mickey Cochrane provided the game-ending heroics when his 9th-inning pinch-hit sacrifice fly scored John Stone with the walk-off winning run.

W – Russell (6-4) L – Watson (2-2)

Game #2: Game 150 – Nolan Ryan (5-12) v. Mel Harder ’32 (4-11)

Nags Head 8-5: The Surf Sox banged out 17 base hits, including six doubles, as they feasted on Force pitching. Giancarlo Stanton paced the offense with a homer, two doubles, and three rbi. Nags Head’s relievers thwarted any comeback attempts by pitching four scoreless innings, allowing a lone hit over the final four frames. Ray Lankford hit a grand slam for Fantomz.

W – Ryan (5-13) L – Harder (5-11)

Game #3: Game 151 – Cole Hamels ’15 (9-11) v. Stan Coveleski ’14 (4-14)

Fantomz 5-2: Coveleski picked up where he left off. The Force gladly supported his effort, building a 4-0 lead through seven innings. After throwing two complete games during the previous series, Coveleski tossed seven shutout frames before allowing an eighth-inning three-run homer to Howard Johnson. Jeff Russell silenced Nags Head’s bats with 1 2/3 scoreless innings for his 14th save.

W – Coveleski (5-14) L – Hamels (9-12)

Game #4: Game 152 – Mike Mussina ’97 (13-11) v. Carl Weilman ’14 (9-18)

Nags Head 12-4: When the Surf Sox start hitting, they don’t stop. A six-run 7th-inning and three-run 3rd-inning included a 19-hit barrage. Von Hayes hit 4-for-6 with two rbi while Gary Carter had three hits and scored three runs.

W – Mussina (14-11) L – Weilman (9-19)

Game #5: Game 153 – Jim Palmer ’79 (7-8) v. Gaylord Perry ’74 (12-14)

Nags Head 3-2: The Surf Sox built a 3-0 lead and the Force’s rallies never materialized. Once again, the starters were solid but not brilliant while the relievers slammed the door shut. Stanton homered and Carter enjoyed another three-hit night.

W- Palmer (8-8) L – Perry (12-15) SV – Street (6)

Game #6: Game 154 – Joaquin Andujar ‘84 (5-19) v. Mel Harder ’32 (4-11)

Fantomz 4-2: Fantomz pieced together a two-run 7th-inning rally to break a 2-2 tie, led by Ray Lankford’s triple and Don Mattingly’s single. Relievers were the key once again as Russell and Felipe Vazquez combined to toss 2 1/3 scoreless innings.

W – Russell (7-4) L – Giusti (6-5)

Game #7: Game 155 – Nolan Ryan (5-13) v. Stan Coveleski ’14 (5-14)

Fantomz 4-0: Coveleski continued his late-season surge, firing a one-hitter to close out Fantomz’ home season. The spitballers has pitched incredibly well after a dreadful 1-14 start, going 4-0 with two complete game shutouts and minuscule 0.78 ERA over four starts and 34 1/3 innings. Two Fantomz starts appropriately played well in the final home game, with Wiley hitting 3-for-4 and Doby two doubles. John Stone’s pinch-hit two-run 6th-inning single provided insurance.

W – Coveleski (6-14) L – Ryan (5-14)

Series Summary: Fantomz won 4 of 7 and likely ended any playoff opportunities for either team. On the bright side, the evenly-matched clubs spread out playing time.

Player of the Week nominee: Nags Head’s Gary Carter, who hit 9-for-23 and scored four runs.

Pitcher of the Week nominee: Fantomz’ Stan Coveleski was solid, going 2-0 with 1.10 ERA in two starts totaling 16 1/3 innings, striking out 10 batters and allowing only five hits.

Hollywood Zombies @ Clockwork Heros
Series Preview: Clockwork hosts Hollywood.
Game #1: Terry goes four for four and Matheson (26-7) was great 3 hits in 8 innings 1 run.7-1 clockwork
Game #2: Foster a homer and 4 rbis. Vlad homeredin the loss 7-2 Clockwork
Game #3: Foster a homer and 3 rbis in another 7-2 win.
Game #4: Crazy blowout 24-3 by Matheson and Lopes has a monster game 3 homers, triple and a single. Terry also went 5 for 5. Matheson wins his 27th
Game #5: Clockwork wins 8-5 as Blyleven wins his 25th
Game #6: Vlad homers as Holywood wins 3-1
Game #7: Matheson goes for the trifecta and wins his 3rd start of the series and his 28th and exceeded 300 strikeout b4-2 clockwork
Series Summary: Clockwork wins 6 of the 7 games.
Pitcher of the week: Matheson 3 wins 4 runs in 21.2 innings 3 walks 23 strikeouts.
Santop 12 for 26 .462 average
Motown Yankees @ Hoboken Zephyrs
Series Preview: The Yankees travel to Hoboken as both teams gear up for the playoffs.
Game #1: Noodles Hahn took a no-no into the 9th but had it ruined by Stan Hack’s two-out pinch-hit single.
Hahn improved to 25-9, 2.11era. Dave Brown was brilliant in the loss, lowering in his era to 2.15.
Hoboken 1 Motown 0
Game #2: Red Faber and Addie Joss hooked horns in another pitchers’ duel. Faber won his 18th going ten innings allowing no earned runs. Faber improved his era to 1.92. Joss was very strong allowing only two hits and one earned run over 9 frames. Tommy Henrich hit a two-out solo blast in the 10th to get Faber the win.
Hoboken 2 Motown 1
Game #3: Tom Seaver won his 17th in a strong complete game performance. Bill Dahlen went 3 for 3 with two blasts and 4 rbis to lead Hoboken.
Hoboken 6 Motown 2
Game #4: Carl Hubbell put a stop to the Motown skid allowing just two runs. The Yankee offense was led by Fred McGriff and Kenny Lofton.
Motown 5 Hoboken 2
Game #5: Hahn and Brown matched up for another duel. Hahn left in the 6th inning with a shoulder issue and may return late in the Zephyrs’ next series. Brown was brilliant again but got a no decision. Stan Spence provided the walk-off rbi in the bottom of 13th.
Hoboken 2 Motown 1 – 13 innings
Game #6: Jered Weaver was brilliant in his final start of the season shutting out Motown on just 6 hits. Eddie Yost and Wally Schang led the Hoboken offense.
Hoboken 4 Motown 0
Game #7: Addie Joss pitched a brilliant two-hitter to beat Hoboken in the get-away game.
Motown 3 Hoboken 0
Series Summary: Hoboken take 5 of 7 at home from Motown as the Zephyr pitching staff limps to the finish line.
San Tan Valley Moonrakers @ Fire Lake Segers
Series Preview: San Tan Valley (70-78) makes it’s first ever trip to Fire Lake (74-74) to play those eights and aces.
Game #1: Monty Stratton (6-5,3.68) vs Ron Guidry (9-12,3.70)

Tied 2-2 with 2 on and 2 out in the top of the 9th, Mgr Muddy Harris let Stratton hit and the home team was much obliged. Barry Larkin’s 1-out double in the bottom of the 11th scored Tommie Agee to give Fire Lake a walk off victory and earn Gary Lavelle (7-5) his 7th win. Vern Stephens hit his 36th homerun for San Tan Valley, who were limited to just 5 hits by Guidry/Gullett/Soto/Morris/Lavelle.

