National League Pitcher of the Week – Satchel Paige – Fantomz Force
1-0 record, 9.0 innings pitched, 0.00 ERA, 1 hit allowed, 8 strikeouts, & 1 walk
American League Pitcher of the Week – Carl Mays – Wrigleyville Whales
1-0 record, 9.0 innings pitched, 0.00 ERA, 3 hits allowed, 4 strikeouts, &3 walks
National League Player of the Week – Quincy Trouppe – San Tan Valley Moonrakers
.545 avg / 1.273 slg, 6 for 11, 3 doubles, 2 triples, 1 run, 4 RBIs, 2 walks, &1 stolen base
American League Player of the Week – Walker Cooper – Kansas City A’s
.545 avg / 1.182 slg, 6 for 11, 2 doubles, 2 home runs, 4 runs, 4 RBIs, & 1 walk
|Jack Street Hustlers @ Wrigleyville Whales
|Series Preview:||Jack Street (.698) came to Wrigleyville (.34) for 4-games over Labor Day Weekend.|
|Game #1:||G-1- Siebert v C.Mays. Carl (5-4, 5.22) was on as he hurled a CG, 3-hit, 2-0 Shut Out! Lazzeri clubbed 2-run homer, # 6 in 2nd. Combs & Musial had 2-hits apiece for Whales. Meusel bro’s were a combined 0-7 in F-T-F meeting. Sonny 3-4, 2.84 scattered 7-hits over 7.1-IP in the loss.|
|Game #2:||G-2- Byrd v Quinn. Game was 1-1 going into 7th and then Hustlers Rogers Hornsby (16) unloaded a GRAND SLAM and Jack Street wins game 6-1. Bryd (5-1, 3.36) allowed 1-run over 8-IP and Palmeiro added his 9th homer in win. For Hornsby his 4-RBI gives him 53 in 55-games! Ritchey (4) blasted solo homer for Whales.|
|Game #3:||G-3- Viola v Koufax. Game was over early, as Hustlers scored in 1st 6-innings, holding a 15-1 lead! JD Drew (3), Medwick (2-10,11), McGwire (21) and Simmons (2) popped HR’s and Frankie V (3-0, 2.91) hurled 6-innings of 1-run, 4-hit ball. Medwick was 2-5, 2-HR, 3-runs with 5-RBI for Hustlers . Sandy (0-12, 6.61), Burke & McBean allowed 5-runs apiece in loss. Horner (5) clubbed 3-run-HR in 8th for Whales.
Bob Meusel was 2-5, 2B, Run & RBI while brother Irish was 1-4, 2B.
|Game #4:||G-4- Haren v Ruether. Whales tie game @ 2-2 in 7th on Ritchey’s 5th homer and Horner gives Wrigleyville a 3-2 lead in 8th with his 6th home run as Whales split series. Ruether (3-7, 4.85) allowed 2-runs on 5-hits over 8-IP and Melancon (8.15) earned his 3rd save. Bob Meusel was 2-3, HR (11).|
|Series Summary:||Whales feel fortunate to have split with powerhouse Hustlers!|
|Lewisberry Country Blumpkins @ New Westminster Salmonbellies|
|Series Preview:||After an 18 game, 12 – 6 successful road trip looking forward to an
|Game #1:||Game went to the top of the 9th at 0 – 0 and
Lewisberry gets a 3 run home run from Steve Sax
for a 4 – 0 victory. Starters, Leever for New West
and Hershiser for Lewisberry pitched well with
Hershiser getting the compete game victory.
Eddie Watt, third reliever gave up the 3 run homer.WP: Hershiser 7 – 2 LP: Sam Leever 4 – 4
|Game #2:||Game was over after 4 innings as New West starter, Scott Williamson
gave up 10 hits, 5 runs and 5 walks over 4 innings.
Relievers came in and gave up 2 hits over 5 innings.
Lewisberry’s Lou Brock and Freddie Freeman knocked in 2 apiece
for a 5 – 3 victory. Willie Mays hit a 2 run homer for the Bellies.WP: Wilbur Cooper 5 – 4 S: Britton 13 LP: Scott Williamson 0 – 1
|Game #3:||Bellies win game 3 with a 4 – 3 score with Josh Beckett losing to Dwight Gooden. Jim Wynn drove in 2 with a 2 run homer for the winning side.
WP: Dwight Gooden 6 – 3 S: Bill Caudill 4 LP: Josh Beckett 4 – 6
|Game #4:||Salmonbellies scored a rare 1st inning run on a Fred Clarke two bagger driving in Chick Stahl. Nelson Cruz tied the game scoring on a Newt Allen single in the 7th inning. Bellies win the game in the bottom of the 7th on a RBI from Felipe Alou knocking in Roy Campanella. Martin Dihigo managed a HR in the bottom of the 8th to make the score a 4 – 1 game.
