National League Pitcher of the Week – Randy Johnson – San Tan Valley

1-0 record, 9.0  innings pitched, 0.00 ERA, 1 hit, 8 strikeouts, & 2 walks




American League Pitcher of the Week – Orel Hershiser  – Lewisberry

1-0 record,  9 innings pitched, 0.00 ERA, 2 hits, 5 strikeouts, & 2 walks




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

.438 avg / 0.813 slg, 7 for 16, 1 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run, 3  runs, 7 RBIs, 4 walks, & 3 stolen bases




American League Player of the Week – Tris Speaker  – Purry

.500 avg / 1.429 slg, 7 for 14, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 3 homers, 5 runs, 6 RBIs, 1 walk, & 1 stolen base

Jack Street Hustlers @ New Westminster Salmonbellies
Series Preview: Always look forward to a Joe Schall matchup. This should be fun. I think Joe’s record against me should be around 110 wins to 50 losses.
Game #1: JSH Tom Glavine 9 – 2 NWS Jeff Tesreau 8 – 5

New Westminster got things going on the first pitch Carlos Beltran saw with a home run over the left field wall.
In the 5th Beltran gets on with a single and goes to third on a Ferris Fain single. A sacrifice fly by Martin Dihigo knocks in Beltran. 2 – 0 lead and Jeff Tesreau pitching great.
Top of the 6th and here comes the top of the order.
With one out Rogers Hornsby with his 21st home run. Joey Medwick doubles, McGwire K’s, Berkman walks, it can’t get any worse. Tesreau gets ahead 1 and 2, and grooves one to David Justice, bang 3 run homer. We now have a Jack Street 4 – 2 lead.
Bottom of the 6th and Jack Clark walks, Bozo Concepcion comes into run and steals 2nd. With 2 quick outs Fred Clarke comes up and bangs a double. 4 – 3 now for Jack Street.
Ted Simmons doubles for the Hustlers and gets to 3rd. Hornsby singles and Ted manages to streak into home. 5 – 3, Jack Street manages to move ahead some more from the Bellies.
We manage to get to the bottom of the 8th with no runs. Craig Lefferts is pitching and gives up a single to Jimmie Wynn. After a FC,  Fred Clarke singles to bring home Wynn from 2nd. We have a 5 – 4 ball game.
Top of the ninth, and Eddie Watt facing Hornsby and gets an out. Wow. In comes Ralph Terry, an 18, to face Medwick, that worked. Time for strategy, in comes Ted Abernathy with his smooth 8.44 ERA, and gives up a 2 bagger to Berkman and another run. Sneak up on the Hustlers with Messersmith and his 7.67 ERA against Justice. That almost worked, single, first and third. Now a Billy Pierce walk to JD Drew, bases loaded. Thank god the Bellies are through the monsters. Pierce strikes out Sciosia.
Hustlers 6 – 4 bottom of the ninth
Jeff Brantley pitching for the Hustlers. Ron Hunt gets a single and with 2 out Ferris Fain hits a single to put runners at first and third. Up comes all star SS Martin Dihigo and bangs a double scoring both runners tieing the game at 6 – 6.
Hustlers do it again in the top of the 10th with a run . My favourite line. And here comes SALMONBELLIES manager … again
The top of the Hustlers order is up every inning. Martinez walks, Hornsby single, first and third, Medwick double and RBI, McGwire K, Berkman walks and bases loaded and now Meusel. He pops up to the catcher. 7 – 6 for the Jack Street crew.
Bottom of the 10th, and Wynn walks against Dave Veres. Bassler and Clarke go out and Wynn moves to 2nd. I don’t believe it, Harry Lord knocks a triple.
game tied. In comes Doug Jones and he gets Ron Hunt.
We move to the bottom of the 14th and leadoff batter Joe Kuehl walks. After Dihigo and Mays are both out and Kuehl now at 2nd Johnny Bassler lines a single and Kuehl trys for home and it is a wild throw to the backstop. 8 – 7 victory for the Bellies.