FIRE LAKE – 3, SAN TAN VALLEY – 2 (11 INNINGS)

Game #2: Ed Walsh (4-6,3.41) vs John Smoltz (6-3,4.37)

Walsh allowed just 6 singles and a walk in shutting out the Segers for his 5th win. Hal Trosky hit his 34th homerun and Charlie Keller added two doubles help lead the Moonrakers to victory.

SAN TAN VALLEY – 3, FIRE LAKE – 0

Game #3: Virgil Trucks (7-14,4.14) vs David Cone (9-14,2.85)

Fire Lake jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 4th, on rbis from Scott Rolen and Denis Menke. Cone cruised through 5 innings, before Earl Averill’s 2-run homerun tied it up in the 6th – his 12th. Gus Triandos, who had a 3-hit day, broke the tie with a solo shot (his 6th) in the 7th and that was it. Trucks pitched a scoreless 7th and Sparky Lyle retired all 6 hitters he faced for his 9th save.

SAN TAN VALLEY – 3, FIRE LAKE – 2

Game #4: Bump Hadley (11-9,2.99) vs Denny McLain (10-13,3.43)

McLain allows 3 hits and an unearned run in 7th innings. Hadley allows just 1 hit, 7 walks, one earned run in his 7 innings of work. Garrelts followed Hadley with three perfect innings of work and it was off to the 11th inning with the score tied 1-1. In the top of the 11th, Gary Lavelle pitched his second perfect inning of the game. In the bottom of the 11th, Sparky Lyle was not up to the challenge. Lyle faced 5 hitters, retired just one. The 5th and final hitter of the inning, Tony Perez, smashed a grand slam walk off homerun (his 11th homer) to tie the series at 2 games apiece.

FIRE LAKE – 5, SAN TAN VALLEY – 1 (11 INNINGS)

Game #5: Randy Johnson (18-8,2.04) vs Matt Morris (8-5,3.68)

The Big Unit cruised in this one, allowing just 2 hits, a run and striking out 9 to win his 19th game. Vern Stephens hit his 37th homerun for the visitors. Tony Perez’ 12th homerun in the 2nd inning gave the early lead to Fire Lake, but the Segers had no late rally on this day.

SAN TAN VALLEY – 2, FIRE LAKE – 1

Game #6: Monty Stratton (6-5,3.53) vs Ron Guidry (9-12,3.67)

Fire Lake rapped out 10 hits and 5 runs against Stratton in this one, with Scott Rolen’s 11th homerun in the 8th inning proving to be the game winner. Charlie Keller had two of San Tan Valley’s 5 hits, including a 3-run shot (his 7th) that gave the visitors a brief 3-2 lead.

FIRE LAKE – 5, SAN TAN VALLEY – 4

Game #7: Ed Walsh (5-6, 3.14) vs John Smoltz (6-4,4.20)

Fire Lake jumped out to a 5-0 lead with some timely hitting and a Vern Stephens’ costly error. John Smoltz had not allowed a hit through the 6th, before Bob Elliot (15th) and Gus Triandos (7th) both homered to cut the lead to 5-3. It was 5-3 in the top of the 9th when Mario Soto allowed Triandos and Keltner to reach. Gary LaVelle was called on to retire Oscar Charleston and he couldn’t. Charleston’s 2-run triple knotted the game at 5-5 and there was more free baseball. Fire Lake rolled out Cone and McLain in extras, while the Moonrakers put their trust in Will Harris. In the bottom of the 13th, the Segers finally made a loser out of Harris, as Barry Larkin’s second hit of the game was the winner. Jose Cardenal had a 4 hit game for Fire Lake, while Charleston, Elliott and Triandos each had two of the visitors 10 hits.

FIRE LAKE – 6, SAN TAN VALLEY – 5 (13 INNINGS)

Series Summary: Fire Lake wins the series 4 games to 3, with three of the wins coming in extra innings against a San Tan Valley bullpen not up to the task. The Segers have all but clinched the final playoff spot in the National League, sitting at 78-77. But first, they travel to Iowa to finish up the big 162.
Iowa Giants @ Wainwright Wranglers
Series Preview: Iowa vs Wainwright a couple of bottom feeders square off in what should be a draft position battle
Game #1: Krby Puckett goes 3 for 4 driving in 3 in leading Wainwright to a 5-4 victory
WP White 16-19
LP Feller 14-21
Game #2: York goes 3 for four and drives in 4 in a 5-0 victory for Iowa
WP Bonhan 8-6
LP Rucker 6-23
Game #3: Puckett goes 2-4 and drives in another 3 in a 7-3 Wainwright victory
WP Lefty Grove 15-11 complete game
LP Lemon 4-12
Game #4: Bip Roberts goes 2-3 in 2-0 Wainwright victory
wp Willis 13-23
lp Lanier 2-14
Game #5: Fernandez Gwynn and Daulton all go 2-3 in 3-2 Wainwright victory
wp White 17-19
lp Feller 14-22
Game #6: Hamilton drove in 3 in an Iowa 7-4 victory in extras
wp Richart 1-3
lp Jones 1-3
Game #7: Daulton staying hot goes 2-3 in 2-1 Wainwright victory
wp Bradford 2-2
lp Dean 9-13
Series Summary: Wainwrights 80’s bats had a decent series and they won series 5-2 . Id say Doc White winning two games was Wainwrights star for the series

2020 PLAYER / PITCHER OF THE WEEK #28

 

National League Pitcher of the Week – Bob FELLER – Iowa

2-0 record, 18.0  innings pitched, 0.00 ERA, 7 hits, 14 strikeouts, & 10 walks

 

 

 

American League Pitcher of the Week – Charlie ROOT – Fort Worth

2-0 record, 13.0 innings pitched, 0.69 ERA, 6 hits, 14 strikeouts, & 8 walks

 

 

 

National League Player of the Week – Heavy JOHNSON  – West Michigan

10/26 .385 avg, 1.077 slg, 3 double, 5 home runs, 10 runs scored, 9 RBIs, 2 walks, & 4 steals\

 

 

 

American League Player of the Week – Martin DIHIGO  – New Westminster

17/30 .567 avg, 1.033 Slg, 2 doubles, 4 home runs, 8 runs scored, 14 RBIs, & 4 walks

 

 

PLAYOFF RACE UPDATE

American League

   The Jack Street Hustlers currently have a 5-game lead over Lewisberry for top honors in the division and what should be an easier schedule over the final two weeks with the Hustlers taking on Indiana and Boston while the Country Blumpkins square off against the Chicago Nine and KC A’s. 

   The West is a much tighter race with Fort Worth holding a slim 1-game edge over Cincy for 1st place with New Westminster only 3 games back of them. Still very much anybody’s race there. Wrigleyville and Menomonee will be trying to derail the Cats while the Knights will go toe-to-toe at home against the upstart Fishbellies this week and Purry next week. A split by NWS and CIN could result in Fort Worth putting some distance between themselves and the other contenders as the 2nd and 3rd place teams could trip themselves up. New Westminster closes out the season against the KC Blues.

   Now for the pack … 

   Assuming things stay as they are now, the playoff qualifying teams will be:

  1. Fort Worth (100-48) clinched a playoff berth
  2. Jack Street (82-66) 
  3. Cincinnati (99-49) clinched a playoff berth
  4. New Westmister (96-52) clinched a playoff berth
  5. Purry (82-66) needs 3 wins to clinch a playoff birth
  6. Lewisberry (77-71)
  7. Chicago (75-73)
  8. KC A’s (70-78) 

     But hold on there! Only the Wrigleyville Whales (53-95) have been statistically eliminated and the other teams all have a shot at trying to grab a playoff spot. 