WP: Dutch Leonard 9 – 2 LP: Jack Morris 5 – 5.
|Series Summary:||Very boring series with little hitting of note, 30 walks and fielders improving their
|Las Vegas Pirates @ Fort Worth Cats|
|Series Preview:||This is a series where the average Swashbucklers welcome the fat Cats of Fort Worth to a 4 game series. The Cats have 2 of the leagues best starting pitchers, 1 of the premier relief pitchers in Dennis Eckersley & The great hitting of Willie Keeler. The Bucs flash 3 great relievers, some quality starters & both King (Cecil) & Prince Fielder along with numerous Pirate hitters.|
|Game #1:||This game started out with Willie Keeler hitting the first pitch over the center field wall. In the 2nd, Marquis Grissom doubled home Baker, to score the final run for the Cats. In the bottom of the 2nd, King Fielder connects with his 18th HR of the season to bring the score to 2-1. That’s the way it ended. Great pitching by Harvey Haddix & 2 great innings by Eckersley to close it out, even though Warren Spahn had a quality start wasted.
FINAL SCORE: Cats 2, Pirates 1
|Game #2:||In this game Justin Verlander pitched masterfully. He went 7 innings & gave up just 1 run on 4 hits. Unfortunately that wasn’t the real story, as the Cats hit like lions. They finished with 22 hits & 20 runs, knocking 4 Pirate pitchers around. Keeler led the attack with 4 hits, while Grissom, Baker, & Severeid finished with 3 each. Kenny Singleton sealed the Pirates doom by crushing a 3 run HR in the 4th. every Cats hitter finished with a hit or more. This was a true shellacking.
FINAL SCORE: Cats 20, Pirates 3
|Game #3:||In this game Greg Maddux took control early & went the distance. He allowed only 3 ER’s on 8 hits & got the complete game victory. Hitting stars were Keith Hernandez with 3 hits, Dot Miller with 2 doubles, & Marquis Grissom, with a pair of hits & an RBI. Prince Fielder hit the lone HR in the game for either side. Even though it wasn’t a perfect outing for Maddux, it was good enough for the W. Maddux is now an astounding 10-0!
FINAL SCORE: Cats 5, Pirates 3
|Game #4:||This game was a real nail biter! The Pirates stared out by scoring first with King Fielder driving in Dave Cash, before Kenny Singleton hit a solo HR in the top of the 2nd to tie the score at 1. That lasted until the 6th. That’s when the Cats scored to break the tie. In the bottom half of the 6th, King Fielder came through again with his 19th HR of the season giving the game a 2-2 tie until the 7th. That’s when the great Roberto Clemente broke the tie with an RBI single for the final score. Jim Kaat was the hard luck loser, while Howie Camnitz won his 7th & Rollie Fingers picked up his 2nd save.
FINAL SCORE: Pirates 3, Cats 2
|Series Summary:||Even though the Cats took 3 of 4, it was a great series. Other than the 2nd game blowout, the other 3 games were very close & could’ve gone either way. Hitting stars were Keeler, Singleton, & Grissom for the Cats, & Cash & the Fielders for the Pirates.
FINAL Cats 3 wins, Pirates 1.
|Menomonee Minutemen @ Kansas City A’s|
|Series Preview:||Menomonee (32-21) at Kansas City A’s (24-29)|
|Game #1:||Hoyt vs. Fergie Jenkins: Jenkins goes 8 innings allowing only 2 runs in a KC 6-2 win. Bill White had 3 hits and Odell Hale got a pinch hit bases loaded double in the bottom of the 8th to drive in 3. Barry Bonds had 3 hits for the Minutemen and Chipper Jones hit a homer in the losing effort. W- Jenkins (7-3) L- Hoyt (6-4)|
|Game #2:||Tim Hudson vs. Phil Niekro: Seybold doubled and homered and drove in 4 runs in a 9-5 victory for the Minutemen. Chipper Jones had 3 hits and a homer and Luke Appling chipped in 3 hits. Bill White and Walker Cooper added homers for the A’s. W- Hudson (6-4) L- P. Niekro (2-2) S- Jansen (9)|
|Game #3:||Grissom vs. Three Finger Brown: Bill White and Walker Cooper again hit homers in a 5-3 KC win. Seybold hit a 2 run homer in a losing effort. W- Brown ( 4-5) L – Grissom (4-4) S- W. Davis (1)|
|Game #4:||Tommy John vs. Cicotte: Cicotte goes 8 innings allowing 4 hits and 1 run in a 4-1 KC win. Dale Murphy hit a 2 run homer and Hank Aaron goes 3-4 and drives in the other 2 runs for the A’s. Seybold broke up the shutout in the 9th hitting a leadoff homer, his 3rd of the series. W- Cicotte ( 5-6) L – John (4-5) S- Worrell (1)|
|Series Summary:||Kansas City A’s wins the series 3 games to 1 over the Menomonee Minutemen.|
|Purry Cowpokes @ Middle Channel Sturgeon|
|Series Preview:||Purry visits Middle Channel|
|Game #1:||8-3 Middle Channel|
|Game #2:||5-4 Sturgeon|
|Game #3:||Cowpokes blow up 13-6|
|Game #4:||Purry wins in extra innings 3-2|
|Series Summary:||Series split|
|Cincinnati Knights @ Chicago Nine|
|Series Preview:||Chicago comes in not looking like a contender for anything, but a longer off-season. Cincinnati looking sharp & hoping to pick up a series victory.|
|Game #1:||2 RBI’s by Bobby Richardson & Hank Thompson were big for the the Nine who scored 1 in the bottom of the 9th to pull out a 1-Run victory.
