National League Pitcher of the Week – Addie JOSS – Motown

1-1 record, No-Hitter vs Hollywood, 17.0  innings pitched, 1.06 ERA, 4 hits, 5 strikeouts, & 5 walks




American League Pitcher of the Week – Justin VERLANDER – Ft. Worth

1-0 record, No-Hitter vs Madison East, 17.1 innings pitched, 2.60 ERA, 7 hits, 9 strikeouts,  &10 walks



National League Player of the Week – Anthony RENDON  – Detroit

12/27 .444/1.000 Slg, 4 double, 1 triple, 3 home runs, 9 runs scored, 6 RBIs, & 6 walks



American League Player of the Week – Monte IRVIN  – Cincinnati

14/31 .450 / .650 Slg, 3 doubles, 1 home runs, 6 runs scored, 6 RBIs, 4 walks, & 1 stolen base

Lewisberry Country Blumpkins @ Las Vegas Pirates
Series Preview: This series pitted the 1st place Country Blumpkins vs. the spiraling Las Vegas Pirates.
Game #1: In this game, Pirates Ace, Howie Camnitz went an admirable 7 innings giving up only 1 run on 3 hits, while Willie Davis opened up the Buc half of the 1st with his 3rd round-tripper of the year. Willie Stargell also clubbed his HR #17. Johnny Edwards had his game of the year, with 3 hits, including a 2B & 3B. Jesse Crain lowered his microscopic ERA to 0.81.
FINAL SCORE Pirates 4, Blumpkins 1
Game #2: This game was ALL Blumpkins!!! Babe Ruth proved his pitching dominance as he went the distance for a 4 hit, 6 K shutout win, while the Blump’s 7 hits were all hit by 7 different players. For the Pirates, catcher Hal Smith, borrowed Roberto Clemente’s 39 arm & threw out Maury Wills & Steve Sax.
FINAL SCORE Blumpkins 5, Pirates 0
Game #3: This game came down to one inning… the 3rd. With the Pirates nursing a modest 2-1 lead, the 3rd is where the Blumpkins blew the socks off the Bucs. Dean Chance’s 6 walks & 2 IBB, blew him up fresh off of Pitcher of the week. Jack Morris went 8 innings, giving up only 5 hits & 2 runs in chalking up his 11th victory. Lou Brock & B. J. Surhoff had multi-hit games.
FINAL SCORE Blumpkins 8, Pirates 2
Game #4: This game started out as a great game for John Candelaria. The Bucs were cruising along with a 4-0 lead going into the 8th before Bernie Williams went deep on the “Candy man”. He then followed with a single to Freddie Freeman, & that’s when the Pirates went to the pen & brought in Crain. Jesse then gave up his 1st HR of the year to Gil Hodges & bringing the score to a very close, 4-3. That’s when the Pirates went to their stopper in Mariano Rivera. Rivera faced the minimum of 3 batters in the 9th for his 19th save of the year & lowering his ERA to 1.30. The Blumpkins out hit the Pirates 9-5, but to no avail.
FINAL SCORE Pirates 4, B’kins 3
Game #5: This game was the most enjoyable to everyone except the pitchers. The 1st inning started with those B’kins, notching 3 on a 3 run HR from Bernie Williams even before the first out. In the bottom half, the Pirates followed suit with 3 on a 2 run HR by Hal Smith, & back to back 2B’s by Clemente & Joe DiMaggio. After the 1st, the bats were silent until the 5th, 6th, & 7th, when both teams changed leads. That’s when the smoke cleared & the Pirates finished off the Blumpkins with a 2 run HR by the other DiMaggio, Vince. That’s when Crain & Rivera did their stuff. Rivera finished with his 20th save.
FINAL SCORE Pirates 6, Blumpkins 5
Game #6: A great pitcher’s duel between Babe Ruth & Howie Camnitz occurred. The B’kins finished with 5 hits while the Bucs had a whopping 6. The difference was a Pirate run in the 1st when Davis scored from his 2B on a single by Hal Smith. He not only borrowed Clemente’s arm but his bat as well. Both Ruth & Camnitz might be considered for Pitcher OTW honors.
FINAL SCORE Pirates 1, Blumpkins 0
Game #7: This was Orel Hershiser’s game. He went 7.1 innings giving up a pair of runs & striking out 5 until giving way to the quintessential reliever in Zach Britton for a perfect 1.2 innings. 3 Stolen bases, & Maury Wills steal of home in the 8th for the winning run. 2 hits a piece for Surhoff & Sax, & bupkiss from the Pirates, except a solo HR from Vince DiMaggio.
FINAL SCORE Country Blumpkins 3, Pirates 2
Series Summary: This was an epic series for the ages (at least this year). The last 4 games could not have been closer. This is the kind of series I love being part of. I found out too late that the manager of Lewisberry is a terrific guy (that I would have loved to have played through Team Viewer). We are done with head to heads for this year, Mr. Boyd, but I’d be honored to play you exhibition games for this year’s teams or even next year’s. Good luck the rest of the way out!
Middle Channel Sturgeon @ Jack Street Hustlers
Series Preview: Middle Channel (59-68), 5th in the AL East, and winners of 8 of their last 10 travels to Jack Street (68-59) to battle the first place Hustlers.
Game #1: Foster (10-11) takes the hill agaiinst Haren (6-13)

The Sturgeon draw first blood in the first pushing a run across, but Jack Street picks up a pair in the bottom half and three more in the third and hold on from there. Rogers Hornsby falls a triple short of a the cycle. Middle Channel loses Ty Cobb for 5 days.