WP: Bill Caudill 3 – 1 LP: Pat Neshek 2 – 1

Game #2: JSH Sonny Siebert 3 – 8 NWS Dutch Leonard 11 – 4

In the first Salmonbellies Jim Wynn knocks in Johnny Bassler for a one run lead.
In the third knocks in Jim Wynn scores, Johnny Bassler with a bases loaded FC. Jack Clark and Dihigo score on a FC and single and take a 4 – 0 lead.
Top of the fourth and Edgar gets Hustlers first hit of the game, Hornsby reaches on an error Dutch Leonard. McGwire reaches on another error to Leonard to load the bases. Meusel hits SF scoring Edgar and then Ted Simmons promptly hits a double to make the score 4 – 3
Top of the 7th Simmons hits another double and Leonard makes his 3rd error of the game with Hisle bunting and Leonard throwing the ball into RF and Simmons scoring and Hisle going to 2nd. Kent gets a bunt base hit. Bartell then knocks in Hisle to tie the game. Hornsby knocks in a run and Meusel then hits a 3 run home run and the game is over.

Hustlers hang on to win 9 – 4

WP: Sonny Siebert 4 – 8 LP: Dutch Leonard 11 – 5

Game #3: JSH Bill Byrd 6 – 3 NWS Dwight Gooden 7 – 3

Top of the second Jeff Kent knocks in Mark McGwire for 1 – 0 lead for Jack Street.
Bottom of the 2nd and Jack Clark scores on a Ferris Fain base hit. The two speed demons have both scored in this game.
Bottom of the 2nd and JD Drew whacks a triple. Hornsby knocks him home. Hornsby tries to go to third on a Medwick single but the Toy Cannon throws Hornsby out. Medwick having moved to 2nd scores on McGwire single. Hustlers now up 3 – 1
Everything moves along nice and calmly until the bottom of the 6th. Time for the Bellies to get a break. Campanella comes into run for Bassler who leads off with a walk. Martin Dihigo comes up and gets the K, no wait, catchers interference. Up comes the walking machine, Jack Clark who walks.
Jim Wynn swings and it is gone over the CF wall.
Waner singles and gets to 2nd on a ground out and Junior Gilliam brings Waner home with a single.
New Westminster takes a 6 – 3 lead.
McGwire leads off the 8th with a home run but the relief core for the Salmonbellies does their job with 6 – 4 victory.

WP: Dwight Gooden 8 – 3 S: Ralph Terry 5 LP: Bill Byrd 6 – 4

Game #4: JSH Frank Viola 4 – 2 vs NWS Sam Leever 9 – 4

Jack Street got HR’s from Medwick, Hornsby, McGwire and Kent. New West had HR’s from Jack Clark and Concepcion. The Salmonbellies go on to win 11 – 5 with 14 hits and 7 walks. Jack Street had 8 hits and 4 walks but had 3 errors in the loss.

WP: Sam Leever 10 – 4 LP: Frank Viola 4 – 3

Series Summary: The series had a bit of everything, with a 14 inning game and one run games and come from behind and a blowout. The Salmonbellies win the series 3 – 1
Madison East Purgolders @ Lewisberry Country Blumpkins
Series Preview: Madison East (36-41) visits Lewisberry (40-37)
Game #1: Forever-Blumpkin Bernie Williams’ 3run blast in the 5th breaks a 4-4 tie.
Country Blumpkins 9 Puregolders 4
Game #2: Clippard has to start in place of a lazy Beckett and gives up 4 runs in 5 innings.
Puregolders 4 Country Blumpkins 1
Game #3: Babe Ruth, pissed he missed out on last week’s Pitcher of the Week, hurls another Shitout, this time a 7 hitter. Nellie Cruz knocks in both runs on a HR and a 3B.
Country Blumpkins 2 Puregolders 0
Game #4: Jack Morris has been shitting the bed since Blumpkin management decided not to trade him. This game was no exception as he can’t even finish 3 innings.
Puregolders 6 Country Blumpkins 3
Series Summary: Series split. Ruth (LEW) for POTW. Hanley Ramirez (MAD), 7-15, 3R, 5RBI, 2 2B, HR for BOTW.
Wrigleyville Whales @ Chicago Nine
Series Preview: Wrigleyville Whales (29-48, .377, 24-GB) @ Chicago Nine (37-40, .481, 7-GB). Being played @ Wrigleyville per request.
Game #1: G-1- Coveliski v Sabatha. Chicago Nine scored 8-runs in 1st on their way to a 15-4 slaughter of the Whales. Chicago out-hit Wrigleyville 17-9 and neither team hit a home run. Chicago led 14-1 after 3-innings and were led by Omar Vizquel, who was 4-5, 2B and 3-RBI. Bobby Richardson also drove in 3-run and Trout went 3-6. Every Nine starter scored @ least 1-run and only Werth & Bryant didn’t drive in a run! CC (6-8, 5.72) allowed only 1-run on 4-hits over 6-IP.