     Middle Channel (69-79) is hot on the heels of the A’s only one game behind them with 1 game each separating Menomonee (68-80) and Boston (67-81). Also very much alive and in the hunt are the Indiana squad (65-83) at only five games behind the A’s and the KC Blues (64-84) who overcame a sluggish first half of the season to come within 6 games of the final playoff spot. 

   Las Vegas (60-88) and Madison East (57-91) are not statistically eliminated but if the fat lady ain’ singin’ she be hummin’ awfully loudly.

National League 

   Things in the NL are relatively dull compared to the free-for-all going on in the AL race. 

     The NL is dominated by Clockwork (104-44) and Coastline (102-46) as the division leaders in the West and East respectively.

     Yeah … yeah … but Detroit (96-52) and West Michigan (92-56) could still catch Coastline. True, but they only count together as one team so it’s not really the same (the two brother-led teams are reminiscent of when I watched women’s roller derby back in the early 80s and teammates would slingshot each other trying to catch the girls who were ahead of them).

   Ahem … but I digress.

   Both Detroit and West Mishmash are assured of a playoff spot while the others in the race have not clinched but are close. 

   The rest of the pack after these four bottom feeders consists of Hoboken (81-67), Motown (79-69), Climax (78-70), and Fire Lake (74-74). 

    Of the eight other teams in the division only four have an outside shot at the playoffs.

     The San Tan Valley Moonrakers (70-78) are masters of their own destiny as their next series is on the road against the team that they are trying to dislodge from the 8th and final playoff spot – Fire Lake. The week after, San Tan Valley hosts Wainwright. 

     Don’t count out Virginia (68-80). If they make the playoffs they’ve definitely earned it as their final two series are against Coastline and Detroit … eeeeeeeeek!

     Nags Head (64-84) and Fantomz (63-85) are in a dangerous spot where they really can’t afford to lose any of the games they have left. These two teams may wind up knocking themselves out if a clear winner isn’t declared from their upcoming series against each other. 

     Unfortunately for Wainwright (58-90), Hollywood (56-92), Iowa (54-94), and Pigtown (45-103) it’s kind of like a neutered dog humping someone’s leg … just going through the motions. 

Jack Street Hustlers @ Chicago Nine
Series Summary: The Hustlers pick up a game on Chicago. The Nine win the 1st three and then crap the bed.
Lewisberry Country Blumpkins @ Indiana Indians
Series Preview: Lewisberry Country Blumpkins (74-67) travel to Indiana to face the 61-80 Indians.
Game #1: A couple of Dodger greats face off in Game 1. Hershiser goes for the Blumpkins versus Drysdale for the Indians.
This game was all Indians 10-2. Carr with 4 hits and the trio of Teixeira, Walker and Lindstrom had
3 hits each for the Indians. Steve Sax with 3 hits for the Blumpkins. Drysdale strikes out 9 for the
CG win. Fourth consecutive win for the Indians
Game #2: Lon Warneke scatters 5 hits over 8 innings and Broxton pitches the 9th for his 17th save as the
Indians win 3-1 for their 5th straight W. Babe Ruth win the CG tough loss.
Game #3: Indians tally a 5-spot in the bottom of the 1st to chase Jack Morris and give the Indians
their 6th straight win, 8-4. Carr and Walker with 3 hits each and Walker also with
3 RBI. Bernie Williams had 3 H for the Blumpkins.
Game #4: Indians push across 7 in the bottom of the 2nd to chase Josh Beckett and the Indians
win their 7th in a row 11-1. Grover Alexander evens his record at 11-11 with 6
efficient innings.
Game #5: Blumpkins halt the Indians winning streak as Hershiser throws CG
for the 6-2 Blumpkins win. Sax and Brock each have 3 hits for Lewisberry.
Game #6: Indians commit 2 errors in the top of the 10th to lead to the go ahead run
and the Blumpkins prevail 6-5 in 10. Drysdale and Ruth both had rough
outings and Lewisberry proved to have the better bullpen on this day.
Hitting highlight is Teixeira with a GS in bottom of the 6th to tie the
game. Sax with 2 more hits for the Blumpkins.
Game #7: Lewisberry raps 16 hits and tallies 14 runs for the 14-8 win in the series
finale. Game was not as close as score as the Indians had to put up
6 in the last of the 8th to make it respectable. Freddie Freeman had 4 RBI for
the Blumpkins and Wade Boggs had 3 RBI. Jack Morris was very effective for
6 innings to notch his 12th W. Warneke, not so much.
Series Summary: Indians came into this series with a 3-game winning streak and proceeded to stretch
it to 7. Blumpkins bats came aive for the final 3 games to make the series
respectable. Next week Lewisberry continues it’s road trip with a series versus
Chicago while Indiana finishes it’s home slate for the inaugural LEG season versus
1st place Jack Street Hustlers.
Middle Channel Sturgeon @ Kansas City A’s
Series Preview: A’s in 4th place in A’L East against 5th place Middle Channel.
Game #1: Middle Channel at KC A’s: Sale goes 7 strong innings giving up 2 runs for a Sturgeon 8-5 win. Odell Hale has a single and homer and 5 RBI in a losing effort.
Game #2: Sturgeon’s win 4-3 behind Foster’s 11th win. McDowell falls to 1-12.
Game #3: Joel Horlen goes 7.1 innings allowing only 2 runs in A’S 5-2 win.
Game #4: Sturgeon’s win 14-4 getting 20 hits without a homer in the win.
Game #5: Ty Cobb hits a 2 run homer in the top of the 10th off Wade Davis for a 4-2 Sturgeon’s win.
Game #6: Sturgeon’s blow a 5-1 lead in the bottom of the ninth as the A’s score 4 to send it to extra innings. Ty Cobb does it again with a 2 run game winning double in the top of the 12th.
Game #7: A’S win going away 10-4 as Reggie Jackson goes 3-3 with a homer and 3 RBI.
Series Summary: Middle Channel wins the series 5 games to 2 to get to 1 game back of the A’s.
Las Vegas Pirates @ Boston Braves
Series Preview: Las Vegas travels to Boston to tussle with the Braves a team that they had dominated in an early season series winning five of seven games. Both teams have firmly settled into the lower eschaton of the AL east division.
Game #1: Mike Cuellar tossed seven and a third innings of 2 hit shutout ball leading the Bucs to a 6-2 win. Lee Maye had three hits including a double, a triple and 2 RBI’s for the Pirates’ and was aided by 3 Willie Stargell hits.
Game #2: The Braves turned game one results around 6-2. Six different players had RBI’s and Gabby Hartnett, Nomar Garciaparra, and Dustin Pedroia each got two hits for the Braves. Willie Davis had three hits and a stolen base for LV.
Game #3: The Braves came from behind with a 2 run ninth for a 4-2 win. Jimmy Hall collected two homers and three RBI’s for the Braves. Vince DiMaggio drove in two runs with three hits for the Pirates’.
Game #4: Buc’s and Braves battled for 11 inning before the Braves provided enough offense for Billy O’Dell, who pitched the entire game notching his 11th win 3-2. Gabby Hartnett and Jeff Cirillo got 2 hits for the Braves a feat matched by Lee Maye, Cecil Fielder, and Bib Faulk of the Buc’s.
Game #5: The Pirates’ Warren Spahn picked up his eighth win of the season in the city where his MLB career began in 2-1 win. Willie Davis and Bibb Faulk each had 2 hits in a game dominated by the mound men.
Game #6: Pedro Martinez spun a 3 hit 6-0 shutout for the Braves. Adrian Gonzalez three hits, a homer and three RBI’s for the Braves. He partnered with Freddie Sanchez who also had 3 Brave hits.
Game #7: Anything can happen in Baseball a game with no clock and this game proven anything can happen in APBA baseball as well as this game’s improbable pitching performance proved the Braves won 5-3. The game began with Jake Arrieta grade 11 tossing for the Buc’s vs. Herb Score grade 1 with a 7+ era for the Braves. Score was touched for 3 runs in the fifth but put up zeros in all the other innings with 10 whiffs gaining his first win of the season. Johnny Edwards of the Pirates and the Braves Freddie Sanchez each had two hits.
Series Summary: Seven interesting games played over the phoneline to Las Vegas with good conversation with Ron Moidel and has assistant Gary. The Braves matched the Pirates’ early season performance vs. the Braves with a 5-2 series win.
Purry Cowpokes @ Fort Worth Cats
Series Preview: Ft. Worth enters the series tied for first in the AL West with Cincinnati at 94 and 47. Purry comes in still in the hunt for a playoff spot at 81 – 60.
Game #1: Reserved second baseman Robby Thompson doubles home two in the 5th and the Cats hang on to win behind a strong pitching performance by Charlie Root who struck out 8 in 7 innings of work.