M 3/8/1
J 7/11/0

WP – Haren 7-13
LP – Foster 10-12
Sv – Brantley 24
HR – J – Hornsby (33), Justice (13)

Game #2: Coombes (2-6) for Middle Channel against Glavine (14-5) for the Hustlers.

Jack Street scores 5 in the first and 2 in the second and cruise from there. Kelley and Horton each pick up 2 hits for Middle Channel. Ducky Medwick goes 3-3 for the Hustlers and Bob Muesel hits a slam. The injury parade continues for the Sturgeon who lose Bissonette for 24 days and Perez for 5 days.

M 2/8/0
J 8/12/1

WP – Glavine 15-5
LP – Coombs 2-7
Sv – None
HR – J – McGwire (36), Muesel (22)

Game #3: In game 3, Harry Breechen 3-3 faces off against Sonny Siebert 6-10.

In the 3rd, the Sturgeon score on a double by Hollocher and a single by Daubert. That leads holds until the 6th when Jack Street pushes across a single run and follows that up with one in the 7th and 3 in the 8th to take the victory.

M 1/5/1
J 5/7/0

WP – Siebert 7-10
LP – Breechen 3-4
Sv – Brantley 25
HR – J – McGwire (37)

Game #4: Scherzer 14-8 vs Viola 5-5

Middle Channel scores first in the first inning. Selbach drives a one out triple into the corner and scores on a Frank Thomas sac fly. In the bottom of the 4th, Martinez walks followed by a single by Hornsby (the first hit off of Scherzer). Ducky Medwick grounds into a 1-6-3 DP, but Big Mac follows with a duck snort to tie the game. In the bottom of the 5th, Ted Simmons dribbles one up the middle with two outs. Jeff Kent dumped one into right and a communication issue causes Selbach and Maz to collide. More injuries for Middle Channel – Selbach 15 day and Maz for 9. That’s now 5 injuries for the series, the bench is getting thin. Oh, and Simmons scored on the play. 2-1 Jack Street. In the top of the 7th, Whitey Kurowski leads off the inning with a homer to tie the game. It stays that way until the bottom of the 8th when Bob Meusel hits a 3 run homer. Brantley comes in and slams the door for the victory.

M 2/9/1
J 5/7/0

WP – Veres 5-1
LP – Romo 2-3
Sv – Brantley 26
HR – M – Kurowski (7) J – Meusel (23)

Game #5: Chris Sale 9-9 for Middle Channel against Bill Byrd 10-7 for the Hustlers.

A real pitcher’s duel on this one. In the bottom of the first, Edgar Martinez led off the game with a double, followed by a walk to Rogers Hornsby. After a strikeout by Medwick, McGwire singles scoring Martinez after a collision at the plate. Meusel hits a sac fly to make the score 2-0 after 1. And the scoring is done, as Byrd, with a little help from Brad Hand, close out the game. Chris Sale goes 7 1/3 giving up 5 hits, 2 unearned runs, 4 walks and strikes out 6. Byrd goes 8 giving up 3 hits, no walks and striking out 4.

M 0/3/1
J 2/5/1

WP – Byrd 11-7
LP – Sale 9-10
Sv – Hand 4
HR – none

Game #6: Rematch of game 1 as Foster (10-13) faces off against Haren (8-13)

Jack Street scores 1 in the 2nd and, although they scored some more, that would be enough, as the Sturgeon bats stayed ice cold. VMart provides 2/3 of the hits for Miccle Channel. Bob Muesel goes 2-2 with a double, a homer, 2 runs and 3 rbi. Haren goes 7 giving up 3 hits, 3 walks and striking out 5.

M 0/3/0
j 7/8/1

WP – Haren 8-13
LP – Foster 10-13
Sv – None
HR – J – Meusel (24)

Game #7: Rematch of game 2. Coombs (2-7) against Glavine (15-5). The Sturgeonn trying to avoid the sweep.

Hustlers open the scoring in the 2nd. Larry Hisle bombs a two out homer to give Jack Street the lead. Ty Cobb, back from his earlier injury, knots it up with a 2 out solo of his own. In the top of the 9th, Ty Cobb leads off the inning with a double. Dave Veres comes in to replace Glavine and gets Frank Thomas to pop out. Horton then lines out. Jake Daubert is brought in to pinch hit for Kurowski and rewards the manager wit a single to score Cobb. Aroldis Chapman, making his first appearance of the series, sends the Hustlers down in order to preserve the win.