Whales Coveleski retired only 1-batter while getting roughed up for 7-runs on 5-hits. McBean gave up 7-runs on 5-hits and 4-walks in relief over 2-innings.

FINAL Nine 15 Whales 4

Game #2: G-2- Mays v F.Hernandez. Lazzeri drove in 4-runs, going 3-4 including his 10th homer as Whales built a 7-1 lead and hold on for 8-4 win! Carl Mays (7-5, 5.49) hurled a 7-hit, CG for Wrigleyville. Seven of Whales 13-hits were extra-base hits.

King Felix (8-5, 3.15) allowed 5-runs on 9-hits over 5-innings and suffered the loss. Releiver S.Shield gave up 3-runs over 3-innings and nailed Stan The Man & he’d miss 11-days.

FINAL Whales 8 Nine 4

Game #3: G-3- Hunter v Richard. Nine held a 6-2 lead going into the 9th but Whales fought back led by Yastrzemski’s (2-3rd, 4th) 2nd homer of the game as Wrigleyville scores 4-runs to tie Chicago @ 6-6. But Whales reliever Rudolph couldn’t hold Nine @ bay as Omar Vizquel drove in game winning run with a 1B to give Chicago a dramatic 7-6 victory!

Chicago out hit Wrigleyville 14-8 but stranded 11. Trout (4), Werth (8) and Cunningham (3) slugged HR’s for the Nine. Omar had a 3-5 game, as did Werth. Nelson (3-0, 2.29) earned win but blew save, allowing 2-runs in 2/3 of an inning.

FINAL Nine 7 Whales 6

Game #4: G-4- McNally v Pennock. Chicago comes back from early 3-1 deficit and win game 6-3. Mayberry (26) and Bryant (8) hammered homers for Chicago, while Pennock (5-9, 4.81) held Whales to 3-runs, 1-earned on 6-hits over 7-innings. Nelson (Sv-13, 2.17) blanked Wrigleyville over final 2-innings.

Lollar (8) ripped solo homer in Whales loss.

