National League Pitcher of the Week – Christy MATHEWSON – Clockwork (co-winner)

1-0 record, 18.0  innings pitched, 1.00 ERA, 8 hits, 17 strikeouts, & 2 walks




National League Pitcher of the Week – Red FABER – Hoboken (co-winner)

2-0 record, 16.0 innings pitched, 1.12 ERA, 8 hits, 10 strikeouts, & 2 walks




American League Pitcher of the Week – Dutch H. LEONARD  – New Westminster (co-winner)

1-0 record, 9.0 innings pitched, 0.00 ERA, 1 hit, 10 strikeouts, & 2 walks



American League Pitcher of the Week – Chris SALE  – Middle Channel (co-winner)

1-0 record, 18.0 innings pitched, 0.50 ERA, 9 hits, 16 strikeouts, & 2 walks




National League Player of the Week – Bill DAHLEN  – Hoboken

9/25 .360 / .880 Slg, 1 double, 4 home runs, 8 runs scored, 11 RBIs, & 4 walks




American League Player of the Week – Ted WILLIAMS  – Cincinnati

11/22 .500 / 1.091 Slg, 1 double, 4 home runs, 10 runs scored, 10 RBIs, & 7 walks

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

Ft. Worth wins 13 to 1

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

KC wins 6 to 5

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

Ft. Worth wins 11 to 0.

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

KC wins 6 to 0.

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

Ft. Worth wins 6 to 1

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

Ft. Worth wins 7 to 4.

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

KC wins 5 to 4.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Games played via TeamViewer