M 2/6/1
J 1/3/2

WP – Romo 3-3
LP – Glavine 15-6
Sv – Chapman 18
HR – M – Cobb (24) J – Hisle (11)

Series Summary: Jack Street takes the series 6-1.
Chicago Nine @ Kansas City A’s
Series Preview: Chicago Nine 3rd place A.L East at K.C A’s 4th Place A.L. East
Game #1: K.C wins in a 3-2 walk off in the bottom of the 9th. Billy Williams 1 out single scores Odell hale for the winner.
Game #2: JR Richard goes the distance with a 2 hitter in a 9-3 win for the Nine. Griffey Jr. homers and drives in 3 and Eddie Murray also drives in 3. Bill White had a bases loaded triple for the only runs for the A’s.
Game #3: The A’s trailing 3-2 again win in walk off fashion with a pinch hit 2 run double by Dale Murphy to win it 4-3.
H. Thompson had a homer and drove in all 3 runs for the Nine in a losing effort.
Game #4: Nine win going away 12-5, led by J. Martinez’s 4 hits, including a triple and homer and 3 RBI’s. Bill White had 4 hits, including a homer and 3 RBI’s in a losing effort.
Game #5: Phil Niekro tosses a 5 hit shutout to outduel CC Sabathia in a 1-0 A’s win. Rocky Colavito hit a homer in the 5th for the games only run.
Game #6: A’s win 3-2 as Jim Maloney outduels Felix Hernandez, Wade Davis pitched the 9th for the save. Walker Cooper and Odell Hale homered for the A’s.
Game #7: JR Richard gets his 2nd win of the series as the Nine win a 10-4 blowout .Trout, Mayberry and Martinez all homer for the Nine and Bobby Richardson chipped in 4 singles. Roger Maris hit a 2 run shot for the A’s.
Series Summary: Kansas City wins the series 4 games to 3.
Boston Braves @ Indiana Indians
Series Preview: Braves travel to Indiana to take on the Indians in 7-game series. Braves in 6th place in AL East and Indians in last place.
Game #1: Boston 5-9-0
Indiana 4-8-1
Jonathon Lucroy (.156) with a HR in the top of the 12th for a 5-4 Braves win. Kerry Wood with 8.2 innings in relief of Grover Cleveland Alexander for the loss. Braves hit 4 HR. Corsi pitches 2 innings of relief for the win and Shaw with his 6th save. Teixeira with 2 of the Indians 4 hits.
Game #2: Boston 3-6-2
Indiana 7-12-0
Don Drysdale goes 8 strong and the Indians put up a 6 spot in the last of the 8th for a 7-3 win. Zobrist, Mantle and Walker all have 3 hits each.
Game #3: Boston 0-6-0
Indiana 1-3-1
Johnny Frederick with walk-off HR in 10th for the 1-0 win. Pedro Martinez with CG L. Price, Robertson and Nen combine for the shutout.
Game #4: Boston 0-4-0
Indiana 6-7-3
Indians with 3rd in row behind shutout for Andy Pettitte. Joe Carter with 3 RBI for Indians. Don Newcombe takes the L.
Game #5: Boston 11-14-1
Indiana 4-10-2
Adrian Gonzalez with 5 RBI (including a grand slam) for the Braves. He and Freddy Sanchez with 3 hits each. O’Dell with W and Warnecke with the L.
Game #6: Boston 0-5-0
Indiana 5-11-0
Don Drysdale with 5-hit CG for the W. Frederick, Shively, Walker and Lindstrom all with 2 hits for the Indians. Marichal takes the loss.
Game #7: Boston 1-5-1
Indiana 6-8-0
Mickey Mantle hits grand slam in 1st to lead Indians. Antonelli takes the loss. Price with CG for the W.
Series Summary: Indiana takes 5 of 7. A couple AL pitcher of the week nominees:
Don Drysdale 17 IP, 11 H, 3 ER, 2-0 1.59 ERA
David Price 16 IP, 10 H, 1 ER, 1-0 0.56 ERA
Fort Worth Cats @ Madison East Puregolders
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Cincinnati Knights @ Kansas City Blues
Series Preview: The 2nd place Knights come to KC Blues who hang around the bottom of the division let’s get it on
Game #1: Freehan 3-hit 4-rbi 1-2b powers the Knight’s pass the Blue’s 10-1
Game #2: Canseco 2-hit 3-rbi 1-hr helps the Blues win a close 5-4 win
Game #3: Cincy comes back puts another 10 runs on the board M.Irvin 4-hit 1-rbi 1-2b, I.Goodwin 2-hit 3-rbi 1-hr
10-3 win
Game #4: Santana gets his 20th win CG 9-3 win
Ted Williams 3-hit 3-rbi 2-2b 1-hr
Game #5: Greinke CG 9th win 7-3 Blues
Sheffield 3-hit 5-rbi 2-hr
Game #6: Blues win a close one 2-1
Degrom goes 9 strong Lopat gets win
Game #7: Blues 10 runs on 11 hits
Boog Powell 2-hit 5-rbi Grand Slam
Kershaw 9 runs 1-er
Series Summary: The Blues play a decent series win 4 of 7 against a very good team
New Westminster Salmonbellies @ Purry Cowpokes
Series Preview: Purry hopes to pick up ground as they are 8 games back of visiting New Westminster fr the 2nd wildcard spot.
Game #1: Billy Pierce only surrendered 1 run over 7 inning for the Salmonbellies but Frank Sullivan was better, pitching a complete game shutout for the home team. Purry 1 New Westminster 0
Game #2: Frank Clarke had 3 hits for NW and Jim Wynn batted in 3 as the visitor prevented Javier Vazquez from getting his 19th win. Dwight Gooden started for the Salmonbellies but only lasted 2 innings before leaving with an 11 day injury. New Westminster 6 Purry 2
Game #3: Martin Dihigo homered twice and Davey Concepcion added a solo shot (really?) to power NW. New Westminster 6 Purry 2
Game #4: Purry scores 4 times off of semi-regular POW Dutch Leonard in the 1st 3 innings. Leonard proceeds to plunk Glenn Davis for the 2nd time in the game which leads to his ejection in the 3rd. Ted Strong went 3-4 with a homer, 4 rbi’s, and 3 runs scored while “El Dieblo” Wellls also went 3-4 with a homer, 3 rbi’s, and 2 runs scored to lead the home team. Purry 12 New Westminster 6
Game #5: Frank Sullivan tosses his 2nd complete game of the series with his only big mistake leading to a Carlos Beltran solo homer. Tris Speaker answered with a solo shot of his own and Willie McCovey drives in Rickey to give the home team the win. Purry 2 New Westminster 1
Game #6: Rickey goes 3-4 with a double, a walk, a stolen base, 2 rbi’s, and scores the walk-off run on a Neil Walker single. Purry 6 New Westminster 5
Game #7: Ray Collins throws a 4-hit shut-out and Tris Speaker goes 3-5 with a triple, a homer, 3 rbi’s, and 2 runs scored as Purry wins in a blow-out. Purry 8 New Westminster 0
Series Summary: Purry picks up 3 games in the standings by taking 5 games out of 7. The stars of the series were Purry’s spot starters who are just trying to get their innings in. Frank Sullivan pitched 18 innings giving up only 1 run on 12 hits, striking out 8 while walking only 1. Sullivan’s 2 wins improves his record to 5-0 out of 8 starts. Ray Collins added 15.3 innings giving up 5 runs on 11 hits, striking out 8 and walking 2.
Menomonee Minutemen @ Wrigleyville Whales
Series Preview: Menomonee Minutemen (65-65, .488, 25-GB) @ Wrigleyville Whales (43-84, .339, 44-GB)