Final Score: Chicago 5 – Cincinnati 4
Win: Whitey Ford 2-0 (2.12)
|Game #2:||This one took 10 Innings. Jason Giambi had a Sacrifice fly in the 1st for the Knights. John Mayberry had a Solo Homerun in the 1st for the Nine. Kris Bryant blasted a solo Homerun in the 10th for the final run of the game.
Final Score: Chicago 2 – Cincinnati 1 (10 Innings)
Win: Whitey Ford 3-0 (2.00)
|Game #3:||Cincinnati was done after losing 2 games in a row by 1-Run. They piled on the Nine scoring 9. Joe Sewell & Babe Phelps had 2 RBI’s each & Steve Garvey had 3 Hits & 3 RBI’s as the Knights gave a beatdown to the Nine.
Final Score: Cincinnati 9 – Chicago 5
Win: Jeff Reardon 1-0 (0.90)
|Game #4:||Joel Cunningham had 2 RBI’s for the Nine. Herb Pennock went 7.1 & Jeff Nelson closed the door in another 1-Run victory for the Chicago Nine.
Final Score: Chicago 4 – Cincinnati 3
Win: Herb Pennock 3-6 (5.00)
|Series Summary:||Chicago takes the series 3 games to 1. All three wins by the Nine were of the 1-Run variety. Cincinnati had the dominant game of the series, and even though they lost the series looks to be a much better team than the Nine.|
|Kansas City Blues @ Boston Braves|
|Series Preview:||On Paper looks like a evenly matched series.|
|Game #1:||Pedro Martinez and the bullpen pitch the Braves to a 3-2 1o inning win in a 10 inning game one. I would be their only win this series. Acouple of thirdbasemen, Jeff Cirillo with two hit and Eddie Mathews homering pace the Brave offense. Gary Sheffield, Fred Schulte, and Tony Cuccinello all had two hit, one of Sheffield’s cleared the fence.|
|Game #2:||Curt Simmons and Herb Score started and pitched well but the bullpens were decisive in this 2-1 eleven inning tilt. Orlando Cepeda homered for the Blues while Gabby Hartnett and Jim Rice had two hits each for the Braves.|
|Game #3:||The closest thing to a blow out in this series but far from it. Blues win 4-2 as Jerry Koosman complete game win was supported by Earl Williams bat. He had two hits for the Blues.d 3 of the 4 RBIs and hit a homer.|
|Game #4:||Another game dominated by the pitching staffs as the Blues won 2-1. Gary Sheffield smacked his second homer of the series, Fred Schulte, Alex Rodriguez, and Ray Durham all had two his fr the Blues. Eddie Mathews matched Sheffield with his second round tripper of the series.|
|Series Summary:||Blue win three of four. The series prognosis held, two extra inning affairs and all games close.|
|Indiana Indians @ Madison East Purgolders|
|Fire Lake Segers @ Coastline Bobcats|
|Series Preview:||Coastline, fresh off a 12-6 road trip, hosts Fire Lake in a 4 game series. Fire Lake is coming off a strong 4 game series against Detroit where they took 3 of 4.
(The series was played via TeamViewer)
|Game #1:||FLS D.McLain and CLB B.Swift steal the show with 5 scoreless innings to start off the series. B.Swift tosses a scoreless T6 to set up the B6. In the CLB B6 Gehrig 1bs with 1 out, Gordon grounds out for the 2nd out, and M.Williams is IW. CLB then send Goslin out to PH for Swift and he draws a walk to load the bases. FLS brings in lefty Gullett to face lefty Becker which doesn’t work as planned as Becker laces a 2-run 1b to give the ‘Cats the lead. In the B7 H.Wilson hits a solo-HR for a 3-0 CLB lead. FLS finally break through in the T8 when Rose 1bs, an Evers inf-1b and CLB calls on Sutter. Pinson rips an rbi-1b but Sutter bears down and closes out the inning by getting Larkin to P4. Sutter would follow that up with a perfect 9th to earn his 20th save. FLS D.McLain goes to 3-6 with the loss and Swift is 6-4 with the win.
CLB 3, FLS 1
|Game #2:||FLS jumps out quick in the T1 when Larkin hits a solo-HR. CLB gets it back right away with a Kemp 1b and a Burks rbi-3b. In the T2 FLS Cardenal 1bs, moves up on a groundout, and then scores on a Dietz rbi-1b. In the B3 CLB retakes the lead when Kemp 1bs, Burks 1bs, and Ripken launches a 3-run HR. The ‘Cats add another in the B6 on a Gordon solo-HR. In the T8 FLS Evers bbs, PH Daniels 2bs, Rose then 1bs Evers home, but Daniels is thrown out at the plate on a close play by Burks, which is followed by a Larkin 1-3 groundout to end the inning and the threat. CLB calls on Sutter again and he pitches around a Rolen walk to pick up his 21st save. CLB C.Finley notches the win and goes to 9-1 and Guidry falls to 4-8 with the loss.