Game #1: FAN C.Weilman vs CLB D,Stieb
CLB opens the scoring in the B1 when Kemp 1bs and scores on Burks H&R rbi-2b. In the FAN T3 Lankford bbs, steals 2nd, and Stone hits a 2-run HR to take the lead. FAN adds on in the T4 when Miller bbs, Weilman with a botched sac, Choo bbs, Andrews rbi-1b, and a Lankford rbi-1b kake it 4-1 FAN.FAN isn’t done as they add another in the T5 when Stone 1bs and moves to 2nd on Wilson’s error, Santo 1bs, and Lopez brings Stone home with a groundout. In the CLB B6 Gordon 2bs, moves to 3rd on a Weilman WP, and then scores on M.WIlliams groundout.That would be all the scoring as Weilman closes out the 6th and 7th and Cishek tosses two scoreless innings for his 2nd save. FAN C.Weilman (8-15) with the win and CLB Stieb (15-6) takes the loss.FAN 5, CLB 2
Game #2: FAN S.Paige vs CLB S.Maglie
CLB again opens the scoring in the B1 with a C.Ripken solo-HR. FAN ties things up in the T3 with a Judge 1b, Wagner FC, Paige SAC, and a Choo rbi-1b. In the CLB B5 Becker 1bs, moves up on a C.Ripken groundout, and then scores on a Wilson rbi-2b.FAN comes right back in the T6 when Paige bbs, Choo 1bs, a McDougald sac, and a Wiley Sac Fly ties the game at 2-2. But it was short lived as in the CLB B6 Williams 1bs and after a groundout scores on a Becker rbi-1b. FAN, again, ties the game in the T7 when Judge 3bs with 2 out and then scores on PH Cochrane’s rbi-1b.CLB manages to put away Paige in the T7 when C.Ripken 1bs, Wilson hits into a FC, a Howard groundout, followed by a Gehrig rbi-2b put CLB up 4-3. Gordon then rips an rbi-1b and moves to 2nd on the throw, and then scores on M.Williams rbi-2b.CLB would bring on Casilla in the T8 for 2 outs followed by Sutter, who gets the last 4 outs for Save#50. CLB Albers (4-1) with the win and FAN S.Paige (13-12) with the loss.CLB 6, FAN 3
Game #3: FAN G.Perry vs CLB B.Swift
FAN opens the scoring in this game in the T2 when Lankford 1bs, Swift throws away Santo’s grounder, and Lopez rips an rbi-2b. In the CLB B4 with 2 out Howard bbs and Gehrig hits a 2-run HR. FAN retakes the lead in the T6 when with 2 outs Lankford 3bs, Marshall comes on for CLB, PH Doby draws a bb, and then PH Cochrane hits a 2-rbi 2b.In the CLB B7 Gordon bbs, and 1 out later, PH Burks hits a 2-run HR chasing Perry. FAN brings on Vazquez who proceeds to give up back-to-back 2bs to Becker and Jenkins for a 5-3 CLB lead.CLB Orosco would throw a perfect 8th followed by Sutter with a perfect 9th to nail down the ‘Cats win. CLB Marshall (7-2) with the win, Sutter with Save#51, and FAN G.Perry (11-12) with the loss.CLB 5, FAN 3
Game #4: FAN M.Harder vs CLB K.Brown
In the FAN T2 Doby 1bs, Lankford H&R 1b, and Judge with a 2-run 2b. In the CLB B4 Jenkins 1b and scores on a C.Ripken H&R rbi-2b. CLB takes the lead in the B6 when Becker bbs, Jenkins FC, C.Ripken H&R rbi-2b, followed by a WIlson 2-run HR (breaking a 22 game HR less streak).But FAN strikes back in the T7 when Judge 1bs, PH Stone bbs, and PH Eaton hits a 3-run HR off CLB Albers. CLB ties it in the B8 when Burks 2bs and scores on a C.Ripken rbi-1b.The game goes into extra innings where FAN breaks through in the T11 as Coveleski 1bs, Cochrane FC, Choo is HBP, Donaldson rbi-2b, Doby bb, and a Wagner rbi-bb followed by a Lankford 2-rbi 1b puts FAN up 9-5. CLB M.Williams hits a token solo-HR in the B11 to close out the scoring.FAN S.Coveleski (2-11) with the win and CLB M.Marshall (7-3) takes the loss.FAN 9, CLB 6
Game #5: FAN C.Weilman vs CLB C.Finley
CLB needed a big start from Finley as their bullpen was stretched pretty thin from the previous couple of games. Finley comes through tossing a 6-hit shutout as he benefited from 2 DPs by his defense. All the runs were scored by CLB in the B1 with the big hit being a J.Gordon Granslam.CLB C.Finley (16-6) with the win and FAN C.Weilman (8-16) with the loss.CLB 5, FAN 0
Game #6: FAN G.Perry vs CLB D.Stieb
CLB opens the scoring in the B2 with a M.Williams bases loaded rbi-1b, Gehrig would be nailed at the plate which would prove to be a key play in the game. FAN ties it in the T4 on a Lankford 1b and Miller rbi-2b.No more scoring until the FAN T8 when Santo 1bs, CLB Albers comes in, Lankford bbs, and with 2 out PH Cochrane comes through again with an rbi-1b, and Lankford comes around to score on Wilson’s throwing error.In the FAN T9 Donaldson hits a solo-HR, which would turn out to be needed, as CLB plates two in the B9
on a PH Burks rbi-3b and Gordon rbi-1b. But FAN Cishek retires Williams and Skowron for his 3rd save.FAN G.Perry (12-12) with the win and CLB D.Stieb (15-7) takes the loss.FAN 4, CLB 3
Game #7: FAN M.Harder vs CLB S.Maglie