Final Score: Cats 3, Cowpokes 1

Game #2: Smokey Joe Williams was yanked after a lead off hit in the 4th and after he had given up 4 runs and the Cats couldn’t come back despite 3 hits each from Willie Keeler and Homerun Baker.

Final Score: Cowpokes 6, Cats 3

Game #3: Cats leap ahead 5-0 through 4 innings behind doubles by Pete Hill and Andy Van Slyke and didn’t look back as Justin Verlander wins his 20th.

Final Score: Cats 6, Cowpokes 3

Game #4: Keith Hernandez hit two doubles and drove in two runs and Moises Alou also drove home 2 to provide the offense for Greg Maddux to win his 21st game of the year for Ft. Worth. Ricky Henderson hit a home run for Purry.

Final Score: Cats 4, Cowpokes 2

Game #5: Ricky hit a two run homer in the third for Purry, but the Cats scored the last 4 runs of the game. Home Run Baker doubled home two, Keith Hernandez hit his 9th triple, and home runs by Ken Singleton and Gene Alley led the attack for the Cats. Jim Kaat wins his 20th game of the year.

Final Score: Cats 4, Cowpokes 2

Game #6: Ft. Worth outlasted Purry in this pitching duel and although things got a little interesting in the 9th Dennis Eckersley was still able to close out the game for the Cats.

Final Score: Cats 2, Cowpokes 1

Game #7: Smokey Joe Williams was again hit hard early as he gave up a three-run homer to Purry catcher, Ed Bailey in the 2nd inning, but he settled down after that and was able to pitch 7 innings. After the Cats had gone up 4 to 3 Willie McCovey tied the game with a solo blast in the 8th. Hank Severeid came on defensively in the 10th and threw out Ricky Henderson to end the inning and then he walked off the game in the bottom of the 10th when he led off with his first home run of the year.

Final Score: Cats 5, Cowpokes 4

Series Summary: Ft. Worth takes the series 6 games to 1 to put the pressure on the Knights who host the last place Whales.
Wrigleyville Whales @ Cincinnati Knights
Series Preview: The Wrigleyville Wahles made their first visit to Glenn Sample Field for a seven-game set with the A.L. West co-leaders, the Cincinnati Knights. Fort Worth the other co-leader in the West took six games this week to put the pressure firmly on the home club.
Game #1: CIN 5-12-1, WRI 3-12-1 Ted Williams went two-for-four with a homer
Game #2: CIN 5-13-0, WRI 1-3-0 Joe Sewell went three-for-five with a homer and two runs scored
Game #3: WRI 3-7-0, CIN 2-4-5 Ivan Meusel delivered the game winning hit, as the Whales scratched out a pair of runs in the top of the ninth.
Game #4: WRI 8-10-0, CIN 6-9-0 Ivan Meusel went three-for-five with a double and homer in the win
Game #5: CIN 11-14-1, WRI 1-4-0 Ted Williams went two-for-four with a homer and three RBI
Game #6: CIN 8-9-0, WRI 6-9-0 Ted Williams went one-for-three with a homer and three RBI
Game #7: CIN 7-15-4, WRI 3-9-0 Ted Williams…..had the day off! Jason Giambi went two-for-five with a pair of homers and five driven in.
Series Summary: Cincinnati takes five of seven and is a game back in the A.L. West.

Ted Williams makes a bid for Player of the Week, going eight-for-21 (.381) with five runs scored, 11 RBI, two doubles, three homers and six walks. His on base percentage was .518, his slugging percentage was .905 for an OPS of 1.423.