CLB 5, FLS 3
|Game #3:||The game start out well for the hometown ‘Cats as Ripken 1bs and H.Wilson hits a 2-run HR, his 20th, in the B1 for a 2-0 lead. FLS cuts the lead in half in the T3 when Roseboro bbs, a Petrocelli inf-1b, and a Walters rbi-1b. In the T7 FLS ties the game when Petrocelli bbs, Larkin PRs, and then with 2 out PH Rose hits an H&R rbi-2b. On the mound side of things Cone settled down and doesn’t give up any more runs through the 6th beefore being lifted for Rose. The FLS bullpen is also up to the task as Soto, Lavelle, Sambito, and Stewart shutout the ‘Cats the rest of the way. In the T10 FLS gets the winning run when PH Sanders 1bs, Rolen reaches on an inf-1b, and Cardenal hits an rbi-1b. FLS Lavelle gets the win and is now 1-4, Stewart gets his 1st save, and CLB Casilla takes the loss and goes to 2-3.
FLS 3, CLB 2
|Game #4:||FLS jumps on CLB K.Brown in the T1 when Pinson 1bs with 2 out and Roseboro hits a 2-run HR. CLB gets one back in the B1 when Kemp 3bs and Ripken knocks him in with an rbi-1b. CLB Brown continues to pitch like anything but the Grade 20 that he is as he gives up a Rixey solo-HR in the T2. FLS continues to stretch the lead in the T3 when Votto bbs, Pinson on with a FC, Rosenoro 1bs, and Daniels hits an rbi-1b. In the B3 CLB stays in the game with 2 runs when Kemp 2bs, a Ripken rbi-2b, and a H.Wilson rbi-1b. But FLS continues to pummel K.Brown in the T4 when Rixey 2bs, Rose 1bs, a Votto groundout, followed by a Pinson 2-rbi 1b. That’s all the scoring as the pitchers take over. Once again the FLS bullpen of Smoltz, Gullett, and Sambito shuts down the ‘Cats offense. FLS Smoltz with the win goes to 2-2, Sambito gets his 8th save, and CLB K.Brown falls to 7-6 with the loss.
FLS 6, CLB 3
|Series Summary:||The series ends in a 2-2 split. Coastline gets the big hits in the first two games, Fire Lake gets the big hits in the last two games. CLB Ripken is 6-16 with 5 rbi with 2-2bs and a HR and Kemp is 5-6 with 4 runs. FLS Pinson is 4-14 with 4 rbi as the rest of the offense was spread out among the rest of the Segers.|
|Detroit DeLoreans @ Hoboken Zephyrs|
|Series Preview:||The Detroit Deloreans(30-23) travel to Hoboken(33-20) in a battle of second place contenders.|
|Game #1:||Hoboken took a 3-1 lead into the 9th as Bryan Harvey fails in his third blown save allowing two. Sam Rice led the Detroit attack with three hits. Jim Bottomley hit a solo blast in the bottom of the 11th to give Bob Shawkey a walk-off victory.
Hoboken 4 Detroit 3 11 innings
|Game #2:||String Bean Williams(4-6, 2.79) got no defensive support in a tough luck loss. The Deloreans’ three errors allowed Hoboken to take a 5-0 lead into the 8th inning with all runs being unearned. Jake Beckley hit a huge three-run pinch hit blast in the 8th to make things interesting. Red Faber(7-4, 2.34) went the distance as his only mistake was the Beckley home run.
Hoboken 5 Detroit 3
|Game #3:||Jered Weaver(8-2, 2.71) outdueled Slim Sallee(5-5, 3.77) in a hardfought battle. Eddie Yost delivered the game winner with a two-run homer in the bottom of the 7th to break a 2-2 tie. Weaver was strong allowing only two runs on 5 hits in a complete game win. Stan Spence and Eddie Stanky each doubled twice and Jim Bottomley singled twice with a clutch RBI.
Hoboken 4 Detroit 2
|Game #4:||Noodles Hahn delivered another huge win improving his record to 10-4, 1.67 as Hoboken completed a hard-earned sweep. Hippo Vaughn(6-4, 3.32) was very strong for Detroit in the loss. Hahn also starred offensively as he drove in both Zephyr runs.