The game was close trough 4 1/2 innings with CLB in front 3-2. But CLB erupts for 3 runs in the B5 and 3 more in the B6 to blow the game open. CLB ends up with 10 runs on 15 hits as M.Harder was left in to take the beating through 6 innings. Jenkins is 3-4 with 4 runs, 2 rbi, and a HR. C.Ripken is 3-5 with 2 runs and 2-rbi and a 2b, H.Wilson is 4-4 w/ 5 rbi and his 32nd HR. FAN Choo is 2-3 with 2 runs, a 2b, and Stone is 2-4 w/ 2-rbi and a 2b in a losing cause.CLB S.Maglie (8-0) earns the win and FAN M.Harder (4-8) gets the loss.CLB 10, FAN 2
Series Summary: Coastline takes a tough series 4-3 over Fantomz and ends up splitting the season series 7-7. Ripken and H.Wilson have good series for CLB. Choo, Andrews, and Lankford are solid for FAN.
Detroit DeLoreans @ Climax Cougars
Series Preview: A series that could very well determine the fate of all of mankind, the Detroit Deloreans travel north for a cross-border battle with the Climax Cougars. Prior to the game, the Climax president of marketing and media relations filed an application to revoke the charter of the Detroit franchise as the DeLorean was built in Belfast, Northern Ireland … Detroit, the Motor City … ha!
Game #1: A pummelling we will go, a pummelling we will go … hi ho the dario ….
A combined Grade 33 between them, Detroit’s Hippo Vaughn and Climax’s Van Lingle Mungo barely lasted past the exchange of lineups with each of the “aces” allowing six runs within the first three innings.
The Deloreans wasted no time with Joe Cronin leading off with a walk and then Nap Lajoie got an infield hit. Mungo breathed relief after he struck out Ripper “The Terror” Collins but then Babe Herman tripled to score both runners and Chuck Klein added some overkill by hitting yet another triple into the right field corner to put the Double Ds up 3-0 with most of the fans still in line for beer.
The Cougars fought back with a couple of runs in the bottom half of the 1st with Mel Ott doubling home Jim Fregosi and then with the bases loaded they managed a meagre run on a George Grantham sac fly to make it 3-2.
Sam Crawford evened the score with an RBI single in the 2nd and then Josh Gibson dealt the coupe de grace with a 3-run shot to make it 6-2. Adios Hippo …
Mungo was not long behind him though in departing from the game after giving up a solo shot to Klein in the 3rd and then an RBI single to Jake Beckley which made it 6-5 for Climax.
The Climax manager placed what turned out to be blind faith in Mungo by leaving him in to start the 4th and was rewarded with a bloop single by Nap Lajoie who would later come around to score with Cliff Melton on the mound on Herman’s single cuz, of course, it would be too much to ask to stop anyone from scoring.
Detroit moved into a 7-6 lead “reliever” Clay Carroll issued a walk (Klein), hit a batter (Sam Rice) and then watched as his team loaded the bases when 1st baseman Buck Leonard dropped a ground ball to load the bases. Cronin brought the go-ahead run in on a ground out that was nearly an inning-ending double play but oh well.
The Detroit pen held the Cougars in check until the bottom of the 6th inning when Eric O’Flaherty opened the inning by plunking pinch hitter Chief Meyers in the head. Meyers stole second base and then scored on Harlond Clift’s game-tying double who in turn scored when Collins threw Gibson’s grounder into left field on a badly aborted double play. The Cougars then loaded the bases and with the infield drawn in Anthony Rendon’s poor throw in the dirt at home allowed Ott and Gibson to score.
And mercifully that was it … Eric Plunk tossed a perfect 9th and Climax won 10-7.
Game #2: Joe Cronin filled up the box score and went 2/2 with a single and his 17th homer of the season in a 15-5 mulching of the Cougars’ pitching staff.
Cronin also walked four times, scored three runs and drove in four runs in the game. Nap Lajoie provided solid support with a 3/6 day which included four runs scored and two RBIs. Anthony Rendon started his streak of being a huge pain in the ass by going 3/6 and driving in three runs on his 9th homer of the season.
Detroit starter Allie Reynolds pitched poorly (5 runs on 10 hits in six innings), but hit well (two hits) and earned the win to improve to 11-7.
Not much good news for the Cougars in this game except that Jose Bautista kamikazeed into the left field wall and knocked himself out of action for 8 days.
Game #3: Jake Beckley plunk-ed the Plunkman and slammed a line drive over the left field wall in the top of the 12th with Nap Lajoie on base to play hero in a 6-4 Detroit win.
The story of the game was not so much on the field as it was in the infirmary with three players going down to significant injuries and Detroit starter Slim Sallee receiving anger management therapy (he was tossed in the 3rd after being picked off first base and becoming unglued at the call).