In early season series Menomonee won 5 of 7 from the Whales. Four games were decided by only 1-run, as they split those games. Wrigleyville was blanked 7-9 by Jim Scott, who allowed only 4-hits. Menomonee outscored Wrigleyville 36-23 and outhit them 72-68

Game #1: G-1- Rommel v Rudolph. Menomonee scored 2 runs in 1st on ground ball outs by Bonds and Adcock and Fisk cracked a 2-out, 2-run-HR, his 13th. Minutemen broke a 3-3 tie in 4th as Appling drew a lead-off walk and McCutchen delivered a H/R single moving Appling to 3rd. Hebner singled in a run and another scored when Santiago grounded into a 6-4-3 DP.

Minutemen would make it 7-3 as they pushed across 2-runs in 9th and H. Bell earned his 1st save. Bonds drove in 3-runs for victors and Rommel (2-1, 4.75) allowed 3-runs on 3-hits and 3-walks.

FINAL Minutemen 7 Whales 3

Game #2: G-2- J.Scott v H.Coveleski. Whales even series on 2-hit, 2-0 Shut-Out by Coveleski (2-4, 4.28). He walked 10 but Minutemen stranded 12. Horner led Whales offense, going 3-3, 2B, BB and run scored. Scott (11-11, 4.61) gave up only 1-earned run on 7-hits in his CG loss.

FINAL Whales 2 Minutemen 0

Game #3: G-3- T.Gordon v Ruether. Both teams had 6-hits but 4 of the Whales hits came in first 3-innings, as they scored 2-runs in opening inning, 3-runs in 2nd and a run in the 3rd and held on for a 6-5 win! Ritchey’s 2-out, 3-Run homer inside RF foul pole put Wrigleyville up 5-0 in 2nd.

Rizzo (2-3rd,4th) and Adcock (13) homered for Menomonee with Rizzo going 3-4, 2-runs and 2-RBI.

FINAL Whales 6 Minutemen 5

Game #4: G-4- John v Hunter. Menomonee broke a 1-1 tie in 7th when pinch-runner Crisp stole 2nd and Santiago singled and Baines walked to load em up. Rizzo singled in a run & Bonds picked up RBI with a FC. They tacked on 2-runs in 8th and evened series @ 2-2 with 5-2 victory! John (13-9, 3.56) hurled 8-innings of 2-runk 5-hit ball and Jansen earned Save # 17. Thome (9) smashed a solo homer for Whales.