New Westminster Salmonbellies @ Madison East Purgolders
Series Preview: New Westminster, the best of the Minster’s, head to Madison to try to make up some late ground in their quest for the playoffs.
Game #1: Billy Pierce vs. Hooks Wiltsie. Hookie may be the leader for most underperforming player of the year in LEG this year, or at least among the hurlers. Jason Bay hits a 3-run shot in the bottom of the first, giving Wiltsie some room to breathe as he tries to avoid his 19th loss of the season. The Salmonbellies chip away, and then drop a three spot on the Purgolders in the top of the sixth to take a 5-3 lead, chasing Wiltsie from the game. Despite Joe Jackson going deep with two outs in the ninth Madison East drops the opener 8-5.
Game #2: Dizzy Trout goes up against Vinegar Bend Mizell. Scoreless until the bottom of the 5th when Pie Traynor hit s a two-run single, followed immediately by an RBI knock from Dave Nillson. In the top of the 8th Jason Bay guns down Ferris Fain at the plate to end the inning, preserving Mizell’s team leading second shutout of the season. Joe Jackson connects on a three-run blast in the bottom of the 8th for some insurance. Purgolders even the series 1-1 with a 6-0 win.
Game #3: Andy Messersmith faces off against Jose Mesa. The Mighty Purgolders take a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first with the assistance of two Salmonbellie errors. Martin Dihigo reminds us all that Joe Table is dealing as he cashes in on the lead-off walk to Ron Hunt to start the second with a mega blast to tie the game at 2. Ryan Braun leads off the bottom of the 5th with a homer, giving the Golden Purs a 3-2 lead. Mesa goes 8, leaving a 4-4 tie in his wake. Curt Schilling comes on and goes four without giving up an unearned run yet takes the loss in 12, 5-4 on a walk-off by Paul Waner. Waner looked highly confused at the concept of a Gatorade bath during the post-game celebration. Both teams have three errors in the game. Bill Caudill gets the save for the Salmonbellies.
Game #4: Sam Leever vs. Guy Bush. A scoreless battle through 6, including Martin Dihigo getting gunned down twice trying to steal by Frank “Howitzer” Snyder. Bush loads the bases in the top of the 7th and then beanes Roy Campanella to plate the game’s first run. Ferris Fain hits a one-out triple in the 8th and scores on a sac fly from Felipe Alou for a 2-0 lead. Placido Polanco hits a sac fly in the bottom of the 9th, and the Purgolders manage to get runners on 2nd & 3rd with two outs but Frank Snyder grounds out to Dave Concepcion to end the game. Fishguts beat the rodents 3-1 as Leever goes the distance.
Game #5: Up in the series 3-1 New Westminster goes with Jeff Tesreau against Art Nehf. The Salmonbellies plate three in the top of the first, hampered by Jason Bay cutting down Ron Hunt while trying to score on a flyout. Tesreau, a grade 22, promptly gives up two in the bottom of the frame and Felipe Alou takes out Albert Belle at the plate. I didn’t think I would get any runs off of Tesreau so I feel like this is a victory of some sorts already. Tesreau retaliates for the Campanella dotting yesterday by plunking Jason Kendall in the second, resulting in the fluffball Kendall being injured for six games. Albert Belle takes Tesreau deep in the bottom of the third and shouts all around the bases “Throw at me! Throw at Me!” Game tied at 3 after three. Jason Bay finally does something that doesn’t improve the pitching statistics for an opposing starter, plating Hanley Ramirez with an RBI base hit. F’ing Martin Dihigo does his Albert impersonation, blasting a two-run shot out of the stadium to take a5-4 lead in the top of the 6th. All looking great for the Bellies until Frank Snyder plates Dave Nillson with a two-out double to tie it up at 5 after 8!Quiet until the 12th, when Jimmy Winn hits a 2-run triple off of Bob Forsch for the7-5 lead. Bill Caudill comes in again and slams the door and New Westminster takes a 4-1 series lead.
Game #6: A rematch of game one with the Hookster having his first chance for his 20th loss of the season! The tension in stadium is THICK! As is typical, Purgolders are down 2-0 four batters in to the game on a Felipe Alou triple, Paul Waner single and Jimmy Winn double. The Purgolders toss a half dozen on the board in the bottom of the3rd, highlighted by a Dave Nillson 3-run bomb. Hooksie, being Hooksie, gives up a slam to Winn in the top of the 6th, with New Westminster returning the favor with their own six spot to take a 9-6 lead. Martin Dihigo solidifies his player of the week campaign with a final two-run blast in the 8th off of Jim Lonborg to extend the lead to 12-6. Just in case, Dihigo adds a three-run shot in the ninth to prove that he is just a stat collector…. 4-5, 5 RBI, 10 total bases…. Final score 16-6.
Game #7: Dizzy Trout vs. Bret Saberhagen. Maybe Sabes can slow this offense down? Big Roy connects for a two-run shot in the top of the fourth for a 2-0 lead. Jimmy Winn does the same in the 5th. Harvey Kuenn takes his turn in the 6th with a 2-run shot of his own to move the lead to 6-0. Three straight innings with a two-run homerun for New Westminster. George Scales and John Kruk aren’t giving up, hitting back-to-ack two-out RBI doubles in the bottom of the 6th to pull within 6-2. Two runs in the top of the offset three in the bottom of ninth, which necessitated Caudill earning his third save of the series for a final of 8-5.
Series Summary: The Salmonbellies take the series 6-1, but it wasn’t that close. Martin Dihigo, per his usual, had a month’s worth of offense in six games, Wiltsie get his much earned 20th loss of the season and continued head scratching for the brain trust at Madison East.
Menomonee Minutemen @ Kansas City Blues
Series Preview: Two division teams go at it
Game #1: Rico Carty’s 2-HR 3-rbi help the Blues win 5-4
Game #2: Bonds 2-HR Altuve 1-HR Adcock 1-HR Minutemen 12-2 win
Game #3: Rommel CG 2-hitter shutout the Blues 2-0
Game #4: Sheffield Boog and Delgado for homer for the Blues as they go on to win in extras 10-9
Game #5: Minutemen win a close one 8-7 Blues mount a comeback come up short
Game #6: Greinke and Hudson both go the distance Grienke gets the CG 3-hit shutout 2-0 for the Blues
Game #7: Minutemen pull out 4th win in 12 8-5
Series Summary: good series between division rivals Minutemen come out on top 4-3
Nags Head Surf Sox @ Coastline Bobcats
Series Preview: Coastline (96-45) hosts Nags Head (63-78) for a 7 game series.
Game #1: NAG M.Mussina vs CLB B.Swift
CLB on the board in the B1 when Jenkins 1bs, a Ripken groundout, and H.Wilson rbi-1b. CLB strikes again in the B3 when Jenkins bbs, Ripken H&R 1b puts runners at the corners, Howard with an rbi-1b, and Gehrig cleans the bases with a 2-run 2b. CLB Ripken closes the scoring with a Sac Fly in the B7.On the mound CLB B.Swift is strong giving up only 4 hits while walking 2 and fanning 5 as he tosses the CG Shutout. NAG Foxx added his 41st double on the season.CLB 5, NAG 0CLB B.Swift (16-8) gets the win and NAG M.Mussina (13-10) with the loss.
Game #2: NAG J.Palmer vs CLB C.Finley
Good old fashioned pitcher’s duel through 7 as both Palmer and Finley are in control and the score is till 0-0. In the B8 CLB finally break through when M.Williams gets a 1-out 2b, Kinsler PRs, and then with 2 out Becker 1bs him home for the 1-0 lead. CLB calls on Sutter in the T9 (Finley was lifted for PH Goslin in the B8) as has been the case this year.But NAG H.Johnson leads off the T9 and tees off on a Sutter fastball hitting it over the CF wall for a 1-1 tie and giving Sutter his 7th blown save. Sutter settles down and gets the next 3 hitters to keep the game tied at 1-1.In the B9 Charlton is on for SAN and after Jenkins Ks, Ripken 1bs, and then moves all the way to 3rd on a Charlton WP, H.Wilson is IW bringing up Howard. NAG plays the infield in and Howard hits a grounder to Foxx who throws home to nail Ripken. But Ripken beats the throw with a neat slide to give CLB the win!CLB 2, NAG 1CLB B.Sutter (5-4) gets the win and NAG N.Charlton (3-3) takes the loss.
Game #3: NAG J.Andujar vs CLB K.Brown
CLB out in front again as they score 1 in the B1 on a C.Ripken solo-HR. CLB Brown manages to pitch 2 scoreless innings before he implodes one again. In the NAG T3 Jeter 1bs, Sandberg 2bs, and with 2-out Foxx hits a 3-run HR followed by a Stanton solo-HR for a 4-1 NAG lead!NAG keeps it coming with 2 more in the T5 when Hayes bbs and Foxx hits a 2-run HR, his 2nd of the game. CLB Brown is yanked and his stat line is 4IP, 8 hits, and 6 ER. Not bad for a Grade 20 whose season ERA has now ballooned to 4.28. Brown has pretty much been real bad or somewhat good this year, with a few more bad than good.NAG adds a run in the T7 on a H,Johnson rbi-2b and 2 more in the T9 on a Dawson 2-run HR.Besides Foxx, the big story for NAG in this game was Andujar as he went 7IP giving up only 4 hits, walking none and fanning 7. Andujar’s lone blemish was Ripken’s HR as he avoids his 20th loss on the season.NAG 9, CLB 1NAG J.Andujar (5-19) with the win and CLB K.Brown (15-10) takes the loss
Game #4: NAG N.Ryan vs CLB D.Stieb
CLB opens the scoring in the B3 when Becker 1bs, Jenkins on by a FC, Ripken H&R 1b, and H.Wilson swats a 3-run HR. NAG comes right back in the T4 when Foxx bbs, Dawson 1bs, and H.Johnson rips an rbi-2b and Carter follows with a SF to RF.CLB Jenkins gets one run right back with a solo-HR in the B4. CLB adds another run in the B6 on a M.Williams solo-HR. That’s all the scoring in the game. CLB Steib gives up the 2 runs and then turns things over to the bullpen. CLB Albers, Marshall, and Sutter close out the game.CLB 5, NAG 2CLB D.Stieb (17-7) with the win, Sutter notches Save#59, and NAG N.Ryan (4-13) gets the loss.
Game #5: NAG C.Hamels vs CLB D.Sutton
CLB with their big 4 starters tired, and Maglie itchy, elects to give D.Sutton the start. Most likely his lone start of the season and he actually is respectable going 5IP giving up only 2ER on 5 hits while fanning 4.CLB needs to score with Sutton on the mound and that they did to NAG frustration as the Surf Sox bullpen comes apart in the later innings.CLB opens the scoring in the B1 on a Kemp 1b, Burks H&R 1b, and a C.Ripken SF. CLB adds 2 more in the B3 with 2 out Kemp 1bs and Burks hits a 2-run HR.CLB Sutton’s lone bad inning was the T4 when Foxx 1bs, Stanton 1bs, Dawson rips a rbi-2b, Winfield with an rbi-1b and then Sutton throws away McCarver’s grounder to the mound to tie the game at 3-3.CLB Gordon hits a 2-out solo-HR in the B4 to get the lead back for Sutton and give him a chance to earn the win. Sutton helps his cause by tossing a scoreless T5 before being lifted in favor of the bullpen.But as stated earlier, the NAG bullpen of Slocumb and D.Weathers implodes giving up 3 runs in the B7 and 5 more in the B8 as CLB cruises to the win. CLB bullpen closes out the last 4 innings to preserve the win.CLB 13, NAG 3