FINAL Nine 6 Whales 3

Series Summary: Chicago out-scores Wrigleyville 32-21 and out-hit Whales 55-37 in 3-1 series win.
Menomonee Minutemen @ Middle Channel Sturgeons
Series Preview: Menomonee visits the Middle Channel
Series Summary: The Sturgeon take 3 of 4 from the Minutemen
Las Vegas Pirates @ Purry Cowpokes
Series Preview: LV 35-42 travels to Purry 46-31.
Game #1: Jake Weimer throws a complete game and Tris Speaker hits a 2 run triple. Final score: Purry 3 Las Vegas 1.
Game #2: Javier Vazquez improves to 13-2 and Ted Strong and Jesse Barfield homer. Final score: Purry 6 Las Vegas 2.
Game #3: Dave Cash goes 4-5 and Cecil Fielder hits a 2-run blast. Final score: Las Vegas 5 Purry 2.
Game #4: Roberto Clemente hits a 3 run homer to power the Pirates. Las Vegas 3 Purry 2.
Series Summary: Vegas and Purry split, 2-2.
Kansas City A’s @ Kansas City Blues
Series Preview: The A’s come to visit the Blue’s hoping to take the KC Cup home with them
Longtime rival Gary Alderson will hope to do this
Game #1: Blues win a close 3-2
Game #2: Doerr hits 2nd homer Koosman comes in in relief gives up 3 er
Three fingers had only 2 good fingers in this matchup gives up back to back
A’s win 8-5
Game #3: Fernando V. gives up 5 er runs and 5-3 win for the A’s
Fernando’s belly could be heard rumbling for that mixed plate
Game #4: Very close one Bob Gibson gets first start for the Blue’s goes 6.2 3 er
That’s all it takes for a 3-2 A’s win
Series Summary: The A’s take 3 out of 4 and take the KC cup home
We will be looking to win it back in the future
Cincinnati Knights @ Indiana Indians
Series Preview: Cincinnati (48-29) travels to Indiana (31-46) for a quick 4 game series before the All-Star break.
Game #1: Dazzy Vance vs. Kerry Wood…Sal Bando hits his 20th HR and drives in 4 to lead the Knights to a 9-3 win.
Bill Freehan adds 4 hits to back the CG pitching of Vance. Wood only lasts 2+ innings to drop to 2-6 with a 6.24 ERA. Shively, Frederick and Mantle have 2 hits each for the Indians.
Game #2: Mike Scott vs. String Bean Williams… Williams wins his 2nd consecutive start with his new team in leading the Indians to a 5-1 win over the Knights. Williams goes 7 IP , allowing only 1 ER for his 9th overall win. Munson and Lindstrom drive in 2 each for the Indians. Joe Sewell has 3 hits for the Knights. Lindstrom is hit by a pitch and lost to the Indians for 5 days.
Game #3: Reb Russell vs. Don Drysdale…Indians commit 2 errors in the 4th , leading to 2 unearned runs (4 total) that propelled the Knights to a 4-3 win. Drysdale takes the loss (6-8). Russell gets the win(3-4). Janssen pitches 2 innings for his 13th save. Indians outhit the Knights 7-4. Ival Goodman runs into the LF wall and is injured for 6 days for the Knights.
Game #4: Stephen Strasburg vs. Grover Alexander…Walker, Mantle and Markakis each drive in 2 to lead the Indians to an 8-2 win. Alexander goes 7 to earn his 6th win (6-7). Strasburg takes the loss (4-3). Robertson pitches the final 2 for his 2nd save (0.89 ERA). Chick Hafey hits HR subbing for Goodman.
Series Summary: Treading water again with another series split.
Boston Braves @ Fort Worth Cats
Series Preview: Team with the best record vs one of the teams with the worst record in the AL.
Game #1: Toby Harrah had 5 RBI by hitting 2 home runs including a grand slam in the first and Verlander and three itchy reliever’s quieted the Braves offense as the Cat easily take the opener 9-0
Game #2: Dennis Eckersley gets his first blown save of the year thanks to two errors in the top of the 9th. After he left the game last man standing(Cats had already used their 4 other relievers), Steve Reed came in and kept the game tied for 3.2 innings until a two out single by Jonathan Lucroy in the 14th gave the Braves the victory. Final Score Braves 4, Cats 3
Game #3: Gabby Hartnett hit a two run homer in the third to give Boston a 2-1 advantage, but a two out double in the bottom of the third by Ken Singleton tied the game at 2 for the Cats. In the bottom of the 4th Ft. Worth’s Willie Keeler delivered the winning hit with two outs when he singled home Harry Danning, who slid around the tag and the Cat’s pitching put up goose eggs the rest of the way. Final Score Cats 3, Braves 2