Hoboken 2 Detroit 1
|Series Summary:||Each game of the series could have gone to either team. Hoboken improves to 37-20 as Detroit’s record goes to 30-27.|
|San Tan Valley Moonrakers @ Virginia Cavaliers|
|Series Preview:||Inter-Division play continues as Virginia hosts San Tan Valley from the pitching rich West Division. Everyone knows the West has great pitching. But no one said how good their hitting was. Virginia found out in their last West Division encounter and they experienced it once again.|
|Game #1:||VIR 13-3 W-B.Turley (4-5) L-B.Hadley (3-5)
The game started out slowly as S.Magee singled in a run in the 3rd and Turley walked in a run in the 4th to put SAN up 2-0. Back-to-back doubles by F.Robinson and A.Rosen in the bottom of the 4th tied it at 2-all. Then, with 2 outs in the 5th and runners on 2nd and 3rd, F.Robinson roped one into left driving in both runners for a 4-2 VIR lead. But it didn’t stop there. In the 6th VIR added another run on an error and F.Frisch buried one in the RF bleachers for 3 more and it was VIR 8-2. Another Frisch RBI and a A.Trammell grand slam added 5 more in the 8th and VIR coasted to the win.
|Game #2:||SAN 9-8 W-S.Lyle (2-1) L-R.Betancourt (0-1)
Both teams came to play. SAN was pumped after losing the first game and they pounded their way to a 8-1 lead by the 7th. V.Stephens got them jump started in the 2nd with his 13th long ball of the season and a Troupe RBI single in 4th and RBI singles by Charleston and Trosky in the 5th put SAN ahead 4-1. San increased the lead with 4 in the 7th thanks to Trosky’s 3-run homer. SAN now led 8-1 and all they had to do was put the game in the hands of the pitchers. And they did. But VIR exploded for 6 runs in the 7th. D.Murphy drove in 2 and G.Templeton 1 and it was 8-4. F.Robinson got hold of a fastball and launched a Baltimore Special and suddenly the Cavaliers were just down by a run 8-7. A A.Pujols SF tied the game in the 8th and it went to extras. In the 11th SAN continued with the timely hitting. E.Averill and H.Trosky hit back-to-back doubles that accounted for the deciding run as SAN took the game 9-8. Trosky was a one-man wrecking crew as he went 3-6 with 5 RBI.
|Game #3:||SAN 6-5 W-V.Trucks (3-5) L-L.Gomez (5-6) SV-S.Lyle (3)
After VIR got a F.Robinson RBI double in the 1st, a 2-run triple from SAN’a J.Williams and a RBI single from V.Trucks led to a 3-run SAN 2nd inning and a 3-1 SAN lead. VIR took the lead back in the bottom of the 2nd on a 2-rbi single from F.Frisch and a RBI single from F.Robinson. VIR 4-3. Byt that doesn’t last long either as SAN came back in the next inning for a 5-4 lead on a V.Stephens rocket over the LF wall. SAN 5-4. Each team would add another run and S.Lyle would make sure SAN kept the lead as he pitched a 4 up 4 down save.
|Game #4:||SAN 11-0 W-R.Johnson (7-3) L-E.Reulbach (5-4)
A blow out. And finally,…the great pitching of the West shows up in the form of one Randy Johnson. I’ll let the stats speak:…CG, 9 innings, 3 hits, no runs, no BB, 6 K’s. B.Elliott’s grand slam in the 4th was the centerpiece of the 7 run inning giving SAN a 10-0 lead after 4. It was all downhill from there as Johnson did what Johnson does,…he pitches, batters don’t hit.
|Series Summary:||Well, San Tan Valley took the series 3-1. There were two blow outs, one for each team, and then there were two games that could have gone either way,…they went to San Tan Valley. But it was their hitting that got them those two wins, not pitching.
For SAN – Trosky – 6-20 .300 6 RBI and a homer
– Averill – 9-20 .450 1 RBI
– Stephens – 5-18 .278 3 RBI 2 HR
-R.Johnson – CG 3 hit shutout
VIR – Frisch – 4-10 .400 6 RBI HR
– F.Robinson – 6-17 .353 8 RBI HRSan Tan stays on the road to play at Pigtown while Virginia goes on the road to face Motown. I like the music, don’t know how I’ll feel about the team if they treat me like the last two teams.
|Hollywood Zombies @ Fantomz Force|
|Series Preview:||The Hollywood Zombies stumbled into Force Field with the Force still licking their wounds from a tough series loss last week … both teams have good pitching with struggling offenses …|
|Game #1:||Game 54 – Eddie Plank ‘12 (3-6) v. Gaylord Perry ‘74 (5-3)
Fantomz 6-4: The Force struck first on Larry Doby’s 1st-inning two-run longball. The Zombies tied the game in the 6th inning, but Fantomz regained the lead with a two-run bottom half. Gil McDougald provided needed insurance with a two-run clout. In the 8th inning, Hollywood cut the lead in half, but Jeff Russell pitched a scoreless 9th inning for his eighth save.
|Game #2:||Game 55 – George Britt ’21 (0-1) v. Stan Coveleski ’23 (0-8)
Fantomz 3-1: Fantomz somewhat reluctantly sent struggling starting pitcher Stan Coveleski to the hill. Coveleski was winless with an ERA north of 5.00, and one wondered if too many pierogi were the cause. Hollywood struck first when Shawn Green shocked the crowd during the 4th inning by stealing home. Ray Lankford responded with a two-run single during the bottom half. McDougald plated Doc Wiley with a 6th-inning insurance run. In the top of the 9th inning, Hollywood loaded the bases on Green’s single, Tejada’s fielder’s choice, Robin Ventura’s walk, and Bill North’s single. Russell earned his stripes when Vladimir Guerrero and Yadier Molina flied out. Coveleski pitched five innings of one-run ball for his first win.