CLB D.Sutton (1-1) with the win and NAG C.Hamels (9-11) takes the loss.

Game #6: NAG M.Mussina vs CLB C.Finley
Another good old pitcher’s duel. Mussina and Finley toss scoreless innings through the 3rd. IN the B4 CLB Ripken 2bs, Wilson 1bs, and Howard bloops an rbi-1b for the 1st run of the game. CLB adds another in the B5 when M.Williams 2bs, Finley with a SAC, and Becker follows with a SF for a 2-0 CLB lead.That’s how the game would end as NAG Mussina buckles down and doesn’t give up any further runs and CLB Finley is on point going the distance for a CG 4-hit shutout win. Finley fans 9 and walks none as well.CLB 2, NAG 0CLB C.Finley (19-6) with the win and NAG M,Mussina (13-11) gets the loss.
Game #7: NAG J.Palmer vs CLB K.Brown
As is the case in every game he starts, which K.Brown will show up in this game.Well, to NAG disappointment the good K.Brown showed up as he goes 7.2IP of shutout ball before giving way to Sutter. I really wanted to let him try for the shutout, but with his track history this year I went with Sutter with a runner on in the 8th. Sutter closed out the game for his 60th save.CLB got all the runs it would need in the B1 as Becker 1bs, Jenkins reaches on a FC, a Ripken H&R 1b moves Jenkins to 3rd, but he then tries to score and is pegged at the plate as Ripken moves into 2nd. Wilson salvages the inning with an rbi-2b.CLB adds 2 more in the B3 on a Becker solo-HR, Jenkins 2b, and Wilson rbi-1b. CLB closes out the scoring with a Gordon FC-rbi in the B8.CLB 4, NAG 0CLB K.Brown (16-10) with the win, Sutter with Save#60, and NAG J.Palmer (7-8) with the loss.
Series Summary: Coastline takes the series 6-1 over Nags Head. Except for the lone loss the Coastline pitching controlled the series.

Coastline’s Finley has a strong series tossing 17IP and allows 0 runs while fanning 12, walking 4 and giving up 10 hits. Finley pitches a shutout and only gets 1 win as Sutter blows the save in the other game.