Game #4: Gabby Hartnett hit another two run homer to give Boston an early 2-0 lead. Singles by Gene Alley (5th) and Al Oliver (6th) tied the game at two for Ft. Worth. The Braves went back in front in the 7th on Hank Severeid’s 2nd passed ball of the game. Moises Alou came up with a game winning pinch hit in the 9th, “He brings it in … swung on … it’s a fly ball to the gap in right CONIGLIARO ’64’s racing over … but he won’t get it … it’s to the wall … OLIVER ’83 scores tie ballgame! … HARRAH ’83’s rounding third … they’re waving HARRAH ’83 in … GARCIAPARRA ’04 will relay here comes the throw home … here’s the play at the plate … and he’s … SAFE!…on a close play … oh, close call the gamble pays off … CATS win! … in dramatic fashion they have beaten the BRAVES!” Final Score Cats 4, Braves 3
Series Summary: Blowout in game 1 then 3 straight 1 run games.
Coastline Bobcats @ Clockwork Heros
Series Preview: Battle of first place teams over team viewer.
  3-2 clockwork win.Donovan allows two hits in 8 innings and Tekulve allows 3 in the save. Gerhig had a 2 run homer.
Game #2: Clockwork had a no hitter for 8.2 innings until Jenkins doubles. Two Bradley hits 2 homers. 5-0 Clockwork
Game #3: Clockworks matheson wins 3-1 as foster homers. 3-1 Clockwork
Game #4: Coastline wins in extra innings after a rare Sutter blow save. 6-4 Bobcats (11 innings)
Series Summary: Thanks to Brian playing over team viewer as pitching dominated series.Clockwork wins 3 of 4 without Vaughn and then backup Rizzuto.
Brian will look to revenge next series in coastline
West Michigan Retrogrades @ Iowa Giants
Series Preview: Retrogrades come to Iowa with a 44-33 record to take on the Giants who are 29-48
Game #1: WMR 14-16-0 WP Shocker 9-8
IOW 2-5-1 LP Lemon 1-3
Shocker goes 6 inning 5 hits 2 runs, George Sisler goes 3-6 4 rbis 2 doubles, and Robinson Cano 2-4 3 rbis Homer to power the Retrogrades to the win.
Game #2: WMR 5-12-4 WP Linzy 3-4
IOW 4-7-1 LP Richert 0-3
10 Innings game Frank Linzy shut down Giants for two inning no hits or runs to get the win. Heavy Johnson has a strong game 3-4 2 rbis double and triple
Game #3: WMR 9-10-1 WP Foster 9-7
IOW 4-7-1 LP Fidrych 1-1
The Bird gets his first start last 3 innings and takes the loss. Foster goes 8 innings 3 hits 1 er to get his 9th win. Johnson Dickey and Wallace all homer.
Game #4: WMR 10-12-0 WP Schmacher 10-3
IOW 2-6-2 LP Lanier 2-8
It was a Hal Schmacher game 8 innings 6 hits 2 runs 8 k’s goes 3-4 rbi 2 doubles and homer as Retrogrades sweep series
Series Summary: Retrogrades come to Iowa and sweep the series one good game goes 10 innings, Retrogrades showed hitting and pitching, Hal Schmacher was player of the series with his game four performance.
Wainwright Wranglers @ Detroit DeLoreans
Series Preview: The Wainwright Wranglers (34-43) visit the Detroit DeLoreans (43-34) to square off in a competitive four-game NL divisional crossover series.
Game #1: WWW 0 – DET 3: Detroit’s Lefty Tyler spun a complete game 1-hit shutout. R. White had an RBI single in the first inning and A. Rendon had a 2-run single in the sixth inning for the only scoring in the game. The two teams combined for a total of 16 walks in the contest…possibly an early LEG record.
Game #2: WWW 2 – DET 8: The DeLoreans scored in each of the first four innings to knock out Wainwright’s Lefty Grove and take a 7-0 lead. Detroit’s Allie Reynolds went the distance while surrendering just one earned run. Offensively, Detroit had six extra-base hits led by Joe Cronin (4 for 5), Babe Herman (3 for 4), and Ripper Collins (2 for 4). Wainwright’s Mark Grace had an RBI double.
Game #3: WWW 2 – DET 6: After five innings, the DeLoreans held a commanding 6-1 lead and never looked back. B. Roberts and T. Fernandez lead the Wranglers offensively, both collecting two hits. Detroit’s Chuck Klein went 2 for 3 with a 3-run homer.
Game #4: WWW 2 – DET 3: Wainwright jumped up 2-0 in the first inning on a 2-run double form H. Manush. However, the DeLoreans scored single runs in each of the first three innings to capture the lead and hold on for the win. All-Star Ripper Collins went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI and his 27th homer of the season. Fellow All-Star Nap Lajoie also collected his league-leading 35th double of the season.
Series Summary: Detroit sweeps the series. The DeLoreans starting pitching went deep in all four games, averaging over eight innings an outing. Lefty Tyler’s 1-hit shutout was the pitching highlight of the series. Detroit’s Ripper Collins went 5 for 14 (.357) with 3 HRs, 2 doubles, 6 RBI, and 4 runs scored.
Fantomz Force Fire Lake Segers
Series Preview: Fantomz (38-39) traveled to Fire Lake (38-38) to take on the Red Hot Segers, winners of 8 in a row (all on the road). Two clubs with nearly identical records, both in 4th place in their respective divisions.