|Game #3:||Game 56 – Steven Rogers ’78 (3-9) v. Carl Weilman ’14 (6-6)
Fantomz 3-2: Steve Rogers was absolutely dominant throughout the game. Hollywood’s Miguel Tejada doubled home Jeff Bagwell during the 4th inning, then the Zombies added another run on Robin Ventura’s 7th-inning single. Rogers tossed eight scoreless innings … but the game lasts nine. In the bottom of the 9th, McDougald walked, Doby singled, and Ray Lankford hammered a three-run walk-off home run for a dramatic win.
|Game #4:||Game 57 – Walter Johnson ’15 (7-5) v. Satchel Paige (7-4)
Hoboken 1-0: One of the most anticipated matchups this season featured Walter Johnson v. Satchel Paige, arguably two of the greatest pitchers in baseball history. The aces were brilliant. The game’s lone run was scored by Shin-Soo Choo … on a 4th-inning double play when runners were at the corners. The teams combined for only four hits and three walks … and four stranded runners. The concession lines were short since everyone remained in their seats!
|Series Summary:||Fantomz won all four games, but only by a combined six runs. Both offenses struggled in the series; when the series ended, only two regulars had batting averages over .250. The last three games could’ve easily gone either way.
Player of the Week nominee: Fantomz’s Gil McDougald, for hitting 5-for-12 with a homer and four rbi, though Hollywood’s Shawn Green was close behind with a 5-for-14 series with a three runs including a homer and steal of home.
Pitcher of the Week nominee: Fantomz’s Satchel Paige, for pitching a one-hit shutout, striking out eight and walking one, with a 92 Game Score.
|West Michigan Retrogrades @ Motown Yankees|
|Series Preview:||The West Michigan Retrogrades(24-29) travel to Gehrig-Munson Stadium to take on the Motown Yankees(28-25).|
|Game #1:||The Retrograde offense fired on all cylinders picking up 15 hits against the Motown ace, Dave Brown(8-6, 3.22) and reliever Steve Mingori. Willie Foster(4-6, 3.40) earned the win while banging out a double, triple and two RBIs. Adrian Beltre also drove in two while chipping in three singles. Fred McGriff, Kenny Lofton and Richie Ashburn each knocked out two hits in the losing cause.
West Michigan 6 Motown 5
|Game #2:||Tommy Davis led another strong WM attack going 4 for 5 with a homer, two runs and three RBIs. Curt Davis ran his record to 7-4, 3.67 as Bob Stanley earned his sixth save. The Retrogrades tagged Carl Hubbell(3-5, 2.91) for ten hits in the loss. Kenny Lofton and Max Bishop each had two singles to lead the Yankees who struggled to get a key hit; two double plays and eleven LOB.
West Michigan 5 Motown 4
|Game #3:||Roy Sievers took advantage of a rare start while George Sisler rested a minor injury. Sievers starred knocking in three runs and delivering a huge solo shot late. Motown took a 3-2 lead into the 8th frame but West Michigan scored one in each of the last two innings as the Yankee bullpen faltered. The Motown offense was led by Frank White, two hits and three RBIs, along with Dave Bancroft’s three hits and two runs.
West Michigan 4 Motown 3
|Game #4:||In a fun-filled, back-and-forth affair, Motown avoids a sweep by taking the last game 5-4 in 11 innings. Heavy Johnson was the offensive star delivering two solo blasts for the Retrogrades. Dave Bancroft was clutch again with two key RBIs. Urban Shocker and Larry Jansen both had strong outings as each bullpen struggled.
Motown 5 West Michigan 4 11 innings
|Series Summary:||West Michigan takes three of four from Motown in a series where each game was decided by one run.|
|Wainwright Wranglers @ Climax Cougars|
|Series Preview:||Not since two rabid prairie dogs attacked one another have the Canadian Prairies seen such a fierce battle as when the Wainwright Wranglers came to Climax this week. Uh … wait … that sounds wrong.|
|Game #1:||It looked like it was going to be a long day for the Cougars’ team after the Wranglers busted out of the gate with four runs on four doubles and a single off Spud Chandler in the first inning.
Tony Fernandez, Darren Daulton (no coincidence his initials are DD if you have seen his wife – a former Hooters spokesperson), Heinie Manush and Kirby Puckett all gave the Cougars’ outfield fits by hitting balls into the gaps in the first inning.
A couple of swigs of old Newfoundland Screech later though, Spud did settle down and in fact gave up just one walk and one single through to the end of the 6th inning when he was given the hook.
By that time, Climax has narrowed the gap to 4-2 as a result of the home team scoring twice in the 4th inning when it was their turn to string a few doubles together by John Kruk and Harlond Clift off starter Nap Rucker.
The Cougars edged closer with a run in the 7th when Jim Fregosi opened with a triple over the head of centre fielder Kirby Puckett and then scored on Chief Meyers deep fly ball out to left.