Pigtown Bombers @ Detroit DeLoreans
Series Preview: The NL East’s eighth-place Pigtown Bombers (45-96) visit the second-place Detroit DeLoreans (89-52).
Game #1: PIG 7 – DET 8: Indicative of many of the games in the series, Pigtown jumped ahead early and carried a 7-6 lead into the ninth innings. A 3-run HR from B. Kauff put Pigtown ahead in the seventh inning. However, in the ninth inning, a S. Rice double brought in the winning run for Detroit. Pigtown’s M. Ramirez had 4 RBI, while Detroit’s N. Lajoie went 3 for 5 with a double, triple, and 2 RBI.
Game #2: PIG 2 – DET 3: A M. Schmidt RBI double in the first inning gave the Bombers an early 1-0 lead. In the fifth inning, S. Sallee took a J. Tudor pitch off his shoulder and was lost for nine games. Then a R. White double in the bottom on the ninth gave Detroit a 3-2 win. Pigtown’s M. Schmidt had two doubles. Detroit’s R. Collins had a triple and a homer.
Game #3: PIG 6 – DET 7 (10): A back-and-forth affair that went an extra inning until B. Fothergill drove in the winning run. M. Ramirez went 2 for 4 with two doubles and an RBI. Five players for Detroit had two hits including R. Collins who had a double and his 47th HR.
Game #4: PIG 4 – DET 10: Detroit jumped out to a 7-0 lead after five innings. Pigtown’s E. Lombardi went 2 for 4 with a HR and 2 RBI. While Detroit’s A. Rendon went 3 for 4 with 2 HRs and 3 RBIs.
Game #5: PIG 4 – DET 7: A 4-run first inning gave the DeLoreans enough momentum to hold on to a 7-4 victory. In the fifth inning, a 3-run J. Robinson double brought the Bombers within two, but they never got any closer. Pigtown’s A. Radcliff went 3 for 4 with a double. Detroit’s Y. Berra went 2 for 4 with a double and two RBI. The DeLoreans also lost A. Rendon five days to injury.
Game #6: PIG 4 – DET 5 (10): After seven innings the Bombers held a 4-2 lead behind a 2 for 5 effort from B. Kauff. However, the DeLoreans battled back to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth inning on a J. Cronin double. Then Detroit won it in the bottom of the tenth on a R. Velarde error as he misjudged a B. Fothergill popup. DeLorean R. White went 3 for 5 with a double, run, RBI, and SB.
Game #7: PIG 1 – DET 4: A 3-run fourth inning led by F. Howard, B. Fothergill, and A. Pafkowas all the DeLoreans needed as they cruised to a 4-1 victory. Pigtown’s catcher D. Sims went 2 for 4. While Detroit’s F. Howard went 3 for 4 in a rare start.
Series Summary: Another tough series for Pigtown who didn’t deserve to be swept. They held the lead in four games and lost on walk-offs in four of the contests. Some fortunate hitting from Detroit led to some heartbreaking Pigtown defeats. As for performances, Detroit’s Ripper Collins belted four more HRs to give him 48 for the season with 14 games remaining.
West Michigan Retrogrades @ Climax Cougars
Series Preview: Well, in retrospect I wish Kevin Weber had invited me along on his weekend ski trip instead of sticking me with playing against his evil micromanager. A bit of a spoiler alert as the Climax Cougars hosted and tried to eat up some ground between them and the West Michigan Retrogrades.
Game #1: Starting off with Climax starter Jarrod Washburn has been brilliant since coming off the DL a few weeks ago and inserted as a starter.
Unfortunately, his shipment of stupid pills arrived and this game started off by him offering up a tater to Heavy Johnson (23) and before you could say “who drank my beer?” WMR was up 1-0 and Washburn was already a little twitchy.
The Cougars drew even when Jose Bautista came out of his coma and single down the right field line which allowed Chief Meyers to waddle home with the tying run in the bottom of the 1st.
The Retros regained the lead in the 3rd inning thanks to George Sisler (a fabulous ball player by the way – look him up) who singled home Marty McManus (who would wind up with three hits on the day) for a 2-1 West Mish lead.
They upped the ante in the 4th with Duke Snider (one of my childhood favs as the Expos broadcaster guy) smacking a Washburn pitch on a line into the Molson concession stand in right field. The homer enraged fans not so much that the hit gave the Retrogrades a 4-1 lead but more that nothing gets between a Canadian and his beer.
Sam Crawford continued to climb the popularity ladder in Climax by launching his 13th of the season into the right field stands when West Mish starter Urban Shocker hung one in the bottom of the 4th.
Unfortunately, that was as charitable as Shocker would get on the day as he cruised through to the 9th and despite giving up a run on an RBI single by Johnny Mize in the bottom of the 9th the Cougars couldn’t mount anything resembling a comeback.
With the Retrogrades tacking on two runs in the top of the 9th the game ended 6-3 with the boys from Michigan outclassing Climax and outhitting them 14-4 in the contest.
W-Shocker (19-11. 2.67)
L-Washburn (2-6, 2.49)
HR-WMR: Snider (16), Hv. Johnson (23); CMC: Crawford (13)
Game #2: World class pain in the ass Heavy Johnson once again led the charge for West Michigan with a home run in the top of the 8th that gave the Retrogrades the winning run in a 3-2 ball game.
Johnson’s antics spoiled what started out as a promising game with Climax jumping to a 2-0 lead on Sam Crawford’s second homer in as many games with a runner aboard in the 2nd inning. Smoky Joe Wood was fantastic for 6 innings but struggled in the 7th and allowed a couple of runs on an RBI ground out b Adrian Beltre and another run in off a Bobby Wallace single.
Wood lasted 8 innings in all and allowed just six hits and a walk while fanning seven. His mound opponent, Curt Davis, was a little dodgy and gave up two runs on eight hits and three walks over 7 innings.
Joe Sambito self-destructed on the mound when he came in for the save for West Michigan allowing two hits and a walk in the 9th, but was rescued by the AI which ended the game on George Grantham’s 4th hit of the day that sent Chief Meyers to his death at the plate and then had Grantham nailed when he tried to advance to 2nd base. Wham back, thank you, ma’am indeed.
The baseball gods were angry this day and they made the Cougars their bitches. What can you do?
W-Davis (14-9, 3.28)
Sv-Sambito (14), BBW Artificial Intelligence (100)
L-Wood (10-9, 4.82)
HR-WMR: Hv Johnson (24); CMC: Crawford (14)
Game #3: Well, Heavy Johnson didn’t hit a homer for the Retrogrades … he hit two including his 2nd leadoff homer of the series as the visitors bashed their way to a 9-4 win.
Sadly, the Retrogrades only outhit the Cougars 11-10 in the game, but where the Climax hits were scattered all over the place the West Michigan hitters clumped theirs together (six walks didn’t hurt either).
West Michigan was up 5-1 on Rube Waddell and the Cougars after two innings and just put it on cruise control after that.
Johnson drove in three runs and scored four times adding a double to his two home runs and to add insult to injury he even stole a base. Prick.
Waddell was terrible and was pulled after two horrific innings in which he allowed five runs on five hits and three walks. Reliever Frank Smith did his part to ensure there was no chance of Climax coming back in this one by allowing three runs on three hits and two walks in just an inning. This clown did nothing right and I’m surprised he could even find the ballpark.
W-Schumacher (16-5, 4.15)
L-Waddell (12-10)
HR-WMR: Hv Johnson 2 (26)
Game #4: Oh for Pete’s sake … Heavy Johnson again launched a homer to lead off the game as the Retrogrades re-enacted the Defenestration of Prague on the Cougars in a 13-4 laugher.
The Retros pounded out 18 hits in the game with Johnson falling a triple short of the cycle (that one went to Bill Dickey) as he scored three times and drove in as many. George Sisler was a cool 4/4 with three runs and two RBIs while Bill Dickey did not too badly with a 4/6 … and yes, Virginia, he did hit for the cycle.
The line score for the day award goes to Cliff Melton, who had been pitching quite well, who got one out but in doing so gave up four runs on five hits. Nice.
W-W.Foster (19-9, 2.58)
L-Harris (7-7, 3.84)
HR-WMR: Hv Johnson (27), t.Davis (27), Dickey (20); CMC: Gibson (11), Mize (11)
Game #5: Lots of runs again, but no Heavy Johnson factor.
The Cougars kept Heavy at bay with him going 0/4 with two strikeouts and meanwhile exacted some revenge on the West Michigan pitching staff in a 12-1 victory.
Chief Meyers and Sam Crawford each had three hits in the game with Jose Bautista pulling a Gary Carter and having a great offensive game when it was not needed and driving in four runs on two home runs.
W-Redding (5-8, 4.46)
L-Shocker (19-12, 2.88)
Hr-CMC: Ott (21), Bautista 2 (23)
Game #6: A George Sisler single in the top of the 9th off Eric Plunk unraveled the Cougars bid for a win as two runs scored to lift the Retrogrades to a 6-4 triumph over Climax.
The Sisler heroics spoiled what was a minor victory for Climax holding Heavy Johnson to just one hit in 3 at bats. Bobby Wallace came out of nowhere to keep West Michigan in the game in the early going with what I have to believe was a wind-assisted homer to left in the 4th with a runner aboard that tied the game 3-3.
Chief Meyers had three hits for Climax.
… and that’s all I have to say about that.
W-Sambito (5-2, 2.81)
L-Plunk (3-5, 2.11)
HR-WMR: Wallace (3)
Game #7: Kind of like finding a 4-leaf clover after your house burns down, the Cougars come back to win the final game 7-1.
Highlights included no hits for Heavy Johnson and homers by Sam Crawford and Buck Leonard.
Van Lingle Mungo was in fine form allowing just the one run over 8 quiet innings with two walks and just one K.
W-Mungo (11-7, 2.99)
L-Schumacher (16-6, 4.24)
HR-CMC: Leonard (13), Crawford (15)
Series Summary: I have sadness
Virginia Cavaliers @ Fantomz Force
Series Preview: Two Virginia-based teams squared off this weekend, with the Cavaliers in the playoff hunt and the Force looking at players for next season …
Game #1: Game 142 – Bob Turley ’55 (9-11) v. Mel Harder ’32 (4-9)

Fantomz 6-3: Virginia struck first when Alan Trammell started the series with a solo shot. The Force struck back with four runs during the bottom half, highlighted by a Don Mattingly two-run single. Joe Judge, inserted as a leadoff hitter for the first time this season, responded with two runs and three singles. Fantomz’ bullpen held the line, allowing a lone unearned run over four innings to preserve the win.