FINAL Minutemen 5 Whales 2

Game #5: G-5- Rommel v Rudolph. Rudolph (2-7, 4.37) limited Menomonee to 1-run on 6-hits in CG win for Wrigleyville. O’Doul was 2-3, BB and scored 2-runs and Horner doubled in 2-runs for Whales. Bonds (17) was 2-4 to push his average to .303.

FINAL Whales 5 Minutemen 1

Game #6: G-6- Scott v Mays. Mays (9-10, 4.48) had a No-No going for 6-innings but Jose Altuve doubled (37) to lead off 7th. Carl would finish the game with a 1-hit, 10-0 Shut-Out for Wrigleyville! Irish Meusel drove in 4-runs, going 3-4 with 2-2B’s and Yaz had a 3-5 day, including his 22nd double, while driving in 3-runs. Scott (11-12, 4.85), who had blanked Wrigleyville 7-0 on 4-hits earlier in the season allowed 8-runs, 7-earned over 4-innings.

FINAL Whales 10 Minutemen 0

Game #7: G-7- T.Gordon v Ruether. Stan The Man came through with a bases loaded double in 7th, clearing the bases to give Whales a 6-0 lead. But Ruether (8-14, 5.03) needed help in 9th from Melancon for final out as Menomonee scored 4-runs and had runners on 1st and 3rd , 1-out and Bonds @ bat but he lined out to Banks. Melancon relieved and retired Adcock on a liner to Meusel to preserve the win. Bonds was 3-5 and raised his average to .305. Fisk caught Altuve and Appling trying to steal.

FINAL Whales 6 Minutemen 4

Series Summary: Wrigleyville (48-86, .358, 42.5-GB) surprise Menomonee (64-70, .478, 26.5-GB) as well as their fans by winning 5 of 7 games!
Coastline Bobcats @ Detroit DeLoreans
Series Preview: The top two teams in the NL East meet as the Coastline Bobcats faceoff against the Detroit DeLoreans over TeamViewer.
Game #1: CLB 6 – DET 5 (10): A Beals Becker RBI single in the top of the tenth inning gave the Bobcats the win. Cal Ripken and Anthony Rendon each drove in two runs.
Game #2: CLB 10 – DET 2: Four Coastline HRs and a 5-run fifth inning, fueled the Bobcats to an easy win. Ellis Burks had three RBI.
Game #3: CLB 3– DET 4: A Nap Lajoie single in the bottom on the ninth scored Roy White to give the DeLoreans their first series win. Anthony Rendon went 3 for 3 with a HR, while Cal Ripken went 2 for 2 for Coastline.
Game #4: CLB 4 – DET 3: The Bobcats jumped out to a 4-0 lead and held on as Detroit battled back. Coastline was powered by four solo HRs from Burks, Gordon, Williams, and White. The DeLoreans Anthony Rendon hit his third HR of the series.
Game #5: CLB 3 – DET 1: Again, Coastline got out to another early lead and held on for a win. Runs in the second, third, and fifth innings were all they needed. Cal Ripken went 3 for 4 with two doubles. Yogi Berra went 2 for 3 with an RBI double for Detroit.
Game #6: CLB 7 – DET 8 (15): Detroit’s Chuck Klein smashed a grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning to tie the game a seven. Then a Nap Lajoie single in the bottom of the fifteenth inning scored Joe Cronin for the DeLoreans comeback win. Many excellent hitting performances in the game with eight players having multi-hit games. Kemp, Burks, and Rendon each had three hits.
Game #7: CLB 4 – DET 5 (15): A Geoff Jenkins 3-run HR put Coastline on top 4-2 in the top of the eighth inning. However, Detroit battled back with an RBI single from Babe Herman in the eighth and a squeeze bunt from Sam Rice in the ninth inning to tie it at four apiece. Then an RBI double from Yogi Berra won it for the DeLoreans in the bottom of the fifteenth for another dramatic finish. Berra went 3 for 6 with three doubles and two RBI.
Series Summary: Coastline wins the series 4-3. Of the seven games, five were decided by one run and three went extra innings. Other than game two, any of the other six games could’ve gone either way. Anthony Rendon had at least one hit in all seven games of the series. He went 12 for 27 (.444) with 5 doubles, a triple, 3 HRs, and 5 RBI.
Virginia Cavaliers @ West Michigan Retrogrades
Series Preview: The Virginia Cavaliers look to improve their playoff position while the West Michigan Retrogrades look to hold on to the #4 seed in the NL.
Game #1: Lefty Gomez and Hal Schumacher both pitched 7 strong innings giving up a single earned run. The game was tied 1-1 until the Retrogrades put 4 runs on the board. Tommy Davis put West Michigan ahead with a sacrifice fly. Bobby Wallace had 3 hits for the Retrogrades.
Game #2: Another strong starting pitching performance for the Retrogrades, this time from Willie Foster who tossed 7 innings of 1 run baseball. Tony Taylor had a big homer for the Cavaliers. George Sisler had 2 hits for the Retrogrades.
Game #3: Bob Turley and Urban Shocker both pitched well. The game was tied until the 8th when Tommy Davis delivered a 2-out single to put the Retrogrades ahead. Frisch, Heilmann, and Robinson had 2 hits each for the Cavaliers. West Michigan got 2 hits from Tommy Davis and Adrian Beltre.
Unfortunately, Virginia lost the services of Joe Harris, ” J. HARRIS ’26 facing U. SHOCKER ’20, T 2nd, No Outs, Bases Empty, Tied 1-1 He lets it go … strike three! … and HARRIS ’26 is hopping mad … he’s jumping up and down no, wait … he’s not angry … he’s hurt … the pitch hit him that’s the 6th time he’s been decked this season … the umpire is calling time the trainer’s out … HARRIS ’26’s in pain … it doesn’t look good HARRIS ’26 has some choice words for SHOCKER ’20 … he’s still yelling as he enters the dugout he may be lost to the CAVALIERS for a long time … The report from the clubhouse…
Joe HARRIS ’26 … injured for 11 days” Luckily cooler heads prevailed and a brawl was avoided.
Game #4: A combined shutout for West Michigan from Curt Davis and Bob Stanley was the story of the day. Kevin McReynolds collected 2 hits for Virginia. Juan Guzman pitched well over 6 innings. Adrian Beltre had 2 knocks for West Michigan.
Game #5: Virginia finally got on the winning side of things, with an excellent pitching performance from Ed Reulbach. West Michigan could only manage a Tommy Davis solo homer. The Cavaliers got two hits each from Lance Parrish and Kevin McReynolds. Tony Taylor had his big boy bat again and hit another homer.
Game #6: The Retrogrades got to Lefty Gomez early, scoring 4 runs off the southpaw in 4 innings to cruise to an easy victory. West Michigan collected 11 hits, 2 each from Heavy Johnson and Bobby Wallace. Willie Foster pitched 6 strong innings.
Game #7: Another tremendous pitching performance for West Michigan, this time by Urban Shocker. Shocker pitched a complete game 3-hitter (SC 82) to improve to 18-11 with a 2.62 ERA for the season. Preacher Roe struggled over 6 innings for Virginia. Adrian Beltre collected 2 more hits for the Retrogrades.
Series Summary: West Michigan takes the series 6-1. The big difference in the series was the Retrogrades’ pitching, which was often dominant. Adrian Beltre was the hitting star of the series, going 10-33 (.435).
Climax Cougars @ Fantomz Force
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Pigtown Bombers @ Nags Head Surf Sox
Series Preview: Pigtown Bombers (40-87) at Nags Head Surf Sox (57-70)