This series was played via Team Viewer. Thanks Gordon!

Game #1: Gaylord Perry (9-5,3.65) vs Ron Guidry (6-8,4.59)

Tied 1-1, after 5 innings, Fire Lake’s Joey Votto crushed a 2-run homerun in the 6th to give the home team a 3-1 lead. The Force chased Guidry in the 7th, tieing it up at 3 apiece. The visitors sent Steve Chisek to the mound in the bottom of the 8th. John Roseboro had a pinch hit single. Eric Davis ran for him, stole second base and scored on Barry Larkin’s single. Dave Stewart worked the top of the 9th to record his 2nd Save. Ray Lankford hit homerun #10 for the visitors.


Game #2: Mel Harder (2-3,5.33) vs David Cone (5-8,3.09)

The visitors scored in the top of the 1st, the home team tied it at 1-1 in the 2nd. The visitors took a 2-1 lead in the 4th, the home team tied it 2-2 in the 6th. Matt Morris allowed 2 runs in the top of the 9th and Gary Lucas shut down the Segers in the 9th to earn his 1st Save. Larry Doby hit his 15th homerun for Fantomz, and Choo had two hits.


Game #3: Carl Weilman (6-10,3.01) vs Eppa Rixey (3-1,3.41)

This was a wild one. The Force led 4-1 after scoring a single run in the 4th, but in the bottom of 4th, Weilman left the game with an injury. Brad Ziegler replaced him and was not up to the challenge, allowing 3 hits and 2 runs in an inning and a third. The game was tied 4-4 through 8 innings. Both teams scored a single run in the 9th, and to extras they went with both bullpens nearly spent. Fire Lake called on Camillo Pascual in the 11th and boy was he up to the challenge, pitching three hitless innings. With one out in the bottom of the 13th, Fire Lake had little choice but to let him hit and Pascual rewarded them with a double. With 2 -out, newly named All-Star Pete Rose walked it off with a single and the home crowd rejoiced. Joe Judge had 3 hits for the Force, Tony Perez and Scott Rolen each had two doubles for the Segers.


Game #4: Satchel Paige (11-6,2.20) vs Denny McLain (5-7,3.56)

Both clubs sent their respective Aces to the mound in Game 4. And, it showed. Through 5 innings Fantomz had no hits and the Segers had one. In the bottom of the 6th, the wheels fell off the Satchel Paige train as Fire Lake chased him with a 5-run inning. Fantomz’ first hit was a 2-run pinch hit homerun by John Stone in the 8th, to cut the lead to 5-2. After Adam Eaton singled with one out, Don Gullett got Shin-Soo Choo to bounce into a double play to shut down the visitors. For Fire Lake, Jose Cardenal hit his 4th homerun. Paige dropped to (11-7) and McLain improved to (6-7).


Series Summary: Fire Lake wins 3 of 4, and now has won 11 of their last 12, to climb to two games over .500 at 41-39. Fantomz will no doubt be ready for some pay back after the all-star break.
Hollywood Zombies @ Virginia Cavaliers
Series Preview: Secure in their hold at the bottom of the NL West, Hollywood saunters East to face a slumping Virginia team.
Game #1: VIR 1-0 W-L.Gomez (6-7) L-S.Rogers (5-12)

For the first time this season Virginia has a pitcher pitch a game that is worthy of Pitcher of the Week. Gomez was outstanding as he went the distance allowing just 3 hits and no runs. He only struck out 5 batters but he had them befuddled otherwise. The only run of the game came in the 6th when F.Robinson led off with a single, stole 2nd and scored on a R.Kiner single to the RF gap.

Game #2: VIR 1-0 W-G.Jackson (3-1) L-J.Zimmermann (0-2) SV-K.Foulke (21)

Another shutout performance by Virginia as they extend Hollywood’s scoreless inning streak to 18. However, this time it was 4 pitchers. B.Turley started and had a 1 hitter through 3.2 innings before he was injured and had to leave the game. He will be lost for the next 5 games. G.Jackson came in and coughed up 3 hits in the next 2.1 innings but no one crossed the plate. R.Betancourt followed with 2 innings of no hit ball and K.Foulke finished it off with a 3-batter save, his 21st. Once again F.Robinson figured in the offense as he drove in D.Murphy who had doubled in the 3rd.

Game #3: HOL 10-3 W-J.Pfiester (1-2) L-E.Reulbach (5-6)

I guess Hollywood had enough. They scored 2 in the first and just kept on rolling, WIth a 5-1 lead in the 6th, Virginia tried to come back when the tallied 2 in the 6th for a 5-3 deficit. But Hollywood was relentless as they put up 3 more in the 7th and 2 in the 9th. In the meantime, Hollywood’s bullpen held Virginia to 1 hit over the last 3.1 innings. M.Tejeda collected almost half of Hollywood’s hits going 4-5. He scorched 2 doubles and buried a fastball for his 4th homer of the season while driving in 7 RBI.