Rucker pitched into the 9th for Wainwright, but had to be pulled after he was obviously labouring and gave up singles to Sam Crawford and Jim Fregosi. The Wranglers brought in closer Duane Ward who got Meyers to fly out to left field to make it two down. Rather than risk pitching to on-base machine Mel Ott, Ward decided to save time by giving him the auto-pass which loaded the bases, bringing up Jose Bautista. Bautista fought off Ward’s pitch off his fists, blooping it over first base which allowed Crawford to score with Fregosi behind him to end the game with a walk-off 5-4 Climax win.
On an unfortunate additional note for Wainwright, George Brett took a Jose Bautista grounder off his shins and had to leave the game and was knocked out for the rest of the series.
|Game #2:||Climax starter Sid Fernandez was dazzling through six innings while Lefty Grove did anything but dazzle for the Wranglers.
In just five innings, Grove gave up four runs on six hits and five walks, but only fanned two. Climax scored in the 3rd on an RBI single by Jim Fregosi and then added another run the next inning on a double by Harlond Clift. The Cougars made it 4-0 in the 6th on Josh Gibson’s 3rd home run of the season.
Fernandez on the other hand had a no-hitter going after six. Unfortunately, a game is 9 innings and as often is the case when the no-hitter ended it ended with a lot of noise. In the top of the 7th a Heinie Manush double and Mark Grace single brought in two runs to make it 4-2.
The Cougars optimistically left in Fernanez to start the 8th but he didn’t make it out alive and left after Bip Roberts single made it 4-3. It could have been worse but closer Ellis Kinder was brought in and struck out Kirby Puckett to end the threat.
Kinder choked on an olive pit (or rather we wish he had) in between innings and was brought out to close out the 9th, but he was bloody awful. He gave up two walks and three hits including RBI singles to pinchhitter Tony Gwynn and to Edwin Encarnacion as the Wranglers plowed their way into the lead.
Closer Duane Ward came in for the Wranglers in the bottom of the 9th to give that save thing another try and he started off well striking Johnny Mize on three pitches and then doing the same by blowing a 3rd strike fastball past Fregosi. John Kruk reached first on an infield single and was replaced by Chino Smith who pinch ran and stole 2nd base. All that did was allow the Wranglers to intentionally walk the next hitter, Ott … and then they did it again walking Bautista intentionally to load the bases and bring up George Grantham.
No climax for the Cougars though as Ward struck him out swinging to nail down his 8th save of the year in a nifty 5-4 come-from-behind win by Wainwright.
|Game #3:||Sloppy defence on both sides led to a unearned runs for both teams, but it was a rare display of power by the Cougars that prevailed with Mel Ott (6) and Buck Leonard (7) hammering Vic Willis pitches out of the park in another 5-4 game won by Climax.
Willis (4-10) went the distance for Wainwright allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits and four walks. He struck out 4.
Leonard’s homer was the key turning point of the game as he came in in the 7th to pinch hit for Jarrod Washburn and lined one over the right field wall with Josh Gibson on first base.
Clay Carroll (4) earned the save with a perfect 9th.
|Game #4:||This game did not end 5-4 but for the fourth straight day it was decided by one run.
This game was decided in the 7th inning when with Climax leading 5-2 and Jarrod Washburn on the mound Darren Daulton pounded a grand slam which crushed the Cougars and sent them home with a series split.
The homer was Daulton’s 10th of the season although the Cougars are filing a protest against Daulton who appeared to ignore the platoon advantage that favored Climax with left-hander Washburn on the mound.
Edwin Encarnacion (6) also homered for the Wranglers while the Bipper had two hits and scored twice and stole a base.
Jose Bautista (14) smacked a two-run homer in the 5th for the Cougars who scored three unearned runs in the game thanks to three errors committed by the Wranglers on the day.
|Series Summary:||You cannot get much closer than this one. A series split with each game decided by one run. Two games decided by late-inning comebacks and bam … yet another good series for two very evenly matched teams. Neither team is likely a contender but with a bit of luck could see themselves sneaking into the playoff picture by the end of the season.|
|Clockwork Heros @ Nags Head Surf Sox|
|Series Preview:||CLOCKWORK HEROES (39-13) vs. NAGS HEAD SURF SOX (23-30)
Winners of 6 straight and 9 of their last 10, Clockwork brings the league’s best record to town to visit Nags Head.
|Game #1:||Schoolboy Rowe (2-0 1.35 ERA) vs. Joaquin Andujar (2-9 6.06 ERA)
Top 2 – George Foster clubs his 8th homerun of the season to lead off the inning. Bill Terry doubles and scores on Davey Lopes’ round tripper – CW 3-0
Top 3 – Arky Vaughan socks a 2 run homerun, his 9th of the year. CW 5-0
Bottom 3 – Von Hayes, Jimmie Foxx, Giancarlo Stanton back to back to back doubles put the Sox on the board. CW 5-2
Bottom 6 – Dave Winfield’s solo shot, his 5th of the season, brings NH a little closer – CW 5-3
Top 7 – Vaughn RBI single plates Dykstra. CW 6-3
Clockwork parades a trio of relievers: Gromek, Valverde, and finally Newhouser. Each pitch a perfect inning to wrap up the victory. Vaughn’s 2 for 4, 3 RBI day leads the Heroes. Von Hayes had a pair of doubles in a losing effort for NH.