The Pigtown Bombers, last place in the N.L. East, pay a return visit to Nags Head to take on the 6th place Sox.

Game #1: Luis Tiant (8-9 3.75) vs. Jim Palmer (5-6 3.42)

Sox take a 1st inning 1-0 lead off Tiant, thanks to a Giancarlo Stanton RBI that scores Von Hayes. Jim Edmonds’ 4th inning RBI single scores Hank Greenberg to tie the game at 1. The game moves to the home half of the 6th. Stanton leads off with a walk, followed by a Kingman single, which sets the stage for a Dave Winfield blast to left, his 10th homerun of the season, putting NH up 4-1. The Sox will add another run in the 7th for a 5-1 lead. Jim Palmer tosses 8 strong innings, allowing only 1 run on 4 hits, Mitch Williams pitches a scoreless 9th.

PIG 1 4 0
NAG 5 9 1
WP – Palmer (6-6)
LP – Tiant (8-10)

Game #2: Joe McGinnity (10-12 3.84) vs. Joaquin Andujar (4-18 5.70)

Sox score another 1st inning run on a Jimmie Foxx RBI double that scores Jeter. Pigtown promptly erases the lead with a run of their own in the top of the 2nd, with Manny Ramirez scoring on an Ozzie Smith ground ball. An Andujar double, Jeter single, and Foxx double plate 2 Sox runs in the 3rd to put NH up 3-1. Bombers bounce back in the 4th. Manny Ramirez, who doubled, scores on a Duke Sims ground out to cut the Nags Head lead to 3-2. A Foxx SAC fly scores Von Hayes to up the Sox lead to 4-2 after 5. In the 6th, Pigtown fights back once again. Greenberg doubles, moves to third on a Ramirez single. With runners at the corners, Duke Sims singles home Greenberg. Ramirez scores the tying run when Andujar throws away a Velarde come backer to the mound. Andujar works his way out of a one out bases loaded jam to preserve the 4-4 tie. Nags Head seizes the lead, once again, in the 8th when Foxx scores on an Andre Dawson RBI double. Cordero comes in to pitch a scoreless 9th, to record his 23rd save. Manny Ramirez had 2 hits and scored 3 times for the visitors. Jimmie Foxx had a pair of hits and knocked in 3, and Jeter had 3 hits and scored twice to lead Nags Head.