Game #4: HOL 5-0 W-W.Johnson (9-9) L-J.Key (4-5)

Well so much for Virginia ever getting a player of the week,…Thank you Mr. Johnson. W.Johnson was simply great! CG 2-hitter facing 29 batters. He struck out 6 and was in total command the entire game. Not once did he get into any trouble. V.Guerrero took care of getting runs for Hollywood. His SF in the 2nd put Hollywood up 1-0 and then he launched a 3-run homer in the 7th to give Johnson breathing room.

Series Summary: A series split for two struggling teams. First two games Virginia’s pitching looked really good. Next two games Hollywood’s hitting AND pitching looked really good. So they both go to the All-Star break dreaming of how it must feel to have a record like Coastline and Clockwork…
Motown Yankees @ Climax Cougars
Series Preview: Two underachieving sub-.500 teams duke it out for some respect with the Climax Cougars hosting the Motown Yankees.
Game #1: A couple of double plays early in the game squashed Motown rallies before they started and the Cougars got some clutch hitting from the top of their order as they held off the Yankees 4-3 in the series opener.
It seemed like getting on base was an automatic thing for the Yankees’ leadoff hitters in this game which is not a good thing if you’re a catcher as these guys are fricking fast.
The first inning started with outfielder Dixie Walker getting on base and advancing to 2nd on a Fred McGriff single. Climax starter Van Lingle Mungo (4-3) was able to get Stan Hack to ground into a double play and then with Walker on 3rd struck out outfielder Cristobal Torriente to end the inning.
Same deal the next inning as Wes Westrum led off things for Motown with a single but then was erased by Dave Bancroft who hit into a double play.
In the bottom of the 2nd inning, Johnny Mize, Jim Fregosi and Mel Ott each came up with some clutch hits that accounted for three runs crossing the plate. The Cougars added another on a solo shot by Ott (11) in the 5th and then the bats and gloves went to sleep.
The Yankees scored twice in the 6th with Kenny Lofton (single, double and steal in the game) and Motown starter Addie Joss (3-9) scoring thanks to a single by Walker and a lousy fielding play by Mungo.
Two innings later the Yankees crept ever closer with Lofton scoring again on Walker’s single off Sid Fernandez, but that was as close as they would get as they got plunked – with Eric Plunk coming in to throw a perfect 9th for his 8th save.
Game #2: This was a very sleepy game for both teams with Motown starter Carl Hubbell and Climax’s Smoky Joe Wood each throwing goose eggs for the first six innings.
Wood’s eggs were the first to crack though with Motown erupting for three runs which included pitcher Carl Hubbell driving in Carney Lansford, Dave Bancroft trotting home when Climax catcher Chief Meyers figured the grass in centre field was a better place for the ball than Jim Fregosi’s glove when Kenny Lofton tried to steal 2nd base, with Lofton scoring on the next pitch as John Olerud grounded out to make it 3-0.
Predictably, Motown couldn’t handle a three-run lead but even more predictably the ever-so-polite Canadian squad’s rally fell one run short with them scoring twice and only twice in the bottom of the 8th off Hubbell on Josh Gibson’s pinch hit two-run shot.
Hubbell went the distance getting two hits and an RBI in the process while giving up just four hits and striking out six. He walked four though. Kenny Lofton had three hits and a stolen base.
Game #3: Kenny Lofton celebrated his great game two by enthusiastically chasing a ball into the centre field wall so was not around long enough to see the Yankees snag a run in the top of the 11th on Cristobal Torriente’s double into the right field gap as they edged the Cougars 2-1.
Dave Bancroft had three hits and the other RBI for Motown with Torriente and Stan Hack each getting two hits, but Hack also stole two bases.
Negro League starters Dave Brown for Motown went the full nine innings and gave up five hits and six walks while fanning seven and Climax’s Dick Redding struck out six in seven innings, allowing seven hits and two walks.
Greg Harris continued his pitching ineptitude no matter what role he is put into. He gave up three hits and the winning run to fall to 2-5. Steve Mingori improved to 6-4 with the 1-1/3 innings of relief to close out the game.
Game #4: This game was not much to write about unless you’re the kind of guys that writes home when they see a semi smack into a Lada on the highway.
The Cougars homered three times as they pounded Adam Wainwright (9-5) and company by a score of 11-2 to earn a series split.
Buck Leonard (9), George Grantham (4) and Harlond Clift (3) all homered for Climax while the Yankees closed out the series without hitting one out.
Rube Waddell (6-6) held the Yankees to four hits while striking out nine and walking four in the complete game win.
Jim Fregosi who seemed to be victimized by a thousand balls being hit just over his head at shortstop redeemed himself somewhat with a bases clearing triple in the 4th inning.
Series Summary: To quote the Talking Heads “Once in a Lifetime” … Same as it ever was.