|Game #2:||Bert Blyleven (8-3 3.00 ERA) vs. Jim Palmer (3-2 3.56 ERA)
Top 4 – George Foster slams his 2nd solo homerun of the series. CW 1-0
Bottom 5 – Ryne Sandberg RBI double scores Jeter to tie it up 1-1
Top 6 – Louis Santop RBI double knocks in Dykstra to put Clockwork back in front. Santop scores on George Foster’s 3rd homerun of the series to open up a 3 run lead for the visitors. CW 4-1
Bottom 6 – Blyleven walks Foxx and Stanton. Dawson moves them both over on a groundout and HOJO picks up a SAC RBI to score Foxx. A Gary Carter RBI double plates Stanton with Nags Head’s 3rd run of the game. Carter comes around on Jeter’s RBI triple which ties the game at 4.
Top 8 – Vaughn leads off with a single. Foster follows with his 4th hit of the game, this time a double, to put runners at 2nd and 3rd with no outs. Norm Charlton comes in and retires the two leftie bats Terry and Wakefield, but he can’t get Bill Melton, who was batting around .140. Melton bloops a bases clearing double. CW 6-4
Top 9 – Lenny Dykstra scores an insurance run on a Sandberg throwing error. CW 7-4
George Foster’s 4 for 5, 3 runs scored, 3 RBI day leads the way for Clockwork. Santop and Dykstra each had 2 hits. Sandberg and Carter had 2 hits a piece for the Sox. Tekulve picks up save #15.
|Game #3:||Christy Mathewson (9-2 1.54 ERA) vs. Mike Mussina (2-5 3.57 ERA)
Top 1 – Dykstra scores on a Vaughan SAC fly to put Clockwork up early 1-0
Bottom 4 – HOJO 2 run homerun gives the Sox their first lead in the series 2-1.
Mussina tosses a strong 7 innings, scattering 6 hits and striking out 8. Huston Street is called on in the 8th, and other than a Dykstra single, he retires the Hero batters to record his 2nd save. Thanks to a costly Vaughan error, Matthewson takes the loss without allowing an earned run, and the Clockwork winning streak is stopped at 8.
|Game #4:||George Uhle (7-5 3.17 ERA) vs. Nolan Ryan (3-5 4.25 ERA)
Top 1 – A Dykstra walk, and singles by Vaughan, Foster, and Terry, and a Wakefield double put 3 on the board for the Heroes 3-0
Top 2 – Vaughan single scores Santop – CW 4-0
Bottom 4 – Back to back doubles by Hayes and Foxx get NH on the board – CW 4-1
Top 6 – Santop SAC fly scores Lopes CW 5-1
Top 7 – Terry 2 run homerun starts a 3 run inning to break the game open. CW 8-1
Top 8 – Wakefield 2 run homerun highlights a 5 run inning as Heathcliff Slocumb takes one for the team.
Terry and Wakefield each collect 3 hits and 3 RBIs for Clockwork. Uhle tosses 7 innings allowing only 2 hits and 1 run while striking out 11.
|Series Summary:||Sox are fortunate to take one from a superior team. Clockwork wins the series 3 games to 1.|
|Pigtown Bombers @ Iowa Giants|
|Series Preview:||Both teams have had a dismal start to their season both are at the bottom of their division, so maybe someone will move up, will be interesting to see if some can win more than two.|
|Game #1:||PIG 8-7-0 WP Holladay 1-1 SV O’Day 5
IOW 1-6-1 LP Lanier 2-6
Hank Greenberg provided the offense going 1-3 homer and 4 rbi’s. Roy Holladay was awesome going 7 innings 4 hits and 1 run.
|Game #2:||PIG 4-8-0 LP McGinnity 5-6
IOW 5-7-1 WP Dean 3-5 SV Goosage 10Rudy York got the Giants off with a grand slam in the first and then Dizzy Dean held the bombers to three runs over 7 innings with Goose Goosage coming in to the his 10th save.
|Game #3:||PIG 4-9-0 LP O’Day
IOW 5-13-0 WP Niedenefuer 1-1Giants jump out to 3-1 lead in the second innings, but Bombers comeback and tie it in the top of 8th. Bryce Harper pitch hitting in 9th homers to win it.
|Game #4:||PIG 1-2-1 LP Franco 0-4
IOW 2-5-0 WP Feller 3-11Bob Feller another start, disappointing year but he comes out big in the game getting complete game two hitter 11 k’s and only giving up one run. Vic Power goes 3-3 hr and knocking in both runs for the Giants to get the win for Feller
|Series Summary:||Great series, the first game was only game that was not competive, as the Giants win the series 3-4 their were two walk off homers for the Giants one on a ph homer by Bryce Harper and the other provided by Vic Power in the ninth inning Game 4. Vic Power ended up going 7-14 for the series to be the player of the series.|