Yogi Berra and Ripper Collins collided chasing a pop up in the bottom of the 1st inning which knocked them out of action for five and nine days respectively. Climax starter Dick Redding blew out his shoulder in the top of the 3rd inning and will miss almost a month of action. No big deal as he was only one of our best performing starters this season.
Beckley’s homer was his 6th of the season and before leaving the game Collins managed to mash his 39th which gave Detroit the early 1-0 lead.
Mell Ott (19) and Josh Gibson (9) homered in response for Climax. Sam Crawford was 3 for 6 for Climax.
JC Romero (6-4) pitched two shutout innings to get the win for Detroit.
Game #4: The Deloreans were within one out of finishing off Climax for a 4-2 win but a Jim Brewer mound meltdown resulted in the Cougars scoring three runs with two out to come from behind for a 5-4 win.
Brewer (1-3) came into game in place of JC Romero with two out and newly acquired Ben Chapman on 1st base. Brewer walked pinch hitter Buck Leonard and then the next hitter, Jim Fregosi, laced a ball into the gap that scored both runners to tie the game 4-4. George Grantham was up next and hit a shot into left centre that landed between Roy White and Bob Fothergill which allowed Fregosi to scamper home with the winning run.
Fothergill had three hits in the game including a triple while Joe Cronin (18) and Anthony Rendon (10) proved the power.
For Climax, Fregosi was 2/3 with two runs, two RBIs and two walks.
Game #5: A rematch of the series opener saw both starters pitch much better, but Hippo Vaughn’s wildness proved to be his Achillles heel as the Cougars came away with it 4-1.
Vaughn went the distance for Detroit and gave up just four hits but walked seven to go with seven strikeouts.
Ben Chapman drove in a pair of runs and walked twice to lead the Climax attack while Babe Herman was a cool 3/3 for Detroit.
Game #6: The Climax Cougars pounced on Allie Reynolds for six runs in the first two innings en route to a 8-3 win over Detroit.
Johnny Mize, Sam Crawford and Chief Meyers each had two hits for the Cougars with Crawford doing the bulk of the damage with three RBIs.
Chuck Klein (20) homered for the Deloreans.
Sid Fernandez (6-6) was mediocre and allowed three runs on six hits over seven innings but was good enough to win.
Game #7: Jarrod Washburn’s first start of the season was a good one and he allowed just one run on three hits in six innings, but the home team seemed more interested in marvelling at Slim Sallee’s pitching than hitting it and were blanked 2-0 as a result.
Joe Cronin (19) had a two-hit day and crushed an Eric Plunk pitch in the 9th to provide an insurance run with Anthony Rendon driving in the only other run in the 4th inning.
Sallee and company limited the Cougars to just two hits and Jim Aker nailed down his 14th save.
Series Summary: The secret of my success appears to be if you can’t beat them, beat them up or at least injure them as key injuries to Yogi Berra and Ripper Collins took just enough offensive wind out of the Detroit sails to enable Climax to take the series 4-3. The near split was not enough to make much of a difference in the standings but was probably annoying to the Deloreans as it hampered their pursuit of Coastline for the division lead.
West Michigan Retrogrades @ Pigtown Bombers
Series Preview: West Michigan vs Pigtown. Sorry, no time for detailed writeups…
Game #1: West Michigan wins 2-1. Foster goes 8 innings, gives up 4 hits and a run for the win.
Game #2: Pigtown wins 6-1. McGinnity gets a CG, giving up 6 hits and 1 run. Greenberg hits two HRs. Schmidt injured (again) for 8 games.
Game #3: Pigtown wins 7-3. Sisler goes 5-5 in a losing effort. Greenberg hits another HR. Flick has 4 RBIs.
Game #4: West Michigan wins 4-3. Beltre goes 3-4.
Game #5: Pigtown wins 3-2, scoring 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th to walk it off. Foster and Halladay both go 8 innings and only give up 1 run.
Game #6: West Michigan wins 11-3. Sisler and Cano both have 3 hits as West Michigan cruises. Robinson and Flick both hurt for 7 games.
Game #7: Rubber match taken by Pigtown 4-3. Velarde goes 3-3 in a rare start in replacement of Jackie Robinson.
Series Summary: Pigtown surprisingly wins the series 4-3
Nags Head Surf Sox @ Virginia Cavaliers
Series Preview: Nags Head (54-66) surfs into Virginia (59-61) for a match-up of NL East 5th and 6th place teams. Nags Head, with a slight edge in hitting, hopes it can overcome Virginia’s solid pitching.
Game #1: VIR 12-2 W-B.Turley (9-9) L-C.Hamels (7-8)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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