PIG 4 7 0
NAG 5 9 2
WP – Giusti (5-4)
LP – McGinnity (10-13)
S – Cordero (23)

Game #3: John Tudor (2-7 3.76) vs. Nolan Ryan (4-10 4.51)

Bombers bounce back in a big way, scoring a pair of runs in the 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 8th innings to cruise to a 9-2 victory. Pigtown bashed 18 hits, led by Mike Schmidt, Benny Kauff, and Max West, who each had 3 hits. Schmidt knocked in 4 and clubbed his 17th homerun of the season. John Tudor pitched 7 innings of 3 hit shutout ball.

PIG 9 18 0
NAG 2 6 0
WP – Tudor (3-7)
LP – Ryan (4-11)

Game #4: Johnny Taylor (3-9 4.29) vs. Cole Hamels (8-8 4.05)

Pigtown ties up the series at 2 games a piece behind 8 1/3 strong innings by Johnny Taylor. Taylor scatters 6 hits and allows on 1 earned run. Kauff had 3 more hits, including a double, and Bobby Grich had 2 hits to propel the bomber offense.

PIG 5 11 1
NAG 2 6 1
WP – Taylor (4-9)
LP – Hamels (8-9)
S – Smith (2)

Game #5: Jim Abbott (5-16 3.55) vs. Mike Mussina (12-8 3.32)

Sox take an early 2 run lead following a Von Hayes solo homerun, #9 on the year, and a SAC fly from Mussina that scored Kingman. Mussina pitched well, only allowing 4 hits, including a solo homerun by Greenberg (#24), and survived issuing 9 walks over 7 innings, to earn his 13th win of the season. Cordero pitched a shutout 9th for his 24th save. Jim Abbott went the distance for Pigtown, and was the hard luck loser.

PIG 1 4 0
NAG 2 3 0
WP – Mussina (13-8)
LP – Abbott (5-17)
S – Cordero (24)

Game #6: Luis Tiant (8-10 3.83) vs. Jim Palmer (6-6 3.28)

Another back-and-forth affair as the teams combined to hit 5 homeruns: Greenberg (25) and Tettleton (3) for the Bombers; Hayes (10), Dawson (17), and Marshall (2) for the Sox. Greenberg had a 4 hit day for Pigtown, scoring 2 times, knocking in one. Ultimately Nags Head survives and Palmer defeats Tiant for the 2nd time in the series.

PIG 5 10 0
NAG 6 8 0
WP – Palmer (7-6)
LP – Tiant (8-11)
S – Street (5)

Game #7: Joe McGinnity (10-13 3.92) vs. Joaquin Andujar (4-18 5.55)

Mike Schmidt’s 2nd homerun of the series, a 2 run, 1st inning blast, stakes McGinnity to an early lead. Greenberg homers for the 3rd straight game, a solo shot in the 6th, and that was all McGinnity would need, as he goes the distance, allowing only 1 earned run on 4 hits. Andujar pitches a decent game, but takes loss #19 on the season.

PIG 3 6 0
NAG 1 4 2
WP – McGinnity (11-13)
LP – Andujar (4-19)

Series Summary: Nags Head takes the series 4 games to 3. Hank Greenberg had a HUGE series – 9 runs scored, 10 hits, 5 RBIs, 2 doubles, a triple, and 3 homeruns.
Clockwork Heros @ Hoboken Zephyrs
Series Preview: The first place Heros travel to Hoboken to face the second place Zephyrs.
Game #1: George Uhle outduels Tom Seaver in a brilliant shutout.
Clockwork 2 Hoboken 0
Game #2: Noodles Hahn outduels Bert Blyleven with a brilliant 3-hit shutout.
Hoboken 2 Clockwork 0
Game #3: Christy Mathewson runs his record to 23-4 in a strong 3-hit performance.
Clockwork 4 Hoboken 2
Game #4: Jeff Weaver shut down Clockwork allowing only one earned and five hits. Eddie Stanky provided a three-run blast for the win.
Hoboken 4 Clockwork 1
Game #5: The Zephyrs battled back from a 4-1 deficit scoring two in both the 7th and 8th innings to grab a hardfought win.
Hoboken 5 Clockwork 4
Game #6: In another strong pitchers duel, Bert Blyleven allowed only two hits over 8 innings for his 21st win. Kent Tekulve closed out the 9th for his 33rd save.
Clockwork 2 Hoboken 1
Game #7: Entering the final game tied at 3, the Hoboken offense broke out for 7 runs powered by two rbis each from Jeff Heath, Stan Spence and Wally Schang. Red Faber improved his era to 2.05 in his 16th win.
Hoboken 7 Clockwork 1
Series Summary: Hoboken takes the series 4-3 to avenge an early season 7-game sweep in Clockwork. The Zephyr pitching staff allowed just 14 runs over the series. Both teams are gearing up for the playoffs.
Hollywood Zombies @ Motown Yankees
Series Preview: No time for nice write ups this week!
Game #1: Brown picks up win # 15 as Yanks prevail 2-1
Game #2: Joss finally gets win #8 in grand style with the no-hitter as Yanks win 3-0
Game #3: Yanks win 3rd straight as Larry Jansen tosses the CG – Yanks 6-1
Game #4: Hollywood takes game 4 in 10 as Hubbell gives up 1 R in 10 innings but loses on an unearned run in the 10th. Plank goes 8 strong but does not get the decision.
Game #5: Brown takes his 2nd W of the series for his 16th – Yanks take game 5 3-2
Game #6: The Big Train does what he does – CG 3 hit shutout, supported by Hollywood bats waking up with 7 extra base hits – Hollywood wins 6-0.
Game #7: Adam Wainwright picks up W # 15 is his lone appearance of the series, Yanks win 5-2.
Series Summary: Motown takes the series winning 5 of 7 – no hitting heroes but Joss has to be in the pitcher of the week discussion on the back of the no-no and only 2 runs allowed in 17 IP
Wainwright Wranglers @ Fire Lake Segers
Series Preview: Wainwright (48-79) traveled to Fire Lake (61-66), both teams coming off their previous 14 games having been played against Hoboken and Clockwork.
Game #1: Doc White (12-17,4.55) vs Denny McLain (9-11,3.42)