Both teams did pretty much exactly what they have done all season and go nowhere with a split.

Nags Head Surf Sox @ San Tan Valley  Moonrakers
Series Preview: Two afterthoughts collide in the desert.
Game #1: A 2-1 game going in to the 7th inning….final score Nags Head wins 11-9!! Stanton, Dawson, and Winfield a hit big flies. Nags Head cracks out 156 hits. All their starters have at least one. Joaquin Andujar wins his 4th vs. 12 losses. Foxx and STanton gather 3 RBI each. Vern Stephens hits a late grand slam for San Tan to make it interesting.
Game #2: Andre Dawson hits a first inning homer, drives in 4 for the game. Mike Mussina evens his record at 6-6 in a 6-4 win.
Game #3: Von Hayes, Dave Kingman, and Jimmy Foxx all hit homers and Nags Head takes another one 4-3.
Game #4: Randy Johnson does it again, hurling his 7th shutout of the season…this time a one hitter!! He walks 2, strikes out 8 and needs every one as he is only supplied with one run..It’s enough. Moonrakers salvage a win 1-0.
Series Summary: Randy Johnson is the story of this LEG season for San Tan. Nags Head out homers San Tan 7-2.
Hoboken Zephyrs @ Pigtown Bombers
Series Preview: The 2nd place Hoboken Zephyrs come to the cellar dwelling sties of Pigtown for a four game “battle”.
Game #1: Shawkey took the mound for Hoboken against Taylor. Pigtown broke out early scoring 3 runs in the bottom of the 1st on RBI doubles from Elmer Flick and Del Crandall and took a 3-1 lead. Hoboken evened the score in the top of the 4th and it was 3-3 until a PH RBI from Kauff gave Pigtown the 4-3 lead and the win. Francisco Rodriguez got the win and (miraculously) Darren O’Day got the save.
Game #2: Pigtown was ready to get on a roll and win a series. Instead, they ran into a buzz saw and Hoboken scored 4 runs in the 2nd, 3 runs in the 6th and 3 more runs in the 9th in route to a 10-3 win. Faber went the distance (9-6), but increased his ERA to 2.32 (slacker). Heath goes 3-4 with a HR, 2B and 3 RBIs, while Stanky goes 2-5 with a 3B and 4 RBIs to pace Hoboken. Barnhill drops to 1-6 for the losing “Bombers” of Pigtown.
Game #3: Another game where Pigtown hoped to get a win, but whose dreams were quickly discarded. Hoboken scores 6 runs in the first three innings to put the game away early. Hahn (12-6, with a 1.64 ERA) pitches a complete game 7 hitter and Hoboken wins 7-1. Bottomley (HR and 2B) and Henrich (2B) each had 3 hits. You know its bad when your most prolific hitter is Ozzie Smith (3-4, 2B, RBI).
Game #4: Pigtown jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a HR by Hank Greenberg (the only All-Star representative from Pigtown). Hoboken clawed its way back and had a 3-2 lead after 6 innings. Pigtown tied the game at 3 where it remained through regulation. Hoboken scored in the bottom of the 11th to take a 4-3 lead. Pigtown had runners at 2nd and 3rd with two outs in the bottom of the 11th. Of course, the pitcher John Tudor was up and there were no remaining players available on the bench. John got tutored by Brian Harvey and the game ended with a wimper. Hoboken wins 4-3.
Series Summary: Hoboken takes 3 of 4 games in the series. PoW nominees are Hahn – 9IP, 7 hits, 1 run, 5Ks and Spence (8-19 with 3 runs, 2 RBIs, 4 2Bs, 2 3Bs).