W – Harder (5-9) L – Turley (9-12)

Game #2: Game 143 – Lefty Gomez ’38 (15-9) v. Stan Coveleski ’23 (2-14)

Fantomz 4-0: A struggling Stan Coveleski, who lost his first eight decisions, delivered his best performance this season. Coveleski fired a two-hitter with three strikeouts. The Force scored two 1st-inning runs, then received some insurance from a pinch-hit Doc Wiley 8th-inning two-run single.

W – Coveleski (3-14) L – Gomez (15-10)

Game #3: Game 144 – Juan Guzman ’99 (5-11) v. Carl Weilman ’14 (9-17)

Fantomz 5-2: Virginia’s Juan Guzman cruised through seven innings of one-run ball, striking out five and allowing four hits, as back-to-back 4th-inning singles by Joe Harris and Ralph Kiner provided run support. Fantomz bats waited until the 9th inning to awaken; Larry Doby scored on a passed ball to tie the game then Gil McDougald delivered a three-run clout into the left-field seats for a dramatic win.

W – Cishek (5-3) L – Foulke (3-6)

Game #4: Game 145 – Preacher Roe ’52 (3-7) v. Gaylord Perry ’74 (12-14)

Fantomz 3-2: The Cavaliers benefited from another strong start – this time Roe pitched six shutout innings – but the Force thrilled their fans with another dramatic victory. Adam Eaton, angling for playing time, took the plate for the first time in weeks during the 9th inning with the bases loaded and one out. He promptly delivered a bases-clearing triple to send Fantomz’ fans into a wild frenzy.

W – Russell (5-4) L – Foulke (3-7)

Game #5: Game 146 – Ed Reulbach ’09 (9-11) v. Mel Harder ’32 (5-9)

Virginia 2-0: The Cavaliers had seen enough nonsense, and Reulbach took matters into his own hands. He fired seven innings one-hit innings with six strikeouts while Frank Robinson’s 1st-inning longball was more than enough offense. Kevin McReynolds added a 6th-inning insurance run to break Fantomz’ four-game winning streak.

W- Reulbach (10-11) L – Harder (5-10) SV – Betancourt (4)

Game #6: Game 147 – Bob Turley ’55 (9-12) v. Stan Coveleski ’23 (3-14)

Fantomz 8-1: Fantomz starting pitcher Stan Coveleski made his case for NL Pitcher of the Week by firing a three-hitter for his second victory this week. After a 2-14 start, the spitballers doubled his win total and dropped his ERA from 4.91 to 4.44. Al Lopez, Larry Doby, and Eddie Miller all scored twice and had two hits, with Doby hitting his 26th homer.

W – Coveleski (4-14) L – Turley (9-13)

Game #7: Game 148 – Lefty Gomez ’38 (15-10) v. Carl Weilman ’14 (9-17)

Virginia 5-0: The Cavaliers figured the best way to win was preventing Fantomz from scoring. The strategy worked as Gomez tossed seven shutout innings and the bullpen didn’t disappoint. Frank Robinson and Al Rosen homered.

W – Gomez (16-10) L – Weilman (9-18)

Series Summary: Fantomz won 5 of 7 – unfortunately for Virginia, this was the Force’s best series this year.

Player of the Week nominee: Fantomz’ backup catcher Al Lopez, who hit 7-for-15 and scored five runs. Lopez increased his batting average from .178 to .201, rather notable for this late in the season.

Pitcher of the Week nominee: Fantomz’ Stan Coveleski was brilliant, going 2-0 with a 0.50 ERA, pithcing two complete games, allowing one run only five hits over 18 innings, doubling his win total this season!

San Tan Valley Moonrakers @ Clockwork Heros
Series Preview: San Tan Valley visits Clockwork
Game #1: hadley 4 hitter san tan 6-0
Game #2: Big Unit and San Tan beat Matheson 4-1
Game #3: Blyleven wins his 23rd as Santop triples and homers 8-3 clockwork
Game #4: Vaughn homers Gromek wins 2-1 clockwork
Game #5: Matheson loses again this time 3-1 to Trucks and San Tan
Game #6: Tekulve blows the save but gets the win 5-4 Clockwork
Game #7: Tekulve saves his 35th as Blyleven wins his24th beating Randy Johnson 4-2
Series Summary: Clockwork manages a series win 4-3 but two Matheson losses hurt his cy young drive. Trotsky drove in 7 for San Tan Valley

STRAY

Iowa Giants @ Hoboken Zephyrs
Series Preview: The Giants travel to Hoboken as the regular season winds down.
Game #1: Bob Feller and Red Faber each pitch 10 scoreless innings in a classic duel. Jeff Heath’s 3-base error in the 11th gave Iowa the win.
Iowa 1 Hoboken 0
Game #2: Ewell Blackwell pitched a 3-hit gem to shutout Iowa. Eddie Stanky led the Zephyr offense with a homer and 3 rbi’s.
Hoboken 4 Iowa 0
Game #3: The Giants scored 4 runs on only two hits taking advantage of 6 free passes. Bob Lemon and Goose Gossage teamed up to hold Hoboken to just two runs.
Iowa 4 Hoboken 2
Game #4: Noodles Hahn improved to 24-9, 2.18era. Curt Flood and Bill Dahlen each homered to lead the Hoboken attack.
Hoboken 6 Iowa 3
Game #5: Bob Feller was brilliant again allowing just two hits over 8 innings. Goose Gossage earned his 25th save.
Mike Garcia allowed just 4 hits and one earned run over 8 innings in a hard loss.
Iowa 1 Hoboken 0
Game #6: Red Faber earned his 17th win allowing just two hits and one earned run in a complete game victory.
Hoboken 3 Iowa 1
Game #7: Dizzy Dean allowed just three runs over 7 innings and pitched a 3-run blast of his own to outduel Ewell Blackwell.
Iowa 4 Hoboken 3
Series Summary: Iowa takes a tough road series in Hoboken 4-3. Bob Feller starred for the Giants winning both his starts. Feller allowed just 7 hits and no earned runs over 18 innings!!
Motown Yankees @ Wainwright Wranglers
Series Preview: Yankees vs Wranglers and Yankees win the series 4-3 a pretty uneventful series with only one highlight Curt Hubble three a 12 inning 3 hit shut out to out last Left Groves complete game in a 2-0 victory
Series Summary: 4-3 Yankees
Hollywood Zombies @ Fire Lake Segers
Series Preview: Hollywood (53-88) at Fire Lake (70-71)
Game #1: Hollywood – 5, Fire Lake – 4 (12 innings)
Game #2: Fire Lake – 6, Hollywood – 3
Game #3: Fire Lake – 3, Hollywood – 1
Game #4: Fire Lake – 10, Hollywood – 7
Game #5: Hollywood – 5, Fire Lake – 3 (12 innings)
Game #6: Fire Lake – 5, Hollywood – 4 (10 innings)
Game #7: Hollywood – 4, Fire Lake – 3
Series Summary: Hollywood traveled to Fire Lake and the Zombies did not go down quietly. The Segers win the series 4 games to 3, but they’re not going to brag about it… Fire Lake sits at 74-74, with 14 to play. Apparently, it’s all been one giant Twisted Sister party through 148.