White throws a 3-hit shutout, backed by Darren Daulton’s 6th inning 2-run HR (22nd).


Game #2: Denny Neagle (0-4,4.57) vs Ron Guidry (8-11,3.81)

The Segers rough up Neagle for four 1st inning runs. Scott Rolen has 2 hits for the home team and Bucky Walters hit his 4th homerun. Guidry pitches 8.1 innings for his 9th win.


Game #3: Nap Rucker (5-18,5.63) vs Eppa Rixey (5-4,3.40)

For the second consecutive game, Fire Lake scores four 1st inning runs. Eric Davis’ 3 run HR (his 6th) capped the 1st inning rally. Rixey allowed 4 runs in his 6 innings of work, and the Fire Lake bullpen pitched three scoreless innings to close it out. Bip Robert and Eugenio Suarez each had 3 hits for Wainwright, Davis and Jose Cardenal each had 2 hits for Fire Lake.


Game #4: Lefty Grove (12-10,3.66) vs David Cone (8-12,2.59)

Grove pitches 8.2 innings, allowing just a single run and Darren Daulton’s 3 hits and 3 rbi paces the visitors to an easy win.


Game #5: Vic Willis (9-21,4.25) vs Denny McLain (9-12,3.39)

Fire Lake erases a 4-2 Wainwright lead in the 7th, as the visiting manager leaves a laboring Willis in the game to suffer his 22nd loss. Tony Gwynn has 3 hits for the visitors, Vadas Pinson has 3 hits for the home team.


Game #6: Doc White (13-17,4.37) vs Mario Soto (6-3,2.70)

Both starters pitch 7 strong innings, with Soto besting White while allowing just 2 hits and a single run to earn his 7th win. Kirby Puckett’s rare error was the difference in this one, as Wainwright loses on an unearned run.


Game #7: Nap Rucker (5-19,5.46) vs Eppa Rixey (6-4,3.51)

Fire Lake’s Tony Perez (9), Johnny Bench (10) and Denis Menke (3) all smashed homeruns off Rucker to send him to his 20th loss of the season. Edwin Encarnacion (12) and Mark Grace (8) homer for the visitors, but it was a little too late.


Series Summary: Fire Lake wins 5 of 7.
Iowa Giants @ San Tan Valley Moonrakers
Series Preview: Two also rans in the NL West play for pride and practice.
Game #1: San Tan rides 2 homers and 6 RBI from Charlie “King Kong” Keller and a 2 run shot from Vern Stephens to beat Bob Feller and the Giants 10-2. Poor Bob.. a grade 22 gets mashed for 8 runs in 1 2/3 innings and drops to 10-19 on the season…What???
Game #2: Randy Johnson wasn’t sharp ( 3 Ks in 7 innings) but wins his 15th anyway, 8-3.
Game #3: San Tan’s Jimmy Williams beaks up a 1-1 tie with a grand slam and Earl Averill adds a two run homer later in the inning. Ed Walsh wins it 7-1.
Game #4: The Giants get a good start from Dizzy Dean and a homer from Josh Hamilton to beat the Solar Sox 5-1.
Game #5: Feller loses his 20th, 2-1. Averill and Oscar Charleston hit run scoring doubles. Iowa manages only 4 hits
Game #6: Monte Stratton hurls a 4 hit shutout. Averill drives in both San Tan runs. Solar Sox win 2-0.
Game #7: Randy Johnson wins his 16th, but the story was the long ball. Stephens hits 2 homers, good for 5 RBI. Hal Trotsky goes 3-4 with a homer and 4 RBI. Cesar Cedeno chips in with a long ball, too. San Tan 12-4
Series Summary: Not many Iowa highlights as San Tan takes 6 of 7.

Earl Averill went 14-28 with 4 runs, 6 RBI, and a HR.